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Hi,

I thought I put together in one place the information I have gathered on the 3rd Battalion.

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1908

AUGUST 1908

On the 2nd August 1908, the Battalion was converted into the 3rd Battalion Special Reserve The Connaught Rangers.

10 men elected to remain as Militiamen and 13 claimed a free discharge.

The total strength on conversion was 213 Rank and file including N.C.O,s of former militia but not including permanent establishment.

John Archer Blake Daly to be Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Battalion Special Reserve The Connaught Rangers 2nd August 1908

He assumed the name Daly under the will of his grandmother.

The following officers were also transferred:

Lieutenant Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major J C R Brewer

Captain T Tighe

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain A C Lewin DSO (Captain Retired Pay)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

2nd Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche

Captain and Adjutant H F N Jourdain and Honorary Captain and Quarter Master J McNally were with the Battalion on conversion.

Life for a young officer in a small garrison town in Ireland at the time was very comfortable and there was a lot of time to socialise with eligible ladies.

2792 Colour Sergeant Martin Rhatigan posted to 3rd Battalion 2 Aug 1908

4552 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson posted to 3rd Battalion 3 Aug 1908

SEPTEMBER 1908

On 19th September 1908 Captain W H King was appointed Captain from the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons

Captain T Tighe passed the course held at the School of Musketry, Hythe, as part of the 258th party on September 22nd 1908 (the qualification to instruct in the Maxim gun is not included)

NOVEMBER 1908

6115 Private William Bell posted from 2nd Battalion to 3rd Battalion and Appointed rank of Drummer 11 Nov 1908

DECEMBER 1908

5246 Colour Sergeant William J Smith posted for a tour of duty to 3rd Battalion from 2nd Battalion 10 Dec 1908

1909

JANUARY 1909

In 1909, Bishop Mc McCormack acquired the site of the old Shambles Barracks at O'Brien's bridge, Galway with a view to building a Cathedral on the site. Ten non-commissioned officers and men of the Connaught Rangers had lived in these barracks with their families.

On the 1 Jan 1909, Lieutenant G E Stacpoole was appointed Instructor of Musketry vice Major Brewer appointed to Field Major Brigade had held this appointment since 9 May 1893

MARCH 1909

Count Llewellyn Blake, previously a Colonel 3rd Connaught Rangers, J P for Co Galway and D L for Co Mayo, was born in 1842. He is the only surviving son of Maurice Blake, of Ballinafad, by Anne, daughter and heir of Marcus Lynch, at Cloghballymore. He gave over his estate at Ballinafad to a French religious order. He was made a Count of the Papal Court in 1895. Died 6 March 1909

On the 31 March 1909-

Lieutenant Colonel W R Inglis was granted the Hon Rank of Colonel. Major J C R Brewer was granted the Hon Rank of Lieutenant Colonel DSO was granted the Hon Rank Major. This was the last grant of Hon Rank to Officers of the Special Reserve. The practice is now discontinued.

APRIL 1909

The Tuam Herald, Saturday, 3 April 1909

A marriage has been arranged between Captain A C Aglionby, 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers, and Colonial Civil Service, and Joyce Williams Wynn, daughter of the late Joseph Godman, of Park Hatch, and Mrs. Godman, 55 Lowndes Square, London.

MAY 1909

The appointment of Instructor of Musketry was abolished in May 1909, and all officers holding this appointment continued to appear in the Army Lists. Their appointments were ordered to be considered as having lapsed, and the duties were in future to be carried out by officers on the Regular Establishment of the unit-

The names of all these officers were now printed in the monthly Army List as on the establishment of all Special Reserve units. They took their seniority from date of commissions in the Line.

During the winter of 1908-1909 recruiting continued to be very good for the Special Reserve, and the strength at the commencement of the annual training 1909 was 395 exclusive of the Regular Permanent Establishment of the unit. These figures showing an increase of 203, since the conversion, which was deemed most satisfactory.

The Battalion was thrown open for recruiting in the Dublin District during the month of November 1908, and the territorial scheme was extended for the Special Reserve.

The Non Commissioned Officers assembled at Galway on the 29 May, and proceeded to Oranmore by March Route.

JUNE 1909

2nd Lieutenant Ivor William Garrett Horder was appointed to the Battalion on probation and joined the details at Oranmore on the 22 June 1909, for instruction previous to the assembly of the Battalion for annual training.

The following officers were attached to the Battalion for the annual training 1909.

2nd Lieutenant J B Vandeleur from the 3rd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

2nd Lieutenant R S Payne from the 3rd Somerset Light Infantry

Captain J P Mackey from the 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

On the 26 May 1909 the recruits of the Battalion assembled at Galway for their recruit’s course of musketry, and proceeded by march route to Oranmore under Captain R L Payne, Lieutenants Ruttledge and Leader (Regular Establishment), and Lieutenant G E Stacpoole, Special Reserve, and Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally.

There were 89 Recruits under instruction at Oranmore at this period, including those undergoing drill on enlistment, who had joined from the Depot.

The Tuam Herald, Tuam, Saturday, 19 June1909

2nd Lieutenant Ivor W G Horder, has been appointed to the 3rd Battalion (Galway Militia) to fill a vacancy in the establishment. The Battalion has vacancies yet for eight lieutenants and six 2nd Lieutenants

Captain James McNally, of the Connaught Rangers, who has for a long term of years been stationed at Renmore Barracks, has been promoted to the rank of Major.

Captain A C Aglionby to be Deputy Governor of Manchester Prison 25 June 1909

The Battalion assembled at Galway on the 26 June 1909 for annual training, and proceeded the same day to the Camp at Oranmore by March Route.

The following officers were present with the Battalion:-

Lieutenant Colonel & Honoury Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major & Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J C R Brewer (2nd in Command)

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain G Thompson (RE)

Captain R L Payne (RE)

Captain & Hon Major A C Lewin DSO

Captain W H King

Lieutenant T G Ruttledge (RE)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

2nd Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche

2nd Lieutenant I W G Horder

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Also Captain J P Mackey 5th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant J B Vandeleur from the 3rd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

2nd Lieutenant R S Payne from the 3rd Somerset Light Infantry

Who were attached for the annual training 1909.

The Battalion was for the first time armed with the Short Rifle during the annual training.

The Strength of the Battalion at the commencement of the training was as under:-

Duty men and Recruits at Oranmore 380

Recruits at Depot 15

Total 395

JULY 1909

Forty four recruits were dismissed to their homes after completing recruits musketry, and 15 days training. 10 July 1909

The Battalion was inspected on 14 July 1909 by Colonel T Hope Stavert, Commanding No.12 District.

There were present on parade.

Present on Parade: Officers 12, Sergeants 17, Corporals 15, Privates 244 Total 288

Absent with leave: Private 1 Total 1

Without leave: Privates 14. Total 14

Regt Duty: Sergeants 2, Corporals 1, Privates 17, Total 20

Detention: Privates 1 Total 1

Absent sick: Privates 12, Total 12

Civil Custody: Privates 1 Total 1

Dismissed Home 10/7/09: Privates 44, Total 44

Recruits at Depot: Privates 22 Total 22

Total: Officers 12, Sergeants 19, Corporals 16, Privates 356, Total 403

The Regimental average for the musketry year 1909 was 68 which was the second highest Battalion average in No.12 District for 1909

The Battalion left Camp at Oranmore at 6am on the 16 July, and proceeded by Route March to Renmore Barracks, where the men were dismissed to their homes.

2nd Lieutenant I W G Horder was attached the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers for his period of probation after the conclusion of the annual training 1909.

On the 5 July 1909 Sergeant Ryan was promoted Colour Sergeant vice C.S.R Brennen discharged to pension dated 5 July 1909.

Major Austin J Digan DSO was appointed Major in the Regiment on the 22 Dec 1909 from the Mid Ulster Royal Artillery Reserve, and was seconded for service under the Colonial Office.

Major Digan DSO, was employed in the 1st Battalion Northern Nigeria Regiment/West African Frontier Force to which he had been appointed on the 23 Jan 1901.

NOVEMBER 1909

The Standard height for recruits for the Battalion was at this time 5-3” and upwards Nov 1909.

1910

MARCH 1910

Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J C R Brewer resigned his Commission on the 23 March 1910 and was granted the right to retain his rank and to wear the prescribed uniform.

Capt M I M Campbell was granted leave to proceed to Rhodesia during the year May 1910 to May 1911, and was also granted leave from the annual training 1910-

No 6635/1 (A.1) M.Gen i/c administration Ireland dated 24 March 1910

APRIL 1910

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche was promoted Lieutenant on the 15 April 1910

JUNE 1910

On the 6 June 1910, the Musketry Camp was opened at Oranmore, and 1 Officer (Major McNally) and 38 NCO,s and men proceeded from Galway to Oranmore on that date.

All Corporals and Lance Corporals who were willing had previously been called up for instruction on the 1st June 1910 viz 8 Corporals and four Lance Corporals.

On the 7 June 1910, fourteen Sergeants were called up for instruction in accordance with instructions received. These proceeded to Oranmore Camp on 7 June 1910.

On the 11 June the recruits who had been dismissed to their homes after 5 months drill on enlistment were called up, and under Captains Thompson and R L Payne of the Regular Establishment proceeded to Oranmore Camp for recruits Musketry Course.

Strength as under:-

2 Officers

47 NCO,s and men

2nd Lieutenant J W G Horder who had previously been attached to the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was attached to the 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment at Mullingar to complete the period of his probation from 1 June 1910 to 7 Sept 1910.

The Standard height for recruits for the 3rd Battalion was from 5 feet 2ins and upwards at this time (June 1910)

Recruiting for the 3rd Battalion was open at this time throughout No.12 District, and in the 102 Regimental Area.

JULY 1910

On the 5 July 1910 the Battalion assembled for annual training at Galway, and proceeded by March Route to Oranmore the same day.

The following Officers proceeded to Oranmore with the Battalion:-

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain A W Blockley

Captain G Thompson (Regular Establishment)

Captain R L Payne (Regular Establishment)

Captain & Honorary Major A C Lewin DSO

Captain W H King

Lieutenant T G Ruttledge (Regular Establishment)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

2nd Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche

2nd Lieutenant J W G Horder

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

The following officers were attached to the Battalion for the annual training:-

Captain F A Hill Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery

Lieutenant A H Darnell 4th Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lieutenant W J Meredith 3rd Royal Munster Fusiliers

Captain J P T Mackesy 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lieutenant J Y M Broderip 3rd Somersetshire Light Infantry

Lieutenant R B F S Payne 3rd Somersetshire Light Infantry

2nd Lieutenant A D Murphy 3rd Leinster Regiment

2nd Lieutenant J Fitz G Gloster 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

The number of men present at the training 1910 was as under:-

Officers Special Reserve 10 and 8 attached

NCO,s and Men Special Reserve 251

The Regimental average for the Musketry of the Battalion for 1910 was 89.3 being an increase of 21.3 on the 1909 average.

Inspection State 22 July 1910

On Parade: Officers 18, Sergeants 17, Corporals 9, Privates 225, Total 251

Recruits at Depot: Privates 52, Total 52

Regtl Employ: Sergeants 2, Corporals 1, Privates 19, Total 22

Temp Unfit: Privates 12, Total 12

Absent without leave: Privates 28, Toatl 28

Absent with leave Officers 1, Privates 5, Total 6

Band: Privates 4, Total 4

Sick in Camp: Privates 8, Total 8

Regular Establishment: Officers 4, WO 1, S.Sgts 1, Sgts 16, Corpls 3, Drm 8, Ptes 9 Total 38

On Parade Regt Employ: Sergeants 3, Corporals 3, Privates 7, Total 13

Total: Officers 23, WO 1, S.Sgts 1, Sgts 38, Corpls 16, Drm 8, Ptes 369, Total 433

The Battalion was inspected by General The Right Hon Sir N G Lyttleton GCB Commanding in Chief of the Forces in Ireland, and Colonel T Hope Stavert, Commanding No.12 District on 22 July 1910

General Lyttleton expressed his approval of the appearance of the Battalion on parade, and of the drill of all ranks.

Colonel T Hope Stavert also gave the Battalion a very good report on the Training 1910, and expressed his pleasure at the great improvement made in musketry for the year 1910 and of the satisfactory state of the drills, and the state of the Camp.

During the training 1 Sergeant, 2 Corporals and 22 men were trained in Maxim gun duties for service on mobilization.

On the 25 July 1910 The Battalion paraded at 12:30 and proceeded by March Route to Galway, and after giving in their accoutrements and kits were dismissed to their homes.

AUGUST 1910

Lieutenant Roche proceeded to the School of Musketry Hythe on the 16 August 1910, and qualified in that course, bearing date 9 Sept 1910.

SEPTEMBER 1910

On the 3 Sept 1910 2nd Lieutenant Henry Robert Stopford Law was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant on probation, and joined the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at the Curragh Camp for the probationary period.

3787 Private John Gannon attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruits training 23 Sep 1910

OCTOBER 1910

2nd Lieutenant Horder was confirmed in his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion in London Gazette bearing date 8 Oct 1910

Captain and Hon Major A C Lewin DSO was promoted Major on the 8 Oct 1910, vice Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J C R Brewer resigned.

Under Army Order No.251 of October 1910, His Majesty the King was graciously pleased to approve of the honorary distinctions, which were awarded to, and are now borne on the colours or appointments of the Regular Battalions of each Regiment of the Infantry of the Line, being borne on the colours or appointments of the Special Reserve Battalions or Battalions belonging to these Regiments. The Battle Honours at present borne by Special Reserve Battalions (awarded when Militia Units) will in consequence lapse. The necessary alterations to existing colours will be carried out under instructions from the Chief Ordnance Officer Royal Army Clothing Department.

DECEMBER 1910

On 17 Dec 1910, the strength of the Battalion exclusive of the Regular Establishment amounted to 395 NCO’s and men, the highest number since the formation of the 3rd Special Reserve Battalion.

1911

JANUARY 1911

3845 Private Michael Dever Revaccinated at the Military Hospital Galway 28 Jan 1911

Captain W D O’Brien joined the Battalion from Retired Pay on the 28 Jan 1911 as a Captain. Captain O’Brien served with the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at the Curragh previous to his Retirement.

FEBRUARY 1911

2nd Lieutenant Charles Jasper Martin joined Battalion on first appointment on the 8 Feb 1911, and commenced his probationary training with the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers on 1 April 1911.

2nd Lieutenant H J F Gerrard was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on probation on 28 Feb 1911, and attached for probationary training to the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at the Curragh on the 1 April 1911.

The Battalion for the first time since its conversion totalled 400 rank and file Special Reservists on 18 Feb 1911, and together with the Regular Establishment the total 491 exclusive of officers.

The Army Order Special dated 27 Feb 1911 – Qualified ex Regular soldiers were permitted to enlist in Special Reserve Battalions up to the extent of 10 per cent of the Special Reserve Establishment of NCO,s and men.

The training of the Battalion was fixed at 27 days for annum.

The period of a Recruits probationary training was fixed at 5 months instead of 6 months as here to fore.

MARCH 1911

3845 Private Michael Dever Admonished for being drunk in Barracks, Galway 17 March 1911

Witnesses Sergeant Murphy, Private Trotter, and Lance Corporal Hanley

3885 Private John Gavaghan attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruits training 24 March 1911

MAY 1911

Captain George A C Alcock was gazetted to the Battalion from the 3rd Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, dated the 10 May 1911.

JUNE 1911

3845 Private Michael Dever posted to the 3rd Battalion from the Depot for annual training 28 June 1911

The Battalion assembled for training on the 28 June 1911. This being the first occasion, on which the Battalion assembled at Oramore instead of at Galway.

The following Officers were present with the Battalion:-

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major A C Lewin DSO (2nd in Command)

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain A W Blockley

Captain G Thompson (Regular Establishment)

Captain R L Payne (Regular Establishment)

Captain C F Underhill Faithorne (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brain

Captain W H King

Captain G A C Allcock

Lieutenant A W P T Whyte (Regular Establishment)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant J W G Horder

2nd Lieutenant H R S Law

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin

2nd Lieutenant H J F Gerrard

Captain and Adjutant H F N Jourdain

Hon Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Attached Officers

Captain G W Robinson 3rd Leinster Regiment

Lieutenant A D Murphy 3rd Leinster Regiment

2nd Lieutenant C C Barry 3rd Leinster Regiment

Lieutenant J F G Gloster 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Francis Drew Foott was gazetted to the Battalion as 2nd Lieutenant on probation on the 28 June 1911

Army List 30 June 1911

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major Sarsfield W S 5 Dec 08

Major Digan A J, DSO 22 Dec 09

Major Lewin A C, DSO 8 Oct 10

Captain Tighe T 19 Mar 04

Captain Clifford T R B 14 May 04

Captain Campbell M I M 20 June 04

Captain Blockley A W 5 Apr 05

Captain Thompson G (Regular Establishment) 29 Nov 05

Captain Underhill Faithorne C F (Regular Establishment) 14 July 09

Captain O’Brien W D 29 Jan 11

Captain King W H 19 Sept 08

Captain Allcock G A C 10 May 11

Lieutenant Whyte A W P T (Regular Establishment) 3 Feb 07

Lieutenant de Stacpoole G E 20 May 07

Lieutenant Robinson H G 5 Jan 09

Lieutenant Naylor C F 1 June 09

2nd Lieutenant Horder J W G 12 May 09

2nd Lieutenant Law H R S 2 Sept 10

2nd Lieutenant Martin C J 8 Feb 11

2nd Lieutenant Gerrard H J F 28 Feb 11

2nd Lieutenant Foott F D 28 June 11

Captain and Adjutant H F N Jourdain 20 Sept 07

Honorary Major and Quarter Master McNally J

JULY 1911

Captain M J M Campbell rejoined the Battalion from leave of absence in Queensland on 7 July 1911, and resumed command of the Letter A Company.

The following communications were received relative to the Review before His Majesty The King in Dublin on the 11 July.

From Major General W P Campbell CB Commanding 5th Division

Curragh July 12th 1911

My dear Hill,

Will you let all your Battalion know how well they marched past yesterday. It was extraordinarily good, and they swung their arms, and carried their rifles as well as almost anyone. Thank you too for your work.

Yours very sincerely,

(sd) W P Campbell

From Colonel F F Hill DSO

Commanding Special Reserve Brigade and No.11 District

Belfast 13th July 1911

My Dear Inglis,

Here is a copy of a letter I have received from General Campbell which I am sure you would like to circulate to your Battalion. The appearance and turn out of the Battalion was (as I told you) most creditable and the men handled their arms well and it is very pleasing and satisfactory to hear on all sides, that the marching was so good. You (and in fact all CO,s of the units in the Brigade) had evidently taken great pains in working up ceremonial, and the results considering that we had no time for rehearsal were eminently satisfactory and praise worthy. I have written General Campbell and Capper and Staffs thanking them on behalf of the Brigade for the excellent Camping arrangements and kindness rendered which I am sure you will approve. Again thanking you, your Officers and men for the excellent work, which made my command a very easy and pleasant one.

Believe me,

Yours very sincerely (sd) F F Hill

The Battalion strength 19 Officers and 353 NCO’s and men paraded at 7:30am on 10 July and proceeded by Special train from Oranmore to Ashtown station for duty at the Review to be held in the Phoenix Park by His Majesty the King on the 11 July.

The advance party strength 1 Officer and 40 men had proceeded to Dublin on the 8th July to prepare the camp for the Battalion in the Phoenix Park.

The Battalion paraded before His Majesty The King on the Fifteen Acres, Phoenix Park on the 11 July. The Special Reserve Brigade consisted on this occasion of the

3rd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers

3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers

3rd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

3rd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers

And was commanded by Colonel F F Hill DSO Commanding No.11 District.

His Majesty King George V issued the following message in Irish Command Orders dated 12th July 1911.

Dublin Castle 11th July 1911

“It was given me much pleasure to have had the opportunity of seeing the Troops under your Command I desire to express to you my entire satisfaction with the smart appearance and steadiness under arms of all units on parade today.”

Signed “George R J”

The Battalion paraded at 7am on 12 July and proceeded by special train from Ashtown Station for conveyance to Galway where the Battalion arrived on the 12 July at 12 o’clock midday as follows:-

Distribution SR: Special Reserve, RE: Regular Establishment

On Parade: Officers SR 15, Officers RE 5, WO 1, NCO 16, Dms 8, Ptes 1, SR Sgts 16, SR Cpls 9, SR Privates 297

Sick: SR Sergeants 1, SR Corporals 2, SR Privates 10

Without Leave: SR Privates 19

On Command: Officers SR 2, SR Privates 7

In Confinement: SR Privates 1

Regtl Employ: NCO 8, Privates 6, SR Sergeants 1, SR Corporals 1, SR Privates 20

Garr Employ: SR Private 2

Recruits at Depot: Privates 21

At Depot: Officers RE 3

Total: Officers SR 17, Officers RE 8, WO 1, NCO 24, Dms 8, Ptes 7, SR Sgts 18, SR Cpls 12, SR Ptes 377

The Colonel Commanding No.12 District expressed himself as much pleased with the Camp and with the drill and turn out of the men

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The Battalion paraded at 10am on the 21 July for Inspection by Colonel T Hope Stavert Commanding No.12 District.

On the 24 July 1911 the Battalion was dismissed to their homes, and left by the 6:15am and 9:50am train respectively from Oranmore Station except the men for Galway Town who were dismissed to their homes at midday on this date.

2nd Lieutenants Martin and Gerrard left for the Curragh Camp to complete their training with the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers.

3938 Private Michael Whelan attested into the 3rd Battalion and started recruit training 26 July 1911

AUGUST 1911

The probation of 2nd Lieutenant H R S Law was confirmed in the London Gazette bearing date 2 August 1911.

3945 private Thomas Fitzgerald attested into 3rd Battalion 28 Aug 1911

SEPTEMBER 1911

3945 Private Thomas Fitzgerald vaccinated 2 Sept 1911

3953 Private Thomas Flynn attested into 3rd Battalion 11 Sept 1911

On the 19 Sept 1911 Captain H F N Jourdain The Connaught Rangers completed the tenure of his appointment as Adjutant of the Battalion having been appointed to the Battalion on 20 Sept 1907, and was attached to the 2nd Battalion pending absorption.

Captain O F Lloyd The Connaught Rangers having been appointed to the Adjutancy of the Battalion took over the duties on the 20 Sept 1911

3885 Private John Gavaghan completed his recruit training 24 Sept 1911

The following Officers, Warrant Officers and men were selected by the ARMY Council to be the recipients of the Medals granted by his Majesty the King, in connection with his Coronation.

Colonel W R Inglis

Major& Quarter Master J McNally

Captain T Tighe

Sergeant Major C F Dryden

Private J Fitzgerald

OCTOBER 1911

Captain L J Comyn 2nd Connaught Rangers was posted for a tour of duty with the 3rd Connaught Rangers vice Captain G Thompson whose period of attachment expired on the 3 Oct 1911.

5246 Colour Sergeant William J Smith posted at the end of his tour of duty to 2nd Battalion 9 Oct 1911

3787 Private John Gannon discharged on joining Regular Army, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers based at the Curragh, after 181 days Recruit training and 27 days Annual training 9 Oct 1911

NOVEMBER 1911

2nd Lieutenant Martin was confirmed in his appointed as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion in London Gazette bearing date 3 Nov 1911

2nd Lieutenant H R S Law was granted leave from 8 Dec 1911 to 8 Dec 1912 to proceed to Serawak. Authy W.O. Letter 91/88/92 (AG.5) dated 21 Nov 1911.

DECEMBER 1911

The appointment of 2nd Lieutenant Gerrard to a send Lieutenancy (on probation) was cancelled in the London Gazette bearing date 15 Dec1911

3938 Private Michael Whelan finished recruit training 23 Dec 1911

1912

FEBRUARY 1912

3885 Private John Gavaghan discharged to join Regular Army, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 Feb 1912

2nd Lieutenant Foott was confirmed in his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion in London Gazette bearing date 20 Feb 1912

Colonel W R Inglis attended for a Staff tour held in the vicinity of Killarney from 20 to 23 Feb 1912

2792 Colour Sergeant Martin Rhatigan discharged on termination of his 2nd period of engagement 29 Feb 1912

MARCH 1912

Captain and Adjutant A F Lloyd attended the Command Staff tour at Cork from 26 to 28 March 1912

2nd Lieutenant John Horace Kennedy was gazetted to the Battalion as 2nd Lieutenant on probation on the 27 March 1912

Captain J R B Clifford was granted leave of absence from 10 March 1912 to 10 July 1912 for the purpose of proceeding to Ceylon

APRIL 1912

Lieutenant G C de Stacpoole joined the Class of Instruction which assembled at the Regimental Depot on 9 April 1912

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy to 2nd Connaught Rangers from 25 April 1912 to 24 Oct 1912 to under go probationary training.

MAY 1912

Captain G A C Alcock to the 3rd Leinster Regiment during their annual training 29 May 1912

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott to Regimental Depot from 27 May 1912 to 23 June 1912 for recruits course of musketry

Extracts from the London Gazette dated 21 May 1912.

Regular Forces

The East Lancashire Regiment 2nd Lieutenant Ivor William Garret Horder from 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers to be 2nd Lieutenant

JUNE1912

The Battalion assembled for training at Oranmore on the 24 June 1912.

The following Officers were present with the Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major A C Lewin DSO (2nd in Command)

Captain T Tighe

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain L J Comyn (Regular Establishment)

Captain W H King

Captain J B G F Lemes (Regular Establishment)

Captain C F Underhill Faithorne (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brien

Captain G A C Allcock

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant H G Robertson (Regular Establishment)

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy

Captain and Adjutant C F Lloyd

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Attached Officers

2nd Lieutenant R E Wilson 3rd Hampshire Regiment

2nd Lieutenant Wells 3rd Hampshire Regiment

JULY 1912

The Battalion paraded at 10am on the 15 July for Inspection by Colonel J Hope Stavert Commanding No.12 District

The numbers present on parade as follows:-

Distribution

On Parade: Officers SR 12, RE 6, WO 1, NCO 14, Drms 8, SR Sgts 18, Cpls 14, Ptes 302

Sick: SR Privates 1

With leave: Officers SR 3, SR Privates 7

Without leave: SR Sergeants 1, Privates 18

On Command: NCO 2, SR Privates 13

Regtl Employ: NCO 10, Privates 9, SR Sergeants 1, Corporals 1, Privates 16

Recruits at Depot: SR Privates 17

At Depot RE: Officers 2, NCO 12, Drummers 2, Privates 32

Totals: Officers SR 15, RE 8, WO 1, NCO 38, Drms 10, Ptes 41, SR Sgts 20, Cpls 16, Ptes 394

Sanction has been given for the appointment of Captain E G S Truell 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers for a tour of duty with the 3rd Reserve Battalion of that Regiment in relief of Captain C F Underill Faithorne whose tour expires on 1 Oct 1912

Major A C Lewin DSO passed an examination in Tactical Fitness for Command on 18 July 1912. TC.O 176 (1002)d/31/7/12

SEPTEMBER 1912

Extract from the London Gazette dated 6 Sept 1912

Special Reserve of Officers.

Infantry 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers Walter Peter Lambert late 2nd Lieutenant, The Connaught Rangers to be Lieutenant dated 7 Sept 1912

OCTOBER 1912

Approval has been given for the attendance of the under mentioned Officer of the Special Reserve, at the competitive examination in military subjects for Commissions in the Regular Army commencing on 14 Oct 1912.

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers.

Captain E G S Truell 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers granted leave from 1 to 20 Oct 1912

Major A J Digan DSO 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers granted leave to remain in Canada until 31 May 1913

Colonel W R Inglis has been selected to attend the Class of Instruction for Officers of the Special Reserve assembling at Birr on the 20 Oct1912

Colonel W R Inglis attended a course of Instruction at the Depot Leinster Regiment, Birr from 2 to 29 Oct 1912 under para 251 Special Reserve Regulations and obtained a satisfactory report on Army Form E 535

4458 Sergeant William Clarke (Instructor of Gymnastics) posted from 2nd Battalion to 3rd Battalion previously with the Gymnastics Staff 25 Oct 1912

DECEMBER 1912

Captain W A King appointed Deputy Assistant Director for Remounts at Irish Command 3 Dec 1912

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin was a successful candidate at the Competitive Examinations of Officers of Officers of Special Reserve to join the Army Service Corps 4 Dec 1912

Major H F N Jourdain 2nd Battalion The Connaught Rangers has been detailed for a tour of duty with the 3rd Battalion in relief of Major W S Sarsfield whose tour will expire on he 22 Feb 1913; Major Jourdain to proceed to Galway for duty accordingly. T.C.O. No.1717 d/30 Dec 1912

Sanction has been given for the appointment of Captain W H King as a Deputy Assistant Appointment Director of Remounts in the Irish Command from 14 Dec 1912

Lectures were given to Officers at this time on the probable line of attack of any German offensive against France.

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, qualified in Examination I, as laid down in Examination Appendix III S.R.R. at an examination held at the Curragh 20 Dec1912

1913

JANUARY 1913

Captain L J Comyn granted leave from 7 Jan 1913 to 28 Feb 1913

The following extracts from the London Gazette date 14 Jan 1913 are published for information:-

Infantry: 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant (on probation) John H Kennedy is confirmed in his rank.

2nd Lieutenant Henry R S Law resigns his commission 18 Jan 1913

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin to be 2nd Lieutenant Army Service Corps (Gazette 3-12-12)

Captain A C Alcock to be Captain 3rd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment (DD) No.8 dt 28.1.13

4155 Private Patrick Corcoran attested into 3rd Battalion 21 Jan 1913

Captain A W Blockley will attend the School of Musketry, Hythe and should be directed to arrive there not later than 7pm 27 Jan 1913

MARCH 1913

Lieutenant H G Robertson from 20 March to 26 April 1913 (D.O.No.20 d/7 March.1913)

4126 Private Michael Allen posted to the 3rd Battalion form the Depot after his recruit training 14 March 1913

Captain W H King to be a Deputy Assistant Director of Remounts 14 March 1913

Approval is given for the attachment off 2nd Lieutenant F D Foott to 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment from 2 to 28 June 1913 during the period of Annual Training of that unit.

Authy d/Cork 27 March 1913.No13564

2nd Lieutenant S H Lewis 2nd Battalion The Connaught Rangers has been detailed for a tour of duty with the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers (3rd Reserve Battalion of his Regiment) in relief of Lieutenant A W P J Whyte, whose tour will expire on 29 March 1913. Orders are to be issued for 2nd Lieutenant Lewis to proceed to Galway for duty accordingly.

Army List 31 March 1913

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major Digan A J, DSO 22 Dec 09

Major Lewin A C, DSO (2nd in Command) 8 Oct 10

Major Jourdain H F N 10 Aug 12

Captain Tighe T19 Mar 04

Captain Clifford T R B 14 May 04

Captain Campbell M I M 20 June 04

Captain Blockley A W 5 Apr 05

Captain Comyn L J 27 June 06

Captain Truell E G S 18 Aug 08

Captain King W H 19 Sept 08 Deputy Director of Remounts Irish Command

Captain Eames T G B F 18 Feb 09

Captain O’Brien W D 29 Jan 11

Lieutenant de Stacpoole G E 20 May 07

Lieutenant Robinson H G 5 Jan 09

Lieutenant Naylor C F 1 June 09

Lieutenant Lambert W P 7 Sept 12

2nd Lieutenant Lewis S H 20 Apr 10

2nd Lieutenant Foott F D 28 June 11

2nd Lieutenant Kennedy J H 27 Mar 12

Captain and Adjutant Lloyd O F 20 Sept 11

Honorary Major and Quarter Master McNally J

APRIL 1913

The following extract from the London Gazette dt 1April 1913 is published for information:-

Special Reserve of Officers

Infantry 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers

James Lee Jackson to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) d/2 April 1913

D.O. No.30 d/3 April 1913

4187 Private Thomas Higgins attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruit training 29 April 1913

JUNE 1913

The appointment of Lancelot Neville Aveling to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) is antedated to 30 June 1913

The Battalion assembled for training at Oranmore on the 30 June 1913.

The following Officers were present with the Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major A C Lewin DSO

Captain T Tighe

Captain J R B Clifford

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain L J Comyn (Regular Establishment)

Captain W H King

Captain J B G F Eames (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brien

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant W P Lambert

Lieutenant S H Lewis (Regular Establishment)

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

Captain and Adjutant C F Lloyd

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Attached Officer

Lieutenant M Wood, The Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery

JULY 1913

3953 Private Thomas Flynn forfeits 1 weeks pay. ‘Absent from the place of assembly of the Battalion at 9am until 11am.’ Witness Colour Sergeant Ryan 1 July 1913

Lancelot Neville Aveling, late Cadet Gresham’s School Contingent, Officers Training Corps, to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 4 July 1913

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel W R Inglis on completion of his period of service in command of a Battalion, relinquishes his commission and is granted permission to retain his rank and wear the prescribed uniform 6 July 1913

Lieutenant A W P J Whyte, retired pay late The Connaught Rangers to be Lieutenant, under the provisions of article 510, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion, 1909, with seniority as from 3 July 1907. 20 July 1913

The Battalion paraded at 10am on the 24 July 1913 for Inspection by Colonel Scrase Dickens Commanding No12 District

The numbers present on parade were as follows:-

Distribution

On parade: Officers Line 5, SR 15, WO 1, S Sgts 2, Sgts 12, Drs 8, Total 25, SR Sgts 17, Cpls 14, Ptes 298, Total 329

On Command SR Privates 11, Total 11

Recruits at Depot: Privates 12, Total 12

Absent Sick: Sergeant 1, Total 1, SR Corporals 1, Privates 13, Total 14

Absent with leave: SR Sergeant 1, Privates 3, Total 4

Absent without leave: SR Sergeant 1, Privates 22, Total 23

Regtl Employ: S Sgts 2, Sgts 2, Cpls 3, Ptes 8, Total 15, SR Sgts 1, Ptes 8, Total 9

On Guard: SR Sergeant 1, Privates 7, Total 8

Total: Officers Line 5, SR 15, WO 1, S Sgts 4, Sgts 15, Cpls 5, Drs 8, Ptes 8, Total 41, SR Sgt 21, Cpls 15, Ptes 388, Total 424

4187 Private Thomas Higgins absent 24 July to 31 July 1913

The Battalion was dismissed to their homes and left by the 6:30am, 9:50am and 1:30pm trains from Oranmore Station, except the men for Galway Town who were dismissed to their homes at mid-day on this date. 23 July 1913

AUGUST 1913

Lieutenant H G Robertson granted leave from 12 August 1913 to date of embarkation for India

Major A C Lewin DSO to be Lieutenant Colonel 6 August 1913

4126 Private Michael Allen discharged on joining Regular Army, Royal Munster Fusiliers 14 Aug 1913

OCTOBER 1913

2nd Lieutenants to be Lieutenants Francis D Foott and John H Kennedy 1st Oct 1913

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham qualified in Examination I as laid down in Appendix III. Special Reserve Regiments at an examination held at Woking on 28 Oct 1913

NOVEMBER 1913

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson qualified in Examination I as laid down in Appendix III Special Reserve Regiments at an examination held at Aldershot 3 Nov 1913

Francis Marion Saunders Gibson to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 8 Nov 1913

Captain T Rafferty Quarter Master The Connaught Rangers from 1st Battalion to 3rd Reserve Battalion under Para 239 Kings Regs. Orders have been issued for him to join on the 21 Nov 1913

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally is placed on retired pay 21 Nov 1913

Sergeant Major Charles F Dryden to be Quarter Master with Honorary rank of Lieutenant 22 Nov 1913

Lieutenant Charles F Dryden Quartermaster, The Connaught Rangers to the 2nd Battalion on promotion from Sergeant Major 3rd Reserve Battalion 27 Nov 1913

4155 Private Patrick Corcoran discharged having joined Regular Army, Royal Army Medical Corps 31 Nov 1913

DECEMBER 1913

The under mentioned 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) are confirmed in their rank. 2 Dec 1913

James L Jackson and William P F Latham

1914

JANUARY 1914

4458 Sergeant William Clarke discharged at termination of period of engagement 17 Jan 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson will be attached to 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from 20 Jan 1914 to 20 July 1914 to undergo his probationary training.

4267 Private William Buckley attested into 3rd Battalion, started recruit training 27 Jan 1914

4269 Private Thomas Clifford attested into 3rd Battalion, started recruit training 28 Jan 1914

MARCH 1914

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling qualified in Examination I as laid down Appendix III Special Reserve Regiments, at an examination held at Aldershot on the 7 March 1914

4286 Private Patrick Birkett attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruit training 24 March 1914

APRIL 1914

6926 Sergeant Frederick Baker becomes Orderly Room Clerk at Kinsale for the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers during April 1914

The following Officers attended a Class of Instruction which assembled at Birr 23 April 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole

Lieutenant F D Foott

MAY 1914

Captain H J Nolan Ferrall 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined for a tour of duty 6 May 1914

4286 Private Patrick Birkett discharged due to miss-statement of age on his attestation 6 May 1914

JUNE 1914

3953 Private Thomas Flynn purchased discharge for £3 10 June 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole was attached to the 3rd Leinster Regiment during the Annual Training from the 25 May to 14 June 1914

Regular Forces. Successful candidate at the Competitive Examinations of Officers of the Special Reserve, held in March last, to be 2nd Lieutenant 10 June 1914

Prince Albert’s Somerset Light Infantry, Lieutenant John Horace Kennedy from 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

The Battalion assembled for Annual Training at Oranmore on the 15 June 1914

It completed its annual training at Oranmore between 15 June and 11 July 1914

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel A C Lewin DSO (Commanding)

Major A J Digan

Captain T R Brooke Clifford

Captain L J Comyn (Regular Establishment)

Captain C G S Ferrall (Regular Establishment)

Captain H J Nolan Ferrall (Regular Establishment)

Captain W H King

Captain J B G F Eames (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brien

Lieutenant A W P Whyte

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant W P Lambert

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson

Captain and Adjutant C F Lloyd

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J Rafferty

Attached Officer

Lieutenant M Wood, The Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery

Lieutenant J J O’Brien 3rd Leinster Regiment

The Commander of No12 District visited the Camp 18 June 1914

2nd Lieutenant William P F Latham from 3rd Battalion to be 2nd Lieutenant 24 June 1914

The Commander of No12 District visited the Camp 26 & 27 June 1914

4267 Private William Buckley finished his recruits training during the annul training at Oranmore 26 June 1914

4269 Private Thomas Clifford finished his recruits training during the annual training at Oranmore 27 June 1914

JULY 1914

4552 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson discharged to pension after 21 years 4 July 1914

Paid deferred pay £14 5/ 4 July 1914

6669 Sergeant F Phillips was promoted Colour Sergeant vice Colour Sergeant Wilson discharged to pension, (dated 11 May 1914) 5 July 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers qualified in Examination I as laid down in Appendix III Special Reserve Regulations at Aldershot 6 June 1914

Captain L J Comyn will take part in The Command Staff Exercise in the vicinity of Cashel on the 6th, 7th & 8th July 1914.

Instructions being issued directly from Command Headquarters

Lieutenant Alfred W P T Whyte appointed Captain (Retired) from 2nd Battalion 20 August 1913. 7 July 1914

3845 Private Michael Dever Fined 2/6 ‘Being drunk in town at midnight, Galway’ 7 July 1914 Witnesses Lance Corporal Wilson and Corporal Hannigan

At its annual inspection 8 July 1914 total strength Regular Establishment and Special

Distribution

On parade: Officers 17, WO 1, S Sgts 14, Sgts 22, Cpls 11, Ptes 264, Total 312

Absent with leave: Officers 3, Privates 18, Total 18

On Command Officers 3, Privates 1, Total 1

Regtl Employ: S Sergeants 6, Sergeants 1, Corporals 1, Drs 8, Sgts 1, Cpls 1, 22, Total 38

Hospital Privates 1, Total 1

Regimental Duty Sergeants 1, Corporals 1, Privates 8, Total 10

Recruits at Depot: Privates 22, Total 22

Absent Sick: Privates 18, Total 18

Dismissed to Home: Privates 12, Total 12

Total: Officers 24, WO 1, S Sgts 20, Sgts 24, Cpls 13, Drs 8, Ptes 366, Total 432,

The Battalion was dismissed to their homes and left by the 6:30am, 9:50am and 1:30pm trains from Oranmore Station, except the men for Galway Town who were dismissed to their homes at mid day. 11 July 1914

The under mentioned officers were attached to the 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers from 12 July to 1 August 1914

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

4187 Private Thomas Higgins admonished ‘Being absent from tattoo 24 July 1913 until apprehended by Civil Police’ 31 July 1913

2nd Lieutenants James L Jackson and Lancelot N Aveling promoted Lieutenant 25 July 1914

Quarter Master Sergeant P Farrell 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be Quarter Master with the rank of Lieutenant with 5th (Service) Battalion 25 July 1914

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AUGUST 1914

Eric Dudley Greeves late OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant 1 August 1914

Monday was a Bank Holiday. Men form Battalion involved in a local Tennis Competition 3 August 1914

Orders for ‘General Mobilization’ received during the evening 4 August 1914

The 3rd Battalion was at Galway at the outbreak of the War.

Frederick Henry Lewin commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, commanded by his brother, then Colonel Arthur Corrie Lewin, DSO. 4 Aug 1914

The application shows him as unmarried and a barrister-at-law by profession.

Richard D’Arcy, Roy Delacombe, Ivan Harold Garvey, Arnold Montgomery, and John Joseph Kavenagh to be 2nd Lieutenants on probation 3rd Battalion 4 Aug 1914

Reservists or special reservists were required to bring units up to their establishment on the outbreak of war and keep them up to strength for the early part of the war. Many were either too old or unfit for active service.

Major Augustine J Digan DSO, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers is restored to the establishment 5 Aug 1914

Captain Nolan Farrell and 50 Other Ranks proceeded to Crosshaven, Co. Cork by 3:30 pm train from Galway as an Advance Party. 5 August 1914

Captain E G S Truell proceeded with 2 NCO’s to Aldershot to take over details of 2nd Battalion 5 Aug 1914

The under mentioned officers proceeded to Aldershot to join the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers forming part of the Expeditionary Force proceeding on active service. 5 August 1914

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant W P Lambert

Lieutenant F D Foott (Retreat from Mons, First Battle of Ypres, wounded)

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson promoted Lieutenant and seconded for service with Royal Flying Corps, having already taken the Royal Aero Certificate at Messrs Vickers, Flying School, Brooklands.

Lieutenant H Q Irwin, Sergeant Maher and 4 men proceeded to Albert Quays, Cork to take up Railway Transport duties at that Station. 6 August 1914

Lieutenant J Fraser and 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson and the Colour Party arrived with the Colours of the 2nd Battalion and handed over the Colours for safe keeping to the Officer Commanding the Depot 6 Aug 1914

Lieutenant J Fraser and 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson proceeded to Aldershot with the first draft of Reservists for the 2nd Battalion 6 Aug 1914

Lieutenant J Fraser died of wounds received at Battle of the Aisne, while carrying another wounded Officer out of the firing line.

Lieutenant S H Lewis and Lieutenant J W Horne of Reserve of Officers proceeded to Aldershot with draft of Army Reservists 7 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Francis M S Gibson confirmed in his rank 7 Aug 1914

Cadet Sergeant Eric Dudley Greeves from Ellesmere College Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant (probation) 7 Aug 1914

Captain O’Brien proceeded to Aldershot with draft of Army Reservists 8 Aug 1914

The Battalion proceeded on 8 August 1914 by train to Crosshaven, Co Cork and took charge of the defences at the entrance of Cork Harbour. Its strength was 11 Officers and 424 Other Ranks.

The 3rd Battalion was fully mobilized by the 8 August 1914 and Major H F N Jourdain Commanding the Depot proceeded with the 3rd Battalion to Crosshaven.

The following Officers proceeded with the Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO

Major H F N Jourdain

Major A J Digan DSO

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R Brooke Clifford

Captain A C Blockley

Captain L J Comyn

Captain and Adjutant C F Lloyd

Captain (Honorary Major) and Quarter Master J Rafferty

2nd Lieutenant E D Greeves

2nd Lieutenant F Lewin

On the Battalions departure Captain W D O’Brien was detailed to bring on the stragglers.

Captain King remained in Dublin in charge of remounts and did not join the Battalion on mobilization.

The original plan was that the senior Special Reserve battalions would carry out the roles of draft finding and coastal defence. They did perform a valuable service during the war in providing trained drafts for overseas service.

When officers were found incompetent for active service, the easiest course of action was for their Commanding Officer was to have them reassigned to a reserve battalion, as this did not require either a court martial or the officer to be deprived of his commission.

The Battalion went under canvas on land behind Crosshaven House 9 Aug 1914

Major H F N Jourdain proceeded 10 August 1914 to Galway to take command of the 5th (Service) Battalion which was then about to be raised. He had written orders to remain in command of the Depot until he had mobilized all the Reservists for the 2nd Battalion and the Special Reserve of the 3rd Battalion, and on completion of this duty ie: the 5th day of mobilization, to hand over command the Depot to the officer detailed for the Reserve of Officers, and the 3rd Battalion to its own Commanding Officer.

Work was undertaken in construction of an extensive line of trenches, reserve shelters and earthworks of various kinds alongside the Siege Company of the Monmouth (Special Reserve) Royal Engineers, stationed at this portion of the defences. It also provided certain detached posts and outposts on the coast and at special defensible spots.

As this work was completed and more men became available a considerable amount of Company training was carried out. Route marches were included in the scheme of training, and were held at least twice a week. Recruit training was carried out together with instruction in musketry and other subjects.

The following Officers joined the Battalion 10 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Montgomery

2nd Lieutenant R D’Arcy

2nd Lieutenant W F P Lathagn (Supplementary List)

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary List)

2nd Lieutenant R Delacombe

Lieutenant Burke (Reserve of Officers)

2nd Lieutenant I Garvey joined the Battalion 11 Aug 1914

Captain L J Comyn proceeded to Dublin to take over duties of A.A.G. & A.Q.M.G. 12 Aug 1914

Lieutenants W P Lambert, F D Foott, and G E de Stacpoole proceeded to France with the 2nd Battalion 13 August 1914

7783 Private James Gildea and 7760 Private Joseph McCarthy proceeded with the 2nd Battalion to France, landing in Boulogne 14 August 1914

Captain Nolan Ferrall (Regular Establishment) and 2nd Lieutenant S H Lewis proceeded to Galway to join the 5th Battalion 14 Aug 1914

Cooke Richard Fitzgerald Lloyd, Henry Harvey Lyons, Frank Harry Bethell, and Eric Basil Francis Faithfull Cadets from OTC to be 2nd Lieutenants on probation with 3rd Battalion 15 August 1914

Captain T Tighe proceeded to his home on 3 months sick leave 17 Aug 1914

Captain L J Comyn seconded to be D.A.A.G. on The Staff at 10th Irish Division 17 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Delacombe & 1 NCO proceeded to Cyclists to Nohavel Cove, Reanies Bay for Coastal Patrol 19 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenants Gibson and A S Beard (Supplementary List) arrived from Aldershot 20 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy arrived 21 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenants Jackson and Aveling arrived from Aldershot with remaining details of 2nd Battalion 23 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Whyte reported his arrival from leave abroad 23 Aug 1914

Major A G Kemball 31st Punjabis reported his arrival for duty with Battalion 24 Aug 1914

Lieutenant L N Aveling left to join the Expeditionary Force with a draft of 93 other ranks to join the 2nd Battalion 26 Aug 1914

Draft included 7483 Private John Lovell.

A rifle and machine gun course of instruction was run by Captain Charters, Royal Scots, School of Musketry was started and run until 5 Sept 1914. 26 Aug 1914

Lieutenant Jackson proceeded to Farnborough to join the Special Reserve of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) 27 Aug 1914

Lieutenant H Q Irwin reported his arrival from Cork having finished his duties as Transport Officer 27 Aug 1914

Lieutenant Whyte left with a draft of 93 other ranks for the 2nd Battalion in France 31 Aug 1914.

