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Irish at Gallipoli

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For some in Ireland it was Gallipoli rather than the Easter Rising that marked the moment when their feelings towards the British began to turn, particularly after the August offensive when the 10th (Irish) Division was almost destroyed at Suvla Bay.[1]

More than 200,000 Irish men served in the British Army during the First World War and about 35,000 were killed, an estimated 2,100-2,700 of whom died at Gallipoli.[2]

Eight Irish Regiments at were at Gallipoli[3]

18th Royal Irish Regiment Category:18th_Regiment_of_Foot,
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,
Royal Irish (later Ulster) Rifles,
Royal Irish Fusiliers,
Connaught Rangers,
Leinster Regiment,
Royal Munster Fusiliers
Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

10th (Irish) Division

under the command of Lt. Gen. Bryan Mahon. Its three brigades were split, with the 29th joining the Australians and New Zealanders in the Anzac sector while the 30th and 31st landed at Suvla Bay minus the division’s artillery, which was still in Egypt, and the division’s engineers, who were delayed.

29th Brigade

  • Lt. Gen. Bryan Mahon Commander
6th Royal Irish Rifles
6th Leinster Regiment
5th Connaught Rangers

30th Brigade

31st Brigade

SS River Clyde[4]

Royal Dublin regiment
Royal Munster Fusiliers regiment

British 29th Division[5][6]

1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers

1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

both recalled from India

  • Francis Ledwidge was born in County Meath and developed strongly nationalist views. In October 1914, he joined the Inniskilling Fusiliers and found himself in Gallipoli as part of the 10th Irish Division.[7]

1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

recalled from Burma;


27th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regiment

The First Battalion was part of the “Incomparable” Twenty-ninth Division which won undying fame at the landing at Helles on the Gallipoli peninsula in April 1915,


  1. history ireland - Jeff Kildea, The Irish at Gallipoli
  2. Tentean
  3. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/sinn-fein-speaker-to-honour-irish-soldiers-who-lost-lives-at-gallipoli-100-years-ago-31435860.html
  4. Sea at Gallipoli ran red with Irish blood
  5. The Irish at Gallipoli (Episode 1: Background)
  7. Embassy of Ireland, The Irish at Gallipoli
  • B. Cooper, The Tenth (Irish) Division in Gallipoli (Dublin, 1993).
  • J. Kildea, Anzacs and Ireland (Cork, 2007).
  • P. Orr, Field of bones: an Irish division at Gallipoli (Dublin, 2006).
  • S. Sandford, Neither unionist nor nationalist (Dublin, 2014).

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