The Printing Press of the Royal Irish Rifles
From the February 19th, 1897 publication of The Navy and Army Illustrated, a remarkable photo by J. Thompson of a military field print shop. The following copy accompanied the photo: "The above is a capital illustration of a regimental printing press, as used by the Irish Royal Rifles. As will be seen by a glance at the picture, it contains all the necessary requisites for printing, with none of the drawbacks usually pertaining to that industry. The surroundings differ somewhat from the usual run of "Printing Offices," by which high-sounding title the little tent in which it stands is named. In a good many regiments a monthly newspaper is published, and it is chiefly for this purpose that these printing presses are used in the army. This paper, as a rule, gives the result of regimental football or cricket matches, as well as reports of theatricals, dances, suppers, notices of promotions in the regiment, or medals earned, a record of the marches,with the various stopping places, and official regimental notices. The possession of a press by the 1st Royal Irish Rifles gives evidence of the up-to-date, go-ahead spirit which prevails in the corps."