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Irish Guards

    Regular Battalions:

  • 1st Battalion, Irish Guards
  • 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards
  • 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards

    19th Aug 1914 Reorganisation

    20th Aug 1914 On the Move

    31st Aug 1914 Training

    1st Sep 1914 After our Blood

    29th Sep 1914 Plenty of Fighting to Do

    21st October 1914 The Queens under fire  The night passed without incident, but about 0800 hours the Germans commenced to shell our lines, chiefly 'B' Company and 'D' in reserve and an infantry attack developed all along the line. About 1000 hours, through some misunderstanding, 'B' Company got an order to retire and commenced withdrawing. 'A' Company, who were very strongly entrenched, hung on until about 1300 hours when their right being in the Germans aim and being enfiladed by a German machine gun which had been brought across 'B' Company's trenches, they were obliged to retire. In their retirement they came under heavy rifle & machine gun fire and lost heavily. Captain Whinfield being killed. The ridge along the Zonnebeke to Langemarck Road was then held by part of 'A' Company and a Squadron of Life Guards on the left and other portions of The Queen's on the right. At about 1600 hours a Company of Irish Guards arrived and took over the ridge and The Queens withdrew to the railway embankment where they had been ordered to take up a fresh position. Stragglers were collected here including a party of Warwicks & Royal Welch Fusiliers. Orders were then received for the Battalion to go up the Paschendale Road and get orders from Lieutenant Colonel Cadogan, Royal Welch Fusiliers. The Queens were ordered to fill in a gap between them and the Staffords but it was pitch dark & no-one knew where the Staffords were. Some empty gun pits and trenches on the East of the road were occupied in rear of the line originally held, which were now in the hands of the Germans. Here, 'C' Company, under Captain Alleyne, was found entrenched, having stuck to their original trenches when the Battalion was driven back. Heavy firing broke out to the right front where a patrol had now located the South Staffords. The Cook's Wagons arrived about 1900 hours and rations were issued, but before they could be divided out, fresh orders were received for the Battalion to rendezvous near the crossroads in Zonnebeke. About 2100 hours the Battalion started back, the men having to carry the ration boxes and tools and reached the rendezvous where no guide or anyone was to be seen. The Battalion exhausted, fell out by the roadside while Colonel Coles went himself to get orders, but he returned about 0100 hours (on 22nd October), without finding the Brigade. Major Crofts and a patrol then went out and found that the Regiment was to take up a line on the right of the Warwicks, running South East of Sonnebeke. The Battalion was taken there and the new line was found to be marked by men of the Regiment who had been collected South of Zonnebeke. It was now about 0430 hours (on 22nd October). The Casualties sustained by the Regiment on the 21st October were: Lieutenant G.S. Ingram killed by rifle fire between 'A' Company's trench and the Langemarch to Sonnebeke Road.. 2nd Lieutenant D. Ive killed by a shell on the West of the railway line between the Railway station and the level crossing South of it. Wounded - Major R.C. Whinfield; 2nd Lieutenant G.m. Cobb between the trenches & the Langemarch Road; Lieutenant R.L.G. Heath; Lieutenant & adjutant C.R. Haigh, a slight hand wound; Lieutenant S.C. Williams in 'C' Company's trenches. Totals Killed - 2 Officers & 16 Other Ranks = 18 Totals Wounded - 5 Officers & 118 Other Ranks = 123 Totals Missing - 37 Other Ranks = 37 Grand Total = 178

    26th Oct 1914 Under Fire

    1st Nov 1914 Under Heavy Bombardment

    6th Nov 1914 Action

    7th Nov 1914 In Action

    14th Nov 1914 Pig Sty Wood

    25th Nov 1914 Funeral

    24th Dec 1914 Carol Singing

    27th Dec 1914 Truce Continues

    3rd Jan 1915 At Rest

    1st Feb 1915 Counter Attack

    6th February 1915 1st Bn Herts in action in Pont Fixe road  The Bn paraded at 5.20am and moved to trenches in Pont Fixe road. No.4 Company in support trenches.

