Royal Dublin Fusiliers Regiment / Irish Regiments

When war broke out, General Kitchener’s regular British Army comprised of only six divisions. The British Expeditionary Force, sent to France in August was practically decimated at Mons. Kitchener began recruiting a new volunteer army, with a target of 100,000 men. The first volunteer army was called K1, the second, K2, and so on up to K5.

 

Lord Headford, Lord Powerscourt and the Earl of Granard at Anzac. The Marquis of Headford was ADC on the Staff of the 10th (Irish) Division. Viscount Powerscourt was APM of the 10th(Irish) Division. The Earl of Granard commanded the 5th Royal Irish Regiment.

Lord Headford, Lord Powerscourt and the Earl of Granard at Anzac. The Marquis of Headford was ADC on the Staff of the 10th (Irish) Division. Viscount Powerscourt was APM of the 10th(Irish) Division. The Earl of Granard commanded the 5th Royal Irish Regiment.

The first Irish volunteers were placed into the service battalions of the Irish Regiments which made up the 10th (Irish) Division. These were: 5th Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment (18th Foot); 6th Battalion the Royal Irish Rifles; 5th Battalion the Connaught Rangers; 6th Battalion the Leinster Regiment; 6th and 7th Battalion the Royal Dublin Fusiliers; 6th and 7th Battalion the Royal Munster Fusiliers; 5th and 6th Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; 5th and 6th Battalion the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

 

The British used a territorial numbering system for their army divisions: the 9th (Scottish) Division, the 10th (Irish) Division and the 11th (Northern) Division, etc.

 

Kitchener was very suspicious of both the Ulster Volunteers and the National Volunteers and rejected Redmond’s offer to form an Irish Army to fight along side the English, Scottish and Welsh troops. About 200,000 Irish people volunteered during 1914 – 18.

 

The Infantry and Cavalry Irish Regiments of the British Army in 1914

 

Regiment Name: Recruiting area: Depot:
The (18th Foot) Royal Irish Regiment Tipperary, Wexford Waterford, Kilkenny Clonmel
The Royal Munster Fusiliers Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare Tralee
The Connaught Rangers Galway, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim Renmore
The Inniskilling Fusiliers Omagh, Fermanagh, Donegal, Derry
The Royal Irish Rifles Belfast, Down, Antrim, Tyrone Belfast
The Royal Irish Fusiliers Monaghan, Armagh, Cavan Armagh
The Leinster Regiment Offaly, Meath, Louth, Laois Birr
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow> Naas
The Irish Guards All over Ireland Chelsea Barracks London.
The Tyneside Irish 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th
Battalions of Northumberland
Fusiliers
Newcastle Alnwick Camp
The London Irish Rifles London, Chelsea< Duke of York Barracks
The Kings Liverpool Regiment Liverpool Seaforth Barracks
Mainly only Irish in name The 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
The 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
The 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
The 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars
The South Irish Horse Southern Ireland Clonmel
The North Irish Horse Belfast, Down, Antrim, Tyrone, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Armagh, Monaghan Belfast

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