SEPTEMBER 1914

2nd Lieutenant Lancelot Neville Aveling 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be 2nd Lieutenant , The Connaught Rangers 1 Sept 1914

Battalion organized on the Double Company system, A and E being amalgamated as the new ‘A’ Company, B and F as ‘B’, C and G as ‘C’, D and H as ‘D’, 1 Sept 1914

Following promotions took place 2 Sept 1914

‘A’ Company Colour Sergeant Considine to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Phillips to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

‘B’ Company Colour Sergeant Richards to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Swords to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

‘C’ Company Colour Sergeant Dumphy to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Mack to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

‘D’ Company Colour Sergeant Stevens to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Smith to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

Captain E G S Truell arrived at Crosshaven from Aldershot having completed his duties as Officer Commanding Details 2nd Battalion 4 Sept 1914

Lieutenants Burke and Horne (Reserve of Officers), and 2nd Lieutenant A S Beard (Supplementary List) left to join the 2nd Battalion 5 Sept 1914

Lieutenant Horne arrived back from Holyhead 6 Sept 1914

A musketry party of 3 Officers, 6 NCO’s and 101 recruits under command of 2nd Lieutenant F Lewin proceeded to Fort Charles, Kinsale to fire a recruits course 7 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant E B F Faithfull arrived at the Battalion 8 Sept 1914

James D’Arcy to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation 9 Sept 1914

10416 Private Francis Stokes, 3rd Battalion, Died at Home.10 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant C J O C Mallins with a draft of 93 other ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France on 11 Sept 1914.

This included 3938 Private Michael Whelan, 4141 Private Frederick O'Donnell and 4187 Private Thomas Higgins after being found fit for active service.

The Battalion took up its position on the defences allotted to it and was inspected by the G O C Queenstown Defences. 12 Sept 1914

Captain E G S Truell and 2nd Lieutenant H Q Irwin with 40 other ranks left and proceeded by route march to Kinsale as advance party to take over the barracks 12 Sept 1914

The Machine Gun Section under 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson proceeded to Youghal located on the estuary of the River Blackwater, to fire a Machine Gun course under the direction of Captain Charters, School of Musketry 14 Sept 1914

The 3rd Battalion left Crosshaven for Kinsale 14 Sept 1914 by route march. The battalion strength was 21 Officers and 460 Other Ranks at this time.

The weather during the Battalions stay at Crosshaven was very wet

Located two miles outside Kinsale, Charles Fort with its 40ft high walls with the barracks inside. The fort has two enormous bastions overlooking the estuary and three looking inland. Within its walls were all the accommodation requirements for the garrison of the fort and their families. There was accommodation for 16 officers and 332 men.

Fort Charles at Kinsale was abandoned as a coast defence work by 1890 and its mixed armament of rifled and smoothbore guns were removed. Its use, thereafter, was as a camp for the militia used by British forces for training purposes.

The fort was burned, by the retreating anti treaty forces during the Irish Civil War.

2nd Lieutenant Lancelot Neville Aveling wounded at La Cour de Soupir serving with the 2nd Battalion 14 Sept 1914

3845 Private Michael Dever Fined 10/- and confined to barracks for 10 days ‘Being drunk and absent from tattoo until 11:45pm at Kinsale’ 19 Sept 1914 Witnesses Sergeant O’Callaghan, Sergeant Twohig and Sergeant Lutle

7783 Private James Gildea 3rd Battalion, Killed in action France & Flanders 20 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant F H Bethell arrived at the battalion 20 Sept 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole takes command of ‘D’ Company, 1st Battalion vice Major Alexander who took command of the 1st Battalion from Major Sarsfield who had died of wounds received 2 days earlier at Verneuil, France 20 Sept 1914

The Machine Gun Section returned from Youghal having completed their firing course 22 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant H H Lyons arrived 25 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary Lists) granted sick leave from 28 Sept to 11 Nov 1914

George Grey Kendall appointed Lieutenant and Quarter Master 29 Sept 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole to Hospital and then invalided home 30 Sept 1914

His elder brother Lieutenant Robert de Stacpole had been killed in action with 2nd Battalion on 20 Sept 1914 at battle of the Aisne

He later became 5th Duke De Stacpoole with a house in County Galway and one in Meath.

OCTOBER 1914

2nd Lieutenant B G O’D Douglas arrived from Sandhurst and was attached to the 3rd Battalion 2 Oct 1914

Lieutenant Francis Drew Foott to be 2nd Lieutenant, The Connaught Rangers 6 Oct 1914

Subsequently served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and Palestine.

Mentioned in despatches.

2nd Lieutenant A Montgomery with 114 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France.

This included 3845 Private Michael Dever, 4269 Private Thomas Clifford & Private 3945 Thomas Fitzgerald after being found fit for active service 7 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey takes charge of Regimental signallers 7 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant F Lewin will act as Assistant Adjutant 7 Oct 1914

Major A J Digan, DSO married Helen Macgregor at Cork 10 Oct 1914

Captain M I M Campbell reported his arrival having returned from leave in India, where he had been at the outbreak of war 12 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant McBride, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Royal Irish Rifles 14 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling and a draft of 280 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France as reinforcements 14 Oct 1914

These Drafts would consist of men from both the 3rd and 4th Battalions, The Connaught Rangers

7760 Private Joseph McCarthy 3rd Battalion, Killed in action France & Flanders 14 Oct 1914

Captain A Webber joined the 5th Battalion 15 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant A J H Burke arrived 16 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant R D’Arcy took over command of the Regimental Cyclist Section 16 Oct 1914

The Battalion started to carry out Range practices 17 Oct 1914

Company Quarter Master Sergeant Mack ‘C’ Company to be Quarter Master Sergeant vice Quarter Master Sergeant P Farrell promoted 18 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary List) granted extension of sick leave to 25 Oct. 21 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant McDowell, The Connaught Rangers arrived from 3rd Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 23 Oct 1914

Sergeant P Maher ‘D’ Company to Company Quarter Master Sergeant vice Company Quarter Master Sergeant Mack promoted 23 Oct 1914

Captain J R B Clifford left to conduct a draft of Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) to join the 2nd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment with the Expeditionary Force, France 25 Oct 1914

Owing to the difficulty of obtaining sufficient number of Irish recruits to make good the losses sustained by the Battalions of the Regiment, recruiting was opened in London to supplement Irish recruits. The first party of English recruits joined the 3rd Battalion 25 Oct 1914

Major Gore (Reserve of Officers, Late 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers) arrived from the Depot where he had been on duty service since the mobilization 27 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant Boothe, The Connaught Rangers arrived from the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards 27 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant J Howie, 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived 28 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenants Latham and McDowell with 50 Other Ranks proceeded to Waterville, County Kerry for duty guarding the Transatlantic Cable Station there. Sergeant McGrah and 13 Other Ranks proceeded to Ballinskelligs for similar duties. 28 Oct 1914

Lieutenant G Allen, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after returning wounded from the front 30 Oct 1914

Lieutenant Horne (Reserve of Officers) granted a months leave from 28 Oct. He left 31 Oct 1914

A draft of 50 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion. They were conducted to Cork by 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson and handed over to Lieutenant Keatinge, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be taken on to Holyhead and handed over to the Officer to conduct them over seas 31 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson to be Lieutenant 31 Oct 1914

NOVEMBER 1914

2nd Lieutenant Douglas was granted sick leave until 29 Dec. 2 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant G R Brett arrived 2 Nov 1914

Captain A W P T Whyte with 2nd Battalion severely wounded at Ypres 2 Nov 1914

7483 Acting Corporal John Lovell killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

Lieutenant J Anderson 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived from the Depot where he had been on duty 3 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson promotion to Lieutenant approved 3 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant A J H Brooke to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 3rd Battalion 4 Nov 1914

Lieutenant J W Horne (Reserve of Officers) resigns his commission 5 Nov 1914

4141 Private Frederick O'Donnell died of wounds with 2nd Battalion 6 Nov 1914

Lieutenant H Q Irwin and a draft of 47 Other Ranks left for the 1st Battalion 7 Nov 1914

A draft of 47 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France 7 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling wounded in action with 2nd Battalion 7 Nov 1914

3775 Private James Reilly killed in action with 2nd Battalion 7 Nov 1914

3938 Private Michael Whelan killed in action with 2nd Battalion 7 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary List) returned from sick leave 8 Nov 1914

Captain M Campbell left for Dublin to conduct a draft of The Royal Irish Rifles abroad to join the Expeditionary Force 12 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant W A Buchanan, The Connaught Rangers arrived from Sandhurst 12 Nov 1914

Draft of 49 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France 12 Nov 1914

Draft of 29 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France 16 Nov 1914

Captain T Tighe returned from sick leave 17 Nov 1914

Lieutenant James L Jackson 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be Flying Officer with Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) 17 Nov 1914

Lieutenant G R Brooke, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after being on sick leave from the front 24 Nov 1914

Approval given for the following transfers 24 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant A J H Burke transferred to 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant C A Brett transferred to 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant J Howie transferred to 12th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment

2nd Lieutenant J Howie left to join the 12th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment at Colchester 25 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant McBride left to take over and conduct a Cavalry draft to the Base of the Expeditionary Force 25 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant Boothe left to take over and conduct a draft of the Leinster Regiment from Cork to the Expeditionary Force 27 Nov 1914

Lieutenant Anderson ledt with a draft of 40 Other Ranks for the 1st Battalion 27 Nov 1914

By the end of November 1914, 11 Officers and 570 Other Ranks had been sent as drafts to 1st and 2nd Battalions.

Strength of Battalion 30 Nov 1914

31 Officers

860 Other Ranks

891 Total

Number of recruits received since mobilization 797

Number sent as reinforcements 581

Officers 11

Other Ranks 570

By end of November 1914 casualties from 3rd Battalion Drafts.

Killed in action, Other Ranks 25

Died of Wounds, Other Ranks 8

Wounded in action, Other Ranks 64

Wounded in action, Officers 3

List of casualties amongst men of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers sent to reinforce the ‘Line’ Battalions at the front. As reported from the Head Quarters up to 30 Nov 1914

Killed in Action

Sergeants:

3780 Michael O’Hara, 3144 William Banks (killed 23 Oct 1914 by a shell which also killed 6 other men)

Corporal:

3479 James Myles

Privates:

4332 T Graham, 4067 M Ward, 4195 P Haherty, 3872 M Caffrey, 4072 J Delaney, 4575 M Farrell, 4055 J Forde, 3866 J Griffin, 3894 M Keagh, 3893 J Sullivan, 3166 W Lyons, 3903 D Rowland, 4084 P Bartley, 3708 T Costello, 4736 J Doyle, 2864 J Doyle, 3790 M Gallagher, 3925 T Kelly, 4237 J Moynigan, 3919 T Murphy, 3775 J Reilly, 3938 M Whelan

Died of Wounds received in action

Privates:

3701 T Collins, 4179 M Convey, 4061 F Coyle, 2779 J Coyne, 3696 D Connolly, 4305 P Kelly, 4141 F O’Donnell, 4023 E O’Hare

Wounded in action

Sergeants:

3986 T Senior, 2394 M Leetly, 3769 P Lydon

Corporals:

3058 J Finn

Lance Corporals:

3979 P Joyce, 3580 J Joyce, 9219 Mark C Gower,

Privates:

3456 M Comer, 3819 M Ward, 4352 N Noonan, 4074 M Kelly, 4096 L Quinn, 3902 E Lally, 4528 W Duffy, 2739 P Delaney, 2983 M Kelly, 42187 J Nestor, 3956 J Reilly, 3088 P Dempsey, 4175 P Newman, 3040 M Dervin, 2182 O Higgins, 4321 T Ward, 4290 D Ward, 4123 J Gleeson, 3971 J Sheridan, 4354 M Mathews, 3068 J Donohue, 3671 M King, 3949 M Fleming, 4239 J Ryan, 10880 E Boylan, 3875 M Folan, 4249 W D’Arcy, 4363 P Scanlon, 2912 N Gotman, 2929 J Morris, 3603 Madden, 3043 M Brennan, 4058 T Mann, 4025 B McDonnell, 3939 J Parker, 3614 M Philbin, 3478 P Carroll, 4057 W Stokes, 3457 T Gill, 3804 P Brennan, 3571 P Lavelle, 4135 M Pender, 4242 M Dillon, 4338 P Meehan, 3951 J Ramplin, 3650 M Niggins, 2282 J Connors, 4087 W Reilly, 4216 J Casey, 3108 B Ward, 3911 J Burley, 4103 P Lymskey, 2181 P Higgins, 4133 J Casey, 4200 Rendergast, 3913 M McDonald

Sick or Injured

Corporals:

3/3648 Patrick Croughwell

Lance Corporals:

4044 W Byrne

Privates:

3901 M Skeffington, 4334 T Burgess, 4066 J Boland, 3255 M Ryan, 2252 M Hehir, 3732 W Rawlinson, 3766 J Dillon, 4577 O’Connor, 3550 J Casey, 2982 J Daly, 4181 P Mally

Officers Wounded in Action

Captain A W P Whyte

Lieutenant F D Foote

Lieutenant LN Aveling (returned to front after being wounded and recovering and being wounded a second time)

DECEMBER 1914

Draft of 4 Officers and 130 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion 4 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant R Delacombe to be attached to the Divisional Cyclist Company 4 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant R Delacombe left to proceed to Cork to take over and conduct certain details to Hounslow upon his transfer to the Army Cyclist Corps 5 Dec 1914

The Medical Officer with the 1st Battalion reported in his War Diary a serious problem was that some men arriving in the drafts were over fifty years old and were thus too old for work in the trenches 6 Dec 1914

Lieutenant G R C Brook left to join the Expeditionary Force 7 Dec 1914

The Army Council has notified that to meet the wastage of units in the field. The establishment of Signals in each Reserve Battalion, Infantry of the Line will be as follows. 10 Dec 1914

1 Sergeant

3 Corporals

4 Lance Corporals

11 Trained Privates

36 men under training

Total establishment of other ranks 55

2nd Lieutenant E Faithfull and 25 Other Ranks proceeded to Waterville, County Kerry to relieve part of the detachment stationed there 10 Dec 1914

Lieutenant B G MacDowel and 25 Other Ranks arrived from Waterville having been relieved 11 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant A S Beard reported for duty from sick leave after being invalided from ‘The Front’ 13 Dec 1914

7 days leave was granted to Officers and Men of the Battalion. The leave period being from 15 Dec 1914 to 7 Jan 1915. Leaves were arranged so that two thirds of the strength of the unit was always at The Station.

2nd Lieutenant D A Greer, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Sandhurst 17 Dec 1914

Lieutenant C H M Dennys, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after being invalided from ‘The Front’ 17 Dec 1914

Lieutenant W W W Reilly 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after being invalided from ‘The Front’ 21 Dec 1914

Lieutenant Arnulf Montgomery attached 2nd Battalion killed in action at Festubert 23 Dec 1914

3096 Private Thomas Kelly died at home in Brackernagh, Ireland 25 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant A D Lang Brown, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Sandhurst 28 Dec 1914

Lieutenant G Allen, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to Farnborough to join The Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) 28 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant F Lewin attends course of musketry held at The Irish Command School of Musketry, Dublin from 29 Dec 1914 to 9 Jan 1915

Lieutenants C H M Dennys and B G MacDowell left to join the Expeditionary force 31 Dec 1914

Battalion Strength 31 Dec 1914

Officers 32

Other Ranks 1194 (includes 268 recruits who joined in December)

Total 1226

1060 Recruits had joined the battalion since Declaration of War up to 31 Dec 1914

During December 3 Officers were sent to join the British Expeditionary Force and no Other Ranks.

1915

JANUARY 1915

30 Other Ranks left to join the 1st Battalion. Conducted to Cork by 2nd Lieutenant Greeves and handed over to an Officer of the Royal Munster Fusiliers who would conduct them to the Expeditionary force 1 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenants Greeves, Bethell and Lyons attended an Officers Course of Instruction at Cork 1 Jan 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins admonished ‘Found in bed at 1:30pm’ 5 Jan 1915

A draft of 50 Other Ranks left to join the 1st Battalion. Conducted by Lieutenant F M S Gibson to Cork and quartered with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers at Cork Barracks pending the arrival of the Officer to conduct them abroad 9 Jan 1915

Thomas Horsfall Crofton arrived from the Canadian Contingent to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 11 Jan 1915

He had enlisted aged 24 in Canada into the 16th Battalion of the Canadian Army 23 Sept 1914. He had been working as a Land Surveyor in Canada and was from County Sligo, Ireland.

28960 Private T H Crofton, ‘E’ Company, 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish), 3rd Infantry Brigade. Sailed from Quebec on the troopship ’Andania’ and landed in Plymouth 14 Oct 1914 and disembarked 17 Oct 1914 for Salisbury Plain

Later awarded Military Cross. ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He organised a counter-attack and went to the assistance of another unit, thereby driving the enemy back at a critical time. He has at all times set a fine example of courage and initiative.’ 24 April 1917

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO, left to attend a Senior Officers Musketry Course at Irish School of Musketry at Dublin 11 Jan 1915

Lieutenant H G Robertson, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived with 40 Other Ranks of the 1st Battalion form Ferozopore, India 14 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenant G C P R O’Donoghue, Connaught Rangers arrived from Sandhurst 14 Jan 1915

‘D’ Company, consisting of 4 Officers and 192 Other Ranks detached to garrison Charles Fort, at Kinsale. Captain Blockley in command, with 2nd Lieutenants Kavanagh, Brett and Greer 16 Jan 1915

At the 2nd Rifle Course held at the Irish School of Musketry at Dublin 2nd Lieutenant F H Lewin is noted as having qualified as 1st Class Instructor in Musketry 17 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey left to attend a course in Signalling at Passage starting on 18 Jan

17 Jan 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins posted to 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia after being found fit for active service 19 Jan 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson, 2nd Lieutenant W R Buchanan, and 10154 Sergeant George Gamble attend a course of musketry at the Irish School of Musketry, Dublin 21 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenant A S Beard and 50 Other Ranks left to join 1st Battalion 25 Jan 1915

John Tasker to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion (on probation) 27 Jan 1915

Attached to the Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lieutenant E W Morris, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reports for duty after sick leave from Expeditionary Force 28 Jan 1915

1 Officer and 130 Other Ranks sent as drafts to 1st Battalion in Flanders during January 1915

FEBRUARY 1915

2nd Lieutenant Lyons, 2825 Sergeant John Grannell and Sergeant Little proceeded to Waterville to relieve 2nd Lieutenant Latham, 3008 Sergeant Patrick McDermott and 4037 Sergeant Francis Silke 1 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenants Burke, Greer and Lang Brown selected to attend a class of instruction to be held 3 Feb at Cork 1 Feb 1915

Lieutenants George G de Stacpoole, Walter P Lambert, James L Jackson (Royal Flying Corps), Francis M S Gibson to be Captains 2 Feb 1915

Captain G E de Stacpoole later served in Macedonia and was attached 2nd Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Captain W P Lambert awarded Military Cross. Also served with 6th Battalion in France and attached 47th Brigade Staff. Present at Messines & Cambrai 1917

2nd Lieutenant Frederick H Lewin, and Richard D,Arcy to be Captains 2 Feb 1915

4247 Private Patrick Casey died at Kinsale 2 Feb 1915

A new company formed ‘E’ Company under Captain Robertson, and 2nd Lieutenants De La Cour and Greeves 2 Feb 1915

Thomas Horsfall Crofton to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 2 Feb 1915

Captain T B Eames 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived from India 3 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant L Beater arrived 3 Feb 1915

Charles Edward Kerwin Bagot and Ducan Boyd Wallis to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation), 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant D B Wallis attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

Notified in Fortress Orders that 2nd Lieutenant H H Lyons qualified at a Course of Instruction at Cork 6 Feb 1915

At 3rd Rifle Course held at Irish School of Musketry, Dublin 2nd Lieutenant W A Buchanan and 10154 Lance Sergeant George Fraser Gamble qualified as 1st Class Instructors 6 Feb 1915

At 2nd Machine Gun Course held at Irish School of Musketry, Dublin Lieutenant F M S Gibson passed ‘Distinguished’ 6 Feb 1915

Instruction from The War Office. The Battalion to be raised to an establishment of 2080 all ranks including all men under training for drafts. Convalescents from Expeditionary Force are not to be included, but to be held as supernumerary to the establishment pending despatch to the front when medically fit. 7 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant W A Buchanan arrived from School of Musketry 7 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant N S B Kidson, Interpreter, Unattached List arrived at Battalion 7 Feb 1915

Previously attached to 2nd Battalion as Interpreter on arrival in France, Oct France

Lieutenant F M S Gibson attended a course in Barr & Stroud, 1 Man Range Finder at the School of Musketry, Dublin 7 to 10 Feb 1915

‘F’ Company formed 12 Feb 1915.

‘E’ Company moved into quarters at Charles Fort, at Kinsale 12 Feb 1915

Superintendent of Gymnasia, Irish Command inspected recruits at Charles Fort 9 Feb 1915

He stated in his report. “I saw about 160 under instruction and considered them quite the best type of recruits I had seen. They are of goof physique, smart, intelligent, and keenly interested in their work. The C.O. and all officers give every facility for the carrying out of the instruction.”

Major H Gore appointed to command the 7th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers 9 Feb 1915

Norman Studholme Brownrigg Kidson from unattached list (Interpreter) to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 10 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant W W W Reilly granted sick leave until 17 May 11 Feb 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson arrived from School of Musketry, Dublin 11 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Crofton, Sergeant Deely and Lance Sergeant Davin proceeded to course to be held 13 Feb at Irish School of Musketry 11 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant C E K Bagot arrived 12 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey returned from Signalling Course at Passage 13 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant L N Beater died at the Military Hospital, Cork 13 Feb 1915

The following Officers completed the 2nd Course at the Young Officers School of Instruction, Victoria Barracks at Cork 13 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant D A Greer (Distinguished)

2nd Lieutenant A J H Bourke

2nd Lieutenant A D Lang Browne

2nd Lieutenant Louis Niebohr Beater buried in the Military Cemetery, Cork. The Band and Firing Party were furnished by the 3rd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment stationed at Victoria Barracks, Cork 15 Feb 1915

Captain H G Robertson and Lieutenant E W Morris left to join Expeditionary Force 15 Feb 1915

Cadets of OTC John Henderson Richie Dickson to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 17 Feb 1915

Attached Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham (Supplementary List) left from detachment at Waterville to join the Expeditionary Force 18 Feb 1915

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain posted from the Depot to the 3rd Battalion 18 Feb 1915

He had previously been wounded while serving with the 2nd Battalion in France 15 Nov 1914

Gun shot wound to the left arm and had been invalided to the 1st London General Hospital.

Arrived from extended leave at Newcastle 19 Feb 1915

Sergeant John McIlwain became Acting Company Sergeant Major of ‘B’ Company under Captain W D O’Brien. On arrival he put in request to be transferred abroad again.

Training at this time was mainly drill parades and theoretical field practices.

2nd Lieutenant R D’Arcy left to take over command of detachment at Waterville 19 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant T Tasker reports his arrival 19 Feb 1915

The fluctuating size of the Battalion made training difficult.

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain stated in his diary. ‘I could never make out the Company, it was so big and in such a condition of fluidity.’ 20 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey and Corporal J Murray qualified as ‘Distinguished’ from the School of Signalling at Passage 21 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant D B Wallis reported his arrival 23 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant J H R Dickson reported his arrival 25 Feb 1915

Lieutenant Aveling, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty from sick leave after returning wounded from the Expeditionary Force 28 Feb 1915

MARCH 1915

During March 1915 all recruits and men unfit for service aboard in the 5th (Service) Battalion joined the 3rd Battalion.

Frederick Hubert Sheafee to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 1 March 1915

Philip Eyre Tennant to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 1 March 1915

Attached 2nd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment

Gazetted temporary Lieutenant J J Kavanagh departs for the front 4 March 1915

William Minch & Arthur H E Russell Cadets OTC to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 March 1915

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain travelled to Cork from Kinsale during the afternoon for lecture at Palace Theatre. 9 March 1915

6 Officers and 100 Other Ranks drafted to British Expeditionary Force during March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Arthur Henry Eric Russell joined from the Royal Field Artillery 10 March 1915

Served with the 6th Battalion in France.

William J Minch late OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 10 March 1915

2nd Lieutenants W P F Latham, F W Lynch, and J J Kavanagh joined 1st Battalion in France 11 March 1915

War Office Letter. 12 March 1915

That 2nd Lieutenants in excess of war establishment will, on a Battalion proceeding abroad, be retained at home, and attached to a Reserve Battalion of the unit, with a view to filling vacancies caused by casualties at the front. It is, therefore, in the interests of all Battalions to train as large a reserve of 2nd Lieutenants as possible.

Commanding officers were empowered to select the most proficient to complete the numbers up to establishment, irrespective of date of appointment, on a Battalion being ordered to proceed on service.

All recruits and men unfit for service abroad, who could not be made efficient, were ordered to be sent to Kinsale to join the 3rd Reserve Battalion. 12 March 1915

Draft of 75 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion 13 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant L N Beater died of septicaemia due to absorption from an abscess of the heel, and he received as treatment during his illness, injections of antistrepto-coccus serum 13 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant L N Beater buried at Cork 15 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant James D’Arcy (on probation) confirmed in his rank 16 March 1915

Draft of 16 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion 17 March 1915

Large church parade for Saint Patrick’s Day 17 March 1915

The battalion paraded 1543 strong at the Roman Catholic Church in Kinsale for Saint Patrick’s Day. The largest number ever for a Church Parade in the Regiment 17 March 1915

Lieutenant P Lambert proceeded to Waterville to take over command of the Detachment vice 2nd Lieutenant Lyons 17 March 1915

Lieutenant L N Aveling, 2nd Lieutenants W A Buchanan, J D’Arcy, E Faithfull, H H Lyons and F H Bethell left and proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force 17 March 1915

Lieutenant H H Lyons attached to Royal Irish Regiment

2nd Lieutenant A H G Russell arrived at the Battalion18 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant C R F Lloyd resigns his commission on account of ill health 19 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant W Minch arrived at the Battalion19 March 1915

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain posted to 5th Battalion based at the Curragh. He left Kinsale at 8.30am and arrived at the Curragh, Kildare Station at 5.30pm 20 March 1915

2nd Lieutenants F H Lewin, R D’Arcy and I H Garvey confirmed in their rank 22 March 1915

11 NCO’s and Other Ranks proceeded to the 3rd Battalion, Kinsale from the 5th Battalion. on 23 March 1915

4 of these NCO’s were sent to relieve the 2 Sergeants and 2 Corporals, from the British Expeditionary Force who had arrived from the details at Kinsale to be attached to the 3rd Battalion for instruction.

They had previously been wounded or sick while serving with the 1st or 2nd Battalions in France. 23 March 1915

100 Other Ranks proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force conducted by Lieutenant Rogers, Leinster Regiment 23 March 1915

Lieutenant R D’Arcy returned to unit after being attached to the Royal Flying Corps 23 March 1915

2nd Lieutenants L N Aveling and W A Buchanan joined the 1st Battalion 25 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Brett conducts party of 2 NCO’s and 28 men to Waterville in relief of the detachment based there 25 March 1915

‘G’ Company formed and moved into hutments at Charles Fort 26 March 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson in command, 2nd Lieutenants Tasker & Wallis, Acting Company Sergeant Major McHale and Company Quarter Master Sergeant Brook

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy joined the 1st Battalion in France & Flanders 26 March 1915

At Second Battle of Ypres

2nd Lieutenant Greer, 7746 Corporal O’Rouke, 4476 Corporal Cunningham, 8223 Corporal Coyle & 8625 Corporal Byrne proceeded for a course commencing 29 March 1915 at School of Musketry Dublin 27 March 1915

Lieutenant McBride reported his arrival from sick leave from the Expeditionary Force 29 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Bradshaw reported his arrival 30 March 1915

Sergeant O’Callaghan qualified as Assistant Instructor in Signalling 30 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Corfton, and 3702 Corporal T Killeen at the 4th Machine Gun Course at the Irish School of Musketry 31 March 1915

Samuel P K J H Reed Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 31 March 1915

‘H’ Company formed and moved into hutments at Charles Fort 31 March 1915

Lieutenant McBride in command, with 2nd Lieutenants Jaaffe and Russell

‘F’ Company formed and moved into hutments at Charles Fort 31 March 1915

APRIL 1915

2nd Lieutenants E D Greeves, H H Lyons, and F R S De La Cour to be Lieutenants 6 April 1915

Lieutenant H H Lyons attached Royal Irish Regiment. Awarded Military Cross

2nd Lieutenant J J Kavanagh promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant I Garvey and Corporal Murray attended a course in Telephone Information under Lieutenant Palmer, Royal Engineers 6 to 13 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant F H Lewin takes over command of Machine Gun section from Captain Gibson promoted 6 April 1915

Captain F H Lewin takes over command of ‘H’ Company from Lieutenant McBride 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Crofton takes over duties of Assistant Adjutant from Captain Lewin 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Crofton promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Kidson takes over command of Cyclist section from Captain D’Arcy 6 April

1915

2nd Lieutenant N S B Kidson promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant E B F Faithfull promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J Tasker promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant D B Wallis promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J H R Dickson promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

Raphael Theodore Roussel from 13th (Service) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 6 April 1915

Sergeant Harre and 9 men left to join the 1st Battalion for duty with Transports. The draft was attached a draft of the Royal Munster Fusiliers 6 April 1915

5003 Company Sergeant Major Stevens to be Acting Sergeant Major 8 April 1915

6525 Company Sergeant Major Richards to be Acting Quarter Master Sergeant 8 April 1915

Herbert Edric Bevis, Paul Benjamin Roussel, and Charles Lawrence Fitzgerald to be 2nd Lieutenants, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 8 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant P B Roussel attached Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant (on probation) John J Kavanagh confirmed in his rank 8 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Reed reported his arrival 9 April 1915

Peter Dunstan Low, Valdemar Bertie Caroe, John Charles Diggory Morgan and Claude Summerscales to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation), 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 10 April 1915

Alfred Norman Tyte to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 11 April 1915

Charles Frederick Steventon to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 14 April 1915

Lieutenant McBride, 2nd Lieutenant O’Donoghue, 8270 Sergeant Deely and 6992 Sergeant Nolan to attend the 2nd Field Engineering Course under Major Cooke, Royal Engineers at Aghada 14 to 22 April 1915

John Arthur Plumpton, Charles Frederick Steventon Alfred Charles Hall and Basil Sidney Frederick Pickard to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 14 April 195

2nd Lieutenant B S F Pickard employed with 3rd Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Captain Von Stieglitz, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded on sick leave until 2 July 1915. 15 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant P B Roussell reported his arrival 15 April 1915

Lieutenant J Magner, 4th Royal Irish Regiment and Lieutenant J C Drew 4th Leinster Regiment to be attached to 3rd Battalion, The Connauaght Rangers 16 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Summerscales reported his arrival 17 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Charles A Brett to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 17 April 1915

2nd Lieutenants W Minch and H E Russell attend the 4th Young Officers Course at Cork 19 April 1915

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Rapheal T Roussel from the 13th (Service) Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 19 April 1915

A question was raised in the House of Commons concerning the death of 2nd Lieutenant L N Beater. The Under-Secretary of State for War was asked whether ‘2nd Lieutenant Beater, of the Connaught Rangers, who was buried at Cork on 15th March, 1915, died of septic poisoning caused by inoculation against typhoid at Kinsale; and whether he was inoculated two or three times during the course of his illness?’

The answer given was. ‘There are no grounds whatever for my hon. Friend's suggestion that this young officer's death was due to septic poisoning caused by inoculation against typhoid. He had not been so inoculated since his arrival in the command. He is reported to have died of septicaemia due to absorption from an abscess of the heel, and he received as treatment during his illness injections of antistrepto-coccus serum properly given.’ 20 April 1915

2nd Lieutenants S Taaffe, J H R Dickson, W B Walls, and T Tasker passed the 3rd Course at the Young Officers School of Instruction, Cork 20 April 1915

G,O, Commanding in Chief in Ireland, Major General L B Friend CB, inspected the battalion at Kinsale 21 April 1915

Charles Stanley Lawrence Harrington to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 21 April 1915

James Edward Harden late 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers to be Major 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 23 April 1915

2nd Lieutenants J A Plumpton, A C Hall, and P S F Pickard reported their arrival 24 April 1915

Martin Dillon O’Rouke to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 24 April 1915

Lieutenant Magner 4th Royal Irish Regiment rejoined his own unit 25 April

Lieutenant G B Lee (Platoon Officer), 2nd Lieutenants O H Acton, A J Kearney, G Robinson and P J McGlade with 5 Batmen arrived from 5th Battalion to be attached to 3rd Battalion. 29 April 1915

On Conducting duty with the draft of unfit men for 3rd Battalion plus one man on Field Punishment delivered to Victoria Barracks, Cork was Sergeant John McIlwain 29 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling died of wounds serving with 2nd Battalion 29 April 1915

Captain T R Brooke reported his arrival after service with the 2nd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment at the front 29 April 1915

Sergeant John McIlwain returned to Curragh after short stay at Kinsale 30 April 1915

Captain E G S Truell, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force in France 30 April 1915

Captain A W Blockley, Captain R D’Arcy and 2nd Lieutenant D A Greer proceeded to join the 1st Battalion with the Expeditionary Force in France 30 April 1915

4 Officers joined the British Expeditionary Force from the battalion during April 1915

MAY 1915

2nd Lieutenants E D Greeves, G C P R O’Donoghue and A O Lang Browne proceeded to join the 1st Battalion with the Expeditionary Force in France 1 May 1915

2nd Lieutenants N S B Kidson and W A Taaffe with 410 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 1st Battalion. Major A G Kemball 31st Punjabis and Lieutenant I Garvey proceeded as far as the Overseas Base as draft conducting Officers and returned as soon as duty completed. 2 May 1915

Captains E G S Truell, A W Brockley, and R D,Arcy, and 2nd Lieutenant D A Greer,

joined the 1st Battalion in Flanders 5 May 1915

Captain R D’Arcy later Mentioned in despatches.

Captain Moutray, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined from sick leave due to wounds received in action 7 May 1915

Edward Arthur Fitzherbert Goodfellow to be 2nd Lieutenant 7 May 1915

Attached Trench Mortar Batteries in France

2nd Lieutenants E D Greeves, N S B Kidson, and A O Lang Browne with a draft of 300 Other Ranks joined 1st Battalion in Flanders 8 May 1915

Captain M I M Campbell to be Major 8 May 1915

Attached to 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment

Lieutenant I H Garvey promoted Captain 8 May 1915

Attached Royal Irish Regiment

Lieutenant J J Kavanagh promoted Captain 8 May 1915

Awarded Military Cross. Mentioned in despatches

Lieutenant J D’Arcy promoted Captain 8 May 1915

Served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia in 1916, Mentioned in despatches

John Joseph Chevers re appointed Captain previously Captain 4th Battalion 8 May 1915

Captain J L Jackson 3rd Connaught Rangers & Royal Flying Corps was reported wounded 10 May 1915

110 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 1st Battalion conducted by an Officer from the Leinster Regiment 11 May 1915

Captain M I M Campbell attached 2nd Battalion Welch Regiment reported wounded 11 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant H H L Richards, 5th (Service) Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined for the Battalion duty 13 May 1915

Lieutenant G B Lee, 2nd Lieutenants Keerney, and O H Acton, of the 5th Battalion with

2nd Lieutenants A J H Bourke, T Tasker, D B Wallis, J H R Dickson, P B Roussell, and T C B Morgan of the 3rd Battalion proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force in France 13 May 1915

5036 Lance Corporal T Healy ‘A’ Company qualified (Distinguished) at the 6th Machine Gun Course held at the Command School of Musketry, Dublin 13 May 1915

Lieutenant D B Wallis attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers in France 14 May 1915

10846 Private Edward Cunningham arrived at Le Havre on route to 1st Battalion 15 May 1915

Lieutenant T W Cartmel, 5th (Service) Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined the Battalion for duty 17 May 1915

Hugh Charles Spencer Heath to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 18 May 1915

James Wallace Partridge Ex Cadet of OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 19 May 1915

‘B’ & ‘E’ Companies under the command of Captain W D O’Brien proceeded to Crosshaven on Detachment 20 May 1915

Wilfred Lewis Tolputt Cadet from OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 22 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant A J H Bourke attached Royal Munster Fusiliers reported wounded 23 May 1915

Captain J L Jackson appointed Flight Commander with Royal Flying Corps 25 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant R G W Callaghan joined the Battalion on first appointment from Sandhurst 25 May 1915

Draft of 1 Officer and 49 Other Ranks joined 1st Battalion in Flanders 28 May 1915

Major General Vesey J Dawson CVO, Inspector General of Infantry, inspected the battalion at Charles Fort, Kinsale and the Detachment at Crosshaven 28 May 1915

‘J’, ‘K’, and ‘L’ Companies formed. 29 May 1915

‘J’ Company all permanently unfit men of the battalion, less those employed.

‘K’ Company fit and temporarily unfit Expeditionary Force NCO’s and Men belonging to ‘A’, ‘B’, and ’C’ Companies.

‘L’ Company fit and temporarily unfit Expeditionary Force NCO’s and Men belonging to ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’, ‘G’, and ’H’ Companies.

2nd Lieutenants Henry Harvey Lyons, Frank Harry Bethell and E B F Fathfull confirmed in their rank 30 May 1915

Engagement announced of Captain M I M Campbell to Miss Elinor Scott 31 May 1915

A total of 15 Officers and 110 Other Ranks left Kinsale for the British Expeditionary Force during May 1915

JUNE 1915

John Francis Blake O’Sullivan late Inns of Court OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 2 June 1915

Lieutenant A S Beard, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined from sick leave due to wounds received in action 4 June 1915

2nd Lieutenant (on probation) Arthur John Henry Bourke confirmed in his rank 4 June 1915

Battalion moved from Kinsale to huts at Charles Fort, Summer Cove.7 June 1915

The Band of the battalion under Captain I Garvey proceeded to the West of Ireland on a recruiting tour 10 June 1915

Lieutenant W S Kidd, 6th Service Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers temporarily attached to the Battalion and proceeded to Rosslare on Detachment 14 June 1915

Brigadier General W F H Stafford CB, Commanding the Queenstown Garrison, inspected the battalion at Charles Fort 16 June 1915

Lieutenant E E Beatty, 2 Sergeants and 28 men, Machine Gun Section, 6th Service Battalion, The Connaught Rangers attached to the Battalion for a months Instruction 17 June 1915

Sidney Basil Minch to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 17 June 1915

G,O, Commanding in Chief in Ireland, Major General L B Friend CB, inspected the battalion at Kinsale 24 June 1915

2nd Lieutenant R H French joined the Battalion for duty as a Draft Conducting Officer 21 June 1915

George Andrew McDowell to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 26 June 1915

Served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia

2nd Lieutenant G Mortimer vice Lieutenant J W Cartmel-Robinson left the 5th Battalion at Basingstoke for the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale 28 June 1915

Strength of battalion 30 June 1915

Officers 58

Other Ranks 2476

JULY 1915

Fund was started in the battalion on behalf of the men of The Connaught Rangers who were prisoners of war in Germany 1 July 1915

James Desmond to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 3 July 1915

Private Patrick McCormack posted to 3rd Battalion 6 July 1915

2nd Lieutenants J Tasker and J H R Dickson joined the 1st Battalion 7 July 1915

Lieutenant J H R Dickson posted to 1st Battalion in France 7 July 1915

Lieutenant J H R Dickson wounded at Rue du Bois with 1st Battalion 12 July 1915

Major General Vesey J Dawson CVO, Inspector General of Infantry, inspected the battalion at Charles Fort 16 July 1915

5083 Private Anthony McGuigan, 3rd Battalion, Died at Home 16 July 1915

Cecil Claude Hamilton late OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 20 July 1915

Attached Royal Irish Regiment

Brigadier General R M Greenfield CB, inspected the Specialists of the battalion 21 July

1915

Superintendent of Gymnasia, Irish Command inspected recruits at Physical Training 21 July

1915

2nd Lieutenant Duncan Boyd Wallis attached 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers died of wounds on his 24th birthday in France 23 July1915

5/2982 Private Nathaniel George Mates was discharged as unfit for military duty with a 20 pound gratuity aged 56 from the 3rd Battalion, he had enlisted in the 5th Battalion 4 Nov 1914 23 July 1915

The Secretary of State for War was asked in the House of Commons ‘if his attention has been drawn to a case where 5/2982 Private Nathaniel George Mates was discharged with £20 gratuity (Paragraph 392 of King's Regulations Sub-para (xxv) His services being no longer required) from the 3rd Connaught Rangers on 23rd July, 1915, certified as unfit for further military service, suffering from a disease contracted while so serving; aged 56 years 9 months, if this man, who was in perfect health when accepted and at the time carrying on the business of a painting contractor at Dublin, has, since his discharge, owing to and arising from such disease, been quite unable to perform any class of work, has been refused either a pension or compensation, and not having other means of support, his sons being also serving, has been obliged to dispose of his stock in trade, together with his household effects, in order to provide food for his family, and is at present practically destitute; why this man has been made to suffer such indignity; and how it is proposed to deal with such cases having such injurious effect upon recruiting in Ireland?’

Captain J J Chevers relinquished his commission on account of ill health 24 July 1915

The Medical Officer with the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported in his War Diary that some of replacements sent out to the 1st Battalion had no teeth and found it impossible to eat ration biscuits 26 July 1915

AUGUST 1915

2nd Lieutenant J A Plumpton attached to the Divisional Cyclist Company 5 August 1915

Strength of the battalion 7 August 1915

Officers 67

Other Ranks 2857

4 Officers and 171 Other Ranks proceeded to Dublin to join the 1st Garrison Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment 10 August 1915

Lieutenant T H Crofton promoted Captain 10 August 1915

Lieutenant W P F Latham to be Captain, Recruiting Duties 10 August 1915

Employed War Office 1919

Edmund Foran to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 12 Aug 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins awarded 3 days Confined to Camp ‘Being absent from inspection’ 17 Aug 1914

Lieutenant F R S De La Cour proceeded to Dublin to join the 1st Garrison Battalion, The Royal Regiment 20 Aug 1915

Lieutenant F R S De La Cour promoted Captain 21 Aug 1915

Albert Edward Flynn and Cyril Seymour Hodges to be 2nd Lieutenants 3rd Battalion 24 Aug 1915

During August 6 Officers joined the British Expeditionary Force.

Draft of 100 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 5th (Service) Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, at the Dardanelles August 1915

SEPTEMBER 1915

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO, proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, to take command of a Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment 4 Sept 1915

Major A J Digan DSO, takes command of the 3rd Battalion 4 Sept 1915

Flight Commander J L Jackson Instructor at Central School, Royal Flying Corps 5 Sept 1915

Awarded Military Cross

Major A J Digan DSO promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 6 Sept 1915

Draft of 102 NCO’s and men from the 3rd Battalion and 100 from the 4th Battalion arrived during the night at 1am and paraded and inspected by the Commanding Officer at 8am and told off to companies at the 5th Battalion 7 Sept 1915

Strength of the battalion 8 Sept.1915

Officers 66

Other Ranks 2859

Draft of 52 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion in France September 1915

2 drafts totalling 7 Officers and 400 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 5th (Service) Battalion at the Dardanelles during September 1915

A draft of 35 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion in France 7 Sept 1915

A draft of 102 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at the Dardanelles 7 Sept 1915

This included Sergeant Dan Twohig placed in ‘D’ Company on arrival.

4267 Private William Buckley posted to 5th Battalion 10 Sept 1915

Corporal David Malcolm Frazer 7th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers to be 2nd Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 14 Sept 1915

Served with 7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Gallipoli, in ‘D’ and the Machine Gun Section of ‘B’ Company and acted as a range finder.

4187 Private Thomas Higgins posted to 3rd Battalion, ‘L’ Company from the Depot 21 Sept 1915

Large draft arrived at 5th Battalion 24 Sept 1915

Lieutenant F H Bethell killed in action attached to Royal Irish Regiment 25 Sept 1915

Charles W B Fitzgerald, William Acland Ussher, Gerald Aloysius Flood and Richard Francis Lenane to be 2nd Lieutenants, 3rd Battalion 25 Sept 1915

2nd Lieutenant W A Ussher served with 6th Battalion in France

2nd Lieutenant R F Leane attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

A draft of 350 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at the Dardanelles 25 Sept 1915

4715 Private Percy J Eatwell killed serving with the 1st Battalion 27 Sep 1915

The men who joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at the Dardanelles had shown a keenness to rival their comrades, but there was scarcity of good NCO’s which was fast becoming acute.

A draft of 17 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion in France 28 Sept 1915

OCTOBER 1915

A draft of 148 arrived at the 5th Battalion at Mudros 2 Oct 1915

4284 Private Patrick Farrell, 3rd Battalion joined 5th Battalion 2 Oct 1915

James Paumier Hamilton to be 2nd Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion 5 Oct 1915

Lieutenant R Delacombe restored to establishment of the 3rd Battalion 8 Oct 1915

Lieutenant F H Bethell reported missing in action while attached to 2nd Royal Irish Rifles 12 Oct 1915

Major General Vesey J Dawson CVO, Inspector General of Infantry, inspected the battalion at Charles Fort 13 Oct 1915

4507 Private R Gallagher died aged 44 at home, Bradford 14 Oct 1915

A draft of 276 Other Ranks commanded by 2nd Lieutenant D P J Kelly with 2nd Lieutenants G Robinson and H J Shanley joined the 5th (Service) Battalion in Salonika 15 Oct 1915

Head quarters and 4 companies moved into the barracks at Kinsale from the Charles Fort hutments 21 to 22 Oct 1915

Military Cross awarded to Captain J J Kavanagh of the 3rd Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion 20 Oct 1915

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 25 Sept 1915, when on special observation duty in a ‘crow’s nest’ in a very exposed building. From 6am onwards throughout the day, although under a very heavy fire, he continued to send in most valuable information. His post was struck by four direct hits but he only left it to put his orderlies under cover. He showed great nerve and determination.”

Draft of 13 Officers proceeded to join the BEF in France for duty with Trench Mortar batteries during October 1915

Draft of 50 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion in France during October 1915

Draft of 50 Other Ranks proceeded to the 5th (Service) Battalion during October 1915

Draft included 5867 Private Micheal Fuery who arrived at the 5th Battalion 5 Nov 1915

Arthur Patrick Royse Hains late Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 29 Oct 1915

Attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Leonard Davis to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 29 Oct 1915

Lionel George D’Arcy to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 29 Oct 1915

NOVEMBER 1915

Lieutenant N S B Kidson promoted Captain 1 Nov 1915

Appointed to Officer Cadet Battalion 1918

Brigadier General W F H Stafford CB, Commanding the Queenstown Garrison, inspected the battalion and presented the DCM to Lance Corporal Ivens and Private P O’Conner of the 3rd Battalion.

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2nd Lieutenant M Brennan seconded to Army Ordnance Department 12 Nov 1915

Superintendent of Gymnasia, Irish Command inspected the battalion 19 Nov 1915

Ulick Augustus Moore late Inns of Court OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant. 3rd Battalion 20 Nov 1915

A draft of 80 Other Ranks commanded by Lieutenant M J Fogarty joined the 5th (Service) Battalion 21 Nov 1915

Major General Vesey J Dawson CVO, Inspector General of Infantry, inspected the battalion 24 Nov 1915

DECEMBER 1915

Draft of 50 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion December 1915

Draft of 180 Other Ranks proceeded to the 5th (Service) Battalion December 1915

4 Officers joined the BEF in France for duty with the Trench Mortar batteries during December 1915..

Captain E T E Di C De B Wickham seconded for service with 1st Garrison Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2 Dec 1915

Large draft arrived at 5th Battalion at Dorian, many arrived very drunk on the local drink Koniak 4 Dec 1915

Draft of 90 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at Salonika bringing it up to full strength 18 Dec 1915

Two drafts of NCO’s and men who had been attached to the Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers, rejoined the 5th Battalion as these men wanted to return to Connaught Rangers and the Brigadier General commanding the 31st Brigade consented. All the men were Connaught Rangers from 3rd or 4th Battalions 19 Dec 1915

Draft of 29 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at Salonika 21 Dec 1915

John Yelverton Hadden from Royal Garrison Artillery Special Reserve appointed 2nd Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 22 Dec 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins fined ‘Found drunk in town at 10pm 24 Dec 1915

1916 to 1918

1916

JANUARY 1916

William Joseph Heneghan to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 1 Jan 1916

Draft of 88 men joined the 5th Battalion 16 Jan 1916

4715 Private Percy Joseph Eatwell reported killed on 2nd Times List 20 Jan 1916

Lieutenant E D Greeves wounded at Hanna 21 Jan 1916

5/1105 Quarter Master Sergeant John Heaney posted to the 3rd Battalion from the 4th Battalion as the Battalion Orderly Room Sergeant, having been invalided home from Alexandria serving as he Battalion Orderly Room Sergeant located at the 3rd Echelon, 31 Rue de Ramleh, Alexandria close to the Mustapha Barracks, for the 5th Battalion 26 Jan 1916

Major General Vesey J Dawson inspected the battalion at Kinsale 28 Jan 1916

He presented Sergeants P Murphy and Finnegan with the Order of St George, 4th Class, awarded to them for gallantry in action while attached to the 1st Battalion by the Russian Government.