    Later No.3 Company went up under orders of Officer Commanding Irish Guards and later still No.2 Coy went up under orders of Officer Commanding 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. Heavy bombardment 2-2.15pm. At 2.15pm parties of 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards assaulted Brickstacks and took the same. The Bn returned to billets in the evening - one man killed.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

    6th Feb 1915 In Action

    18th Feb 1915 Snipers

    25th Mar 1915 Snipers

    17th May 1915 1st Bn Herts in support of the Irish Guards  Bn moved up in support of the Irish Guards in trenches mile East of Rue L'Epinette.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

    18th May 1915 1st Bn Herts attacking  Moved into trenches further east. The Irish Guards attacked at 4.30pm, No.1 Coy in close support of Irish Guards. No.4 Coy in support of Grenadier Guards who also attacked. No.1 Coy and 1 platoon of No.3 Coy and 50 men of No.3 Coy reinforced Irish Guards and entrenched themselves. The Bn took over the Irish Guards from the line about 9pm and dug in. No.2 & 4 Coys in front line, No.3 Coy less 1 platoon in second line, No.1 Coy plus 1 platoon and No.3 Coy third line.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

    20th June 1915 1st Bn Herts change places with Irish Guards  The Battalion moved from Cambrin and Annequin to Sailly Le Bourse, changing places with the Irish Guards.

    War Diary of the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment

    30th Sep 1914 Position Held

    10th Nov 1915 Shells in France

    6th Dec 1915 In the Trenches

    21st Aug 1916 Sickening Sight

    25th Oct 1917 In the Wood

    11th Nov 1917 On the March

    12th Nov 1917 On the March

    13th Nov 1917 On the March

    17th Nov 1917 On the March

    18th Nov 1917 On the March

    19th Nov 1917 On the March

    30th Nov 1917 Enemy Advance

    1st Dec 1917 In Action

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Those known to have served with

Irish Guards

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Allgood Henry. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.14th Feb 1915)
  • Aspell Michael. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Barter Joseph. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.25th Jan 1916)
  • Barton Thomas Eyre. Lt. (d.August 1916)
  • Beglan Michael Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.14th Oct 1915)
  • Beglan Michael. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.14th Oct 1915)
  • Bell Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.5th Dec 1917)
  • Benbow Edwin J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th May 1915)
  • Bergin Joseph. SSgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Blacker-Douglass R. St. John. 1st Battalion (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Blood Michael. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Sep 1914)
  • Bodie Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Branagan Eugene. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.25th July 1917)
  • Brennan Christopher. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Brennock William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Brewster John C.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th Jul 1915)
  • Brooke George. Lt. Special Reserves (d.7th Oct 1914)
  • Brooke George. Lt. 1st Btn. (d.7th Oct 1914)
  • Brophy James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Oct 1915)
  • Brown John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Sep 1914)
  • Budd Edward. 2nd Lt. 116th Coy. 12th Div Train (d.8th May 1918)
  • Carton Hugh. 1st Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Creswell Andrew. Pte 2nd Btn. C Coy
  • Cummings Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jan 1915)
  • Delplanque Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st October 1914)
  • Donohue John James. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Finan Frank Mark. Pte. 10th Btn (d.24th Aug 1918)
  • FitzClarence Charles. Brig.Gen. (d.12th Nov 1914)
  • FitzGerald Maurice. (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Flaherty Thomas.
  • Gogarty Christopher. Pte. (d.30th March 1918)
  • Harman Edward Stafford-King. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Hennessey James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th August 1915)
  • Herbert-Stepney Herbert Arthur. Maj. 1st Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Holden Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Holden Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Killerlane Patrick. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Apr 1918)
  • Labrom William John. Pte. 1st Btn
  • Lawless George. 1st Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Magee Leslie Horace. Pte. 2/22nd Battalion
  • Mannion Francis. Pte 2nd Btn (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Marshall James Neville. Lt.Col. attached 16th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • McCann John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th March 1918)
  • McCluskey Thomas. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.6th Nov 1916)
  • McIntyre Alex. Sgt. 1st Btn (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Moodie Donald. 2nd Btn
  • Murtagh William. Pte. 1st Btn., No. 4 Coy. (d.17th February 1915)
  • O'Brien Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th December 1917)
  • O'Connell Benjamin. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th Aug 1918)
  • O'Farrell Archibald Hugh. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn. (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • O'Hare John Joseph. Pte. 2nd Battalion, 4th company
  • O'Leary Michael John. Mjr.
  • Smythe Albert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jan 1915)
  • Woodcock Thomas. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Mar 1918)

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Pte. James Hennessey 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.8th August 1915)

Pte Hennessey is mentioned on the war memorial at Dosthill, Warks as he worked at local Pooley Hall Colliery.

He is buried at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France.

Ian Shuter


Pte. Charles Delplanque 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.21st October 1914)

Charles Delplanque was a shirt cutter from Dublin and was 34 years of age when he was killed.

