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Topic: Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Posted By: Mal Murray
Subject: Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Date Posted: 27 Oct 2010 at 19:30
I have posted this full article as its shows the service history of the Regiment.
 
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The Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Active 1 July 1881-31 July 1922
Country   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_of_Great_Britain_and_Ireland - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Branch Army
Type Line Infantry
Garrison/HQ RHQ: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naas - Naas Barracks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Kildare - County Kildare
Nickname The Blue Caps, The Dubs, The Lambs, The Old Toughs
March Slow: The British Grenadiers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patricks_Day - Saint Patrick's Day
Unofficial: The Dublin Fusiliers
Commanders
Ceremonial chief http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Arthur,_Duke_of_Connaught_and_Strathearn - Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1908)
Colonel of
the Regiment
Major-General Charles Duncan Cooper (1910)
 
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers was a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army - British Army http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry - Infantry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regiment - Regiment raised and garrisoned in Ireland, which was disbanded in 1922 under the terms of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Irish_Treaty - Anglo-Irish Treaty .

History

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Royal Dublin Fusiliers

The regiment was created on 1 July 1881 as a result of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childers_reforms - Childers reforms by the amalgamation of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/102nd_Regiment_of_Foot_%28Royal_Madras_Fusiliers%29 - 102nd Regiment of Foot (Royal Madras Fusiliers) and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/103rd_Regiment_of_Foot_%28Royal_Bombay_Fusiliers%29 - 103rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Bombay Fusiliers) whose predecessors had been in the service of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honourable_East_India_Company - East India Company . After the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Rebellion_of_1857 - Indian Rebellion of 1857 the Company's private armies were transferred to the British Army in 1862. Under the reforms five infantry battalions were given Irish territorial titles and the 102nd and 103rd Regiments of Foot became the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

The regiment served the counties of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Dublin - Dublin , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Kildare - Kildare , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Wicklow - Wicklow and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Carlow - Carlow in Ireland, with its garrison depot located at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naas - Naas . Militarily, the whole of Ireland was administered as a separate command within the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_of_Great_Britain_and_Ireland - United Kingdom with Command Headquarters at Parkgate ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_Park - Phoenix Park ) Dublin, directly under the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Office - War Office in London. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers#cite_note-0 - [1]

1st Battalion

The 102nd was based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceylon - Ceylon (now http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka - Sri Lanka ) when it became the 1st Battalion. It moved back to the UK in 1886, being based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England - England , before moving to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curragh - Curragh in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland - Ireland . It returned to England in 1893, remaining there until the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Boer_War - Second Boer War began in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa - South Africa in 1899. It arrived in South Africa in November 1899.

After the Boer War the Battalion was based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crete - Crete and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta - Malta , both in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean - Mediterranean . It was posted to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Egypt in 1906, where it later received its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_%28flag%29 - Colours at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria - Alexandria by the Regiment's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel-in-Chief - Colonel-in-Chief , HRH http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Arthur,_Duke_of_Connaught_and_Strathearn - Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn . The 1st Dublins later joined the British garrison in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_India - India — the then overseas 'home' of the British Army — remaining there until the outbreak of war in 1914.

2nd Battalion

When the 103rd became the 2nd Battalion, it was based in England before moving to sunnier climes in 1884, when it was posted to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibraltar - Gibraltar . The following year it arrived in Egypt and then moved to India in 1889, being located in a variety of places there. In 1897 the 2nd Dublins was based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natal_Colony - Natal Colony , where it would still be when the Boer War began in 1899.

Upon the conclusion of the war, the 2nd Battalion returned to the UK, being based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttevant - Buttevant , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Cork - Cork , Ireland. It left for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldershot - Aldershot , England in 1910, where it received its new Colours from the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief the following year. It remained in England until war began in 1914.

