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Cameron Highlanders 3rd Battalion in Ireland


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The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders was moved to Birr in Ireland in November 1917 and subsequently to Ballyvonare, then Limerick, then back to Ballyvonare by April 1918. Can anyone tell me why this Battalion was moved to Ireland? What happened to it after 1918?

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After the Easter Rising in 1916, a decision was made to remove Irish regiments from Ireland - for fairly obvious reasons. Therefore regiments from other parts of the UK were used to garrison Ireland, hence your Cameron battalion

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The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders was moved to Birr in Ireland in November 1917 and subsequently to Ballyvonare, then Limerick, then back to Ballyvonare by April 1918. Can anyone tell me why this Battalion was moved to Ireland? What happened to it after 1918?

All 3rd Battalions were put into suspended animation in 1919.

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And I should add that because Ireland was part of the UK at that time, it was a home posting for a Scottish battalion

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Thanks for this information. Does 'suspended animation' mean that 3rd battalion soldiers would have been discharged in 1919?

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Thanks for this information. Does 'suspended animation' mean that 3rd battalion soldiers would have been discharged in 1919?

The 3rd Battalions were largely training battalions and concomitantly employed for home defense during the war. A recruit in a 3rd Bn would eventually have been sent to an active Bn in the field where he may have eventually been discharged in 1919 or thereafter. A member of the permanent staff of a 3rd Bn would likely have been transferred to the regiment's Depot which would have been Cameron Barracks in Inverness for the Cameron Highlanders.

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