What was the Conscription Crisis of 1918?

Introduction The Conscription Crisis of 1918 stemmed from a move by the British government to impose conscription (military draft) in Ireland in April 1918 during the First World War. Vigorous opposition was led by trade unions, Irish nationalist parties and Roman Catholic bishops and priests. A conscription law was passed but was never put in… Read More

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What was the Military Service Act 1916?

Introduction The Military Service Act 1916 was an Act passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom during the First World War to impose conscription in Great Britain, but not in Ireland. The Act The Bill which became the Act was introduced by Prime Minister H.H. Asquith in January 1916. It came into force on… Read More