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Those known to have served with

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abbott Edward John White. Lt. 4th Btn. attd. 2nd Btn. (d.17th May 1915)
  • Alexander Edward Lyon. Pte. 5th Battalion (Buchan & Formartin),D Company
  • Allan W.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Allen Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Allen Joseph. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.30th September 1918)
  • Allen Wellington L. Pte. 44th Coy. (d.22nd Aug 1917)
  • Allen William. Pte. 8th Bn (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Allen William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Anderson G.. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bailey John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14/15 Oct 1918)
  • Baillie George Richard Lancelot. Lt. 6th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Baird James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Barlow H.. CSM. 7/8 Btn., B Coy.
  • Barrett William E.. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Barry William Francis. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st May 1916)
  • Beggs Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Bell Eric Norman Frankland. Act. Capt.
  • Bell Eric Norman Frankland. Capt. 9th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bellis R. R.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bennett James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bethune Douglas. Pte. Infantry (d.1st July 1916 )
  • Bethune Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Mar 1915)
  • Bethune Thomas.
  • Birney William. Pte. 7/8th Btn. (d.20th Jan 1918)
  • Bishop John Charles. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st Nov 1916)
  • Boal William James. L/Cpl. 9th Bn.
  • Boardman David Patrick. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.6th April 1916)
  • Boardman John. Pte. 10th Btn. (Derry)
  • Bodle G.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bonner J.. Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bonner William. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.4th November 1914)
  • Bowen E.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bowen Thomas Henry. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.2nd Aug 1916)
  • Boyd Robert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Boylan Edward. Pte.
  • Boylan Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1917 )
  • Boyne Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.27th Apr 1916)
  • Brabazon Robert Edward FitzGerald. 2nd Lt
  • Brangam John. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.29th Mar 1918)
  • Brennan Henry Peter. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.30th Apr 1916)
  • Brien Frederick George. Lt. att. "Y" Trench Mortar Battery (d.20th April 1918)
  • Brolly William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.21st Aug 1915)
  • Brown C.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Brown Patrick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1916)
  • Brown Robert William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bryans A.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bryans R.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Burns James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Cairns Michael Mitchell. Pte. 9th. Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Caldwell D.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Campbell William. Pte. 10th Btn. The Derrys (d.11th August 1917)
  • Carabine Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st August 1915)
  • Carroll W.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Carson William. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Cassidy J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Cathergood J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Chesnutt Robert. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. B Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Christie W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Clarke Stanley Evelyn. Capt. 2nd Btn.
  • Coleman Samuel. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.27th April 1916)
  • Collen William Stewart. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Conaghy Thomas. Pte. 1st battalion (d.April 1917)
  • Connolly Patrick. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Cooper Joshua. Pte. 9th Btn
  • Costello Manus Alexander. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Couchman Charles Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Craig John Arnott Taylor. Pte. 11th Btn. D Coy. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Craig William James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.6th July 1917)
  • Creswell Andrew. Pte 2nd Btn. C Coy
  • Cunningham William J.
  • Curry Hugh. Pte. 9th Batallion (d.8th Sept. 1916)
  • Cushnahan Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th April 1917)
  • Dempster Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Dennison Albert Christopher. Pte. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Devenny William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Dolan John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Dougan Robert James. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.8th Oct 1916)
  • Drew Frederick Charles. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.16 August 1917)
  • Drumm William. Sgt 2nd Btn (d.28th Nov 1916)
  • Dunn Andrew. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Dunne Michael. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Dunworth Patrick Joseph. Cpt. 2nd Battalion
  • Dyer James. Pvt. 4th Battalion
  • Eames H.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Elliott T.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Ellis W.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Ellison William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Emerson James Samuel. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.6th Dec 1917)
  • Fagan James Edward. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.5th Oct 1916)
  • Fairbrother S.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Fawkes Frank. L/Sgt. 9th Battalion (d.15th Oct 1918)
  • Felton Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th Jan 1917)
  • Finnie Joseph Paterson. 2nd Btn. (d.11th July 1916)
