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The Disparity of SacrificeIrish Recruitment to the British Armed Forces, 1914-1918$
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Timothy Bowman, William Butler, and Michael Wheatley

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621853

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621853.001.0001

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‘They could only look for a moderate success’: Recruiting in the South and West of Ireland

‘They could only look for a moderate success’: Recruiting in the South and West of Ireland

(p.43) 2 ‘They could only look for a moderate success’: Recruiting in the South and West of Ireland
The Disparity of Sacrifice

Timothy Bowman

William Butler

Michael Wheatley

Liverpool University Press

This chapter is a narrative of wartime recruiting in the South and West, particularly during the war’s first months. While recruiting surged, civic mobilisation of support was ambivalent. The overwhelming majority of Irish opinion was clearly pro-war, but nationalist politicians appeared more intent on consolidating the Irish National Volunteers than recruiting into the army. Conscription, marked by endemic opposition and recurring scares, remained a key issue. In 1914, the fear of being called up rivalled the power of collective sacrifice. The narrative will then address 1915’s campaigns to revive recruiting, the formation of Pals units and efforts to recruit munitions workers. It will assess the impact of the Easter Rising, the moribund state of recruiting in 1916-17 and its revival in 1918, primarily into the RAF.

Keywords:   civic, mobilisation, volunteers, sacrifice, conscription, Pals, munitions, Rising

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