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The Section contains information on the following:

  • Recovery and Conservation of Civil War 18-pounder QF Field Gun
  • Artillery Preserved in Ireland by Major Harold A. Skaarup BFA MA CD  (Retd)

Recovery and Conservation of Civil War 18-pounder QF Field Gun

On 1 February, 2016, Colonel Conor Fitzsimons Military Advisor Irish Permanent Representation (UNNY), Comdt Stephen MacEoin OIC Military Archives, and Commandant Lar Joye visited the location of the gun in West Virginia and negotiated its return to Ireland.

In 2016, a potentially very significant 18-pounder Mark II field gun arrived back in Ireland having left for America in 1959 as part of a consignment of surplus Irish military equipment.  This particular gun was manufactured in England during the First World War for the Royal Artillery may very well have later played a significant role in Irish history.

The gun was on display for many years in at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Woodbridge, Virginia 22194-0346.   In 2015, Ken Christmas Smith of the US Army Museum, discovered that the gun was for sale and subsequently facilitated the interface between the gun’s owner Mr Glenn Gates and Commandant Lar Joye of the National Museum of Ireland, resulting in the owner kindly donating the gun to the Irish Defence Forces.

Above photograph shows Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Carey collecting the Civil War 18 Pounder from Mr Glenn Gates in West Virginia.

The Artillery Club retains an over-watch posture regarding the conversation of the Civil War 18-pounder QF Field Gun returned from the USA in 2016.   Recently, copies of the original wheels were purchased and reattached to the gun.  Currently, the conservation of the original “Boynton Steel Shield” is underway.  The work is being carried out by the Ordnance Corps in the Curragh, with Sergeant Robert Delaney in the lead.

Sergeant Doherty has written an article on the gun in a recent edition of Archaeology Ireland, Vol 33, No3, Autumn 2019 pp 34 – 37, see link below

.Field Gun 9168 – Article by Robert Delaney, Archaeology Ireland Vol 33 No 3 (Autumn 2020)

Artillery Preserved in Ireland – Harold A. Skaarup

Major Harold A. Skaarup BFA MA CD  (Retd), the author of this particular website, has kindly provided permission to the Artillery Club to post a link to his site on the Club’s website.

Harold has also compiled similar websites titled: Artillery Preserved in Mexico, Artillery Preserved in New England, Artillery Preserved in Portugal, and Artillery Preserved in Canada.  He is actively involved in the New Brunswick Military History Museum.

His publications include Shelldrake: Canadian Artillery Museums and Gun Monuments (2012) and Out of Darkness – Light: A History of Canadian Intelligence (2005).  

Harold’s ancestor, Richard Longville Peed came from Ballyshannon, and departed Ireland for Canada in 1832,

Major Skaarup served with the Canadian Forces as an Army Intelligence Officer, retiring in August 2011.  During his 40 years of service, he was a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment and served three tours with the Canadian Forces Parachute Demonstration Team “The Skyhawks”.

Harold served with Defence Forces personnel in SFOR Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and  with ISAF in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The aim of the Artillery Preserved in Ireland website is to locate, identify and document every historical piece of artillery preserved in Ireland.

Many contributors have assisted Harold in locating guns and the providing him with the information contained in the web pages.

Unless otherwise credited, photographs are by the author (Harold A. Skarup).  Any errors found in the web pages are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Guns and Artillery in Ireland would be most welcome, and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

To access the website please click on Artillery Preserved in Ireland