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The 36th (Ulster) Division took part in the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
In 1917 it fought at the Battle of Messines alongside the 16th (Irish) Division, and again alongside the same Irish Division at the battle of Langemarck in August 1917.
This high ground was held by the Germans from October 1914 to 7th June 1917.
The photograph is taken looking in a south-easterly direction from the high ground of the Messines Ridge with the Tower behind the camera.Poets and nineteenth-century Irish nationalists used Erin in English as a romantic name for Ireland.In this context, along with Hibernia, Erin is the name given to the female personification of Ireland.In September 1916 the 16th (Irish) Division fought on the Somme battlefield at Guillemont and Ginchy.In 1917 the Division moved to Ypres and at the Battle of Messines on 7th June it fought alongside the 36th (Ulster) Division.