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Those known to have served with

Royal Irish Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Anderson Alan James Ramsay. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.20th Oct 1914)
  • Anderson Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Anderson Mervyn Kebble. 2nd.Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.11th May 1915)
  • Anderson Philip Maurice Ramsey. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.24th Feb 1915)
  • Aspill William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Aug 1918)
  • Attley William. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Oct 1916)
  • Baker George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Balmer Edward. Pte. First Labour Company (d.18th Mar 1917)
  • Barago Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.18th Dec 1916)
  • Barsby Charles W. W.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.29th Oct 1917)
  • Bateman Samuel. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.12th Dec 1917)
  • Bates John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Feb 1915)
  • Bennett Patrick. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Apr 1915)
  • Bennett Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Nov 1918)
  • Bilton James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Apr 1915)
  • Boland Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st March 1917)
  • Bolger Michael. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.12th Aug 1917)
  • Bowes Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Mar 1918)
  • Bowsher Thomas Leonard. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Boyce John McMaster. Rfmn. 12th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Boyle Thomas. Pte.
  • Brady George. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Aug 1917)
  • Brannigan John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Jul 1916)
  • Breen Edward. Pte. 2nd Garrison Battalion (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Breen John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Brennan Louis J.. Sgt. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Brewster Richard Gardiner. 2nd Lt. 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Bride Christopher. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.10th Mar 1918)
  • Brophy Bernard. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Brophy James. Pte. (d.28th April 1918)
  • Brown Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.26th Nov 1916)
  • Campbell Archibald. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.8th April 1919)
  • Carroll Francis John. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Clawson Wiliam James. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Clynch Joseph. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.12th Dec 1917)
  • Condon John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Coyne John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Cummins James. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • de_Carteret Henry James. Pte. 6th Btn., D Coy. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Diver John James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.21st August 1916)
  • Doherty John. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.21st Jan 1916)
  • Doherty Patrick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.26th Oct 1916)
  • Duggan Maurice. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Eglington Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Aug 1917)
  • Elliot George Augustus. Lt.Col. 2nd Batn.
  • Fogarty Gerald Joseph. Lt. (d.26th Aug 1917)
  • French Claude Alexander. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.1st June 1915)
  • Friel Edward. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Glennon Jeremiah J.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Harrison Michael. Capt.
  • Keegan Albert. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Kelly John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1918)
  • Kelly Michael. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Kerr Finlay. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.5th July 1916)
  • Knox Michael. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Lynch Stephen. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1917)
  • Mara William. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • McDonald Arthur. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • McElligott Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd July 1916)
  • Meehan William. L/Cpl. 6th Battalion (d.16th Dec. 1916)
  • Merrit Charles. Pte. (d.19th May 1915)
  • Milligan Robert John. Pte. 2/3rd Btn
  • Morrow Stewart. C.S.M. 8th Btn (d.10th July 1916)
  • Murphy John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Nolan Michael. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.18th Dec 1916)
  • O'Keefe William. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.4th November 1918)
  • O'Keeffe Patrick. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.1st Sep 1916)
  • O'Keeffe Patrick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.1st Sep 1916)
  • O'Meara John. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.28th July 1917)
  • Penston Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Phillips Edward George Dunscombe Masters. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Nov 1916)
  • Pocknell John. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th Jun 1916)
  • Quinn John. 3rd Btn.
  • Reader Albert. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • Reddin Michael. Sgt.
  • Ryan Michael. Cpl.
  • Sawyer John Alexander. Pte.
  • Scott Robert. Sgt. 2nd Btn., B Coy (d.13th Feb 1916)
  • Steele A. Pte.
  • Summers William. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Tibbey Thomas Charles. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.7th Sep 1918)
  • Tuohy John James. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Tynan Thomas. Pte.
  • Tynan William. Pte.

