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The 36th (Ulster) Division at the Cenotaph

Painting by William Conor © by permission of the Conor Estate

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William Conor The 36th

BELUM.W2022.67, Ulster Museum Collection

William Conor (1881-1968) was born and lived in Belfast. During both the First and Second World Wars, he was commissioned by the British government to record aspects of the war effort. He spent the First World War producing official records of soldiers and munitions workers and, at the end of the war, his drawings were sold at auction in aid of the Ulster Volunteer Force Patriotic Fund. This painting captures soldiers of the 36th Ulster Division during the Victory Parade at The Cenotaph in London. The 36th Ulster Division suffered heavy losses in the Battle of the Somme, adding poignancy to Conor's painting.