Boer War

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Traitors Gate commemorates the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Stephens_Green - St Stephen's Green , Dublin

The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boers - Boers declared war on 12 October and invaded Natal and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Colony - Cape Colony . On 20 October the 2nd Dublins took part in the first major battle of the war, at http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Talana&action=edit&redlink=1 - Talana near http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dundee,_South_Africa - Dundee . The Boers had appeared on http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talana_Hill&action=edit&redlink=1 - Talana Hill in the early morning and after they launched a few shells at Dundee, the garrison responded and attacked the hill. The 2nd Dublins took part in the attack and, after some fierce fighting, removed the Boers. They suffered heavy casualties in the process, losing, amongst others, Captain http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Anderson_Weldon&action=edit&redlink=1 - Weldon , the first officer of the Dublins to be killed in the war. The British had to abandon Dundee soon afterwards, withdrawing to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladysmith,_KwaZulu-Natal - Ladysmith . The Boers besieged the town in late October. On 30 October the garrison's commander, Sir http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stuart_White - George Stuart White VC, ordered an attack on http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Lombards_Kop&action=edit&redlink=1 - Lombard's Kop which the Dublin Fusiliers took part in.

On 15 November 1899, a detachment of Dubliners and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durban_Light_Infantry - Durban Light Infantry were garrisoning an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armoured_train - armoured train operating from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estcourt - Estcourt with the objective of monitoring Boer movements. The Boers ambushed them on their return and a section of the train was de-railed in the chaos. Among the passengers was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill - Winston Churchill , then a war correspondent accompanying the detachment, who helped load the train engine with wounded before it made an escape attempt, pushing through the de-railed section that blocked its path and making it through safely. The remaining troops put up a stout defence until they were eventually compelled to surrender, including Churchill who had returned to the remaining defenders. Churchill later made a successful escape attempt from his prison in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretoria - Pretoria . He wrote glowingly of the gallantry displayed by the Dublin Fusiliers and the other troops that were present during the ambush.

The Dublin Fusiliers actively took part in the efforts to lift the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Ladysmith - Siege of Ladysmith , which lasted from 30 October 1899 to 28 February 1900. On 15 December the 2nd Dublins took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Colenso - Battle of Colenso . The Dublins were part of the 5th Brigade (known as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Brigade - Irish Brigade ) who crossed the wrong part of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tugela_River - Tugela River and suffered heavy casualties in the process. The battle was a defeat for the British forces and became part of a notorious period for the British in the war, known as " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Week - Black Week ". The defeat, however, did not discourage further attempts being made. The Dublins did not participate in any more attempts until January 1900 when they took part in the Tugela campaign, collectively known as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Tugela_Heights - Battle of the Tugela Heights . February saw the Dublins take part in heavy fighting before, on 27 February, they supported the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Irish_Fusiliers - Royal Irish Fusiliers in their final charge on http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Pieters_Hill&action=edit&redlink=1 - Pieter's Hill , suffering heavy casualties though taking the position. This victory led to the siege of Ladysmith being lifted the following day by cavalry, with the main force of infantry arriving on 3 March. For their bravery, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_of_the_United_Kingdom - Queen Victoria decreed that a sprig of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamrock - shamrock be adorned on the headdress of Irish units on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Patricks_Day - St Patrick's Day to commemorate their actions in South Africa. This tradition remains in existence.

In May, the British began their advance towards the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Republic - Transvaal -- one of the Boer republics—and early the following month the Dublins took part in the effort against http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Laings_Nek - Laing's Nek during the attempt to achieve an entry into the Transvaal. This was successfully achieved and the capital, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretoria - Pretoria , was captured on 5 June. The war, however, did not end and the Boers began a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_warfare - guerrilla campaign against the British. During this phase of the war, many http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockhouse - blockhouses were constructed to help restrict the movement of the Boer guerrillas and men of the Dublin Fusiliers helped to garrison them. This phase of the war also saw the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mounted_infantry - mounted infantry companies, among which were Dublin Fusiliers MI, in their element, hunting the (now small) groups of Boers. The Dublin Fusiliers also took part in the hunt for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiaan_De_Wet - Christiaan De Wet , a prominent Boer officer.

The last of the Boers surrendered in May 1902, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Vereeniging - Treaty of Vereeniging formally ending the conflict. During the war, volunteers from the three http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia - militia battalions of the Dublins had been used to provide reinforcements for the two regular battalions fighting in South Africa. The 2nd Dublins had left South Africa in January 1902. The Dublins suffered nearly 700 casualties (killed, wounded, missing) during the conflict, many of whom died of disease, indeed the vast majority of British Army casualties were from disease.

