100 Years Ago – 18 March 1921

18 March 1921

Andrew Bonar Law unexpectedly resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party, saying that he needed a prolonged rest due to the state of his health.

Éamon de Valera, the Irish nationalist leader, stated that the Sinn Fein had made no peace overtures to the British Government. He added that there could though be peace in Ireland if “England would refrain from her aggressions”.

Austen Chamberlain, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that the Allies would provide financial assistance to Austria along the lines that was supported by the League of Nations.