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Those known to have served with

Royal Dublin Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Richard. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Jan 1915)
  • Adderley Richard. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.19th Oct 1915)
  • Agnew Andrew Eric Hamilton. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Algar Walter. Act.L/Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Allen Matthew. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Allen Paul. Pte, 1st Btn (d.15th June 1915)
  • Anderson John Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1916)
  • Andrews Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Andrews Patrick. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th Apr 1916)
  • Appleyard Walter D.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1915)
  • Archbold Michael. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Arkins B.. CSM. 6th Btn. (d.9th Dec 1915)
  • Armstrong Charles Martin. 2nd Lt. 10th Battalion (d.8th Feb 1917)
  • Armstrong Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1916)
  • Arthurs George C.. L/Cpl. 10th Btn (d.1st Dec 1916)
  • Ashe Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Ashe Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1916)
  • Aspell Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Aspill William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Aug 1918)
  • Atock Arthur George. Lt. 155th Field Coy. (d.13th Sep 1918)
  • Authors Charles. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Bailey Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Bailey William Robinson. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th Mar 1916)
  • Bailey William Robinson. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th March 1916)
  • Baird James Annett. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Baker C.. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Feb 1919)
  • Baker Christopher. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Bannon Philip. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.7th Aug 1915)
  • Barber Charles. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Barber Henry William. Pte.
  • Barker William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • Barnes Jeremiah. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Barrett Hebron. Lt. 10th Btn. C Coy. (d.27th Mar 1918)
  • Barrett John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Aug 1915)
  • Barron James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Barry Albert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Apr 1915)
  • Barry Joseph. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.17th Oct 1918)
  • Barry Michael. Pte. 6th Btn (d.5th May 1918)
  • Bate Albert Francis. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.14th Mar 1915)
  • Bates Edward. Pte. 1st Garrison Battalion (d.31st Oct 1917)
  • Bates John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Batwell George. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Baxter John William. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1917)
  • Baziere Danile. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917 )
  • Beggs Patrick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Dec 1917)
  • Begley Thaddeus Richard. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Behan John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.25th May 1915)
  • Behan Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Dec 1916)
  • Behan Patrick. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.28th Apr 1916)
  • Behan Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Behan Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Bell John. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.5th Sept 1918)
  • Bell John. Cpl.
  • Bell Lee. 2nd Lt. 7th Battalion (d.17th Oct 1918)
  • Bell Ray Lancaster. 2nd Lt. (d.17th May 1915)
  • Bennett Michael. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.27th Apr 1916)
  • Benson Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Bermingham Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Dec 1914)
  • Bernard Robert. Lt. 1st Btn. (d.26th Apr 1915)
  • Betts Alfred. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Betts Frederick. Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.27th Aug 1914)
  • Bible Geoffrey Roskell. 2nd Lt. 101st Company (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bishop Peter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.20th May 1915)
  • Blackwell Walter. Lt. 11th Battalion (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Blaikie Hugh. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.22nd May 1916)
  • Blake James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.28th Apr 1916)
  • Bloomfield Robert. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Mar 1917)
  • Boardman Edward. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Boland Christopher. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Boland David. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Boland James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Boland John. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Aug 1914)
  • Boland Peter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Boland Thomas. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Boland Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st March 1917)
  • Bolger Edward. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Bolger John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.18th Mar 1917)
  • Bolger Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th May 1915)
  • Bonynge Stephan. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.31st Aug 1916)
  • Booth Daniel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Booth Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Apr 1915)
  • Boothman Henry. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Bowes Christopher. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th July 1917)
  • Bowes Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Mar 1918)
  • Bowman Archibald. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Boyce John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Boyd Henry Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1915)
  • Boyd John. Pte. 7th Btn. D Coy. (d.16th Aug 1915)
