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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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Harrison Michael. Capt.
  • Kelly John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1918)
  • Kelly Michael. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Knox Michael. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Lynch Stephen. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1917)
  • McDonald Arthur. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • 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)
  • O'Keeffe Patrick. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.1st Sep 1916)
  • O'Keeffe Patrick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.1st Sep 1916)
  • Penston Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Pocknell John. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th Jun 1916)
  • Quinn John. 3rd Btn.
  • Reader Albert. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • Ryan Michael. Cpl.
  • 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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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. John Pocknell 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.4th Jun 1916)

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

Paul Pocknell


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


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.


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.


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

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

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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


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


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 regimentís 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


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


Sgt. John James Tuohy 4th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

John Tuohy served with the 4th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles.

Declan O'Rourke


Pte. John Doherty 6th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (d.21st Jan 1916)

John Doherty was born in Derry, Co. Derry in Ireland in 1884. His parents were called Manasses and Sarah Doherty. Manasses was the brother of my great grandfather, Constantine, who was a successful shirt maker until his death in 1911. Manasses did not get involved in the shirt making business but was a typographer for the Derry Journal. John was also learning this trade before he enlisted.

According to family history, Manasses was not keen on the idea of John enlisting because Manasses was a staunch Nationalist and saw John's enlistment as essentially taking the side of the British in what would eventually prove to be a brutal conflict between the Irish and the British during - and a long time after - the First World War. However, John went anyway.

To my knowledge, John fought at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Loos, which is where he died. Family legend has it that a piece of shrapnel hit him in the head and this is what killed him. What saddens me the most about John's story is not that he died in the war (although that is very sad) but his father's reaction upon hearing the news. Apparently, when he received the telegram informing him of his son's death, he tore it up, placed it in the fire and ordered the rest of the family never to speak of him again. Shortly after that, he passed away as well so it was left to John's mother, Sarah, to pick up John's belongings and sign all the paper work.

It is easy to say - but no less true because of this - that men like John showed extraordinary courage in signing up for, and fighting in, what has to be the bloodiest war in history. But I think John was a little more than the average because, despite his father's wishes, he still did what he believed to be right and that takes a form of courage all of its own.

Kerry McDaid


Pte. William Summers 5th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

William Summers enlisted on the 2nd of Sept 1914 joining the Somerset Regiment under false name. His real name was William Edmund Larner Semmence he was over 21 years of age. He was transferred to Royal Irish Regiment, 5th Battalion in Longford. He was moved to Basingstoke in England 1915 and sent to Gallipoli where he landed at Suvla Bay on the 7th July 1915 on A-Beach.he was sent to Salonica on the 4th of Oct 1915 and moved to Egypt in Sept 1917 and took part in the 3rd Battle of Gaza. Then in April 1918 he was transfered to France until 1919.


Pte. Francis John Carroll 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

Frank Carroll was a drummer in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment.

Francis Carroll

2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment

Jonathan Towson


Sgt. Michael Kelly 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (d.26th Apr 1915)

Michael Kelly was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Kelly, of Kilkenny; husband of Bridget (nee Saunders) of Kilkenny

Julie Phelan


Pte. William Tynan Royal Irish Regiment

William Tynan was born in Kilkenny Ireland in 1880. I am told he was shot in his hip/thigh and served on a Hospital Ship. I am looking for any information.

Liam Dowling


Pte. Thomas Tynan Royal Irish Regiment

Thomas Tynan received an injury to his thigh. He was born in 1877 Kilkenny, Ireland. I am looking for any information available.

Liam Dowling


Pte. James Brophy 1st Bn. (d.28th April 1918)

James Brophy died in Palestine and is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery. His brother Denis Brophy died of wounds received in France in 1915 and is buried at Southend-on-Sea. Their first cousin was also killed in 1917 at Salonika and is buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery.

All three are from the small village of Killasmeestia, Ballybrophy, Co. Laois, Ireland. I have the Memorial Plaque for both Denis and James Brophy.

James Fitzpatrick


Pte. Patrick O'Keeffe 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.1st Sep 1916)

Patrick O'Keefe is interred at the Quarry Cemetery, Montauban and was aged 22 at the time of his death. His Battalion were part of the 16th(Irish) Division and involved in the Battle of the Somme.

Margaret Nolan


Pte. Thomas "Bones" Eglington 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Regiment (d.7th Aug 1917)

My dad's uncle, Thomas Eglington fought in World War 1 and his brother my father fought in World War 2. Dad was a sailor on HMS Matchless. It took me some time to track Thomas down because they have his name spelt wrong in records. They left out the second G.

Thomas Eglington served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment during WW1 and died, age 21, on the 7th August 1917. He is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. Thomas was the son of Patrick and Annie Eglinton, of 12 Wolfe Tone Avenue, Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), Dublin, Ireland.

Liam Eglington

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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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