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Monday, 11 November, 1918

A Soldier's Grave

Then in the lull of midnight, gentle arms
Lifted him slowly down the slopes of death
Lest he should hear again the mad alarms
Of battle, dying moans, and painful breath.

And where the earth was soft for flowers we made
A grave for him that he might better rest.
So, Spring shall come and leave it seet arrayed,
And there the lark shall turn her dewy nest.

by Francis Ledwidge.

Thursday, 31 October, 1918

The final Allied offensive of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign was during September 1918 and was somewhat portentously known as the Battle of Megiddo - the modern name for Armageddon - and heralded the end of the war between the Turks and the Allies. Daraa was captured on 27 September, Damascus on 1 October and operations north of Aleppo were in progress when the Armistice of Mudros was signed ending hostilities between the Allies and the Turks. It agreed the cessation of hostilities at noon the following day.

Saturday, 14 May, 1955

Following the inclusion of the Federal Republic of (West) Germany in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the USSR was motivated to create the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, a collective defence treaty that was signed in Warsaw, Poland by the Soviet Union and seven Soviet satellite states of Central and Eastern Europe on 14 May 1955. It was commonly known as the 'Warsaw Pact'. It was also a reflection of the Soviet effort to maintain control over the military forces of Central and Eastern Europe.

Tuesday, 17 August, 1915

Following the action at Kidney Hill the 6th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were relieved on 17 August. As the Battalion withdrew in the dark Major R H Scott experienced a welcome surprise. His diary records the event:


Regt Colour St Paul'sIn addition to our Regimental commemorations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the most significant national event was the service of commemoration in St Paul’s Cathedral on 18 June 2015.


The Waterloo Day Parade held by the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers in Wavell Barracks, Berlin in 1982 marked the end of almost 38 years service by Major (Quartermaster) J Lattimore MBE.

Major John Hare was the only officer left standing at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. It became a Waterloo Day Parade tradition for all the Ranger officers, bar one, to ‘fall out’ before the ‘march off‘. The companies were commanded by the Company Sergeant Majors, thus reflecting the situation at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.


[This eye witness account by an Englishman appeared in the United Service Magazine in 1829.]

On Monday morning, June 19th, I hastened to the field of battle:
I was compelled to go through the forest de Soignes, for the road was
so completely choked up as to be impassable ; and I had not proceeded
far, before I stumbled over the dead body of a Frenchman, which was
lying on its face amongst the grass. The corpse was so frightfully
disfigured, and so smeared with mud and gore, that I felt horror-
struck ; but when, on advancing a little farther, I saw hundreds, and in


From: Major General C R J Weir DSO MBE,
Colonel The Royal Irish Regiment.

May I extend a warm welcome to the Virtual Military Gallery of The Royal Irish Regiment. You may be a past, present or even future member of our Regiment, or you may have ties to us through family or friends. You may simply have a keen interest in the history of the fighting Irish.


Major General Sir Arthur Wellesley wrote to Captain W Wainwright, an Inniskilling officer, on 1 February 1808 by way of a reply concerning promotion for Wainwright's brother. Wainwright appears to have written the letter to Sir Arthur at the behest of his father Henry Wainwright, who also attracts criticism in the last paragraph. The text of the letter included the following:


Private Robert Morrow VC won the Victoria Cross on 12 April 1915 when the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers was in a 1,000 yard section of trenches along the river Douve close to Messines in Belgium. This map was drawn by one of the officers to record the exact position of the trenches that they occupied from November 1914 to April 1915 near 'La Petite Douve' farm.