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Those known to have served with

Royal Irish Rifles

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Dickson. Rfm. 11th Btn. (d.7th Sep 1916)
  • Adams Dickson. Rfmn. 11th Btn. (d.7th Sep 1916)
  • Aggas George Robert. Rfm. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Agnew Joseph. Rfm 10th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Allan Arthur James. Rfmn. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Allgood B.. Capt. 1st Btn.
  • Allsopp Matthew. 14th Btn. (d.1st Nov 1916)
  • Anderson Stanley Orme. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Arbuthnot William Henry. Rifleman 9th Btn. (d.8 January 1916)
  • Armstrong Charles. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Arnold Thomas. Rflm. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Ashe Thomas. Rfmn. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Ashe W. G.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Attley George. Rfmn. 1sr Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Atwell Robert Erskine. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Ayre Samuel. Rfmn. 11th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Bailey Edward. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Baker W. J.. Rfm. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Balmer Edward. Pte. First Labour Company (d.18th Mar 1917)
  • Barker Arthur. Rfm. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Oct 1916)
  • Barker John. Rfmn. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Barnes David. Rfmn. 1st Btn. (d.6th Sep 1917)
  • Barnett Robert Henry. Rfm. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Barrington L. S.. 1st Btn.
  • Barry Peter. Rfm. 1st Btn. (d.4th Oct 1918)
  • Barton Thomas Eyre. 2nd Lt. 14th Btn. att. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Jul 1916)
  • Baxter Samuel. L/Cpl. 15th Btn.
  • Bayly L. M.. Capt. 1st Btn.
  • Beatty Thomas. Rfm. 2nd Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Beggs Thomas Alex Thompson. Pte. 14th Battalion
  • Beggs Thomas Alexander Thompson. Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Behan James. Rfm. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Behan John Joseph. Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.23rd Apr 1916)
  • Bell Austin. Sgt. 16th Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
  • Bell John Joseph. Rflmn. 6th Battalion
  • Bell Patrick. Rfmn. 6th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Bell Thomas John. Rfn. C Coy. 13th Btn. (d.28th Jun 1916)
  • Bell William J.. Rfm 15th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Bennett Robert William . Rfm. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bingham Alfred. Rflmn. 9th Battalion (d.5th Feb 1916)
  • Bird Alfred Thomas. Rfm. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bird Edward. A/Sgt.
  • Birnie Robert. Rifleman 12th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Birnie Robert. Rflmn. 12th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Black John. Rflmn. 12th (Mid Ulster) Btn. (d.1st July 1915)
  • Blackadder Thomas. Rflmn. 9th Btn. (d.24th March 1917)
  • Blair A. G.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Blair T.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bloomfield Arthur Henry. Rfm. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bloomfield Michael. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Blunden Robert. Rflm. 15th Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Boland James. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.20th July 1918)
  • Boland Patrick. Rflm. 1st Btn. (d.23rd July 1915)
  • Bond Joseph. Rflm. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bond T. M.. 2nd Lt. 11th Btn.
  • Booth Hudson. Rflmn. 14th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bothwell R.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1917)
  • Boulding Frank Thomas. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Boulger John. Rflm. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd May 1915)
  • Bowes Michael. Rflm. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Bowler Harold. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.28th Jul 1917)
  • Boyle John Kemmy. Capt, 2nd Btn. (d.21st Oct 1918)
  • Brady Edward. Rflm. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Brady Edward. Rflm. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Branigan John. Rflm. 1st Btn. (d.21st Oct 1918)
  • Breen James. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Jun 1917)
  • Brennan Eugene. Rflm. 1st Btn. (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Brennan James. Rflm. 2nd Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Brennan Patrick Leslie. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Brians Thomas Hutchinson. Rfm. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Brien Phelim. Rfm. 1st Btn. (d.14th Nov 1916)
  • Broghan Patrick. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Brooks Patrick. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Brough Walter. Rflmn. 7th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Brown Christopher. L/Cpl. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Brown James. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Brown John. Lance Sjt. 9th Btn. A Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Brown Patrick. Rflm. 1st Btn. (d.24th Jun 1915)
  • Brown William. Cpl. 1st Garrison Battalion (d.28th Jun 1917)
