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Those known to have served with

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. √É?√?¬†A Coy. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Gater Herbert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Gates W.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Herron Michael. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.16th May 1915)
  • Heslip H.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 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 Samuel. Pte. 10th Battation became the 2nd (d.29th April 1918)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Williams William. Pte. 1st Battalion (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.

s flynn




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




227845

Pte. Robert "Bobby" Taylor MID. 10th Btn. Inniskilling Fusiliers

Robert Taylor joined in 1915 and spent the war in France and Belgium. He was at the Somme and Ypres and was wounded in the arm and taken Prisoner on 22nd March 1918 at St Quentin. He was imprissoned in Friedrichsfeld until the end of the war. Returning home after being discharged on 17th March 1919.

Alan Bratton




226891

Pte. Manus Alexander Costello 7th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.7th Jun 1917)

Manus Costello, born in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, was the son of Patrick and Jane Costello (née Scullion). He enlisted at Omagh, and was aged 28 when he was killed in action on the first day of the The Battle of Messines. He is buried in the La Laiterie Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Liz Costello




226754

Lt. Jocelyn L. Hardy Connaught Rangers

Lt. Jocelyn Hardy was an inveterate escaper, making a total of ten escape attempts during his time in Clausthal, Magdeburg and Schweidwitz POW camps. He finally succeeded and reached freedom in Holland, along with fellow-escapee Captain Willie Loder-Symonds.

While he was a POW he was promoted and transferred to the Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers.





226512

L/Cpl. Alexander A Kirkpatrick 11th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st July 1916)

Alexander Kirkpatrick served with the 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 36th Ulster Division and was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

William Powell




226206

2nd Lt. William Stewart Collen 6th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.7th Aug 1915)

2nd Lieutenant William Collen was klled in action at Suvla Bay on the 7th August 1915 aged 25 years.

s flynn




226169

Francis Ledwidge 5th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.31st July 1917)

Francis Ledwidge was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I on 31st of July 1917 aged 29.

The Irish In Gallipoli.
Where Aegean cliffs with bristling menace front
The treacherous splendour of that isley sea,
Lighted by Troyís last shadow; where the first
Hero kept watch and the last Mystery
Shook with dark thunder. Hark! The battle brunt!
A nation speaks, old Silences are burst.
ĎTis not for lust of glory, no new throne
This thunder and this lightning of our power
Wakens up frantic echoes, not for these
Our Cross with Englandís mingle, to be blown
At Mammonís threshold. We but war when war
Serves Liberty and Keeps a world at peace.
Who said that such an emprise could be vain?
Were they not one with Christ, who fought and died?
Let Ireland weep: but not for sorrow, weep
That by her sons a land is sanctified,
For Christ arisen, and angels once again
Come back, like exile birds, and watch their sleep.

Francis Ledwidge, France, 24th February, 1917

s flynn




226134

Capt. Charles Edward Granville Vernon 5th Btn. B Coy. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.15th Aug 1915)

Charles Edward Granville Vernon was killed in action at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on the 15th of August 1915,aged 31 years The dearly loved elder and only surviving son of Colonel Granville Vernon, Bedfordshire Regiment, and of Rosalie his wife.

s flynn




226105

Pte. Daniel McDermott 2nd Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.6th May 1916)

Daniel McDermott enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in March 1908 in Glasgow. He was born in Derry in 1873. His father James McDermott of 10 Argyle St. Derry, and wife Margaret (O'Malley) Bridge St in Derry. Daniel was killed in action in France on the 5th May 1916 and is buried in Authiele cemetery.

Yvonne




226001

Lt. William George Richard Geoghegan 2nd Btn. Inniskilling Fusiliers . (d.13th April 1917)

William Geoghegan was born on 7th February 1897 and died of his wounds on 13th April 1917.

s flynn




225942

Dyson Timms Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers (d.27th Aug 1918)

Born in Selston Notts, Dyson Timms left a wife Eliza and three children. He died on 27 August 1918 Age 36 and is recorded on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

David Harvey




225741

Pte. William Longmore Montgomery 1st Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.29th Jun 1915)

My great uncle William Montgomery was a member of a regular battalion, the 1st Battalion Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers and was dispatched to Egypt but diverted to the Dardanelle Straits.

