We’re still in the trenches for this week’s Thursday Doors post from the Cavan County Museum series. It’s a nice clean, easy to walk through, trench, unlike those that were in use during the first world war.
I see a doorway on the right with a soldier standing nearby. Let’s call into Coy HQ for a look around.
No solid door to be seen here, just a grey blanket pulled back from the entrance.
There’s a nice little stove in the corner for some heat and to warm up that tin of soup.
Considering where some had to sleep, this bunk is luxurious. Although, not exactly rat-proof.
When not contending with rats there was that other pest – the bane of most soldiers at the time – lice. Did you know that killing them was called ‘chatting’?
It was very difficult to maintain a satisfactory degree of sanitation in the trenches of WW1 but they did their best.
Of course the deadliest enemy was human. Extreme vigilance was required in order to keep on top of what the opposing side was up to. Trench periscopes were helpful.
I think it’s safe enough to make our way back to the main building now. There’s one more story to explore.
On the way there we pass by a lovely mosaic.
Thanks so much for joining me this week at the Cavan County Museum, there are lots more Thursday Doors to explore over on Norm’s blog.