Kavan Graney


Pte. Michael O'Brien 2nd Btn. Irish Guards (d.26th December 1917)

Private Michael O'Brien was 27 when he died. He is buried in the south-west part of the Athy (St. Michael's) Cemetery, Grave No. 3.

s flynn


Pte. John James Donohue 3rd Battalion Irish Guards (d.22nd Nov 1917)

John James Donohue was the son of Andrew Donohoe, of Cabul House, Ferrybank, Arklow. He was 22 years old when he died. He is buried in Arklow Cemetery.

s flynn


SSgt. Joseph Bergin 2nd Btn. Irish Guards

Joseph Bergin was my grandfather and he joined the Irish Guards in Dublin on the 30th of January 1914. He trained at Warley Barracks and was drafted to France in August of 1915, initially to the guards division base which was at Harfleur near le Harve. He spent about 4 weeks with the 7th Entrenching Battalion operating near the Somme region, and then joined his battalion as he saw his first action at Neuve Chapelle in October 1915. He moved north for the 2nd Battle of Ypres. He got sick, 'disordered action of the heart' and came home for 1 year before going out again in July 1917.

He saw action near Langemark at the crossing of the Broenbeeke river during October 1917, and was moved south with his battalion for the Battle of Cambrai in November that year. During that battle he was injured receiving gunshot wounds in his right eye and right leg during an offensive in Bourlon Wood about 4 miles from Cambrai. He was taken back to Southampton on board the hospital ship the Carisbrooke Castle and then on to another hospital in Cardiff for treatment and recovery. In November 1918 he was resuming training and preparing to go to the front for the 3rd time when the war was ended.

I only knew him for a short time, I was 6 when he died. From what I remember he did not speak much about the war, but he did tell me that he once went into a wood with 12 comrades and only 2 of them came out alive. He must have been referring to Bourlon Wood, as the Irish Guards and other regiments of the Guards division took heavy casualties on that day 27th of November 1917.


The carnage in Bourlon Wood after the Battle of Cambrai November 1917

Kevin Bergin


Lt. George Brooke 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.7th Oct 1914)

Lt George Brooke, Lieutenant died on the 7th of October 1914 of wounds received at the Battle of the Aisne. This cross was used to mark temporarily his grave in the Guards corner of the cemetery at Soupir. Gloria finis. A window in the church is dedicated "To the glory of God and in memory of George Brooke, Lieutenant, Irish Guards, Eldest son of Sir George Brooke, 1st baronet of Summerton. Born 10th June 1877."

s flynn


Maj. Herbert Arthur Herbert-Stepney 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.7th Nov 1914)

Major Herbert Herbert-Stepney was killed at Klein Zillebeke, near Ypres on the 7th of November 1914 When in command of his regiment.

s flynn


George Lawless 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.15th Sep 1916)

George Lawless was killed in France on the 15th of September 1916, aged 20 years.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Archibald Hugh O'Farrell 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.27th Sep 1918)

2nd Lt. O'Farrell was killed in France, aged 19.

S Flynn


Capt. Edward Stafford-King Harman 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.6th Nov 1914)

Edward Harman was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Stafford, Bart. He was killed in action at Klein Zillebecke, near Ypres on 6th November 1914.

S Flynn


Pte. John McCann 2nd Btn. Irish Guards (d.29th March 1918)

My great uncle John McCann was born and raised in Ballydrehid, Co. Sligo. The story goes that he was only sixteen when he left to enlist in the British Army. He was a soldier in the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards Regiment. He died on 29th March 1918. He is buried in Etaples. So far I have been unable to discover any more details or any photos.

Catherine Kelly


Maurice FitzGerald Irish Guards (d.4th Sep 1918)

Maurice FitzGerald served with the Irish Guards, he died of wounds on the 4th of September 1918

s flynn


Pte. Henry Holden 2nd Btn. Irish Guards (d.13th April 1918)

Pte Henry Holden of the Irish Guards was the son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Holden (my great grandperants on my father's side) of 63 Cllarence Street, Newton-le-Willows. He was educated at St Mary's Newton-le-Willows. He joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1911, and he had been wounded four times, but was in the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 13th of April 1918, having been reported missing. He was 25 years old & had been in the army seven years.

Kevin Ashcroft


Pte. Henry Holden 2nd Btn. Irish Guards (d.13th April 1918)

My Great uncle was Henry Holden, son of Jane & Thomas Holden of 63 Clarence Street, Newton le Willow. He was educated at St. Mary's & enlisted in army in 1911, No. 66808 in the Royal Field Artillary. He transferred to 2nd Btn, Irish Guards. He had been four times wounded and died 13th April 1918 at the Battle of Hazebrouck. His body was never found but he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial

Paper Clipping

Kevin Ashcroft


Cpl. Thomas McCluskey 1st Battalion Irish Guards (d.6th Nov 1916)

Thomas McCluskey served with the 1st Btn. Irish Guards and died on the 6th of November 1916.