  • Boyd William Sinclair. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1915)
  • Boyd William. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Boyd William Hatchell. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Boylan Michael. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th July 1916 )
  • Boyne Edward. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.9th Jun 1916)
  • Boyne Michael. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.12th July 1915)
  • Boyne Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st Mar 1917)
  • Brabazon Francis Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.12th Jun 1916)
  • Brabazon Frank. Pte. 8th Btn (d.12th June 1916)
  • Brabazon Frank F.. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Bradley Joseph. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1917)
  • Bradley Thomas. A/L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Brady Daniel. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.18th Aug 1917)
  • Brady James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1916)
  • Brady John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.29th Jun 1915)
  • Brady Joseph. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Brady Michael. Pte. (d.11th Nov 1915)
  • Brady Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Dec 1914)
  • Brady Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Brady Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.29th Jun 1915)
  • Brady William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Brady William. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Brannigan John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Apr 1915)
  • Bray John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Breen Edward. Pte. 2nd Garrison Battalion (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Breen John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Breen Patrick. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.27th Apr 1916)
  • Breen William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Mar 1915)
  • Brennan Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.13th May 1918)
  • Brennan Christopher. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.24th Oct 1916)
  • Brennan Christopher. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.24th Oct 1916)
  • Brennan Christopher. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Brennan Francis A.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.24th Apr 1916)
  • Brennan James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Brennan John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.1st Feb 1918)
  • Brennan John. Pte. (d.9th Apr1917)
  • Brennan Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.30th Mar 1918)
  • Brennan Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Brennan Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Brennan Thomas Joseph. Pte.
  • Brennan Thomas. CSM. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Jul 1916)
  • Brennock Thomas. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.28th Feb 1917)
  • Brereton-Barry William Roche. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Breslin Robert. A/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.18th Aug 1917)
  • Brett Peter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Oct 1914)
  • Brien Edward. Pte. 5/6th Btn. (d.5th Sep 1916)
  • Brien John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1917)
  • Brien John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Sep 1916)
  • Brien Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Jun 1915)
  • Brien William. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Jun 1915)
  • Broderick James. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Broe Edward. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.26th Nov 1916)
  • Brogan James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Aug 1914)
  • Brogan Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1916)
  • Brooks John. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Brophy Daniel. Pte. Infantry (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Brophy Patrick. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th Nov 1917)
  • Brown Alexander Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th May 1915)
  • Brown Edward. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Brown James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
  • Brown John. A/Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Brown Patrick. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Brown Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Browne William Patrick. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.15th May 1917)
  • Burke Felix. Rev. 8th Btn
  • Byrne Michael. Pte. 8th Btn. B Coy. (d.10th Feb 1917)
  • Byrne Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Cann James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th May 1918)
  • Carney Henry. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Carroll James Joseph Thomas Aloysius. Capt.Adj. 6th Btn.
  • Clancy Edward . Sjt.
  • Collins James . Pte. 2nd Btn (d.24th May 1915)
  • Connolly Joseph. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1916)
  • Connor Edward. Pte.
  • Connor George. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.2nd-4th Oct 1916)
  • Connor Mathew. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.3rd Oct 1916)
  • Cooper James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Cosgrove Patrick. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1917)
  • Coyne John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Cravern John Henry. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd June 1917)
  • Culshaw David. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th July 1917)
  • Daly John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1916)
  • Day John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.30th Apr 1916)
  • Devlin James. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.Sep 1917)
  • Devlin James. L/Cpl. 8th Batt. (d.25th September 1917)
  • Dignam Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.10th May 1915)
  • Dolan Peter. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.29th Mar 1916)
  • Dooner Stephen Alex. L/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Doyle Anthony. Pte. 7th Batallion (d.23rd Sep 1916)
  • Doyle Edward. Cpl. 1st Btn., X Coy. (d.28th September 1918 )