2nd Lieutenant John Ross Moore gazetted into 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 29 Jan 1916

He previously served in The Honourable Artillery Company and was wounded August 1915

Attached 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

The 3rd Battalion was inspected by the Superintendent of Gymnasia, Irish Command 31 Jan 1916

A draft of 7 Officers and 400 Other Ranks proceeded to Mesopotamia for the 1st Battalion in January 1916

A draft of 60 Other Ranks proceeded to the 6th (Service) Battalion in France January 1916

FEBRUARY 1916

A draft of 2 Officers and 53 Other Ranks joined 5th (Service) Battalion 1 Feb 1916

5959 Company Sergeant Major Arthur Piper posted to 3rd Battalion from the Depot 4 Feb 1916

He previously had served with the 1st Battalion in France until wounded. Gun Shot Wound to the Abdomen 12 Sept 1915 and invalided home 25 Sept 1915

11 privates were transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers in Dublin 6 Feb 1916

A draft of 95 Other Ranks arrived in Mesopotamia for the 1st Battalion 6 Feb 1916

A draft of 30 men, were sent to the 6th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in France. Conducted to the Overseas Base by Lieutenant Colonel Bourke DSO 7 Feb 1916

2nd Lieutenant A O’H Bradshaw proceeded to join the 1st Battalion with the Expeditionary Force in the Persian Gulf 9 Feb 1916

Major O.F. Lloyd replaced by Lieutenant Thomas Cheadle as Adjutant of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers. Lieutenant T.A. Dillon, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers appointed Assistant Adjutant 14 Feb 1916

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Cheadle had been promoted Lieutenant in the field with the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in France after 18 years 34 days service in the ranks 1 Oct 1914. His 2 pips arrived in the field 23 Oct 1914

A draft of 50 were sent to the 6th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in France Conducted to the Overseas Base by Lieutenant Colonel Bourke DSO 15 Feb 1916

A draft of 3 Officers and 110 other ranks were sent to the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in Mesopotamia. This included Captain C J Hughes 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, Captain H M O’C Dwyer 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, and 2nd Lieutenant H C S Heath, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 15 Feb 1916

2nd Lieutenant W J Heneghan reported for duty on his first appointment 15 Feb 1916

A draft of 44 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion 18 Feb 1916

A draft of 1 Other Rank joined the 5th (Service) Battalion 20 Feb 1916

2nd Lieutenants E R Clarke, 10th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, R L Ooboue 14th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, and D L Louw 16th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers arrived from the School of Instruction at Moore Park for duty with the 3rd Battalion 21 Feb 1916

2nd Lieutenant E A F Goodfellow killed in action in France with the Trench Mortar Batteries 21 Feb 1916

Lieutenant S J Jackson, General Service List reported for duty 22 Feb 1916

2nd Lieutenants J P Monan, E H Huggard and J A V Kent of the 5th Connaught Rangers reported for duty 23 Feb 1916

On Sunday 27 Feb 1916 a recruiting meeting was held at Moycullen, County Galway, and the band of the Connaught Rangers was in attendance. A body of about 60 Sinn Fein Volunteers interrupted the meeting, and, though warned more than once by the few policemen who were present, insisted on marching through it. 27 Feb 1916

Captain R V Burke 2nd Connaught Rangers reported for duty 29 Feb 1916

1/9738 Private (Acting Corporal) Flynn awarded the Medaille Militaire by the French Government Feb 1916

MARCH 1916

2nd Lieutenant R T Roussel reported off sick leave due to wounds received with the British Expeditionary Force, France 2 March 1916

Lieutenant D P J Kelly joined the 5th (Service) Battalion 3 March 1916

2nd Lieutenants C Summerscales, L E Berkeley, and W A Collier with 375 Other Ranks joined 1st Battalion in the Persian Gulf 4 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant M J B Davy Suffolk Regiment transferred to 3rd Battalion 9 March 1916

2nd Lieutenants S P K H Reed, C F Steventon, and A E Tyte promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenants V B Caroe and C L Fitzgerald promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant C S L Harrington promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant P D Low promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant W J Minch promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant J C D Morgan promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

Instructional Duties, Ministry of Labour 1918

2nd Lieutenant P B Roussel promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant R T Roussel promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant C F Steventon promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant C Summerscales promoted to Lieutenant 10 March 1916

Inspector General of Infantry, Major General Vesey Dawson CVO inspected the battalion at Kinsale and Charles Fort 14 March 1916

Major F F I Kinsman, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers left to join the British Expeditionary Force for Staff duty 14 March 1916

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held at the Roman Catholic Church, in Kinsale. 1182 men were on parade, 45 Officers and 1137 other ranks 17 March 1916

Lieutenant H H Lyons Awarded Regular commission as Lieutenant 17 March 1916

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO appointed Temporary Brigadier General in the Near East 22 March 1915

A draft consisting of 70 men were sent to the 6th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in France. Conducted to the Overseas Base by Lieutenant Colonel Bourke DSO 22 March 1916

4187 Private Thomas Higgins died of wounds with 1st Battalion 22 March 1916

The draft of 70 men arrived at the 6th Battalion at Allouagne France 24 March 1916

It included 7072 Lance Sergeant John Murphy from Athlone

Sergeant Hugh Hannawin and Corporal Ernest West passed ‘Distinguished’ at the 18th Rifle Course at the Command School of Musketry, Dublin 25 March 1916

2nd Lieutenants A O’Hara Bradshaw, and C F Steventon joined the 1st Battalion in the Persian Gulf 27 March 1916

2nd Lieutenant A O’Hara Bradshaw retired later in 1916

Death of Colonel William Raymond Inglis at Seaford Esssex while commanding the 3rd Royal Fusiliers, who had commanded the 3rd Battalion before the war 29 March 1916

Captain Betts, Superintendent of Gymnasia Irish Command inspected the battalion at Kinsale and Charles Fort 30 March 1916

APRIL 1916

A draft of 38 Other Ranks joined the 5th (Service) Battalion 1April 1916

Captain R D’Arcy resigned his commission on account of ill health 9 April 1916

3/7035 Private James Devlin transferred to ‘E’ Company 3rd Battalion 10 April 1916

7828 Lance Corporal James O'Neill died at Kinsale aged 30 15 April 1916

Lieutenant J H T Brabazon reported missing in action while with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 18 April 1916

3845 Private Michael Dever killed in action with the 1st Battalion 18 April 1916

2nd Lieutenant L E Berkeley wounded while with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia at Beit Aiessa 18 April 1916

Draft of 3 Officers and 50 Other Ranks from Kinsale arrived at the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 23 April 1916

6 Officers proceeded to 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia during April 1916

7136 Sergeant C Leeson while on leave reported to 2nd Lieutenant J Kearmis, Royal Irish Regiment.

Commanding The Telephone Exchange Guard in Dublin.25 April 1916

Remained with this unit until 3 May 1916

409 Sergeant J J Barror while on leave reported to Lieutenant Colonel L.G. Esmonde, Commanding 10th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers at the Royal Barracks in Dublin 26 April 1916

He remained with this unit working directly for 2nd Lieutenant W J Clarke, 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers until 8 May 1918

Mobile Column No.1 26 Officers and 558 other ranks left by route march for Crosshaven “to relieve Enniscorthy”. A rebel seizure of the Enniscorthy railway station had been reported. 11:30 pm 25 April 1916

It was made up of the Head Quarters Company and 4 Companies.

Lieutenant Colonel A J Digan DSO, Commanding

Major H M Hutchinson DSO

Lieutenant T Cheadle Adjutant

Captain A G Moutray Commanding No.4 Company

Captain I H Garvey Commanding No.2 Company

Captain J J Kavanagh Commanding No.3 Company

Captain J Tasker Commanding No.1 Company

Lieutenant H M Swifte Transport Officer

Lieutenant P Mc Bride Supply Officer

Lieutenant C A Brett Machine Gun Officer

2nd Lieutenant W Minch Signalling Officer

2nd Lieutenant S P Reed

2nd Lieutenant R T Roussel

2nd Lieutenant P D Low

2nd Lieutenant W L Tolputt

2nd Lieutenant J A Sheridan

2nd Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan

2nd Lieutenant S B Minch

2nd Lieutenant G A McDowell

2nd Lieutenant J F Desmond

2nd Lieutenant J M Forbes

2nd Lieutenant C W B Fitzgerald

Captain J D’Arcy joined the Column 29 April 1916

2nd Lieutenant L G D’Arcy joined Column 29 April 1916

Below were attached to the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, and served with the Column

Captain C B Pearson RAMC Medical Officer

2nd Lieutenant E R Clarke 10th East Surrey Regiment

2nd Lieutenant R L Osborne 14th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant D L Lowns 16th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Proceeded to the Fota Estate via Queenstown and encamped on Lord Barrymore’s demense. 1 section of Royal Field Artillery were attached to the Column 26 April 1916

Reports that the rebels were ‘holding Enniscorthy and 3 miles round and they had blown up railway bridges north and south of the town’, also that 900 rebels were ‘moving from Gorey towards Arklow’.

A party of 300 men based around a company of the 2/5th Sherwood Foresters under Captain Rickman had marched to Arklow to the north of Gorey from Kingstown in order to secure the arsenal and armaments factory there. 26 April 1916

Column No.1 was strengthened by 2 Officers and 12 other ranks of the Royal Engineers and one 4.7” gun and complement of the Royal Garrison Artillery, as a show of force. 27 to 28 April 1916

Queenstown, Cobh was military headquarters for the Cork area. General Stafford, Royal Engineers was in command.

100 Royal Marines dispatched from Queenstown had arrived at Galway. Killarney was reported to be ‘disturbed’, and there was a reported ‘an attack on Clonmel’. 27 April 1916

The Column entrained for Wexford. The Irish rebels had taken over the town of Enniscorthy. They had occupied the Athenaeum in Castle Street, and the tricolour flag flown. 29 April 1916

50 rebels left Enniscorthy for Dublin, reached Ferns and then ran into a train containing a few soldiers at Camolin and thinking they were an advance guard from Arklow they retreated back to Enniscorthy 29/30 April 1916

The Column arrived at Wexford and encamped outside the town. Detachment of 70 cavalry other ranks of the South Irish Horse under Lieutenant Colonel Lord Wicklow, a half composite battalion of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers under Major Willington, and a detachment of the Young Officers Company were attached to the Column 30 April 1916

MAY 1916

The Column marched to Killurin the concentration point for the attack on Enniscorthy. The rebels had meanwhile surrendered at the old uprising Battle Site at Vinegar Hill and the town was reached at 3 pm where the column went into camp on the Show Grounds. Captain C D O,Brien-Butler Adjutant 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment took over the duties of Staff Captain to the column. 1 May 1916

The rebels had held out until 2 rebel representatives had gone to Dublin, conducted by Colonel Frech the local military commander to get confirmation of the surrender order direct from Pearse.

2 Officers and 50 other ranks of the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers acting in conjunction with the Royal Irish Constabulary under District Inspector H R Heggart arrested 56 prominent rebels in the town 2 May 1916

The surrounding countryside was patrolled in all directions 3 May 1916

The Garrison commander at Queenstown was informed, “now that the rebellion in Dublin and elsewhere has been crushed the GOC-in-C intends to arrest all dangerous Sinn Feiner’s”. 3 May 1916

In the southern area placed under the Queenstown commander, ‘small columns consisting of Infantry and Mounted Troops should be sent to various Centres and gradually the whole district worked through’, in co-operation with the police.

Two Companies’s consisting of 250 men under the command of Major H M Hutchinson, proceeded onto Ferns 4 May 1916

They reached Gorey and encamped in the grounds of Sir George Errington’s residence 5 May 1916

Whole force returned to Enniscorthy 8 May 1916

The column left for New Ross 9 May 1916

118 rebels were arrested at Enniscorthy and a small quantity of rifles, shot guns and other arms were handed in. 1-9 May 1916

New Ross was searched 9 May 1916

Waterford was searched 10 May 1916

The standard cordon and search technique was used ‘a sudden encircling of an area by the cavalry, while the infantry systematically drives the enclosed area section by section’.

The Column left for Dungarvan remaining for one night at Kilmacthomas 12 May 1916

The Column arrived at Dungarvan 13 May 1916

The Royal Irish Constabulary in all the towns were adverse to any further arrests being made or a house to house search for arms as the majority of the people were not in sympathy with the Sinn Fein movement.

The Column left Dungarvan and spent the night camped at Ballymacarberry 15 May 1916

The Column reached Clonmel 16 May 1916

A search at Clonmel resulted in capture of 3 Winchester 303 rifles and 8 persons were arrested.

The Column was dispersed with the various detachments rejoining their units. 20 May 1916

4 Officers and 100 other ranks of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers under Captain I H Garvey left at Clonmel to strengthen the garrison there and rejoined the Battalion some days later.

No. 3 Mobile Column was formed with 20 Officers and 350 other ranks on 6 May 1916

It was made up of 3 Companies.

Major O F Lloyd Commanding the Column

Captain F M S Gidson Adjutant

Captain N S B Kidson Commanding No.1 Company

Lieutenant L C Badham Supply Officer

Lieutenant J H R Dickson Commanding No.2 Company

2nd Lieutenant M D O’Rorke Commanding No.3 Company

2nd Lieutenant M J B Davey

2nd Lieutenant R H French

2nd Lieutenant F K Cummins

2nd Lieutenant W A Ussher Transport Officer

2nd Lieutenant R F Lenane

2nd Lieutenant E H Huggard

2nd Lieutenant F W S Jourdain Signalling Officer

2nd Lieutenant A Ribbons

Lieutenant B P Young RAMC Medical Officer

40 Officers and men of 2/4th London Regiment (London Scottish)

2nd Lieutenants W Hamilton and A Ribbons joined the column at Bandon 9 May 1916

The Garrison commander at Queenstown was informed, “now that the rebellion in Dublin and elsewhere has been crushed the GOC-in-C intends to arrest all dangerous Sinn Feiners”. 3 May 1916

The Column proceeded with 1 machine gun to Bandon, the point of assembly for the Column. Here they were joined y 2 Officers and 50 other ranks on detachment duty there and 4 Officers and 100 other ranks of the 2/4th London Regiment (London Scottish) with 2 Lewis guns. 6 May 1916

The Column remained at Bandon until 11 May 1916

During this time raids were made on houses of suspected persons resulting in the capture of 23 rebels and a number of shotguns and pikes as well as a quantity of equipment and blasting powder.

The Column proceeded to Clonakilty where the London Scottish Company left for Rosslare. Raids in this district resulted in the capture of 10 rebels and various articles of equipment 11 May 1916

The Column moved to Rosscarbery where they were joined by 2 Officers and 39 other ranks of the South Irish Horse and 1 Gun and complement of the Royal Field Artillery 15 May 1916

The Column marched to Skibbereen 16 May 1916

Raids made in Skibbereen and the surrounding district resulted in the capture of 3 rebels, a quantity of Sinn Fein Literature, 1 rifle, 2 shotguns, 1 revolver and a small supply of ammunition.

The Column moved to Bantry via Ballydehob and remained one day 22 May 1916

Bantry was reached 24 May 1916

Police did not require any arrests to be made at Bantry. Full disarmament could only be achieved by house to house searches, which seem to have been ruled out on quasi-political grounds that, they would ‘exasperate the populace’.

The details from South Irish Horse and Royal Field Artillery proceeded to rejoin their units 26 May 1916

The Column returned to Kinsale 27 May 1916

HEADQUARTERS

Mobile Column No.1 left for Crosshaven. Lieutenant Colonel A J Digan, DSO, Commanding 11:30 pm 25 April 1916.

John Heaney would have most likely remained with the Headquarters.

The Garrison Commander at Queenstown was reinforced from England by one battalion of the 179th Brigade, 60th Division, a battalion of the Royal Marines, and later by the rest of the 179th Brigade. 30 April 1916

A draft of 30 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 2 May 1916

Rebel leaders in Cork arrested 2 May 1916

Rebel supply of rifles in Cork seized during the evening 3 May 1916

The Garrison commander at Queenstown was informed, “now that the rebellion in Dublin and elsewhere has been crushed the GOC-in-C intends to arrest all dangerous Sinn Feiners”. 3 May 1916

2nd Lieutenant H E Bevis and 25 other ranks left the Headquarters for Waterville to reinforce the detachment there. They returned to the Headquarters 3 May 1916

Mobile Column No.3 proceeded to Bandon. Major O F Lloyd, Commanding 6 May 1916

2nd Lieutenants R H French and U A Moore with 50 other ranks proceeded to Bandon where they captured 7 rebels, some rifles, as well as a quantity of ammunition and equipment. They were absorbed into the No.3 Column 6 May 1916

Lieutenant L C Badham, with 30 other ranks operating from the Headquarters made 2 raids on houses of suspected persons in the Kinsale district on 4 and 5 May 1916. 11 rebels were arrested and 2 Lee Enfield rifles, 5 shot guns and a quantity of ammunition and equipment seized.

One of the rebels Thomas Kent was executed in Cork, after being convicted of killing a policeman. 9 May 1916

A draft of 26 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 10 May 1916

At Temple Creedy 3/7035 Private James Devlin 14 days Confined to Barracks ‘Overstaying pass from 6 to 9 May 1916 apprehended by R.I.C. at Ballyfeard at 6pm 9 May’ 11 May 1916

Witnesses Sergeant O’Keeffe and Corporal Kelly. Awarded by Major Harvey, Royal Garrison Artillery

The detachment at Crosshaven moved to Kinsale and the 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers took over from them. 6 Officers and B, E and K Companies arrived at Charles Fort, 22 May 1916

A redistribution of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers companies took place at Kinsale 24 May 1916

In Barracks Kinsale: C, D, H, K, and L Companies

In Charles Fort: A, B, E, F, G and J Companies

There was a decrease in strength of the Battalion, with a resulting reduction in number of companies.

A draft of 14 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 25 May 1916

J Company was disbanded 30 June 1916

K Company was disbanded 29 July 1916

L Company was disbanded 25 Aug 1916

Inspection off the Battalion at Kinsale and Charles Fort by Brigadier General A J Chapman CB CMG Inspector General of Infantry 30 May 1916

JUNE 1916

A draft of 18 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 1st June 1916

Draft of 30 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 2nd June 1916

Captain J J Kavanagh, Lieutenant H M Swifte, 2nd Lieutenants L G D’Arcy, J F B O’Sullivan, C W B FitzGerald, M J B Davy and U A Moore joined the 6th Battalion in France 3rd June 1916

2nd Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan acted as Intelligence Officer with the 6th Battalion

Draft of 10 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 4 June 1916

3/7035 Private James Devlin loss of 10 days pay ‘Being drunk and causing a disturbance in town on 3 June 1916 at Kinsale.’ 5 June 1916

Witnesses Sergeant Dovl, Corporal Fitzpatrick, Sergeant Walsh. Major J E Harden

2nd Lieutenant C E E Bagot, A E Hall, and C L Fitzgerald seconded for service with Trench Mortar Batteries 7 June 1916

2nd Lieutenant C E E Bagot awarded Military Cross and Despatches twice.

Temporary Major W D O’Brien attached to 20th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment died of wounds 7 June 1916

A draft of 100 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 15 June 1916

2nd Lieutenant E R Clarke 10th Battalion East Surrey Regiment transferred to 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 16 June 1916

With seniority dated 14 Aug 1915. Later Awarded Military Cross

2nd Lieutenant P B Roussel and Lieutenant A N Tyte joined the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 17 June 1916

3/7203 Private John Twohig enlisted into 3rd Battalion 22 June 1916

2nd Lieutenant H E Bevis joined the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 24 June 1916

Captain F M S Gibson seconded for duty with the Machine Gun Corps 26 June 1916

5/1301 Sergeant Michael Wynee posted to the 3rd Battalion from the Depot. 27 June 1916

A draft of 8 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 30 June 1916

JULY 1916

Private Patrick McCormack posted to the 4th Battalion 1 July 1916

Lieutenant C S L Harrington joined the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 6 July 1916

Arthur Campbell Turner late OTC, to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 7 July 1916

Attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant J R Moore proceeded on attachment to 7th Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers France July 1916

Major General B C Doran CB presented the Distinguished Conduct Medal to three Other Ranks and the French Medaille Militaire to Corporal T Flynn 17 July 1916

2nd Lieutenants F K Cummins and D L Louw, with a 50 man detachment proceeded to Macroom 18 July 1916

Captain G E de Staepoole took over command of the detachment at Macroom when 2nd Lieutenant DL Louw returned to Kinsale. 18 July 1916

Lieutenant J H R Dickson, 2nd Lieutenants B T Utley and S B Minch joined 6th Battalion in France 19 July 1916

Lieutenant S B Minch as the Physical and Bayonet Training Supervising Officer

3/6887 Private Michael Glancy posted to 16th Infantry Base Depot 24 July 1916

3/7612 Private Joseph Glavey posted to the 3rd Battalion 25 July 1916

2nd Lieutenant C Summerscales died of enteric fever at Basrah with the 1st Battalion 25 July 1916

A draft of 15 NCO’s joined 6th Battalion in France 28 July 1916

A draft of 28 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 30 July 1916

AUGUST 1916

8795 Bandsman John F J Gilkes died at Kinsale 6 Aug 1916

The whole detachment returned from Macroom to the Head Quarters 10 Aug 1916

3/7612 Private Joseph Glavey admonished for quitting the ranks without permission. Witness Sergeant Byron 11 August 1916

News arrived at the Battalion that 2nd Lieutenant Brabazon was a prisoner of war held at Baghdad. He previously had been reported as missing in action. 22 August 1916

A draft of 96 Other Ranks arrived at the 6th (Service) Battalion in France 25 August 1916

A draft of 48 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 28 August 1916

Lieutenant P D Low with draft of 134 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion 30 August 1916

Draft of 43 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion 31 August 1916

Lieutenant T A Dillon ceased to hold the position of Assistant Adjutant with the 3rd Battalion and moved back to 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 31 August 1916

3/7693 Private John Burns joined 3rd Battalion

SEPTEMBER 1916

Henry Robert Stopford Law to be Temporary Captain (unpaid) 2 Sept 1916

Served in Singapore at outbreak of War. DAA & QMG

Major M I M Campbell MC died of wounds received 3 Sept 1916 when serving with the 6th Battalion at the taking of Guillemont 4 Sept 1916

He had been awarded the Military Cross

Michael O’Loughlin to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 5 Sept 1916

Served with 6th Battalion in France

Henry Fitzroy Cardwell to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 5 Sept 1916

Served with 6th Battalion in France,

5/1301 Sergeant Michael Wynee, placed under arrest awaiting trail 6 Sept 1916

3/7612 Private Joseph Glavey confined to barracks for 7 days at Charles Fort and forfeits 2 days pay ‘Overstaying his furlough by 24 hours’ 9 Sept 1916

2nd Lieutenant J R Moore attached 7th Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers killed in action France 9 Sept 1916

2nd Lieutenant H Maguire attached 7th Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers killed in action France 9 Sept 1916

Shot in the chest by machine gun fire while attacking enemy trench.

Lieutenant Roussel promoted to Captain 12 Sept 1916

Served with 6th Battalion in France 1917 to 1918

Lieutenant J H R Dickson promoted to Captain 12 Sept 1916

Attached 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment,

Lieutenant C L Fitzgerald promoted to Captain 12 Sept 1916

Mentioned in despatches. Employed Instructor, School of Instruction 1918

Attached 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Lieutenant P D Low promoted to Captain 12 Sept 1916

Mentioned in despatches. Awarded OBE

5/1301 Sergeant Michael Wynee Tried by General Court Martial. Sentenced to be reduced to the rank of Corporal. ‘While on active service absenting himself without leave.’ 13 Sept 1916

Confirmed and Signed at Cork by Major B Doran Commanding Southern District 14 Sept 1916

5/1301 Corporal Michael Wynee returned to duty 14 Sept 1916

A draft of 74 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 14 Sept 1916

Promotion from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant for A O’H Bradshaw, P B Roussel, C Summerscales (deceased), A N Tyte, C F Steventon, and C S L Harrington all serving with the 1st Battalion 22 Sept 1916

A draft of 20 Other Ranks arrived at the 6th (Service) Battalion 22 Sept 1916

12 Officers joined the 6th (Service) Battalion 23 Sept 1916

A draft of 1 Officer and 42 Other Ranks arrived at the 6th (Service) Battalion 29 Sept 1916

1 Officer joined the 6th (Service) Battalion 30 Sept 1916

Following the terrible losses inflicted on the 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers at Guillemont and Ginchy in September 1916, large drafts of recruits were dispatched to Flanders to replenish the Battalion when it was moved into the Kemmel sector south of Ypres in the autumn of 1916. Among the newly arrived soldiers were a considerable number of men, still in their teens,

OCTOBER 1916

Irish recruiting was virtually at a standstill by Oct 1916.

A draft of 32 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 1 Oct 1916

A draft of 8 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 8 Oct 1916

Major J E Harden, Captains T H Crofton and J Tasker joined the 6th (Service) Battalion 9 Oct 1916

Captain T H Crofton later temporarily attached to Trench Mortar Batteries

2nd Lieutenant W E Carnaghan with draft of 11 Other Ranks joined the 6th (Service) Battalion 11 Oct 1916

Private T Hughes previously with the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers awarded the Victoria Cross 26 Oct 1916

‘For most conspicuous bravery and determination. He was wounded in an attack, but returned at once to the firing line after having his wounds dressed. Later, seeing a hostile machine gun, he dashed out in front of his company, shot the gunner, and single handed captured the gun. Though again wounded, he brought back 3 or 4 prisoners.’ 3 Sept 1916

5/1105 John Heaney was confirmed in the rank of Colour Sergeant, Army Order 22028/1916 26 Oct 1916

Lieutenant C A Brett and 2nd Lieutenant R H French joined the 6th Battalion in France 26 Oct 1916

2nd Lieutenant C W B Fitzgerald to be Acting Captain 26 Oct 1916

2nd Lieutenant L G D’Arcy seconded for service with Royal Flying Corps 27 Oct 1916

During October 8 Officers and 87 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia, 5 Other Ranks to the 5th Battalion at Salonika, and 6 Officers to the British Expeditionary Force France.

NOVEMBER 1916

Army List 31 October 1916

Colonel K Lewin, A.C., C.M.G. DSO, (temporary Brigadier-General)

Major Digan, A. J., D.S.O., (temporary Lieutenant.-Colonel Commanding Battalion)

Major Bowlby, C. W.

Major Harden, J. E.

Captain Tighe,T.

Captain Clifford, T. R. B.

Captain Blockley,A.W. attached Royal Munster Fusiliers

Captain King,W.H.

Captain Whyte, A.W.P.T

Captain Stacpoole, G.E.

Captain Lambert, W.P.

Captain Jackson, J.L

Captain Gibson, F. M. S

Captain Garvey, I H.

Captain Kavanagh, J.J. MC Attached 6th Battalion

Captain D'Arcy, J. 1

Captain Tasker,J.

Captain Crofton, T. H.

Captain Gibson, N.S.B.

Captain Dickson,J.H.R Attached 6th Battalion

Captain Roussel, P.B.

Captain Roussel, R.T Attached 1st Battalion

Captain Fitzgerald C.L.

Captain Low, P.D.

Lieutenant Bethel F.H.

Lieutenant Faithrull, F.B.H. Attached Royal Irish Regiment

Lieutenant Greeves.K D.

Lieutenant Delacombe, R. Attached Depot Royal Fusiliers

Lieutenant Bourke,A.J.H.

Lieutenant Brett. C,A.

Lieutenant Bagot C. E. K.

Lieutenant Bradshaw.A.O'H.

Lieutenant Minch, W.

Lieutenant Reed.S.P K J H

Lieutenant Caroe, V. B.

Lieutenant Morgan, J. G. D.

Lieutenant Tyte,A.N.

Lieutenant Steventon, C.F.

Lieutenant Harrington, C. S. L.

2nd Lieutenant Russell,A.H E.

2nd Lieutenant Bevis, H. E.

2nd Lieutenant Hall, A. C

2nd Lieutenant Pickard B S.F.

2nd Lieutenant Plumpton J A

2nd Lieutenant O'Rorke,M.D.

2nd Lieutenant Heath, H. C. S.

2nd Lieutenant Partridge, J.W.

2nd Lieutenant Collier, W. A.

2nd Lieutenant Tolputt,W.L.

2nd Lieutenant Davy,M.J.B.

2nd Lieutenant O'Sullivan, J.F.B. Attached 6th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant Minch,S.B. Attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Attached 6th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant McDowell, G A.

2nd Lieutenant Berkeley, L.E.

2nd Lieutenant Desmond, J. F. Attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant French, R.H.

2nd Lieutenant Hamilton, C.C.

2nd Lieutenant Hamllton,W. Attached.Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Foran , E .

2nd Lieutenant Brennan, M.

2nd Lieutenant Clarke, E.R.

2nd Lieutenant Flynn,A.E.

2nd Lieutenant Hodges C S .

2nd Lieutenant Fraser, D. M.

2nd Lieutenant Forbes, J. M.

2nd Lieutenant Fraser, D. M.

2nd Lieutenant Ussher.W.A. Attached 6th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant FltzGerald, C.W. B. Attached 6th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant Best,W.R.P.

2nd Lieutenant Flood, G. A.

2nd Lieutenant Lenane, R. F. Attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Hamilton, J. P.

2nd Lieutenant Louw.D.L.

2nd Lieutenant Hains,A.P.R.

2nd Lieutenant Davis, L.

2nd Lieutenant D'Arcy, L. G. Attached 6th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant Moore, U. A. Attached 6th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant Heneghan, W J

2nd Lieutenant Turner A C Attached Royal Inniskilling Fusilers

2nd Lieutenant Cardwell H F Attached 6th Battalion

Adjutant Lieutenant Cheadle,T.

Quarter-Master. Rafferty. J., Honoury Captain.

Attached Lieutenant Colonel Kemball, A G Colonel 31 Punjabis

2nd Lieutenant J W Partridge resigned his commission on obtaining cadetship at the Royal Military College 9 Nov 1916

A draft of 4 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 18 Nov 1916

A draft of 30 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 19 Nov 1916

A draft of 70 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion at Salonika 25 Nov 1916

This draft included 3/7612 Private Joseph Glavey

During November 51 Other Ranks were drafted to the 6th Battalion in France, 44 Other Ranks to the 5th Battalion at Salonika, and 20 Other Ranks proceeded to India.

DECEMBER 1916

First part of a draft of 33 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion on 1 Dec 1916

During December a draft of 6 Officers and 127 Other Ranks proceeded to the 6th Battalion in France, and a draft of 1 Officer and 16 Other Ranks to the 5th Battalion at Salonika.

Lieutenant S P K H Reed, 2nd Lieutenants A E Flynn and S B Minch joined the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 2 Dec 1916

Second part of a draft of 33 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion on 7 Dec 1916

3/7035 Private James Devlin sentenced to 1 year detention and £2.4.0 Stoppages ‘Desertion and losing his equipment’ by a District Court Martial 8 Dec 1916

172 days remitted later by the G O C Southern District

5959 Company Sergeant Major A Piper qualified as an Instructor at the Command School of Musketry, Dublin 9 Dec 1916

3/7203 Private John Twohig discharged due to sickness 10 Dec 1916

A draft of 74 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 14 Dec 1916

Captains I H Garvey and N S B Kidson, and 2nd Lieutenants G E Maguire, and A H E Russell joined the 6th Battalion in France 25 Dec 1916

18 Other Ranks were transferred to the 3rd Garrison Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles 27 Dec 1916

This draft included 5/1301 Corporal Michael Wynee.

Captain I H Garvey joined 6th Battalion in France 30 Dec 1916

1917

JANUARY 1917

During January 1917 25 Other Ranks were drafted to the British Expeditionary Force France, 69 Other Ranks to the 5th Battalion at Salonika, and 41 Other Ranks to India.

3/7693 Private John Burns posted to the Base Depot in France, (he later joined 6th Battalion) 3 Jan 1917

Captain F M S Gibson to be Temporary Captain, The Connaught Rangers and subsequently served with Machine Gun Corps 4 Jan 1917

Draft arrived at 5th Battalion at Salonika commanded by 2nd Lieutenant Michael O’Leary VC 11 Jan 1917

A draft of 57 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 16 Jan 1917

Lieutenant & Adjutant T Cheadle promoted Captain 16 Jan 1917

Lieutenant E B F Faithfull promoted Captain 16 Jan 1917

Lieutenant W H Rees promoted Captain 16 Jan 1917

FEBRUARY 1917

2nd Lieutenant John Dermot MacSherry gazetted to the 3rd Battalion late "E" Company,

No. 6 Officers Cadet Battalion at Balliol College, and the Oxford and Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Feb 1917

During February 1917 19 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia, 1 Officer and 34 Other Ranks to the 6th Battalion in France, and 22 Other Ranks to India,

70 Other Ranks transferred to the Labour Company of the 2nd Garrison Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment 2 Feb 1917

This included 3/7627 Private John Heaney, (Royal Irish Regiment no 565)

2nd Lieutenant H F Cardwell severely wounded with 6th Battalion in France 19 Feb 1917

Awarded Military Cross

Captain I H Garvey, MC attached to 6th Battalion died of wounds in France 20 Feb 1917

Awarded Military Cross

50 Other Ranks transferred to the 1st Garrison Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry 24 Feb 1917

MARCH 1917

Philip Eyre Tennant to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 1 March 1917

2nd Lieutenant W L Tolputt appointed 2nd Lieutenant, The Connaught Rangers 1 March 1917

Served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and Palestine. Awarded Military Cross.

Frederick Hubert Sheaffe Searight to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 1 March 1917

Served with 6th Battalion in France

2nd Lieutenant D J MacSherry attached to the 6th Battalion in France 13 March 1917

He spent a week in a base camp and then three weeks in the Divisional School before finally proceeding to join the 6th Battalion.

A question was asked in the House of Commons ‘whether Daniel Kennedy, a lad under fifteen, improperly induced to enlist, and now in Mullingar military barracks, will be sent home to his mother forthwith?’ The answer given was ‘that instructions have been issued for the release of this lad as a special case. I am inquiring as to the hon. Member's suggestion that he was improperly induced to enlist.’

Also ‘11265 Private William Murphy, his baptismal certificate had been sent to the military authorities at Cork, but had not been returned, will be sent home to his parents forthwith?’

2nd Lieutenant H C S Heath seconded for service with Indian Army 16 March 1917

Captain A W P T Whyte took over command from Captain N S Kidson of ‘D’ Company 21 March 1917

During March 5 Officers and 78 Other Ranks left to join the British Expeditionary Force in France, and 89 Other Ranks transferred to Garrison Battalions of The Royal Irish Regiment and the Durham Light Infantry.

2nd Lieutenant William Henry Good was appointed to a commission as 2nd Lieutenant from No.2 Officer Cadet Battalion Training College, Pembroke, Cambridge with the Connaught Rangers, posted to the 3rd battalion attached to the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 87th Brigade, 29th Division. March 1917

He had previously served as a Lance Sergeant in the South Irish Horse.

The Battalion strength 31 March 1917

Officers 39

WOI 3

WOII 8

Sergeants 56

Corporals 49

Rank and file 558

Total strength 710

APRIL 1917

Captain C F Underhill Faithorne took over command from Major R J Tamplin DSO, of ‘A’ Company 1 April 1917

The Battalion strength 3 April 1917

Officers 39

WOI 3

WOII 8

Sergeants 56

Corporals 49

Rank and file 558

Total strength 713

Lieutenant A J H Bourke promoted to Captain but not to carry pay and allowances of that rank prior to 1 July 1917, 6 April 1917

2nd Lieutenant W J Heneghan joined the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 22 April 1917

William Norman Abbott to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 26 April 1917

Attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

James Vincent Quinn to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 27 April 1917

During April 25 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and 6 Officers and 42 Other Ranks to the British Expeditionary Force France, also 1 Officer proceeded to India.

MAY 1917

2nd Lieutenant M D O’Rorke joined 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 21 May 1917

5416 Private Edmund Drudy died at home, Cashel, Co. Tipperary 22 May 1917

Lieutenant C S L Harrington attached 1st Battalion died 27 May 1917

The Battalion strength 31 May 1917

Officers 41

WOI 3

WOII 8

Sergeants 55

Corporals 41

Rank and file 504

Total strength 652

During May 1917 2 Officers and 62 Other Ranks proceeded to the British Expeditionary Force France.

JUNE 1917

During June 1917 13 Officers and 85 Other Ranks joined the British Expeditionary Force France.

Major J E Harden appointed Adjutant to the 27th Labour Group 4 June 1917

Mentioned in despatches

2nd Lieutenant D J MacSherry killed in action with the 6th Battalion near Kemmel, France 4 June 1917

He was hit by shrapnel from an exploding shell and killed returning from a trench raid

Lieutenant V B Caroe seconded for service with Trench Mortar Batteries 7 June 1917

6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain posted to the 3rd Battalion from the Regimental Depot. 9 June 1917

He previously had served as the Orderly Room Sergeant with the 5th Battalion 14 Sept 1916 to 25 Feb1917 He had contracted Malaria in Jan 1917 and had been invalided Home.

Reported to Captain & Adjutant Thomas Cheadle

Posted to ‘H’ Company where the Company Sergeant Major was 5959 Company Sergeant Major Arthur Piper.

6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain to be Acting Quarter Master of ‘D’ Company while Company Quarter Master Jim Croy goes on leave. The Company Sergeant Major Considine was the Company Sergeant Major of ‘D’ Company 11 June 1917

Captain R T Roussell joined 6th Battalion in France 15 June 1917

6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain performs the duties of the Battalion Orderly Sergeant alongside the Battalion Sergeant Major Stevens17 June 1917

2nd Lieutenant J M Forbes joined 6th Battalion in France 17 June 1917

Captain A J H Bourke seconded for service with Indian Army 23 June 1917

Served on the Frontier of India and Afghanistan 1919, and in Waziristan 1919-20

Church parade for Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Friday 29 June 1917

6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain employed in Orderly Room, indexing Southern Irish District Orders 29 June 1917

The Battalion strength 30 June 1917

Officers 44

WOI 3

WOII 6

Sergeants 49

Corporals 37

Rank and file 475

Total strength 614

JULY 1917

2nd Lieutenant L Davis promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant L E Berkeley promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Employed Ministry of Labour 1918

2nd Lieutenant W R P Best promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Employed Manchester Regiment 1919

2nd Lieutenant E R Clarke promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and Palestine

2nd Lieutenant L G D’Arcy promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant M J B Davy promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Also served with Royal Flying Corps

2nd Lieutenant J Desmond promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Attached to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant C W B Fitzgerald promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Attached to 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1918

Mentioned in despatches and severely wounded.

2nd Lieutenant G A Flood promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Attached Machine Gun Corps 1918

2nd Lieutenant A E Flynn promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Served in Palestine 1918.

Attached 91st Punjabis, Indian Army

2nd Lieutenant E Foran promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and Palestine 1916-18

Attached 21st Corps Reinforcement Camp, Palestine

2nd Lieutenant J M Forbes promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Served with 6th Battalion in France 1917-18

2nd Lieutenant D M Frazer promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant R H French promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Present at Battle of Messines 1917

Awarded Military Cross

2nd Lieutenant A P R Hains promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant A C Hall promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant C C Hamilton promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant J P Hamilton promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant W Hamilton promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant H C S Heath promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant W J Heneghan promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Adjutant of a Russian Refugee Camp.

Later employed with Royal Air Force

2nd Lieutenant R F Lenane promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Mentioned in despatches

2nd Lieutenant D L Louw promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Served with 1st Battalion in Palestine 1918

Attached Divisional Head quarters

2nd Lieutenant G A McDowell promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant S B Minch promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant U A Moore promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant M D O’Rorke promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant J A Plumpton promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant A H E Russell promoted to Lieutenant 1 July 1917

Medically Unfit soldiers for Active service of the 3rd Battalion were transferred to the 659th Employment Company of the Labour Corps based at Cork 7 July 1917

A General Inspection was held. 23 Officers and 283 other ranks entrained for Cork and were inspected there by Field Marshal J D P French CIC Home Forces on Cork Park Race Course 11 July 1917

Captain T H Crofton promoted to Acting Major whilst he is second in command of 6th Battalion 11 to 22 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant W A Ussher placed on Retired List on account of ill health contracted on active service 12 July 1917

List posted of 5th Battalion men on leave from Salonika warned by O.C. Records to proceed 18 July 1917

The battalion could see daily large American convoys passing by the coast 18 July 1917

Lieutenant A H E Russell promoted Acting Captain 20 July 1917

2nd Lieutenant P E Tennant killed in action 31 July 1917

During July 1917 6 Officers and 30 Other Ranks were sent to the 1st, 5th, and 6th Battalions.

During July 1917 men unfit for frontline service from the Connaught Rangers 3rd and 4th Battalions were transferred to the 659th Employment Company of the Labour Corps, which was based in Cork

AUGUST 1917

During August 1917 6 Officers and 34 Other Ranks were sent to the 1st, and 6th Battalions, and 7 Officers and 44 Other Ranks proceeded to India.

2nd Lieutenant J P Hamilton, R J Carey and J Cafferkey joined the 6th Battalion in France 9 Aug 1917

2nd Lieutenant J Cafferkey later served under the Air Ministry 1918

7072 Lance Sergeant John Murphy killed in action France with the 6th Battalion 16 Aug 1917

2nd Lieutenant C C Hamilton attached to the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers killed in action in Greece16 Aug 1917

2nd Lieutenant R J Carey wounded with 6th Battalion in France 17 Aug 1917

Notice posted in Battalion that Royal Flying Corps was looking for men to transfer to work as cabinet makers 22 Aug 1917

Barnard Aloysius Rooney and George Cecil Walmsley to be 2nd Lieutenants 3rd Battalion 29 Aug 1917

2nd Lieutenant G C Walmsley served with 5th Battalion in Palestine

2nd Lieutenant B A Rooney attached to 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment in France

Patrick Kelly to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 29 Aug 1917

Attached 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment

Temporary Captain H R S Law appointed Lieutenant, The Connaught Rangers with seniority from 6 May 1915, 29 Aug 1917

Also served with 1st Battalion in Palestine and attached to the Divisional Head quarters

SEPTEMBER 1917

2nd Lieutenant U A Moore and B S F Pickard joined the 6th Battalion in France 4 Sept 1917

Captain T H Crofton promoted to Acting Major whilst he is second in command of 6th Battalion 6 to 30 Sept 1917

Lieutenant and Quarter Master G G Kendall appointed Honorary Captain 19 Sept 1917

Transferred to Royal Engineers 1918

Captain Thomas Tighe seconded for service with the Labour Corps 19 Sept 1917

George Veitch Davidson to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 27 Sept 1917

Brigadier General Lake CB visited hutments used by the 3rd Battalion at Charles Fort on while on a tour of inspection 28 Sept 1917

Captain R T Roussell joined the 6th Battalion in France 29 Sept 1917

The Military Medal, the D.C.M. and Cross of the Russian Order of St George (4th Class) was presented to Corporal J Gillen, Private T McLoughlin and Private H Sharpe. 29 Sept 1917

The 3rd Battalion establishment was reduced to two Companies. C and F were disbanded, with A and D Companies forming the establishment of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from 29 Sept 1917

During month of September 1917 a total of 4 Officers and 60 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 6th Battalion in France

OCTOBER 1917

Colour Sergeant John Heaney was granted an increase in of pay reference the Royal Warrant for Pay, Army Order 1886 to the amount off 6d per diem 1 Oct 1917

To earn this pay by virtue of rank, NCO’s above Sergeant were eligible for Class 1 (6d per diem) provided they met certain qualifications of article 1063, ie: with colours at least two years, physically capable, and at least third class certificate of education.

A draft of 15 men were sent to British Expeditionary Force in France 9 Oct 1917

A draft of 62 men arrived at the 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in Egypt 10 Oct 1917

Lieutenant L Davis joined 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 10 Oct 1917

A draft of 1 Sergeant were sent to British Expeditionary Force in France 16 Oct 1917

A draft of 9 men were sent to 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in Egypt 17 Oct 1917

A draft of 3 Category A4 men (A4: boys under nineteen years of age) were sent to the 4th Royal Irish Regiment (Young Soldiers Battalion), based in Queenstown, Ireland 19 Oct 1917

Joseph Owen Kelly and Joseph King to be 2nd Lieutenants 3rd Battalion 31 Oct 1917

During Oct 1917 men unfit for frontline service from the Connaught Rangers 3rd and 4th Battalions were transferred to the 549th Employment Company of the Labour Corps.

NOVEMBER 1917

4613 Sergeant Peter Bolger died at Kinsale he had been transferred to the Labour Corps with no.229750 in October 1917. 1 Nov 1917

3/8054 Private John Young transferred to 875th Company, Labour Corps 1 Nov 1917

875th Company was an Area Employment Company which was used on the Lines of Communications, located in Dunkirk in November 1917.

Battalion confined to barracks. Mobile column under orders. 3 Nov 1917

Sergeant John McLlwaine in his Diary was dismissive of the reasons for the battalion’s move, believing that his superiors had ‘Wind up about the Sinn Fein agitation’. 3 Nov 1917

Funeral of Peter Bolger who had died suddenly 3 Nov 1917

The Special Reserve and General Reserve battalions of the Connaught Rangers, Leinster Regiment, Royal Munster Fusiliers and Royal Dublin Fusiliers were all moved to Great Britain Nov 1917

Battalion spent day packing up for move to England. 4 Nov 1917

The Battalion proceeded by train from Kinsale to Dublin. They left Kinsale at 6:30pm. A draft of 10 men for the 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was left behind at Cork 5 Nov 1917

There was a big send off from the population at Kinsale.

The Battalion arrived Dublin 2am. Sailed 3:30pm on SS Scotia. Arrived Holyhead at 7:30pm 6 Nov 1917

2nd Lieutenant H E Bevis placed on Retired List on account of ill health contracted on active service 6 Nov 1917

They arrived at Pembroke Dock, Wales at 6:30am and then proceeded onto the Llamian Barracks. The Battalion was too small in number to fully occupy the barracks 7 Nov 1917

A draft of 14 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 10 Nov 1917

Captain Tasker with 1 Sergeant and 27 men reported from Kinsale 11 Nov 1917

The Battalion proceeded to hutments at Golden Hill Camp, just outside Millford Haven above Pembroke Town. It was a very muddy camp 14 Nov 1917

Lieutenants A C Hall and S B Minch appointed Temporary Captains 14 Nov 1917

A draft of 20 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion 16 Nov 1917

Acting Captain C A Brett wounded serving with the 6th Battalion in France 19 Nov 1917

Awarded Military Cross

Lieutenant R H French wounded at Tunnel Trench 19 Nov 1917

Captain Kemball and 70 men arrived via Fishguard with the 3rd Battalions horses and heavy luggage 21 Nov 1917

Lieutenant Colonel Truell proceeded to resume command of the 12th Manchester Regiment 26 Nov 1917

The Battalion proceeded to the cleaner Cosheston Camp, located 3 miles outside Pembroke Dock, close enough for the men to walk into town nightly. Information arrived that the Battalion was to move to Northern Command. A lot of contentious correspondence between the Battalion Commanding Officer Major A J Digan and Garrison and Brigade HQ 26 Nov 1917

A draft of 20 Category A4 recruits were sent out to India 27 Nov 1917

2nd Lieutenant A C Turner relinquished his commission and was granted the Honorary rank of 2nd Lieutenant 27 Nov 1917

DECEMBER 1917

Army List 28 Nov 1917

Lieutenant Colonel K Lewin, A.C., C.M.G. DSO, (temporary Brigadier.-General.)

Major Digan, A. J., D.S.O., (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Battalion)

Major Bockley, A. W. Employed with Northumberland Fusiliers attached

Major Harden, J. E.

