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Wednesday, 8 December, 1915

On 8 December 1915, there was once again thick fog blanketing the slopes below the 10th (Irish) Division's new defensive positions. The Bulgarians had driven the defenders off Rocky Peak and its flanking positions the day before.

Saturday, 7 August, 1915

In April 1915, the Allies had tried to force the Dardanelles by attempting to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula of Turkey. However, as the situation had stalled with the Allies hemmed in at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles, the 10th (Irish) and the 11th Division were sent to land at Suvla Bay and break the stalemate. The plan was that a diversionary attack would be launched from Cape Helles followed by an offensive from Anzac Cove while the two reinforcement divisions would land later that night at Suvla Bay.

Saturday, 1 July, 1972

The Ulster Defence Regiment formed a new battalion on 1 July 1972 titled the 11th (Craigavon) Battalion The Ulster Defence Regiment with its Battalion Headquarters located in Portadown.

Thursday, 1 May, 1975 - Wednesday, 21 May, 1975

In May 1975 one hundred and eighty-seven officers and enlisted men of C Company Combat Team 12th US Infantry Regiment were hosted for an exchange visit by the School of Infantry. However, they were looked after by 1 R IRISH (the Demonstration Battalion) for most of their visit. The visitors were afforded traditional Irish hospitality by all and various competitions were organized as the Americans grew more expert in handling their hosts' weapons, vehicles and equipment.

Thursday, 27 April, 1916

The Germans launched chemical (gas) attacks before dawn on 27 April against elements of I (British) Corps including 16th (Irish) Division. The attack was near Hulluch, about 1 mile to the north of Loos in the north of France. The gas and artillery attacks were followed by raids into the British lines. A change in wind direction thwarted a second attack on 29 April when the gas blew back over the German attackers and their front line, inflicting many casualties.

Friday, 11 September, 1914

PosterArmy Order No. 382, dated 11 September 1914, authorised six divisions numbered from 15 to 20 for the Second New Army. The 16th (Irish) Division, at Mallow in County Cork, consisted of 47, 48 and 49 Brigade located respectively in Fermoy, Buttevant and Tipperary.

Friday, 14 June, 1918

The 16th (Irish) Division returned to England from the continent on 14 June 1918 for reconstitution.

Monday, 25 March, 1918

IWM Q60474Badly mauled around Ronssoy during the German Spring Offensive, the 16th (Irish) Division was much reduced by its cumulative losses during the retreat and was transferred from VII Corps to XIX Corps on 25 March 1918. It would remain with this formation and fight at the Battle of Rosières (26/27 March 1918).

Saturday, 9 September, 1916

The Battle for Ginchy was fought on 9 September 1916 during the second of the three operational phases of the Battle of the Somme and resulted in the capture of the German-held village by the 16th (Irish) Division.


At the start of the First World War, the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was based at Trimulgherrey in India. However, by the end of 1914 almost all regular army units across the British Empire were recalled to England, and the 1st Inniskillings disembarked at Avonmouth on 10 January 1915. The Battalion became part of 87 Infantry Brigade in the 29th Division* and was reviewed near Rugby by HM King George V, on 12 March 1915, prior to embarking for Egypt on 17 March, where the Inniskillings would prepare and train for the assault landings on the Gallipoli peninsula.