Thursday Doors – Cavan County Museum 11

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.

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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30 Responses to Thursday Doors – Cavan County Museum 11

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Sleeping arrangements were an ad hoc affair! Now that’s an understatement. What a miserable way to endure your days, stuck in those trenches. Didn’t know they were built in a zigzag, but it makes sense.

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  2. And we think it’s terrible that we can’t get out the way we used to and have to wear masks in some places? First world problems!!


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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Sorry but this one made me shudder…several times. Of course it’s important we don’t forget our history so as not to repeat it, but no one should ever be forced to live in conditions like this anywhere, for any reason.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Yikes! It’s hard to imagine worse conditions, but as you point out, just over the trench wall were the other humans. This was grim, but very interesting. Thanks for sharing this story, Jean.

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  5. Any idea why this museum decided to recreate WW1 trenches? For instance, maybe one or more of the museum’s founders fought in Europe during that war?

    Hello there. Take care.

    Neil Scheinin

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    • Hi Neil, as far as I can tell, it was decided to recreate the trench in time for the centenary anniversary of the start of WW1 and the exhibit opened to the public in August 2014. It was built to the specifications and manuals of the Irish Guards was used by the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme, 1916. The trench is over 350m long. Over 6000 sand bags were used in its construction.

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  6. DrJunieper says:

    Am shaking my head. Guess you were born to approach subjects like this. I know it’s reality, but I would have gone AWOL a long time ago, or MIA, in finishing this subject. Again, am impressed, Jean for your willingness to go after the truth!

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    • I have a book of WW1 poetry, Jesh. It features twelve soldier poets of WW1 and has touched me deeply. I think it’s because I get to see the conflict through their words and the book contains photographs of the first handwritten drafts of some of their poems, which makes it all so personal.


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  8. Tech Casten says:

    This is interesting, but when you mentioned “rat” then I am off. 😂

    Regards, Teresa

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  9. scooj says:

    A wonderful post – I love museums like this.

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  10. I shudder to think what those men endured. Disease, rats, lice, hunger, and worst of all, other humans. Thank you for sharing, Jean.

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  11. slfinnell says:

    We are proud to have a piece of trench art brought back from the hubby’s grandfather. He was one of the lucky ones thankfully. Great visual experience of how hard it must have been.

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  12. jguenther5 says:

    “… [A]ny small attack they made by the orders of a High Command which believed in small attacks, without much plan or purpose, was only ‘^asking for trouble” from German counter-attacks by mines, trench-mortars, bombing sorties, poison-gas, flame-throwers, and other forms of frightfulness which made a dirty mess of flesh and blood, without
    definite result on either side beyond piling up the lists of death.

    “It keeps up the fighting spirit of the men,” said the generals. “We must maintain an aggressive policy.” There was a competition among the corps and divisional generals as to the highest number of raids, mine explosions, trench-grabbings undertaken by their men.

    “My corps,” one old general told me over a cup of tea in his head-quarters mess, “beats the record for raids.” His casualties also beat the record, and many of his officers and men called him, just bluntly and simply, “Our old murderer.” They disliked the necessity of dying so that
    he might add one more raid to his heroic competition with the corps commander of the sector on the left.” –Philip Gibbs, “Now It Can Be Told”

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  13. Exactly what I’ve been finding out through some research. Pure carnage, most of it completely unnecessary. All those brave men and women risking their lives and being used in such a callous way.


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