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Irish Regiments in the Great WarDiscipline and Morale$
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Timothy Bowman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719062841

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719062841.001.0001

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Raising the Service battalions

Raising the Service battalions

(p.61) 3 Raising the Service battalions
Irish Regiments in the Great War

Timothy Bowman

Manchester University Press

In this chapter, contribution of the pre-war paramilitary bodies to the creation of the Irish New Army divisions is considered, and the appointment, experience and training of officers are discussed. This is followed by a consideration of the composition of the other ranks of these divisions, and how they differed from pre-war recruits and adapted to military discipline. The training, equipping and billeting of these units are investigated, and the political pressures on unit names and divisional symbols are examined. The disciplinary problems faced by these divisions while based in the United Kingdom, and the efforts made by the military authorities and civilian bodies to improve morale are also discussed in the chapter. The study emphasises the extent to which Ulster Unionists had rallied to the Empire in her hour of need, the clear implication being that the British government now owed them a debt of honour by maintaining the integrity of Northern Ireland.

Keywords:   Raising Service battalions, Ulster Unionists, Northern Ireland, military discipline, United Kingdom, civilian bodies

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