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1206070

Cpl. Michael Ryan Royal Irish Regiment

My Grandfather Michael Ryan joined the Royal Irish Regiment on 4th of January 1896, training at Clonmel and then posted to India on 28/10/1897. He earned the India Medal with clasp for Punjab frontier 1897-98. He re-deployed to South Africa 3/2/1902 and transfered to the reserve 20/11/1903. In 25/1/1908 re-enlisted for 6 years in the SR, he was promoted to Corporal on 14/6/1913.

He was mobilised for Great War and arrived in France on the 7th of October. Michael was listed as missing in action between the 19th and 21st of October 1914. He was held as a POW at Hamel and later Limberg. He was repatriated on the 18th of November 1918.

Kevin Daniel Ryan




235013

Sgt. Michael Reddin Royal Irish Regiment

My great grandfather, Michael Reddin, was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1870. He served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in the Boer War as a corporal. He left the Army in 1902 and lived in Manchester with his wife Ellen and children, and was employed as a railway checker.

Michael was an army reservist with the Royal Irish Regiment at the outbreak of WW1 and re-enlisted on 1st September 1914 with the immediate rank of corporal. He was 44 years 11 months old at this time - quite old for an infantry corporal. He was promoted to sergeant during this time, and served in the Balkans with the Royal Irish Regiment. He received the Queen's South Africa and King's South Africa medals, along with the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal. Michael died in Manchester in 1925, aged 55.

Michael Carr




234837

Pte. John James Diver 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.21st August 1916)

Private John James Diver, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment was killed in a night raid on a German trench on the Western Front near Loos on 21st August 1916. The war diary entry mentions the raiding party using Bangalore Torpedoes, which were explosive charges placed within tubes and used to clear obstacles like barbed wire whilst under fire. Officers who were killed that night are named in the diary, Lieutenants Fitzgibbon and Byrne. Five ‘other ranks’ were killed, among them my great uncle John James Diver. His unit was moved from the frontline the next day. He left a young widow and children back in Derry, Ireland. My grandfather William Diver (John James’ younger brother) was also in the 6th Battalion and in a field hospital being treated for shell shock when his brother was killed. He survived the war, and in June 1940 whilst then serving in the Royal Engineers was evacuated from Dunkirk which is only about 50 miles from where his brother was buried 24 years previously. He was later captured by the Germans on the island of Crete in 1941 and spent four years in a POW camp in Germany.

Gerard Diver




234340

Pte. Archibald Campbell 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.8th April 1919)

My great grandfather, Private Archibald Campbell, of the 1st Garrison Btn. Royal Irish Regiment, service number 5727 was killed in Egypt on 8th April 1919 in what has been described as a, 'native disturbance'. In Egyptian history, this period is known as, 'The Revolution'. The death toll, ran into thousands.

He was 47 years old, and left a wife and five children. Many years ago I visited his grave at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. Next to his grave, was the grave of Brigadier General John Charles Campbell V C. Killed the 26th Feb. 1942. I put flowers on both graves. I have found it absolutely impossible to find out anything surrounding the circumstances of my great grandfather's death. I have tried endless avenues and found them all to be cul de sacs. Amazingly, Archibald Campbell has one grandchild still alive; possibly two. I'd love to resolve this matter.

Thomas Denis Costello




233953

Pte. William "Gragga" Mara 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

William Mara served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, he died in March 1955.

John O`Meara




233844

Pte. Jeremiah J. Glennon 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.9th Sep 1916)

My paternal great uncle, Jeremiah Glennon, of Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland served with the 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. He died at the Battle of Ginchy on 9th September 1916, having survived both Hulloch and Guillemont. He is buried in a mass grave, with so many others, and memorialized at the Thiepval Memorial. The 6th Btn. of the Royal Irish Regiment was formed in Clonmel, Ireland on 6th of September 1914.

Kathleen M Glennon




233755

Pte. Patrick McElligott 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.2nd July 1916)

7525 Private Patrick McElligott served with the 2nd Btn Royal Irish Regiment and was from Tipperary Town. He died on 2nd July 1916 of wounds received while fighting in the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Merricourt-L'Abbe, France. Grave reference I.G.8.

