They are the remnants of a 5,000 strong garrison maintained up to that point in Dublin, commanded by Nevil Macready.
Last British troops leave the twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State. It appears to have been a friendly farewell, even while Ireland was embroiled in its own Civil War. The Union Jack was lowered at the hospital and Macready went to review the final contingent of troops as they left the Royal (later Collins) barracks. He then motored to Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) where he received a 17-gun salute and joined Admiral Cecil Fox, the Sligo born naval commander in the area, on board a cruiser HMS Dragon to sail home to England and retirement.
Meanwhile, the troops, 3,500 men mostly from the Leicester, Worchester and Border regiments, marched to the port. At Beresford Place they were greeted by 500 members of the Legion of Irish Ex-Servicemen, in civilian clothes…
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