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Royal Munster Fusiliers

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Those known to have served with

Royal Munster Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Archer R. W..
  • Arnold John. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Barry Patrick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.12th Nov1914)
  • Barton Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Boardman Edward. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Borthistle W. J.. 2nd Lt. (d.29th Jan 1918)
  • Bould Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th Sep 1916)
  • Breen John. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Bregan Paul. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1915)
  • Brennan Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Byrne Joseph. Pte.
  • Canning Michael. L/Cpl. 7th (Service) Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Cullinan Robert Hornidge. Capt. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Davis T.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Jul 1915)
  • Davis T.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Jul 1915)
  • Doyle Martin.
  • Evans George. Pte. 2nd/6th Battalion (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Farrelly Peter. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.28th March 1916)
  • Fitzgerald Jeremiah. Pte.
  • Franklin William. Pte. 2nd Btn
  • Gard Harold George. L/Sgt.
  • Graham James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Dec 1915)
  • Grant Joseph Brabazon Theobald. Capt. (d.16th Aug 1915)
  • Hanlon Daniel. Pte. (d.Aug 1915)
  • Heald Edwin. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Hedge B.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hickey Denis. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.27th Nov 1915)
  • Jarvis . Capt.
  • Kavanagh Jeremiah. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Little Norman. Private 1st Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Lynch Daniel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Mahony John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th July 1916)
  • McCarthy John.
  • McCarthy John. CSM 4th Btn. (d.8th Jan 1916)
  • McMahon John. Pte. (d.2nd Sep 1916)
  • McMahon Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st May 1915)
  • McManus Patrick. Pte. (d.4th July 1916)
  • O'Brien Arthur. Sgt. 8th Bn. C Coy. (d.4th Sep 1916)
  • O'Donovan Miles Henry. Capt. 4th Btn. (d.20th June 1916)
  • O'Grady Henry Joseph. RSM. 1st Battalion
  • Pottinger Robert Ormond Brabazon. Lt.
  • Pottinger Robert Ormonde Brabazon. Lt. 2nd Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Powell James. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn, A Coy. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Saunders Patrick Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Saunders Patrick Joseph. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • Sheehy J.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Nov 1914)
  • Shine Arthur Dennis. L/Cpl. 13th Battalion (d.7th Jan 1916)

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Sgt. Arthur O'Brien 8th Bn. C Coy. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.4th Sep 1916)

Arthur o'Brien died of wounds on the 4th of September 1916, aged 29 and is buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

Arthur left Wexford, Ireland to fight with the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was wounded during the battle of the Somme and never returned to Ireland. He left behind a loving wife (Martha O'Brien) and three children - Catherine, Patrick & Thomas.

s flynn


L/Cpl. Denis Hickey 1st Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.27th Nov 1915)

Denis Hickey served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers during WW1 and was killed in action on the 27th November 1915. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Melissa Hogan


Pte. John Mahony 8th Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.29th July 1916)

Private John Mahoney and his wife Bridget

John Mahoney died on 29th July 1916, aged 25. This photo is taken from an oil painting of John, specially commissioned by Bridget following his death. Inset, is his Widow, Bridget who never remarried and died in 1972. They were married just 10 days when he moved with his Battalion to Ypres in 1915.

s flynn


Martin Doyle MC, VC. Royal Munster Fusiliers

Martin Doyle enlisted with the British Army when he was 15 and saw service in India before joining the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1914. He was involved in all the major battles. He was gassed, bombed and wounded. He won the Military Medal and the Victoria Cross for two notable acts of bravery and killed several German soldiers while rescuing the crew of a British tank that had come under heavy military fire.

s flynn


Pte. Peter Farrelly 9th Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.28th March 1916)

Peter Farrelly is named on Loos-en-Gohalle memorial, but name incorrectly spelled as "Farley". This is almost certainly because, to this day, people in his part of Ireland mispronounce "Farrelly" as "Farley". So when he was asked his name it would have been entered on his records incorrectly.

Richard Raymond


Capt. Jarvis Royal Munster Fusiliers

Captain Jarvis was a prisoner in Mainz Citadel POW Camp.


Capt. Robert Hornidge Cullinan 7th Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.8th Aug 1915)

Robert Cullinan was the son of John and Martha Cullinan of 6 Bendon St., Ennis, Co. Clare. He was a member of the Munster Bar.

s flynn


Capt. Miles Henry O'Donovan 4th Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.20th June 1916)

Miles Henry O'Donovan was the second son of Morgan William O’Donovan and Mary Eleanor his wife of Liss ard Skibbereen Co. Cork and grandson of Henry Winthrop O’Donovan. He was born on the 26th of June 1895 and killed in action in France on the 20th of June 1916, buried at Mazingarbe.

s flynn


L/Cpl. Arthur Dennis Shine 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (d.7th Jan 1916)

Arthur Dennis Shine was my great granddad. He died in France on the 7th of January 1916 the family was told he was on a lorry carrying Arsenal to the front line, the truck blew up; as to it's reasons are unclear whether it was a crash or came under attack or unluckily got hit from an enemy shell. He is buried in Hannescamps Cemetry Pas de Calais, France. He had re-enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers, he previously served with the Royal Munster Regiment.

