The Irish amateur military tradition in the British Army, 1854–1992

By William Butler

The Irish amateur military tradition in the British Army, 1854–1992


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0847-0
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: October 2016
  • BIC Category: Military history, Ireland, European history, Colonialism & imperialism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Imperialism, HISTORY / Military / General, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Humanities / Military history, Humanities / British & Irish history


Covering the period from the re-establishment of the Irish militia during the Crimean War until the disbandment of the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1992, this book examines the Irish amateur military tradition within the British Army, distinctive from a British amateur military tradition. Irish men and women of both religions and political persuasions made a significant contribution to these forces, and in so doing played an important role within the British Empire, whilst also providing a crucial link between the army and Irish society.

Utilising new source material, this book demonstrates the complex nature of Irish involvement with British institutions and its Empire. It argues that within this unique tradition, two divergent Protestant and Catholic traditions emerged, and membership of these organisations was used as a means of social mobility, for political patronage, and, crucially, to demonstrate loyalty to Britain and its Empire.


1. Politics and strategy
2. Officer corps
3. Rank and file
4. Discipline and morale
5. Auxiliary forces on active service
6. Public image


William Butler is Associate Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History at the University of Kent

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