  • Bruce James. Rfm. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bryan Alfred. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.2nd August 1917)
  • Bryans Frederick. Rflmn. 15th Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Burges W. A.. Lt. 1st Btn.
  • Burnett Corry. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Burns John. Rflmn. 1st Battalion (d.21st March 1918)
  • Burns William. Rfmn. 9th Bn. (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Bustard W. E.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Campbell John. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.14th Jul 1917)
  • Campbell Lawford Burne. Lt. 12th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Campbell William John. Rfmn. 12th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Carbery Miles Bertie Cunninghame. Capt. 1st Btn. C Coy. (d.17th Oct 1914)
  • Careswell Ernest Francis. Pte 15th Btn (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Casey Charles John. Lt. 15th Btn.
  • Cassidy William. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Cathcart Herbert. Rfm. 2th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Cathcart Herbert. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
  • Clarke Jack. Pte. 1st Btn
  • Clarke Jackson. Sgt. 1st Btn.
  • Clements Houston. Rfmn. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Oct 1918)
  • Clinton-Baker O.. Lt -Col. 1st Btn.
  • Clydesdale John. Rfm. 15th Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Coleman Robert John. Rfmn. 12th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Collins Walter. 9th Btn.
  • Colvin Robert. Rfm. 12th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Connolly Charles. Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Copeland A. Sjt Mjr. 1st Btn.
  • Corkin Thomas Robert. Rflmn. 16th Btn. (d.21st June 1917)
  • Corscadden Francis Theodore. 2nd Lt. 14th Btn. (d.1916)
  • Cox Albert Edward. Rflmn. 14th Btn. (d.21st April 1917)
  • Craig James. Rflmn. 15th Btn. (d.4th October 1914)
  • Craig Thomas. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Crawford Samuel. Pte.
  • Crilly Robert. Pte. 16th Btn.
  • Crozier James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.27th Feb 1916)
  • Crutchley Sidney Charles. 6th/7th Btn.
  • Cullen Frederick. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Currie David. Rfm. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Darling W. O. F.. Lt. 1st Btn.
  • Davidson Edward. L/Cpl. (d.14th April 1918)
  • Davidson Samuel. WO2. 16th Btn.
  • Davidson Thomas. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.15th July 1916)
  • Davison J. H.. 11th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • De Carteret Henry James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.3rd September 1916)
  • Deane R.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Dennis Richard Thomas. 2nd Lt. (d.19th Dec 1918)
  • DeWind Edmund. 2nd Lt. 15th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Dobbin J.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1917)
  • Dodds James. Rflmn. 10th South Belfast Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Donovan Jeremiah. Rfm. 2nd Btn. C Coy. (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Dowds H.. 15th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Downey Sydney James Livingston. 2nd Lt. 14th Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Dunwoody Samuel. 2nd Lt. 16th (Service) Battalion (d.5th Oct 1918)
  • Ewart C. F. K.. Capt. 11th Btn.
  • Falkiner Frederick Ewen Baldwin. 2nd Lt. (d.21st Aug 1917)
  • Farran Edmond Chomley. Capt. 3rd Btn. att. 2nd Btn. (d.16th June 1915)
  • Fee Robert. Rfmn. 13th Btn.
  • Fell David. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.29th March 1918)
  • Finn Albert.
  • Fitzsimons J. F.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Foster Henry. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Foster William. CSM. 10th Btn. B Coy.
  • Frazer James Isaac. Sgt 8th Btn
  • Furniss James E. 4th Bn (d.30th July 1917)
  • Gallagher Thomas. Rflmn. 1st Battalion (d.24th April 1917)
  • Gault James. Pte. 13th Battalion
  • Gentle Sidney. Rfmn. 15th Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Girvin William David. Rflmn. 15th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Givens W. N.. 1st Btn.
  • Gorman Gilbert. L/Cpl. 16th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1916)
  • Gorman Gilbert. Rflmn. 16th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1916)
  • Graham George. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Grant Malcolm. L/Sgt. 15th Btn. Attchd. 107th Trench Mortar Bty. (d.3rd January 1917)
  • Gray Samuel Singleton. Rflmn. 15th Battalion (d.21st March 1918)
  • Hadden Ernest Samuel. Rfmn. 10th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Hale Neason Henry. Rfmn. 1st Battalion (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Hamilton John Irvine. Rflmn. 9th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Hanna John. Rfmn. 12th Btn. (d.2nd Jun 1917)
  • Hawthorne G. A.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Hayes Robert. Pte. 9th Btn
  • Healey John Frederick. Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.2nd July 1916)
  • Hellmers A G.A.. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn.
  • Henderson J.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Henry William James. Rflmn. 15th Btn. (d.31 Lilliput Street, Tiger's Bay)
  • Hill William Quintis Ewart. L/Cpl. 14th Btn. (d.16 Aug 1917)