First World War

The First World War began in August 1914, and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire - British Empire declared war on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Germany - Germany after it invaded http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium - Belgium . The Regiment raised 6 battalions during the war (11 in total), serving on the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Front - Western Front , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallipoli - Gallipoli , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East - Middle East and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salonika - Salonika . The Dublin Fusiliers received 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Cross - Victoria Crosses (VC), the highest award for bravery in the face of the enemy, and was also awarded 48 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Honour - Battle Honours and 5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_Honour - Theatre Honours . The Regiment lost just over 4,700 killed and thousands wounded during the war.

Western Front

The 2nd Dublins arrived in France in the month war was declared as part of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_10th_Brigade - 10th Brigade , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_4th_Division_%28World_War_I%29 - 4th Division . The Division was part of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Expeditionary_Force_%28World_War_I%29 - British Expeditionary Force (BEF), the professionals of the old regular army, known as the ' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Contemptibles - Old Contemptibles ' after a comment made by the German http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_Wilhelm_II - Kaiser . The 2nd Dublins took part in the retreat following the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mons - Battle of Mons , taking part in their first engagement on 26 August 1914 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Le_Cateau - Le Cateau that helped delay the German advance towards http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris - Paris , inflicting such heavy casualties that the Germans thought they faced more machine-guns than they actually did. The BEF then resumed their retreat, but many men, including from the Dublin Fusiliers, were stranded behind German lines, and many were taken prisoner by the Germans. The Battalion, badly depleted, later took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Marne - Battle of the Marne (5–9 September) that finally halted the German advance just on the outskirts of Paris, forcing the Germans to retreat to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aisne - Aisne . There, the 2nd Dublins took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Aisne - Battle of the Aisne and later took part in their last major engagement of the war, at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Armenti%C3%A8res - Battle of Armentières , which began on 13 October and ended on 2 November.

The 2nd Dublins took part in all but one of the subsidiary battles during http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Ypres - Second Ypres that took place between 22 April-24 May 1915. The Battalion suffered heavily at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St_Julien - Battle of St Julien , the second subsidiary battle, incurring hundreds of casualties. They had no respite, taking part in the next two subsidiary battles at http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Frezenburg&action=edit&redlink=1 - Frezenburg and http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bellewaarde&action=edit&redlink=1 - Bellewaarde . On 24 May the Battalion was subject to a German http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_Warfare - poison gas attack near http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Julien - Saint-Julien and effectively disintegrated as a fighting unit. The British at that time had no defences against gas attack; indeed the large-scale use of gas by the Germans on the Western Front had begun at Second Ypres. The 2nd Dublins Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arthur_Loveband&action=edit&redlink=1 - Loveband of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naas - Naas , died the following day. The Battalion did not take part in any more major battles for the rest of the year.

The 8th and 9th Dublins, who had arrived in France in December 1915 as part of http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=British_48th_Brigade&action=edit&redlink=1 - 48th Brigade of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_16th_%28Irish%29_Division - 16th (Irish) Division , were also subject to a German gas attack at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hulluch - Battle of Hulluch , near http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loos - Loos , on 27 April 1916, suffering heavy casualties. There had been trouble at home that month in Dublin when the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising - Easter Rising had taken place though, in spite of this, the Dublin Fusiliers still performed with dedication to their duty. The British launched the Somme offensive on 1 July and the 1st and 2nd Dublins took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Day_of_the_Somme - First Day of the Somme that saw the British forces sustain horrific casualties, some 60,000, about 20,000 of which were killed. The 8th and 9th Dublins took part in their first major battle during the Somme Offensive, taking part in the capture of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ginchy - Ginchy on 9 September. The Dublins also took part in the last major battle of the offensive, at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Ancre - Ancre that took place between 13–18 November. The Dublins, once again, had suffered large numbers of casualties during the Somme offensive.

