The Sherwood Foresters in the Easter Rising, Dublin 1916, by C. Housley
Book published by Miliquest, 139 pages. Paperback (N5125PE)
From the rear side cover: The Easter Rising occured in Dublin in 1916. Much has been written about the period in question and I have no doubt that much more will be written. I thought that perhaps it would be useful to makesomething available from the point of view of the four Sherwood Foresters Battalions (2/5th, 2/6th, 2/7th Robin Hood, and 2/8th) which formed the 178th Brigade of the 59th Division, all of which took part in the affair in Dublin in April 1916. This is their history relating to that which affected them at that time... some Forester battalions were more heavily engaged during this period than others and it was often the case that two of the battalions were taking part in the same action or task at the same time, almost side by side, or even intermixed.
This book provides an overview of the reasons behind why there was a problem during that particular week in Dublin and why the troops were sent from England to Dublin at such great speed. It goes on to show the various parts played by the four battalions of Sherwood Foresters over the period of about a week, then continues to outline what they were involved in immeadiately afterwards, also providing some details of the aftermath of the affair.
All four battalions were returned as a brigade to Fovant on Salisbury Plains in January 1917 and in February 1917 they were all sent to the Western Front in France and Flanders. There was no medal issued to service in Dublin as it was considered to be a home posting, but as with all conflicts great acts of valour were performed and many of those were recognised by the award of a gallantry medal. Those who were seriously injured and discharged as a result were awarded the Silver War Badge. Chapters in the book include:
- The lead up to April 1916
- Training and Mobilization
- The early wing arrive in Dublin
- The early wing is engaged
- The late wing arrive in Dublin
- Mount Street Bridge and Clanwilliam House
- The 2nd Day's fighting
- The South Dublin Union
- Tasks in Ireland - then to Fovant
- The Aftermath
- The Firing Squads
- Casualty List - Killed
- Casulaty List - known wounded
- Gallantry Awards Dublin 1916
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, with only very light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.