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Matania - Last Absolution of the Munsters
The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois - painting by Fortunino Matania. This painting relates to an incident in France in May of 1915, when the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers suffered very heavily at Rue du Bois, in the Pas de Calais close to Arras. The action was only one of many local attacks which ended disastrously through lack of support. Colonel Victor Rickard, recently appointed to command, was killed in the attack, as was his Adjutant, Captain Filgate. Both are represented in the picture, alongside Father Gleeson, who is shown giving the Absolution on the evening prior to the action taking place. 1915
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EDITORS COMMENTS This powerful and poignant print captures the solemn moment of "Matania - Last Absolution of the Munsters" during World War I. The painting by Fortunino Matania depicts the Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois, a significant event that took place in France in May 1915.
The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers faced heavy losses at Rue du Bois, near Arras, due to lack of support during a local attack. Colonel Victor Rickard and his Adjutant, Captain Filgate, were among those who lost their lives in this tragic battle. In the painting, they are seen alongside Father Gleeson receiving absolution on the evening before their fateful mission.
The image conveys a sense of bravery and sacrifice as these men prepared for what would be their final moments on earth. It serves as a reminder of the immense courage displayed by soldiers during wartime and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
This historic artwork is a testament to the heroism and camaraderie exhibited by members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers during one of the darkest periods in modern history. It stands as a tribute to all those who fought and died in service to their nation during World War I.
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