John Power




233404

Pte. Henry James de_Carteret 6th Btn., D Coy. Royal Irish Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Henry de Carteret was attested by Cpl Richards (RGLI) and Officer 2nd Lt E Cowley G&A Recruiting Dist on the 9th of February 1915. He gave his previous occupation as a fisherman for Mr Luscombe and recorded his previous service with the Royal Guernsey Militia. He was Shipped to Fermoy for training with some 300 men-240 men of D Company. Of these, 35-40 were trained as Machine Gun Section. Henry joined the Expeditionary Force in France on 17th of December 1915. He was listed missing pressumed dead on 3rd of September 1916. His total service was 208 days. He was killed by the same shell that killed his cousin, Peter de Carteret, whose number was 3188. They had joined on same day.

Michael J de Carteret




231290

Pte. John Alexander Sawyer MM. Royal Irish Regiment

My Grandfather John Sawyer was awarded the Military Medal.

Derek Connor




231091

Pte. John O'Meara 4th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.28th July 1917)

John O'Meara was 20 when he died. He is buried in the North-West part of the Aglish (or Aglishclohane) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Tipperary. He was also known as Meara. He was the son of Mrs. Kate O'Meara, of Main St., Borrisokane.

s flynn




231088

Pte. William O'Keefe 3rd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.4th November 1918)

William O'Keefe was 22 when he died of malaria. He is buried eight yards South-East of main path in the Affane Old Church of Ireland Churchyard

s flynn




229691

Pte. John Pocknell 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.4th Jun 1916)

John Pocknell served with the 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment

Paul Pocknell




227705

L/Cpl. Albert Reader 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment

Albert Reader was taken prisoner between 19th and 24th October 1914 at La Bassee. His POW camp is unknown. He survived the war and was returned home on 20th November 1918. He passed away in 1954, aged 67.

Paul Armstrong




226781

L/Cpl. Arthur McDonald 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment

A prisoner in Wittenberg POW Camp, L/Cpl McDonald volunteered to help the medical staff during an outbreak of typhus, which raged in Wittenberg Camp from January 1915 until late July 1915. Sadly, he contracted the disease and died on 1st June 1915. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, grave XIV.B.10.





226755

Capt. Michael Harrison Royal Irish Regiment

Captain Michael Harrison was a prisoner in Torgau, Burg, Strohen and Magdeburg POW Camps. He was a dedicated escapee making several bids for freedom, finally succeeding when he reached Holland.





226176

Capt. Claude Alexander French 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.1st June 1915)

Claude French was the son of John Alexander and Elizabeth French.

s flynn




225189

Pte. Edward Friel 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.9th Sep 1916)

Edward Friel was a compositor with the Derry Journal and was married with three children, the youngest only five months old when Edward was killed at the battle of Ginchy in 1916. A few days after Edward's death his father received a letter from Edward, posted shortly before he died, where he described in great detail the battle of Guillemont and the mood of the men before and after the battle and his pride in his fellow men and in his Irishness.

Deana Friel




225146

C.S.M. Stewart Morrow 8th Btn Royal Irish Rgt (d.10th July 1916)

Stewart Morrow died on 10 July 1916 from wounds received

Richard Waring




224565

John Quinn 3rd Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

John Quinn, the eldest son of John and Margaret Quinn, Ballygowan, Omagh, joined the army on 22nd July 1915 at Omagh and commenced his military training with the 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Londonderry on 24th July 1915.

On completion of training, John was posted to join the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers based at Suez in Egypt and underwent further training there until his regiment embarked on the SS Wandilla on 10th January 1916 and sailed for Marseilles in France, arriving there on 18th March 1916. John and 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were heading for the front line and war against German troops.