In March 1917 the Germans retreated to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_Line - Hindenburg Line which was a formidable series of defences that the Germans had constructed. In April the British launched the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arras_%281917%29 - Arras Offensive and the Dublin Fusiliers took part in the two battles of the Scarpe that took place in April. The 10th Dublins took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arleux - Battle of Arleux (28–29 April) that saw the Dublins last involvement in a major battle of the Arras offensive. Half of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Army - French Army , exhausted and angry at the enormous losses it had sustained, mutinied, refusing to fight unless it was to defend against German attacks. This compelled the British Army to take the leading role, and this would see the Dublin Fusiliers take part in further offensives before the year ended. In June, the Dublins took part in the capture of http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wytschaete&action=edit&redlink=1 - Wytschaete during the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Messines - Battle of Messines . The Regiment's battalions subsequently took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Battle_of_Ypres - Third Battle of Ypres (31 July-10 November), being involved in several of its subsidiary battles, including at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Langemarck - Langemarck . As during Second Ypres, the Regiment suffered heavily, indeed the 9th Dublins had sustained such losses that they effectively ceased to be a fighting unit, and were amalgamated with the 8th Dublins in October, forming the 8th/9th Dublins. The Regiment's last major action of 1917 was a diversionary attack during the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cambrai_%281917%29 - Battle of Cambrai (28 November-3 December).

In February 1918, due to the heavy losses that had been sustained, the 8th/9th and 10th Dublins were disbanded and its men were transferred to the 1st and 2nd Dublins. On 21 March the Regiment was on the defensive during the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St._Quentin_%281918%29 - Battle of St. Quentin when the Germans began an immense bombardment as part of their last-gasp major offensive known as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Michael - Operation Michael against British and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allies_of_World_War_I - Empire forces in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picardy - Picardy area. The 1st and 2nd Dublins suffered heavily from the intense bombardment (which included poison gas) and when the Germans attacked shortly afterwards, the Germans broke through the shattered remnants. The Germans made significant gains but their offensive gradually lost momentum and the Germans were pushed back by April. During that month, on the 14 April, the 1st and 2nd Dublins had to briefly amalgamate due to the losses it had sustained during the German offensive, forming the 1st/2nd Dublins. The 1st Battalion was reconstituted a few days later with drafts from the 2nd Battalion, which was reduced to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadre - cadre strength. On 26 April the 1st Dublins left the 16th (Irish) and rejoined the 86th Brigade, 29th Division. In June the 2nd Dublins transferred to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_31st_Division - British 31st Division and was reconstituted. It was transferred to the http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lines_of_Communication_%28force%29&action=edit&redlink=1 - Lines of Communication (LoC) before moving to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_50th_%28Northumbrian%29_Division - British 50th Division in July. In August the Allies launched their counter-offensive against the Germans and eventually reached the Hindenburg Line. The Allies launched their offensive against the Line in September, and the 1st, 2nd, and 7th Dublins, took part in the battles of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_the_Somme_%281918%29 - St Quentin Canal , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cambrai_%281918%29 - Cambrai and http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Beaurovoir&action=edit&redlink=1 - Beaurvoir , and the Hindenburg Line was successfully breached by the Allies. The Dublins took part in the last offensives of the war, taking part in, among others, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Lys_%281918%29 - Fourth Battle of Ypres , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Courtrai_%281918%29 - Battle of Courtrai and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Selle - Battle of the Selle during September and October. The 1st Dublins lost their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Athelstan_Moore&action=edit&redlink=1 - Moore , on 14 October. The Regiment's last major battle was in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Sambre_%281918%29 - Battle of the Sambre on 4 November. The war ended on the Western Front with the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_with_Germany_%28Compi%C3%A8gne%29 - Armistice on 11 November 1918.

Gallipoli, Salonika and the Middle East

The 1st, 6th and 7th Dublins all took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Entente - Allied http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_campaign - Gallipoli campaign in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles - Dardanelles after http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey - Turkey joined the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Powers - Central Powers in November 1914. It was an effort to support http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia - Russia by keeping the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Strait - Dardanelles Strait open.