He landed at X Beach, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915. He was subsequently wounded twice in the head by a Turkish sniper or snipers. I am unclear about the exact circumstances of his death, but believe that the second shot to his head was sustained as he lay on the ground. The reason for this conclusion was evidenced by the presence of two distinct entry and exit holes in the pith helmet he had been wearing at the time. He survived his evacuation from Gallipoli and the sea trip home. He was treated for his wounds in the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, where he died, aged 18, from his wounds on 29th June 1915. He is buried in First Ahoghill Presbyterian Churchyard.

S J Clark




224573

Cpl. John Lea MM. 5th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

John Lea (or Jack as he was known), was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the face of enemy fire, after he was asked to venture out into no-mans land to repair a vital communication wire that had been broken during heavy bombardment. During this task he was hit in the leg by a bullet. However, he successfully restored communications and made it back to his line. All this took place when his unit was serving in Gallipoli. He never talked much about the war, and still having painful memories he eventually sold all his medals to a calling salesman back in the late 70s for the measly sum of £50. He kept active and was still riding his bicycle when he was in his 70s. He died at the ripe old age of 94. Sadly I have no photo of him.

Kevin Lea




224476

Pte. Bernard "Bertie" Gorman 1st Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Bertie Gorman joined up on the day war was declared. The story is that he ran down the garden, jumped over a hedge onto the road and headed for the local barracks. He told them he was 17 but he may still have been 16. His first theatre of war was the Balkans in July 1915.

He survived the war but suffered from paralysis of the right hand, which was a considerable handicap for someone who was a tailor by trade. Northern Ireland did not prove to be hospitable place for veterans after the war. He moved to Co. Longford for a time and then sought work in Canada. Eventually he and most of his family moved to London where his service record helped him get work in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. He died in 1962 a short time before he was due to retire.

Paul Maguire




224440

L/Sgt John Henry Tearle 1st Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.29th June 1915)

John Tearle was a native of Hertford, Hertfordshire and came from a very poor family. As late as 1895 he was an inmate of the Hertford Union Workhouse. It would appear the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were recruiting in Hertford and he joined them; I'm not sure when, but he was a Lance Sergeant by 1915, so it must have been a few years before WW1.

He was seriously wounded in the Battle of Gully Ravine (24-28 June 1915) and died of his wounds on 29th of June 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign. His body was left behind and no grave was ever found for him. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial at the foot of the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey.

Ewart Tearle




224356

Pte. William McKee 1st Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.21st Aug 1915)

My great uncle William McKee was killed at Gallipoli, age 22. He was first declared missing then assumed dead. His body was never found and is commemorated at the Helles Memorial in Turkey, Panel 97-101.

His brother Alexander Livingston McKee (my grandfather) also served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Alexander McKee




224351

Pte. William Devenny 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusilers (d.16th Aug 1917)

William Devenny was my great uncle who I knew very little about, but on the wall of the old family home was the `death penny and service certificate'. I asked my father and some of my uncles about William but they couldn't tell me very much. He joined up on 27th December 1915 and was reported missing on 16th August 1917. I found out that his name was on the memorial wall at Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery. He died at the Battle of Langemark. I was lucky to visit Tyne Cot in 2012 and lay a cross at William's memorial.

Stephen Hunter




224243

Pte. Michael Herron 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.16th May 1915)

Michael Herron enlisted in Strabane on St. Stephen's Day 1911. He gave a false age as he was only 15. It seems he followed his older brother James Herron (who survived the war). When war broke out, he served with the 2nd Inniskillings & arrived in France with a draft of men on 22nd September 1915. He was listed as missing presumed dead on 16th May 1915 at the battle of Festubert. He was 19 years of age. He has no known grave & is commemorated at Le Touret memorial.

Garret O'Connor




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