  • Fitzpatrick James. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion, F Coy. (d.25th July 1915)
  • Flemming W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Fowler Richard. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Foye Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Froom Ernest Harold. Pte. 7/8th Btn
  • Gallagher Thomas. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.29th May 1917)
  • Garbett James. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.10th Mar 1916)
  • Gardiner Samuel. Pte. 11th Btn. Ã?? A Coy. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Gater Herbert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Gates W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Gault Thomas. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Geoghegan William George Richard. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.13th April 1917)
  • Giles Ernest William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Giles Ernest William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd March 1918)
  • Gill W.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Gilliland W. M.M.. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Apr 1915)
  • Gilmore James. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Oct 1914)
  • Gilmour James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Goldsmith M.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Gorman Bernard. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Gorman Francis John. RSM 6th Btn. (d.6th March 1919)
  • Gourley Harold. Pte.
  • Gourley James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Gray John Purves. 2nd Lt 1st Battalion (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Greer J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Grundy Charles. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1918)
  • Hagan Michael. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.5th August 1917)
  • Hammond J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Hamriding James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Hannan James. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Hardy Jocelyn L.. Lt.
  • Harvey Norman. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Harwood Percy Harold. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1917)
  • Hedge Wallace. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Herron Michael. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.16th May 1915)
  • Heslip H.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Hill James. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.10th Sep 1916)
  • Hodgins James Barlow. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Hogan Thomas Murphy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th May 1917)
  • Hope Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th July 1917)
  • Hosier Ernest. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.29th March 1918)
  • Hoye G.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Hull Henry. Pte.
  • Hunter T.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Hunter William. Private 9th Btn (d.4th Feb 1918)
  • Hutchings Peter Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Irvine S.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Jamison William. Sgt. 1st Battallion
  • Johnson Angus. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Johnston Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Keaveney John .
  • Kelly John Sherwood. A/Lt.Col. att. 1st Btn Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers
  • Kennedy Caldwell. 2ndLt.
  • Kerr J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Kirkpatrick Alexander A. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Knight T.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Kyle G.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Lea John. Cpl. 5th Btn.
  • Ledson G. H.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Ledwidge Francis. 5th Btn. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Leonard Michael Joseph. Private 1st Battalion (d.1st May 1915)
  • Lowes N.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Lyons Matthew. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Lyttle J.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Lyttle John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Lyttle John. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Macbeth William. Sgt. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Mackenzie John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Madden George. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Mann William Samuel. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1917)
  • Mason Hambleton. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th August 1917)
  • Maule Robert William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.20th October 1918)
  • McBrine Thomas. Pte. 7th/8th Btn. (d.31st Marc 1918)
  • McCaffrey W. R.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McCann James. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • McClay Thomas. CSM. 9th Btn.
  • McClure William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.11th Nov 1916)
  • McConaghy Arthur. Pte. 9th (Tyrone) Btn.
  • McConaghy Henry. Pte. 9th (Tyrone) Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • McConaghy John. Sgt. 9th (Tyrone) Btn.
  • McConaghy John. Pte. 9th (Tyrone) Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • McConaghy Robert George. Pte. 9th (Tyrone) Btn. (d.6th December 1917)
  • McConaghy Samuel. Pte. 9th (Tyrone) Btn.
  • McCrory Francis. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.19th May 1917)
  • McCurry T.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McDermott Daniel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th May 1916)
  • McDermott Daniel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th May 1915)
  • McEvoy William John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th August 1917)
  • McFarland A.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McGonigal John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Mckay David. Pte. 7th/8th Batt
  • Mckee James. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Mckee William. Pte. 1st Btn. A Coy. (d.21st Aug 1915)
  • McKee William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1915)
  • McKendrick C.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McKenzie James. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.9th August 1916)
