At 11pm on the 4th August 1914, the British government declared war on Germany and its Allies.
The first encounter between British and German troops took place on 22nd August 1914, when men of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards opened fire on German cavalry on the Mons to Brussels road.
Over the next 4 years, several hundred thousand Irishmen served with both Irish and non Irish Regiments in campaigns across Europe and the Middle East.
The experiences of the war time period led to the formation of numerous Old Comrades Associations during the immediate post war period and this has a direct connection with our current day Combined Irish Regiments' Association.
On this web site, we shall be adding full details of the contributions made by Irish Regiments during the First World War.