  • Doyle Thomas Peter. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Drury Noel. Capt. 6th Btn.
  • Duffy William Joseph. Pte.
  • Dunne Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27/29th Apr 1916)
  • Dunne Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Dunne Lawrence. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Jun 1916)
  • Dunne Michael. Pte. 1st Battalion, C Company. (d.1st July 1915)
  • Evans Emrys Joshua. 2nd Btn. A Company.
  • Fagan Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th Mar 1915)
  • Fagan Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th March 1915)
  • Falkiner Frederick Ewen Baldwin. 2nd Lt. (d.21st Aug 1917)
  • Falkiner George Stride. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Farrell Patrick. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.27th April 1916)
  • Fennelly John. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Fields John William. Drmr. (d.19th July 1917)
  • Finnie John Redican. Cpl 1st Battalion (d.14 October 1918)
  • Flynn Richard. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Foy Christopher. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.8th Sept 1916)
  • French Charles Stockley. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.25th April 1915)
  • Friel William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.8th October 1918)
  • Grace L.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Graham Robert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Green Thomas. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.18th Oct 1915)
  • Guilfoyle Michael. 7th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1916)
  • Hamilton Geoffrey Cecil Monck. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Harkin Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th March 1916)
  • Harvey Percy . 2nd Btn.
  • Hayes James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1916)
  • Hickey Joseph. Pte.
  • House Robert Henry. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Humphreys George. Private
  • Hunwick Frederick. Sgt. 6th Battalion (d.2nd-4th Oct 1916)
  • Hyland Martin. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.19th September 1916)
  • Jenks Frederick. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • Julian Ernest Lawrence. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Kelly Henry. Pte. 1st Btn
  • Kelly John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1918)
  • Kenny John. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Keogh Michael . Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Kilford Richard. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.9th June 1917)
  • Killingley Hastings G.. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1916)
  • Kinsella Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Kinsella Thomas. Pte. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Lawler J.. L/Cpl. (d.3rd October 1918)
  • Lees Ayre George H.. Capt. (d.6th Aug 1914)
  • Leland Walter Alfred. Lt. 1st Btn. (d.4th Jun 1915)
  • Lynch Bartholomew Patrick. Lt. 9th Btn.
  • MacMahon Herbert Henry. 10th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Maguire Patrick Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th November 1916)
  • Mahon John Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Mahoney J.. Pte.
  • Martin Charles Andrew. Capt. 6th Btn. (d.6th Dec 1915)
  • McCabe Patrick. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.22nd Sept 1917)
  • Mccallum Alexander. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.28th Dec 1918)
  • McCann William. Pte. 2nd Btn. B Company. (d.17th Oct 1914)
  • McCue James. Pte. 5th (Extra Reserve) Btn (d.11th May 1915)
  • McGeeney Michael. L/Cpl.
  • McGuigan Stephen. Pte. 1st Btn (d.5th Sep 1915)
  • McGuirk Edward. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.21st Apr 1915)
  • Molloy John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.30 April 1916)
  • Monson William Herbert. Capt. 8th Btn. (d.7th Sep 2016)
  • Moore Bartholomew. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Moore Charles. 1st Btn. (d.7th September 1918)
  • Moore James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd March 1915)
  • Moore Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Moran Michael. Pte. 10th Batallion
  • Moreland Patrick. Pte 2nd Btn.
  • Mulhall P.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th January 1917)
  • Mulvaney Patrick. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th September 1916)
  • Mulvey William. L/Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Neary Anthony. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.29th Jun 1915)
  • Nicholl Archibald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Dec 1915)
  • O'Brien William.
  • O'Connor Christoper. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.5th Sept 1917)
  • O'Connor John. Pte 1st Battalion (d.2nd Mar 1917)
  • O'Donnell James. Cpl. D Coy., 2nd Btn.
  • O'Hara Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.11th May 1915)
  • O'Neill Frederick. 2nd Lt. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Phelan James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th Nov 1915)
  • Phelan James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th November 1915)
  • Potts Alfred James. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Raftery Peter. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Reardon Henry. Pte. 9th Btn., Att. 1st Army Infantry School (d.29th June 1918)
  • Reid James. Pte. 1st Btn (d.26th Jul 1915)
  • Rickman Albert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Roberts John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.31st July 1916)
  • Scully Michael. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Spillane Edward. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.29th Apr 1916)
  • Supple William Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Sweeney John. A/Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.12th Aug 1917)
  • Thompson Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st February 1915)
  • Thompson Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Tierney Peter. 2nd Btn.
  • Ward Michael . 9th Btn.
  • Wardlaw Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.29th July 1916)
  • Watson John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.30th Oct 1918)
  • White Michael. Cpl. 2nd Battalion, A Coy.

