Combined Irish Regiments Association.
Combined Irish Regiments Association.

Second World War 1939-45.

During the Second World War, five Irish Infantry Regiments and three Irish Cavalry Regiments served overseas. A brigade of Irish units, the 38th (Irish) Brigade was also formed in 1942, which included infantry battalions from three Irish Regiments. 

 

Irish Guards.

Three Battalions served in France, Belgium, German, the Mediterannean and Italy. 

846 men died while serving with the Irish Guards and are listed by the CWGC. 

 

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Three Battalions served in France, Belgium, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Africa and the Far East.

1177 men died while serving with the Royal Innskilling Fusiliers and are listed by the CWGC. 

 

Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Two Battalions served in France, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

527 men died while serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers and are listed by the CWGC. 

 

Royal Ulster Rifles.

Three Battalions, including one that was converted to an Anti Aircraft unit, served in France, Belgium, Germany and the Mediterranean.

613 men died while serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles. 

 

London Irish Rifles.

Two Battalions served overseas in the Middle East, North Africa and Italy. 

682 men died while serving with the London Irish Rifles. 

 

The King's (Liverpool) Regiment - Liverpool Irish.

The Liverpool Irish served in France during June 1944.

46 men died while serving with the Liverpool Irish. 

 

8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.

The Irish Hussars served in the Middle East, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

196 men died while serving with the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars Royal and are listed by the CWGC. 

 

5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

The Inniskilling Dragoon Guards served in France, 

107 men died while serving with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and are listed by the CWGC. 

 

North Irish Horse.

The North Irish Horse served in North Africa and Italy.

80 men died while serving with the North Irish Horse and are listed by the CWGC. 

 

A link to the Roll of Honour listing the men who died whle serving with Irish Regments, both at home and abroad, for each year of the conflict and the immediate period after the war ended can be found below.

 

It should be noted that a number of men may have been attached from another unit to an Irish Regiment and may not be incuded in these lists.  

 

Full details can be found on the CWGC website.

 

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