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Private R. D. Laidler, Royal Regiment of Wales, Palace Barracks, Holywood, Belfast

© the artist. Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Seated in the barracks guardroom, Private Laidler wears an fragmentation vest or flak jacket, a 1944 pattern steel helmet fitted with face visor, and an anti-gas respirator, while cradling his L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle (SLR). Laidler’s weapon is fitted with a SUIT (Sight Unit Infantry Trilux) sight, as an aid to marksmanship in poor visibility. It became common practice in Northern Ireland to loop one end of the rifle sling around the wrist, to prevent the weapon from being snatched during a riot.

National Army Museum





oil on board


H 122.7 x W 122.2 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1989-08-31

Acquisition method

gift from the artist, 1989

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