Over a number of years, Tom Spillane has visited cemeteries all over Ireland to photograph the headstones on Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) graves from the Great War. He has also photographed a number of war memorials and the headstones of service personnel buried in Ireland who survived the conflict. In this presentation he shares some of the photographs he has taken, and he also tells the stories of some of the interesting personnel who are buried in the graves or whose names are inscribed on war memorials.
Tom Spillane has nineteen years service with the Irish Army Reserve, all of which was spent in the 23 Infantry Battalion, a unit that was based in Cork city and county. He says he got into photographing the headstones of CWGC graves by accident and to date he has visited over 200 cemeteries all around Ireland. He has also photographed a number of war memorials and recently, he started photographing the headstones of personnel who survived the conflict.
Photograph shows the CWGC memorial in the British military cemetery which is adjacent to Collins Barracks in Cork City (formerly Victoria Barracks). Courtesy of Gerry White.
Room 103 of the Cork School of Further Education and Training, Morrisons Island, Centre, Cork, T12 H685, Ireland
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