  • Hoey William Robert. Rflmn. (d.15th July 1916)
  • Hone Nathaniel Frederick. 3rd Bn. attd. 9th Bn
  • Hoy G. A.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Hoy Samuel. Rfmn. 10th Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Humphries William John. Cpl. 16th Btn.
  • Ireland James. 15th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Jamison John. 11th Btn.
  • Jamison William. W/O
  • Kane J.. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1917)
  • Kearney Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Keenan William. L/Cpl. 14th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Kelly David Fergus Ferguson. Rfm. 9th then 15th Battalion
  • Kelly John. Pte. 8th Btn
  • Kendrick Ernest. CSM. (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Kennedy Andrew William. Rifleman. 2nd Btn. (d.7th May 1915)
  • Kerr A G.. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Kerr William. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Larmour George. Rflmn. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Larmour William. Rflmn. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Larmour William. Rflmn. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Latimer W.. 15th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Laverty David James. 12th Btn.
  • Leary James William. Pte.
  • Leighton William Alexander. Rflmn. 7th Btn (d.19th May 1916)
  • Leinster David A.. Rfm 10th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1917)
  • Lewis William. Rfmn. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Lockhart Robert. Rfmn. 11th (South Antrim Volunteers) Btn.
  • Love Frank. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Oct 1918)
  • Lynch Patrick. Rfmn. 14th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Macaulay Samuel. Cpl. 14th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Mack Robert. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Mackill James. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Madden William Henry. Capt. 16th Btn. (d.24th March 1918)
  • Magee Robert. Rfm. 12th Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1917)
  • Maher James. Pte.
  • Manchester Arthur Alonzo. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Martin Thomas. Pte. 14th Battalion (d.6 May 1916)
  • Martin Thomas Neill. Pte. 16th Btn.
  • Martin William. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • Matthews Thomas. Rfm 12th Btn. (d.15th Aug 1917)
  • Mcannally James. Rfm. 15th (N. Belfast) Battalion
  • McBride Samuel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Dec 1916)
  • McCandles Adam. Rflmn. 6th Battalion (d.30th Aug 1915)
  • McCann James. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.9th Dec 1914)
  • McCleary R J. Sergeant 1st Battalion (d.22nd July 1915)
  • McCleery A.. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McClelland David. Rfmn. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Oct 1914)
  • McClelland James Arthur. Rfmn. 13th Btn. A Coy. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • McClelland James. Rflmn. 2nd Battalion (d.6th Aug 1917 )
  • McClelland Samuel David. Rfm. 13th Btn.
  • McClelland William John. Rflmn. 13th Battalion, B Company
  • McClements William James. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • McComb Francis. Rfm 11th (South Antrim) Btn
  • McComb James. Rfm. 11th (South Antrim) Btn.
  • McCosh Samuel Osborne. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.19th Jun 1918)
  • McCoubrey James. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.2nd Jun 1917)
  • McCoy J.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McCracken J. E.. Rflmn. 15th Btn. (d.19th Mar 1916)
  • McCracken Joseph. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.3rd Aug 1916)
  • McCready James Morrison. Rfm. 12th Btn. (d.25th Aug 1918)
  • McCrory Samuel. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McCullough Andrew. Rflmn. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Oct 1918)
  • McCullough Joseph Craig . Rfmn. 9th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McDowell William. Rfm 8th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • McGusty George Ross. Lt. 8th Btn. (d.14th June 1916)
  • McIlroy Samuel. 14th Btn. att 109th Light Trench Mortar Bty (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McKay Matthew. Rfmn. 12th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • McKee Harry Olphert. A/Capt 12th Btn
  • Mckelvey William. Pte. 16th Pioneer Battlion
  • McKibben John Hill. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • McKibben William James. Pte.
  • McKinley James. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • McMillan James. Sgt 8th Btn
  • McNally F.. Rfm. 14th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • McNeill Robert Boyd. Cpl. 15th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • McNeilly David William. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • McNeilly William Hutton. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • McQuillan William James. Sgt. 11th Btn. D Coy. (d.19th May 1916 )
  • McWilliams Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn. (East Belfast) (d.10th Feb 1916)
  • Meehan William. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.16th Dec 1916)
  • Mepham Henry. Rfmn. 15th Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Mercer Samuel. L/Cpl. 14th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Middleton Luke McQuitty. Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Mills J.. Rfm. 16th Btn. (d.21st Jun 1917)
