The history of the Association
Outline History of the Disbanded Irish Regiments’
The Combined Irish Regiments' Association 1922 to present
Today’s Annual Commemorative Parade and Service of’ Remembrance owes its origins to that memorable date, the 12th June 1922, when six Southern Irish Regiments were disbanded:
On that day, at a highly emotive and solemn ceremony at Windsor Castle, HM King George V received the colours of five of these Regiments and a regimental engraving on behalf of The South Irish Horse since they possessed no colours or standards. HM. King George then made the following promise:
”I pledge my word that within these ancient and historic walls your Colours will be treasured, honoured and protected as hallowed memorials of the glorious deeds of brave and loyal Regiments”.
The loss of these regiments had a significant impact upon the British Army when one considers that the Army commanded by the Duke of Wellington in the early 19th Century was comprised of one third Irishmen (including “The Iron Duke” himself). During World War1, statistics indicate half a million Irishmen served voluntarily in the British Army, representing about one eighth of the total population of Ireland. In the second Work War the majority of the Army’s Field Marshals hailed from Ireland, They included: Alanbrook, Alexander, Auchinleck, Dill Gort, Montgomery and Montgomery-Massingberd.