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The Disparity of Sacrifice: Irish Recruitment to the British Armed Forces, 1914-1918

Timothy Bowman, William Butler, and Michael Wheatley


During the First World War approximately 210,000 Irishmen and a much smaller, but significant, number of Irish women served in the British armed forces, all were volunteers and a very high proportion were from Catholic and Nationalist communities. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of Irish recruitment between 1914 and 1918 for the island of Ireland as a whole. While many previous historians have relied too heavily on incomplete police recruitment figures, this book makes extensive use of the neglected internal British army recruiting returns held at The National Archives, Kew, alon ... More

Keywords: conscription, Nationalist, rural, Unionist, urban, volunteers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621853
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Bowman, author

William Butler, author

Michael Wheatley, author