I got this bit of information from a war documentary produced in England on WWI.
Typically the English troops were held back from the fiercest fighting in the months just
before elections in England. English politicians knew that too many home deaths would be
reflected in voting against them. English mothers became very political when it came to
their sons dying in a foreign country. They may not have had the vote, but they knew how
to influence their husbands' votes, and they did. You are welcome to take issue with
the English politicians; however, I believe that they are all deceased ;-)
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 9:52 AM, fausset via <fermanagh-gold(a)rootsweb.com>
I was fascinated by your old soldier’s stories, but I am afraid that I
must take you to task over using Irish and |Scots troops to preserve
English soldiers’ lives in WWI.
I do not believe that the 4,006,158 soldiers recruited in England remained
in relative safety while the 557,618 recruits from Scotland, the 272,924
recruits from Wales and Monmouth, and the 134,202 recruits from Ireland
fought the difficult battles on their behalf. You may like to look at the
various casualty rates for the several campaigns.
No old soldier’s tales, but my late (English) mother, years ago, once
recounted how as a young woman nursing Canadian wounded in England she
would read the daily posted casualty lists to watch the names of the young
men she had grown up with appear one by one until they were all gone.
Having said that, my late (Irish) father was the only one out of several
cousins to survive the First War, nor does it forget the Canadian victory
at Vimy Ridge, which had defied the French 1st Army – despite a brief
success by the 1st Moroccan Division – and the British XVII Corps.
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