  • Mills Robert. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.29th March 1918)
  • Moore John Trid. 14th Btn. att 109th Light Trench Mortar Bty (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Moore Robert. Pte. 11th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Moore William. Rifleman 10th
  • Morrow Arthur Galway. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Mortimer Fred. Cpl.
  • Motum William George. CSM. 1st Battalion (d.10th Mar 1915)
  • Mulcahy-Morgan Edward Spread. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Mulcahy-Morgan Francis Campion. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.6th Sept 1916)
  • Mulholland Alexander. Pte.
  • Mulholland David. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.16th January 1916)
  • Munn Henry. Sgt. 11th Btn. B Coy.
  • Murphy John. Pte. 48th Mobile Section
  • Murphy M.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Mussen Richard. Rflmn. 1st Battalion (d.21st March 1918)
  • Nesbitt David. Pte. 16th Btn.
  • Nicholl Samuel. Rfmn. 10th Btn.
  • Nicholl Samuel. Rflmn. 11th Bat.
  • O'Mahony Daniel Joseph. Sgt.
  • O'Neill Joseph. Rflmn. (d.6th Sep 1918)
  • O'Sullivan A. M.. Capt. 1st Btn.
  • Orr Matthew. Sgt. 11th Bn.
  • Orr Matthew. Sgt 11th Btn
  • Palmer J.. 15th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Patton T. J.. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Peake Walter. Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Penston Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Porter Ernest. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.3rd March 1917)
  • Porter John Gillespie. Sgt. 18th Btn. (d.27th March 1917)
  • Pritchard Robert. Sgt. 13th Btn
  • Ramsey Robert. Sgt. 12th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1917)
  • Rankin Thomas Henry. Rflmn. 11th Btn.
  • Reid A. D.. Lt -Col. 1st Btn.
  • Reid Martin. Pte.
  • Richardson I.. 10th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Ridgway William Henry. L/Sgt. 14th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Rilley James Henry. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.14th Feb1918)
  • Robinson David. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Robinson W. J.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Rock Hugh. Rifleman 11th Battalion (d.8th June 1917)
  • Rooney Peter. Pte. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Ross Edward. Rflmn. 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Russell Christopher. Rfm 15th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Sands Peter. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.15th Sep 1915)
  • Scott James. Rfm 15th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1918)
  • Scott James Herbert. Rflmn. 14th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Scott Walter. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917 )
  • Shall Henry Charles. Rfmn. 14th Btn. (d.6th May 1917)
  • Shields James. Sgt. 14th Btn.
  • Shorter Alfred. Pte. 16th Bn (d.2nd Dec 1917)
  • Sixt Charles Joseph. Rfmn. 15th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1917)
  • Slacke Charles Owen. L/Cpl. 14th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Sloan Samuel. Rfm. 2nd Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Sloan Samuel. Rifleman
  • Sloan Samuel. Rifleman 2nd Battalion (d.8th July 1917)
  • Smyth E. F. Mjr. 11th Btn.
  • Smyth George. Rifleman 1st Batallion (d.30th Dec 1914)
  • Smyth George. Rfm. 1st Btn. (d.30th Dec 1914)
  • Spalding John. 15th Btn.
  • Spence James. Pte. 8th Bn
  • Starrett James. Rfm. 12th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Steele A. Pte.
  • Steele David. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Stokes-Hatte Edward. 2nd Lt. (d.15th/16th Aug 1917)
  • Sullivan Bernard. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Templeton James. Rflmn. 15th Btn. (d.19th Mar 1916)
  • Thompson J. C.. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn.
  • Thompson William John. Rflmn. 13th Battalion, B Company (d.30th May 1916)
  • Tipping William James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Toman Patrick. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Topping Samuel. Rflmn. 11th Battalion (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Torrans Samuel. Rfmn. A Coy,10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Tumilson Robert. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • Tyndall Samuel. Pte.
  • Wade William. Rfmn. 12th Btn. (d.2nd Jun 1917)
  • Waring Samuel. CSM.
  • Watson David. Rfm. 12th Btn.
  • Watson J.. 10th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Watson Joseph. 11th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Webb O. B.. 11th Btn
  • Webster W.. 11th Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • White Robert William. Capt. 16th (Pioneer) Battalion
  • Whitty Val. Rfmn. 1st Btn. (d.19th May 1916)
  • Whitworth Richard. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Wilkinson Francis Ernest. Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Wilkinson Francis Ernest. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • Williams Edward Vaughan. Rflmn. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Oct 1918)
  • Woolf Hyam. Rflmn. 10th Btn (d.27th April 1918)
  • Workman William. Rfmn. 12th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Wright A. O.. 1st Btn.
  • Wright A.. Sgt. 9th Btn.