  • McKeown Robert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th June 1917)
  • McKeown Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.16th August 1917)
  • McKinley W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McKnight Thomas. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn. (d.21st Feb 1917)
  • McLaughlin Daniel. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • McManus Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.24th Jul 1916)
  • McVitty David Moore. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Meeke Samuel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Jan 1919)
  • Menarry David. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Miller James. L/Cpl. 10th Btn
  • Mills H.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Mitchell J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Mitchell J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Moffett H.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Montgomery William Longmore. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.29th Jun 1915)
  • Mooney Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Moore Thomas William. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Moore William John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Morgan William. 2nd Lt. (d.9th Sept. 1916)
  • Morrison J.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Mulholland William John. Sgt. 7th Battalion (d.6th Mar 1916)
  • Mulligan Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Neely J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Nevin Daniel Patrick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Newton Peter. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Nixon Andrew. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Noble A.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Noble M.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • O?Sullivan Gerald Robert. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1915)
  • Ogden James. 6th Btn. (d.15th Aug 1915)
  • Owens James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Pearson J. G.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Peoples George. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1 July 1916)
  • Philpott George. Sgt. 8th Battalion (d.2nd May 1916)
  • Price Reginald. Pte (d.22nd April 1916)
  • Quinn John. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Quinn W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Rainey Robert Boyd. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Reilly Henry James. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Rice William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Richman William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th April 1917)
  • Robertson John Gilfillan. 2nd Lt. 11th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Robson William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Roulston John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.24th Jun 1916)
  • Roulston Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Rush John. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Rutherford T. A.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Ryan Timothy. Pte.
  • Scott G.. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Scott James Tees. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Seaman Ernest. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Seymour John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Jan 1918)
  • Simm John. Pte.
  • Simpson James. 10th Btn.
  • Simpson Samuel. Pte. 10th Battation became the 2nd (d.29th April 1918)
  • Skillen Joseph. Pte. 7th/8th Battalion
  • Smaje Louis Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Smith John Edward. Sgt. 7th Battalion (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Smith John Edward. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Smith John Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Smith Michael. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Smylie W. J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Somers James. Sgt. 1st Btn (d.7th May 1918)
  • Somers James. Sgt. (d.7th May 1918)
  • Somerville John. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Spence George W.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Spence W. J.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Spencer Francis Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Stephenson Nicholas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Stewart Samuel. Pte 2nd Battalion (d.16 May 1915)
  • Stewart Thomas. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Stratton W. J.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Sutherland D.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Sweeney David. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th April 1916)
  • Taylor Robert. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Tearle John Henry. L/Sgt 1st Btn (d.29th June 1915)
  • Thompson F.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Timmins Joseph John. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Timms Dyson. (d.27th Aug 1918)
  • Tougher Robert Alexander Hunter. Capt.
  • Trumble Owen. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.22nd Dec 1917)
  • Valentine Edward.
  • Vernon Charles Edward Granville . Capt. 5th Btn. B Coy. (d.15th Aug 1915)
  • Vincent J.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Wallace Robert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Wasson C.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Watson Samuel. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Weightman H.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • White J. L.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Wilkinson Joseph Lewins. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Williams William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Williamson Allan. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Wishard J.. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.15th Jun 1917)
  • Wood Robert Richard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Wright George. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Wright Thomas. Pte. 10th Battalion
  • Wylie James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Young Edward John. Sjt. 9th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)

