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Royal Irish Regiment

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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)
  • Bishop Thomas. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.25th March 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.
  • Bradley William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.13th February 1915)
  • 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)
  • Burke Alexander. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.12th Dec 1916)
  • Butler John. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Feb 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)
  • Coady John. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.1st 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.
  • Cunningham M.. Pte. (d.29th September 1919)
  • 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)
  • Dunne-Hannon Desmond. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Dwyer Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th March 1915)
  • Edwards James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th March 1917)
  • Eglington Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Aug 1917)
  • Elliot George Augustus. Lt.Col. 2nd Batn.
  • Fausset Charles Reginald. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn., Attchd 1st Btn. (d.3rd May 1915)
  • 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)
  • Hanrahan John. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.30th Jan 1917)
  • 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)
  • Kirk Thomas. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.15th March 1915)
  • Knox Michael. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Lynch Stephen. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1917)
  • Lyons Patrick. Pte. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • 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 Btn. (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)
  • Murray Christopher. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.23rd April 1918)
  • Nolan Michael. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.18th Dec 1916)
  • O'Keefe William. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.4th November 1918)
  • 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.
  • Ross Eward. Rflmn. 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • 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.
  • Tuttle Henry. CSM 1st Btn. (d.21st July 1915)
  • Tynan Thomas. Pte.
  • Tynan William. Pte.
  • Wigzell Reginald. L/Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.5th June 1917)

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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


Pte. Thomas Bishop 4th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.25th March 1915)

Thomas Bishop was aged 61 when he died and is buried in the middle of the Cashel (St. John the Baptist) Catholic Churchyard in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. M. Cunningham Royal Irish Regiment (d.29th September 1919)

M. Cunningham served with the Royal Irish Regiment, then with the Labour Corps and Royal Defence Corps. He is buried north east of the Cathedral in the Cashel (Rock of Cashel) Graveyard in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. Michael Dwyer 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.9th March 1915)

Michael Dwyer died of wounds and is buried in the south west part of the Cashel (Hore abbey) Graveyard in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Desmond Dunne-Hannon 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (d.2nd Sep 1918)

I have a war medal for Desmond Dunne-Hannon and want to return it to his family. I have been researching him but cannot find much information.

Suneet Bakarania


Pte. James Edwards 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.8th March 1917)

James Edwards is buried between entrance and ruins in the Bannow Cemetery, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. John Coady 3rd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.1st Dec 1917)

John Coady was the son of Margaret Coady of Chapel St., Ballinakill, and the late Michael Coady. He was aged 3 when he died and is buried in the south-east part of the Ballyouskill Catholic Churchyard, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Alexander Burke 4th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.12th Dec 1916)

Alexander Burke was the husband of Mrs Bridget Burke, of Lady Abbey, Ardfinnan, Co Tipperary. He was aged 42 when he died and is buried south-west of the ruins in the Ballydrinan Old Graveyard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Patrick Lyons Royal Irish Regiment (d.26th Oct 1914)

Patrick Lyons was 32 when he died and is buried in the north-east part of the Ballingarry Old Graveyard in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. John Hanrahan 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.30th Jan 1917)

John Hanrahan was 22 when he died and is buried on the east boundary of the Ballingarry Old Graveyard in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. John Butler 3rd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.26th Feb 1916)

John Butler was the son of William Butler, of Ballincurry, Thurles. He was 26 when he died and is buried near the south-east corner of the Ballingarry Old Graveyard, in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. Christopher Murray 4th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.23rd April 1918)

Christopher Murray was the son of Mary Murray, of Brook St., Ballina. He is buried in the western part of the Ballina (Old League) Cemetery in Co. Mayo, Ireland.

S Flynn


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

Private O'Keefe was 22 when he died of malaria and is buried in the Affane Old Church of Ireland Churchyard in Co. Waterford, Ireland. His grave is Eight yards South-East of main path.

s flynn


L/Cpl. William Meehan 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.16th Dec 1916)

My grandfather William Meehan, was serving in the 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment when he was killed in December 1916. In October 1916, the battalion was moved from the Somme area in France to positions south west of Ypres. Their camp was on the Kemmel-Poperinge road near La Clytte. They remained in that area until mid March 1917. According to the official history, they were in "brigade reserve" and "the routine was four days in front line trenches, four days in support line and eight days in reserve". My grandfather was 1 of 3 officers and 14 men killed during the period October 1916 to March 1917.

According to another historical document I have on the RIR war dead, my grandfather was killed in action on 16th of December 1916. He enlisted in Clonmel but I don't know when. He is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery which makes sense given the location of the 6th Battalion in December 1916. I've not yet had any luck in locating the official war diaries of the 6th Battalion for December 1916. If and when I do, I think there's a good chance of finding out how he died.

Richard Carroll


CSM Henry Tuttle 1st Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.21st July 1915)

Company Serjeant Major Tuttle is buried in the Chikmagalur Cemetery in India.

s flynn


L/Sgt. Reginald Wigzell 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.5th June 1917)

Reginald Wigzell was born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland in 1887. His father, my great grandfather, John Wigzell born in Seven Oaks in Kent was a sergent in the British Army and was stationed in Clonmel. Reginald had a nephew named Reginald Heap,3rd radio officer on ship called Llanashe, who was killed in the 2nd World War when ship was torpediod in 1943.

Reginald O'Toole


Rflmn. Eward Ross 10th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.7th June 1917)

Edward Ross was 15 years old and lied to get into the Army. He died with his best friend who also lied about his age.


Pte. William Bradley 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.13th February 1915)

William Bradley enlisted with the National Volunteers following John Redmond's call to fight for other small nations. Just under 300 nationalists from Derry answered this call and they were led by Redmond's brother, who had already been imprisoned twice for his Irish Nationalist ideals. William Bradley was one of the first to die, succumbing to illness at the Fermoy training camp in Cork where he was buried. His brother Fred joined at the same time and managed to survive for another year before dying of wounds received in Belgium.

Mark Gillespie


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


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

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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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