Combined Irish Regiments Association.
Combined Irish Regiments Association.

Second World War 1939-45.

During the Second World War, elements of six Irish Infantry Regiments and three Irish Cavalry Regiments served overseas. The 38th (Irish) Brigade was also formed in 1942, which included Infantry battalions from three Irish Infantry Regiments. 

 

Irish Guards

Three Battalions of the Irish Guards served in France, Belgium, German, North Africa and Italy. 

846 men died while serving with the Irish Guards. 

 

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Three Battalions of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers served in France, Belgium, Madagasgar, the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and in the Far East.

1177 men died while serving with the Royal Innskilling Fusiliers. 

 

Royal Irish Fusiliers

Two Battalions of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, served in France, North Africa, the Middle East, Italy and the Mediterranean.

527 men died while serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. 

 

Royal Ulster Rifles

Three Battalions of the Royal Ulster Rifles, including one that was converted to an Anti Aircraft unit, served in France, Belgium, Germany, North Africa and Italy.

613 men died while serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles. 

 

London Irish Rifles

Two Battalions of the London Irish Rifles 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. 

 

5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards

The Inniskilling Dragoon Guards served in France, 

107 men died while serving with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. 

 

North Irish Horse

The North Irish Horse served in North Africa and Italy.

80 men died while serving with the North Irish Horse. 

 

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.

 

Succesor units to previously amanlagamated Irish Cavalry Regiments, the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers, have not been included in these listings -  

 

Full details can be found on the CWGC website.

 

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