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Rflmn. William John Thompson 13th Battalion, B Company Royal Irish Rifles (d.30th May 1916)

After conducting some family history research, I came across William John Thompson, he would have been my 1st cousin twice removed. He served in B Coy 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles for the 36th Ulster Division. Prior to the war, he lived with his parents John and Martha Thompson, along with his 4 sisters Agnes, Sarah, Martha and Annie, in High Street, Comber, Co. Down.

I don't know exactly how he died, as records say he "Died of Wounds." This was on the 30th May 1916. I know around this time the Battalion were either stationed in Rainneville or St Gratien, so how he died exactly and what wounds were inflicted remains a mystery. He is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, France.

If anyone has any further information as to how he died, I would be very grateful to hear from you.

Emma




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L/Cpl. Richard Whitworth 2nd Btn Royal Irish Rifles (d.8th Aug 1917)

My brother and I went to Ypres to see grandad's name on the Menin Gate Memorial and honour the fallen at the evening ceremony; the most moving experience of my life

Phil




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Sgt. James Shields 14th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

James Shields and family

My father James Shields fought in WW1, a long time before any of his children were born. We would have said that it was as if our father had two lives. One as a single man who got caught up in the worst conflict that the world had ever seen. A time when he lost the whole of his left arm in a battle far from home. Then quite a while later he met and married my mother, a much younger woman, and went on to have 4 children.

As we were growing up WW1 was a dim and distant memory and, as far as my father was concerned, it wasn't something he wanted to discuss much with his children. When he eventually died, aged 93, he left us with many happy memories of a great father and medals and papers from his time in the war. More recently my brothers, sister and I have started to piece together his war-time story. We have discovered photographs that we didn't know existed and have just recently discovered what our father looked like as a young man. It was amazing to see him with both arms and looking amazingly like my son, his grandson at the same age 100 years apart.

We are incredibly proud of him and how he survived the unimaginable conflict that he endured from 1914 until his discharge in 1917.

Catherine McBride




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Rfmn. William Lewis 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (d.1st July 1916)

William James Lewis was the son of William James Lewis and Ellen Lewis of 58 Rutland Street, South Belfast. He was my Grandfather's brother. William joined the Royal Irish Rifles, 36th Ulster Division and was sent to war in France on 4th of October 1915. As part of the 107th brigade he was attached to the 4th division Nov 1915 until Feb 1916 to receive trench warfare instruction, and on the 7th Feb 1916 he was moved to the front line between the river Ancre and the Mailly - Maillet to Secre Road. In March 1916 he was moved to Thiepval Wood. He was killed in on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme Rifleman William Lewis 15157, 10th Bn, Royal Irish Rifles is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. I believe William was also the company Bugler.

My grandfather Wilfred Lewis was 6 years younger than William so survived the great war, but we will never forget him or the sacrifice he made for our freedom.





