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Interesting report concerning 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    (Parts of Article on google: The group mutinied twice in 1915, first in June when soldiers drilling at Shane's Castle near Randalstown refused to march back to barracks, insisting that a train be sent to carry them instead. Chichester acceded to this demand. This was followed in September when the group mutinied over the cancellation of leave as part of a wider mutiny within the 36th. The mutiny in the 14th was defused however by a "Major B" who convinced the soldiers to abandon their plans. Soon after this they were attached to the 12th Brigade following a reorganisation of the Ulster forces.

    The 14th was generally seen as one of the poorer combat units of the Ulster Division.[21] A letter by Major General Oliver Nugent to the Adjutant General in December 1917 described them as "totally wanting in any military spirit" and stated that "the Brigadier says he cannot trust them and I know that he is right [as] they are poor stuff either as workers or fighters and have been a constant source of anxiety during the past three weeks".[22] The group was disbanded in early 1918 as part of a wider reduction in size for the 36th (Ulster) Division.[23]

    Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Citizen_Volunteers_(1912)

    The article link may not appear at first, it suggested try under heading Young Citizen Volunteers (1912) the article in question then appeared.


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    There does seem to be a problem with that link, but it will let you click through to the article.

    I think it's important to note that the mutinies mentioned in the article took place before the unit moved to France in October 1915.

    Thanks for posting this, Marie.