Posted by: Janette Silverman | December 4, 2012

Irish Army Census of 1922

The Irish Army Census of 1922 –the year the Irish National Army was formed- just celebrated its 90th anniversary.  The Anglo-Irish Agreement stipulated that with regard to strength,that the force could not exceed the size of the military establishments maintained in Great Britain as that which the population of Ireland bears to the population of Great Britain. Without accurate information, headquarters staff could not adequately estimate pay bills, feed, clothe or procure weapons or even determine how many troops they had at their disposal. By October 1922 the Army Council had decided that a Census of the National Forces would be taken as at midnight 12/13th November.
The census hasn’t been transcribed, so you’ll need to have some idea of where your relative might have been based in 1922
The census has been placed on the Irish Military Archives Website:
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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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