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1206607

Capt. Eric Norman Frankland Bell VC 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

Eric Bell was killed in action 1st July 1916, aged 20 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He was the son of Capt. E. H. Bell, of 22 University Rd., Bootle, Liverpool. Native of Enniskillen, Ireland.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 26th Sept. 1916, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery. He was in command of a Trench Mortar Battery, and advanced with the Infantry in the attack. When our front line was hung up by enfilading machine gun fire Captain Bell crept forward and shot the machine gunner. Later, on no less than three occasions, when our bombing parties, which were clearing the enemy's trenches, were unable to advance, he went forward alone and threw Trench Mortar bombs among the enemy. When he had no more bombs available he stood on the parapet, under intense fire, and used a rifle with great coolness and effect on the enemy advancing to counter-attack. Finally he was killed rallying and reorganising infantry parties which had lost their officers. All this was outside the scope of his normal duties with his battery. He gave his life in his supreme devotion to duty."

S FLYNN




1206145

Pte. Thomas McBrine 7th/8th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.31st Marc 1918)

Thomas McBrine was killed in action on the 31st of March 1918, aged 26 and is buried in the Fouquescourt British Cemetery in France. He was the son of Thomas and Mary McBrine, of Stralongford, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh.

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1205954

2nd Lt. James Samuel Emerson VC. 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.6th Dec 1917)

James Emerson was killed in action on the 6th of December 1917, aged 22 and is commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial, France. He was the son of John and Ellen Emerson, of Collon, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following:- "For repeated acts of most conspicuous bravery. He led his company in an attack and cleared 400 yards of trench. Though wounded, when the enemy attacked in superior numbers, he sprang out of the trench with eight men and met the attack in the open, killing many and taking six prisoners. For three hours after this, all other Officers having become casualties, he remained with his company, refusing to go to the dressing station, and repeatedly repelled bombing attacks. Later, when the enemy again attacked in superior numbers, he led his men to repel the attack and was mortally wounded. His heroism, when worn out and exhausted from loss of blood, inspired his men to hold out, though almost surrounded, till reinforcements arrived and dislodged the enemy.

s flynn




236260

CSM. H. Barlow 7/8 Btn., B Coy. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

I own CSM Barlow's binoculars. The details above are inscribed on the bottom of the case. If anyone knows about him I'd appreciate more information.

Ian Sutherland




236150

Pte. G. Scott 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

I have a photograph of G.Scott found with Thomas William Moore's memorabilia. The details on the back of the photograph give the soldier's name and regiment. Finner Camp 8th of March 1918 is also written on the back of the photograph.

John William Mccleary




236149

G. Anderson 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

I have a photograph of G.Anderson found with Thomas William Moore's memorabilia. G. Anderson was killed on 1st of July 1916 during the battle of the Somme. Thomas William Moore found a photograph in G. Anderson's breast pocket pierced by shrapnel, it is of G. Anderson's girlfriend.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th battalion. G.Anderson is on the back row on the Right.

John William Mccleary




236148

Pte. Thomas William Moore 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

After the war Thomas Moore emigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. This was owing to the political situation in Ireland. His family never heard from him again.

11th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Thomas William Moore is on the back row 3rd from the Left

John William Mccleary




235263

Pte. Andrew Dunn 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

Andrew Dunn was one of eight children (five girls, three boys) born in 1895 to Robert and Margaret Dunn (nee Buchanan). He signed up in St. Johnston in 1914, and was shipped to training and then to France where he fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st of July 1916 at the age of 21. It is to be noted that his paperwork was not correctly recorded as they have dying at the age of 26. Andrew has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, and in his family's church, Ballylennon Presbyterian. Sadly, the family has no photos of Andrew.

Andrew's death devastated the family, and was a driving force in their decision to immigrate to Canada in 1926, in which through his death, they were entitled to the Soldiers Settlement Act which provided them with a parcel of land in Manitoba. Interestingly enough his older brother Robert, who had emigrated to Canada in 1912 joined up in 1914 as well with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Sarah




234418

Pte. Arthur McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Arthur McConaghy was the son of John and Margaret Jane (Sproule) of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 29th September 1914, Service No. 13880.

He was discharged while still at Finner Camp, Co. Donegal on 17th October 1914. Discharged under "Para 392 ECK Reg 1912".

John McConaghy




234416

Pte. Samuel McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Samuel McConaghy, youngest son of John and Margaret Jane (Sproule) of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, Service No. 13190. He took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, and was wounded. He survived the war and returned to live in Sion Mills

John McConaghy




234415

Pte. John McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

John McConaghy, oldest son of David and Mary McConaghy of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, Service no. 16330.