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Rflmn. Thomas Robert Corkin 16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.21st June 1917)

Thomas R Corkin was the only child of James and Rachel Corkin. I have his 3 medals and his death penny.

Colin McCusker




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Sgt. Patrick Toman 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

My Grandfather Partick Toman joined the army reserves (5th battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles) in 1906 when he was 18 years old. He was a labourer in the Barbour Linen Mill in Hilden.

Upon the outbreak of war in 1914 he was called up to regular service and the battalion went to Belfast to act as a training unit. My grandad was an instructor but on the 25th of December 1914 he was sent to the front with the 2nd battalion of the RIR because of the high losses suffered they needed more experienced men. He left behind his wife Catherine (Nee McCormick) and his three sons Richard, Patrick and John. John had been born in September of 1914 and his other sons were two and four years old.

He fought in 15 major battles while in France. He was wounded by shell fragments in 1916 during the Somme offensive. This happened on the 14th of July 1916 after his battalion had been in action at Ovilliers. He returned to his unit 30th of November 1916 and took part in the battle of Messines Ridge, the 1917 campaigns in Flanders, the tank battle at Cambrai, and the German Spring offensives of March 1918.

His battalion (the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles) was wiped out almost to the last man on the 24th of March 1918 as it fought desperate rear guard actions to allow the remnants of the 36th Ulster division to escape the German avalanche. Survivors continued to fight with various units until the end of March when the battalion was moved to reserve and the task of rebuilding it began.

Pat Toman was part of the re-built battalion until the 2nd of June 1918 when he was wounded while on a night patrol in the Ypres area. During this patrol Major Herbert Musgrave from Corps Intelligence was killed. My Grandad was shot in the thigh by a machine gun bullet but made it back to friendly lines alive. It was thought he might have to lose the leg but it was saved.

My granddad made a life after the war but suffered PTSD which he dealt with by prayer, solitude, and by swearing off alcohol. He died in 1952 (15 years before I was born) but I grew up on legends and tales about him all my life and we all love him several generations on. We respect the effort he made to give us the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

I was able to visit the battle fields in Belgium, where he fought for so long, in 2007. I was able to walk along the very road where he was wounded for the last time in 1918 and to visit the grave of his patrol mate Herbert Musgrave.





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2nd Lt. Edmund DeWind VC 15th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.21st March 1918)

Edmund De Wind died on the 21st of March 1918, aged 34 and is commemorated on the Pozieres British Cemetery in France. He was the son of the late Arthur Hughes De Wind, C.E., and Margaret Jane De Wind, of Kinvara, Comber, Co. Down.

s flynn




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Pte. Samuel McCrory 10th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.1st Jul 1916)

My great uncle Pte. Samuel McCrory served with the 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, part of the 36th Ulster Division and was killed on the 1st July 1916. Samuel McCrory, Army number 395 has no known grave but is recorded on the Thiepval Monument and he came from the Donegal Road area of South Belfast.





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Rfmn. Val Whitty 1st Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.19th May 1916)

Val Whitty served as a Rifleman with 1st Batt. Royal Irish Rifles. he was killed in action in France on the 19th of May 1916. Looking for any details about him that might be recorded. His Father was also in that regiment but survived.

Margaret




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Rflmn. Robert Birnie 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (d.1st July 1916)

Robert Birnie was my Great Grandfather. He was 33 years of age and a Lewis Gunner, all we know is that he was B Coy and was killed on the first day of the Somme. His wife was still looking for information about him a year later as he has no known grave.

Robert Birnie




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Rflmn. Frederick Bryans 15th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.21st Nov 1917)

Frederick Bryans was killed in action on the 21st of November 1917, aged 19 and is commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial in France. He was the son of Samuel and Rachel Bryans of Belfast. One of 5 brothers who fought in the war, two were killed; Henry and Frederick, one was badly wounded and the other two came through physically unharmed.

s flynn




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Rflmn. Albert Edward Cox 14th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.21st April 1917)

Albert Cox died on the 21st of April 1917, aged 19. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of Fred and Annie Cox, of 123 Whitehorse Rd., Croydon, Surrey.

s flynn




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Rfm. David Watson 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

My grandfather, David Watson, told me he was a stretcher bearer and that he remembers seeing a hill in flames and because he came from farming background he said he walked through "acres and acres of wounded". He had already fought at the Somme, in 1917 he was 33yrs old, he went on to live to the ripe old age of 99.