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V Beach, viewed from the SS River Clyde on 25 April 1915

The 1st Dublins, as part of http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=British_86th_Brigade&action=edit&redlink=1 - 86th Brigade of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_29th_Division - 29th Division , landed at V Beach, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_at_Cape_Helles - Cape Helles on 25 April. The 1st Dublins were the first to land, landing via boats that were either towed or rowed, and suffered heavy casualties from a withering hail of machine-gun fire from the Turkish defenders, most not even getting out of their boats, while others drowned in the attempt, most due to the equipment they carried. The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Munster_Fusiliers - 1st Royal Munsters , two companies of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_of_Waless_Royal_Regiment_%28Queens_and_Royal_Hampshires%29 - 2nd Royal Hampshires and a company of the 1st Dublins, landed from the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_River_Clyde - SS River Clyde soon afterwards and were also decimated by machine-gun fire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers#cite_note-1 - [2] In spite of the severe casualties, the British forces managed to land large numbers of troops by nightfall. On the morning of 26 April the British force, including the Dublins, took the fortress, led by Lieutenant Colonel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hotham_Montagu_Doughty-Wylie - Doughty-Wylie , before moving onto the village of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedd-el-Bahr - Sedd-el-Bahr . Lieutenant-Colonel Doughty-Wylie and Captain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Neville_Walford - Walford (who helped organise the attack) both died at the moment of victory. The 1st Battalion sustained just over 600 casualties within the first two days, out of a total of just over 1000 men that had landed. Nearly all of their officers, including Lieutenant Colonel http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Richard_Alexander_Rooth&action=edit&redlink=1 - Richard Alexander Rooth , had been killed on the day of the landings. The Battalion and the 1st Munsters had suffered so heavily that they had to form a composite battalion known as the 'Dubsters' on 30 April. Both battalions regained their identity the following month after they received a sufficient amount of replacements. During their time at Helles, the 1st Dublins took part in the numerous attempts to capture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Krithia - Krithia ; the first attempt took place on 28 April.

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Soldiers of the 10th (Irish) Division attending church service at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basingstoke - Basingstoke , England, 1915

The 6th and 7th Dublins joined the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_30th_Brigade - 30th Brigade of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10th_%28Irish%29_Division - 10th (Irish) Division upon their creation in August 1914. The division left Ireland for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basingstoke - Basingstoke , England in May 1915. On 7 June the division left the UK under the command of Irish General http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Mahon - Bryan Mahon , arriving in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemnos - Lemnos by late July in preparation for the landings at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suvla_Bay - Suvla Bay , Gallipoli. The Dublins landed at Suvla on 7 August; a day after the first landings there had taken place. Unlike at V Beach at Helles, Suvla was barely defended but incompetence at the higher echelons of command led to the British troops not exploiting their early advantage, ensuring that the Suvla landings became static and allowing the Turks to reinforce their defences. The Dublins took part in the effort to capture a position known as http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chocolate_Hill&action=edit&redlink=1 - Chocolate Hill (7–8 August), which was successfully taken, though at a heavy cost. On 9 August the Dublins took part in the attempt to recapture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scimitar_Hill - Scimitar Hill , and managed to gain some ground but experienced ferocious resistance from the Turks that eventually forced the British to withdraw. The 1st Dublins and the rest of the 29th Division were moved to Suvla to reinforce the British force there. On 21 August the Dublins took part in another attempt to take Scimitar Hill and after the battle, the Suvla front-line became static, with no more major attacks being attempted. In September, the 6th and 7th Dublins and the rest of their division left Suvla, arriving in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudros - Mudros on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemnos - Lemnos later that month.

On 1 January 1916, the 1st Dublins left Gallipoli for Egypt with the rest of the 29th Division and the last remaining British troops left Gallipoli on 9 January. The ironic thing was that the evacuation of Gallipoli by the Allies was, arguably, the most successful part of the campaign. The Dublins had suffered heavily, nearly all of the just over 1000 men of the 1st Dublins who had landed at Helles in April had been killed, wounded, experienced disease or were missing, but further carnage was to await them in France. The Dublin Fusiliers battalions that had seen service in Gallipoli had had a diverse composition, indeed D Company, 7th Dublins (known as the 'Dublin Pals' in much the same way as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pals_battalion - Pals battalions ) had a number of professional http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_football - rugby players and most of the company had attended http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_College,_Dublin - Trinity College , including Professor of Law Lieutenant http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Earnest_Lawrence_Julian&action=edit&redlink=1 - Earnest Julian who was mortally wounded at Chocolate Hill and died onboard a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospital_ship - hospital ship , gaining the company the nickname 'The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toff - Toffs ' which was in reference to the 2nd Dublins nickname, 'The Old Toughs'. Other companies were of a more humble background, from being http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner - miners and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docker - dockers to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postman - postmen , and many other roles in the community.