Captain Tighe,T.

Captain Clifford, T. R. B.

Captain King,W.H.

Captain Whyte, A.W.P.T

Captain Stacpoole, G.E.

Captain Lambert, W.P.

Captain Jackson, J.L

Captain Gibson, F. M. S

Captain Kavanagh, J.J. MC

Captain D'Arcy, J.

Captain Tasker,J.

Captain Crofton, T. H.

Captain Gibson, F M S

Captain Dickson,J.H.R

Captain Roussel, P.B.

Captain Roussel, R.T

Captain Fitzgerald C.L.

Captain Low, P.D.

Captain Faithrull, F.B.H. attached Royal Irish Regiment

Lieutenant Bethel F.H.

Lieutenant Greeves.K D.

Lieutenant Bourke,A.J.H.

Lieutenant Law. H R S.

Lieutenant Bradshaw.A.O'H.

Lieutenant Minch, W.

Lieutenant Reed.S.P K J H

Lieutenant Caroe, V. B.

Lieutenant Morgan, J. G. D.

Lieutenant Tyte,A.N.

Lieutenant Steventon, C.F.

2nd Lieutenant Russell,A.H E.

2nd Lieutenant Hall, A. C

2nd Lieutenant Pickard B S.F.

2nd Lieutenant Plumpton J A

2nd Lieutenant O'Rorke,M.D.

2nd Lieutenant Heath, H. C. S.

2nd Lieutenant Collier, W. A.

2nd Lieutenant Tolputt,W.L.

2nd Lieutenant Davy,M.J.B.

2nd Lieutenant O'Sullivan, J.F.B.

2nd Lieutenant Minch,S.B. attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant McDowell, G A.

2nd Lieutenant Berkeley, L.E.

2nd Lieutenant Desmond, J. F. attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant French, R.H.

2nd Lieutenant Hamilton, C.C.

2nd Lieutenant Hamllton,W. attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Foran , E .

2nd Lieutenant Brennan, M.

2nd Lieutenant Clarke, E.R.

2nd Lieutenant Flynn,A.E.

2nd Lieutenant Hodges C S .

2nd Lieutenant Fraser, D. M.

2nd Lieutenant Forbes, J. M.

2nd Lieutenant FltzGerald, C.W. B.

2nd Lieutenant Best,W.R.P.

2nd Lieutenant Flood, G. A.

2nd Lieutenant Lenane, R. F. attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Hamilton, J. P.

2nd Lieutenant Louw.D.L.

2nd Lieutenant Hains,A.P.R.

2nd Lieutenant Davis, L.

2nd Lieutenant D'Arcy, L. G.

2nd Lieutenant Moore, U. A.

2nd Lieutenant Heneghan, W J

2nd Lieutenant Turner A C attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Cardwell H F

2nf Lieutenant O’Loughlin M

2nd Lieutenant Searight H F S

2nd Lieutenant Abbott, W. N. attached 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment.

2nd Lieutenant Cafferkey, J.

2nd Lieutenant Quinn, J.V.

2nd Lieutenant Carey, R.J.

2nd Lieutenant Kelly, P.

2nd Lieutenant Rooney ,B.A.

2nd Lieutenant Walmsley, G. C. M

2nd Lieutenant Davidson, G. V.

2nd Lieutenant Kelly, J. O

2nd Lieutenant King, J.

Adjutant Captain Cheadle,T.

Quarter-Master. Kendall G G Honoury Captain.

A draft of 17 Category A4 recruits were sent to out India 3 Dec 1917

Sergeant M J B Davy qualified as a 1st Class Instructor (Distinguished) at the 36th Rifle Course held at the Irish Command School of Musketry 3 Dec 1917

2nd Lieutenants G V Davidson, M Bryne, J E Bowyinge, and Colour Sergeant Major W Armstrong passed the 8th Area Anti Gas Course held at Pembroke Dock 5 Dec 1917

Men who had already passed through Sandhurst, or Officer Cadet battalions, were often sent to reserve battalions for a few months before being posted to a unit overseas, They appear to only to have learnt anything useful if they succeeded in being sent to these type of specialist schools.

A draft of 22 men were sent to the British Expeditionary Force in France 5 Dec 1917

2nd Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan, and 20 men attended a Bombing Course at Defensible Hill 6 Dec 1917

4 men were transferred to Army Service Course, 2 men went to the Army Veterinary Corps, 1 man to the Royal Engineers, and 1 man was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps 10 Dec 1917

2nd Lieutenants C L Walsh, L L Walshe, D Daly, E R Clarke, J McGuire, J King and W D Walken passed the 11th Special Course at the Formation Anti Gas School, at Pembroke Dock 12 Dec 1917

Battalion informed by phone that they were to move to Newcastle as part of Northern Command, North Eastern Coast Defences (defended ports of the Tyne, the Wear, the Tees, Hartlepool, and the Humber)

13 Dec 1917

6109 Company Sergeant Major William Armstrong, 4/6554 Company Quarter Master Sergeant Phillip John Flaherty, and 6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain selected to proceed to represent the 2nd Battalion at the First Seven Divisions Festival in London, left by train from Pembroke Dock at 6pm 14 Dec 1917

This London Group arrived at Paddington Station at 5am. They had a bath and breakfast at the Union Jack Club. Lunched at Cannon Street Hotel with Lord Mayor. Paraded to Albert Hall via the Embankment. A Concert was then held. Also present representing the 2nd Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander, Captain Turner and Swift. For the 1st Battalion, Major Payne, and Captain Von Steiglitz, and for the 3rd Battalion, Captain White. The Party departed Paddington Station at 9:15pm Sat 15 Dec 1917

While 1/4681 Sergeant W McKale was conducting instruction in Rifle Grenades, at the Pennan Ranging Area, a safety pin/lever became clear from a Grenade and the man involved dropped the Rifle. Sergeant W McHale picked up the rifle and threw it clear over the breastworks. Sergeant W McKale was commended for his bravery 15 Dec 1917

Major H F N Jourdain CMG arrived from sick leave on return from the British Expeditionary Force in France 15 Dec 1917

Captain C A Brett, stated in his personal papers after the war ‘Our Colonel was then Colonel Jourdain, a Regular, who had been second in command of the 6th Battalion in France while I was there. I knew him well and we got on well together, he was a good and just man but not a great Commanding Officer’.

Party from London arrived at Neyland 8am and took ferry across haven to Pembroke Dock and walked to Cosheston in the rain 16 Dec 1917

An advance party consisting of Captain Kemball, Lieutenant Davy and 50 men proceeded to Newcastle upon Tyne 17 Dec 1917

A draft of 10 men were sent to the British Expeditionary Force in France 19 Dec 1917

11 Category B men were transferred to the Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles in India 20 Dec 1917

NCO,s a farewell sing song at Harriss’s pub in the village, 6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain, 8868 Sergeant John F O’Hara and 5588 Sergeant Patrick McCarthy present 20 Dec 1917

The battalion marched out of Camp at 8.30 am and entrained at Pembroke Dock Station. It departed at 10:15am by special train to Newcastle upon Tyne and arrived at Forth Station after midnight via Scotswood Bridge. 21 Dec 1917

The neighbouring 3rd Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers also moved to Gateshead at the same time

Billets for HQ were at the Grath

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Captain J J Kavanagh MC, who had been charged with converting the money belonging to his company to his own use, was found not guilty and honourably acquitted by a general Court martial at Cork 21 Dec 1917

Orders arrived for Lieutenant Colonel Digan to proceed overseas, ‘joy of many’ was the comment noted in Colour Sergeant John McIlwain’s diary on hearing the news 27 Dec 1917

Captain F M S Gibson to be Temporary Major 27 Dec 1917

Lieutenant Colonel Digan DSO, proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force in France 28 Dec 1917

Attached to the 16th Division

Lieutenant Colonel A W Blockley assumed temporary command of Battalion pending the succession to the command of Lieutenant Colonel Digan DSO 29 Dec 1917

7781 Private J Forrest, ‘A’ Company was discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service 31 Dec 1917

1918

JANUARY 1918

A copy of 10813 Private James Worthington,s birth certificate arrived in the Orderly room in Dover towards the end of the war which had been posted with a letter by his Mother in Dublin to the Battalion proving he was not yet 18 years old, even though he had served in the Connaught Rangers since the early days of the war in August 1914, landing in France 14 Aug 1914 with the 2nd Battalion. He had been 5ft 4in in 1914 and 6ft 2in in 1918

Lieutenant H H Lyons seconded for service with Indian Army 1 Jan 1918

5191 Private M Bones, ‘D’ Company was discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service 1 Jan 1918

Corporal P Butten passed the 1st Class Instructor, and Lance Corporal S Lane passed the 2nd Class Instructor at the Lewis Gun Course, Western Command School of Musketry, at Altcan, 1 Jan 1918

5979 Private J S Keen, 5430 Private J Brady and 8239 Private D Ward were all discharged as no longer physically fit for War Service 3 Jan 1918

2nd Lieutenant T Holt, Northumberland Fusiliers who was attached to the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to the Aeronautic School, Reading with a view to transfer to the Royal Flying Corps 13 Jan 1918

Corporal W Spearman passed the 1st Class Instructor, and Corporal R Williams passed the 2nd Class Instructor at the 39th Rifle Course, Western Command School of Musketry, at Altcan, 16 Jan 1918

Sergeant Wheeler proceeded to Royal Flying Corps Uxbridge as a Gunnery Instructor 17 Jan 1918

2nd Lieutenant W Culbert 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to Newry, to conduct a draft of the 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment to Egypt and was on then strength of that unit from 18 Jan 1918

Lt Colonel H.F.N Jourdain arrived at the Battalion 18 Jan 1918

Lt Colonel H.F.N Jourdain took over command the 3rd Battalion from 19 Jan 1918 (47th Brigade)

Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan obtained a Special Certificate at the 46th Course, Command Bombing School 25 Jan 1918

Francis Vincent Griffith to be 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion 30 Jan 1918

Served with the 6th Battalion in France prior to receiving his commission and afterwards served with 1st and 2nd Battalions in Palestine from Sept to end of the War.

The strength of Battalion was 63 Officers and 368 other ranks 31 Jan 1918

Lieutenant J J Oope MC obtained a Special Certificate at the 47th Course, Command Bombing School 31 Jan 1918

FEBRUARY 1918

2nd Lieutenant F H S Searight appointed 2nd Lieutenant, The Connaught Rangers 1 Feb 1918

Lieutenant A N Tyte seconded for service with Indian Army 4 Feb 1918

Lieutenant A P R Hains placed on the Retired List on account of ill health caused by wounds 6 Feb 1918

A draft of 11 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion in Palestine 9 Feb 1918

5/625 Sergeant E Malone died at Kinsale 17 Feb 1918

A draft of 31 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion in Palestine 17 Feb 1918

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) C A Brett and Lieutenant R H French 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers were both awarded the Military Cross 18 Feb 1918

2nd Lieutenant H F Cardwell MC placed on Retired List on account of ill health caused by wounds 21 Feb 1918

Lieutenant Colonel A W Blockley, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to join the British Expeditionary France and was attached to the 9th Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers 22 Feb 1918

Lieutenant (Acting Captain) C G Gaden MC proceeded to the Machine Gun Training Centre at Grantham, at Harrowby 25 Feb 1918

Attached Company Unit Machine Gun Corps. Built in 1915 and had a theatre and sports ground as well as ranges. 35th Cadet Depot.

2nd Lieutenant C S Hodges relinquished his commission on account of ill health, and was granted the Honorary rank of 2nd Lieutenant 27 Feb 1918

Benjamin Edward Banks to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 27 Feb 1918

2nd Lieutenants G C Walmsley and G V Davidson with a draft of 21 Other Ranks arrived at the 5th (Service) Battalion in Palestine 28 Feb 1918

MARCH 1918

The quality of drafts being sent to Irish units on the Western Front was relatively poor during this period. The drafts being made up of 18 year olds and under, who had been rushed out during the crisis from the training battalions without adequate training.

2nd Lieutenant M O’Loughlin promoted to Lieutenant 5 March 1918

Served under Air Ministry 1918

Some Roman Catholic soldiers from the Connaught Rangers stationed at Renmore Barracks, Galway attended Church Sunday and discovered that the old colours of the Connaught Rangers which had been hung there for several years had been stolen 10 March 1918.

Captain E B F Faithfull killed in action while attached to 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment 10 March 1918

The presentation of Shamrocks to the Battalion (worn in their caps) on eve of Saint Patrick’s Day by Ladies from the Committee of the Tyneside Irish Brigade took place while on parade at Eldon Square and Gratham Road. The Officer in charge was General Officer Commanding Tyne Garrison, Major General R A K Montgomery CB DSO. 42 Officers and 225 other ranks were on parade. The ceremony passed off very well, and disclosed that about half the town council, or more, and most of the inhabitants were Irish in name and sympathy. They paraded with the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers.16 Mar 1918

Captain P B Roussel seconded for duty with Soudan Government 16 March 1918

Captain T H Crofton MC killed in action at St Emilie with 6th Battalion 21 March 1918

8195 Private William Beresford 3rd Battalion killed in action France 21 March 1918

2nd Lieutenant J Y Hadden promoted to Lieutenant 22 March 1918

Served with 6th Battalion in France

Lieutenant U A Moore killed in action with 6th Battalion 22 March 1918

Acting Captain A H E Russell died of wounds 22 March 1918

John James Leonard to be 2nd Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion 29 May 1918

During March 66 Other Ranks proceeded to the British Expeditionary Force in France, and 8 Officers to the 5th Battalion in Palestine.

In that winter Newcastle was a very cold and the town was, for a long time, made almost impassable by snow and ice, which would not melt, and which the Corporation would not remove. So the Battalion were very glad to be moved to Dover, and on the day they arrived in Dover the warm weather arrived.

The recruits were mostly teenagers, the men of 18 of 1918, on whom the nation now increasingly had to rely as the fighting continued without sign of abatement.

APRIL 1918

Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Digan DSO appointed Officer Commanding Training Staff at Blequin April 1918

Captain J H R Dickson attached to Training Staff at Blequin during April 1918

Awarded Military Cross

Lieutenant J M Forbes appointed Adjutant Training Staff at Blequin April 1918

The 3rd Battalion strength was 55 Officers and 310 other ranks 30 April 1918

During April 17 Officers and 26 Other Ranks proceeded to the British Expeditionary Force in France

MAY 1918

An advance party entrained at the Cattle Market, Newcastle consisting of Major R L Payne DSO, Captain C A Brett MC, Lieutenant R H French MC, and 50 men proceeded to take over the camp in Dover from the 4th Leinster Regiment 9 May 1918

The battalion entrained at the Central Station, Newcastle and proceeded by 2 trains to Dover, leaving at 7.50 am and 10.15 am. The battalion marched from Kings Cross to Holborn Station. They arrived in Dover at 7.15 pm and 10.30 pm.

The battalion was accommodated under canvas at the Elms Vale Camp, Folkestone Road, Dover. The Orderly Room Staff slept in the Orderly Room located at 259 Folkstone Road. Spare stationary was stored and tents set up in the garden. 13 May 1918

The 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was a Reserve Battalion, and on 16 May 1918 it absorbed the 4th Battalion (Extra Reserve) with 17 Officers and 113 men, and then became part of Dover Garrison (Eastern Command), No.5 Area. The 4th Battalion (Extra Reserve), had been disbanded due to recruiting problems. The 4th Battalion had moved to Nigg, Perthshire, Scotland in November 1917 from Crosshaven, Ireland and then to Fort George in early 1918.

The 3rd Battalion finished the war at Dover, based in Grand Shaft Barracks. These had been built in 1803 to house 1,200 soldiers. The Grand Shaft Barracks was made up of an impressive series of buildings and designed to be the main accommodation for the Western Heights. It was linked to the Drop Redoubt via a staircase leading up to a bridge (now removed) and, to the sea front via the Grand Shaft staircase.

The Eastern Division, HQ based at Dover. Eastern Command. South Eastern Coast Defences (defended ports of Dover and Newhaven)

During the 1914-1918 war Dover became one of the most important military centres in Britain. Vast amounts of men crossed from Dover to France.

The harbour was home to the Dover Patrol, a varied collection of warships and fishing vessels which protected Britain's vital control of the channel. The first bomb to be dropped on England fell near Dover Castle on Christmas Eve 1914.

Regular shelling from warships and bombing from airplane and zeppelin forced residents to shelter in caves and dug-outs. The town became known as 'Fortress Dover' and was put under Martial law.

Night air raid by German aeroplanes. A few bombs near Priory Station, one casualty. 19 May 1918

3/7483 Private John McGreal died at home, Birkenhead 19 May 1918

The 3rd Battalion changed into a 4 company structure. 25 May 1918

A Company – Major C F Underhill Faithorne

B Company – Major E G S Truell

C Company – Temporary Captain R R Martin

D Company – Captain A W P T Whyte

Joseph Bernard Marshal to 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 29 May 1918

The Battalion strength was 85 Officers and 530 other ranks 31 May 1918.

JUNE 1918

6757 Colour Sergeant John McIlwain passed gas course at Duke of York’s School in preparation for a draft overseas. 1 June 1918

Colour Sergeant John Heaney promoted to Warrant Officer 2nd Class with effect from 22 June 1918, in accordance with Army Order 194 dated 24 June1918 with seniority from 1 Oct 1914. 22 June 1918

Lieutenant W J Minch joined the 1st Battalion as Acting Captain in Palestine 25 June 1918

The Battalion strength was 85 Officers and 587 other ranks 30 June 1918.

JULY 1918

419 other ranks from the 3rd and 4th Battalions, Durham Light Infantry arrived from Seaham Harbour, South Shields and Jarrow where they had been part of the Tyne Garrison. They arrived at Dover railway station and were then taken on strength by the battalion 7 July 1918

The Durham Light Infantry full strength had been exceeded for its reserve battalions. Despite their young age these recruits were held in high regard by the Connaught Rangers and they trained well, the quality of their rifle shooting was very good.

4267 Lance Corporal William Buckley posted to 3rd Battalion from the Depot 9 July 1918

71644 Private James Cunningham 34th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, formerly No 3/7242 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, killed in action, France 23 July 1918

5959 Company Sergeant Major A Piper posted to ‘L’ Infantry Base Depot, France as part of the 5th Battalion 24 July 1918

Patrick Neill MacLoughlin to be 2nd Lieutenant. 3rd Battalion 31 July 1918

Battalion strength 82 Officers and 586 Connaught Rangers other ranks and 418 Durham Light Infantry other ranks 31 July 1918.

AUGUST 1918

A General Court Martial was held for 2nd Lieutenant R H Rooney at Dover 3 Aug 1918

Captain J H R Dickson appointed Adjutant while serving with the 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in France 4 Aug 1918

Temporary Lieutenant Colonel Digan DSO promoted Lieutenant Colonel 6 Aug 1918

Colour Sergeant John Mc Ilwain as Quarter Master Sergeant was posted with a draft from Dover to the British Expeditionary Force, ‘L’ Infantry Base Depot at Rouen, France to be Orderly Room Sergeant.

The draft fell in outside the dining tents and marched off to Admiralty Pier at 3pm. They boarded the Leopold II at 4pm and sailed at 5:30pm. The Leopold II arrived at Calais at 7:30pm. 7 Aug 1918

‘L’ Infantry Base was at Beaumaris, and was a very sandy camp.

Colour Sergeant John Mc Ilwain landed France 8 Aug 1918

4267 Lance Corporal William Buckley qualified as Grade IV at the 32nd Lewis Gun Course at Hythe 9 Aug 1918

4269 Private Thomas Clifford posted to the 3rd Battalion form 1st Battalion 19 Aug 1918

2nd Lieutenant R J Carey employed by Ministry of Munitions placed on Retired List on account of ill health caused by wounds on active service 30 Aug 1918

The 3rd Battalion Regimental Band played throughout the summer in the Granville Gardens, Dover

The Battalion strength 31 Aug 1918

Officers 90

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 660

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 418

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 32

Total Strength 1110

SEPTEMBER 1918

Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan joined 1st Battalion in Palestine 1 Sept 1918

2nd Lieutenants J V Quinn and F V Griffith joined 1st Battalion in Palestine 2 Sept 1918

Frank Stephens to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 11 Sept 1918

Served with 5th Battalion in France

Attached 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

George Alexander McDonnell to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 11 Sept 1918

Spanish Influenza first appeared in Dover on September 17, 1918. Patients, mostly from the shipyards in Portsmouth and Newington, were under medical care in Dover

Henry James Valentine Dillon Maguire to 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 25 Sept 1918

Served with 5th Battalion in France 1918.

Lieutenant W Hamilton attached 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was killed in action, Flanders 30 Sept 1918

Battalion strength 30 Sept 1918

Officers 84

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 721

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 418

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 30

Total Strength 1169

OCTOBER 1918

24 hour clock system came into effect at 00:00 1 Oct 1918

8396 Private Michael Dolan was reported lost at sea when RMS Leinster was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-123 shortly after leaving Kingstown, Co. Dublin. He was returning to Dover from leave at his home in Ballina. His body was not recovered.10 Oct 1918

Another Connaught Ranger Private J. Dillon survived this sinking, and was treated at the King George V Hospital (now St. Bricins), Dublin.

An Inspection of Training was conducted by General Sir William Robertson GOC in C Home Forces 11 Oct 1918

The Military Medal and the Serbian Silver Medal was presented to Private Reilly and Private Dyer by General Sir William Robertson.

The 3rd Battalion was moved from under canvas into billets in unoccupied houses in Dover. 18 Oct 1918

These houses were located from Maxton House to the Town Hall, in Folkstone Road, Saint Martins Hill, Effingham Crescent, Effingham Lawn, Norman Street and Saint Johns Road

32049 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson posted from the Depot to the 3rd Battalion 23 Oct 1918

2nd Lieutenant W N Abbott promoted to Lieutenant 26 Oct 1918

2nd Lieutenant J V Quinn promoted to Lieutenant 26 Oct 1918

Sergeant Joseph Patrick Kearns MM late 6th Battalion promoted 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion 30 Oct 1918

Served in France. Awarded Military Medal. Mentioned in despatches.

Richard Deane Freeman Ormsby-Scott to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 30 Oct 1918

The Battalion strength 31 Oct 1918

Officers 83

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 718

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 408

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 30

Others 5

Total Strength 1161

NOVEMBER 1918

4284 Private Patrick Farrell, 3rd Battalion, Killed in action in France & Flanders 4 Nov 1918

275 men from the Durham Light Infantry left by special train at 6.55 am for the British Expeditionary Force in France via Southampton 5 Nov 1918

32001 Private Thomas McDonough, (McDonaugh), 3rd Battalion Died at home in Athlone 5 Nov 1918.

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POST WAR

32015 Private Michael Keighrey died at home in Ballinasloe, Ireland 12 Nov 1918

5/1034 Corporal John Nolan joined the 3rd Battalion having been repatriated as a Prisoner Of War 23 Nov 1918

A ship arrived at Dover from Calais carrying some of the first former British prisoners of war to arrive back home. All the harbour boats sounded their sirens as the ship entered the harbour. They marched to Dover Castle to much acclaim from the public and where fed and had a medical inspection before being sent home the next day 30 Nov 1918.

The Battalion strength 30 Nov 1918

Officers 72

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 724

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 135

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 40

Total Strength 899

DECEMBER 1918

Army List 28 Nov 1918

Lieutenant Colonel K Lewin, A.C., C.M.G. DSO, (temporary Brigadier General.)

Major Digan, A. J., D.S.O., (temporary Lieutenant. Colonel Commanding the Battalion)

Major Jourdain H F N

Major Bockley, A. W. with the 10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

Major Harden, J. E.

Captain Tighe,T.

Captain Clifford, T. R. B.

Captain King,W.H.

Captain Whyte, A.W.P.T

Captain Stacpoole, G.E.

Captain Lambert, W.P.

Captain Jackson, J.L

Captain Kavanagh, J.J. MC

Captain D'Arcy, J.

Captain Tasker,J.

Captain Gibson, N.S.B.

Captain Dickson,J.H.R

Captain Roussel, P.B.

Captain Roussel, R.T

Captain Fitzgerald C.L.

Captain Low, P.D.

Lieutenant Bethel F.H.

Lieutenant Greeves.K D.

Lieutenant Bourke A.J.H.

Lieutenant Brett C A MC

Lieutenant Minen W

Lieutenant Law. H R S.

Lieutenant Reed.S.P K J H

Lieutenant Caroe, V. B.

Lieutenant Morgan, J. G. D.

Lieutenant Tyte,A.N.

Lieutenant Steventon, C.F.

Lieutenant Hall, A. C

Lieutenant Pickard B S.F.

Lieutenant Plumpton J A

Lieutenant O'Rorke,M.D.

Lieutenant Heath, H. C. S.

Lieutenant Collier, W. A.

Lieutenant Davy,M.J.B.

Lieutenant O'Sullivan, J.F.B.

Lieutenant Minch,S.B, attached to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Lieutenant McDowell, G A.

Lieutenant Berkeley, L.E.

Lieutenant Desmond, J. F. attached to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Lieutenant French, R.H.

Lieutenant Foran , E .

Lieutenant Brennan, M.

Lieutenant Clarke, E.R.

Lieutenant Flynn,A.E.

Lieutenant Fraser, D. M.

Lieutenant Forbes, J. M.

Lieutenant FltzGerald, C.W. B.

Lieutenant Best,W.R.P.

Lieutenant Flood, G. A.

Lieutenant Lenane, R. F. attached to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Lieutenant Hamilton, J. P.

Lieutenant Louw.D.L.

Lieutenant Davis, L.

Lieutenant Moore, U. A.

Lieutenant Heneghan, W J

Lieutenant O’Loughlin M

Lieutenant Abbott, W. N. attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

2nd Lieutenant Cafferkey, J.

2nd Lieutenant Quinn, J.V.

2nd Lieutenant Kelly, P.

2nd Lieutenant Rooney ,B.A.

2nd Lieutenant Walmsley, G. C. M

2nd Lieutenant Davidson, G. V.

2nd Lieutenant Kelly, J. O

2nd Lieutenant Griffith, F.V.

2nd Lieutenant Banks, B.E.

2nd Lieutenant Leonard, J. J.

2nd Lieutenant Marshall, B. J.

2nd Lieutenant McLoughlin, P. N.

2nd Lieutenant Stephens, F.

2nd Lieutenant McDonnell, G, A.

2nd Lieutenant Maguire, H. J. V.

2nd Lieutenant Kearns,J.P.,M.M.

2nd Lieutenant Ormsby-Scttt, attached to Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Adjutant Captain Cheadle,T.

Quarter-Master Honorary Captain Kendall G G

12 days Christmas leave was given to every man in 3rd Battalion, in ¼ Battalion strengths.

First quarter departed the Battalion on 7 Dec 1918

2nd Lieutenant M J McFadden, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, accidentally drowned at The Quay, Westport, Ireland 14 Dec 1918

The Battalion strength 31 Dec 1918

Officers 63

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 770

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 11

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 39

Other Ranks Army Gymnastics Staff 2

Other Ranks RAOD 1

Total Strength 823

1919

JANUARY 1919

10380 Private John Gavaghan posted from 1st Battalion to the 3rd Battalion 21 Feb 1919

6682 Private J Carroll died at home in Ballinasloe, Ireland 18 Jan 1919

Last quarter returned to the Battalion from leave on 22 Jan 1919

The Battalion strength 31 Jan 1919

Officers 70

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 620

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 13

Other Ranks Other Units 3

Total Strength 636

FEBRUARY 1919

32049 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson volunteered for one extra year service with rank off Colour Sergeant under army order 55/1919 2 Feb 1919

Letter to the Dover Patrol Memorial Fund

Commanding Officer, the Connaught Rangers Dover,

“Allow me to send you a cheque for 15 pounds from the Officers, WO’s, NCO’s and men of the Connaught Rangers towards the Dover Patrol Memorial. I hope you will accept this small cheque with a sincere wish from all of us for the success of your undertaking, and in sympathy from a battalion of the sister service.” 3 Feb 1919

10380 Private John Gavaghan posted from the 1st to the 3rd Battalion 21 Feb 1919

4269 Private Thomas Clifford transferred to Special Reserve no. 22154. 23 Feb 1919

Battalion makes a 2nd donation to the Dover Patrol Memorial 25 Feb 1919

2nd Lieutenant P Kelly promoted Lieutenant 28 Feb 1919

2nd Lieutenant G C Walmsley promoted Lieutenant 28 Feb 1919

Attached to 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment

MARCH 1919

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant L C Kelly to be Temporary Lieutenant with precedence next below R Williams 1 March 1919

Captain Thomas Tighe relinquished commission on account of ill health and retained rank of Captain 6 March 1919

3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 11 March 1919

32 Officers

9 Warrant Officers

5 Staff and Colour Sergeants

41 Sergeants

52 Corporals

16 Drummers

905 Privates

Total Strength 1060

2nd Lieutenants D T McWeeney MC and I J Kelly promoted Lieutenants 12 March 1919

3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers received instructions to revert to its Lower War Establishment 11 March 1919

Its establishment was to be 32 Officers and 1024 Other Ranks

With an additional Company formed for duties hitherto carried out by the Royal Defence Corps consisting of:

6 Officers

1 Colour Sergeant Major

13 Staff Sergeants and Sergeants

280 Other Ranks

2nd Lieutenant G V Davidson promoted to Lieutenant 26 March 1919

Orderly Room Sergeant, Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Heaney volunteered for one extra year service with rank off Warrant Officer 2nd Class under army order 55/1919 from 29 March 1919.

All calling up of men under the Military Service Acts was suspended at midday on 11 Nov 1918, and from that date until 15 January 1919 posting was confined to men who had previously been called up and reported themselves.

3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers Total Strength 29 March 1919

72 Battalion Officers

10 Royal Irish Regiment

2 Royal Munster Fusiliers

3 Durham Light Infantry.

Total Officers 87.

502 Battalion other ranks

5 Home Service Employment Company

2 Remount. Total 509

Total 595

APRIL 1919

Lieutenant Colonel H.F.N Jourdain relinquished the command of the 3rd Battalion 1 April 1919

Lieutenant Colonel A J Digan DSO took command of the 3rd Battalion 2 April 1919

Commanded the 3rd Battalion until its demobilization. Accidentally drowned in 1926

2nd Lieutenant J T O’Neill retires receiving a gratuity 6 April 1919

The under mentioned Officers proceeded to Crystal Palace for duty with the Dispersal Unit there 8 April 1919

2nd Lieutenants G R Crone, S F Lane, S D Irons, and D A McDowell, all 3rd Royal Irish Rifles attached to 3rd Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant J L Sydenham, 18th Battalion, London Regiment attached to 3rd Connaught Rangers

Lieutenant H J Shanley proceeded to the Dispersal Station at Harrowly for demobilization 9 April 1919

2nd Lieutenant P J Lowe reported his arrival from sick leave, Hospital and British Expeditionary Force, France 11 April 1919

Captain and Quarter Master P Farrell reported his arrival for duty from British Expeditionary Force, France 12 April 1919 (no authority received)

2nd Lieutenant J C C Boyle 3rd Battalion, Royal Innisskilling Fusiliers, attached 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Press Heath for demobilisation 12 April 1919

2nd Lieutenant W D Rooney reported his arrival on expiration of 2 months leave granted on discharge from Hospital 13 April 1919

Lieutenant E Foran proceeded to the Dispersal Station, Press Heath, for demobilisation 14 April 1919

Captain R V Burke, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival on Posting for Duty 15 April 1919

Major C F Underhill Faithhorne, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 15 April 1919

Lieutenant J J Dillon MC proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Press Heath for demobilisation 16 April 1919

Major E G C Truell reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 16 April 1919

Lieutenant E A Smith MC reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 17 April 1919

2nd Lieutenant F H S Searight, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from sick leave, Hospital and BEF France 17 April 1919

2nd Lieutenant J T Cox DCM, Service Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from sick leave, Hospital and Palestine 17 April 1919

Captain A G Moutray proceeded to Galway to take up Recruiting Duties 18 April 1919

Captain P D Low OBE to be Acting Major 19 April 1919

10380 Private John Gavaghan transferred to Section “B” Army Reserve 24 April 1919

Lieutenant Kirkwood beat Lieutenant Timmons (Southern Command) in the Middle Weight Boxing competition, on points held at the Headquarters Gymnasium, Aldershot 25 April 1919

4267 Lance Corporal William Buckley transferred to Special Reserve regimental no 8375 25 April 1919

The Cadre of the 2nd Battalion of The Buffs arrived at Dover Priory Station, and were played by the band from the Connaught Rangers to their barracks 26 April 1919

Captain F D Foott reported his arrival from 2 months leave 26 April 1919

Lieutenant M O’Leary reported his arrival on ceasing to be employed with the Royal Air Force 30 April 1919

Battalion Strength 30 April 1919

Officers 67, Attached 12 Total 79

Other Ranks 586 Attached 1(Arm Sergt) Total 587

Total Strength 666

MAY 1919

Temporary Captain E C Norman, East Kent Regiment, from Service Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, to be Major (seniority from 1 Sept 1915, and precedence next below L W Lucas DSO, MC) 2 May 1919

Lieutenant W Mahoney reported his arrival from 2 months leave 3 May 1919

Major H F N Nolan Ferrall, Captain G R C Brook and Lieutenant P L N G Ralph reported their arrival from 2 months leave of absence 5 May 1919

Lieutenant T S Jennings reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 6 May 1919

10495 Bandsman James Paxton aged 23 was killed falling into a deep moat at Dover 8 May 1919

A draft of 57 Other Ranks, who had volunteered for service with the 1st Russian Relief Force, proceeded to join its Head Quarters at Crowborough. Lieutenant P LN G Ralph with 1 Warrant Officer and NCO conducted the party and rejoined on completion of this duty 9 May 1919

2 men, also volunteers, proceeded to Sandling to join the 46th (Russian Relief) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 9 May 1919

Connaught Rangers formed an escort for the return of Nurse Edith Cavell’s body at Dover 14 May 1919

Lieutenant T F E McGorry reported his arrival from duty at Remount Depot, Romsey, Hants 19 May 1919

Temporary Lieutenant A E L Robey Service Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, reported his arrival from sick leave, Hospital, and Palestine. 19 May 1919

Lieutenant V M Morrogh, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 19 May 1919

Lieutenant S W O’Coffey, W G Robertson, and 2nd Lieutenant G H Barry, The Connaught Rangers reported their arrival from 2 months leave of absence 20 May 1919

Temporary Lieutenant A E L Robey proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Crystal Palace, for Demobilisation 21 May 1919

Captain S W Howard DSO reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 22 May 1919

2nd Lieutenant P Sarsfield, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 26 May 1919

Lieutenant J A Barnett, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from Cadre of 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 26 May 1919

Lieutenants F W S Jourdain and W H O’Brein MC, The Connaught Rangers reported their arrival from 2 months leave of absence 27 May 1919

Acting Captain J W Payne MC, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Cadre of 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 27 May 1919

Lieutenant M O O’Loughlin relinquishes his commission on ceasing to be employed 29 May 1919

Acting Captain J W Payne MC and Lieutenant J A Barnett proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Press Heath for Demobilisation 29 May 1919

Lieutenant W N Abbott proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Press Heath for Demobilisation 30 May 1919

16 Officers and 204 Other Ranks (time serving men and men liable for Foreign Service) were transferred to the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion on its formation at Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover 31 May 1919

JUNE 1919

The under mentioned Officers posted to the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

Major R L Payne DSO

Major E G S Truell

Major H J Nolan Ferrall

Captain G RC Brook

Captain F D Foott

Captain S W Howard DSO

Captain and Quarter Master P Farrell

Lieutenant S W O’Coffey

Lieutenant V W Morrogh

Lieutenant S Gibbons

Lieutenant T S Jennings

Lieutenant W G Robertson

Lieutenant I J Kelly

2nd Lieutenant L W L Leader

2nd Lieutenant W D Rowney

2nd Lieutenant H S Kirkwood

2nd Lieutenant G H Barry

3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from Grand Shaft Barracks to the Hutments at North Fall Meadows, Dover 2 June 1919

During the first six months of 1919 Officers and Other Ranks joined from service abroad and proceeded on leave of absence or to dispersal centres for demobilization.

5/1105 Quarter Master Sergeant John Heaney was the awarded Meritorious Service Medal, with a ten pound annuity. Gazetted 3 June 1919

Temporary Lieutenant J J Burns proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Press Heath for Demobilisation 5 June 1919

Lieutenant M O’Loughlin reported his arrival from Royal Air Force where he was attached for duty 5 June 1919

Acting Captain W J Minch brought back the cadre of 1st Battalion from Palestine to England 13 June 1919

Acting Captain D H Wickham reported his arrival from Half Pay List 13 June 1919

Lieutenant J Armstrong, Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Lieutenant I W Allen, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and 2nd Lieutenant D Mc C Adams, Royal Irish Rifles proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Press Heath for Demobilisation 14 June 1919

Lieutenant A D Mulligan posted to the 1st Battalion 16 Jun1919

2nd Lieutenant A M Fitzpatrick Robertson to be Lieutenant 19 June 1919

2nd Lieutenant C J Walsh reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 19 June 1919

2nd Lieutenant H M Alleyne reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 21 June 1919

Quarter Master Sergeant John Heaney promoted to Warrant Officer 2nd Class with effect from 22 June 1919

Lieutenant G F McGachen MC reported his arrival from 2 months leave of absence 22 June 1919

2nd Lieutenants C N Clarke, F V Lyons, and A A James reported their arrival from 2 months leave of absence 22 June 1919

2nd Lieutenant Cecil Norman Clarke was the last Officer to be gazetted to The Connaught Rangers

Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel A C Lewin CB, CMG, DSO, ADC on completion of tenure of his command granted the honorary rank of Brigadier General 27 June 1919

Germany signed the Peace Treaty at 3:12 pm 28 June 1919

The 3rd Battalion strength was 50 Officers and 501 other ranks. 28 June 1919

Captain G E de Stacpoole is placed on Retired List on account of ill health contracted on active service 29 June 1919

Holiday was given to the whole Army 30-31 June 1919

JULY 1919

Lieutenant J H T Brabazon reported his arrival from repatriation as a Prisoner of War 2 July 1919

Temporary Lieutenant O H Acton to be Temporary Captain (seniority from 15 Dec 1918 placed next below J W Cartmel Robinson) 5 July 1919

Lieutenant A C Brett MC relinquishes the Acting rank of Captain attached 5th Battalion 5 July 1919

Lieutenant M D O’Rorke is placed on the Retired List on account of ill health contracted on active service 6 July 1919

Lieutenant E D MacCormack reported his arrival from Royal Air Force 8 July 1919

Acting Captain W J Minch reported his arrival from the 1st Battalion Cadre 9 July 1919

Lieutenant A M R Hobbs MC proceeded to the Dispersal Centre at Crystal Palace for demobilisation 12 July 1919

Lieutenant W H Odbert MC reported his arrival from 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 15 July 1919

The personnel of the 3rd Battalion were absorbed into the 2nd Battalion under the Command of Lieutenant Colonel W A Hamilton 22 July 1919

5/1105 Quarter Master Sergeant John Heaney Orderly Room Sergeant Posted to 2nd Battalion 22 July 1919

2nd Lieutenant F V Griffith promoted to Lieutenant 30 July 1919

AUGUST 1919

The 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion was reconstructed under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A J Digan DSO, and on its return to the regimental Depot at Galway was disembodied.

2nd Lieutenant B E Banks promoted To Lieutenant had served with 5th Battalion in Fance 1i 1918, 27 Aug 1919

OCTOBER 1919

Colonel H D Chamier Commanding, The Depot, Connaught Rangers, Renmore Barracks Galway 7 Oct 1919

NOVEMBER 1919

Army List 27 Nov 1919 At Galway

Lieutenant Colonel Major Digan, A. J., D.S.O., (Commandant Rest Camp)

Major Bockley, A. W.

Major Harden, J. E.

Captain Clifford, T. R. B.

Captain King,W.H. (Employed Remount Service)

Captain Whyte, A.W.P.T

Captain Lambert, W.P.

Captain Jackson, J.L

Captain Kavanagh, J.J. MC

Captain D'Arcy, J.

Captain Tasker,J.

Captain Kidson, N.S.B.

Captain Dickson,J.H.R

Captain Roussel, P.B.

Captain Roussel, R.T (Employed by the Soudan Government)

Captain Fitzgerald C.L. (Attached 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)

Captain Low, P.D.

Captain Bourke A.J.H.

Lieutenant Greeves E D

Lieutenant Brett C A, MC

Lieutenant Minch W

Lieutenant Law. H R S.

Lieutenant Reed.S.P K J H

Lieutenant Caroe, V. B.

Lieutenant Morgan, J. G. D. (Instruction Duties with the Ministry of Labour)

Lieutenant Steventon, C.F.

Lieutenant Hall, A. C

Lieutenant Pickard B S.F.

Lieutenant Plumpton J A

Lieutenant Collier, W. A.

Lieutenant Davy,M.J.B.

Lieutenant O'Sullivan, J.F.B.

Lieutenant Minch,S.B

Lieutenant McDowell, G A.

Lieutenant Berkeley, L.E.

Lieutenant Desmond, J. F.

Lieutenant French, R.H., MC

Lieutenant Foran , E .

Lieutenant Brennan, M.

Lieutenant Clarke, E.R., MC

Lieutenant Flynn,A.E.

Lieutenant Fraser, D. M.

Lieutenant Forbes, J. M.

Lieutenant FltzGerald, C.W. B.

Lieutenant Best,W.R.P. (Employed with Manchester Regiment)

Lieutenant Flood, G. A.

Lieutenant Lenane, R. F.

Lieutenant Hamilton, J. P.

Lieutenant Louw.D.L.

Lieutenant Davis, L.

Lieutenant Heneghan, W J

Lieutenant O’Loughlin M

Lieutenant Abbott, W. N. (attached 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment)

Lieutenant Quinn, J.V.

Lieutenant Kelly, P. (attached 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment)

Lieutenant Walmsley, G. C. M (attached 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment)

Lieutenant Banks, B.E.

2nd Lieutenant,Cafferkey, J

2nd Lieutenant Davidson, G. V.

2nd Lieutenant Kelly, J. O

2nd Lieutenant Griffith, F.V.

2nd Lieutenant Leonard, J. J.

2nd Lieutenant Marshall, B. J.

2nd Lieutenant McLoughlin, P. N. (Education Officer)

2nd Lieutenant Stephens, F. (attached 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment)

2nd Lieutenant McDonnell, G, A. (attached 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment)

2nd Lieutenant Maguire, H. J. V.

2nd Lieutenant Kearns,J.P.,M.M.

2nd Lieutenant Ormsby-Scttt, attached to Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Adjutant

Quarter-Master Honorary Captain Kendall G G

2nd Lieutenant B J Marshal promoted Lieutenant 29 Nov 1919

2nd Lieutenant J J Leonard promoted Lieutenant 29 Nov 1919

Served under Air Ministry 1919

1920

JANUARY 1920

Lance Corporal William Buckley discharged 26 Jan 1920

Private Thomas Clifford discharged 27 Jan 1920

2nd Lieutenant P N MacLoughlin, Educational Officer with1st Battalion in India promoted Lieutenant 31 Jan 1920

FEBRUARY 1920

A marriage had been arranged between Richard Henry French, MC and Agnes Mary Nicholl 4 Feb 1920

APRIL 1920

Captain T Cheadle ceases to be Adjutant of 3rd Battalion 30 April 1920

MARCH 1920

2nd Lieutenant F Stevens promoted Lieutenant 11 March 1920

OCTOBER 1920

Marriage of Captain Charles W B Fitzgerald late 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to Eva Webb in Port of Spain, Trinidad 10 Oct 1920

NOVEMBER 1920

Army List 27 Nov 1920 3rd Battalion at Galway

Lieutenant Colonel Cross, P W

Captain Steward, W. MC

Captain Hornridge G. M. P

Captain Ireland D L, MC

Lieutenant Boal J.K.

Lieutenant Leonard, J. S.

Lieutenant Madden P

Adjutant Lieutenant Munro P, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Quarter-Master Captain Wallace R

Honorary Colonel J A B Daly had died during 1920

1921

APRIL 1921

Captain T Cheadle placed on Half-Pay 1 April 1921

1922

MARCH 1922

The official War Office notification as to regiments to be disbanded was published in Army Order No.78 of 1922 11 March 1922

MAY 1922

The regular personnel of the 3rd & 4th Battalions and the Depot Staff were posted to the 2nd Battalion and both Regular Battalions were reduced to cadres of 5 Officers and 70 Other Ranks 25 May 1922

Lieutenant F V Griffith, Captain Reserve of Officers, General List 26 May 1922

JULY 1922

Officers were in the case of those desirous of continuing in the Service, permitted to submit applications for transfer, naming 5 regiments in order of preference.

Lieutenant C E K Bagot MC, transferred to Gloucestershire Regiment with rank of Lieutenant 29 July 1922

Captain 6 Aug 1925, Adjutant 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment 2 July 1926

The battalion ceased to exist on the disbandment of The Connaught Rangers 31 July 1922

Army List 1922 Battalion at Galway

Captain Whyte A W P T

Captain Jackson J L, Lieutenant Greeves E D.

Adjutant, Lieutenant Garrett J M, MC

Quarter-Master, Lieutenant Colonel Captain Smyth C

2nd Lietenant W L Tolputt transferred as Lieutenant to Prince of Wale’s Volunteers (South Lancashire) 9 Sept 1922

Captain F M S Gibson transferred to Devon Regiment 13 Sept 1922

Awarded M.B.E. MC

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Excellent Mark, thank you for posting this.

Two things I need to ask

1. In Nov 1915 the u/m incident occurred

"A bomb burst prematurely during trench practice at the Preghane rifle range at Kinsale 10 November, 1915. The tre..."???

but this is all we got, is there a line missing?

2. Did the average height mentioned in 1909 & 1910 register with you as it did with me.

I somehow always had a vision of what were in the main west of Ireland farm boys being well built and large of stature from agricultural labour. The type that were sought after by New York's 'Finest' and the London met.

Were they 'boy soldiers' by any chance, or was there a belief on the part ogf the MO on recruitment that they would grow to meet a certain height?

I believe that during the Boer War the minimum height was wavered to encourage recruits, so do you know what was the minimum height in 1909?

Thanks again,

C.T.

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Excellent Mark, thank you for posting this.

Two things I need to ask

1. In Nov 1915 the u/m incident occurred

"A bomb burst prematurely during trench practice at the Preghane rifle range at Kinsale 10 November, 1915. The tre..."???

but this is all we got, is there a line missing?

2. Did the average height mentioned in 1909 & 1910 register with you as it did with me.

I somehow always had a vision of what were in the main west of Ireland farm boys being well built and large of stature from agricultural labour. The type that were sought after by New York's 'Finest' and the London met.

Were they 'boy soldiers' by any chance, or was there a belief on the part ogf the MO on recruitment that they would grow to meet a certain height?

I believe that during the Boer War the minimum height was wavered to encourage recruits, so do you know what was the minimum height in 1909?

Thanks again,

C.T.

Hi,

Yes there is a gap there. Here is the rest of it. Concerning the height I suppose they were also trying to recruit from the Dublin at times as well.

Regards Mark

A bomb burst prematurely during trench practice at the Preghane rifle range at Kinsale 10 November, 1915. The trench practice was in expectation of a visit from the GOC, Ireland. It caused 6 casualties, 2 Officers being wounded and 4 Other Ranks. Captain Lewin and Lance Corporal Greenwood later died of their injuries. Lieutenant Talputt was also killed in the incident.

It was caused during a demonstration of a wooden catapult for throwing bombs from one trench to another. When Captain Fred Lewin bent down to light a second match to ignite the fuse on the bomb, he was caught in a full blast and seriously injured. There were no first aid arrangements. Captain Brett drove the injured Captain Lewin to the hospital at Kinsale barracks.

Draft of 71 other ranks joined 5th Battalion at Salonika 10 Nov 1915

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Here are some names of the men included in the drafts from 1914 which I have found so far.

Regards Mark

Lieutenant L N Aveling left to join the Expeditionary Force with a draft of 93 other ranks to join the 2nd Battalion 26 Aug 1914

Draft included 9219 Lance Corporal Mark C Gower, 7483 Private John Lovell, 2779 Private John Coyne, 3166 Private William Lyons, 3040 Private Michael Dervin, 3043 Private Martin Brennan, 3478 Private Patrick Carroll, 3457 Private Thomas Gill, 2282 Private James Connors, 3255 Private Michael Ryan, 2252 Private Martin Hehir, 2982 Private John Daly, 8199 Private Michael Collins, 3558 Private Patrick Connor, 3505 Private John Kelly, 3416 Private James Sweeney, 3539 Private Michael Sweeney (Later awarded DCM), 3536 Private Patrick Sweeney, and 3693 Private Andrew Tansey.