Austin Cheevers




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Rfm. John Campbell 14th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.14th Jul 1917)

John Campbell died at Richmond Hospital, Dublin, on the 14th of July, 1917, of wounds received in action at the Battle of Messines, leaving his wife Nora and young son Wellington.





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2nd Lt. Sydney James Livingston Downey 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (d.7th Jun 1917)

Sydney Downey was the second son of James Livingston Downey JP. and his wife Marion, he was the grandson of Rev George Cron. Sydney was born in Belfast and was educated at the Methodist College. He served in France with the BEF from the 15th of June 1916, having been commissioned in January 1916. Sydney was killed in action on the 7th of June 1915 and is laid to rest at Spanbrokmolen close to where he fell. He was 21 years old and was an employee of The Northern Assurance Company Ltd in Belfast, today the company is owned by Aviva and Sydney is amongst those remembered on the Roll of Honour on the company website.





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Pte. William Cassidy 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

My Grandfather was William Cassidy and he served between 1919 and 1921 as a Rifleman with the Royal Irish Rifles in postwar Mesopotamia. He received his General Service Medal for this service, in Hamilton, Scotland in 1924.

More than fifty years ago, my grandfather gave me Private Alexander Palmer's 1914-15 Star. Ashamedly, I lost the young soldier's service medal some years back, but the mystery of how my grandfather came to have it haunts me to this day. Alexander Palmer was killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos, 26th September 1915. On that day, my grandfather would have been fifteen and a half, far short of the official age for joining the Army. But family legend has it that William, eldest of thirteen children, lied about his age, enlisted with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, and had a glorious reputation as a runner in the trenches until a massive explosion left him deaf in one ear. None of which is likely to have happened during his three years service in Mesopotamia, where there was little trench warfare and limited artillery barrage. Grandpa did have two Army numbers, however: his regimental number and his post-1920 seven-digit new number. His earlier service records appear to have been destroyed in the 1940 London blitz. Did he and Alexander meet in France? A question I would love to be able to answer.

David May




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Sgt. Thomas Davidson 8th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.15th July 1916)

Thomas Davidson was injured and listed as missing on 1st July and became a POW. He died of his wounds on 15th July 1916, and was buried in Caudry Old Communal Cemetery on 17th July 1916.

Peter Osborne




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Rflmn. Joseph O'Neill MID. Royal Irish Rifles (d.6th Sep 1918)

Joseph O'Neill joined up with the Royal Irish Rifles, he was posted to the London Irish Rifles. He was killed on the 6th September 1918.

Marianne Cohn




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Pte. David Nesbitt DSM. 16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

David Nesbitt served with the 16th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles and 4th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

Linda Alwert




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Sgt. Henry Munn 11th Btn. B Coy. Royal Irish Rifles

Henry Munn served with B Coy. 11th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

Trevor Kirkwood




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Terence Denman


The Great War of 1914-18 saw the Irish soldier make his greatest sacrifice on Britain's behalf. Nearly 135,000 Irishmen volunteered (conscription was never applied in Ireland) in addition to the 50,000 Irish who were serving with the regular army and the reserves on 4 August 1914. Within a few weeks of the outbreak of the war no less than three Irish divisions - the 10th (Irish), 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) - were formed from Irishmen, Catholic and Protestant, who responded to Lord Kitchener's call to arms. An estimated 35,000 Irish-born soldiers were killed before the armistice came in November 1918. Over 4,000 of those who died were with the 16th (Irish) Division.
Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War

Richard S Grayson


This is the story of men from either side of West Belfast's sectarian divide during the Great War. Richard S. Grayson follows the volunteers of the 36th and 16th divisions who fought on the Somme and side-by-side at Messines, recovering the forgotten West Belfast men throughout the armed forces, from the retreat at Mons to the defeat of Germany and life post-war. In so doing, he tells a new story which challenges popular perceptions of the war and explains why remembrance remains so controversial in Belfast today. 'Provocative, meticulously researched and referenced.' --Irish Times




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