Factory gate, Newtownabbey: 'Welsh Guards in combat suits Carnmoney Factory. Newtown Abbey Belfast Good Friday', 9 April 1971
Graphite and watercolour by Ralph Lillford, 1971.
These Welsh Guardsmen are on guard duty at a factory at Carnmoney, north of Belfast, in temporary use as a base. The Guardsman on the right is wearing a webbing belt with a water-bottle pouch on his left hip; by his right side, a pistol lanyard hangs in loops. Although lacking fragmentation vests, commonly known as flak jackets, and only protected against small arms fire and blast bombs by the wall of sandbags, they would have been especially vigilant at Easter, a memorable time of year for Republicans since the Easter Rising of 1916.
Between 1971 and 1976, drawn by an interest in the civil conflict, Ralph Lillford made repeated trips to Northern Ireland to draw what he saw in the streets.
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