Before August 1914, Ireland was the primary political worry for Britain and a substantial British Army recruitment and training base. The growth of armed Volunteer movements on both sides of the "Home Rule" argument was edging Ireland towards civil war. In this talk, Chris will describe the army's position amidst the Irish response to the war; the raising and work of three Irish Divisions; in local conscription and martial law; and in the Easter rising of 1916 and its aftermath, as Ireland underwent a terrible but ultimately successful war of independence.
Chris is a professional military researcher and historian, perhaps best known for his award-winning website, “The Long, Long Trail”. His books “The Battle for Flanders” and “The Truce” were published in 2011 and 2014. Earlier this year Pen and Sword published his latest books about The Battle of the Lys 1918 in two volumes for the “Battleground Europe” series. He is a former Chairman of the Western Front Association and was among the group that formed the Heart of England Branch. Chris holds MSc and MA degrees and began his life as a Chartered Production Engineer.