Cobh Library Will Host an Exhibition of World War One Artefacts and Memorabilia this Saturday, 23 September.


This exhibition will take place from 10am to 4pm will see members of the Western Front Association (Cork Branch), Royal Munster Fusiliers Association, the Irish Great War Society and D-Day Dodgers display a wide variety of artefacts associated with WWI.
A research facility will be available to assist people looking for information about an ancestor who fought in the war and two presentations will be given, the first at 12pm and the second beginning at 2pm. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.
The same event was held in the My Place, Midleton two weeks ago on Saturday, 9 September and was very well attended.
Fittingly Cobh’s most famous links to WWI are naval in nature, with victims of the RMS Lusitania and the British Merchant Navy vessel the Anglo-Californian buried locally.
The Lusitania was a British ocean liner sunk by a German submarine on 7 May, 1915, costing the lives of 1,198 people and causing international outcry.
Less than two months later, the Anglo-Californian, which was transporting almost 1,000 military horses, almost suffered the safe fate also at the hands of a German submarine. But its Master, Englishman Frederick Daniel Parslow, sent an SOS to the Royal Navy before giving the order for the unarmed merchant vessel to attempt an escape. The German U-boat fired on the Anglo-Californian, eventually destroying the bridge and killing Parslow and 33 members of his crew. However, the SOS successfully reached the Royal Navy, with two destroyers reaching the Anglo-Californian and forcing the German vessel to flee.
Parslow’s actions saved his ship and its valuable cargo, earning him the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, in 1919. As a member of the Merchant Navy, Parslow was ineligible for the award until, in an unusual move, he was posthumously commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserve to qualify for the military decoration.
Lieutenant Parslow, VC, is buried in the Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, along with others who fell during WWI, with their stories and more to be showcased at Cobh Library this coming Saturday.