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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

    14th February 1916 

    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)
  • Aylward Edward. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.28th October 1918)
  • 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)
  • Daly Michael. L/Cpl. 3rd Btn.
  • Delplanque Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st October 1914)
  • Donohue John James. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Farrell Michael. L/Sgt. Res. Bn. (d.18th May 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.
  • Flynn Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th October 1915)
  • 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)
  • Holton John. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.5th November 1916)
  • Kehoe N.. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.6th March 1918)
  • Kenna Robert Andrew. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.3rd November 1916)
  • Killeen Timothy. Gdsmn.
  • Killerlane Patrick. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Apr 1918)
  • Labrom William John. Pte. 1st Btn
  • Lawless George. 1st Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Madden Gerald Hugh Charles. Lt.Col. 1st Btn. (d.12th Nov 1915)
  • Magee Leslie Horace. Pte. 2/22nd Battalion
  • Manning Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th September 1916)
  • 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)
  • Meara P.. L/Cpl. (d.25th Sep 1918)
  • 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.
  • O'Neill Owen. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Parsons William Edward. Mjr. (d.10th June 1918)
  • Reynolds John. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Smythe Albert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jan 1915)
  • Woodcock Thomas. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Mar 1918)

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Pte. Joseph Flynn 2nd Btn. Irish Guards (d.24th October 1915)

Private Flynn was the son of Mrs Hannah Morrissey of Clonkeen, Maryborough.

He was 18 when he died and is buried in the north east part of the Emo (St. Pauls) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Coolbanager, Co. Leix, Ireland.

S Flynn


L/Cpl. John Holton 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.5th November 1916)

Lance Corporal Holton was 26 when he died.

He is buried near the south east corner of the ruins in the Dunfierth Graveyard, Dunfierth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. Robert Andrew Kenna 3rd Btn. Irish Guards (d.3rd November 1916)

Private Kenna was the son of the late James and Mary Anne Kenna, of Deanery St., Belturbet, Co. Cavan.

He was 23 when he died and is buried north west of the church in the Drumalee Catholic Churchyard, Annagh, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

S Flynn


Gdsmn. Timothy Killeen Irish Guards

Guardsman Killeen was the brother of George Killeen, of Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

He died on 31st July 1919 and is buried between the entrance and the church in the Doonbeg Catholic Churchyard, Doonbeg, Co. Clare, Ireland.

S Flynn


Lt.Col. Gerald Hugh Charles Madden MID 1st Btn. Irish Guards (d.12th Nov 1915)

Lieutenant Colonel Gerald Madden of Hilton Park, 1st Batt. Irish Guards, was severely wounded in the fighting near Bethune on 11th of October 1915, from the effects of which he died in hospital in London. He is buried in the south west part of the Currin Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

S Flynn


L/Cpl. John Reynolds 1st Battalion Irish Guards (d.15th Sep 1916)

John Reynolds served with 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. He was my great uncle I would love if someone had some stories or photographs of him to share.

Bevin Savage


Pte. Edward Aylward 3rd Btn. Irish Guards (d.28th October 1918)

Private Aylward is buried in the north-east part of the Coon Catholic Churchyard, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

S Flynn


L/Cpl. Michael Daly 3rd Btn. Irish Guards

Lance Corporal Daly died on the 2nd February 1919 and is buried in the south-east part of the Caherciveen (Killavarnogue) Cemetery in Co. Kerry, Ireland. His sister lived in Caherciveen.

s flynn


L/Cpl. P. Meara Irish Guards (d.25th Sep 1918)

Lance Corporal P Meara was 24 when he died and is buried in the north-west part of the Borrisokane New Cemetery, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. His mother lived in Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary.

S Flynn


Mjr. William Edward Parsons Irish Guards (d.10th June 1918)

The 5th Earl of Rosse, Major Parsons was the son of Laurence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse, husband of Countess of Rosse (nee Frances Lois Listerkaye). He was aged 44 when he died from wounds received in action and is buried in the family plot in the Birr Old Graveyard, Co. Offaly, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. N. Kehoe 3rd Btn. Irish Guards (d.6th March 1918)

Private N. Kehoe was the son of Mr. N. Kehoe, of Leighlinbridge, Carlow. He is buried south of the church in the Ballyknocken Church of Ireland Churchyard in Co. Carlow, Ireland.

s flynn


L/Sgt. Michael Farrell Res. Bn. Irish Guards (d.18th May 1917)

Lance Serjeant Farrell was the Son of Mrs. Kate Farrell, of Ballintogher, Monasterevin.

He was 27 when he died and is buried about 10 yards from the entrance of the Bally Bracken Cemetery, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

s flynn


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

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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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