Leaving Marseilles at 10.30pm on 18th of March 1916, the regiment travelled for two days by train to get to Pont Remy. They then marched to Ergnies, arriving at 05.30am where they set up camp and, for the next few days, concentrated on training for war. On 30th of March 1916 at 6.45am, the regiment was on the move again on foot to Amplier, where upon arrival at about 5pm they set up camp and spent the next few days on extensive training. Their next move was to Mailley Maillet at 2.30pm on 4th of April 1916 and by 8th of April 1916 John and his regiment were taking over the trenches at Auchonvillers and experiencing bombardment from German artillery shells.

The regiment set about repairing trenches and their defences and recommenced training (action by the enemy was minimal at this stage, limited to sniping and some bombardment) and this became the routine until 6th of May 1915 when the enemy shelled the regiment's trenches from dawn to dusk but there were no serious casualties. Work commenced to repair trench damage and continued for several days.

However, between 26th and 30th of June 1916 enemy action intensified with the regiment’s trenches being attacked with gas bombs. There were regular raiding parties active on both sides day and night and by 30th of June 1916 casualties were reported as five killed, one missing and 16 wounded - but worse was yet to come.

At 7.30am on 1st of July 1916 the order was given for the regiment to advance on the German trenches. These trenches had been under constant bombardment from allied artillery for the previous seven days. As the regiment advanced they were met with ferocious resistance from the Germans machine guns whose defensive positions were heavily fortified, unbeknown to the advancing British and allied forces, casualties number grew quickly. The advance had failed to gain any ground beyond the enemy wire and the regiment was forced to withdraw. Casualties for the regiment on this day were: officers - four killed, four missing and eleven injured. Other ranks - 50 killed, 225 missing and 265 wounded.

One of those wounded was John Quinn, who had been shot in the thigh with such ferocity that his thigh bone was fractured. Medical evacuation policy gave priority to those with life threatening injuries and with the high number of casualties elsewhere on the front line that day, led to John lying in the trenches for eleven days before he received medical care on 12th of July 1916. Following medical assessment, John was brought back to the UK on 17th of July 1916 and admitted to Western Infirmary at Glasgow for treatment. He remained in hospital until 13th of October 1916 when he was discharged and sent on recuperation leave.

John returned to duty on 30th of October 1916 at Londonderry where he was transferred to the Labour Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment and returned to France on the 12th of February 1917. He continued to serve with the labour battalion until he was declared fit for active service and transferred back to his mother regiment on 15th of September 1917.

On 22nd of March 1918 John was reported missing in action and it was not until 3rd of October 1918 that news was received of his capture by the enemy and that he was a prisoner of war in Germany. John remained a prisoner of war until 22nd of November 1918 when he was repatriated and medically discharged on 4th of December 1918.

Ivan W J Quinn




224124

Pte. Michael Knox 5th Btn Royal Irish Regiment

My Grandfather, Michael Knox, served in WW1. He was born on 3rd of October 1882 in Waterford, Ireland and later moved to Wales were he got married to Ellen Young. We believe he served in the Army in 1914/15. Due to his service he was granted a land in Busselton, Western Australia, and moved there with his wife and children in 1925.

John Knox




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There's a Devil in the Drum

John F. Lucy


A classic. Lucy enl, with his brother in the RIR 1912, 2nd Bn. in France & gives a very fine account of the 1914-1915 campaign.His brother was killed at the Aisne & Lucy was eventually sent home for a rest: ?My leave... was a nightmare.My sleep was broken The simple cover and unusual title do not do this splendid book any favours, for I can honestly say that this is one of the most eloquent and most interesting accounts of the Great War I have read in recent years! This excellent volume tells the fascinating story of John Lucy, a young man from Cork, who shortly after leaving school, was, along with his brother locked out of their home by their Father one evening and told to stay out. They therefore traveled to Dublin and being full of life and spirit and seeking adventure, joined the Royal Irish Rifles in January 1912. After training at the depot and subsequent postings to both Dover and Tidworth, they joined the 2nd Battalion as it moved to France. Sadly his brother was kill
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