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Pte. John Joseph Mahon 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

My Granddad John Joseph Mahon Service Number 11594 (Standing in photo)

My Granddad John Joseph Mahon enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on the 15 August 1913 and landed with the British Expedition Force in France on the 22/26 August 1914. He was shot and wounded at the Battle of Le Cateau on the 27th August 1914, taken prisoner and was a POW till the 2nd November 1918 after which he was demobbed on the 5th February 1919.

Thomas Murphy


Pte. J. Mahoney Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Private Mahoney was transferred to the (364010) Labour Corps.

He was 43 when he died on 9th April 1919 and is buried near the west boundary of the Drimoleague Old Graveyard, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. Henry Carney 10th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Private Carney died on the 24th April 1919. He is buried right of the entrance gate near the boundary wall in the Cootehill (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

S Flynn


Capt. Ayre George H. Lees Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.6th Aug 1914)

Ayre Lees was aged 24 when he died in the Military Hospital in Cork. He was the only son of Henry Lees 16 Lord Street, West, Southport. He is buried near the south west corner of the Chapelizod (St. Lawrence) Church of Ireland Churchyard in Co. Dublin, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Peter Dolan 8th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.29th Mar 1916)

Peter Dolan is buried in Bois-Carre Military Cemetery in France. He was my grandfather on my mother's side.

James Kenny


Pte. P. Mulhall 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.14th January 1917)

Private Mulhall was the Son of David and Mary Mulhall, of Bridewell St., Carlow.

He was 23 when he died and is buried on the North-East boundary of the Carlow Old Cemetery in Co. Carlow, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Michael O'Hara 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.11th May 1915)

Michael O'Hara was the son of Mrs. Marcella O'Hara of Harristown, Brannoxtown, Co. Kildare. He was aged 22 when he died and is buried in the north-west section of the Ballymore Eustace (St. John) Churchyard, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

s flynn


Cpl. Michael White 2nd Battalion, A Coy. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Michael White was born in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland on March 16th 1882. In April 1900 he enlisted as a private in the 2nd Battalion of the RDF at the battalions depot in Naas. His Service record for the RDF shows that at some stage previously he had joined the Royal Irish Regiment but had been dismissed for being under age. Michael served with the RDF during the second Boer war in South Africa and was awarded both the Queen's and King's South Africa medals with clasps. After the Boer war he also served in peacetime at Malta, Crete and Egypt with his regiment. In April 1908, when his 8 year's service was up, he transferred to the army reserve.

With the outbreak of WW1, as a reserve soldier, he was called up to the RDF and mobilised on 6th of August 1914. With the rest of the second battalion he sailed from Southampton for Boulogne and then travelled by train to Le Cateau. His regiment, along with the rest of the British Expeditionary Force, was hurredly thrown into action in an attempt to stop the German advance through Belgium into France.

The battalion first engaged the advancing German forces during the retreat from Mons on August 26th, suffering many casualties and loosing many men as prisoners of war. Michael White was wounded twice during the chaotic fighting and retreats during the battle of Le Cateau. He was sent home to Naas to recover and during his recoevry there he was interviewed by the local Kildare Observer newspaper. The article is below: Extract from Kildare Observer Sept 1914:

Wounded at Cambrai - Naas Soldier Back From the Front 19th September 1914.

Private Michael White, "A" Company, Royal Dublin Fusilier, was in the firing line at Cambrai in the retreat from Mons on August 26th and was in the fighting line three days before he was rendered Hors-De-Combat by two Germans bullets. His wounds have now healed and he has been granted 14 days' Furlough. He is at present in his home at Rathasker Road, Naas, none the worse for his wounds. "I was one of four platoons of the 'Dublins'," He told me, "sent to hold the hills at Cambrai at all costs, but ten times our number could not have performed the task, as we soon found out when we saw the numbers against us. I was in the fourth platoon under Lieut. Mackey, who was afterward captured by the Germans and is now a prisoner, I believe. I tasted the lead of the German twice. The first wound I believe was here" - holding up his right hand, the third finger of which bore a recently healed scar. - "I paid no heed to that. It was nothing, and I got back into the ranks and fired away after I had got a bandage tied around it to keep the blood from bothering me. We were retiring all this time, and I asked Captain Clarke where I could get me hand bound up when the blood was troubling me. He told me to go back to the village - Cambrai - and I would find No.2 Red Cross Hospital there.

