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Royal Irish Rifles

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Royal Irish Rifles

The Royal Irish Rifles (became the Royal Ulster Rifles from 1 January 1921) was an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army, first created in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot and the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot. The regiment saw service in the Second Boer War, the First World War. In 1921, in preparation of the separation of Ireland, the unit was designated as the Royal Ulster Rifles and, as such, saw service in the Second World War and the Korean War.

In 1968 the Royal Ulster Rifles was amalgamated with the other regiments of the North Irish Brigade, the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to create the Royal Irish Rangers. In 1992, the Royal Irish Rangers was later merged with the Ulster Defence Regiment to form the Royal Irish Regiment.

This category considers the service of the Royal Irish Rifles.

Royal Irish Rifles in the Second Boer War

Royal Irish Rifles in the First World War

For the composition of the Regiment during the First World War see The Long Long Trail. The Royal Irish Rifles lost 25,000 officers and men throughout the Great War, with over 7,000 of them being killed in action.

Victoria Cross

Recipients of the Victoria Cross WW1:

Rifleman William McFadzean. 14th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. 1916. Thiepval.
Rifleman Robert Quigg. 12th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. 1916. Hamel, Somme.
Second Lieutenant Edmund De Wind. 15th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. 1918. Grugies, France.


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