Lieutenant Whyte left with a draft of 93 other ranks for the 2nd Battalion in France 31 Aug 1914.

Included 3941 Sergeant Michael Timmons, 3872 Private Michael Caffery, 3701 Private Thomas Collins, 3708 Private Thomas Costello, 3790 Private Michael Gallagher, 3894 Private Michael Keogh, 3479 Private James Moyles, 3456 Private Michael Comer, 4096 Private Lawrence Quinn, 2983 Private Martin Kelly, 3088 Private Patrick Dempsey, 2182 Private Patrick Higgins, 3971 Private Joseph Sheridan, 3068 Private John Donohue, 3671 Private Martin King, 3603 Private John Madden, 3614 Private Martin Philbin, 3804 Private Patrick Brennan, 3571 Private Patrick Lavelle, 3650 Private Michael Higgins, 3911 Private John Curley, 2182 Private Patrick Higgins, 4200 Private Patrick Prendergast, 8893 Private John Sullivan, and 3125 Private John Tierney

2nd Lieutenant C J O C Mallins with a draft of 93 other ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France on 11 Sept 1914.

This included 3986 Sergeant T Senier, 3979 Lance Corporal Patrick Joyce, 4044 Private William C Byrne, 3938 Private Michael Whelan, 4141 Private Frederick O'Donnell, 4187 Private Thomas Higgins, 4023 Private Edward O’Hara, 4179 Private Michael Convey, 4195 Private Patrick Flaherty, 3866 Private Joseph Griffin, 4237 Private James Monaghan, 3919 Private Thomas Murphy, 2739 Private Patrick Delaney, 4287 Private James Nestor, 4175 Private Peter Newman, 3875 Private Martin Folan, 4058 Private Thomas Mann, 4025 Private Bernard McDonnell, 4051 Private William Stokes, 4135 Private Michael Pender, 4087 Private William Reilly, 4216 Private Joseph Casey, 4133 Private James Casey, 4334 Private Thomas Burgess, 4204 Private William Riordan, 4306 Private Patrick Keighrey, 4199 Patrick Sweeney, 3624 Private James Whyte, 3938 Private Michael O’Lean, 4867 Private Edward O’Regan, and 4178 Private Edward Stokes after being found fit for active service.

2nd Lieutenant A Montgomery with 114 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France.

This included 3058 Corporal James Finn, 3845 Private Michael Dever, 4269 Private Thomas Clifford, Private 3945 Thomas Fitzgerald, 4736 Private John Doyle, 2864 Private John Doyle, 4357 Private Michael Farrell, 4055 Private John Forde, 3295 Private Thomas Kelly, 3902 Private Edward Lally, 4321 Private Thomas Ward, 4290 Private Dennis Ward, 4123 Private James Gleeson, 4354 Private Michael Matthews, 3949 Private Martin Flemming, 10880 Private Edward Boylan, 4249 Private William D’Arcy, 2929 Private James Morris, 3939 Private John Parker, 4338 Private Patrick Meehan, 3951 Private John Ramplin, 3108 Private Bernard Ward, 3913 Private Martin McDonnell, 3550 Private John Casey, 10890 Private Peter Pritchard, and 4214 Private Robert White after being found fit for active service 7 Oct 1914

A draft of 50 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion. They were conducted to Cork by 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson and handed over to Lieutenant Keatinge, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be taken on to Holyhead and handed over to the Officer to conduct them over seas 31 Oct 1914

Included 10844 Lance Corporal James Cunningham 4365 Private Peter Kelly, 4352 Private Michael Noonan, 4525 Private William Duffy, 3732 Private William Ronaldson, 4577 Private Luke O’Connor, 4205 Private Martin Toole, 3984 Private Edward Twohey, and 10563 Private George Worth

Lieutenant H Q Irwin and a draft of 47 Other Ranks left for the 1st Battalion 7 Nov 1914

Draft included 3961 Lance Corporal John Sweeney, 4594 Private David O,Brien, 4373 Private Michael Connor, 4422 Private John Swift, 4385 Private John Trayers, 8363 Private Patrick O’Neill, and 4439 Private Francis Mills

LIST WITH SOME CORRECTIONS AND DATES ADDED

By end of November 1914 casualties from 3rd Battalion Drafts.

Killed in action, Other Ranks 25

Died of Wounds, Other Ranks 8

Wounded in action, Other Ranks 64

Wounded in action, Officers 3

List of casualties amongst men of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers sent to reinforce the ‘Line’ Battalions at the front. As reported from the Head Quarters up to 30 Nov 1914

Killed in Action

Sergeants:

3780 Michael O’Hara (1 Nov 1914), 3144 William Banks

Corporal:

3479 James Moyles (2 Nov 1914)

Privates:

4332 T Graham, 4067 M Ward, 4195 P Flaherty (11 Nov 1914), 3872 M Caffery (8 Nov 1914), 4072 J Delaney, 4375 M Farrell (2 Nov 1914), 4055 J Forde (28 Oct 1914), 3866 J Griffin (7 Nov 1914), 3894 M Keogh (2 Nov 1914), 3893 J Sullivan, 3166 W Lyons (14 Sept 1914), 3903 D Roland (21 Sept 1914), 4084 P Bartley, 3708 T Costello (8 Nov 1914), 4736 J Doyle (30 Oct 1914), 2864 J Doyle (30 Oct 1914), 3790 M Gallagher(8 Nov 1914), 3925 T Kelly (not killed. Discharged 7 June 1916), 4237 J Monaghan (2 Nov 1914), 3919 T Murphy (1 Nov 1914), 3778 J Reilly (7 Nov 1914), 3938 M Whelan

Died of Wounds received in action

Privates:

3701 T Collins (13 Nov 1914), 4179 M Convey (28 Oct 1914), 4061 F Coyle (6 Nov 1914), 2779 J Coyne (11 Nov 1914), 3696 D Connolly, 4305 P Kelly, 4141 F O’Donnell (6 Nov 1914), 4023 ‘Had been promoted Lance Corporal’ Edward O’Hara (11 Nov 1914)

Wounded in action

Sergeants:

3986 T Senier, 2394 M Leetly, 3769 P Lydon

Corporals:

3058 J Finn

Lance Corporals:

3979 P Joyce, 3580 J Joyce, 9219 Mark Charles Gower,

Privates:

3456 M Comer, 3819 M Ward, 4352 M Noonan, 4074 M Kelly, 4096 L Quinn, 3902 E Lally, 4525 W Duffy, 2739 P Delaney, 2983 M Kelly, 4287 J Nestor, 3956 J Rielly, 3088 P Dempsey, 4175 P Newman, 3040 M Dervin, 2182 P Higgins, 4321 T Ward, 4290 D Ward, 4123 J Gleeson, 3971 J Sheridan, 4354 M Matthews, 3068 J Donohue, 3671 M King, 3949 M Flemming, 4239 J Ryan, 10880 E Boylan, 3875 M Folan, 4249 W D’Arcy, 4363 P Scanlon, 2912 N Gotman, 2929 J Morris, 3603 J Madden, 3043 M Brennan, 4058 T Mann, 4025 B McDonnell, 3939 J Parker, 3614 M Philbin, 3478 P Carroll, 4051 W Stokes, 3457 T Gill, 3804 P Brennan, 3571 P Lavelle, 4135 M Pender, 4242 M Dillon, 4338 P Meehan, 3951 J Ramplin, 3650 M Higgins, 2282 J Connors, 4087 W Reilly, 4216 J Casey, 3108 B Ward, 3911 J Curley, 4103 P Lymskey, 2182 P Higgins, 4133 J Casey, 4200 Prendergast, 3913 M McDonnell

Sick or Injured

Corporals:

3/3648 Patrick Croughwell

Lance Corporals:

4044 W Byrne

Privates:

3901 M Skeffington, 4334 T Burgess, 4066 J Boland, 3255 M Ryan, 2252 M Hehir, 3732 W Ronaldson, 3766 J Dillon, 4577 L O’Connor, 3550 J Casey, 2982 J Daly, 4181 P Mally

Officers Wounded in Action

Captain A W P Whyte

Lieutenant F D Foote

Lieutenant LN Aveling (returned to front after being wounded and recovering and being wounded a second time)

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Superb work - mosty interesting read I've had on the Rangers for some time. I've just bought Lewin's memoirs so will be able to cross reference where appropriate. Many thanks.

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Wonderful stuff Mark.

My Grand Uncle was 3671 Martin King. Per your post left for France Aug. 1914 with 2nd Btn. Listed as wounded in action Nov. 1914 with 3rd Btn. His gravestone says DOW May 1918 serving with 6th Btn. Is this unusual to have been with the these 3 Batallions ?

Kevin Gaffney

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Wonderful stuff Mark.

My Grand Uncle was 3671 Martin King. Per your post left for France Aug. 1914 with 2nd Btn. Listed as wounded in action Nov. 1914 with 3rd Btn. His gravestone says DOW May 1918 serving with 6th Btn. Is this unusual to have been with the these 3 Batallions ?

Kevin Gaffney

Hi Kevin,

It would have been quite common to have served in these three Battalions. Returning to a different Battalion once recovered from wounds/sickness etc

Regards Mark

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Mark,

A great source on information, well done!

"Some Roman Catholic soldiers from the Connaught Rangers stationed at Renmore Barracks, Galway attended Church Sunday and discovered that the old colours of the Connaught Rangers which had been hung there for several years had been stolen 10 March 1918."

Do you know were the colours ever recovered? I believe they were presented to the church in 1911 when King George V presented the Rangers with new colours.

Found this on Wiki -

"The regiment was disbanded in 1922 upon the formation of the Irish Free State and the regimental colours were laid up at Windsor Castle. An earlier set of colours can be found in the 14th century Collegiate Church of St Nicholas in Galway city centre along with several stone memorials to fallen members of the regiment."

I am wondering are these the same. I have emailed St Nicholas Church and asked them.

Cheers.

John

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Hi,

The information was from the Times and I found no other mention of these Colours.

Regards Mark

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An update for the 3rd Battalion History

Regards Mark

1908

Approval given for the 3rd Connaught Rangers Militia Battalion to be disbanded 17 April 1908

AUGUST 1908

On the 2nd August 1908, the Battalion was converted into the 3rd Battalion Special Reserve The Connaught Rangers.

10 men elected to remain as Militiamen and 13 claimed a free discharge.

The total strength on conversion was 213 Rank and file including N.C.O,s of former militia but not including permanent establishment.

John Archer Blake Daly to be Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Battalion Special Reserve The Connaught Rangers 2nd August 1908

He assumed the name Daly under the will of his grandmother.

The following officers were also transferred:

Lieutenant Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major J C R Brewer

Captain T Tighe

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain A C Lewin DSO (Captain Retired Pay)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole (late 5th Battalion, Princess’s Victoria’s, Royal Irish Fusiliers)

2nd Lieutenant C F Naylor (late 5th Battalion, Princess’s Victoria’s, Royal Irish Fusiliers)

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche

Captain and Adjutant H F N Jourdain and Honorary Captain and Quarter Master J McNally were with the Battalion on conversion.

Life for a young officer in a small garrison town in Ireland at the time was very comfortable and there was a lot of time to socialise with eligible ladies.

2792 Colour Sergeant Martin Rhatigan posted to 3rd Battalion 2 Aug 1908

4552 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson posted to 3rd Battalion 3 Aug 1908

SEPTEMBER 1908

5246 Sergeant William John Smith was an Orderly Room Clerk with 3rd Battalion Sept 1908

Orders from War Office for Connaught Rangers to cease recruiting 11 Sept 1908

On 19th September 1908 Captain W H King was appointed Captain from the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons

Captain T Tighe passed the course held at the School of Musketry, Hythe, as part of the 258th party on September 22nd 1908 (the qualification to instruct in the Maxim gun is not included)

NOVEMBER 1908

6115 Private William Bell posted from 2nd Battalion to 3rd Battalion and Appointed rank of Drummer 11 Nov 1908

DECEMBER 1908

5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith posted for a tour of duty to 3rd Battalion from 2nd Battalion 10 Dec 1908

Sergeant Drummer J McGealey died while with the 3rd Battalion sometime during 1908

1909

JANUARY 1909

In 1909, Bishop Mc McCormack acquired the site of the old Shambles Barracks at O'Brien's bridge, Galway with a view to building a Cathedral on the site. Ten non-commissioned officers and men of the Connaught Rangers had lived in these barracks with their families.

On the 1 Jan 1909, Lieutenant G E Stacpoole was appointed Instructor of Musketry vice

Major Brewer appointed to Field Major Brigade had held this appointment since 9 May 1893

Lieutenant John William Horne, late 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers is transferred to Reserve of Officers, retaining rank and seniority held in the Militia 13 Jan 1909

MARCH 1909

Count Llewellyn Blake, previously a Colonel 3rd Connaught Rangers, J P for Co Galway and D L for Co Mayo, was born in 1842. He is the only surviving son of Maurice Blake, of Ballinafad, by Anne, daughter and heir of Marcus Lynch, at Cloghballymore. He gave over his estate at Ballinafad to a French religious order. He was made a Count of the Papal Court in 1895. Died 6 March 1909

Colonel Maurice Blake, C. B., of Towerhill, Co Mayo, was born in 1837. He is

the eldest son of Valentine O'Conor Blake, Esq, D.L., by Margaret, daughter

of Lord ffrench. He was educated at Stonyhurst, and was Lieutenant commanding

the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers from 1885 to 1897, when he retired,

getting a Companionship of the Bath. He is J P for Galway and Mayo, and D.

J. for Mayo, where he was High Sheriff in 1864. He married Jeannette daughter

of Surgeon Pearce O'Reilly, of Sans Souci, Co Dublin. 13 March 1919

On the 31 March 1909-

Lieutenant Colonel W R Inglis was granted the Hon Rank of Colonel. Major J C R Brewer was granted the Hon Rank of Lieutenant Colonel DSO was granted the Hon Rank Major. This was the last grant of Hon Rank to Officers of the Special Reserve. The practice is now discontinued.

APRIL 1909

The Tuam Herald, Saturday, 3 April 1909

A marriage has been arranged between Captain A C Aglionby, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, and the Colonial Civil Service, and Joyce Williams Wynn, daughter of the late Joseph Godman, of Park Hatch, and Mrs. Godman, 55 Lowndes Square, London.

MAY 1909

The appointment of Instructor of Musketry was abolished in May 1909, and all officers holding this appointment continued to appear in the Army Lists. Their appointments were ordered to be considered as having lapsed, and the duties were in future to be carried out by officers on the Regular Establishment of the unit-

The names of all these officers were now printed in the monthly Army List as on the establishment of all Special Reserve units. They took their seniority from date of commissions in the Line.

During the winter of 1908-1909 recruiting continued to be very good for the Special Reserve, and the strength at the commencement of the annual training 1909 was 395 exclusive of the Regular Permanent Establishment of the unit. These figures showing an increase of 203, since the conversion, which was deemed most satisfactory.

The Battalion was thrown open for recruiting in the Dublin District during the month of November 1908, and the territorial scheme was extended for the Special Reserve.

The Non Commissioned Officers assembled at Galway on the 29 May, and proceeded to Oranmore by March Route.

JUNE 1909

2nd Lieutenant Ivor William Garrett Horder was appointed to the Battalion on probation and joined the details at Oranmore on the 22 June 1909, for instruction previous to the assembly of the Battalion for annual training.

The following officers were attached to the Battalion for the annual training 1909.

2nd Lieutenant J B Vandeleur from the 3rd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

2nd Lieutenant R S Payne from the 3rd Somerset Light Infantry

Captain J P Mackey from the 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

On the 26 June 1909 the recruits of the Battalion assembled at Galway for their recruit’s course of musketry, and proceeded by march route to Oranmore under Captain R L Payne, Lieutenants Ruttledge and Leader (Regular Establishment), and Lieutenant G E Stacpoole, Special Reserve, and Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally.

There were 89 Recruits under instruction at Oranmore at this period, including those undergoing drill on enlistment, who had joined from the Depot.

3491 Private Michael Duffy was temporarily medically unfit for the training

The Tuam Herald, Tuam, Saturday, 19 June1909

2nd Lieutenant Ivor W G Horder, has been appointed to the 3rd Battalion (Galway Militia) to fill a vacancy in the establishment. The Battalion has vacancies yet for eight lieutenants and six 2nd Lieutenants.

Captain James McNally, of the Connaught Rangers, who has for a long term of years been stationed at Renmore Barracks, has been promoted to the rank of Major.

Captain A C Aglionby to be Deputy Governor of Manchester Prison 25 June 1909

The Battalion assembled at Galway on the 26 June 1909 for annual training, and proceeded the same day to the Camp at Oranmore by March Route.

The following officers were present with the Battalion:-

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major & Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J C R Brewer (2nd in Command)

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain G Thompson (RE)

Captain R L Payne (RE)

Captain & Hon Major A C Lewin DSO

Captain W H King

Lieutenant T G Ruttledge (RE)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

2nd Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche

2nd Lieutenant I W G Horder

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Also Captain J P Mackey 5th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant J B Vandeleur from the 3rd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

2nd Lieutenant R S Payne from the 3rd Somerset Light Infantry

Who were attached for the annual training 1909.

The Battalion was for the first time armed with the Short Rifle during the annual training.

The Strength of the Battalion at the commencement of the training was as under:-

Duty men and Recruits at Oranmore 380

Recruits at Depot 15

Total 395

JULY 1909

Forty four recruits were dismissed to their homes after completing recruits musketry, and 15 days training. 10 July 1909

The Battalion was inspected on 14 July 1909 by Colonel T Hope Stavert, Commanding No.12 District.

There were present on parade.

Present on Parade: Officers 12, Sergeants 17, Corporals 15, Privates 244 Total 288

Absent with leave: Private 1 Total 1

Without leave: Privates 14. Total 14

Regt Duty: Sergeants 2, Corporals 1, Privates 17, Total 20

Detention: Privates 1 Total 1

Absent sick: Privates 12, Total 12

Civil Custody: Privates 1 Total 1

Dismissed Home 10/7/09: Privates 44, Total 44

Recruits at Depot: Privates 22 Total 22

Total: Officers 12, Sergeants 19, Corporals 16, Privates 356, Total 403

The Regimental average for the musketry year 1909 was a score of 68 which was the second highest Battalion average in No.12 District for 1909

The Battalion left the Camp at Oranmore at 6am on the 16 July, and proceeded by Route March to Renmore Barracks, where the men were dismissed to their homes.

2nd Lieutenant I W G Horder was attached the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers for his period of probation after the conclusion of the annual training 1909.

On the 5 July 1909 Sergeant Ryan was promoted Colour Sergeant vice C.S.R Brennen discharged to pension dated 5 July 1909.

Captain Arthur Charles Aglionby, 3rd Battalion, TheConnaught Rangers is transferred with seniority corresponding to that which he held in the Militia14 July 1909

SEPTEMBER 1909

4083 Private James Trotter posted from 2nd Battalion to the 3rd Battalion 1 Sept 1909

Colonel W R Inglis and Major A C Lewin DSO, selected to attend the Staff Ride to be held in the vicinity of Kenmare on 20 Sept 1909

OCTOBER 1909

8250 Private Alfred Edwin Flack posted from 2nd Battalion to 3rd Battalion 15 Oct 1909

NOVEMBER 1909

The Standard height for recruits for the Battalion was at this time 5’-3” and upwards Nov 1909.

DECEMBER 1909

Major Austin J Digan DSO was appointed Major in the Regiment on the 22 Dec 1909 from the Mid Ulster Royal Artillery Reserve, and was seconded for service under the Colonial Office.

Major Digan DSO, was employed in the 1st Battalion Northern Nigeria Regiment/West African Frontier Force to which he had been appointed on the 23 Jan 1901.

1910

MARCH 1910

William Ryan HM Customs, late 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers aged 45 from Castlebar died 8 March 1910

Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J C R Brewer resigned his Commission on the 23 March 1910 and was granted the right to retain his rank and to wear the prescribed uniform.

Capt M I M Campbell was granted leave to proceed to Rhodesia during the year May 1910 to May 1911, and was also granted leave from the annual training 1910-

No 6635/1 (A.1) M.Gen i/c administration Ireland dated 24 March 1910

APRIL 1910

2nd Lieutenant Michael J Roche to be Lieutenant on the 15 April 1910

JUNE 1910

8250 Private Alfred Edwin Flack pasted 3rd Class Certificate of Education 2 June 1910

On the 6 June 1910, the Musketry Camp was opened at Oranmore, and 1 Officer (Major McNally) and 38 NCO,s and men proceeded from Galway to Oranmore on that date.

All Corporals and Lance Corporals who were willing had previously been called up for instruction on the 1st June 1910 viz 8 Corporals and four Lance Corporals.

On the 7 June 1910, fourteen Sergeants were called up for instruction in accordance with instructions received. These proceeded to Oranmore Camp on 7 June 1910.

On the 11 June the recruits who had been dismissed to their homes after 5 months drill on enlistment were called up, and under Captains Thompson and R L Payne of the Regular Establishment proceeded to Oranmore Camp for recruits Musketry Course.

Strength as under:-

2 Officers

47 NCO,s and men

2nd Lieutenant J W G Horder who had previously been attached to the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was attached to the 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment at Mullingar to complete the period of his probation from 1 June 1910 to 7 Sept 1910.

The Standard height for recruits for the 3rd Battalion was from 5 feet 2ins and upwards at this time (June 1910)

Recruiting for the 3rd Battalion was open at this time throughout No.12 District, and in the 102 Regimental Area.

3759 Private Timothy Connolly enlisted in 3rd Battalion 20 June 1910

JULY 1910

2792 Colour Sergeant Martin Rhatigan on Permenant Staff 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal with a £5 gratuity1 July 1910

On the 5 July 1910 the Battalion assembled for annual training at Galway, and proceeded by March Route to Oranmore the same day.

The following Officers proceeded to Oranmore with the Battalion:-

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain A W Blockley

Captain G Thompson (Regular Establishment)

Captain R L Payne (Regular Establishment)

Captain & Honorary Major A C Lewin DSO

Captain W H King

Lieutenant T G Ruttledge (Regular Establishment)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

2nd Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant M J Roche

2nd Lieutenant J W G Horder

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

The following officers were attached to the Battalion for the annual training:-

Captain F A Hill Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery

Lieutenant A H Darnell 4th Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lieutenant W J Meredith 3rd Royal Munster Fusiliers

Captain J P T Mackesy 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lieutenant J Y M Broderip 3rd Somersetshire Light Infantry

Lieutenant R B F S Payne 3rd Somersetshire Light Infantry

2nd Lieutenant A D Murphy 3rd Leinster Regiment

2nd Lieutenant J Fitz G Gloster 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

The number of men present at the training 1910 was as under:-

Officers Special Reserve 10 and 8 attached

NCO,s and Men Special Reserve 251

The Regimental average for the Musketry of the Battalion for 1910 was 89.3 being an increase of 21.3 on the 1909 average.

Inspection State 22 July 1910

On Parade: Officers 18, Sergeants 17, Corporals 9, Privates 225, Total 251

Recruits at Depot: Privates 52, Total 52

Regimental Employment: Sergeants 2, Corporals 1, Privates 19, Total 22

Temp Unfit: Privates 12, Total 12

Absent without leave: Privates 28, Total 28

Absent with leave Officers 1, Privates 5, Total 6

Band: Privates 4, Total 4

Sick in Camp: Privates 8, Total 8

Regular Establishment: Officers 4, WO 1, S.Sgts 1, Sgts 16, Corpls 3, Drm 8, Ptes 9 Total 38

On Parade Regimental Employment: Sergeants 3, Corporals 3, Privates 7, Total 13

Total: Officers 23, WO 1, S.Sgts 1, Sgts 38, Corpls 16, Drm 8, Ptes 369, Total 433

The Battalion was inspected by General The Right Hon Sir N G Lyttleton GCB Commanding in Chief of the Forces in Ireland, and Colonel T Hope Stavert, Commanding No.12 District on 22 July 1910

General Lyttleton expressed his approval of the appearance of the Battalion on parade, and of the drill of all ranks.

Colonel T Hope Stavert also gave the Battalion a very good report on the Training 1910, and expressed his pleasure at the great improvement made in musketry for the year 1910 and of the satisfactory state of the drills, and the state of the Camp.

During the training 1 Sergeant, 2 Corporals and 22 men were trained in Maxim gun duties for service on mobilization.

On the 25 July 1910 The Battalion paraded at 12:30 and proceeded by March Route to Galway, and after giving in their accoutrements and kits were dismissed to their homes.

AUGUST 1910

8250 Private Alfred Edwin Flack awarded 14 days detention at detention barracks 5 Aug 1910

For using obscene language to a NCO and being drunk in town, Galway.

Witness Lance Corporal O’Hara & Corporal Caffey

Lieutenant Roche proceeded to the School of Musketry Hythe on the 16 August 1910, and qualified in that course, bearing date 9 Sept 1910.

8250 Private Alfred Edwin Flack returned to duty 19 Aug 1910

8250 Private Alfred Edwin Flack posted to 2nd Battalion 25 Aug 1910

SEPTEMBER 1910

On the 3 Sept 1910 2nd Lieutenant Henry Robert Stopford Law was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant on probation, and joined the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at the Curragh Camp for the probationary period.

The Connaught Rangers permitted to bear upon their colours or appointments the distinction ‘Pyrenees’ 5 Sept 1910

Orders issued from War Office to Irish Command to make special efforts to enlist men into the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 20 Sept 1910

3787 Private John Gannon attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruits training 23 Sep 1910

OCTOBER 1910

2nd Lieutenant Horder was confirmed in his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion in London Gazette bearing date 8 Oct 1910

Captain and Hon Major A C Lewin DSO was promoted Major on the 8 Oct 1910, vice Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel J C R Brewer resigned.

Under Army Order No.251 of October 1910, His Majesty the King was graciously pleased to approve of the honorary distinctions, which were awarded to, and are now borne on the colours or appointments of the Regular Battalions of each Regiment of the Infantry of the Line, being borne on the colours or appointments of the Special Reserve Battalions or Battalions belonging to these Regiments. The Battle Honours at present borne by Special Reserve Battalions (awarded when Militia Units) will in consequence lapse. The necessary alterations to existing colours will be carried out under instructions from the Chief Ordnance Officer Royal Army Clothing Department.

DECEMBER 1910

9110 Drummer George Evans posted to 3rd Battalion from 2nd Battalion 15 Dec 1910

On 17 Dec 1910, the strength of the Battalion exclusive of the Regular Establishment amounted to 395 NCO’s and men, the highest number since the formation of the 3rd Special Reserve Battalion.

3759 Private Timothy Connolly discharged on joining Regular Army Royal Irish Rifles no.29 28 Dec 1910

1911

JANUARY 1911

Recruiting open in Dublin for 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, which is below establishment 20 Jan 1911

In Dublin Lieutenant Michael J Roche 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was charged with obtaining £10 by false pretences from George R Olden at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, with obtaining £10 from the manager or the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, by worthless cheques; and with stealing from a bedroom in Shelbourne Hotel a box containing jewellery, the property of Major Garden, of Atberston, Warwickshire. Detective Levitt, Liverpool, proved arresting accused, who was staying in the Royal Georges Hotel, Liverpool, under an assumed rime.' A visiting card found in his possession was inscribed "Prince Michel d'Este Montolhan". Accused was sent for trial. A solicitor appeared for Lieutenant Walter W. Roche 2nd Battalion of the Connaught Rangers, and said he wished to make it clear that officer had absolutely no connection with the accused. 25 Jan 1912

3845 Private Michael Dever Revaccinated at the Military Hospital Galway 28 Jan 1911

Captain W D O’Brien joined the Battalion from Retired Pay on the 28 Jan 1911 as a Captain. Captain O’Brien served with the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at the Curragh previous to his Retirement.

3859 Private John Joseph Furey enlisted in 3rd Battalion 31 Jan 1911

FEBRUARY 1911

3860 Private John Kelly enlisted in 3rd Battalion 1 Feb 1911

At the Dublin City Commission, Lieutenant Michael Roche, of the Connaught Rangers, was sentenced to four months' imprisonment for stealing £60 worth of jewellery from ; another officer and. For uttering worthless cheques. Prisoner's counsel said he had had a distinguished career at Trinity College, but had got into monetary difficulties. 7 Feb 1911

2nd Lieutenant Charles Jasper Martin joined Battalion on first appointment on the 8 Feb 1911, and commenced his probationary training with the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers on 1 April 1911.

2nd Lieutenant H J F Gerrard was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on probation on 28 Feb 1911, and attached for probationary training to the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at the Curragh on the 1 April 1911.

The Battalion for the first time since its conversion totalled 400 rank and file Special Reservists on 18 Feb 1911, and together with the Regular Establishment the total 491 exclusive of officers.

The Army Order Special dated 27 Feb 1911 – Qualified ex Regular soldiers were permitted to enlist in Special Reserve Battalions up to the extent of 10 per cent of the Special Reserve Establishment of NCO’s and men.

The training of the Battalion was fixed at 27 days for annum.

The period of a Recruits probationary training was fixed at 5 months instead of 6 months as here to fore.

MARCH 1911

Fire was discovered to have broken out in the boiler-house at University College, Galway. The fire which .originated in the chimney of the boiler-house, had extended to the roof of the Examination Hall before it was discovered. Students and employees attacked the flames with the College fire engine, and they were assisted by about fifty men of the Connaught Rangers and some constabulary. By their exertions the fire was got under control in about two hours, and with the exception of injury caused by water. The damage done was not extensive. 6 March 1911

Lieutenant Michael J Roche is removed from the Special Reserve of Officers, his Majesty having no further occasion for his services 8 March 1911

3845 Private Michael Dever Admonished for being drunk in Barracks, Galway 17 March 1911

Witnesses Sergeant Murphy, Private Trotter, and Lance Corporal Daniel Hanley

3885 Private John Gavaghan attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruits training 24 March

APRIL 1911

1911 Census for the Connaught Rangers Depot, Renmore Barracks at Glaway

SPECIAL RESERVE RECRUITS

3rd BATTALION (Italics not on list)

3696 Private Dennis Connelly 17 Roman Catholic Irish&English,

3778 Private James Reilly 17 Roman Catholic,

3794 Private Peter Cummins 18 Roman Catholic,

3799 Private John Buckley 18 Roman Catholic,

3803 Private Christopher Donelan 18 Roman Catholic,

3804 Private Patrick Brennan 19 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

3811 Private John Kennedy

3814 Private Patrick Hopkins 19 Roman Catholic,

3816 Private Michael Kenny 17 Roman Catholic,

3816 Private Patrick Murphy

3817 Private Michael Kenny

3818 Private Timothy Cawley(Cauley) 18 Roman Catholic, 1 Jun 1915 KIA 1Bn

3819 Private Michael Ward 18 Roman Catholic, 10 Nov 1914 DOW 1Bn

3820 Private James McNally 19 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

3821 Private Luke Maloy 19 Roman Catholic Irish&English,

3824 Private John Deighnan (Deignan) wounded 25 May 1915

3825 Private Michael Noone

3828 Private William Bowes 23 Roman Catholic, (POW)

3831 Private James Sweeney 18 Roman Catholic,

3837 Private Michael Breen 16 Roman Catholic,

3838 Private Thomas Silke 18 Roman Catholic,

3843 Private Martin McMahon 22 Roman Catholic,

3845 Private Michael Dever 17 Roman Catholic, 19 Apr 1916 KIA 1Bn

3846 Private John Ward 18 Roman Catholic,

3851 Private James Frain 17 Roman Catholic, 26 Apr 1915 KIA 2Bn

3854 Private Peter Gallacher 22 Roman Catholic Irish&English,

3855 Private John Brady 17 Roman Catholic England,

3856 Private Michael O'Malley 22 Roman Catholic,

3858 Private Peter Greene 17 Roman Catholic, Irish&English,

3859 Private John Joseph Furey 17 Roman Catholic,

3860 Private John Kelly 17 Roman Catholic,

3862 Private P Conroy wounded 25 May 1915

3866 Private J Griffin 20 Roman Catholic 28 Dec 1914 KIA

3868 Private Martin Keneavy 18 Roman Catholic, 7 Dec 1915 KIA 5Bn

3872 Private Michael Caffery 21 Roman Catholic, 8 Nov 1914 KIA 2Bn

3875 Private Martin Folan 25 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

3876 Private John Joyce 17 Roman Catholic,

3877 Private Patrick Mitchell 17 Roman Catholic, 14 Mar 1915 KIA 2Bn

3882 Private Robert Walsh 17 Roman Catholic,

3885 Private John Gavaghan 19 Roman Catholic,

3886 Private Michael O’Mally

3889 Private Edward Boyle 18 Roman Catholic Cannot Read, 26 Apr 1915 KIA 1Bn

3894 Private Michael Keogh KIA 28 Dec 1914

3895 Private John Murray

3898 Private Daniel Craughwell

3902 Private Edward Lally

3903 Private David Roland KIA 23 Nov 1914

3919 Private Thomas Murphy

3920 Private James Noone 17 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

3947 Private Joseph Forde 18 Roman Catholic,

3962 Private Anthony Hoilan 18 Roman Catholic,

RECRUITS not identified

Private Jacob Annenberg 19 Jewish England, Yorkshire

Private Francis Bennett 19 Roman Catholic

Private G Boyde 18 Roman Catholic,

Private William Clossick 19 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

Private M Connelly 19 Roman Catholic,

Private S Duffy 20 Roman Catholic,

Private H Durkin 19 Roman Catholic,

Private Andrew Fallon 18 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

Private M Finlay 19 Roman Catholic,

Private J Freyne 19 Roman Catholic,

Private P Gower 19 Roman Catholic,

Private W Howard 18 Roman Catholic,

Private F Hurley 19 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

Private M Kinsley 20 Roman Catholic,

Private G Lynch 22 Roman Catholic,

Private P Mackessy 18 Roman Catholic,

Private R Moore 17 Roman Catholic,

Private H Morgan 19 Roman Catholic, Lanarkshire, Scotland,

Private J Palmer 18 Roman Catholic,

Private F Pender 17 Roman Catholic Cannot Read,

Private W Smith 20 Church of England, England,

Private J Thompson 16 Roman Catholic,

Private G Walton -----Crossed Out-----

Signed by Captain Jourdain

NCO’s and Other Ranks:

Roman Catholic 154 (89%)

Church of England 16 (9%)

Jewish 2 (1%)

Methodist 1 (1%)

Total 172

12 Cannot Read and 1 Read Only. Total 13 (8%)

8 Speak Irish and English (5%)

15 (9%) Born in England, 1 (1%) in Scotland, 1in India & in Malta (1%), and 153 (89%) in Ireland

There were approx' 20 Other Ranks Quarters inside the barrack walls and also a one roomed National School, there were laundry wash rooms and drying area for the families to use.

The quarters today have long since been converted to admin and training use.

Corporal John Thorpe O’Neill aged 26 on 1911 Census Galway

MAY 1911

3919 Private Thomas Murphy enlisted in 3rd Battalion 10 May 1911

Captain George A C Alcock was gazetted to the Battalion from the 3rd Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, dated the 10 May 1911.

JUNE 1911

3845 Private Michael Dever posted to the 3rd Battalion from the Depot for annual training 28 June 1911

The Battalion assembled for training on the 28 June 1911. This being the first occasion, on which the Battalion assembled at Oranmore instead of at Galway.

The following Officers were present with the Battalion:-

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major A C Lewin DSO (2nd in Command)

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain A W Blockley

Captain G Thompson (Regular Establishment)

Captain R L Payne (Regular Establishment)

Captain C F Underhill Faithorne (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brain

Captain W H King

Captain G A C Allcock

Lieutenant A W P T Whyte (Regular Establishment)

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant C F Naylor

2nd Lieutenant J W G Horder

2nd Lieutenant H R S Law

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin

2nd Lieutenant H J F Gerrard

Captain and Adjutant H F N Jourdain

Hon Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Attached Officers

Captain G W Robinson 3rd Leinster Regiment

Lieutenant A D Murphy 3rd Leinster Regiment

2nd Lieutenant C C Barry 3rd Leinster Regiment

Lieutenant J F G Gloster 5th Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant Francis Drew Foott was gazetted to the Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant on probation on the 28 June 1911

Army List 30 June 1911

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major Sarsfield W S 5 Dec 08

Major Digan A J, DSO 22 Dec 09

Major Lewin A C, DSO 8 Oct 10

Captain Tighe T 19 Mar 04

Captain Clifford T R B 14 May 04

Captain Campbell M I M 20 June 04

Captain Blockley A W 5 Apr 05

Captain Thompson G (Regular Establishment) 29 Nov 05

Captain Underhill Faithorne C F (Regular Establishment) 14 July 09

Captain O’Brien W D 29 Jan 11

Captain King W H 19 Sept 08

Captain Allcock G A C 10 May 11

Lieutenant Whyte A W P T (Regular Establishment) 3 Feb 07

Lieutenant de Stacpoole G E 20 May 07

Lieutenant Robinson H G 5 Jan 09

Lieutenant Naylor C F 1 June 09

2nd Lieutenant Horder J W G 12 May 09

2nd Lieutenant Law H R S 2 Sept 10

2nd Lieutenant Martin C J 8 Feb 11

2nd Lieutenant Gerrard H J F 28 Feb 11

2nd Lieutenant Foott F D 28 June 11

Captain and Adjutant H F N Jourdain 20 Sept 07

Honorary Major and Quarter Master McNally J

JULY 1911

Captain M J M Campbell rejoined the Battalion from leave of absence in Queensland on 7 July 1911, and resumed command of the Letter A Company.

3855 Private John Brady arrived at 3rd Battalion from Depot 8 July 1911

The following communications were received relative to the Review before His Majesty The King in Dublin on the 11 July.

From Major General W P Campbell CB Commanding 5th Division

Curragh July 12th 1911

My dear Hill,

Will you let all your Battalion know how well they marched past yesterday. It was extraordinarily good, and they swung their arms, and carried their rifles as well as almost anyone. Thank you too for your work.

Yours very sincerely,

(sd) W P Campbell

From Colonel F F Hill DSO

Commanding Special Reserve Brigade and No.11 District

Belfast 13th July 1911

My Dear Inglis,

Here is a copy of a letter I have received from General Campbell which I am sure you would like to circulate to your Battalion. The appearance and turn out of the Battalion was (as I told you) most creditable and the men handled their arms well and it is very pleasing and satisfactory to hear on all sides, that the marching was so good. You (and in fact all CO’s of the units in the Brigade) had evidently taken great pains in working up ceremonial, and the results considering that we had no time for rehearsal were eminently satisfactory and praise worthy. I have written General Campbell and Capper and Staffs thanking them on behalf of the Brigade for the excellent Camping arrangements and kindness rendered which I am sure you will approve. Again thanking you, your Officers and men for the excellent work, which made my command a very easy and pleasant one.

Believe me,

Yours very sincerely (sd) F F Hill

The Battalion strength 19 Officers and 353 NCO’s and men paraded at 7:30am on 10 July and proceeded by Special train from Oranmore to Ashtown station for duty at the Review to be held in the Phoenix Park by His Majesty the King on the 11 July.

The advance party strength 1 Officer and 40 men had proceeded to Dublin on the 8th July to prepare the camp for the Battalion in the Phoenix Park.

The Battalion paraded before His Majesty The King on the Fifteen Acres, Phoenix Park on the 11 July. The Special Reserve Brigade consisted on this occasion of the

3rd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers

3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers

3rd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

3rd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers

And was commanded by Colonel F F Hill DSO Commanding No.11 District.

His Majesty King George V issued the following message in Irish Command Orders dated 12th July 1911.

Dublin Castle 11th July 1911

“It was given me much pleasure to have had the opportunity of seeing the Troops under your Command I desire to express to you my entire satisfaction with the smart appearance and steadiness under arms of all units on parade today.”

Signed “George R J”

The Battalion paraded at 7am on 12 July and proceeded by special train from Ashtown Station for conveyance to Galway where the Battalion arrived on the 12 July at 12 o’clock midday as follows:-

Distribution SR: Special Reserve, RE: Regular Establishment

On Parade: Officers SR 15, Officers RE 5, WO 1, NCO 16, Dms 8, Ptes 1, SR Sgts 16, SR Corporals 9, SR Privates 297

Sick: SR Sergeants 1, SR Corporals 2, SR Privates 10

Without Leave: SR Privates 19

On Command: Officers SR 2, SR Privates 7

In Confinement: SR Privates 1

Regimental Employment: NCO 8, Privates 6, SR Sergeants 1, SR Corporals 1, SR Privates 20

Garrison Employment: SR Private 2

Recruits at Depot: Privates 21

At Depot: Officers RE 3

Total: Officers SR 17, Officers RE 8, WO 1, NCO 24, Dms 8, Ptes 7, SR Sgts 18, SR Cpls 12, SR Ptes 377

The Colonel Commanding No.12 District expressed himself as much pleased with the Camp and with the drill and turn out of the men

.

The Battalion paraded at 10am on the 21 July for Inspection by Colonel T Hope Stavert Commanding No.12 District.

On the 24 July 1911 the Battalion was dismissed to their homes, and left by the 6:15am and 9:50am train respectively from Oranmore Station except the men for Galway Town who were dismissed to their homes at midday on this date.

2nd Lieutenants Martin and Gerrard left for the Curragh Camp to complete their training with the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers.

3938 Private Michael Whelan attested into the 3rd Battalion and started recruit training 26 July 1911

AUGUST 1911

The probation of 2nd Lieutenant H R S Law was confirmed in the London Gazette bearing date 2 August 1911.

10145 Private John Patrick Hughes posted to 3rd Battalion from Depot 8 Aug 1911

Major A C Lewin riding ‘The Gaffer’ came 11th in the Military Jumping Competition held at the Horse Show at Ballsbridge 25 Aug 1911

3945 private Thomas Fitzgerald attested into 3rd Battalion 28 Aug 1911

SEPTEMBER 1911

3945 Private Thomas Fitzgerald vaccinated 2 Sept 1911

3953 Private Thomas Flynn attested into 3rd Battalion 11 Sept 1911

2792 Colour Sergeant Martin Rhatigan qualified in a course of keeping and repairing Small Arms at Enfield Lock, London 15 Sept 1911

On the 19 Sept 1911 Captain H F N Jourdain The Connaught Rangers completed the tenure of his appointment as Adjutant of the Battalion having been appointed to the Battalion on 20 Sept 1907, and was attached to the 2nd Battalion pending absorption.

Captain O F Lloyd, The Connaught Rangers having been appointed to the Adjutancy of the Battalion took over the duties on the 20 Sept 1911

Orders issued from War Office to Irish Command to make special efforts to enlist recruits for the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers 20 Sept 1910

3885 Private John Gavaghan completed his recruit training 24 Sept 1911

The following Officers, Warrant Officers and men were selected by the ARMY Council to be the recipients of the Medals granted by his Majesty the King, in connection with his Coronation.

Colonel W R Inglis

Major& Quarter Master J McNally

Captain T Tighe

Sergeant Major C F Dryden

Private J Fitzgerald

OCTOBER 1911

Captain L J Comyn 2nd Connaught Rangers was posted for a tour of duty with the 3rd Connaught Rangers vice Captain G Thompson whose period of attachment expired on the 3 Oct 1911.

3859 Private John Joseph Furey discharged on joining Regular army 6 Oct 1911

6069 Colour Sergeant John Martin Swords attached to the 3rd Battalion for a tour of duty from the Depot 7 Oct 1911

5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith posted at the end of his tour of duty back to the 2nd Battalion 9 Oct 1911

3787 Private John Gannon discharged on joining Regular Army, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers based at the Curragh, after 181 days Recruit training and 27 days Annual training 9 Oct 1911

NOVEMBER 1911

2nd Lieutenant Martin was confirmed in his appointed as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion in London Gazette bearing date 3 Nov 1911

Major Austin James Digan DSO 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers arrives in Montreal Canada on the ‘Laurentic’ from Liverpool 17 Nov 1911

2nd Lieutenant H R S Law was granted leave from 8 Dec 1911 to 8 Dec 1912 to proceed to Serawak. Authy W.O. Letter 91/88/92 (AG.5) dated 21 Nov 1911.

DECEMBER 1911

3860 Private John Kelly discharged to the Regular Army, Connaught Rangers 6 Dec 1911

The appointment of 2nd Lieutenant Gerrard to a send Lieutenancy (on probation) was cancelled in the London Gazette bearing date 15 Dec1911

3938 Private Michael Whelan finished recruit training 23 Dec 1911

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1912

JANUARY 1912

4552 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson awarded Long Service and Good Conduct medal 1 Jan 1912

FEBRUARY 1912

10145 Private John Patrick Hughes discharged at own request on payment of 18 pounds 3 Feb 1912

3885 Private John Gavaghan discharged to join Regular Army, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 Feb 1912

Martin Reilly from Ennis charged at the City Petty Sessions with false attestation into the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 17 Feb 1912

Stated he had not served before when he had served in the Royal Artillery. Captain Robertson pressed for charges, but had nothing aginstthe man’s charcter. He had been confined in the guardroom since 16 Jan 1912

The prisoner stated he had 4 trainings in the Royal Artillery of 15 days each.

Sentence 1 month’s imprisonment.

2nd Lieutenant Foott was confirmed in his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion in London Gazette bearing date 20 Feb 1912

Colonel W R Inglis attended for a Staff tour held in the vicinity of Killarney from 20 to 23 Feb 1912

2792 Colour Sergeant Martin Rhatigan discharged on termination of his 2nd period of engagement 29 Feb 1912

MARCH 1912

Charles Gill and John Woods charged with false attestation at Magisrtartes Court, Dublin 9 March 1912

He had been discharged from the Royal Garrison Artillery in May 1905 and joined the Connaught Rangers in 1909 under the name Charles Reilly his mother’s family name.

Major McNally stated the man,s character in the Royal Garrison Artillery was not good but had pulled up very much indeed in the Special Reserve, but would would not be kept due to his previous character. He did not press for punishment. Sentenced 1 month.

John Woods was siminlarly charged having been ‘disharged with disgrace’ from the South Lancashire Regiment. Major McNally stated the man’s character had been bad in both Regiments and pressed for punishment. Sentenced 3 months.

Captain and Adjutant O F Lloyd attended the Command Staff tour at Cork from 26 to 28 March 1912

2nd Lieutenant John Horace Kennedy was gazetted to the Battalion as 2nd Lieutenant on probation on the 27 March 1912

Captain T R B Clifford was granted leave of absence from 10 March 1912 to 10 July 1912 for the purpose of proceeding to Ceylon

APRIL 1912

Lieutenant G C de Stacpoole joined the Class of Instruction which assembled at the Regimental Depot on 9 April 1912

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy to 2nd Connaught Rangers from 25 April 1912 to 24 Oct 1912 to under go probationary training.

2nd Lieutenant I W G Horder passed examination for commission into Regular Army with a score of 2867 30 April 1912

MAY 1912

Captain G A C Alcock to the 3rd Leinster Regiment during their annual training 29 May 1912

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott to Regimental Depot from 27 May 1912 to 23 June 1912 for recruits course of musketry

Extracts from the London Gazette dated 21 May 1912.

Regular Forces

The East Lancashire Regiment 2nd Lieutenant Ivor William Garret Horder from 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers to be 2nd Lieutenant

2nd Lieutenant Ivor William Garret Horder from 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers successful candidate at Competitive Examinations of Officers of the Special Reserve held March last to join 3rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment 22 May 1912

JUNE1912

The Battalion assembled for training at Oranmore on the 24 June 1912.