Meanwhile, the 6th and 7th Dublins had landed in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salonika - Salonika in October 1915 as part of a British-French force requested by the Prime Minister of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece - Greece , with the intention of assisting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia - Serbia who had been invaded by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria - Bulgaria , one of Germany's allies during the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonian_front_%28World_War_I%29 - Macedonian campaign . By the time the British-French force had arrived, Serbia had been defeated but the Allies remained. The Dublins took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Kosturino&action=edit&redlink=1 - Battle of Kosturino (7–8 December) and in the British withdrawal from Serbia. After Kosturino, things were mostly quiet, though the British still suffered casualties from disease, such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysentery - dysentery and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria - malaria , and also suffered from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frostbite - frostbite . In October 1916 the Dublins took part in the capture of the village of http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Yenikoi&action=edit&redlink=1 - Yenikoi where they suffered heavy casualties, including http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendly_fire - friendly fire from their own artillery. In August 1917 the 6th and 7th, along with the rest of the 10th (Irish), were ordered to concentrate in Salonika in preparation for moving from the Balkans. The following month the division arrived in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Egypt and then commenced their participation in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinai_and_Palestine_Campaign - Palestine campaign . The campaign was a much more successful one than the previous two campaigns that the Regiment had experienced and the Dublins took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Battle_of_Gaza - Third Battle of Gaza (27 October-7 November). The Dublins also took part in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Jerusalem - capture of Jerusalem and in its subsequent defence from Ottoman counter-attack. The 7th Dublins left the division, moving to France in April 1918 and was attached to the 16th (Irish) on 10 June. It was, however, absorbed by 11th Royal Irish Fusiliers only 8 days later. The 6th Dublins followed the 7th the following month, also heading for France. It joined the 66th Division in July.

1916 Easter Rising

Three Battalions of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers attacked Irish rebels in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising - Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers#cite_note-2 - [3]

Disbandment

All the war-raised battalions were disbanded either during the war, or shortly afterwards. The 1st Dublins crossed the German border in early December; no doubt nearly all that had been with the Battalion when it first entered the war in Gallipoli were long dead. The Battalion eventually reached http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cologne - Cologne where the British http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_Occupation_%28Germany%29 - Army of Occupation in Germany was based. The Battalion returned to the UK a short while afterwards, based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordon - Bordon . The 2nd Dublins left war-ravaged Europe to join the Allied Army of Occupation in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantinople - Constantinople , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey - Turkey and in late 1920 moved to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multan - Multan , India, before returning to the UK in 1922.

Due to substantial defence cuts, and the establishment of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Free_State - Irish Free State (the predecessor of the Republic of Ireland) in 1922, it was agreed under the terms of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Irish_Treaty - Anglo-Irish Treaty that the six former http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Ireland - Southern Ireland regiments would be disbanded, including the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. On 12 June, the six regimental http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_%28flag%29 - Colours -- with the exception of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Irish_Horse - South Irish Horse who sent a Regimental Engraving, because the regiment chose to have its Standard remain in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Patricks_Cathedral,_Dublin - St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin -- were laid up in a ceremony at St George's Hall, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Castle - Windsor Castle in the presence of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_V_of_the_United_Kingdom - HM King George V . The Dublin Fusiliers detachment included the commanding officers of the 1st Dublins and 2nd Dublins, lieutenant-colonels C. N. Perreau and G. S. Higgingson, who had been captured in France during the first year of WWI, and the regiment's Colonel-in-Chief, HRH the Duke of Connaught. The Colours remain there as of 2005. The six regiments were all disbanded on 31 July, some thousands of their ex-servicemen and officers helped in establishing the newly formed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Army - Free State Force ,though many men from the new http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Free_State - Irish Free State (later known as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ireland - Republic of Ireland ) also continued to serve with the British armed forces.

On 27 April 2001, the Irish government officially acknowledged the role of the soldiers of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fought in the First World War by hosting a State Reception at Dublin Castle for the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association.

