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Thread: 10 October 1918 - 100 years ago today - the loss of the SS Leinster off Dún Laoghaire harbour

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael-mcivor View Post
    True in 1914- but Irish people joining up in 1917 18 - something not right with them ones- tell the dumb micks that they are fighting the Germans to stop the dumb Loyalists- Brits fooling by ruling-
    Recruitment from Ireland had fallen greatly by 1917/18
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    Quote Originally Posted by michael-mcivor View Post
    True in 1914- but Irish people joining up in 1917 18 - something not right with them ones- tell the dumb micks that they are fighting the Germans to stop the dumb Loyalists- Brits fooling by ruling-
    After the Easter Rising the recruitment levels plummeted - that + the mounting casualty lists put a damper on enlistment


    But of course there were always men who would join up to see action and who needed the security of a job - any job.


    IIRC the War Office in 1918 offered better terms of enlistment and I think that certain things were done to help boost the numbers here


    I think the RAF got the bulk of the new arrivals in 1918


    - for pretty obvious reasons that was a better bet than the PBI

    - Poor Bloody Infantry!
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    They had to start conscription in england in 1916, so the true nature of the war was getting around.


    When america joined in 1917, they started conscripting the next month, and by such an extent that volunteering was forbidden. It was seen to be more equal if everyone was conscripted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parentheses View Post
    Recruitment from Ireland had fallen greatly by 1917/18
    A lot is made about Redmond's call to fight for small nations but in city areas it was mainly the king's shilling that people were interested in. Young men were promised a good wage and good jobs when they returned by Christmas 1914. Both sides believed it would be a short war and that they would win, Kitchener was the only exception. After the Dardanelles campaign, reality had reduced the flow of volunteers.
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