The following Officers were present with the Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major A C Lewin DSO (2nd in Command)

Captain T Tighe

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain L J Comyn (Regular Establishment)

Captain W H King

Captain J B G F Lemes (Regular Establishment)

Captain C F Underhill Faithorne (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brien

Captain G A C Allcock

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant H G Robertson (Regular Establishment)

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy

Captain and Adjutant O F Lloyd

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Attached Officers

2nd Lieutenant R E Wilson 3rd Hampshire Regiment

2nd Lieutenant Wells 3rd Hampshire Regiment

JULY 1912

The Battalion paraded at 10am on the 15 July for Inspection by Colonel J Hope Stavert Commanding No.12 District

The numbers present on parade as follows:-

Distribution

On Parade: Officers SR 12, RE 6, WO 1, NCO 14, Drms 8, SR Sgts 18, Cpls 14, Ptes 302

Sick: SR Privates 1

With leave: Officers SR 3, SR Privates 7

Without leave: SR Sergeants 1, Privates 18

On Command: NCO 2, SR Privates 13

Regimental Employment: NCO 10, Privates 9, SR Sergeants 1, Corporals 1, Privates 16

Recruits at Depot: SR Privates 17

At Depot Regimental Employment: Officers 2, NCO 12, Drummers 2, Privates 32

Totals: Officers SR 15, RE 8, WO 1, NCO 38, Drms 10, Ptes 41, SR Sgts 20, Cpls 16, Ptes 394

The Battalion was dismissed from Annual Training 20 July 1912

Sanction has been given for the appointment of Captain E G S Truell 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers for a tour of duty with the 3rd Reserve Battalion of that Regiment in relief of Captain C F Underill Faithorne whose tour expires on 1 Oct 1912

Major A C Lewin DSO passed an examination in Tactical Fitness for Command on 18 July 1912. TC.O 176 (1002)d/31/7/12

AUGUST 1912

4090 Private Albert Fallon enlisted in 3rd Battalion 26 Aug 1912

Daniel Twohig re enlisted into the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers as a Private no.4093. He had previously served in Royal Artillery 29 Aug 1912

SEPTEMBER 1912

Extract from the London Gazette dated 6 Sept 1912

Special Reserve of Officers.

Infantry 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers Walter Peter Lambert late 2nd Lieutenant, The Connaught Rangers to be Lieutenant dated 7 Sept 1912

4106 Private Thomas Gavaghan enlisted in 3rd Battalion 30 Sept 1912

OCTOBER 1912

Approval has been given for the attendance of the under mentioned Officer of the Special Reserve, at the competitive examination in military subjects for Commissions in the Regular Army commencing on 14 Oct 1912.

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers.

Captain E G S Truell 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers granted leave from 1 to 20 Oct 1912

Major Austin James Digan DSO 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers granted leave to remain in Canada until 31 May 1913

Colonel W R Inglis has been selected to attend the Class of Instruction for Officers of the Special Reserve assembling at Birr on the 20 Oct1912

Colonel W R Inglis attended a course of Instruction at the Depot Leinster Regiment, Birr from 2 to 29 Oct 1912 under para 251 Special Reserve Regulations and obtained a satisfactory report on Army Form E 535

4458 Sergeant William Clarke (Instructor of Gymnastics) posted from 2nd Battalion to 3rd Battalion previously with the Gymnastics Staff 25 Oct 1912

NOVEMBER 1912

6069 Colour Sergeant John Martin Swords passed Hythe refresher course 16 Nov 1912

DECEMBER 1912

Captain W A King appointed Deputy Assistant Director for Remounts at Irish Command 3 Dec 1912

2nd Lieutenant C J Martin was a successful candidate at the Competitive Examinations of Officers of Officers of Special Reserve to join the Army Service Corps 4 Dec 1912

Major H F N Jourdain 2nd Battalion The Connaught Rangers has been detailed for a tour of duty with the 3rd Battalion in relief of Major W S Sarsfield whose tour will expire on he 22 Feb 1913; Major Jourdain to proceed to Galway for duty accordingly. T.C.O. No.1717 d/30 Dec 1912

4140 Private James Kilgallon enlisted in the 3rd Battalion 13 Dec 1912

Sanction has been given for the appointment of Captain W H King as a Deputy Assistant Appointment Director of Remounts in the Irish Command from 14 Dec 1912

Lectures were given to Officers at this time on the probable line of attack of any German offensive against France.

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, qualified in Examination I, as laid down in Examination Appendix III S.R.R. at an examination held at the Curragh 20 Dec1912

1913

JANUARY 1913

5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith awarded Long Service and Good Conduct medal

Captain L J Comyn granted leave from 7 Jan 1913 to 28 Feb 1913

The following extracts from the London Gazette date 14 Jan 1913 are published for information:-

Infantry: 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant (on probation) John H Kennedy is confirmed in his rank.

2nd Lieutenant Henry R S Law resigns his commission 18 Jan 1913

2nd Lieutenant Charles Jasper Martin to be 2nd Lieutenant Army Service Corps (Gazette 3-12-12)

Captain A C Alcock to be Captain 3rd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment (DD) No.8 dt 28.1.13

4458 Sergeant William Clarke in hospital at Galway wound to right hand 20 to 25 Jan 1913

4155 Private Patrick Corcoran attested into 3rd Battalion 21 Jan 1913

Captain A W Blockley will attend the School of Musketry, Hythe and should be directed to arrive there not later than 7pm 27 Jan 1913

4083 Private James Trotter discharged at termination of 2nd period of engagement 29 Jan 1913

MARCH 1913

Lieutenant H G Robertson from 20 March to 26 April 1913 (D.O.No.20 d/7 March.1913)

4126 Private Michael Allen posted to the 3rd Battalion form the Depot after his recruit training 14 March 1913

Captain W H King to be a Deputy Assistant Director of Remounts (Dec 14, 1912) 14 March 1913

Approval is given for the attachment off 2nd Lieutenant F D Foott to 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment from 2 to 28 June 1913 during the period of Annual Training of that unit.

Authy d/Cork 27 March 1913.No13564

2nd Lieutenant S H Lewis 2nd Battalion The Connaught Rangers has been detailed for a tour of duty with the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers (3rd Reserve Battalion of his Regiment) in relief of Lieutenant A W P J Whyte, whose tour will expire on 29 March 1913. Orders are to be issued for 2nd Lieutenant Lewis to proceed to Galway for duty accordingly.

Army List 31 March 1913

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major Digan A J, DSO 22 Dec 09

Major Lewin A C, DSO (2nd in Command) 8 Oct 10

Major Jourdain H F N 10 Aug 12 (Regular Establishment)

Captain Tighe T Mar 04 (Has served with Permanent Force)

Captain Clifford T R B 14 May 04 (Has served with Permanent Force)

Captain Campbell M I M 20 June 04

Captain Blockley A W 5 Apr 05

Captain Comyn L J 27 June 06 (Regular Establishment)

Captain Truell E G S 18 Aug 08 (Regular Establishment)

Captain King W H 19 Sept 08 Deputy Director of Remounts Irish Command

Captain Eames T G B F 18 Feb 09 (Regular Establishment)

Captain O’Brien W D 29 Jan 11

Lieutenant de Stacpoole G E 20 May 07 (Has served with Permanent Force)

Lieutenant Robertson H G 5 Jan 09 (Regular Establishment)

Lieutenant Naylor C F 1 June 09 (Has served with Permanent Force)

Lieutenant Lambert W P 7 Sept 12

2nd Lieutenant Lewis S H 20 Apr 10 (Regular Establishment)

2nd Lieutenant Foott F D 28 June 11

2nd Lieutenant Kennedy J H 27 Mar 12

Captain and Adjutant Lloyd O F 20 Sept 11

Honorary Major and Quarter Master McNally J

APRIL 1913

The following extract from the London Gazette dt 1April 1913 is published for information:-

Special Reserve of Officers

Infantry 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers

James Lee Jackson to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) d/2 April 1913

D.O. No.30 d/3 April 1913

4187 Private Thomas Higgins attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruit training 29 April 1913

JUNE 1913

Lieutenant (on probation) William P F Latham, from 3rd Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment, to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 4 June 1913

Recruits musketry course 9 to 29 June 1913

3/4093 Private Daniel Twohig attended course

3855 Lance Corporal John Brady promoted to Sergeant 30 June 1913

The appointment of Lancelot Neville Aveling to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) is antedated to 30 June 1913

From the Surrey (Queen Mary’s Own) Yeomanry

The Battalion assembled for training at Oranmore on the 30 June 1913.

The following Officers were present with the Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel W R Inglis (Commanding)

Major A C Lewin DSO

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R B Clifford

Captain M I M Campbell

Captain A W Blockley

Captain L J Comyn (Regular Establishment)

Captain W H King

Captain T B G F Eames (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brien

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant W P Lambert

Lieutenant S H Lewis (Regular Establishment)

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott

2nd Lieutenant J H Kennedy

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

Captain and Adjutant O F Lloyd

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally

Attached Officer

Lieutenant M Wood, The Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery

JULY 1913

4613 Private Peter Bolger awarded Long Service and Good Conduct medal 1 July 1913

3953 Private Thomas Flynn forfeits 1 weeks pay. ‘Absent from the place of assembly of the Battalion at 9am until 11am.’ Witness Colour Sergeant Ryan 1 July 1913

Lancelot Neville Aveling, late Cadet Gresham’s School Contingent, Officers Training Corps, to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation). Shot at Bisley for School. 4 July 1913

3/4093 Private Daniel Twohig appointed Lance Corporal 4 July 1913

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel W R Inglis on completion of his period of service in command of a Battalion, relinquishes his commission and is granted permission to retain his rank and wear the prescribed uniform 6 July 1913

Lieutenant A W P J Whyte, retired pay late The Connaught Rangers to be Lieutenant, under the provisions of article 510, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion, 1909, with seniority as from 3 July 1907. 20 July 1913

The Battalion paraded at 10am on the 24 July 1913 for Inspection by Colonel Scrase Dickens Commanding No12 District

The numbers present on parade were as follows:-

Distribution

On parade: Officers Line 5, SR 15, WO 1, S Sgts 2, Sgts 12, Drs 8, Total 25, SR Sgts 17, Cpls 14, Ptes 298, Total 329

On Command SR Privates 11, Total 11

Recruits at Depot: Privates 12, Total 12

Absent Sick: Sergeant 1, Total 1, SR Corporals 1, Privates 13, Total 14

Absent with leave: SR Sergeant 1, Privates 3, Total 4

Absent without leave: SR Sergeant 1, Privates 22, Total 23

Regtl Employ: S Sgts 2, Sgts 2, Cpls 3, Ptes 8, Total 15, SR Sgts 1, Ptes 8, Total 9

On Guard: SR Sergeant 1, Privates 7, Total 8

Total: Officers Line 5, SR 15, WO 1, S Sgts 4, Sgts 15, Cpls 5, Drs 8, Ptes 8, Total 41, SR Sgt 21, Cpls 15, Ptes 388, Total 424

4187 Private Thomas Higgins absent 24 July to 31 July 1913

The Battalion was dismissed to their homes and left by the 6:30am, 9:50am and 1:30pm trains from Oranmore Station, except the men for Galway Town who were dismissed to their homes at mid-day on this date. 23 July 1913

AUGUST 1913

Lieutenant Hugh Grant Robertson granted leave from 12 August 1913 to date of embarkation for India

Major A C Lewin DSO to be Lieutenant Colonel 6 August 1913

4126 Private Michael Allen discharged on joining Regular Army, Royal Munster Fusiliers 14 Aug 1913

Lieutenant A W P T Whyte retires on retired pay to serve in the Special Reserve under the provisions of Article 510, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion 1909, with seniority from 3 Feb 1907. 15 Aug 1913

OCTOBER 1913

2nd Lieutenants to be Lieutenants Francis D Foott and John H Kennedy 1st Oct 1913

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham qualified in Examination I as laid down in Appendix III. Special Reserve Regiments at an examination held at Woking on 28 Oct 1913

NOVEMBER 1913

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson qualified in Examination I as laid down in Appendix III Special Reserve Regiments at an examination held at Aldershot 3 Nov 1913

Francis Marion Saunders Gibson to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 8 Nov 1913

Captain T Rafferty Quarter Master The Connaught Rangers from 1st Battalion to 3rd Reserve Battalion under Para 239 Kings Regs. Orders have been issued for him to join on the 21 Nov 1913

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J McNally is placed on retired pay 21 Nov 1913

Sergeant Major Charles F Dryden to be Quarter Master with Honorary rank of Lieutenant 22 Nov 1913

Lieutenant Charles F Dryden Quartermaster, The Connaught Rangers to the 2nd Battalion on promotion from Sergeant Major 3rd Reserve Battalion 27 Nov 1913

4155 Private Patrick Corcoran discharged having joined Regular Army, Royal Army Medical Corps 31 Nov 1913

DECEMBER 1913

The under mentioned 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) are confirmed in their rank. 2 Dec 1913

James L Jackson and William P F Latham

1914

JANUARY 1914

5455 Colour Sergeant Denis Mack awarded Long Service and Good Conduct medal

4458 Sergeant William Clarke discharged at termination of 2nd period of engagement 17 Jan 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson will be attached to 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from 20 Jan 1914 to 20 July 1914 to undergo his probationary training.

4267 Private William Buckley attested into 3rd Battalion, started recruit training 27 Jan 1914

4269 Private Thomas Clifford attested into 3rd Battalion, started recruit training 28 Jan 1914

FEBRUARY 1914

2nd Lieutenant James Lee Jackson passed Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate on a Vickers Biplane at The Vickers School, Brooklands 26 Feb 1914

MARCH 1914

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling qualified third in Examination I as laid down Appendix III Special Reserve Regiments, at an examination held at Aldershot on the 7 March 1914

4286 Private Patrick Birkett attested into 3rd Battalion and started recruit training 24 March 1914

Hansard 26 March 1914

Mr. AMERY

Asked whether any order or intimation was conveyed to the Connaught Rangers or to the Leinster Regiment to hold themselves in readiness to go to Ulster; and, if so, whether such order has since been countermanded?

Colonel SEELY

There is no information in the War Office to enable me to reply to this question. All these matters were left to the General Officer Commanding in Chief, who had full authority to take such precautionary measures as were necessary.

4090 Private Albert Fallon discharged to enlist in Regular Army 30 March 1914

APRIL 1914

6926 Sergeant Frederick Baker becomes Orderly Room Clerk at Kinsale for the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers during April 1914

7500 Private Dominick Joy transferred to Army Reserve 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from 1st Battalion 21 April 1915

The following Officers attended a Class of Instruction which assembled at Birr 23 April 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole

Lieutenant F D Foott

MAY 1914

4299 Private Patrick John Moore enlisted in 3rd Battalion 2 May 1914

Previously had served 12 years in the Lenister Regiment.

Captain H J Nolan Ferrall 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined for a tour of duty 6 May 1914

4286 Private Patrick Birkett discharged due to miss-statement of age on his attestation 6 May 1914

JUNE 1914

3953 Private Thomas Flynn purchased discharge for £3 10 June 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole was attached to the 3rd Leinster Regiment during the Annual Training from the 25 May to 14 June 1914

Regular Forces. Successful candidate at the Competitive Examinations of Officers of the Special Reserve, held in March last, to be 2nd Lieutenant 10 June 1914

Prince Albert’s Somerset Light Infantry, Lieutenant John Horace Kennedy from 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

The Battalion assembled for Annual Training at Oranmore on the 15 June 1914

It completed its annual training at Oranmore between 15 June and 11 July 1914

3/4093 Lance Corporal Daniel Twohig promoted to Sergeant 15 June 1914

Lieutenant Colonel & Honorary Colonel A C Lewin DSO (Commanding)

Major A J Digan

Captain T R Brooke Clifford

Captain L J Comyn (Regular Establishment)

Captain C G S Ferrall (Regular Establishment)

Captain H J Nolan Ferrall (Regular Establishment)

Captain W H King

Captain T B G F Eames (Regular Establishment)

Captain W D O’Brien

Lieutenant A W P Whyte

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant W P Lambert

2nd Lieutenant F D Foott

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson

Captain and Adjutant O F Lloyd

Honorary Major and Quarter Master J Rafferty

Attached Officer

Lieutenant M Wood, The Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery

Lieutenant J J O’Brien 3rd Leinster Regiment

The Commander of No12 District visited the Camp 18 June 1914

4310 Private Thomas Nolan enlisted in 3rd Battalion 18 June 1914

2nd Lieutenant William P F Latham from 3rd Battalion to be 2nd Lieutenant 24 June 1914

The Commander of No12 District visited the Camp 26 & 27 June 1914

4267 Private William Buckley finished his recruits training during the annual training at Oranmore 26 June 1914

4269 Private Thomas Clifford finished his recruits training during the annual training at Oranmore 27 June 1914

JULY 1914

4552 Colour Sergeant Charles Wilson discharged to pension after 21 years 4 July 1914

Paid deferred pay £14 5/ 4 July 1914

6669 Sergeant F Phillips was promoted Colour Sergeant vice Colour Sergeant Wilson discharged to pension, (dated 11 May 1914) 5 July 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers qualified in Examination I as laid down in Appendix III Special Reserve Regulations at Aldershot 6 June 1914

Captain L J Comyn will take part in The Command Staff Exercise in the vicinity of Cashel on the 6th, 7th & 8th July 1914.

Instructions being issued directly from Command Headquarters

Lieutenant Alfred William Peter Talbert Whyte appointed Captain in 3rd Battalion. (Retired) from 2nd Battalion 20 August 1913. 7 July 1914

3845 Private Michael Dever Fined 2/6 ‘Being drunk in town at midnight, Galway’ 7 July 1914 Witnesses Lance Corporal Wilson and Corporal Hannigan

At its annual inspection 8 July 1914 total strength Regular Establishment and Special

Distribution

On parade: Officers 17, WO 1, S Sgts 14, Sgts 22, Cpls 11, Privates 264, Total 312

Absent with leave: Officers 3, Privates 18, Total 18

On Command Officers 3, Privates 1, Total 1

Regtl Employ: S Sergeants 6, Sergeants 1, Corporals 1, Drs 8, Sgts 1, Cpls 1, 22, Total 38

Hospital Privates 1, Total 1

Regimental Duty Sergeants 1, Corporals 1, Privates 8, Total 10

Recruits at Depot: Privates 22, Total 22

Absent Sick: Privates 18, Total 18

Dismissed to Home: Privates 12, Total 12

Total: Officers 24, WO 1, S Sgts 20, Sgts 24, Cpls 13, Drs 8, Ptes 366, Total 432,

The Battalion was dismissed to their homes and left by the 6:30am, 9:50am and 1:30pm trains from Oranmore Station, except the men for Galway Town who were dismissed to their homes at mid day. 11 July 1914

The under mentioned officers were attached to the 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers from 12 July to 1 August 1914

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

4187 Private Thomas Higgins admonished ‘Being absent from tattoo 24 July 1913 until apprehended by Civil Police’ 31 July 1913

2nd Lieutenants James L Jackson and Lancelot N Aveling promoted Lieutenant 25 July 1914

Quarter Master Sergeant P Farrell 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be Quarter Master with the rank of Lieutenant with 5th (Service) Battalion 25 July 1914

AUGUST 1914

Sergeant Eric Dudley Greeves late Ellesmere College Contingent Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation 1 August 1914

Monday 3 August was a Bank Holiday. Officers form Battalion involved in a local Tennis Competition 3 August 1914

Staff at Depot made ready for any declaration of war but little work could be done it being a Bank Holiday 3 Aug 1914

Depot Officers remained at Renmore Barracks all Day, despite the Galway Races being on. Orders for ‘General Mobilization’ received during the evening 4 August 1914

Telegram arrived at 6:53pm at the Depot. Major H F N Jourdain immediately sent out telegrams throughout the Province of Connaught, ordering mobilization. War had been declared at 4pm.

Telegram read:

‘Commanding Depot, Galway.

General mobilization ordered.’

Reservists began arriving at the Galway Depot that evening.

The 3rd Battalion was at Galway at the outbreak of the War.

Frederick Henry Lewin a former Lieutenant in the East Surrey Regiment Special Reserve, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, commanded by his brother, then Colonel Arthur Corrie Lewin, DSO. 4 Aug 1914

The application shows him as unmarried and a barrister-at-law by profession.

Richard D’Arcy, Roy Delacombe, Ivan Harold Garvey, Arnold Montgomery, and John Joseph Kavenagh to be 2nd Lieutenants on probation 3rd Battalion 4 Aug 1914

Reservists or special reservists were required to bring units up to their establishment on the outbreak of war and keep them up to strength for the early part of the war. Many were either too old or unfit for active service.

The 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from Boyle to Crosshaven 4 Aug 1914

Major Augustine James Digan DSO, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers is restored to the establishment 5 Aug 1914

Captain Nolan Farrell and 50 Other Ranks proceeded to Crosshaven, County Cork by the 3:30 pm train from Galway as an Advance Party. 5 August 1914

Captain E G S Truell proceeded with 2 NCO’s to Aldershot to take over details of 2nd Battalion 5 Aug 1914

The under mentioned officers proceeded to Aldershot to join the 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers forming part of the Expeditionary Force proceeding on active service. 5 August 1914

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole

Lieutenant W P Lambert

Lieutenant F D Foott (Retreat from Mons, First Battle of Ypres, wounded)

2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

2nd Lieutenant James Lee Jackson promoted Lieutenant and seconded for service with Royal Flying Corps, having already taken the Royal Aero Certificate at Messrs Vickers, Flying School, Brooklands.

Lieutenant H Q Irwin, Sergeant Maher and 4 men proceeded to Albert Quays, Cork to take up Railway Transport duties at that Station. 6 August 1914

Lieutenant J I Fraser and 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson and the Colour Party arrived with the Colours of the 2nd Battalion and handed over the Colours for safe keeping to the Officer Commanding the Depot 6 Aug 1914

Lieutenant J I Fraser and 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson proceeded to Aldershot with the first draft of Reservists for the 2nd Battalion 6 Aug 1914

Lieutenant S H Lewis and Lieutenant J W Horne of Reserve of Officers proceeded to Aldershot with draft of Army Reservists 7 Aug 1914

The Depot dealt with all things Regimental, and was its home and base and looking after the Colours and Regimental Silver.

The Depot did the recruiting and basic training of men before draft to Regular and Special Reserve battalions, the discharge of Regular soldiers to pension or the reserve and the administration of invalids and medical discharges went through the Depot.

The co-ordination and control of the Regular Reserves including mobilization, administration, payment, clothing, arming, yearly training and discharge took place at the Depot.

On mobilization the 3rd Reserve Battalion moved away from the depot to its war station and took with it its administration and the depot training cadre to provide men replacing the wastage of the regular battalions.

The depot expanded its recruiting efforts and manpower control, receiving all recruits for initial administration and providing drafts to the Special Reserve Battalion and the newly formed Reserve Battalions.

As the war went on the functions of the depot continued, administering and controlling the ever growing regiment, the Battalions having autonomy in their own right but using the depot as a focal point.

The works, employment and agricultural company's, the administration of Invalids, medical and convalescents and the control of recruiting remaining with the depot throughout the war. Also to control and administer the movement of troops between regiments.

2nd Lieutenant Francis M S Gibson confirmed in his rank 7 Aug 1914

Cadet Sergeant Eric Dudley Greeves from Ellesmere College Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant (probation) 7 Aug 1914

Captain O’Brien proceeded to Aldershot with draft of Army Reservists 8 Aug 1914

By the evening of 8 Aug 621 men had been dispatched from the Depot to join the 2nd Battalion at Aldershot.

The Battalion proceeded on 8 August 1914 by train to Crosshaven, County Cork and took charge of the defences at the entrance of Cork Harbour. Its strength was 11 Officers and 424 Other Ranks. Garrison Commander Queenstown Brigadier General W F H Stafford.

The 3rd Battalion was fully mobilized by the 8 August 1914 and Major H F N Jourdain Commanding the Depot proceeded with the 3rd Battalion to Crosshaven.

The following Officers proceeded with the Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO

Major H F N Jourdain

Major A J Digan DSO

Captain T Tighe

Captain T R Brooke Clifford

Captain A C Blockley

Captain L J Comyn

Captain and Adjutant O F Lloyd

Captain (Honorary Major) and Quarter Master J Rafferty

2nd Lieutenant E D Greeves

2nd Lieutenant F Lewin

On the Battalions departure Captain W D O’Brien was detailed to bring on the stragglers.

Captain King remained in Dublin in charge of remounts and did not join the Battalion on mobilization.

The original plan was that the senior Special Reserve battalions would carry out the roles of draft finding and coastal defence. They did perform a valuable service during the war in providing trained drafts for overseas service.

When officers were found incompetent for active service, the easiest course of action was for their Commanding Officer was to have them reassigned to a reserve battalion, as this did not require either a court martial or the officer to be deprived of his commission.

3343 Lance Corporal Kennan Corrigan, 3871 Lance Corporal Michael White posted from Depot to 3rd Battalion 8 Aug 1914

9110 Drummer George Evans appointed Acting Corporal 8 Aug 1914

The Battalion went under canvas on land behind Crosshaven House 9 Aug 1914

Major H F N Jourdain after handing over Command of the 3rd Battalion to its Commanding Officer proceeded 10 August 1914 to Galway to take command of the 5th (Service) Battalion which was then about to be raised. He had written orders to remain in command of the Depot until he had mobilized all the Reservists for the 2nd Battalion and the Special Reserve of the 3rd Battalion, and on completion of this duty ie: the 5th day of mobilization, to hand over command the Depot to the officer detailed for the Reserve of Officers, and the 3rd Battalion to its own Commanding Officer.

Work was undertaken in construction of an extensive line of trenches, reserve shelters and earthworks of various kinds alongside the Siege Company of the Monmouth (Special Reserve) Royal Engineers, stationed at this portion of the defences. It also provided certain detached posts and outposts on the coast and at special defensible spots.

The weather was very wet in August 1914, and the tents had no tent boards. Most of the men were on outpost duty every night. In some places it was impossible to provide cover and they slept in the open

As this work was completed and more men became available a considerable amount of Company training was carried out. Route marches were included in the scheme of training, and were held at least twice a week. Recruit training was carried out together with instruction in musketry and other subjects.

It was common for the Officers to go to Cork on Saturday afternoons especially the Cork County Club. After dinner most junior officers, went off to the theatre or to pick up girls and having come up to Cork by train 17 miles, had to hire a car to get home, which was expensive, but entailed waiting till the last man appeared. On Sunday’s there was good salmon fishing in season at Inishannon, 10 miles up the Bandon River

The following Officers joined the Battalion 10 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Montgomery

2nd Lieutenant R D’Arcy

2nd Lieutenant W F P Lathagn (Supplementary List)

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary List)

2nd Lieutenant R Delacombe

Lieutenant Burke (Reserve of Officers)

2nd Lieutenant I Garvey joined the Battalion 11 Aug 1914

646 Reservists had joined the 2nd Battalion at Aldershot by 11 Aug 1914

Men who had previously deserted were allowed to attest and then received a Royal Pardon a few weeks later.

Captain L J Comyn proceeded to Dublin to take over duties of A.A.G. & A.Q.M.G. 12 Aug 1914

3988 Private Joseph Caffery died at Cork 12 Aug 1914

Lieutenants W P Lambert, F D Foott, and G E de Stacpoole proceeded to France with the 2nd Battalion 13 August 1914

2nd Battalion reported mobilization complete at Aldershot and entrained for Southampton 13 Aug 1914

7783 Private James Gildea, 7760 Private Joseph McCarthy and 8795 Bandsman Frederick John Gilkes, 8466 Private John Murray, proceeded with the 2nd Battalion to France, landing in Boulogne 14 August 1914

2nd Lieutenant Claude Joseph O’Conor Mallins gazetted from Reserve of Officers to Connaught Rangers 14 Aug 1914

Captain Nolan Ferrall (Regular Establishment) and 2nd Lieutenant S H Lewis proceeded to Galway to join the 5th Battalion 14 Aug 1914

Cooke Richard Fitzgerald Lloyd, Henry Harvey Lyons, Frank Harry Bethell, and Eric Basil Francis Faithfull Cadets from the Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenants on probation with 3rd Battalion 15 August 1914

Captain T Tighe proceeded to his home on 3 months sick leave 17 Aug 1914

Captain L J Comyn seconded to be D.A.A.G. on The Staff at 10th Irish Division 17 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Delacombe & 1 NCO proceeded to the Cyclists at Nohavel Cove, Reanies Bay for Coastal Patrol 19 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenants Gibson and A S Beard (Supplementary List) arrived from Aldershot 20 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy arrived at the 3rd Battalion 21 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenants Jackson and Aveling arrived from Aldershot with remaining details of 2nd Battalion 23 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant Whyte reported his arrival from leave abroad 23 Aug 1914

Major A G Kemball 31st Punjabis reported his arrival for duty with Battalion 24 Aug 1914

4349 Private Michael McNamara aged 41 enlisted and posted to 3rd Battalion 25 Aug 1914

Served 12 years in Connaught Rangers, Time Expired.

Lieutenant L N Aveling left to join the Expeditionary Force with a draft of 93 other ranks to join the 2nd Battalion 26 Aug 1914

Draft included

1 Sergeant

1641 Sergeant William Cummins (discharged 20 April 1916, joined Army Service Corps no.T/381572)

3 Corporals

8872 Corporal Patrick Losty (transferred to Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43048), 10070 Corporal William Kenny (killed in action 29 Oct 1914), 9423 Corporal John Malone

1 Lance Corporal

9219 Lance Corporal Mark Charles Gower (discharged 20 Aug 1915)

79 Privates

7483 Private John Lovell, 2779 Private John Coyne, 3166 Private William Lyons, 3040 Private Michael Dervin (discharged 28 April 1915), 3043 Private Martin Brennan, 3478 Private Patrick Carroll, 3457 Private Thomas Gill, 2282 Private James Connors 8later transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.9145 & Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/309), 3255 Private Michael Ryan, 2252 Private Martin Hehir, 2982 Private John Daly, 8199 Private Michael Collins (later transferred to Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/19284 & Royal Irish Regiment no.5647), 3558 Private Patrick Connor (later transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.2464 & Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48352), 3505 Private John Kelly, 3416 Private James Sweeney (transferred Labour Corps no.450220), 3539 Private Michael Sweeney (Later awarded DCM), 3536 Private Patrick Sweeney (wounded Dec 1914 and invalided home), 3693 Private Andrew Tansey, 7158 Private Harry O’Brien, 10502 Private William O’Brien, 10863 Private John Gore (Later POW), 7835 Private Michael Armstrong, 8526 Private Joseph Kearns, 8876 Private Herbert Archer, 7719 Private William Burns (Reg as dead 26 Aug 1914), 7543 Private Joseph Byrne (Deserted 21 Jan 1915), 8333 Private John Cairns (discharged 26 June 1916), 3413 Private Michael Cloherty, 6726 Private Patrick Clarke, 7590 Private James Collins (Discharged 11 Dec 1914), 7531 Private John Collins (Discharged 8 Sept 1915), 3240 Private Thomas Connolly (Discharged 18 March 1916), 10562 Private John J McCarthy (later transferred to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 48478), 7659 Private Charles McCarthy (later transferred to Labour Corps 369107), 10465 Private Thady Meehan, 8086 Private Thomas Molloy (Awarded DCM), 3028 Private Michael Owens (reported dead 30 Oct 1914), 10814 Private Edward Palmer (died of wounds 11 Nov 1916), 7949 Private Joseph Power, 10819 Private Richard Quigley (discharged 23 June 1916), 10931 Private Phillip Reilly (killed in action 14 Sept 1914), 3137 Private Joseph Ryan (missing in action 1 Nov 1914, POW), 6701 Private Gerald Shaw (transferred to Labour Corps no.421497), 10603 Private Michael Shortt (died of wounds 30 Dec 1915 with 5th Battalion), 8001 Private Richard McMahon, 4319 Private James Norton (killed in action 14 Sept 1914), 6502 Private Peter Kelly (discharged 30 Nov 1914), 10783 Private Peter Keogh, 8300 Private John Lennon (killed in action 14 Sept 1914), 8483 Private Michael Lohan (POW), 8203 Private Michael Martin, 3267 Private Benjamin Mathews, 9003 Private John Mayberry (discharged 12 June 1916), 2881 Private Patrick Kelly transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1364), 3241 Private Francis Foster (killed in action 14 Sept 1914), 6422 Private Joseph Glavey (discharged 15 Aug 1915), 6991 Private Edward Goodwin, 2842 Private Joseph Goulding (killed in action 11 Sept 1914), 4320 Private William Farrelly (transferred Royal Dublin Fusiliers no.32525 & missing in action 2 Nov 1917, POW), 7540 Private Joseph Byrne (deserted 21 Jan 1915), 7430 Private Alexander Campbell (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.11363 & Labour Corps no.174894), 10590 Private John Campbell (discharged 2 July 1915), 4021 Private Terence Casey, 4020 Joseph Barrett (Died of wounds 8 Oct 1915), 3043 Private Martin Brennan (transferred 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14015, Labour Corps no.386908, 13th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48145), 4335 Private Thomas Burlace (died 9 Dec 1914), 3034 Private Thomas Curran (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.G/1667), 2928 Private John Daly (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.49054), 10918 Private Patrick Healy (POW & promoted Corporal), 2252 Private Martin Hehir, 2568 Private John Lynch (discharged 21 March 1917), 7474 Private Thomas Maloney (killed in action 14 Sept 1914), 3895 Private John Murray (discharged 29 March 1915), 7158 Private Harry O’Brien, 7832 Private David O’Hara, 3255 Private Michael Ryan (discharged 10 May 1916), 3170 Private Martin Sullivan (discharged 2 July 1915), 7772 Private Thomas Walsh (died of wounds 17 May 1915), 3146 Private Patrick Devaney

A rifle and machine gun course of instruction was run by Captain Charters, Royal Scots, School of Musketry was started and run until 5 Sept 1914. 26 Aug 1914

40 hour course :Trigger Pressing, Aiming Instruction, Firing Instruction Care of Arms

Visual Training, Judging Distance, Mechanism, Tests of Elementary training

Miniature Range Work, Indication and recognition of Targets, Fire Orders, Fire Discipline

Use of Cover

5959 Company Sergeant Major Arthur Piper ‘D’ Company 2nd Battalion evacuated from 2nd Battalion by ambulance in France. Later posted to 3rd Battalion 26 Aug 1914

7719 Private William Burns killed in action with 2nd Battalion 26 Aug 1914

Born in Nenagh. Enlisted in Birr while living in Nenagh.

Lieutenant Jackson proceeded to Farnborough to join the Special Reserve of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) 27 Aug 1914

Lieutenant H Q Irwin reported his arrival from Cork having finished his duties as Transport Officer 27 Aug 1914

4195 Private Joseph Flaherty rejoined battalion after missing mobilization 27 Aug 1914

Lieutenant S H Lewis with a draft of 109 men arrived in Dublin to join the 5th Battalion 28 Aug 1914

AO 341 of 30 Aug 1914 amended previous enlistment criteria for the Special Reserve and Regular Army. In essence, all who had been regular NCOs above sergeant would be accepted up to 50 years of age, and all men with at least one year's service regular, militia, SR or VF TF with a character not less than 'fair' up to 45 years, would be attested to the SR, and of these, all of those NCO irrespective of age, and men under 35 years would be posted to the New Armies [my phrase]. Men not fulfilling this last condition to be posted to reserve units of the regular army [which I take to be the SR battalion of the regiment]. To be attested on AF B 248.

Lieutenant Alfred William Peter Talbert Whyte left with a draft of 93 other ranks for the 2nd Battalion in France 31 Aug 1914.

Included

1 Sergeant

3941 Sergeant Michael Timmons, 3780 Sergeant Micheal O’Hara (killed in action 1 Nov 1914)

1 Corporal

9095 Corporal Patrick Hannigan (died of wounds 30 Nov 1914)

1 Lance Corporal

3408 Lance Corporal Michael Ryan (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.6/799)

74 Privates

3872 Private Michael Caffery, 3701 Private Thomas Collins (Died of wounds 13 Nov 1914), 3708 Private Thomas Costello, 3790 Private Michael Gallagher, 3894 Private Michael Keogh, 3479 Private James Moyles, 3456 Private Michael Comer (Discharged 20 Aug 1915), 4096 Private Lawrence Quinn, 2983 Private Martin Kelly, 3088 Private Patrick Dempsey, 2182 Private Patrick Higgins, 3971 Private Joseph Sheridan, 3068 Private John Donohue, 3671 Private Martin King, 3603 Private John Madden, 3614 Private Martin Philbin (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers 49045 & Military Field Police P/11260), 3804 Private Patrick Brennan (discharged 23 July 1915), 3571 Private Patrick Lavelle (transferred Royal Irish Regiment G/9202 & Royal Irish Fusiliers G/1365), 3650 Private Michael Higgins, 3911 Private John Curley, 2182 Private Patrick Higgins, 4200 Private Patrick Prendergast, 8893 Private John Sullivan, 3125 Private John Tierney, 3654 Private Patrick Robinson, 3837 Private Michael Breen (later POW), 4255 Private Michael Burke (Later transferred to Royal Warwickshire Regiment no.39703), 4182 Private William Burke, 3696 Private Dennis Connelly (Died of wounds 1 Nov 1914), 3516 Private Henry McMullen, 4098 Private Patrick Melia (transferred to Royal Engineers no.149148 & Royal Army Medical Corps no.207216), 4086 Private Martin Walsh, 4078 Private Thomas Ormsby, 3637 Private John Quinn (discharged 29 March 1915), 4017 Private Thomas Murphy, 3735 Private Martin Neilan, 3763 Private Patrick Lennon (killed in action 13 Nov 1914), 3586 Private Patrick Madden (killed in action 22 Oct 1914), 3976 Private Edward Mann (transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.10431), 3/2193 Private Anthony McDonnell, 3707 Private John McLoughlin (transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.10423 & Labour Corps no.228168), 3588 Private John Hanley (transferred as Gunner to Royal Garrison Artillery no. 285805 & discharged 1 Jan 1916), 3529 Private Martin Harte, 3789 Private Michael Hickey (Deserted 24 Dec 1915), 3546 Private Nicholas Higgins (discharged 17 Jan 1916), 3968 Private Stephen Holian (died of wounds 24 June 1915), 3673 Private John Hopkins, 3417 Private Joseph Huddy (discharged 16 June 1916), 3876 Private John Joyce, 3607 Private Patrick Kelly (discharged 20 Jan 1916), 4101 Private John Fitzmartin (discharged 8 March 1916), 3622 Private John Fitzpatrick (discharged 3 July 1916), 3779 Private George Flynn (POW), 3632 Private James Foley, 4240 Private Alexander Fuery (killed in action aged 18, 7 April 1915), 3790 Private Michael Gallagher (killed in action 8 Nov 1914), 4010 Private James Gavaghan, 4015 Private Michael Gavaghan, 3674 Private John Gordon, 3778 Private Mathew Gorman (wounded Dec 1914 & discharged 11 March 1915), 3972 Private William Goucher (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14075), 3797 Private Timothy Corley (killed in action 22 Dec 1914), 3824 Private John Deighnan (transferred Notts&Derby no.78126 & Connaught Rangers no.32559), 3645 Private Joseph Egan (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48391), 3889 Private Edward Boyle (missing in action 20 April 1915), 3646 Private Michael Barrett (transferred Labour Corps no.377230), 3568 Private Michael Cawley (discharged 15 Nov 1915), 3766 Private John Dillon (transferred Roayl Irish Fusiliers no.26947, Royal Munster Fusiliers no.G/1417), 3710 Private John Maloney (discharged 7 Nov 1915), 3660 Private Edward Murphy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.33192), 3604 Private William Neill (discharged 17 Jan 1916), 4096 Private Lawrence Quinn (deserted 30 Aug 1916-cancelled), 4120 Private William Saunders (transferred 9 Feb 1918 RFC no.187416), 3/3819 Private Martin Ward (promoted to Corporal & killed in action 10 Nov 1914), 3794 Private Peter Cummins (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no21317),

2 N.C.O.’s and 107 men left the Depot Galway for the 5th Battalion at Dublin 31 Aug 1914

SEPTEMBER 1914

2nd Lieutenant Lancelot Neville Aveling 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be 2nd Lieutenant , The Connaught Rangers 1 Sept 1914

Battalion organized on the Double Company system. 1 Sept 1914

A and E being amalgamated as the new ‘A’ Company

B and F as ‘B’,

C and G as ‘C’,

D and H as ‘D’

8250 Private Alfred Edwin Flack injured in the arm and shoulder 1 Sept 1914

Captain A W P T Whyte joined the 2nd Battalion in France 1 Sept 1914

Following promotions took place 2 Sept 1914

‘A’ Company 7651 Colour Sergeant Considine to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Phillips to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

‘B’ Company Colour Sergeant Richards to be Company Sergeant Major

6096 Colour Sergeant John Swords to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

‘C’ Company Colour Sergeant Dumphy to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Mack to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

‘D’ Company Colour Sergeant Stevens to be Company Sergeant Major

Colour Sergeant Smith to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant

6069 Colour Sergeant John Martin Swords appointed Company Quarter Master Sergeant

Captain E G S Truell arrived at Crosshaven from Aldershot having completed his duties as Officer Commanding Details 2nd Battalion 4 Sept 1914

A draft of 57 N.C.O.’s and men joined the 5th Battalion from the Depot 4 Sept 1914

Lieutenants Burke and Horne (Reserve of Officers), and 2nd Lieutenant A S Beard (Supplementary List) left to join the 2nd Battalion in France 5 Sept 1914

A draft of 50 N.C.O.’s and men joined the 5th Battalion from the Depot 5 Sept 1914

Lieutenant Horne arrived back from Holyhead 6 Sept 1914

A musketry party of 3 Officers, 6 NCO’s and 101 recruits under command of 2nd Lieutenant F Lewin proceeded to Fort Charles, Kinsale to fire a recruits course 7 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant E B F Faithfull arrived at the Battalion 8 Sept 1914

4325 Private Joseph Flaherty admonished for ‘hesitating to obey an order’ 9 Sept 1914

James D’Arcy to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation 9 Sept 1914

10416 Private Francis Stokes aged 28, 3rd Battalion, died and buried in Cork Military Cemetery 10 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant Claude Joseph O’ Conor Mallins with a draft of 93 other ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France on 11 Sept 1914.

This included (86 of 93 names)

2 Sergeants

3986 Sergeant T Senier, 3144 Sergeant William Banks

4 Corporals

4104 Corporal Thomas Noone, 3828 Corporal William Bowes (POW), 3818 Corporal Timothy Cawley (killed in action 1 June 1915), 4136 Corporal James Nolan (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14149, reduced to Private for misconduct )

3 Lance Corporals

3979 Lance Corporal Patrick Joyce, 3585 Lance Corporal James Farrell, 4041 Lance Corporal Thomas Kelly (transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps)

77 Pivates

4044 Private William C Byrne, 3938 Private Michael Whelan, 4141 Private Frederick O'Donnell, 4187 Private Thomas Higgins, 4023 Private Edward O’Hara, 4179 Private Michael Convey, 4195 Private Patrick Flaherty, 3866 Private Joseph Griffin, 4237 Private James Monaghan, 3919 Private Thomas Murphy (killed in action 1 Nov 1914), 2739 Private Patrick Delaney, 4287 Private James Nestor, 4175 Private Peter Newman (later transferred as Corporal to Machine Gun Corps, and awarded DCM), 3875 Private Martin Folan, 4058 Private Thomas Mann, 4025 Private Bernard McDonnell, 4051 Private William Stokes (three fingers blown off when a shell burst nearby, killing many of his colleagues. He lay all night in the trenches unaided, and the next morning walked two miles before meeting an ambulance), 4135 Private Michael Pender, 4087 Private William Reilly, 4216 Private Joseph Casey (wounded Gun Shot to the head, partial paralysis 11 Sept 1914), 4133 Private James Casey, 4334 Private Thomas Burgess, 4204 Private William Riordan (transferred to Royal Irish Fusiliers no.30589), 4306 Private Patrick Keighrey, 4199 Patrick Sweeney, 3624 Private James Whyte, 3938 Private Michael O’Lean, 4867 Private Edward O’Regan, 4178 Private Edward Stokes (transferred Army Service Corps Motor Transport) no.M/39534 & East Surrey Regiment no.29482 , 6710 James O’Brien, 4136 Private James Nolan, 7058 Private Thomas Allen, 4293 Private Patrick Bradley (later transferred to Northumberland Fusiliers no.41933), 4251 Private Michael Cloherty (killed in action 16 April 1916), 4048 Private Michael Cawley, 4163 Private Andrew McNally, 3877 Private Patrick Mitchell (killed in action 14 March 1915), 4206 Private Patrick Stokes, 3882 Private Robert Walsh, 3867 Private Timothy O’Regan, 3903 Private David Roland (killed in action 21 Sept 1914), 4210 Private William Stafford, 3948 Private Joseph Moone (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14148), 3929 Private Martin Murray (killed in action 23 Nov 1914), 3973 Private Joseph Kennedy (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.140759, 4276 Private Martin Kennedy (discharged 27 Nov 1915), 4082 Private Patrick Leetle, 3581 Private William Mayberry (reported missing in action 20 Oct 1914, POW), 3994 Private Michael McDonagh (discharged 20 July 1916), 4235 Private Charles Kelly (died 10 Nov 1914), 4219 Private Patrick Kelly (medals forfeited), 4198 Private Joseph Flaherty (deserted 10 Oct 1917), 4106 Private Thomas Gavaghan (transferred to Labour Corps no.391198), 9760 Private John Grady (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1202 & Labour Corps no.506058), 3992 Private John Davin, 4118 Private Joseph Dempsey, 10859 Private Thomas Ennis (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.G/2462), 4084 Private Patrick Bartley (killed in action 12 Nov 1914), 2737 Private Joseph Delaney (killed in action 2 Nov 1914), 4242 Private Martin Dillon (discharged 31 March 1915), 4177 Private James Gavin, 4074 Private Michael Kelly (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.41620), 3909 Private Patrick Lally (discharged 3 July 1917), 4103 Private Patrick Lynskey, 4148 Private Patrick Malley (transferred 26 Jan 1915 Army Service Corps Motor Transport no.M/39533), 3966 Private Joseph Marshall (POW, died of wounds,), 4024 Private Patrick McEvoy (discharged 15 Dec 1914), 4172 Private John McHale (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.16473, wounded in the arm 1914), 4113 Private Joseph Murphy (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.18109), 3920 Private James Noone (discharged 19 March 1915), 4009 Private Joseph Scott (killed in action 16 March 1915), 3901 Private Michael Skeffington (discharged 16 June 1917, joined Labour Corps no.377682), 4035 Private Joseph Ward (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14195, Royal Irish Fusiliers no.45403), 4067 Private Michael Ward (killed in action 11 Nov 1914), 10800 Private Francis Murray (POW), 4008 Private Francis Bennett (died of wounds 6 Aug 1917), 4221 Private Anthony Ferguson (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14066), 4190 Private Thomas Ginty (POW, Medals forfeited, discharged misconduct 11 Feb 1921), 4249 Private Joseph Kavanagh (Killed in action 24 Oct 1914), being found fit for active service.

The Battalion took up its position on the defences allotted to it and was inspected by the G O C Queenstown Defences. 12 Sept 1914

Captain E G S Truell and 2nd Lieutenant H Q Irwin with 40 other ranks left and proceeded by route march to Kinsale as an advance party to take over the barracks there12 Sept 1914

10931 Private Phillip Reilly killed in action 14 Sept 1914

A draft of 51 joined the 5th Battalion at Kilworth Camp from the Depot 14 Sept 1914

The Machine Gun Section under 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson proceeded to Youghal located on the estuary of the River Blackwater, to fire a Machine Gun course under the direction of Captain Charters, School of Musketry 14 Sept 1914

The 3rd Battalion left Crosshaven for Kinsale 14 Sept 1914 by route march. The battalion strength was 21 Officers and 460 Other Ranks at this time.

The weather during the Battalions stay at Crosshaven was very wet

Located 2 miles outside Kinsale, Charles Fort with its 40ft high walls with the barracks inside. The fort has two enormous bastions overlooking the estuary and three looking inland. Within its walls were all the accommodation requirements for the garrison of the fort and their families. There was accommodation for 16 officers and 332 men.

Fort Charles at Kinsale was abandoned as a coast defence work by 1890 and its mixed armament of rifled and smoothbore guns were removed. Its use, thereafter, was as a camp for the militia used by British forces for training purposes.

The fort was burned, by the retreating anti treaty forces during the Irish Civil War.

Recruits were coming in every day. The barracks were very overcrowded, few of the men had uniforms or rifles, and squads in civilian clothes drilled daily in the Square. Reservist and regular soldiers were promoted to Corporal or Sergeant and set to drill squads of recruits.

There was a small social club in Kinsale the Kinsale County Club, which Officers were honorary members.

The Battalion was 99% Roman Catholic, and the Church of Ireland parade was not stronger than 9 or 10 men and 3 or 4 officers.

