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Mural honours sacrifice of soldiers at ill-fated battle

By Chris McCullough

Published 27/06/2016

The artwork was unveiled on Pandora Street, just off Donegall Road, by Doug Beattie MLA, who himself was awarded the Military Cross for his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006
The artwork was unveiled on Pandora Street, just off Donegall Road, by Doug Beattie MLA, who himself was awarded the Military Cross for his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006

A new mural has been unveiled in Belfast to mark the sacrifice of men from the south of the city during the Battle of the Somme.

The artwork was unveiled on Pandora Street, just off Donegall Road, by Doug Beattie MLA, who himself was awarded the Military Cross for his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2006.

Entitled the 1916 Somme Centenary Poppy Trail, the mural was backed by the Housing Executive.

Created by the Shared History Workshop and Greater Village Regeneration Trust, five Poppy Trail murals are being installed along the Donegall Road, one for each of the five years of World War One.

Angela Johnston from the Greater Village Regeneration Trust said: "Our community held a day-long commemorative event, culminating in the mural unveiling... and many people from the Donegall Road area remembered their lost relatives on the day."

Listing 27 local men who perished on the first day of the battle 100 years ago, the Pandora Street mural focuses on the stories of two soldiers, one from the Donegall Road and one from the Falls Road. Both men died on July 1.

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