Book of the Seventh Service Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.pdf

Book of the Seventh Service Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

G. A. Cooper Walker

In September 1914 the 16th (Irish) Division was formed, comprised of 47th, 48th and 49th Brigades, and among the infantry battalions allocated to the 49th Brigade was the 7th R Inniskilling Fusiliers, formed on 2nd October 1914. In the initial stages recruiting was difficult but a gradual improvement received an almighty set-back when in June 1915 the battalion was required to send a draft of 300 to the 10th Irish Division then in England, getting ready to embark for Gallipoli. This nearly resulted in the disbandment of the battalion, which had to start all over again, but by the time the division began its move to England in September 1915 the battalion was about 700 strong. After final training the division embarked for France in December, less the artillery and 49th Brigade which eventually crossed in February 1916. All this is recounted in Part I of the history.Part II is the story of the battalion on the Western front where it served till August 1917 when, on the 23rd, during Third Ypres, heavy losses resulted in amalgamation with the 8th Bn and henceforward it was the 7th/8th Bn. At this point the story ends. The battalions introduction to trench warfare was in the Loos salient where it spent six months, and the memorial to this period is the plot in Philosophe Cemetery where 115 officers and men lie side by side in five rows

Trying to find as much information as I can about the Royal Inniskil ling Fusiliers, 7th Battalion, A Company, 3 Platoon for 1917. My Grandfather, Percy Harold Harwood, Number 41817, was with them when he was killed in action on 9th August 1917.

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Book of the Seventh Service Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.pdf


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