This website is dedicated to the 1st and 2nd Btns of the famous Royal Irish Rifles, their reserve battalions and the men who fought with the 6th Rifles of 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and the Middle East plus the soldiers of the 7th Btn. 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 'honourary Irishmen' who wore the Harp and Crown.
My thanks to members of the Great War Forum for their assistance in this project. A full list of acknowledgements will appear on completion.
Outbreak of war
It was at 7 p.m., on August 4th, 1914, that the British Ambassador handed to the German Foreign Minister Sir Edward Grey's ultimatum on the subject of Belgian neutrality. No formal reply to that ultimatum was tendered, and, automatically, by 12 midnight there was a state of war between the two countries. The British mobilization had been delayed as long as possible, in order not to jeopardize the last efforts for peace.
It was not till 6 p.m. on the afternoon of the 4th the 2nd Battalion the Royal Irish Rifles, at Tidworth, received orders to mobilize. Earlier that day German advanced guards had already crossed the Belgian frontier, and artillery had opened fire upon the forts of Liége. By August 9th the mobilization of the 2nd Battalion was complete, and it was ready for its move with the Expeditionary Force to
Upon it fell the duty of receiving the reservists as they rejoined. On the 6th a draft of 224 was despatched to the 2nd Battalion at Tidworth. On the 8th the 3rd Battalion moved from