From ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by the Italian-born British official first World War artist Fortunino Matania, reproduced in ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

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Fr Ned Dowling, who was a military chaplain during the first World War

Kilkenny-born Fr Ned Dowling was sent to Flanders in November 1914

Fr Ned Dowling: known informally as ‘the Colonel’.

Co Kilkenny priest served as a British army chaplain from 1914 until 1920

An illustration of Fr Ned Dowling during the first World War in ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by British official war artist Fortunino Matania, taken from ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

British army chaplain Fr Ned Dowling’s diary includes account of Christmas Day 1914 on the battlefields

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Detail from  a Christmas card published by the Cuala Press

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