• FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Absolute Contempt of Danger: The Service of Lieutenant Colonel James Plunkett

Sergeant Major James Frederick Plunkett, Royal Irish Regiment, c1911

Join curator Justin Saddington as he explores the career of Lieutenant Colonel James Frederick Plunkett, focusing on his service in the First World War.

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James Plunkett joined the Royal Irish Regiment as a boy soldier. By the outbreak of the First World War, he had already served for 23 years and risen to regimental sergeant major. 

Plunkett fought on the Western Front throughout the war. During this time, he became a first-class battalion commander and one of the conflict’s most highly decorated soldiers. 

Using Plunkett’s memoir and exceptional medal group, curator Justin Saddington will tell the story of this incredible soldier who time and again exhibited the highest levels of courage, leadership and devotion to duty in this most gruelling theatre of war.

About Justin Saddington

Justin Saddington is a research curator at the National Army Museum. He has been lead curator on exhibitions including 'Buried Among Kings: The Story of the Unknown Warrior' and 'Harp and Crown: Soldiers of the Irish Regiments'.

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