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916. He has no known grave and his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He was 34 years old and had married Margaret Elvin, of Sion Mills on 10th July 1913.





234414

Pte. Henry McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

Henry McConaghy, was the youngest son of David and Mary McConaghy of Albert Place, Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Henry enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, Service No. 13938.

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916 and is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France. He was 21 years old.





234413

Pte. Robert George McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.6th December 1917)

Robert George McConaghy, was the younger of two sons of William and Martha McConaghy of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Robert enlisted in the 9th (Service) Battalion (The Tyrones) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914. He took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, and came through without wounds.

He was killed in action at the Battle of Cambrai on 6th December 1917. He has no known grave and his name is listed on the Cambrai Memorial, Louvreval, Nord, France

John McConaghy




234412

Sgt. John McConaghy 9th (Tyrone) Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

John McConaghy, was the elder of two sons of William and Martha McConaghy of Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He enlisted in the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, The Tyrones, on 2nd October 1914.

He took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, receiving machine gun bullet wounds to his right arm extending from elbow to wrist. These wounds left him unsuitable for front line service and after recovering in a hospital in Sheffield he was eventually transferred to the Labour Corps Serial No. 627449, where he served as a Guard with No. 200 P.O.W. Coy. He also served in the Royal Defence Corps and the Monmouth Regiment. On 9th December 1919 he was transferred to the Army Reserve with the rank of A/C.S.M.

I well remember, as a child sitting on my father's knee, running my fingers down the groove left by the bullet wounds on his right arm, he never talked about it! He died, at the home of his eldest daughter, in Kidderminster, Worcs., England on 19th May 1950.

2 unknown NCO's & A/CSM John McConaghy

Pencil Drawing of 14516 John McConaghy

John McConaghy




234349

James Simpson 10th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Jack Simpson transferred to the 2nd battalion in January 1918. He was severely wounded on 21st March 1918 in the last Battle of the Somme.

Colin




234114

Pte. Louis Henry Smaje 8th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.16th Aug 1917)

Louis Smaje served with the 8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, he was killed on the 16th of August 1917, he was aged 26 and is remembered on the Prescot Roll of Honour, on the Memorial at St Luke's Church, St. Helens and on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

In 1901 the Smaje family lived at 2, Chester Street. The family comprised parents David, 38, an Electrical Cable Capper and Mary, aged 37, along with their children David (17) and Thomas (16), both General Labourers, Simon (12), Louis (9), Ethel (5), Arthur (3) and Herbert (2 months). Louis was born in Liverpool

Louis married May Whittle in the first quarter of 1913 in Prescot. The had two children Frank (1913) and Harold (1915) both born in Prescot. He enlisted in St Helens, Lancs and had previously served as No. 5417, Royal Field Artillery.

His Medal Index Card records that his first Theatre of War was the Balkans, where he arrived on 22nd of September 1915, entitling him to the 1914-1915 Star in addition to his British War Medal and Victory Medal. The 8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers did not serve in the Balkans, and so it is safe to assume that Louis served there with the Royal Field Artillery. It is not clear from the surviving service information exactly when Louis transferred from the artillery to the infantry.

The 8th Battalion had been formed in 1914 at Omagh before moving to Tipperary. After training, they finally moved to England in September 1915 then onwards to join the British Expeditionary Force in France in February 1916.

In Flanders in the summer and autumn of 1917, a series of battles took place which collectively became known as the Third Battle of Ypres. The action in which the 8th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were involved in mid-August was the Battle of Langemarck.

Third Ypres was supposed to have as its strategic aim the liberation of the Belgian Channel ports and their denial to U-boat operation. One imperative that did exist was the need to attack the Germans and take the pressure of the French Army, which was beset by mutiny; another was Haig's need to secure a victory before the Americans arrived. The immediate tactical aim of the offensive was the recapture of higher ground from which the German artillery could observe and accurately bombard any target in the vicinity of the last Belgian town in Allied hands, Ypres. In the end its most significant result was its sucking in and pulverisation of the majority of the divisions of the German Army, in relentless and bloody attrition that fatally weakened its ability to wage grand war.

