Category: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Categories: British Army | British Army, Second Boer War

The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was an Irish line infantry regiment on the Order of Battle of the British Army from 1881 until 1968. The regiment was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot and the 108th Regiment of Foot.

It saw service in the Second Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War before being amalgamated with the other regiments in the North Irish Brigade, the Royal Ulster Rifles and the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) into the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968. However, in 1992, the Royal Irish Rangers merged with the Ulster Defence Regiment to form the Royal Irish Regiment.

The regimental district comprised the City of Londonderry and the counties of Donegal, Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh in Ireland, with its garrison depot located at Omagh. The Regimental Museum is at EnnisKilling Castle.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Second Boer War
In October 1899 war broke out between the United Kingdom and the Boer Republics. The 1st Battalion landed at Durban, where they became part of the 5th (Irish) Brigade. The battalion was involved in a series of military reverses at the hands of the Boers that became known as the "Black Week", culminating in defeat at the Battle of Colenso. The unit subsequently took part in the Tugela Campaign before helping relieve Ladysmith in early 1900. The regiment lent its name to "Inniskilling Hill", which was taken by the 5th brigade on 24/25 February 1900.

The 2nd Battalion only arrived in South Africa from India in the late stages of the war and saw little action.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the First World War
In 1914 the Great War broke out and the 2nd Battalion was first to see action in the Battle of Le Cateau. The 1st Battalion participated in the Landing at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915 with the 29th Division.

There were also nine New Army battalions raised seeing service with the 10th (Irish) Division, the 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) Division on the Western Front and at Gallipoli, the Macedonian Campaign and Palestine.

1916 Easter Rising
The 12th (Service) Battalion, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, fought against Irish rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin. Two of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were killed and seven more wounded.

Created From
27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot and 108th Regiment of Foot
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
1881 - 1968
Royal Irish Regiment.

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Person Profiles (36)


21 Feb 1887 Schull, County Cork, Ireland - 21 Aug 1915
25 Dec 1886 Ballymaguire, Cookstown, Tyrone, Ireland - 16 May 1915


12 Jan 1892 Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland - 16 Aug 1917
19 May 1884 Creevycarnonan, Kilmore, County Down, Ireland - 01 Jan 1956 photo
1920s - 1940s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow) photo
26 Dec 1867 Desertcreat, Desertcreat, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland - 22 Nov 1922


13 Apr 1890 Drumglass, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland - 29 Oct 1914
24 Apr 1891 Aghadowey, Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland - 01 Jul 1916


04 Apr 1879 116 Sandy Row, Belfast - 01 Jul 1916


10 Jun 1884 Tullyhogue, Desertcreat, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland - 15 Oct 1966


16 Mar 1867 Aughnahoe, Derriaghy, County Antrim, Ireland - 04 Apr 1944 photo


abt 1827 County Tyrone, Ireland - 06 Jul 1910 photo
14 Jul 1897 Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland - aft 01 Jun 1979 photo

H cont.

19 Sep 1900 Coleraine, County Londonderry, Ireland - 23 May 1978 photo
31 Jul 1896 Castleroe Parish of Camus- Juxta -Bann, County Londonderry, Ireland - 06 Oct 1973 photo
abt 07 Mar 1867 Killycurragh, Derryloran, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland - 24 Sep 1936
16 Apr 1887 Mullaghadun, Drumglass, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland - 16 Apr 1910


10 Oct 1874 Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland
17 Nov 1879 Market St, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland


22 May 1872 Sholopore, Madres, India - 28 Jul 1959 photo


04 Feb 1896 Belfast, Ireland - 07 Jun 1917
1922 Northern Ireland, United Kingdom - 04 Jan 1943
14 Dec 1894 Ballynany, County Tyrone, Ireland - 01 Jul 1916
31 Aug 1887 Cabragh, Kilskeery, Irvinestown SRD, County Tyrone, Ireland - abt Feb 1935
02 Feb 1880 Padget St, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland - 20 Mar 1957

M cont.

08 Apr 1882 Silverhill, County Fermanagh, Ireland - 22 Aug 1933
abt 1865 Omey, Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland
1884 Naas, County Kildare, Ireland - 24 Jul 1957
1860 Scotland, United Kingdom
Mar 1909 Cork, County Cork, Ireland - 22 Jun 1944


08 Nov 1888 Frankfield, Douglas, County Cork, Ireland - 21 Aug 1915


abt 1891 Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom - 11 Aug 1915


05 Jan 1867 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
20 Mar 1873 Tullinisky, County Down, Ireland - 1944
31 Dec 1891 Abbottabad, Bengal, India - 15 Aug 1915


1887 Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England - 29 Jun 1915

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