Joan Murphy


Pte. Michael Beglan 2nd Battalion Irish Guards (d.14th Oct 1915)

Private Michael Beglan died in in action in France. The news was learned in Mullingar with deep regret. Michael who was a son of Mr Thomas Beglan, of Austin Friars, Mullingar, was well known and highly popular in the town.

Before enlisting, less than four months earlier, he was employed as an assistant on the licensed premises of Mr Hugh Fallon, Mount Street, Mullingar. The particulars of the manner in which he met his end make very sad reading. It appears he was being carried from the trenches, having received a wound in the side, when a shell burst close to the stretcher bearers. A piece of shrapnel struck Michael on the head, killing him almost instantaneously. The stretcher-bearers were knocked down, and had themselves to be attended to. It is probable that it was in the vicinity of the fighting near Loos during the great attack, when the Germans were completely vanquished, that Michael Beglan met his end.

Jacqui Freegard


Pte. Michael Joseph Beglan 2nd Btn Irish Guards (d.14th Oct 1915)

Michael Beglan was the third of eleven children of Thomas and Mary-Anne Beglan, it is said that he had a great sense of humour, he passed his school leaving certificate and began his working life as a teacher, but left in favour of working in a licenced premises in Mullingar, before joining up in 1915.

The circumstances of his death are very sad. He had already been wounded and was being stretchered to safety when a shell exploded, injuring both stretcher bearers, and at the same time a piece of the shell passed through Michaels head killing him instantly. Like many other mothers and relative's of the time, Michael's mother took his death very hard and died herself two years later.

Jacqueline Freegard


2nd Lt. Edward Budd MC and Bar. 116th Coy. 12th Div Train Army Service Corps (d.8th May 1918)

Edward Budd (1894-1918) was my uncle. I have 92 of his letters from the Western Front. I quote from a letter to his father written 7th June 1915 just after his Division had landed in France.

"Ypres, France - My dear Dad, Thank you for your letter and the tobacco is very good. I was not able to write the last few days as we were on the move and I was at work from 6 am till 11 pm with hardly time to eat. We are now in new billets and some of our Division go into action soon. I went 2000 yds from the German lines today and only heard one shell which fell about 200 yds from us we were in the car. I am writing in bed and will post this tomorrow. This town smells and is full of gnats and mosquitos. I have any amount of work and I can only just get done in the day. I see Owen pretty often he seems fit he works very hard and is very good indeed at his job. We hear guns all day and night and often maxim and rifle fire. Best love yr loving Edward"

Edward, unable to transfer to the RFC in 1916 - he seems to have found the ASC a bit boring(!) he transferred to the Irish Guards instead, and was gazetted as a 2nd Lt with them in August 1916. It was while serving with the latter he was awarded the MC and bar. By the time he was killed in May 1918 he had been promoted to Captain. He is mentioned several times in Rudyard Kipling's History of the Irish Guards.

Virginia Budd


Thomas Flaherty Irish Guards

I would like to find the names of all the soldiers in this photograph. My Grandfather Thomas Flaherty from Galway City Ireland is third from the left in the second row.

Frank Lally


Pte Andrew Creswell 2nd Btn. C Coy Royal Inniskilling Fusilers

Andrew Creswell is my grandmother's brother. He served with the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers until December 1914 then became 1015 Pte Creswell in the Army Cyclist Corps before being discharged from the East Yorkshire Regiment as 36606 Pte A Creswell. I have his three medals. After being discharged he joined up again serving in the Irish Guards. I believe he moved to Swindon.

John Pitchford

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The Irish Guards in the Great War: The First Battalion

Rudyard Kipling

This historical work by the great Kipling has all but been forgotten. As the title indicates, it covers the actions of the Irish Guards' First Battalion in World War I. Although Kipling was always a friend to the soldier, this book had special meaning to him since his son fought with and was killed in the unit. A towering piece of regimental history by one of our greatest writers.
My Boy Jack?: The Search for Kipling's Only Son

Toni Holt

When noted author Rudyard Kipling pulled strings to get his son a commission in the Irish Guards at the beginning of World War I, he little realized he was sending the young man to his doom. Many years after Rudyard Kipling's own death in 1936, and after further decades of historical detective work, John Kipling's grave finally received a proper headstone in 1992.


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