The British attacks in the summer and autumn of 1917 took place in the wettest weather in seventy-five years. The vital drainage channels of this low-lying area of Belgium were pounded out of existence by the British and German artillery. The water table of the Ypres salient turned into the sea of mud and blood that became known as Passchendaele, after the village that crowns the horseshoe of ridges that lie to the east of Ypres. The village is only 6 miles from the offensive's start line near Ypres but it took the Allied forces four and a half months to reach that goal, at a cost of over three hundred thousand casualties, including Private Louis Smaje.

The Battle of Langemarck began on the morning of 16th August 1917 at 4.45, with a tremendous artillery barrage. Not only were the many German strongpoints bombarded, but a creeping barrage was laid to keep the defenders' heads down as the British infantry advanced. The speed of the barrage advance would have been calculated to be the same as the infantry's pace. An enemy counter-barrage fell behind the British front line and was not a problem for the 8th Inniskillings, but a furious storm of machine-gun fire and snipers' bullets met them shortly after they had begun their attack.

The fortification in front of the 8th battalion was Borry Farm. This was a strongpoint consisting of three concrete dugouts linked by a breastwork. It was garrisoned by at least 100 men and five machine-guns. Both Beck House and Borry Farm were covered from Hills 35 and 37, and from the Potsdam and Bremen redoubts near Zonnebeke.

A and B companies of the 8th Battalion outflanked Borry Farm and managed to advance about 800 yards, keeping in contact with the 7th Inniskillings on their left. A German counter-attack inflicted heavy casualties on these companies, killing, wounding, or capturing all but 30 men.

C company launched frontal and flank attacks on Borry Farm and were reduced to a remnant that took cover in shell holes 50 yards to the west. Increasing German pressure led to the withdrawal of all survivors of the Battalion to their original positions. The battalion had suffered over 60% casualties. At the end of the day, the 16th Division was back where it had started. In his report of the operation the battalion commander attributed the failure of the attack partly to poor communications. German snipers appear to have particularly targeted messengers.

Louis Smaje has no known grave and is commemorated Cot Memorial near Passchendaele.

The Parish Magazine of 25th March 1918 reported that in addition to the already long list of men of the parish who had fallen, six additional names were to be added. Included in them was Pte. Louis Henry Smaje, 25, Enniskillen Fusiliers, killed 16th August 1917, of 36 Scotch Barn Lane, leaves a widow and two children, now living in St Helens. Probably as a result of his widow and children moving to St Helens, Louis Smaje is commemorated on the memorial at St Luke's church in St. Helens.

Tom Potter




234072

Sgt. George Philpott 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.2nd May 1916)

George Phillpot died two months before the birth of his daughter Elizabeth. He left behind a widow and 3 children (including Elizabeth). She grew up never knowing a father.

George Niven




233832

Pte. Henry Hull Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

My grandfather, Harry Hull, served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusaliers. His medal index shows 1914/1920. He was transferred to the Labour Corps, when or why we do not know and have no idea where he served. I remember him as an old man who suffered from shell shock. If anyone can offer more information we would love it.





233735

RSM Francis John Gorman MID, MSM 6th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.6th March 1919)

Frank Gorman was my great grandfather and I have only discovered anything about him a matter of weeks ago. Today is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, and it is only right that he should be remembered with pride by his family. He joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at 15 years and 6 months old in 1891, and served for 21 years 203 days finishing on 8th January 1913, returning to fight in the Great War. He died on 6th March 1919 leaving behind my great grandmother, Isabella, whom he married in 1900, as well as five daughters and two sons. I have no photos.

Paula Holmes




233683

Pte. William Campbell 10th Btn. The Derrys Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.11th August 1917)

William Campbell went into action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme. He was wounded. He went into action again in Flanders on 11th August 1917 and was killed. His name is recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres.





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