The Rt Rev Richard Moth, Catholic Bishop of the Forces, gives a reflection on the 'Last General Absolution of the Munsters' by Italian war artist Fortunino Matania. He was noted for his extraordinary finish and detail and to achieve this he visited the Western Front on many occasions.
The painting shows Rev. Father F. Gleeson, Chaplain to the 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers, on horseback somewhere on the Rue du Bois in Northern France on the Western Front.
Fr Gleeson gave absolution to 500 men on 8 May 1915 ahead of the Battle of Aubers Ridge that took place at 5:30am the following morning.