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Mercy in World War One

This is the title of an exhibition hosted jointly by the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (Bermondsey, London) and the Union of the Sisters of Mercy GB (Handsworth, Birmingham).

The exhibition looks at how the war was experienced by the SIsters of Mercy, their efforts on the Home Front and the work of Catholic military chaplains.
More at http://www.sistersofmercyunion.org.uk/news/fx-articles.cfm?loadref=26&id=202

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Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One

A fascinating exhibition on the contribution of Sikhs (and indeed the Indian Army more generally) to Britain’s war effort has just opened at the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies.  There is imaginative use of archives alongside a broad range of artefacts and audio-visual material.
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It has been put together by the UK Punjab Heritage Association and runs to 28 September.  For more information see


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Jesuit Chaplains of the Irish Province

The Irish Jesuit Archives in Dublin has an interesting Flickr site which includes a set of images commemorating the 32 Jesuit chaplains of the Irish Provice who served in World War One.   It is here.

Four Jesuits were killed and two died from illness on active service.  Additionally, ten Irish-born Jesuit chaplains of the English Province served in the war, two died on active service.

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Lascars in World War One

Tower Hill Memorial

The Tower Hill Memorial to sailors of the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets. (Photograph copyright Basher Eyre)

The contribution of South Asians to the war effort, particularly the Lascars, who served in large numbers in the Merchant Navy, is highlighted in this blog from the Everyday Muslim project in East London.


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