(1870–1963). Scion of an old military family, he was commissioned into the 16th Lancers in 1889. Gough earned a reputation for dash in the Second Boer War and was appointed to command 3rd Cavalry Brigade at the Curragh in 1911. In March 1914, fearing that troops would be used to coerce Ulster into a united Ireland, he determined to resign, as did most of his officers. Summoned to London, Gough remained obdurate until given a written declaration that opposition to Home Rule would not be crushed. The government repudiated part of this, and the Secretary of State for War, CIGS, and adjutant-general had to resign.
From The Oxford Companion to Military History in Oxford Reference.
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