"I had got my finger bandaged when a German aeroplane buzzed right over the Church, which had been turned into a temporary hospital. The people in the aeroplane dropped a black disc suspended by a cord over the church for the purpose, I suppose, of giving the range to the artillery. A few minutes' later the steeple of the church came tumbling down and some French doctors and nuns were killed amongst other. This is not hearsay, as I saw it with my own eyes. We - some wounded - were told to clear out, as the place was about to be shelled and we lost no time in going, those of us who could look after ourselves.

"As I have told you, I re-joined my comrades, who were at this time retreating and some four or five hours' later, while we were fighting on our retreat some miles from Cambrai I got another bullet - this time in the groin that knocked me over, and I was sent to the field hospital at Rouen.

That night we had to clear off from there and got on board a ship which came through the Seine. We disembarked at Southampton, and a lot of us were sent to Plymouth Hospital, which was in charge of civilians and territorials. They fed you well and looked after you but did not bother to enquire further about you. That was the reason why, although I was wounded on August 26th, my name did not appear in the casualty list until a couple of days ago. It's the same with hundreds of others. They do not bother about reporting you as being wounded or in the hospital until you are fit to leave, and then they inform the authorities and you are sent to Naas or wherever you regiment may happen to have come from. I was discharged the day before yesterday - on Tuesday - and was the only one of the wounded sent to Naas.

"Yes" he said replying to a question I asked him as to whether he had seen any of the German brutality we hear so much about. "I saw two of our bands men - Private Flannery and Ives Flannery was from Tipperary and we called him "Tipp", and Ives is an Englishmen) go out with the stretcher from them and turned them back. I met them on the road and Flannery's hand was bleeding. He told me the Uhlans had broken his fingers with a slash of a sword. The Germans are all right now to our fellows when they are being forced to retreat themselves, but when they were marching on us they murdered all before them. I believe they are told if they meet a British soldier to shoot him or he will shoot them. "Yes, I'm feeling quite fit again now", said the private. "When my fortnight is up I'll go back to my regiment, and hope to be sent to the front again. I want to get some of my own back off those fellows".

Michael returned to France in January 1915. On 21st of March 1918, the German Army made its final major push in an effort to end the war. The RDF was heavily engaged during the German spring offensive and suffered significant casualties. At some point, Michael's company (A Company) was isolated and Michael was taken prisoner. He spent the rest of the war a POW. Michael was finally repatriated after the war had ended in December 1918. He was demobilised in February 1919.

John Power


Pte. Thomas Harkin 8th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.18th March 1916)

Thomas Harkin is known to me through the stories my mother used to tell me. Her mother, my grandmother, was a Harkin. According to the stories she told me it seems that Thomas wanted to become an engineer. He was told by the recruiter that he would be trained as an engineer if he joined up. He had some military training in Ireland and then shipped out to France. A few months after he arrived, he was killed. According to what my mother told me, he was gassed. I have since been able to confirm some of the details. Not many of his direct family are still alive and apart from my direct relatives I have only met one other (now elderly) person who now lives in England near Manchester. I have visited the memorial in France where his name is recorded at Dud Corner near Loos.

Brendan O'Flaherty


Pte. James Phelan 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.8th November 1915)

Private Phelan was the son of Mrs Mary Phelan, of Blackhill, Abbeyleix.

He was 28 when he died and is buried in the Abbeyleix New Cemetery in Abbeyleix, Ireland, his grave is at the south-west of entrance gate.

S Flynn


Pte. John Daly 8th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.6th Sep 1916)

John Daly died in the battle to take Guillemont, Somme.

Martina Carey


Capt. William Herbert Monson MC. 8th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusilliers (d.7th Sep 2016)

Captain Monson, 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died of wounds received in action on 7th September 1916 near Guillemont.

