Posted to Holyhead 11 Jan 1922
The first companies reached Holyhead on 15 Jan 1922, but all did not go smoothly
1922 Mar 8. THE MARQUESS OF DUFFERIN AND AVA My Lords, I think it is high time that your attention was drawn to the manner in which His Majesty's Government are treating the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Auxiliary Police. I refer particularly to the humiliating circumstances under which they are made to hand over their surrendered barracks. I have a letter here which appeared in the Morning Post, and was sent by a father, who received it from his son in the Auxiliary Division of the R.I.C. He says that "the A.U.S. at the Castle "—I do not know whether you know Mr. Cope, but I really think, if the Government want peace in Ireland, the sooner they remove Mr. Cope the better— "Mr. Cope, the A.U.S. at the Castle, is intent on advertising our shame. We have to hand in all our kit before we leave, except uniform, great coat, and rifle. Then we march right from Beggar's Bush Barracks with empty rifles to Westland-row, in order that the public may jeer, hoot, and boo the defeated. And 'discipline is 376 to be preserved on the route.' For this disgusting piece of humiliation the Government have hired a transport ship at Holyhead, in which to collect our rifles and uniforms." You would have thought that the Government would have some consideration for the feelings of these wretched men who have been put in this position in carrying out the policy of the Government. Surely, when these men of the R.I.C. march out of barracks they should, at any rate, go with bands and flags flying, and ammunition, and all the rest of it. Taking away their ammunition is the sort of thing that a victorious enemy would do to a defeated force. It is not fair. I do think that they should have some consideration.