Victoria Cross recipients

  • Sergeant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Augustus_Curtis - Horace Augustus Curtis (2nd Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers)
  • Sergeant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Downie - Robert Downie (2nd Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers)
  • Sergeant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ockendon - James Ockendon (1st Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers)

Battle honours

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Ladysmith - Siege of Ladysmith , Second Boer War, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_1899-1902 - South Africa 1899-1902

First World War:

  • Western Front: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Le_Cateau - Le Cateau , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retreat_from_Mons - Retreat from Mons , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_the_Marne - Marne 1914 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Aisne - Aisne 1914 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Armenti%C3%A9res - Armentiéres 1914 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ypres - Ypres 1915 '17 '18 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St_Julien - St Julien , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Frezenberg - Frezenberg , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bellewaarde - Bellewaarde , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme - Somme 1916 '18 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Albert_%281916%29 - Albert 1916 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Guillemont - Guillemont , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ginchy - Ginchy , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Le_Transloy - Le Transloy , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Ancre - Ancre 1916 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arras_%281917%29 - Arras 1917 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Scarpe - Scarpe 1917 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arleux - Arleux , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Messines - Messines 1917 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Langemarck - Langemarck 1917 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Polygon_Wood - Polygon Wood , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cambrai_%281917%29 - Cambrai 1917 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cambrai_%281918%29 - 1918 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mont_St._Quentin - St Quentin , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bapaume - Bapaume 1918 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rosi%C3%A8res - Rosières , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Avre - Avre , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_Line - Hindenburg Line , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_St_Quentin_Canal - St Quentin Canal , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Beaurevoir - Beaurevoir , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Courtrai_%281918%29 - Courtrai , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Selle - Selle , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Sambre - Sambre , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Front_%28WWI%29 - France and Flanders 1914-18
  • Gallipoli & Middle East: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Helles - Helles , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_at_Helles - Landing at Helles , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Krithia - Krithia , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suvla - Suvla , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sari_Bair - Sari Bair , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_at_Suvla - Landing at Suvla , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Scimitar_Hill - Scimitar Hill , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_campaign - Gallipoli 1915-16 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Egypt 1916 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Battle_of_Gaza - Gaza , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Jerusalem - Jerusalem , http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Tell_Asur&action=edit&redlink=1 - Tell 'Asur , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinai_and_Palestine_Campaign - Palestine 1917-18
  • Other: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Kosturino&action=edit&redlink=1 - Kosturino , http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Struma&action=edit&redlink=1 - Struma , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkans_campaign - Macedonia 1915-17

Great War Memorials

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_National_War_Memorial_Gardens - Irish National War Memorial Gardens Dublin.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_of_Ireland_Peace_Park - Island of Ireland Peace Park Messines, Belgium.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menin_Gate_Memorial - Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.

References

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers#cite_ref-0 - ^ H.E.D. Harris The Irish Regiments in the First World War (1968) pp. 2-3
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers#cite_ref-1 - ^ Steel, Nigel and Hart, Peter Defeat at Gallipolli pp. 90-96, Pan Books (1994) (2002), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0330490583 - ISBN 0 330 49058 3
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Dublin_Fusiliers#cite_ref-2 - ^ McNally, p 26-27

Further reading

  • Dungan, Myles: They Shall not Grow Old: Irish Soldiers in the Great War Four Courts Press (1997) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/1851823476 - ISBN 1-85182-347-6 .
  • Jeffrey, Keith: Ireland and the Great War Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge (2000) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0521773237 - ISBN 0-521-77323-7 .
  • Hanna, Henry: PALS AT SUVLA BAY: Being the Record of "D" Company of the 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Naval & Military Press Ltd (2002) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/9781843422747 - ISBN 978-1843422747 .
  • Steel, Nigal and Hart, Peter: Defeat at Gallipoli, PAN Books (1994), (2002) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0330490583 - ISBN 0-330-49058-3
    (pp. 90–96: description of the slaughter of the Dubliners and the Munsters)
  • Cooper, Bryan (1918): The 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Irish Academic Press (1993), (2003) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0716525178 - ISBN 0-7165-2517-8 .
  • Denman, Terence: Ireland's unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War, Irish Academic Press (1992), (2003) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0716524953 - ISBN 0-7165-2495-3 .
  • Bowen, Desmond & Jean: Heroic Option: The Irish in the British Army, Pen & Sword Books (2005) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/1844151522 - ISBN 1-84415-152-2 .
  • Moore, Steven: The Irish on the Somme, (2005) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0954971515 - ISBN 0-9549715-1-5 .
  • Orr, Philip: Fields of Bones, an Irish Division at Gallipolli, The Lilliput Press (2006), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/1843510650 - ISBN 1-84351-065-0
  • Burke, Tom: The 16th (Irish) and the 36th (Ulster) Divisions at the Battle of Wytschats-Messines Ridge, 7 June 1917 , The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (2007), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0955041813 - ISBN 0-9550418-1-3
  • Naval & Military Press: Crown and Company 1911-1922 - 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Imperial War Museum, London (2007) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/1845744063 - ISBN 1-84574-406-3
  • Connolly, Séan: A Forlorn Hope The Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Kaiser's Battle March 1918, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Press (2008) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0955041822 - ISBN 0-9550-418-2-2
  • http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/25618 - The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War by Arthur Edward Mainwaring and Cecil Francis Romer at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg
  • McNally, Michael (2007). Easter Rising: Birth of the Irish Republic. Osprey Publishing Ltd. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Book_Number - ISBN   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/9781846030673 - 9781846030673 . 

