Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland, 1918-39

A difficult homecoming

By Michael Robinson

Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland, 1918-39


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6249-6
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: February 2022
  • BIC Category: Modern History, Military Veterans, Medicine / History of medicine, History of Medicine, History, MEDICAL / History, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, HISTORY / Military / Veterans, c 1918 to c 1939 (Inter-war period), Personal & Public Health
  • Series: Disability History


With a focus on mental illness, Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland provides the first in-depth investigation of disabled Great War veterans in Ireland. The book is a result of five years of researching previously untouched archival sources including psychiatric records of former patients otherwise closed to the public. The remit of the work contributes to various historiographical fields including disability history, the social history of medicine, the cultural history of modern war, the history of psychiatry and Irish studies. It also seeks to extend the scope of the First World War with an emphasis on how war-induced disability and trauma continued to affect large numbers of ex-servicemen beyond the official cessation of the conflict.


'Michael Robinson's study is a welcome addition to the study of war-related mental disabilities. [...] this is a balanced study that will be a welcome addition to scholars interested in the detailed history of mentally disturbed Great War veterans. The depth and breadth of research is a model for how to approach such a subject.'

'Michael Robinson has done an outstanding service both to twentieth-century Irish history and to medical military history more widely in his study of shell-shocked British army veterans in Ireland between 1918 and 1939. [...] As such it is a fine addition not only to the field of disability history but also to the wider social history of the time.'
Irish Historical Studies


1: 'A Definitive Neurasthenic Temperament'?: The Irish Tommy and Veteran
2. Neurasthenic Pensioners in Revolutionary Ireland, 1918-1921
3. Neurasthenic Pensioners in the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland, 1922-1939
4. The War Hospital in Ireland
5. The Service Patient Scheme in Ireland


Michael Robinson is a Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Liverpool

Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland, 1918-39

By Michael Robinson

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