Lieutenant J Fraser died of wounds received at Battle of the Aisne, while carrying another wounded Officer out of the firing line. 14 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant Lancelot Neville Aveling wounded by two bullets at La Cour de Soupir serving with the 2nd Battalion 14 Sept 1914

3166 Private William Lyons killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 14 Sept 1914

4319 Private James Norton killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 14 Sept 1914

8300 Private John Lennon killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 14 Sept 1914

A draft of 70 joined the 5th Battalion at Kilworth Camp from the Depot 17 Sept 1914

3845 Private Michael Dever Fined 10/- and confined to barracks for 10 days ‘Being drunk and absent from tattoo until 11:45pm at Kinsale’ 19 Sept 1914 Witnesses Sergeant O’Callaghan, Sergeant Twohig and Sergeant Lutle

4325 Private Joseph Flaherty fined to scale and 10 days confined to barracks ‘Being absent from tattoo roll call 9pm, and drunk in town at 11pm’ 19 Sept 1914 Witnesses Sergeant O’Callaghan, Sergeant Twohig and Sergeant Lutle

7783 Private James Gildea 3rd Battalion, Killed in action France & Flanders 20 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant Frank Harry Bethell arrived at the battalion 20 Sept 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole takes command of ‘D’ Company, 1st Battalion vice Major Alexander who took command of the 1st Battalion from Major William Stopford Sarsfield aged 48 who had died of wounds received 2 days earlier at Verneuil, France 20 Sept 1914

3144 Sergeant William Banks aged 26 killed in action with 2nd Battalion in Flanders 21 Sept 1914

The Machine Gun Section returned from Youghal having completed their firing course 22 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant H H Lyons arrived 25 Sept 1914

4445 Private Richard McCarthy enlisted in 3rd Battalion 26 Sept 1914

1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived at the Port of Marseilles having left the port of Karachi, India the previous month before 26 Sept 1914

4325 Private Joseph Flaherty 3 days confined to barracks for ‘repeated inattention in the ranks’ 27 Sept 1914 Witness Colour Sergeant Major Considine & Sergeant Major Blakley

4468 Private Patrick Manning enlisted in 3rd Battalion 28 Sept 1914

2nd Lieutenant Francis Robert De La Cour (Supplementary Lists) granted sick leave from 28 Sept to 11 Nov 1914

George Grey Kendall appointed Lieutenant and Quarter Master 29 Sept 1914

Lieutenant G E De Stacpoole commanding ‘D’ Company, 2nd Battalion to Hospital and then invalided home and posted to the 3rd Battalion 30 Sept 1914

His elder brother Lieutenant Robert de Stacpole had been killed in action with 2nd Battalion on 20 Sept 1914 at battle of the Aisne

He later became 5th Duke De Stacpoole with a house in County Galway and one in Meath.

OCTOBER 1914

8377 Private William Grogan posted to 3rd Battalion form Depot 1 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant Brian Charles O’Driscoll Douglas arrived from Sandhurst and was attached to the 3rd Battalion 2 Oct 1914

John Arthur Henry Bourke was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on the General List on 5 Oct 1914

Lieutenant Francis Drew Foott to be 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 Oct 1914

Subsequently served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia and Palestine.

Mentioned in despatches.

4483 Private Martin Fitzgerald enlisted in 3rd Battalion 7 Oct 1914

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2nd Lieutenant A Montgomery with 114 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion in France.

This included (112 of 114 names)

2 Sergeants

2488 Sergeant Joseph Graham (killed in action 13 Nov 1914), 3682 Sergeant Michael Lynch (discharged 13 Sept 1916)

2 Corporals

3058 Corporal James Finn, 3433 Corporal Martin Cahill (killed in action 19 March 1915)

2 Lance Corporals

3825 Lance Corporal Michael Noone, 3898 Lance Corporal Daniel Craughwell (promoted Corporal)

106 Privates

3845 Private Michael Dever, 4269 Private Thomas Clifford, Private 3945 Thomas Fitzgerald, 2864 Private John Doyle, 4055 Private John Forde, 3295 Private Thomas Kelly, 3902 Private Edward Lally, 4321 Private Thomas Ward, 4290 Private Dennis Ward, 4123 Private James Gleeson, 4354 Private Michael Matthews, 3949 Private Martin Fleming, 10880 Private Edward Boylan, 4249 Private William D’Arcy, 2929 Private James Morris, 3939 Private John Parker, 4338 Private Patrick Meehan, 3951 Private John Ramplin, 3108 Private Bernard Ward, 3913 Private Martin McDonnell, 3550 Private John Casey, 10890 Private Peter Pritchard, 4214 Private Robert White, 11030 Private Jeremiah Moore, 4298 Mortimer Foley, 10902 Private Charles J Gillen (later awarded MM), 3775 Private James Reilly (killed in action 7 Nov 1914), 10932 Private Patrick Brannan, 10793 Private Francis Bruke (later transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14076 & Labour Corps no.340984), 3944 Private John Burke (later transferred to Somerset Light Infantry no.52376), 4111 Private Richard Burke (later transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.G/1110), 3959 Private Eugine Burne (later transferred ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion wounded 15 May 1916), 10957 Private Martin Connolly, 4026 Private Martin McNulty (transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.3/10548), 6788 Private Thomas Monaghan, 4307 Private Patrick Sharry (discharged 23 April 1916 and later joined the Machine Gun Corps Sept 1918), 10960 Private Michael Joseph Hawkins (transferred to Machine Gun Corps), 10877 Private William Venner (later transferred to Machine Gun Corps), 4180 Private James Ward, 10798 Private John O’Donnell, 10809 Private George Power (killed in action 26 April 1915), 10777 Private Michael Quigley (died of wounds 19 March 1915), 10889 Private Patrick E Quinn, 10971 Private Patrick J Redmond (transferred to Northumberland Fusiliers no.49059), 3775 Private James Reilly (killed in action 7 Nov 1914), 10912 Private James Ryan, 3589 Private Christopher Small, 10928 Private John Smith, 10972 Private Joseph McLoughlin, 4299 Private Patrick J Moore (killed in action 3 Sept 1916), 10871 Private Thomas Murray, 3756 Private John Niland (killed in action 10 Nov 1914), 10934 Private Michael O’Connor, 3925 Private Thomas Kelly (discharged 7 June 1916), 3868 Private Martin Keneavy, 3811 Private John Kennedy, 4311 Private James Lee, 10917 Private Thomas V McAuliffe, 7860 Private Henry McClinchie (died 11 Nov 1914), 10923 Private James McCormack, 10921 Private Patrick McDonald (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14116 & Labour Corps no.470974), 10703 Private Daniel McLoughlin (transferred to Durham Light Infantry no.62887 & Labour Corps no.336057), 4301 Private John Griffin (discharged 13 Jan 1916), 3642 Private Patrick Hearty (missing in action 26 April 1915), 3989 Private Patrick Holian, 3814 Private Patrick Hopkins (discharged 8 Oct 1915, rejoined Royal Engineers no.79789), 10933 Private William Kealy (reported missing), 10771 Private Thomas S Keeffe, 3087 Private John Keighrey (killed in action 21 Nov 1916), 3946 Private Thomas Fitzgerald, 4224 Private Michael Flaherty (transferred to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48404), 10966 Private Reginald Flook, 10734 Private John Forrestal, 3851 Private James Frain (killed in action 26 April 1915), 11023 Private Patrick Furgusson, 4228 Private Thomas Garvey (discharged 8 Oct 1915 rejoined Royal Engineers no.79792 & transferred to Royal Army Service Corps no.ET/49750), 4186 Private Michael Gordon (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.10891), 4268 Private Patrick Gorman (transferred to Labour Corps no.119605), 10936 Private William Grady (died of wounds 11 Nov 1914), 10899 Private Michael Cunningham (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14056 & Royal Engineers no.WR/143101), 4329 Private Stephen Curley (discharged 13 Sept 1916), 4250 Private Edward Dooley (transferred to Northumberland Fusiliers no.99545), 10898 Private Timothy Doran (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.140569, deserted 18 July 1919), 7521 Private William Dwyer (discharged 8 Sept 1915), 10839 Private Daniel Carrolan (died of wounds 16 April 1916), 10944 Private Patrick Carroll (transferred Labour Corps no.383908), 7953 Private Michael Coyne (POW), 10958 Private Michael Cullinane (killed in action 7 Nov 1917), 3721 Private Patrick Downey (transferred Labour Corps no.379575), 10864 Private Frank Lyden (discharged 18 May 1915), 10896 Private James Maher, 10919 Private Hugh Malone (POW), 10947 Private Patrick Maloney (died of wounds 1 Nov 1914), 4357 Private Michael Mathews (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.2447, Labour Corps no.584900), 4175 Private Peter Newman (transferred MGC no.61938, promoted Acting Sergeant, awarded DCM), 4310 Private Thomas Nolan (deserted 7 Sept 1915), 4324 Private Patrick O’Connor (awarded DCM), 3886 Private Michael O’Malley, 3690 Private Peter Salmon, 3935 Priavte Thomas Scally, 10961 Private Christopher Shannon, 4307 Private Patrick Sharry (discharged 23 April 1916, joined MGC no.185444), 3108 Private Bernard Ward (died of wounds 27 Jan 1916), 4290 Private Dennis Ward (discharged 12 June 1916), 4321 Private Thomas Ward (transferred Labour Corps no.391209), 8884 Private John Welply (died 12 April 1915), 10395 Private John Mcgowan (discharged 10 Aug 1915), 10850 Private Thomas Waters (transferred Labour Corps no.391214) after being found fit for active service 7 Oct 1914

Draft of 190 other ranks from the 4th Battalion was also sent on 7 Oct 1914 to the 2nd Battalion and included

4 Sergeants

1878 Sergeant Patrick Kane (transferred Labour Corps no.549155), 4452 Sergeant William Murphy (discharged 13 June 1916), 3183 Sergeant Patrick Beirne (discharged 20 July 1915), 4370 Sergeant Patrick Williams (Reduced to Private for misconduct & transferred Labour Corps no.394210)

4 Lance Sergeants

3760 Lance Sergeant John McGowan (transferred as Sergeant Royal Irish Rifles no.G/21210), 3886 Lance Sergeant Christopher Ryan (discharged 30 May 1916), 4353 Lance Sergeant Charles J Moraghan, 4449 Lance Sergeant John Walls (transferred Royal Defence Corps no.85197)

7 Corporals

4114 Corporal Byrne (discharged 27 March 1915), 3058 Corporal James Finn (transferred Labour Corps no.388364 & Royal Defence Corps no.79715), 3947 Corporal John Fleming (died of wounds 13 Nov 1914), 4769 Corporal Andrew Flynn (discharged 8 April 1916), 4652 Corporal Martin Fuery (transferred Labour Corps no.547598), 4131 Corporal James Keenehan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/609), 2529 Corporal Michael Sweeney

11 Lance Corporals

4450 Lance Corporal James Casey (transferred Royal Munster Fusilier no.1287), 4445 Lance Corporal John Doherty (transferred Labour Corps no.361520), 441 Lance Corporal John Dunleavy (killed in action 25 Oct 1914), 4055 Lance Corporal John Forde (died 28 Oct 1914), 4584 Lance Corporal Charles Hunt (discharged 25 Sept 1915), 4103 Lance Corporal Patrick Keeley (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4146 Lance Corporal John Leech (appointed Acting Sergeant), 4138 Lance Corporal Frank McCarthy (discharged 12 April 1916), 4245 Lance Corporal John Monaghan (discharged 10 Feb 1915), 3567 Lance Corporal Thomas Mulligan (Died 21 Oct 1914), 4544 Lance Corporal Michael Ward (promoted Corporal & Killed in action 3 Sept 1916)

165 Privates

3743 Private John Boylan, 3030 Private John Burns (POW), 4436 Private Patrick Byrne (transferred Liverpool Regiment no.92605), 3268 Private Michael Carroll, 3550 Private John Casey (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.429), 3246 Private Martin Clarke (transferred Army Service Corps no.R/40426), 3454 Private Joseph Cluskelly (POW), 4728 Private James Collins, 3255 Private John Conboy (transferred Labour Corps no.449477), 4092 Private Michael Conboy, 3173 Private James Connor (killed in action 1 Nov 1914), 2692 Private John Conroy (discharged 10 Feb 1915), 4537 Private Michael Conroy (died of wounds 10 Dec 1914), 3862 Private Peter Conroy (promoted to Corporal, awarded DCM, attached 47th Light Mortar Battery), 4843 Private Patrick Conroy (discharged 10 July 1915), 4840 Private Thomas Conroy (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1702 & Royal Fusiliers no.GS/143152), 3297 Private James Conway (Transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/616), 4514 Private Peter Corrigan (discharged 22 April 1917), 4339 Private Charles Costello (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1211), 4101 Private Bryan Coyle (killed in action 30 Oct 1914), 4177 Private Patrick Coyle (transferred Leinster Regiment no.6178 & Royal Army Medical Corps no.201335), 4152 Private James Croghan (discharged 15 March 1915), 2874 Private Michael Crosby (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/1093 & Royal Irish Fusiliers no.31346), 3446 Private William Dare (discharged 20 June 1915), 3753 Private James Delaney (transferred Royal Defence Corps no.84110), 3051 Private Michael Dolan (died 8 Nov 1914), 4529 Private Patrick Donelan (killed in action 23 Oct 1914), 4456 Private Peter Donnelan, 2864 Private John Doyle (promoted Corporal & killed in action 30 Oct 1914), 4736 Private John Doyle (killed in action 30 Oct 1914), 4096 Private Patrick Doyle (transferred Labour Corps no.389026), 4262 Private John Duignan (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43121), 4615 Private Lawrence Dunne (transferred Liverpool Regiment no.101911), 3125 Private Michael Durkin (died 27 Oct 1914), 4090 Private Patrick Durkin (discharged 6 Oct 1915), 4340 Private Thomas Fahey, 3812 Private James Fallon (transferred Royal Army Medical Corps no.1958), 4290 Private Martin Fallon (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.26578 & Labour Corps (230821), 4244 Private James Farrell, 4546 Private John Farrell (died), 4375 Private Michael Farrell (killed in action 2 Nov 1914), 4226 Private Patrick Farrell (discharged 20 June 1916), 3950 Private John Fleming (killed in action Near the village of Serain in the Department of Aisne with 5th Battalion 8 Oct 1918, His body was recovered by his brother Patrick, also a private in the Rangers), 3949 Private Martin Fleming (transferred Leinster Regiment no.6186), 4298 Private Mortimer Foley (discharged 11 Oct 1915), 4737 Private Thomas Foley (transferred Labour Corps no.229845), 3953 Private Timothy Foley (promoted Corporal), 3955 Private Joseph Forde (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.19392), 4180 Private Thomas Gannon, 3960 Private Michael Garvey (wounded ‘C’ Company 6th Bn 14 May 1916), 4240 Private John Gettings (discharged 31 March 1916), 3658 Private John Gilhooley (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1276 & Army Ordnance Corps no.40967 & Royal Engineers no.609252), 4299 Private Luke Gilligan (transferred Liverpool Regiment no.92749), 4127 Private James Glancy (discharged 14 Jan 1916), 4319 Private Michael Gorman (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1514), 3217 Private Michael Grady, 4255 Private William Grey, 4539 Private Patrick Hamilton (transferred Labour Corps no.376487 & Tank Corps no.312179), 4547 Private Joseph Harrison (transferred 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers 43164, killed in action 5 Sept 1916), 3804 Private James Healy (died 2 Nov 1914), 4089 Private John Higgins (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 3117 Private Joseph Higgins, 4346 Private Patrick Hoare (killed in action 26 April 1915), 3691 Private John Hughes (discharged 27 Oct 1914), 4513 Private Patrick Hynes (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48430), 4360 Private Bernard (Edward) Kane (killed in action 6 Dec 1914), 4188 Private Patrick Kavanagh (transferred Royal Highlanders no.S/27451), 3478 Private John Kelly (deserted 26 Nov 1917-cancelled, transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48439), 4712 Private John Kelly (discharged 2 July 1915), 4205 Private Joseph Kelly, 4435 Private Michael Kelly (died 29 April 1916), 4312 Private Martin Kelly (23 Oct 1914), 4638 Private Thomas Kelly (discharged Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1212 & Labour Corps no.396243), 4471 Private Michael Kennedy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1521 & Liverpool Regiment no.90044), 4081 Private James Kerins, 4636 Private James Kilkenny (POW & Transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.99058), 4557 Private Francis Kinsley (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1706), 2891 Private Dennis Loughlin (discharged 11 Sept 1915), 4176 Private John Mannion (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.24168 & Army Service Corps no.ES/58897), 4453 Private Patrick Mannion (discharged 8 May 1916 & joined Labour Corps no.341023), 4126 Private John Maughan (transferred Labour Corps no.487390), 3290 Private Thomas McCarthy (discharged 13 March 1916), 4629 Private John McCann (killed in action 18 Dec 1914), 4199 Private Patrick McDermott (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43184), 4366 Private John McDermott (killed in action 30 Sept 1914), 4649 Private Thomas McDonagh (transferred Worcestershire Regiment no.47713), 2967 Private Thomas McDonnell (transferred Essex Regiment no.24823), 3034 Private Robert McDonogh (discharged 20 June 1915), 3421 Private Michael McGrath (discharged 26 June 1915), 4215 Private John McGowan (transferred Machine Gun Corps no.48591), 4794 Private Patrick McGowan, 4460 Private Patrick McGrath (POW), 2888 Private Thomas McGrath (Missing in action), 4519 Private John McVeigh (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.49124), 4654 Private Martin Meehan (transferred Cheshire Regiment no.61844 & Labour Corps 193900), 3022 Private George Meldrum (Missing in action), 4392 Private Thomas Mills (Died of wounds 30 Oct 1914), 2763 Private Edward Moran (discharged 27 Jan 1917), 4506 Private John Morrison (discharged 12 June 1916), 4468 Private James Muldoon (Missing in action 20 Oct 1914, POW), 4388 Private Frances Mulvey (POW), 3566 Private Dennis Murphy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers & Labour Corps no.680516), 3995 Private Patrick Murphy (POW), 4243 Private Michael Murren (Missing in action 20 Oct 1914, POW), 3885 Private James Norris (killed in action), 4000 Private John O’Keefe (Missing in action 7 Nov 1914), 4484 Private John O’Reilly (transferred Stokes Mortar Battery), 2950 Private Timothy Owens, 4407 Private Patrick Parkes (transferred Labour Corps no.486721), 4781 Private Albert Pearce (transferred Army Veterinary Service no.SR61), 4213 Private James Reilly (discharged 8 March 1916), 4343 Private Martin Reilly (discharged 9 June 1915), 4156 Private Daniel Sheehan (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4429 Private Hugh Tiernan (Died of wounds 17 Nov 19149, 4246 Private James Timbs (Killed in action 26 April 1915), 4327 Private James Toole (discharged 31 Aug 1915), 4368 Private Henry Tully (POW), 3689 Private John Tymon (discharged 14 June 1915), 4478 Private Michael Ward (wounded near Ypres Nov 1914, shot in the right eye, discharged 11 March 1915), 4777 Private John Whittaker (killed in action 26 April 1915), 4220 Private Benjamin Whittaker (discharged 22 Feb 1915), 3233 Private Bernard Wynne (discharged 23 Aug 1916), 3907 Private Anthony Barrett (killed in action 7 Nov 1914), 3909 Private Robert Barrett (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.21215), 4325 Private Charles Boniface, 4414 Private Patrick Burke (killed in action 17 March 1915), 4129 Private Arthur Coles, 4303 Private Martin Conlon (transferred Labour Corps no.229833), 4415 Private Thomas Conway (transferred Machine Gun Corps no.55972), 3253 Private Edward Courtney (transferred Labour Corps no.393967), 4672 Private James Crefin (killed in action 19 Nov 1914), 4307 Private Patrick Dowd (transferred Labour Corps no.399427 & Royal Fusiliers GS/110944), 4530 Private Patrick Fowley (transferred 5th&6th Connaught Rangers, & Tank Corps no.305122, 2 Aug 1917 GSW to face ‘mild’), 4684 Private Thomas Gilmartin, 4197 Private William Healy (POW), 4459 Private Martin Heaney (POW), 4283 Private John Holian (died of wounds 2 Nov 1914), 4187 Private John Kavanagh, 4104 Private Peter Kellegher (transferred Motor Transport Army Service Corps), 4462 Private Michael Lowe (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/1522), 4535 4199 Private Patrick McDermott (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43184), 3628 Private Martin McLoughlin (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/1527), 4261 Private Michael McSherry, 3985 Private Thomas Meenaghan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles & Labour Corps no.584800), 4397 Private John Mugan (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers), 4520 Private Patrick Mullaney, 4300 Private Bartholomew Patterson (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1529 & Royal Army Medical Corps no.205664), 2896 Private James Price (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.G/1708), 4345 Private Edward Regan (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43108 & Royal Irish Fusiliers no.29170 & Labour Corps no.613271), 4385 Private George Reynolds (discharged 9 Sept 1915), 3663 Private James Reynolds, 4341 Private Michael Reynolds (killed in action 26 April 1915), 4404 Private Peter Reynolds, 4482 Private Joseph Rooney, 2481 Private Michael Scally (missing in action), 3602 Private Joseph Scanlon, 4363 Private Patrick Scanlon, 4238 Private William Scanlon, 2612 Private Patrick Sharkey (transferred Labour Corps no.616704), 4015 Private Mark Skeffington (POW), 3439 Private James Thornton (discharged 2 June 1916), 3264 Private Michael Rouke (discharged 8 March 1916), 4635 Private Thomas McFadden (discharged 12 June 1916), 4202 Private Michael Beirne (killed in action 29 Oct 1914) after being found fit for active service

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey takes charge of Regimental signallers 7 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant F Lewin will act as Assistant Adjutant 7 Oct 1914

7500 Private Dominick Toy posted from Depot to the 3rd Battalion after recovering from a gun shot wound to his knee sustained 14 Sept 1914 with the 2nd Battalion at Soupir Hill in France 7 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant Arnulf Montgomery landed in France to join the 2nd Battalion 8 Oct 1914

Major A J Digan, DSO, 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers married Miss Helen Macgregor at Cork 10 Oct 1914

8250 Private Albert Edwin Flack posted from the Depot to the 3rd Battalion 10 Oct 1914

Captain M I M Campbell reported his arrival having returned from leave in India, where he had been at the outbreak of war attached to the Behar Light Horse12 Oct 1914

Private Fred J Walters enlisted in 3rd Battalion 12 Oct 1914

Army Council Instruction (ACI) 123 of 12th October 1914 entitled ‘Status of Special Reserves, New Armies, and Regular Army’ said:

‘From representations made to the War Office it would appear that there is still some misapprehension with regard to the status of the Special Reserve, and the new armies in process of formation, when compared with the regular army as it existed before war was declared. It is therefore explained that the New Armies, the reserve units and the Special Reserve are, since mobilisation, to all intents and purposes, portions of the regular army.

It is thus apparent that soldiers, whether attested under the ordinary terms of service in the force before mobilisation, or attested for the duration of the war under the conditions of AOs 295 and 296 of 1914, are, during the period of embodiment, regular soldiers, and are therefore eligible for posting to any of the units of the corps to which they have been appointed, at the discretion of the competent military authority’.

2nd Lieutenant McBride, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Royal Irish Rifles 14 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling and a draft of 280 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France as reinforcements 14 Oct 1914

These Drafts would consist of men from both the 3rd and 4th Battalions, The Connaught Rangers. These young men had enlisted never expecting to go to war. Poorly trained and ill equipped for warfare their principal duties were supposed to be for home defence. However the British Army had suffered heavy losses in the first two months of the conflict and now it was all hands to the pump to stop the Germans.

7760 Private Joseph McCarthy 3rd Battalion, Killed in action France & Flanders 14 Oct 1914

Captain A Webber joined the 5th Battalion from the 3rd Battalion 15 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant A J H Burke arrived from 7th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers16 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant R D’Arcy took over command of the Regimental Cyclist Section 16 Oct 1914

4521 Private Hugh Graham (time expired served 20 years no.4063) rejoined Connaught Rangers in Preston 17 Oct 1914

Arrived at Depot Galway 19 Oct 1914

The 3rd Battalion started to carry out Range practices 17 Oct 1914

Charles Anthony Brett to be 2nd Lieutenant with Connaught Rangers 17 Oct 1914

Had left Officer Training Corps at Trent College as Corporal 7 May 1914

5455 Company Quarter Master Sergeant Denis Mack ‘C’ Company to be Quarter Master Sergeant vice Quarter Master Sergeant P Farrell promoted 18 Oct 1914

3/4506 Private James Trotter posted to 3rd Battalion 18 Oct 1914

Assigned to the Depot, Galway.

3/4540 Private Christopher Gibson enlisted at the Depot Galway 19 Oct 1914

4 officers and 280 men primarily special reserve troops arrived to reinforce the 2nd Battalion in the town of Poperinge, which was the railhead for Ypres which was down to half strength, about 500 men. It had suffered heavy losses in the retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Aisne 19 Oct 1914

3/4531 Private William McGowan re enlisted in 3rd Battalion at the Depot Galway 20 Oct 1914

Served in ‘C’ Company.

3581 Private William Mayberry missing in action with 2nd Battalion in France 20 Oct 1914

Later confirmed POW.

The 2nd Battalion of the Connaught Rangers served in the First Battle of Ypres from October to November 1914.

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary List) granted extension of sick leave to 25 Oct. 21 Oct 1914

3144 Sergeant William Banks killed together with 6 men when a shell landed in their trench while serving with the 2nd Battalion in Flanders 21/22 Oct 1914

3586 Private Patrick Madden killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 22 Oct 1914

3/4549 Private Harry Curtis enlisted in Connaught Rangers at Holborn in London 22 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant McDowell, The Connaught Rangers arrived from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 23 Oct 1914

Sergeant P Maher ‘D’ Company to be Company Quarter Master Sergeant vice Company Quarter Master Sergeant Mack promoted 23 Oct 1914

I sent you a copy of an original letter dated Christmas Eve 1915 from CSM Joseph P Maher (Castlebar) who was among the POWS, and which he sent to Lt.Col.HFN Jourdain the C.O. of 5th Bn. As I mentioned in my email CSM Maher who was mentioned by "mhifle" later died of his wounds in hospital in Sofia on 3 Feb 1916.

4559 Private Harry B Bonham enlisted in the Connaught Rangers in London 23 Oct 1914

4562 Private John Edward Thompson enlisted in the Connaught Rangers in Shepards Bush, London 23 Oct 1814

4610 Private George Morris enlisted in 3rd Battalion 23 Oct 1914

4638 Private Thomas Griffin re enlisted in 3rd Battalion 23 Oct 1914

3/4557 Private Arthur Clifton Moore enlisted in Connaught Rangers at Battersea, London 24 Oct 1914

4521 Private Hugh Graham posted to 3rd Battalion from Depot 24 Oct 1914

Captain Thomas Reginald Brooke Clifford left to conduct a draft of the Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) to join the 2nd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment with the Expeditionary Force, he was the attached to this Battalion in France 25 Oct 1914

Owing to the difficulty of obtaining sufficient number of Irish recruits to make good the losses sustained by the Battalions of the Regiment, recruiting was opened in London to supplement Irish recruits. The first party of English recruits joined the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 25 Oct 1914

Party included 4559 Private Harry B Bonham, 3/4549 Private Harry Curtis

4558 Private James Lacy enlisted in Connaught Rangers in London 26 Oct 1914

4562 Private John Edward Thompson posted from London to 3rd Battalion in Kinsale 26 Oct 1914

Captain Thomas Reginald Brooke Clifford and draft landed in France 27 Oct 1914

Major Herbert Gore (Reserve of Officers, Late 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers) arrived from the Depot where he had been on duty service since the mobilization 27 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenant Boothe, The Connaught Rangers arrived from the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards 27 Oct 1914

3/4557 Private Arthur Clifton Moore, 4558 Private James Lacy posted to 3rd Battalion in Kinsale 27 Oct 1914

4055 Private John Forde killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 28 Oct 1914

(His brother 3465 Private Henry Forde had been killed with the 2nd Battalion 14 Sept 1914)

2nd Lieutenant J Howie, 8th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived 28 Oct 1914

2nd Lieutenants Latham and McDowell with 50 Other Ranks proceeded to Waterville, County Kerry for duty guarding the Transatlantic Cable Station there. Sergeant McGrah and 13 Other Ranks proceeded to Ballinskelligs for similar duties. 28 Oct 1914

4287 Private James Nestor with ‘D’ Company, 2nd Battalion in Flanders was wounded in the neck by a sniper while working in an ammunition party. He was posted backed to the 3rd Battalion on recovering from his wounds few months later. 29 Oct 1914

3/4736 Private Edward Dennis Haley enlisted in 3rd Battalion 29 Oct 1914

3/4659 Private Joseph Hayes joined 3rd Battalion at Kinsale 30 Oct 1914

He had enlisted in London 28 Oct 1914

Lieutenant G Allen, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after returning wounded from the front 30 Oct 1914

Lieutenant Horne (Reserve of Officers) granted a months leave from 28 Oct. He left the battalion 31 Oct 1914

4736 Private John Doyle (4th Bn), killed in action with 2nd Battalion 30 Oct 1914

3028 Private Michael Owens reported killed with 2nd Battalion 30 Oct 1914

A draft of 50 Other Ranks left to join the 2nd Battalion. They were conducted to Cork by 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson and handed over to Lieutenant Keatinge, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be taken on to Holyhead and handed over to the Officer to conduct them over seas 31 Oct 1914

Included

2 Sergeants

3855 Sergeant John Brady (later reduced to Corporal for misconduct, failing to appear on parade), 3769 Sergeant Patrick Lydon (discharged 12 June 1917)

2 Corporals

4243 Corporal Thomas McGloughlin (discharged 11 Aug 1916), 4076 Corporal Patrick Donoghue

5 Lance Corporals

10844 Lance Corporal James Cunningham, 10551 Lance Corporal Michael Killeen, (Killed in Action 31 Jan 1917), 8289 Lance Corporal John Patterson (transferred to Labour Corps no.609824), 4064 Lance Corporal Martin Mulvoy (transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps no.15232), 10827 Lance Corporal James Murphy (discharged 11 Sept 1917)

38 Privates

4365 Private Peter Kelly, 4352 Private Michael Noonan, 4525 Private William Duffy, 3732 Private William Ronaldson, 4577 Private Luke O’Connor, 4205 Private Martin Toole, 3984 Private Edward Twohey, and 10563 Private George Worth (promoted Lance Corporal & killed in action with ‘C’ Company 6th Battalion 9 March 1916), 4569 Private Patrick Neill (later transferred to Military Field Police no P4018), 4483 Private Martin Fitzgerald, 4371 Private James Burke (later transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.G/4422), 4364 Private Michael Collins (Discharged 26 Nov 1914), 4464 Private Hugh McSharry (discharged 31 Oct 1915), 4376 Private George Cox (transferred to Royal Irish Rifles no.G/504), 4350 Private Michael Stokes, 9598 Private William O’Shea, 10496 Private Patrick O’Toole, 4550 Private Daniel Hugh Stanley (transferred to Royal Engineers no.357211 & later Commissioned 9 April 1918 Employed with Inland Water Transport), 4841 Private James McDonald (died 13 Feb 1915, 10649 Private James McKeever (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14117), 4348 Private James McKenna, 9394 Private Patrick Holmes (discharged 12 June 1916), 10797 Private Martin Kelleher (transferred to Northumberland Fusiliers no.76998), 4641 Private Charles Freyer (transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.9170 & RASC no.382077), 4332 Private Thomas Graham, 6261 Private John Craney, 7587 Private John Devine (discharged 22 Nov 1915, rejoined Labour Corps no.348282), 10346 Private John Driscoll (died 22 Aug 1916), 3975 Private Joseph Dunne (killed in action 20 Dec 1914), 4484 Private Lawrence Dunne (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1558), 10835 Private Patrick Eaton (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43071), 10065 Private Daniel Fenton, 4467 Private Thomas Carey (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no. 1575, Labour Corps no.487860), 10826 Private Joseph Conway, 4376 Private George Cox (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/504), 4383 Private Bernard Gilligan (stretcher bearer, AR Z), 10908 Private Patrick Kenny (discharged 16 July 1917), 4569 Private Patrick Neill (transferred Military Field Police no.P4018)

A Draft of 40 other ranks from the 4th Battalion also travelled on 31 Oct 1914 to the 2nd Battalion.

This draft included

1 Sergeant:

2830 Sergeant John Harlow,

1 Corporal:

4342 Corporal John Joseph Friar (killed in action 3 Sept 1916),

5 Lance Corporals:

4371 Lance Corporal Patrick Coyle (discharged 11 April 1917), 4100 Lance Corporal Thomas Hoare (wounded by shrapnel Dec 1914, discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4274 Lance Corporal Martin Morrison, 3878 Lance Corporal John Quaill (died 5 Aug 1916), 4365 Lance Corporal William Monaghan (killed in action 3 June 1915),

33 Privates:

4550 Private John Benson (transferred Royal Irish Rifles & Labour Corps no.230842), 4475 Private Michael Connell (Killed in action 8 Nov 1914), 4585 Private Michael Connor, 4558 Private John Costello (discharged 8 Aug 1916), 4569 Private Joseph Cox (transferred 2nd Bn Manchester Regiment), 2452 Private Michael Coyle (discharged 24 March 1915), 4561 Private Dennis Dolan (later posted to ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion & wounded 15 May 1916,transferred MGC no.158182), 4580 Private Patrick Fahey (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1513 & Hampshire Regiment no.11422), 4258 Private Joseph Feeley (Killed in action 15 Nov 1914), 3962 Private Benjamin Goode (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.49393), 4311 Private John Kelly (discharged 13 Sept 1916), 2470 Private Patrick McDonald (died 7 Dec 1915), 4516 Private Frank McGarry (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43168), 4576 Private Patrick McManus, 3359 Private Patrick Murphy (died 6 May 1915), 3732 Private William Ronaldson (transferred Labour Corps no.529338), 4088 Private Joseph Stanford (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 2828 Private Patrick Sweeney (discharged 14 Feb 1918), 4364 Private Patrick Swift, 4524 Private Patrick Toner (discharged 1 Jan 1917), 4440 Private Thomas Ward (discharged 20 March 1916), 3736 Private Patrick Daly (discharged 28 March 1917), 3306 Private James Fallon (discharged 9 Nov 1915), 4172 Private Richard Hannon (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1648 & Labour Corps no.526170), 4563 Private James McGuinn, 4577 Private Luke O’Connor (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/612), 4575 Private Thomas Pugh (discharged 30 Jan 1917), 4496 Private John Reynolds (killed in action 15 Nov 1914), 4562 Private John Shaughnessy, 4578 Private Bernard Ward (killed in action 8 Nov 1914), 3247 Private Patrick Ward (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43094, & Labour Corps no.407925, & Royal Engineers no.WR/301453), 8973 Private Patrick Moloney (killed in action), 4017 Private Edward Stokes (discharged 12 Oct 1915),

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson to be Lieutenant 31 Oct 1914

NOVEMBER 1914

4961 Prvate John Harwood enlisted in 3rd Battalion Nov 1914

Later transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps 145207 & Royal Irish Regiment 6/5667 served in France 12 May 1915

3780 Sergeant Michael O’Hara killed in action aged 23 with ‘A’ Coy, 2nd Battalion in France 1 Nov 1914

3919 Private T Murphy killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 1 Nov 1914

4084 Private Patrick Bartley aged 20 killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 1 Nov 1914

3137 Private Joseph Ryan missing in action with 2nd Battalion 1 Nov 1914

Later confirmed as P.O.W.

From an article in the Midland Tribune, Tipperary Sentinel and Kings County Vindicator, 1914;-Birr deaths at the front. Mr Bartley, Pound Street, has word of the death of his son, Private Bartley.

A snippet from the King’s County Chronicle, April,1915.

Safety of Birr soldier.

It has been truly said that strange things are happening in the present war, and not the least are the ways in which some people who have been mourned as dead have turned up again as if nothing had happened. A case in point. In November last Mrs Bartley, Pound Street, Birr, was officially notified that her son, Patrick, a private in the Connaught Rangers, had been killed in action, and she was the recipient of much sympathy. Yesterday morning, however, she received a field service post card from her son saying that he was quite well and was being sent down to the base. An with a touch of irony he expressed wonder that he had received no letters from her. But she is so glad now that he will have no complaint on this head in future.

2nd Lieutenant Douglas was granted sick leave until 29 Dec. 2 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant Charles Anthony Brett arrived at the 3rd Battalion (he was listed with 7th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers)` 2 Nov 1914

He had travelled from Belfast by train via Dublin and Cork. He shared a room with two fellow new arrivals.

He was given an intensive month of drill, route marches, a mile run before breakfast, shooting and general discipline, with 20 other new subalterns from the Sergeant in Charge of the Officers squad.

Captain A W P T Whyte serving with 2nd Battalion severely wounded at Ypres 2 Nov 1914

He returned to the 3rd Battalion but remained very lame from his wounds.

7483 Acting Corporal John Lovell killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

4357 Private Michael Farrell (4th Bn), killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

4237 Private J Monaghan killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

3894 Private Michael Keogh killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

4072 Private J Delaney killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant Claude Joseph O’Conor Mallins aged 21 was killed in action close to Mollemsarrelhock near Ypres serving with the 2nd Battalion at Ypres 2 Nov 1914

He had been directing the fire of his platoon at the time.

4733 Private Ernest Holden enlisted in 3rd Battalion 2 Nov 1914

3/4768 Private Albert Cool, 3/4670 Private James George Moore, 4790 Private William John Whitey enlisted in 3rd Battalion 3 Nov 1914

Lieutenant A Anderson 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived from the Depot where he had been on duty 3 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson promotion to Lieutenant approved 3 Nov 1914

Lieutenant H T Hewitt wounded with 1st Battalion at Battle of Messines 3 Nov 1914

3828 Corporal William Bowes reported missing in action POW 3 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant A J H Bourke to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 3rd Battalion 4 Nov 1914

3/4808 Private Albert Hardy, 3/4817 Private John Graham, 3/4806 Private Ernest Giffen, 4810 Private George Thomas enlisted in Connaught Rangers in London 5 Nov 1914

Lieutenant J W Horne (Reserve of Officers) resigns his commission 5 Nov 1914

4802 Private Stanley Wood, 4811 Private Thomas Scott, 4812 Private Charles William Louis Starn enlisted in Connaught Rangers in London 6 Nov 1914

4141 Private Frederick O'Donnell died of wounds with 2nd Battalion 6 Nov 1914

Lieutenant H Q Irwin and a draft of 87 Other Ranks left for the 1st Battalion 7 Nov 1914

Draft included

1 Sergeant

3799 Sergeant John Buckley (later transferred to Royal Engineers no.130274),

2 Corporals

3991 Corporal Edward Quirke, 4261 Corporal Patrick Kelly (transferred as Acting Sergeant to Royal Engineers no.208126),

3 Lance Corporals

3961 Lance Corporal John Sweeney, 10868 Lance Corporal Christie McFadden (died 28 April 1916), 4097 Lance Corporal Joseph O’Brien

78 Privates

4594 Private David O,Brien, 4373 Private Michael Connor, 4422 Private John Swift, 4385 Private John Trayers, 8363 Private Patrick O’Neill, 4439 Private Francis Mills (transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.G/3921), 10841 Private Patrick O’Brien, 4097 Private Joseph O’Brien, 4575 Private Johnston Anderson (transferred Royal Munster Fusi;iers G/408 & Labour Corps 230632), 4888 Private John Anderson, 10796 Private Francis Boland, 4681 Private Thomas Boland (later transferred to Royal Engineers no.249887), 4131 Private Patrick Byrne, 4492 Private Joseph Carney, 4504 Private Stephen Collins (later transferred to Royal Irish Fusiliers no. 672), 10922 Private William Lyons, 4395 Private Joseph Fitzgerald (later transferred to Labour Corps no. 377892), 4575 Private Johnston Anderson (later transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.G/408), 4543 Private E F Baker (later POW), 10967 Private William Joseph Brown, 4481 Private Joseph Callaghan (later transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.G/3891 & Royal Fusiliers no.GS132874), 2827 Private James Coen (later transferred to Labour Corps no.417518), 4059 Lance Corporal Patrick Collins (later transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14024), 7660 Private Patrick Conlan (Died of wounds 29 Aug 1915), 4373 Private Michael Connor (later transferred to Royal Irish Rifles no.G/507 & Royal Irish Fusiliers no.27178), 8250 Private Albert Edwin Flack (transferred to 8th Battery, Royal Field Artillery as Driver no.92443, 6 Jan 1917 from 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia), 3697 Private McGinty (awarded Military Medal), 10804 Private John McManus, 10975 Private William McQuade (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14128), 4054 Private Patrick Merchant, 4645 Private Alexander Bond (transferred to Machine Gun Corps), 4427 Private John Swift (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14179), 4642 Private Walter Preston (transferred to Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/935), 4316 Private John Riordan, 4513 Private Michael Mulreaney (discharged 14 Oct 1916), 4438 Private Lawrence Mulvaney (transferred to Durham Light Infantry no.62888), 10884 Private Patrick Murphy (died of wounds 18 March 1915), 7538 Private Michael Nolan, 4633 Private John O’Connell (killed in action 18 April 1916), 11028 Private Daniel Kennedy, 4558 Private James Lacy, 4579 Private Patrick Lee (transferred to Labour Corps no.713992), 4545 Private H Lethbridge, 4643 Private George Mathew, 10010 Private James McGuire (killed in action 26 April 1917), 9499 Private Thomas Grey (died of wounds 15 April 1915), 4380 Private John Hoban (discharged 1 Aug 1917), 4440 Private Joseph Hynes (discharged 6 Sept 1916), 4418 Private James Keaney (killed in action 17 April 1916), 3678 Private James Keegan (transferred to Worcestershire Regiment no.47699), 7880 Private Thomas Kelleher, 4469 Private James Kelly (discharged 10 Aug 1915), 7989 Private Joseph Fitzsimmons, 4343 Private John Flanagan (POW, Dec 1915 ), 7700 Private Patrick Fleming (killed in action 26 April 1915), 4500 Private James Glancy (deserted 23 June 1915), 4521 Private Hugh Graham time expired served 20 years no.4063), 4142 Private Michael Dolan (killed in action 7 Dec 1915), 3468 Private Patrick Devlin, 4396 Michael Donohue (missing in action 26 April 1917), 4369 Private James Duddy (discharged 1 Aug 1916), 11026 Private Patrick Dunnie (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.13007), 4457 Private Michael Candon, 10796 Private Francis Boland, 4681 Private Thomas Boland (transferred Royal Engineers Sapper no.249887), 4593 Private John Butler (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.1557), 4492 Private Joseph Carney (transferred ASC no.R/405513), 4504 Private Stephen Collins (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.672), 4539 Private James Dooley (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.G/2753), 4345 Private Patrick Gallagher (Missing in action 26 April 1915), 8377 Private William Grogan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/1332 10 June 1917), 4430 Private William Hudson (killed in action 26 April 1915), 9435 Private Patrick Jordan (killed in action 26 April 1915), 11032 Private James Kennedy (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.12484), 4576 Private William McCollough (died 9 July 1917), 3697 Private Patrick McGinty (awarded Military Medal), 4527 Private Ernest S Millor (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.61944), 4442 Private Patrick Powell (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/26946, Royal Engineers no.WR/354811), 11024 Private Michael Ryan, 4541 Private Robert Shea (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.6/674),

A draft from the 4th Battalion also travelled on 7 Nov 1914 to the 2nd Battalion.

This draft included

1 Sergeant

2794 Sergeant John Saint (died of wounds 30 April 1915),

1 Corporal

3553 Corporal Thomas Noone,

9 Lance Corporals

4540 Lance Corporal Michael Garvey (died of wounds 21 Jan 1916), 4401 Lance Corporal Peter Gethins, 4423 Lance Corporal Martin Golden (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43120 & Royal Irish Regiment no.2675), 4522 Lance Corporal Michael Mulligan (POW), 4268 Lance Corporal Daniel O’Hare, 4521 Lance Corporal Bernard O’Reilly (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.2601 & Royal Engineers no.WR/205887), 4859 Lance Corporal James Tierney (transferred Royal Fusiliers no.GS/108787), 3375 Lance Corporal John Hoare, 4333 Lance Corporal Peter Smyth,

60 Privates

4888 Private John Anderson (3 Sept 1916), 4329 Private Mathew Barlow, 3043 Private John Burke (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1508 & Liverpool Regiment no.90090), 4476 Private John Burke, 2698 Private James Cannon (discharged 5 Dec 1915), 4606 Private Charles Carroll, 4591 Private James Casey (transferred Labour Corps no.621686, medals forfeited), 4627 Private Thomas Cawley (discharged 13 Sept 1916), 4619 Private Edward Conmee (transferred Labour Corps no.361519 & Royal Engineers no.609554), 2425 Private Edward Daly (transferred Labour Corps no.657622), 4685 Private William Davis, 4515 Private Michael Dempsey (transferred Labour Corps no.622371), 2788 Private Patrick Diegnan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.1356), 4260 Private Michael Diugnan (transferred Military Field Police no.11739), 4381 Private John Doran (transferred Military Field Police no.11740), 4549 Private Thomas Dunne transferred Labour Corps no.376437), 3779 Private Thomas Evans (transferred Labour Corps no.454260), 4626 Private Thomas Gethins (Killed in action 28 April 19159, 4593 Private Martin Griffin, 4338 Private James Hudson (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48427), 4624 Private William Hunt, 4756 Private Joseph Keary (deserted 18 Oct 1917), 4555 Private Patrick Kielty (transferred Labour Corps no.477939), 4106 Private William Leyden (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4640 Private Henry Little (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.614 & Royal Irish Regiment no.3036), 3136 Private Michael McCabe (discharged 27 Oct 1917), 4835 Private John McDonagh (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.56710), 4455 Private John McDonogh (discharged 18 May 1916), 4808 Private Michael McLoughlin, 4305 Private Patrick Moran (discharged 22 April 1916), 4128 Private Edward Pate (POW), 4418 Private Thomas Purdy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1533 & Labour Corps no.174872 & Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment no.59502), 4689 Private Michael Reilly, 4612 Private John Reilly (transferred Army Service Corps no.M/39535, deserter), 4865 Private Martin Small (transferred Labour Corps no.659642, died 3 Feb 1919), 4589 Private Stephen Smith (died 17 April 1916), 4344 Private John Somers (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.57165), 4850 Private Peter Ward (Killed in action 4 Aug 1915), 4863 Private Miles Agnew (died 5 May 1915), 4105 Private Michael Brennan, 4591 Private James Casey (transferred Labour Corps no.621686, medals forfeited), 4853 Private John Chambers (died 26 April 1915), 4633 Private Thomas Clarke (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.16491), 4641 Private Patrick Conlon (transferred Royal Irish Rifles), 3177 Private Martin Fox (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.1094), 4609 Private Frederick Golden, 4829 Private Andrew Harrison (discharged 11 Dec 1916), 3019 Private Michael Harte (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43122), 4779 Private Albert Harvey (killed in action 17 April 1916), 4647 Private William Healy (transferred 3rd Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1516, died 21 Oct 1917), 4738 Private Patrick Howley (transferred Royal Engineers no.WR/291647), 4059 Private Edward Lynch (transferred Royal Irish Rifles & Worcestershire Regiment no.47635), 3763 Private James Mannion (discharged 12 June 1916), 4801 Private James Moran (transferred Leinster Regiment no.6179), 4604 Private William Reid (discharged 26 Dec 1916), 4639 Private Mathew Reilly (discharged 16 Feb 1917), 4597 Private William Rooney, 4632 Private Thomas Scally, 4790 Private John Scanlon, 4872 Private James Rooney (dischargee 10 Feb 1916),

A draft of 21 Other Ranks arrived during the evening at the 2nd Battalion in France 7 Nov 1914 Draft included 8250 Private Albert Edwin Flack (transferred as no.92443 Driver to Royal Field Artillery 6 Jan 1917)

At this point the Connaught Rangers had exhausted its supply of available reserves.

Lieutenant F H Saker 4th Battalion arrived with the last of the reserves at the 2nd Battalion in Flanders and had got up a raid on his own one night and was wounded and with all those left alive was taken prisoner. Nov 1914

From PRO WO 339/19054

"Saker was the C. Company subaltern. Our guns were shelling the enemy's trenches heavily. The Captain of C. Company, therefore, tried to make an advance. Saker was told to take half the company and to advance up a line with my trench, and to dig himself in there......Saker went beyond the dotted lines towards the concealed German lines.... I (Captain White) saw they were our own men surrendering. I then saw two Germans go into the house and carry out Saker into their trenches. I can't say where he was hit..."