On the outbreak of the war he volunteered and was attached to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, receiving his promotion in December 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty at Hulluch during a Gas Attack by the Germans (killing 800) on 27th of April 1916. He had also served in the South African War, and received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps.

Bryan Monson


Cpl. Joseph Connolly 6th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.4th Oct 1916)

Joseph Connolly was killed in the Balkans. His younger brother Thomas witnessed his much adored brother's head blown off before him in the trenches. Thomas was very young, maybe 16. Thomas survived and returned to Dublin. He married May Byrne and they had one child named Mary, my mother. Thomas had ill health due to gassing and died aged 38. His wife remarried, his child grew up knowing very little about her father. It is so sad. She is almost 80 and still wondering. No photos, no medals, nothing. I am trying to find out some information for her.

Karen Finn


Pte. John Watson 10th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.30th Oct 1918)

Private John Watson was the son of Mrs. Anne Watson, of Connaught St., Kilcock, Co. Kildare. He was 23 when he died. He is buried in the Balfeighan Cemetery, Co. Meath.

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L/Cpl. J. Lawler Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.3rd October 1918)

L/Cpl. J. Lawler was the husband of Elizabeth Dunne (formerly Lawler), of Ardree, Athy

He was 37 when he died. He is buried in the west border of the Athy (St. Michael's) Cemetery, grave #5

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Pte. Martin Hyland 3rd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.19th September 1916)

Private Martin Hyland was 29 when he died. He is buried in the south-west part of the Athy (St. Michael's) Cemetery.

He was the husband of M. Hyland, of Offaly St., Athy.

s flynn


Cpl. C. Baker 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.6th Feb 1919)

Corporal C. Baker is buried in the Arklow Cemetery, Co. Wicklow.

s flynn


Pte. James Phelan 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.8th Nov 1915)

James Phalen was the son of Mrs. Mary Phelan, of Blackhill, Abbeyleix. He died age 28 and is buried in the Abbeyleix New Cemetery South-West of entrance gate.

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L/Cpl. Robert Henry House 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Robert House was born in August 1894 in the Curragh Amy Camp, County Kildare in Ireland. His father was Robert Charles House, a sergeant based at the camp in the Army Service Corps.

Robert enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on the 2nd of July 1914. He married his sweetheart, Sarah Jane McCord, at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin on the 7th of December 1914. He landed in France as part of the British Expedition Force on the 3rd of January 1915. On the 29th Lance Corporal Robert Henry House while on active service at St.Yves in Belgium was wounded. He received gun shot wounds to his chest, upper left arm and his two feet. The wounds to his feet fractured his first, second and third metatarsals bones. While at General Hospital Boulogne he is diagnosed with rheumatism and bronchitis. He was transferred to H.S. Carrisbrook Castle on the 10th of February and sent back to England arriving at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley. At the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Depot, Robert Henry House is discharged from the British Army deemed No Longer Physically Fit for War Service on the 6th of August 1915.

This brave young 19 year old man's army career was short, only lasting 13 months. He was unlucky to be badly wounded but very lucky to survive them. He went on to have a large family, marrying twice and lived in Dublin, Ireland until 1971. Robert Henry House late of 63 Kildare road, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland died at St. Jame`s Hospital Dublin. Having survived his serious War Wounds in January 1915, it was Cancer of the Stomach and Lungs which was the cause of his Death. This man was a True Hero to his generation.



Pte. Henry Reardon 9th Btn., Att. 1st Army Infantry School Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.29th June 1918)

Henry Reardon was born in Dublin city in 1896 (birth date estimated), where he lived with his family in his early years in the Guinness Trust Buildings, New Bride Street. He came from a family of tailors. By 1911, Henry had emigrated from Ireland and was living in Liverpool. Within a few years he enlisted in the 9th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

Unfortunately Henrys military record did not survive. Private Henry Reardon, regiment number 27435, attached The First Army Infantry School. We know from his army index card that Henry fought in the Western European theatre of war. His medal roll index card indicates Henry was awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal. He died in France on 29th June 1918. Henry did not die in action, but in the 25th General Hospital Hardelot from bronchial pneumonia. He was 22 years old. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cites Henrys burial place as Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France.

While Private Henry Reardon commenced his army service in the 9th Battalion RDF, according to his death certificate by 1918 he had transferred to the 1st Battalion RDF.

Henry's story was lost to our family and only recently have we been able to piece together some details of his life and death. Remarkably for us it was his first cousin Michael O'Reardon (who fought as a young 17-year-old in the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Volunteers at the Four Courts in the 1916 Rising and lived till 1982), who kept in touch with Henry's surviving family in Liverpool and had the family memorial card and Death Memorial Plaque in his effects when he died. It is with great pride that we, as an Irish family, remember both cousins Henry and Michael in this special year of centenaries 2016.

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Therese O'Reardon Burke

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This volume is concerned principally with the battalionís service in the Great War during which it fought on the Western Front in 10th Brigade, 4th Division till the end of 1916 when it was transferred to 48th Brigade of 16th(Irish) Division. The last part gives a very full and often moving description of the disbandment of the battalion. 269 officers and 4508 WOs, NCOs and men of the Regiment died during the war and an appendix lists the names of the officers showing which battalion they were serving in. There is a full list of Honours and Awards including Mentions in Despatches and foreign awards for the whole regiment. Another appendix lists the officers of the 1st and 2nd battalions serving at the time of disbandment and shows which regiments they transferred to or whether they retired.
Pals at Suvla Bay

Henry Hanna

This is an unusual book in that it is the record of a company, a company of the 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers(RDF) - `D' Company - at Gallipoli. The battalion was raised in August 1914 and allocated to 30th Brigade, 10th Irish Division. At the request of a Mr Browning, President of the Irish Rugby Football Union, the CO of the new battalion agreed to keep open a special company, `D' Company as it was subsequently known, for "Pals" from the Irish Rugby Union volunteers. It was a remarkable mix of volunteers - barristers, doctors, solicitors, stockbrokers, bankers, civil servants and the like, nearly all well known in Dublin's public and social life. Training in Ireland went on until, on the last day of April 1915, 7th RDF sailed for Holyhead and from there travelled to Basingstoke, the concentration area of the 10th Division. The final period training at divisional level lasted to the end of June and a week later they were off to the Dardanelles. They landed at Suvla Bay on the morning of
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Beneath a Turkish Sky: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Assault on Gallipoli

Philip Lecane

It was the First World War's largest seaborne invasion and the Irish were at the forefront. Recruited in Ireland, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were ordered to spearhead the invasion of Gallipoli in Turkey. Deadlocked in trench warfare on the Western Front, the British High Command hoped the assault would be Germany's ally out of the war. Using letters and photographs, this book tells the story of the 'Dubs' officers and men called from an idyllic posting in England. They then set off on what was presented as a great adventure to win glory and capture Constantinople. The book also gives the story of the Turkish defenders and the locality being invaded. Accomapnied by the Royal Munster Fusiliers, packed aboard the SS River Clyde, the 'Dubs' landed from boats on the fiercely defended beach at Sedd-el-Bahr. The song The Foggy Dew says, "It were better to die beneath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sedd-el-Bahr." This book tells the story of the forgotten Irishmen who died beneath a Turkish
Irishmen in the Great War 1914-1918

Tom Burnell, Editor

Twenty-seven Irish newspapers for the period covering the Great War have been trawled through to deliver the amazing stories of those years which changed the world for ever. These are the accounts of local men at the front; of torpedoed ships; drunken wives; final letters and requests from the trenches. Also eyewitness accounts of the slaughter as it was happening; battle reports from officers serving in Irish regiments; quirky snippets; chaplains' sympathetic letters; P.o.W reports of conditions and war poetry. Here are the tales of the Leinsterís, Munsterís, Connaughtís and Dublin Fusiliers serving in the Ulster Division, 10th and 16th Irish Divisions. We read of medical breakthroughs, paranormal occurrences and miraculous escapes from death. After the Irish Rebellion of April, 1916, these type of articles and casualty lists dwindled to very few as Irish hearts became divided.
British Regiments at Gallipoli

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