The Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Munster Fusiliers were units of the British Army, which were disbanded following the establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922. The enlistment books contain records of soldiers serving in these regiments in the period 1920-22.
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Age on attestation is recorded in different ways in the enlistment books. For example:
'31' means the soldier was 31 years old when he completed his enlistment.
'23 2/12' means the soldier was 23 years and 2 months old when he completed his enlistment.
'18 213/365' means the soldier was 18 years and 213 days old when he completed his enlistment.
Place of birth usually contains three values: Parish, Town and County. The enlistment books sometimes use 'do' (short for 'ditto') when two or more of these values are the same. For example:
'Tipperary, do, do' means the soldier was born in the Parish of Tipperary, which is in the Town of Tipperary, which is in the County of Tipperary.
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