Alan Shine


L/Sgt. Harold George Gard Royal Munster Fusiliers

George Gard was born in 1890. Before joining the army he was employed as a clerk. He enlisted on 9th September, about a month after the declaration of war. After basic training he saw action at Gallipoli where he was shot and wounded in action. This resulted in the amputation of his left arm whilst still near the battlefield. He was discharged as unfit for service in September 1916. He subsequently married and lived a full and active life until the time of his death


Pte. William Franklin 2nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

My Granddad William Franklin was born on 12th. March 1889. He enlisted at Stratford, London on 12th. March 1907 - being his 18th birthday - in the Durham Light Infantry, (2nd. Battalion) no.9960. He served for 5 years of his army service as a regular and then went onto 3 years Army Reserve in 1912.

When war broke out on 4th August 1914 he saw on a poster on the police station notice board, High Road, Tottenham that all Army Reservists should report for duty at once. This he did and re-joined his old regiment and was part of the British Expeditionary Force of September 1914 that went to France and Flanders, "The Old Contemptibles" that distinguished themselves so gallantly in those early battles of 1914, and in 1915 and 1916. He was awarded 1914 Star (5th Aug. - 22nd Nov. 1914), 1914-1918 Medal and The Great War for Civiliisation 1914-1919.

He was transferred to the Royal Munster Fusiliers on 1st April 1917, served in Ireland and was discharged on 1st September 1917 as being no longer physically fit for War Service, aged 28 years and 174 days. He had served 8 years and 110 days with the Colours and 2 years and 64 days in the Army Reserve. His War Service was therefore 3 years and 28 days.

Although The Durham Light Infantry was an infantry regiment, Pte. William Franklin also obtained a Mounted Infantry Certificate in 1907. While he was in the army he married and went on to have 9 children of whom one was my Mum who was born 30th. October 1916. One of the children died during infancy in the 1920's. Two of the sons also went on to serve in the army during the 1939/45 war. William Franklin died in 1973, aged 84 years, having been an inspector on London Buses throughout his civilian life. Most of the family were evacuated to St. Leonards at the outbreak of war in 1939 and he retired there, working part-time as a porter in Marine Court, St. Leonards-on-Sea, having survived the London Blitz during WW2, and lived there until his death.

Ray Walter


Pte. Daniel Lynch 1st Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.25th Apr 1915)

Daniel Lynch was born on 9th September, 1892, at Longstone, Lattin, South Tipperary, Ireland. His parents were Daniel Lynch and Winifred Ryan. Daniel served with the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. He joined the R.M.F. Regiment at the New Barracks (now Sarsfield Barracks), Limerick City. He was killed in action at the ill fated Landing at Cape Helles (Dardanelles) from SS River Clyde on the morning of Easter Sunday, 25th April, 1915. It was the first day of the battle and The Munster Fusiliers suffered very heavy casualties. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli in Turkey.

s flynn


L/Cpl. James Powell 2nd Btn, A Coy. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.10th Nov 1917)

James Powell was killed on the 10th of November 1917 and is remembered at Tyne Cot.

Cora Powell


Cpl. Jeremiah Kavanagh 2nd Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.9th May 1915)

Jeremiah Kavanagh, son of John & Mary Kavanagh (nee MacNamara) of 61 Clare Street, Limerick City, Limerick, Ireland, enlisted with his cousin Dennis Kavanagh (also a native of Limerick City) in the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Both were killed at the battle of Aubers Ridge on Sunday 9th of May 1915. Jeremiah has no known grave and both he and Dennis are commemorated on the war memorial at Bethune. The battalion suffered heavy losses during this action due to, according some sources, mismanagement, substandard equipment and munitions. Although several works have recently been written on this battle, it still remains an action that was conveniently forgotten by the British Army.

Patrick A Kavanagh


Pte. J. Sheehy 2nd Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.10th Nov 1914)

J Sheehy was one of my paternal uncles. I have been led to believe he ran away from home to join the Army and he was underage at the time. The official records state that he was just 17 when he was killed near Ypres on 10 November 1914. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. His parents were Michael and Mary Sheehy of 2, Upper Quarry Lane, Blackpool, Cork.

Margaret Philomena Collier


Pte. Patrick McMahon 1st Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.1st May 1915)

Patrick McMahon was the son of Stephen and Ellen McMahon, of O'Brien's Bridge, Limerick. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

George McMahon


Pte. George Evans 2nd/6th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.10th Nov 1917)

George Evans was my grandmother Annie May's brother, the son of Hannah and John (Jack) Evans of 33 Teneriffe Street in Lower Broughton, Salford. He joined up in August 1914 and served in Ireland for almost a year before going to Gallipoli landing at Sulva Bay. He was wounded at Chocolate Hill in October 1915. After treatment he then went to France and saw action at St Eloi, Arras, Vimy Ridge, the Somme and the Ancre.

After a period of leave with his family who he was reluctant to leave his last action was in Passchendaele where he was killed on 10th November 1917. He has no known grave but is remembered with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Andrea Oliver


Pte. James Graham 2nd Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.21st Dec 1915)

James Graham served with the Royal Munster Fusiliers 2nd Battalion. He was executed for desertion on 21st December1915 and is buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery and Extension, Mazingarbe, France.

s flynn


Pte. T. Davis 1st Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.2nd Jul 1915)

T. Davis served with the Royal Munster Fusiliers 1st Battalion. He was executed for quitting his post on 2nd July1915. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn


Pte. T. Davis 1st Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.2nd Jul 1915)

Private T Davis served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers during WW1. He was executed for quitting his post on the 2nd July 1915. His name is on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey.

S Flynn

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