- July 6, 2016
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206,000 Irishmen formed part of the British Army who fought in World War I. Members of both the Ulster Volunteer Force and the National Volunteers joined due to economic circumstances or with the hope that the historic differences between both sides would be overcome and friendships would emerge. The largest numbers of Irishmen (50,107) were recruited at the beginning of the war between August 1914 and February 1915. The 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme is being commemorated this year. It started on 1st July 1916 and continued until the following November when the weather intervened. Although the...