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(d) Armoured train, Inchicore, 1922.

Rising of Easter week, 1916. Our Secretary has forwarded me your letter of the 5th November, together with leaflet, and I have gone into the matter very fully and contacted existing members of the staff who were in this Department in 1916, and whilst there is recollection of events at that time, I am afraid there is very little in the way of documentary evidence which would be of assistance to you. It is, for instance, common knowledge that we did under direction of the British Army Authorities, through their Army Ordnance, construct "armoured" vehicles by mounting locomotive boiler barrels on road lorries, as shown on the photographs herewith, but there is no record of the number so turned out, and the only record I can trace is an entry in our Accounts Ledger which reads as follows:- "Half Year Ending 30th June 1916. Works Order A. 282. Military Account, War Office. "Armouring Motor Cars £ 365." The wording of the entry and the amount expended would go to show that there was more than one vehicle turned out. This work was carried out by Works employees, chiefly Boilermakers. Having regard to the time that has since elapsed, it is not now possible to produce documents of any kind beyond the ledger Record quoted above. I am also enclosing a group of photographs showing an armoured train, and armoured cars constructed at Inchicore in 1922 which may be of interest. Needless to say if there is any further information you require, I shall be very happy to facilitate you if at all possible. Yours faithfully, Secretary Bureau of Military History 1913-21, 26 Westland Row, Dublin.

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Filename:P-19-005.jpg
Album name:bmhadmin / P19: (a) Armoured vehicles made from locomotive smoke boxes on lorries, 1916, Inchicore;
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