External links

  • http://www.royaldublinfusiliers.com/ - Royal Dublin Fusiliers - a website dedicated to the memory of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • http://www.greatwar.ie/ - The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association website - an organisation which promotes awareness of the Irish soldiers of the First World War
  • http://www.webmatters.net/belgium/ww1_mesen_2.htm - The Battle for Messines Ridge
    Homepage of the Island of Ireland Peace Park Memorial
  • http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Taoiseach_and_Government/History_of_Government/1916_Commemorations/Irish_Soldiers_in_the_First_World_War.html - Department of the Taoiseach: Irish Soldiers in the First World War
  • http://www.irishsoldiers.com/ - The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust



Replies:
Posted By: Bunhill
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2011 at 11:10
Very interesting reading about the RDF'S my great grandfather was in the 2nd RDF'S to start with.
He got a blighty in France in 1915,and when he was fit again he was put in the 1st RDF'S,,and like so many was KIA on 01-07-1916


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Rifleman 1648 William Hannan KIA 18-8-1915 Remembered.


Posted By: Bunhill
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2011 at 20:01
Been trying to contact these guys but have not received a reply

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Rifleman 1648 William Hannan KIA 18-8-1915 Remembered.


Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2011 at 20:12
Terry, who have you been trying to contact? I might be able to help.


Posted By: Bunhill
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2011 at 19:58
Mal i have been trying to contact the admin of the RDF'S forum as there are a couple of questions i want to ask about my great-grandfather,i have not been able to post a question.
And i know he started in the 2nd RDF'S and i am trying to find out where the recruiting office in London was and what battle's he was in while in the 2nd's,he got a blighty and was cared for by a local nurse my nan told me this.
When he was fit he was put in the  1st RDF'S he was KIA on 01/07/1916,i know the movements of the 1st's as i have the diary,but its the early part i am keen to know.
Any help  Mal would be most welcome.


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Rifleman 1648 William Hannan KIA 18-8-1915 Remembered.


Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2011 at 18:26
Terry,
 
Takea look at this webpage, it may help you in getting your research going. PM me his details and I will check through my records and references and see what I can come up with.
 
http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliions/2-battalion.html - http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliions/2-battalion.html
 
 
There is a book entitled "Crown and Company" which lays out the history of the 2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers, you might find useful.
 
Regards,
 
Mal


Posted By: Bunhill
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2011 at 18:39
Hi Mal it says you have exceeded your private messages so the soldier is 16630 private Richard Hannan
1st RDF'S he was in the 2nd RDF'S first getting wounded in 1915


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Rifleman 1648 William Hannan KIA 18-8-1915 Remembered.


Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2011 at 19:02
Thanks Terry,
 
I will have a look and see what I can come up with.


Posted By: Irish Brigade
Date Posted: 28 Oct 2011 at 21:06
Richard Hannan landed in France on 3-5-1915 and his medal card says he was KIA on 1-7-1916


Posted By: Irish Brigade
Date Posted: 28 Oct 2011 at 21:10
hi bunhill i asume William Hannan is a relative of Richard ?williams medal card says he landed in Egypt on 18-8-1915 and was KIA on the same day.



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