Today S.A.S.H members paid a visit to the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, Waring Street (Beside the Northern Whig) & the Northern Ireland War Memorial Home Front Exhibition in Talbot Street (Side of St Anne’s Cathedral).
Royal Ulster Rifles Museum.
In the first museum we were met on our arrival by Curator Capt Gavin Class. This museum is free to all who wish to visit, though a donation can be given if you so desire. Gavin lets you work your way around each of the items on display at your own pace, though he is always at hand should you want to ask any questions & his knowledge of the Royal Ulster Rifles, Royal Irish Rifles & other soldiers & regiments from Ireland is amazing.
Some within S.A.S.H did not know of this museums existence & were happy to have got the chance to go & I have no doubt, will visit again.
Among the items on display are a photo & personal belongings, West Belfast UVF Arm Band, UVF Service Card, and Identity Bracelet etc, concerning a soldier called Isaac Dickson. What made this interesting to us was the fact that he was a Shankill Road Man. Isaac Dickson came from Canmore Street on the Shankill Road & Gavin would be very interested to hear from anyone that may be connected to this soldier.
There is no way I could write about every story Gavin told us, or about every item within this museum. To select one over another wouldn’t be right in my eyes, as all are worthy of our recognition & praise. What I will say is this though. If you have any interest at all in our proud military background & the soldiers who made up the ranks of regiments like the Royal Ulster Rifles, Royal Irish Rifles & many more, go to this museum. Coming from the Shankill as I do, I know that everyone who lives within our road will have someone, known someone or been in the services themselves. So please visit this museum & show your support for our Armed Forces.
These two museums offer a look at what the people of Belfast & other parts of Ireland went through during times of war. They tell the harsh realities of war, the death & carnage, they tell us about the sorrow & suffering of those involved & those caught up within it, they also tell us of the sacrifice of those who joined our Armed Services to keep us all safe. They tell us of their bravery & the heroic deeds they carried out.
Those who have died in the past & those who may die in future conflicts should never be forgotten. They should be Remembered Forever & With Pride.
These museums help to keep our history alive & we should all take time to visit these places.
Thank you Gavin for the tour & talk.
Shankill Area Social History.