In command of the troops that travelled to Dublin from the Curragh was Colonel B P Portal (later Brigadier General Sir Bertram Percy Portal). Colonel Portal was listed in the despatch from Sir John French. He also gets a mention in a Sherwood Forester diary.
He is one of the officers credited with the idea for the improvised armoured cars using lorries from Guinness with smoke boxes and metal plates from the railway works at Inchicore.
29th August 1885, Lt in the 17th Lancers from Royal Military College
19th February 1895, Captain in the 17th Lancers
18th March 1896, seconded for service on the Staff
4th April 1899, Supernumerary Captain to Captain
29th May 1900, Major in the 17th Lancers
1900-1902, Boer War
5th February 1904, Lt Col in the 17th Lancers. Has a DSO
2nd November 1906, Colonel in the 17th Lancers
30th October 1907, retired pay
13th December 1912, Deputy Lt in Southampton
1st May 1916, Major Salt, Staff Officer to BPP
24th January 1917, retired pay Reserve of Officers, temp Brigadier General
16th March 1932, Vice Lt Southampton