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When: 01 January 1918

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After all the great work on Dr. Wake the other day, we start this week with another doctor. This is a very fine Poole portrait from our Irish Personalities Collection.

What is Arthur Lynch's story?

Photographer: A.H. Poole

Collection: Irish Personalities Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1918?


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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 18/Jul/2022 07:50:48

    "Arthur Alfred Lynch (1861-1934), rebel and polymath, was born on 16 October 1861 at Smythesdale, Victoria, fourth of fourteen children of Irish Catholic John Lynch (1828-1906), surveyor and civil engineer, and his wife Isabella, née MacGregor, from Scotland. ... ... ... A hefty man, strikingly handsome, of charm, courtesy and even temper, Lynch was one of the most picturesque figures of his time. He was erratic in his grasp of public affairs but was generally respected for his integrity and extraordinary range of knowledge, and was on friendly terms with many great contemporaries. He had no doubt that his was one of the outstanding minds of the age. Survived by his wife, childless, he died at Paddington, London, on 25 March 1934." From - adb.anu.edu.au/biography/lynch-arthur-alfred-7270 Also from the above biography - "During World War I he fought for freedom as ever, he believed. After informal work in France, aiding communication between British and French leaders, late in the war he was appointed colonel in order to encourage recruiting in Ireland; he had little success. ..."

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    • 18/Jul/2022 08:17:38

    Are we talking about the same guy? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Lynch_(politician)#Popular_culture

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    • 18/Jul/2022 08:31:42

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Yes. He was a polymath (I had to look it up). Here is more detail about recruiting in Ireland in 1918, presumably contemporary with this photo - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Munster_Fusiliers_(New_Army)#10th_(Service)_Battalion

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    • 18/Jul/2022 08:42:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ In the Wiki version, he sounds more like Mad Max on steroids

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Jul/2022 08:53:46

    From wikipedia: He had previously raised the Second Irish Brigade to fight for the Boers in the South African War, for which he had been sentenced to death by the British, which was later commuted.

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    • 18/Jul/2022 09:20:27

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/ (used in the wiki article) https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/8746599627/

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    • 18/Jul/2022 09:33:17

    {Aside} I keep being reminded of Paul Newman. Via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2912032484/