The Anglo-Zulu War, Palestine & the RIC and Agatha Christie & the Lusitania

Some unexpected connections this week, with Anglo-Zulu war anniversaries and their links to West Cork;,ex-RIC men in post-First World War Palestine and Agatha Christie’s link to the sinking of the Lusitania

This week has seen two significant anniversaries from the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. It’s 143 years ago today since the Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place, while yesterday marked the anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana, where British forces suffered a legendary defeat by the Zulus. At our 2021 Festival, Robert Harris spoke about the connections between West Cork and the Anglo-Zulu War, a talk you can listen to here on our website.

Another story linking Ireland and the British empire was on the BBC NI website recently. It featured this piece about members of the RIC who were recruited to work in the Palestine Police in 1922 and afterwards.

The Ports Past & Present blog has short articles on a myriad of interesting subjects, this month including the link between Agatha Christie and the sinking of the Lusitania; and the connections between the Anglo-Irish Treaty and Holyhead.

And finally, the always excellent Wartime NI website has now added a podcast to its offer – you can sign up here. They’re launching this to mark the 80th anniversary of the arrival of American GIs in Ulster.

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