Battalion moved out with no prisoners, no absentees, and no one drunk.


36th (Ulster) Division conducted its initial training in Ireland, at Ballykinler and Clandeboye in County Down (107th and 108th Brigades, respectively), and Finner Camp in Donegal and later Randalstown in County Antrim (109th Brigade) before moving to Seaford on the Sussex coast in July 1915. The Division’s final period of training took place in Hampshire and it was from Bordon that the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers departed for France. Having travelled by train to Southampton, the Battalion spent the rest of the day there before embarking at 8.30pm onto a ship that was considered too small for the thirty-seven officers and 1,340 men (some of the Ulster Division’s artillery was also embarked). Fortunately the sea was calm and the passage to Le Havre uneventful.

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