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Tom Burke

Tom Burke, MBE, is a founding member of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, a history society that researches, presents and preserves the history of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the First World War. Tom was a member of The Journey of Reconciliation Trust, the volunteer group responsible for the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines in Belgium. In August 2004, he was awarded an Honorary M.B.E for his contribution to the British-Irish peace process. He has acted as a guide/adviser to President McAleese on her visits to Wytschaete, Belgium, in June 2007 and Gallipoli in March 2010. His publications include The 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions at the Battle of Wijtschate 7 June 1917, along with several articles on military history in History Ireland, Stand To (journal of Western Front Association) and The Irish Sword. He is currently pursuing an M.Litt degree in military history at University College Dublin.

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