Christopher Poole, before participating in any nationalist cause, was a member of the British Army's 2nd East Yorkshire Regiment, fighting in the Tirah Campaign and the Second Boer War. Below you will find the terms of his enlistment and discharge, with focus on his physical description, position while serving and record of transfers up until his discharge.(Images are used under license by National Archives London.)
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In the days following the ceasefire that ended the 1916 Rising, many of the members of the Irish Citizen Army were ferried over to Frongoch Prison in Wales where they were interred as a result of their service to a nationalist Ireland. Being a Staff Captain and 3rd in Command of the organisation, Christopher Poole was no exception to this mass arrest; his service as 2nd in Command at Stephen's Green made him one of the more detailed prisoners amongst those detained.