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Exhibition honours soldiers of Great War

Families of Irish soldiers who fought in World War One have told of the struggles their relatives faced on the battlefields and when they returned home.

They were speaking at the Portraits of the Invisible photographic exhibition launched by the National Library of Ireland.

Charles Budd, who served in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps before the war, received an MBE for inventing a mechanism to train soldiers how to place a shoe on a horse without practising on live animals.

His granddaughter, Carole Budd Cullen, said her family are very proud of him.


"To me it was kind of interesting when I was younger, but I really appreciate it now and it's really important to my family.

Brian Meyer, from Dalkey, is also proud of his cousin twice-removed, Frank, who fought for the Canadian Army in Flanders.

"Frank and his regiment were some of the first troops to be subjected to chlorine gas," said Brian. "He survived, but was always traumatised by his war-time experiences.

The exhibition runs until January in the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar.