The First World War Discover the secrets of your ancestors’ past Brendan Mullins Genealogist Irish Family Research (Counties Antrim and Down.  Depot: Belfast.) Websites The history of the first 7 battalions in the Great War

This website is dedicated to the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the famous Royal Irish Rifles, their reserve battalions and the men whofought with the 6th Rifles of the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and the Middle East plus the soldiers of the 7th Battalion who served with distinction in the 16th (Irish) Division during the Great War.


Through time, as more information and images become available, it is hoped this site will become a fitting tribute to those men from all corners of Ireland and the ‘honorary Irishmen’ who wore the Harp and Crown.

Some useful websites -     The 12th Royal Irish Rifles, The Central Antrim Volunteers Books The 1st Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War By James W. Taylor, with a forward by Martin Middlebrook

This is a new kind of battalion history that brings to life many of the personalities involved with all of their human strengths and weaknesses, ignoring the Dulce et Decorum approach. Having fraternized with the Germans during the Christmas truce of 1914, the 1st Royal Irish Rifles fought (as part of the 8th Division) at Neuve Chapelle, Fromelles, Somme, Pilkem Ridge, Langemarck and Passchendaele. Then came the controversial move to the 36th (Ulster) Division in January 1918. They suffered heavily during the retreat of March 1918 and then were part of the final advance through Flanders until the war ended.


The book is innovative in its approach due to the wealth of detail given in the many appendices. Apart from the awards and casualty lists, there are details of the 301 men who were court-martialled including a transcript of the trial of the only member to be executed. Biographical information on nearly 300 officers who served with the unit at various times, including the medical officers and chaplains is supplied. All available files, only recently released in the Public Records Office at Kew, were fully researched to give a fascinating glimpse into the make-up of officers in a typical Irish Regular formation.

Available in the National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  2A 3615 The 2nd Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War By James W. Taylor

Following his acclaimed The 1st Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War, James Taylor now completes his study of the regiment’s Regular battalions. Having been part of the 3rd Division in the original British Expeditionary Force, they fought at places such as Mons, Le Cateau, the Aisne, La Bassée, Somme, Messines and Bellewaarde, ending the war as part of the 36th (Ulster) Division. They suffered in excess of 1,400 fatalities, including men from every county in Ireland.

Available in the National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  6A 440 Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1918 Part 67, The Royal Irish Rifles There’s a Devil in the Drum By J. F. Lucy Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  Ir 355 s 15 Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  Ir 94109 L 21 The history of the first Seven Battalions The Royal Irish Rifles In The Great War By Cyril Falls  Vol. II Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  Ir 355942 I 1 The ‘terrors’ A history of the 16th (pioneer) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, 1914-1919. By Col. S. N. White Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  2A 1172 Forward the Rifles The War Diary of an Irish Soldier  1914-1918 By David Campbell Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  10 A 3400 Standing orders of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  Ir 355942 r 11 Callsign Hades By Patrick Bury Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  11A 3516 The Burgoyne Diaries Burgoyne, Gerald Achilles, 1874-1936 Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  2A 1137 With the Ulster Division in France: A story of the 11th Battalion  Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim Volunteers) From Bordon to Thiepval: in 4 parts By A.P.I.S. And D.G.S. Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  Ir 355942 s 5 Young Citizen, Old Soldier From boyhood in Antrim to hell on the Somme  The Journal of Rifleman James McRoberts’ 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, Jan.1915 - Apr. 1917 Edited by David Truesdale Available in the  National Library of Ireland Main Reading Room NLI Call No.  8A 983 http://www.freewebs.com/ballymenaww1/ http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/Unit-Info/305 http://royalirishrifles.webs.com/ http://www.1914-1918.net/ririfles.htm

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