More than 800 Guinness employees fought in the Great War with an estimated 103 dying in combat.
This week, the world-renowned brewery launched the Diageo Guinness World War 1 Archive Exhibition in the Little Museum of Dublin. The exhibition charts the lives of several of these men.
Many of the Guinness employees joined the 19th Royal Hussars before the war and served until 1919. The men, however, were not allowed to wear the uniform when they returned. They were treated as outcasts. In spite of this, the brewery at St. James Gate was one of the few places that welcomed them. It was a safe haven for them.
Guinness made special provisions for employees who joined the armed forces.
A War Gifts Committee was established to dispatch parcels to men in action and the brewery provided financial support to the families of soldiers.