From Sergeant McIlwain,s Journal

“It is reported that one young officer named Saker, who brought up the last of the reserves from home, gets up a raid on his own one night. He is wounded and, with all those left alive taken prisoner.” 30th Oct to 7th Nov 1914

From the 2nd Bn War Diary

31.10.14 In trenches – 1 ½ Platoon C Company under Lieut Saker attacked German trenches in support of a company of Berkshire,s who advanced along BECELEARE Wood – Lieut Saker wounded + captured – 6 NCO,s + men killed – 30 wounded – 30 missing many of whom were taken prisoner.

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling wounded for 2nd time in action with 2nd Battalion at Ypres 7 Nov 1914

3775 Private James Reilly killed in action with 2nd Battalion 7 Nov 1914

3938 Private Michael Whelan killed in action with 2nd Battalion 7 Nov 1914

8876 Acting Corporal Herbert Archer killed in action with 2nd Battalion 7 Nov 1914

4823 Private Patrick Flemming enlisted in Connaught Rangers in London 87Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant De La Cour (Supplementary List) returned from sick leave 8 Nov 1914

3/4808 Private Albert Hardy, 4802 Private Stanley Wood, 3/4806 Private Ernest Giffen, 4811 Private Thomas Scott, 4812 Private Charles William Louis Starn posted to the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale after enlisting in London 8 Nov 1914

3790 Private M Gallagher killed in action with the 2nd Battalion in France 8 Nov 1914

3708 Private T Costello killed in action with the 2nd Battalion in France 8 Nov 1914

4823 Private Patrick Flemming sent from London to 3rd Battalion at Kinsale 10 Nov 1914

3756 Private John Niland killed in action with the 2nd Battalion in France 10 Nov 1914

4195 Private Patrick Flaherty killed in action with the 2nd Battalion in France 11 Nov 1914

4023 Lance Corporal Edward O’Hara killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 11 Nov 1914

Private 2779 J Coyne killed in action with the 2nd Battalion in France 11 Nov 1914

Captain M Campbell left for Dublin to conduct a draft of The Royal Irish Rifles abroad to join the Expeditionary Force 12 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant William Archibald Buchanan, The Connaught Rangers arrived from Sandhurst 12 Nov 1914

Draft of 49 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France 12 Nov 1914

3763 Private Patrick Lennon killed in action with 2nd Battalion in France 13 Nov 1914

Draft of 29 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France 16 Nov 1914

Captain T Tighe returned from sick leave 17 Nov 1914

Lieutenant James L Jackson 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be Flying Officer with Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) 17 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant Thomas Boothe conducts a draft to the Expeditionary Force 19 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson to be Lieutenant 19 Nov 1914

Major C W Bowlby Reserve of Officers, with Temporary Lieutenants E A Telford and D H Wickham and 8 N.C.O.’s travelled from Fermoy to take charge of a party of 600 recruits for the 6th Battalion The Connaught Rangers from Belfast 20 Nov 1914

4998 Private John Flanagan enlisted in 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 21 Nov 1914

3929 Private Martin Murray killed in action with 2nd Battalion 23 Nov 1914

4195 Private Joseph Flaherty posted to 3rd Battalion from Depot 24 Nov 1914

He had returned from the 2nd Battalion 8 Oct 1914

Lieutenant G R Brooke, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after being on sick leave from the front 24 Nov 1914

Approval given for the following transfers 24 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant A J H Burke transferred to 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from 7th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant C A Brett transferred to 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers from 7th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant J Howie transferred to 12th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment from 8th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

4823 Private Patrick Flemming appointed paid Lance Corporal 25 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant J Howie left to join the 12th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment at Colchester 25 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant McBride left to take over and conduct a Cavalry draft to the Base of the Expeditionary Force 25 Nov 1914

3/5026 Private James Healy enlisted in 3rd Battalion 26 Nov 1914

2nd Lieutenant Thomas Boothe left to take over and conduct a draft of the Leinster Regiment from Cork to the Expeditionary Force 27 Nov 1914

Lieutenant Arthur Louis Brunker Anderson 1st Battalion left with a draft of 40 Other Ranks for the 1st Battalion 27 Nov 1914

Mentioned in despatches 15 June 1916

Draft included 3/4140 Private James Kilgallon, 3781 Private Michael Morrison,

Lieutenant Arthur Louis Brunker Anderson with draft for 1st Battalion landed in France 28 Nov 1914

He served in France 28 Nov 1914 to 11 Dec 1915 and in Mesopotamia 10 Jan 1916 to 3 May 1916. Later transferred to the Indian Army.

By end of November 1914 casualties from 3rd Battalion Drafts.

Killed in action, Other Ranks 25

Died of Wounds, Other Ranks 8

Wounded in action, Other Ranks 64

Wounded in action, Officers 3

List of casualties amongst men of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers sent to reinforce the ‘Line’ Battalions at the front. As reported from the Head Quarters up to 30 Nov 1914

Killed in Action

Sergeants:

3780 Michael O’Hara (1 Nov 1914), 3144 William Banks (23 Oct 1914)

Corporal:

3479 James Moyles (2 Nov 1914) grandfather of Chris Moyles, well-known BBC disc jockey

Shot through the fore head.

Privates:

4332 T Graham, 4067 M Ward, 4195 P Flaherty (11 Nov 1914), 3872 M Caffery (8 Nov 1914), 4072 J Delaney, 4375 M Farrell (2 Nov 1914), 4055 J Forde (28 Oct 1914), 3866 J Griffin (7 Nov 1914), 3894 M Keogh (2 Nov 1914), 3893 J Sullivan, 3166 W Lyons (14 Sept 1914), 3903 D Roland (21 Sept 1914), 4084 P Bartley (1 Nov 1914), 3708 T Costello (8 Nov 1914), 4736 J Doyle (30 Oct 1914), 2864 J Doyle (30 Oct 1914), 3790 M Gallagher(8 Nov 1914), 3925 T Kelly (not killed. Discharged 7 June 1916), 4237 J Monaghan (2 Nov 1914), 3919 T Murphy (1 Nov 1914), 3778 J Reilly (7 Nov 1914), 3938 M Whelan

Died of Wounds received in action

Privates:

3701 T Collins (13 Nov 1914), 4179 M Convey (28 Oct 1914), 4061 F Coyle (6 Nov 1914), 2779 J Coyne (11 Nov 1914), 3696 D Connolly, 4305 P Kelly, 4141 F O’Donnell (6 Nov 1914), 4023 ‘Had been promoted Lance Corporal’ Edward O’Hara (11 Nov 1914)

Wounded in action

Sergeants:

3986 T Senier, 2394 M Leetly, 3769 P Lydon

Corporals:

3058 J Finn

Lance Corporals:

3979 P Joyce, 3580 J Joyce, 9219 Mark Charles Gower,

Privates:

3456 M Comer, 3819 M Ward, 4352 M Noonan, 4074 M Kelly, 4096 L Quinn, 3902 E Lally, 4525 W Duffy, 2739 P Delaney, 2983 M Kelly, 4287 J Nestor, 3956 J Rielly, 3088 P Dempsey, 4175 P Newman, 3040 M Dervin, 2182 P Higgins, 4321 T Ward, 4290 D Ward, 4123 J Gleeson, 3971 J Sheridan, 4354 M Matthews, 3068 J Donohue, 3671 M King, 3949 M Fleming, 4239 J Ryan, 10880 E Boylan, 3875 M Folan, 4249 W D’Arcy, 4363 P Scanlon, 2912 N Gotman, 2929 J Morris, 3603 J Madden, 3043 M Brennan, 4058 T Mann, 4025 B McDonnell, 3939 J Parker, 3614 M Philbin, 3478 P Carroll, 4051 William Stokes 3 fingers blown off by a shell, 3457 T Gill, 3804 P Brennan, 3571 P Lavelle, 4135 M Pender, 4242 M Dillon, 4338 P Meehan, 3951 J Ramplin, 3650 M Higgins, 2282 J Connors, 4087 W Reilly, 4216 J Casey, 3108 B Ward, 3911 J Curley, 4103 P Lymskey, 2182 P Higgins, 4133 J Casey, 4200 Prendergast, 3913 M McDonnell

Sick or Injured

Corporals:

3/3648 Patrick Croughwell

(promoted to Sergeant and transferred to 13th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers no. 15524 killed in action 4 July 1916 at Shelter Wood, the Somme)

Lance Corporals:

4044 W Byrne

Privates:

3901 M Skeffington, 4334 T Burgess, 4066 J Boland, 3255 M Ryan, 2252 M Hehir, 3732 W Ronaldson, 3766 J Dillon, 4577 L O’Connor, 3550 J Casey, 2982 J Daly, 4181 P Mally

Officers Wounded in Action

Captain Alfred William Peter Talbot Whyte

Lieutenant F D Foote

Lieutenant LN Aveling (returned to front after being wounded and recovering and being wounded a second time)

3/5112 Private Patrick Caffery enlisted in 3rd Battalion 30 Nov 1914

6502 Private Peter Kelly discharged 30 Nov 1914

9095 Acting Sergeant Patrick Hannigan died of wounds with 2nd Battalion 30 Nov 1914

DECEMBER 1914

Due to mounting casualties, the 2nd battalion was disbanded and amalgamated with 1st battalion Connaught Rangers at Le Touret in France 1 Dec 1914

5118 Private Michael Gilfeather enlisted in 3rd Battalion 1 Dec 1914

5110 Private Thomas Connelly aged 32 enlisted in 3rd Battalion 2 Dec 1914

Draft of 4 Officers and 130 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion 4 Dec 1914

1st Battalion Officers 8, Other Ranks 343

2nd Battalion Officers 6, Other Ranks 440

Draft Officers 4, Other Ranks 130

Total Officers 18, Other Ranks 913

2nd Lieutenant Roy Delacombe to be attached to the Divisional Cyclist Company 4 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant Roy Delacombe left to proceed to Cork to take over and conduct certain details to Hounslow upon his transfer to the Army Cyclist Corps 5 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant Roy Delacombe seconded for service with the Army Cyclist Corps 5 Dec 1914

The Medical Officer with the 1st Battalion reported in his War Diary a serious problem was that some men arriving in the drafts were over fifty years old and were thus too old for work in the trenches 6 Dec 1914

Lieutenant G R C Brook left to join the Expeditionary Force 7 Dec 1914

5110 Private Thomas Connelly arrived at Kinsale 8 Dec 1914

11009 Private Herbert Edgar Prime enlisted in Connaught Rangers 8 Dec 1914

5036 Private M Sanaghan died at Kinsale 8 Dec 1914

The German Ambassador in USA accused the Connaught Rangers of using ‘Dum Dum’ soft nosed bullets in France 8 Dec 1914

Kosturino Ridge on 6-7th December 1915 that his body was never recovered.

Officers: K.I.A. 4; W.I.A. 3 (1 WIA & POW - Leut DJ Cowan) Invalided 4;

Other Ranks: KIA or DOW 134; WIA 158; POW (Mostly WIA) 129; Invalided 144: Total 576.

The Army Council has notified that to meet the wastage of units in the field. The establishment of Signals in each Reserve Battalion, Infantry of the Line will be as follows. 10 Dec 1914

1 Sergeant

3 Corporals

4 Lance Corporals

11 Trained Privates

36 men under training

Total establishment of other ranks 55

2nd Lieutenant E Faithfull and 25 Other Ranks proceeded to Waterville, County Kerry to relieve part of the detachment stationed there 10 Dec 1914

11009 Private Herbert Edgar Prime appointed paid Lance Corporal and posted to duty with 3rd Battalion and arrived at Kinsale 11 Dec 1914

Lieutenant B G MacDowel and 25 Other Ranks arrived from Waterville having been relieved 11 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant C A Brett took a detachment of 12 unfit men to Waterville in early December. Marched to Kinsale Station, took 7am train to Cork, marched across Cork to the Great Southern and Western Station and took the Dublin train to Mallow. Changed into smaller train for Farranfore Co Kerry, then changed to another train for Cahirciveen, then a 10 mile march to Waterville on a mountain road, arriving at 10pm. He returned to Kinsale the next day catching the morning train form Cahirciveen.

2nd Lieutenant C A Brett passed as a First Class Instructor of Maxim and Vickers guns after attending the first Machine gun course held at Dollymount for a month.

He was then appointed Battalion Machine Gun Officer and given a reservist Sergeant Mulrooney and 30 hand picked men.

4325 Private Joseph Flaherty 14 days confined to barracks for ‘attempting to force the Sentry on the South Gate at 11pm’ 12 Dec 1914 Witness Sergeant Major Blakely

6679 Lance Corporal John Wilson posted to 3rd Battalion from Depot 12 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant A S Beard reported for duty from sick leave after being invalided from ‘The Front’ 13 Dec 1914

7 days leave was granted to Officers and Men of the Battalion. The leave period being from 15 Dec 1914 to 7 Jan 1915. Leaves were arranged so that two thirds of the strength of the Battalion was always at The Station.

2nd Lieutenant Donald Allister Greer, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Sandhurst 17 Dec 1914

Lieutenant C H M Dennys, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after being invalided from ‘The Front’ 17 Dec 1914

Lieutenant and Quartermaster Charles F Dryden transferred from 1st Battalion to Head Quarters, 2nd Division 19 Dec 1914

3067 Private Charles Brown submitted claim for separation allowance 19 Dec 1914

Lieutenant W W W Reilly 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty after being invalided from ‘The Front’ 21 Dec 1914

A draft of 17 recruits joined the 5th Battalion at the Royal Barracks, Dublin from the Depot 21 Dec 1914

Lieutenant Arnulf Montgomery attached 2nd Battalion killed in action by a sniper’s bullet while fixing a loophole at Festubert, France 22 Dec 1914

3096 Sergeant Thomas Kelly aged 37 died at home in Brackernagh, Ireland 25 Dec 1914

Lieutenant Colonel Lewin had to visit 22 various men’s and Sergeant’s messes and at each drink half a tumbler of neat whisky before lunch on Christmas morning 25 Dec 1914

Lieutenant Colonel Lewin was able to get the best out of raw recruits and raw subalterns, but was able to handle also the many old soldiers and NCO’s who were at Kinsale in the early days, and who knew all their tricks.

Everyone presented with a Cigarette Box from Princess Mary 25 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant A D Lang Brown, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Sandhurst 28 Dec 1914

Lieutenant Gerald Allen, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to Farnborough to join The Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) 28 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant F Lewin attends course of musketry held at The Irish Command School of Musketry, Dublin from 29 Dec 1914 to 9 Jan 1915

Lieutenants C H M Dennys and B G MacDowell left to join the 2nd Battalion in the Expeditionary force 31 Dec 1914

Lieutenant C H M Dennys later served as Captain with 1/4th Ghurkha Rifles in India

5143 Private Patrick McDonagh enlisted in 3rd Battalion 31 Dec 1914

Battalion Strength 31 Dec 1914

Officers 32

Other Ranks 1194 (includes 268 recruits who joined in December)

Total 1226

1060 Recruits had joined the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers since the Declaration of War up to 31 Dec 1914

During December 3 Officers were sent to join the British Expeditionary Force with no Other Ranks.

Army List 31 December 1914

Honorary Colonel Daly, J. A.

Lieutenant Colonel K Lewin, A. C., DSO, Capt ret pay

Major Digan, A. J., D.S.O., (Honorary Captain in Army)

Captain Tighe, T. (Honorary Lieutenant in Army)

Captain Clifford, T. R. B.

Captain Campbell M. I. M, (Honorary Lieutenant in Army)

Captain Blockley, A. W.

Captain Truell, E. G. S.

Captain King, W. H. (Dep Asst Dir of Remounts, Irish Command)

Captain O’Brein, W. D.

Captain Whyte, A. W. P. T (2nd Battalion, Connaught Rangers)

Lieutenant Stacpoole, G. E.

Lieutenant Lambert, W. P.

Lieutenant Jackson, J. L

Lieutenant Gibson, F. M. S

2nd Lieutenant Greeves. E. D.

2nd Lieutenant Lewin F. H.

2nd Lieutenant Delacombe, R.

2nd Lieutenant Montgomery, A. (2nd Battalion, Connaught Rangers)

2nd Lieutenant D’Arcy, R

2nd Lieutenant Garvey, I. H.

2nd Lieutenant Kavanagh, J J.

2nd Lieutenant Lloyd, C. R. F.

2nd Lieutenant Lyons H. H.

2nd Lieutenant Bethell, F. H.

2nd Lieutenant Fathfull E. B. F.

2nd Lieutenant D’Arcy, J

Adjutant Captain Lloyd, O. F.

Quarter-Master. Rafferty. J., Honorary Captain.

Attached

Major Kemball, A G Colonel 31 Punjabis

Lieutenant Allen, G. Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant McDowel, R.G. Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant Buchanan, W. A. Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant Greer, D. A. Connaught Rangers

2nd Lieutenant Brown, A. O. L. Connaught Rangers

Dr Coffey, Regimental Medical Doctor

Major Boles, W. S., MD, Royal Army Medical Corps i/c troops Kinsale

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1915

JANUARY 1915

30 Other Ranks left to join the 1st Battalion. Conducted to Cork by 2nd Lieutenant Greeves and handed over to an Officer of the Royal Munster Fusiliers who would conduct them to the Expeditionary force 1 Jan 1915

Draft included 7500 Private Dominick Toy, 4879 Private George Worrall, 4638 Private Thomas Griffin (killed in action 20 June 1916),

5754 Sergeant Major William Herr Blakely awarded Long Service and Good Conduct medal 1 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenants Greeves, Bethell and Lyons attended an Officers Course of Instruction at Cork 1 Jan 1915

1st Battalion strength 21 Officers, 921 Other Ranks 1 Jan 1915

3/5265 Private John Joseph Butler enlisted in 3rd Battalion 4 Jan 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins admonished ‘Found in bed at 1:30pm’ 5 Jan 1915

4550 Private Daniel Hugh Stanley with 2nd Battalion wrongly reported as deserted 8 Jan 1915

3/4549 Private Harry Curtis declared illegally absent from the 3rd Battalion 8 Jan 1915

A draft of 50 Other Ranks left to join the 1st Battalion. Conducted by Lieutenant F M S Gibson to Cork and quartered with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers at Cork Barracks pending the arrival of the Officer to conduct them abroad 9 Jan 1915

Draft included 4715 Private Percy Joseph Eatwell from Brixton, 6679 Lance Corporal John Wilson,

Thomas Horsfall Crofton arrived from the Canadian Contingent to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 11 Jan 1915

He had enlisted aged 24 in Canada into the 16th Battalion of the Canadian Army 23 Sept 1914. He had been working as a Land Surveyor in Canada and was from County Sligo, Ireland.

28960 Private T H Crofton, ‘E’ Company, 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish), 3rd Infantry Brigade. Sailed from Quebec on the troopship ’Andania’ and landed in Plymouth 14 Oct 1914 and disembarked 17 Oct 1914 for Salisbury Plain. Applied for commission 29 Dec 1914

Later awarded Military Cross. ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.’ He organised a counter-attack and went to the assistance of another unit, thereby driving the enemy back at a critical time. He has at all times set a fine example of courage and initiative.’ 24 April 1917

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO, left to attend a Senior Officers Musketry Course at Irish School of Musketry at Dublin 11 Jan 1915

3812 Private James Fallon posted to 3rd Battalion from 2nd Battalion 11 Jan 1915

3/5271 Private Arnold James enlisted in 3rd Battalion 12 Jan 1915

Lieutenant Hugh Grant Robertson, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived with 40 Other Ranks of the 1st Battalion form Ferozopore, India 14 Jan 1915

Lieutenant Hugh Grant Robertson had remained to command the depot at Ferozepore, India when the 1st Battalion had left for Marseilles.

2nd Lieutenant G C P R O’Donoghue, Connaught Rangers arrived from Sandhurst 14 Jan 1915

‘D’ Company, consisting of 4 Officers and 192 Other Ranks detached to garrison Charles Fort, at Kinsale. Captain Blockley in command, with 2nd Lieutenants Kavanagh, Brett (Battalion Machine Gun Officer with 1 Sergeant and 30 men) and Greer 16 Jan 1915

The Barracks at Kinsale about 2 miles from the fort had become too full. Later a large hutted camp was made near the Fort.

3539 Private Michael Sweeney (attached 2nd Battalion) awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in carrying urgent messages over very dangerous ground. 20% of messengers were killed or wounded on this duty. An example of devotion to duty 16 Jan 1915

At the 2nd Rifle Course held at the Irish School of Musketry at Dublin 2nd Lieutenant F H Lewin is noted as having qualified as 1st Class Instructor in Musketry 17 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey left to attend a course in Signalling at Passage starting on 18 Jan

17 Jan 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins posted to 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia after being found fit for active service 19 Jan 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson, 2nd Lieutenant W A Buchanan, and 10154 Sergeant George Gamble attend a course of musketry at the Irish School of Musketry, Dublin 21 Jan 1915

4310 Private Thomas Nolan in 3rd London General Hospital, Wansworth with Typhoid 23 Jan 1915

2nd Lieutenant A S Beard and 50 Other Ranks left to join 1st Battalion 25 Jan 1915

Draft included 3339 Private Patrick McGuire, 4733 Private Ernest Holden (died of wounds 3 May 1916),

John Tasker to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion (on probation) 27 Jan 1915

Attached to the Royal Munster Fusiliers & 13th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Lieutenant Eric Wells Morris, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reports for duty after sick leave from Expeditionary Force 28 Jan 1915

5959 Company Sergeant Major Arthur Piper promoted to WO Class II 29 Jan 1915

1 Officer and 130 Other Ranks sent as drafts to 1st Battalion in Flanders during January 1915

FEBRUARY 1915

From August 1914 to February 1915 Ireland produced 50,107 recruits

2nd Lieutenant Lyons, 2825 Sergeant John Grannell and Sergeant Little proceeded to Waterville to relieve 2nd Lieutenant Latham, 3008 Sergeant Patrick McDermott and 4037 Sergeant Francis Silke 1 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenants Burke, Greer and Lang Brown selected to attend a class of instruction to be held 3 Feb at Cork 1 Feb 1915

5607 Private William Curley enlisted in 3rd Battalion 1 Feb 1915

8398 Private M Walshe died at Kinsale 1 Feb 1915

4247 Private P Casey died at Kinsale 2 Feb 1915

Lieutenants George G de Stacpoole, Walter P Lambert, James L Jackson (Royal Flying Corps), Francis M S Gibson to be Captains 2 Feb 1915

Captain G E de Stacpoole later served in Macedonia and was attached 2nd Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Captain W P Lambert awarded Military Cross. Also served with 6th Battalion in France and attached 47th Brigade Staff. Present at Messines & Cambrai 1917

2nd Lieutenant Frederick H Lewin, and Richard D,Arcy to be Captains 2 Feb 1915

4247 Private Patrick Casey died at Kinsale 2 Feb 1915

A new company formed ‘E’ Company under Captain Robertson, and 2nd Lieutenants De La Cour and Greeves 2 Feb 1915

Thomas Horsfall Crofton to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 2 Feb 1915

Captain Thomas Banbury Eames 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers arrived from India 3 Feb 1915

He had been sentenced to death for his part in the Jameson Raid 29 December 1895 to 2 January 1896

Trooper Eames, Thomas Banbury. ‘A’ Troop

Previous military service Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers. Aged 22

Domicile England, Address. 1 Chichester Road,Chester, England.

Brief Account

This ill-fated expedition, led by Dr Jameson, was conceived by Cecil Rhodes, Premier of the Cape and his co-conspirator and business associate, Alfred Beit. Its purpose was two-fold, to deliver the riches of the Transvaal by precipitating the overthrow of the legitimate Kruger government and ensuring the annexation of the republic to the British Empire. The means were the huge resources and discontent within the disenfranchised British community living and working within its borders and who produced much of its vast wealth

The force that rode out from Pitsani camp on the 29 December 1895 numbered close to 600 and consisted of almost 400 Rhodesian Police who were employed by the Charter Company, 120 men recruited at Mafeking and some Cape ‘Boys’. They had six Maxims, two 7 pound mountain and one 12 and half pound guns. The plan was a three day hard ride to Johannesburg where the majority, the disenchanted Uitlanders, the mainly British expatriate community, would rise up on this catalyst against the Transvaal authorities and tip the republic neatly into the welcoming and grateful arms of the Empire. To the participants they were embarked upon a great adventure and one which they were led to believe had ‘official’ sanction.

It was an enormous political and military gamble, the stakes were exceedingly high and success would undoubtedly have changed the course of history in Southern Africa. It is left to speculation quite how much of the plan the Colonial Secretary in London, Joseph Chamberlain, knew in advance, but the overthrown of a sovereign government was the ultimate goal of this exploit.

On the 2 January 1896, the force stopped at day break at a farm called Doornkop in the Transvaal. They were much in need of rest and had ridden the 170 miles without sleep and under constant harassing fire. They were just two hours’ ride from Johannesburg and before them lay the alluring sight of their prize and yet it was not to be; for here they would receive the bitter news that the city had not risen to support them, they were surrounded, outnumbered and cut off.

Jameson’s force had never enjoyed the element of surprise and had been monitored by Transvaal commandos from the moment they crossed the border and for two days continuously they had fought a running rear-guard action, sustaining losses in both dead and wounded.

At Doornkop the fighting intensified and the number of casualties rose to 65 killed and wounded. Unaided Jameson’s position was untenable and his small force was doomed against such determined and overwhelming opposition. Surrender became their only option and this took place at 8 pm when following the burial of the 16 British dead, the remainder were led away to prison in Pretoria. Their great gamble had failed.

2nd Lieutenant L Beater arrived 3 Feb 1915

Charles Edward Kerwin Bagot and Ducan Boyd Wallis to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation), 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant D B Wallis attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

Notified in Fortress Orders that 2nd Lieutenant H H Lyons qualified at a Course of Instruction at Cork 6 Feb 1915

At 3rd Rifle Course held at Irish School of Musketry, Dublin 2nd Lieutenant W A Buchanan and 10154 Lance Sergeant George Fraser Gamble qualified as 1st Class Instructors 6 Feb 1915

At 2nd Machine Gun Course held at Irish School of Musketry, Dublin Lieutenant F M S Gibson passed ‘Distinguished’ 6 Feb 1915

Instruction from The War Office. The Battalion to be raised to an establishment of 2080 all ranks including all men under training for drafts. Convalescents from Expeditionary Force are not to be included, but to be held as supernumerary to the establishment pending despatch to the front when medically fit. 7 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant W A Buchanan arrived from School of Musketry 7 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant Francis Drew Foott mentioned in despatches 7 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant N S B Kidson, Interpreter, Unattached List arrived at Battalion 7 Feb 1915

Previously served with 1st Battalion but attached to 2nd Battalion as Interpreter on arrival in France, 28 Sept 1914

4483 Private Martin Fitzgerald arrived at 3rd Battalion from 1st General Hospital in Birmingham after recovering from wounds 9 Feb 1915

11092 Private Philip Glancy enlisted in Connaught Rangers 9 Feb 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson attended a course in Barr & Stroud, One Man Range Finder at the School of Musketry, Dublin 7 to 10 Feb 1915

A draft of 13 joined the 5th Battalion at the Curragh from the Depot 12 Feb 1915

‘F’ Company formed 12 Feb 1915.

‘E’ Company moved into quarters at Charles Fort, at Kinsale 12 Feb 1915

Superintendent of Gymnasia, Irish Command inspected recruits at Charles Fort 9 Feb 1915

He stated in his report. “I saw about 160 under instruction and considered them quite the best type of recruits I had seen. They are of goof physique, smart, intelligent, and keenly interested in their work. The C.O. and all officers give every facility for the carrying out of the instruction.”

Major Herbert Gore appointed to command the 7th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 9 Feb 1915

Norman Studholme Brownrigg Kidson from unattached list (Interpreter) to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 10 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant W W W Reilly granted sick leave until 17 May 11 Feb 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson arrived from School of Musketry, Dublin 11 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Crofton, Sergeant Deely and Lance Sergeant Davin proceeded to course to be held 13 Feb at Irish School of Musketry 11 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant C E K Bagot arrived 12 Feb 1915

4841 Private James McDonald died with 2nd Battalion in France 13 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey returned from Signalling Course at Passage 13 Feb 1915

The following Officers completed the 2nd Course at the Young Officers School of Instruction, Victoria Barracks at Cork 13 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant D A Greer (Distinguished)

2nd Lieutenant A J H Bourke

2nd Lieutenant A D Lang Browne

3/4568 Private James Mcdonnell died 13 Feb 1915

Captain H G Robertson and Lieutenant E W Morris left to join Expeditionary Force 15 Feb 1915

4879 Private George Worrall killed in action at Neuve Chapelle serving with the 1st Battalion 15 Feb 1915

5607 Private William Curley posted to 4th Battalion 16 Feb 1915

Cadets of the Officer Training Corps John Henderson Richie Dickson to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 17 Feb 1915

Attached Royal Munster Fusiliers

A draft of 50 joined the 5th Battalion at the Curragh from the Depot 15 Feb 1915

10334 Private John Fitzgerald posted to 3rd Battalion from the Depot 18 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant W P F Latham (Supplementary List) left from detachment at Waterville to join the Expeditionary Force 18 Feb 1915

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain posted from the Depot to the 3rd Battalion 18 Feb 1915

He had previously been wounded while serving with the 2nd Battalion in France 15 Nov 1914

Gun shot wound to the left arm and had been invalided to the 1st London General Hospital.

Arrived from extended leave at Newcastle 19 Feb 1915

Sergeant John McIlwain became Acting Company Sergeant Major of ‘B’ Company under Captain W D O’Brien. On arrival he put in request to be transferred abroad again.

Training at this time was mainly drill parades and theoretical field practices.

2nd Lieutenant R D’Arcy left to take over command of detachment at Waterville 19 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant John Tasker reports his arrival 19 Feb 1915

Lieutenant W P F Latham arrived at unit in France 20 Feb 1915

A draft of 39 joined the 5th Battalion at the Curragh from the Depot 19 Feb 1915

3491 Private Michael Duffy ‘B’ Company, aged 44, discharged medically unfit 20 Feb 1915

The fluctuating size of the Battalion made training difficult.

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain stated in his diary. ‘I could never make out the Company it was so big and in such a condition of fluidity.’ 20 Feb 1915

The training consisted of drill parades and theoretical field practices at this time.

5680 Private John Harte enlisted in 3rd Battalion 20 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey and Corporal J Murray qualified as ‘Distinguished’ from the School of Signalling at Passage 21 Feb 1915

The 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from Crosshaven to Bere Island 4 Aug 1914

2nd Lieutenant D B Wallis reported his arrival 23 Feb 1915

A draft of 44 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion at La Couture 23 Feb 1915

A draft of 22 joined the 5th Battalion at the Curragh from the Depot 24 Feb 1915

Captain H G Robertson and 2nd Lieutenant A S Beard joined 1st Battalion 25 Feb 1915

2nd Lieutenant J H R Dickson reported his arrival 25 Feb 1915

9261 Private Thomas Flynn aged 28 from Kildare, died at home, 26 Feb 1915.

8722 Private Francis Brady posted from Depot to 3rd Battalion 27 Feb 1915

Lieutenant Aveling, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported for duty from sick leave after returning wounded from the Expeditionary Force 28 Feb 1915

MARCH 1915

During March 1915 all recruits and men unfit for service aboard in the 5th (Service) Battalion joined the 3rd Battalion.

5/2982 Private Nathaniel George Mates

4 sergeants and 1 corporal who had been attested for home service with the 5th Battalion, were posted to the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale, and proceeded there on 1 Match 1915

Frederick Hubert Sheafee to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 1 March 1915

8429 Private Philip Eyre Tennant Inns of Court Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant, with the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers 1 March 1915

Attached 2nd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment

Gazetted temporary Lieutenant J J Kavanagh departs for the front 4 March 1915

A O’H Bradshaw to be 2nd Lieutenant with 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 3 March 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson qualified at the School of Musketry, Dollymount, in the one man range finder 4 March 1915

Dollymount Golf Course had been converted into Irelands first School of Musketry

William Minch & Arthur H E Russell Cadets OTC to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 6 March 1915

6824 Private Martin McDonagh posted to 3rd Battalion from the Depot 6 March 1915

3/5430 Private James Bradey and 3/5978 Private Frank Kilkenny enlisted in 3rd Battalion 8 March 1915

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain travelled to Cork from Kinsale during the afternoon for lecture at Palace Theatre. 9 March 1915

6 Officers and 100 Other Ranks drafted to British Expeditionary Force during March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Arthur Henry Eric Russell joined from the Royal Field Artillery 10 March 1915

Served with the 6th Battalion in France.

William J Minch late OTC to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation, 3rd Battalion 10 March 1915

2nd Lieutenants W P F Latham, F W Lynch, and J J Kavanagh from Special Reserve joined 1st Battalion at St. Floris in France 11 March 1915

4180 Private James Ward missing in action with 2nd Battalion 11 March 1916

War Office Letter. 12 March 1915

That 2nd Lieutenants in excess of war establishment will, on a Battalion proceeding abroad, be retained at home, and attached to a Reserve Battalion of the unit, with a view to filling vacancies caused by casualties at the front. It is, therefore, in the interests of all Battalions to train as large a reserve of 2nd Lieutenants as possible.

Commanding officers were empowered to select the most proficient to complete the numbers up to establishment, irrespective of date of appointment, on a Battalion being ordered to proceed on service.

All recruits and men unfit for service abroad with the 5th Battalion, who could not be made efficient, were ordered to be sent to Kinsale to join the 3rd Reserve Battalion. 12 March 1915

Lieutenant H T Hewitt with a draft of 75 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion at La Couture west of Neuve Chapelle from the base. This brought the strength of the 1st Battalion to 21 Officers and 1033 Other Ranks 13 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Louis Neibuhr Beater 3rd Battalion died of septicaemia due to absorption from an abscess of the heel, and he received as treatment during his illness, injections of antistrepto-coccus serum 13 March 1915

3877 Corporal Patrick Mitchell aged 23 killed in action with 2nd Battalion 14 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Louis Niebohr Beater buried in the Military Cemetery, Cork. The Band and Firing Party were furnished by the 3rd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment stationed at Victoria Barracks, Cork 15 Feb 1915

Lieutenant Gerald Allen attained the Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificate on a Maurice Farman Biplane at Royal Flying Corps Farnborough 15 March 1915

Hansard 15 March 1917

Mr. GINNELL

Asked whether Daniel Kennedy, a lad under fifteen, improperly induced to enlist, and now in Mullingar military barracks, will be sent home to his mother forthwith?

Mr. MACPHERSON

Instructions have been issued for the release of this lad as a special case. I am inquiring as to the hon. Member's suggestion that he was improperly induced to enlist.

Mr. GINNELL

Asked whether William Murphy, a lad under fifteen, improperly induced to enlist, now No. 11265, 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers, whose baptismal certificate, sent to the military authorities at Cork, has not been returned, will be sent home to his parents forthwith?

Mr. MACPHERSON

Inquiries are being made, and the hon. Member will be informed of the result.

Quarter Master Sergeant Brook and 102 N.C.O.’s and men proceeded to join the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale from the 5th Battalion at Beresford Barracks, The Curragh, as medically unfit for service abroad 15 March 1915 Draft included 5/354 Private John Moynihan

2nd Lieutenant James D’Arcy (on probation) confirmed in his rank 16 March 1915

Major W N S Alexander DSO and a draft of 16 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion in the trenches at Richebourg. This brought the strength of the 1st Battalion to 27 Officers and 1010 Other Ranks 17 March 1915

Large church parade for Saint Patrick’s Day 17 March 1915

The battalion paraded 1543 strong at the Roman Catholic Church in Kinsale for Saint Patrick’s Day. The largest number ever for a Church Parade in the Regiment 17 March 1915

It was a strict regimental custom that the entire Battalion of all denominations should attend Mass in state, band playing and colours flying, on St Patrick’s Day.

Lieutenant P Lambert proceeded to Waterville to take over command of the Detachment vice 2nd Lieutenant Lyons 17 March 1915

Lieutenant L N Aveling, 2nd Lieutenants W A Buchanan, J D’Arcy, E Faithfull, H H Lyons and F H Bethell left and proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force 17 March 1915

Lieutenant H H Lyons attached to Royal Irish Regiment

2nd Lieutenant A H G Russell arrived at the Battalion 18 March 1915

10884 Private Patrick Murphy died of wounds with 1st Battalion 18 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant C R F Lloyd resigns his commission on account of ill health 19 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant W Minch arrived at the Battalion19 March 1915

10777 Private Michael Quigley died of wounds with 2nd Battalion 19 March 1915

10990 Private Patrick O’Brien aged 15 died at Kinsale 19 March 1915

4054 Private Patrick Merchant killed in action with 1st Battalion 19 March 1915

6757 Sergeant John McIlwain posted to 5th Battalion based at the Curragh. He left Kinsale at 8.30am and arrived at the Curragh, Kildare Station at 5.30pm 20 March 1915

2nd Lieutenants F H Lewin, R D’Arcy and I H Garvey confirmed in their rank 22 March 1915

11 NCO’s and Other Ranks proceeded to the 3rd Battalion, Kinsale from the 5th Battalion on 23 March 1915

4 of these NCO’s were sent to relieve the 2 Sergeants and 2 Corporals, from the British Expeditionary Force who had arrived from the details at Kinsale to be attached to the 3rd Battalion for instruction. They had previously been wounded or sick while serving with the 1st or 2nd Battalions in France. 23 March 1915

100 Other Ranks proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force conducted by Lieutenant Rogers, Leinster Regiment 23 March 1915

Draft included 3/4758 Private Richard D Leahy (transferred to Leinster Regiment no.18177 & Middlesex Regiment no.L/217229), 4817 Private John Graham, 4075 Private Patrick Feeney 4th Bn (killed in action 22 July 1915 near Rue-Tilleroy on the day the Connaught Rangers were finally relieved after spending 16 days at the front line. He was buried in the Royal Irish Rifles graveyard in Laventie, which is on the St. Omar Road 3 miles from Fleurbaix.), 10991 Private John Mcgowan (discharged SWB), 4/5549 Private John Roach (DCM, Class Z),

Lieutenant R D’Arcy returned to unit after being attached to the Royal Flying Corps 23 March 1915

2nd Lieutenants L N Aveling and W A Buchanan joined the 1st Battalion in ‘rest’ billets at Paradis a small hamlet about a mile from Lestrem 25 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Brett conducts party of 2 NCO’s and 28 men to Waterville in relief of the detachment based there 25 March 1915

‘G’ Company formed and moved into hutments at Charles Fort 26 March 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson in command, 2nd Lieutenants Tasker & Wallis, Acting Company Sergeant Major McHale and Company Quarter Master Sergeant Brook

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy joined the 1st Battalion in France & Flanders 26 March 1915

At Second Battle of Ypres

2nd Lieutenant Greer, 7746 Corporal W O’Rouke, 4476 Corporal Cunningham, 8223 Corporal Coyle & 8625 Corporal Byrne proceeded for a course commencing 29 March 1915 at School of Musketry Dublin 27 March 1915

Lieutenant Patrick McBride reported his arrival from sick leave from the Expeditionary Force 29 March 1915

3637 Private John Quinn discharged 29 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant A O’H Bradshaw reported his arrival at 3rd Battalion 30 March 1915

3896 Sergeant Joseph O’Callaghan qualified as Assistant Instructor in Signalling 30 March 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Corfton, and 3702 Corporal T Killeen at the 4th Machine Gun Course at the Irish School of Musketry 31 March 1915

Samuel P K J H Reed Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 31 March 1915

‘H’ Company formed and moved into hutments at Charles Fort 31 March 1915

Lieutenant McBride in command, with 2nd Lieutenants Jaaffe and Russell

‘F’ Company formed and moved into hutments at Charles Fort 31 March 1915

6 Officers and 100 Other Ranks were drafted to the British Expeditionary Force in France during March 1915

APRIL 1915

2nd Lieutenant F H Lewin promoted Captain 1 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy promoted to Captain 1 April 1915

Lieutenant G E de Stacpoole promoted to Captain 1 April 1915

Lieutenant W P Lambert promoted to Captain 1 April 1915

Lieutenant J L Jackson promoted to Captain 1 April 1915

Lieutenant F M S Gibson promoted to Captain 1 April 1915

3343 Lance Corporal Kennan Corrigan posted to the Depot 1 April 1915

5/2982 Private Nathaneil George Mates admitted to hospital at the Curragh Camp suffering from erysipelas, so contracted through military service, followed by rheumatism, which later necessitated his discharge 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenants E D Greeves, H H Lyons, and F R S De La Cour to be Lieutenants 6 April 1915

Lieutenant H H Lyons attached Royal Irish Regiment. Awarded Military Cross

2nd Lieutenant J J Kavanagh promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant I Garvey and Corporal Murray attended a course in Telephone Information under Lieutenant Palmer, Royal Engineers 6 to 13 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant F H Lewin takes over command of Machine Gun section from Captain Gibson promoted 6 April 1915

Captain F H Lewin takes over command of ‘H’ Company from Lieutenant McBride 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Crofton takes over duties of Assistant Adjutant from Captain Lewin 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant T H Crofton promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Kidson takes over command of Cyclist section from Captain D’Arcy 6 April

1915

2nd Lieutenant N S B Kidson promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant E B F Faithfull promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant I H Garvey promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J Tasker promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant D B Wallis promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J D’Arcy promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant J H R Dickson promoted Lieutenant 6 April 1915

Raphael Theodore Roussel from 13th (Service) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 6 April 1915

8842 Sergeant Percy J Harre and 9 men left to join the 1st Battalion for duty with Transports. The draft was attached a draft of the Royal Munster Fusiliers 6 April 1915

5003 Company Sergeant Major Stevens to be Acting Sergeant Major 8 April 1915

6525 Company Sergeant Major Richards to be Acting Quarter Master Sergeant 8 April 1915

Herbert Edric Bevis, Paul Benjamin Roussel, and Charles Lawrence Fitzgerald to be 2nd Lieutenants, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 8 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant P B Roussel attached Royal Munster Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant (on probation) John J Kavanagh confirmed in his rank 8 April 1915

3/5271 Private Arnold James discharged as ‘not being likely to become an efficient soldier’ 9 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Reed reported his arrival 9 April 1915

4610 Private George Morris discharged sick 9 April 1915

Peter Dunstan Low, Valdemar Bertie Caroe, John Charles Diggory Morgan and Claude Summerscales to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation), 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 10 April 1915

Alfred Norman Tyte to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 11 April 1915

3/5986 Private Robert Brothers enlisted in 3rd Battalion 12 April 1915

Charles Frederick Steventon to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 14 April 1915

Lieutenant McBride, 2nd Lieutenant O’Donoghue, 8270 Sergeant Deely and 6992 Sergeant Nolan to attend the 2nd Field Engineering Course under Major Cooke, Royal Engineers at Aghada 14 to 22 April 1915

John Arthur Plumpton, Charles Frederick Steventon Alfred Charles Hall and Basil Sidney Frederick Pickard to be 2nd Lieutenants (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 14 April 195

2nd Lieutenant B S F Pickard employed with 3rd Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Captain F L Von Stieglitz, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded on sick leave until 2 July 1915. 15 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant P B Roussell reported his arrival 15 April 1915

A draft of 50 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion at Paradis, which brought the strength to 26 Officers and 981 Other Ranks 15 April 1915

Lieutenant J Magner, 4th Royal Irish Regiment and Lieutenant J C Drew 4th Leinster Regiment to be attached to 3rd Battalion, The Connauaght Rangers 16 April 1915

10789 Boy Soldier William Thomas Glover died at Cork 16 April 1916

2nd Lieutenant Summerscales reported his arrival 17 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Charles A Brett to be Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 17 April 1915

3/5692 Private James Brindale enlisted in 3rd Battalion 19 April 1916

2nd Lieutenants W Minch and H E Russell attend the 4th Young Officers Course at Cork 19 April 1915

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Rapheal T Roussel from the 13th (Service) Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 19 April 1915

A question was raised in the House of Commons concerning the death of 2nd Lieutenant L N Beater. The Under-Secretary of State for War was asked whether ‘2nd Lieutenant Beater, of the Connaught Rangers, who was buried at Cork on 15th March, 1915, died of septic poisoning caused by inoculation against typhoid at Kinsale; and whether he was inoculated two or three times during the course of his illness?’

The answer given was. ‘There are no grounds whatever for my hon. Friend's suggestion that this young officer's death was due to septic poisoning caused by inoculation against typhoid. He had not been so inoculated since his arrival in the command. He is reported to have died of septicaemia due to absorption from an abscess of the heel, and he received as treatment during his illness injections of antistrepto-coccus serum properly given.’ 20 April 1915

2nd Lieutenants S Taaffe, J H R Dickson, W B Walls, and T Tasker passed the 3rd Course at the Young Officers School of Instruction, at Victoria Barracks, Cork 20 April 1915

2nd Lieutenants S Taeffe and J H R Dickson passed “distinguished”.

2nd Lieutenant D A Greer passed Rifle Course, First Class Instructors at the Ireland School of Musketry, Dublin 20 April 1915

G,O, Commanding in Chief in Ireland, Major General L B Friend CB, inspected the battalion at Kinsale 21 April 1915

Charles Stanley Lawrence Harrington to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 21 April 1915

7500 Private Dominick Joy transferred to Army Reserve Rangers from 1st Battalion 21 April 1915

Major James Edward Harden late 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers to be Major with 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 23 April 1915

There was good sailing and boating at Kinsale . Major Harden had a small Motor boat , and several subalterns acquired small yachts.

2nd Lieutenants J A Plumpton, A C Hall, and B S F Pickard reported their arrival 24 April 1915

Martin Dillon O’Rouke to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 24 April 1915

Lieutenant W P F Latham was struck off the strength of the 1st Battalion while at Paradis owing to ill health 24 April 1915

5764 Private Patrick King posted to 3rd Battalion 24 April 1915

Lieutenant Magner 4th Royal Irish Regiment rejoined his own unit 25 April

The 1st Battalion took part in the Second Battle of Ypres. They suffered over 35% casualties in an ill-fated attack on Hilltop Ridge, North of the town. Monday 26 April 1915

3867 Private Timothy O’Regan killed in action 26 April 1915

Lieutenant H Q Irwin to be Acting Adjutant with 1st Battalion vice Captain Foster severely wounded 26 April 1915

Captain Hugh Grant Robertson died serving with 1st Battalion in Flanders 26 April 1915

3650 Private Michael Higgins reported missing in action with 2nd Battalion 26 April 1915

When a man was officially found by the unit as Missing after an action and could not be satisfactorily accounted for it was reported to Third Echelon in the weekly Field Return (Army Form B. 213)

A Court of Inquiry was assembled to collect all evidence in the case and would record an opinion as to whether it was reasonable to suppose that the officer or soldier was dead. The Court was convened after such time as the commanding officer considered necessary to allow of the circumstances of the casualty being cleared up, but, if not previously held, at the end of six months. This was in accordance with Field Service Regulations. Part II. Chapter XVI – Office Work, Casualties, etc. Organization and Administration.1909. (Reprinted, with Amendments to October, 1914)

This Court of Inquiry was prompted by Third Echelon which had checked official Prisoners of War Lists covering the period. Many men were initially reported missing but subsequently found to have been evacuated as a casualty without the unit recording it, so also checked were reports of any admissions to Field Ambulance or hospitals.

Any other trace in administrative records such as the last date of pay were checked.

Enquiries were made of the relatives to see if any letters had been received from the soldier concerned and if no other information was to hand to prevent a Court of Inquiry this negative evidence was forwarded to the unit after about six months with a request ‘to assemble a Court of Enquiry at as early a date as is convenient, having regard to operations in the Field.’

Evidence was taken by eyewitnesses, a finding was taken and the opinion of the Commanding Officer as to the correctness of the court’s finding. These proceedings were then forwarded to Third Echelon and when the officer or soldier was declared by the court to be dead, the same procedure was adopted as if he had been killed in action.

10809 Private George Power killed in action with 2nd Battalion 26 April 1915

Lieutenant G B Lee (Platoon Officer), 2nd Lieutenants O H Acton, A J Kearney, G Robinson and P J McGlade with 5 Batmen arrived from 5th Battalion to be attached to 3rd Battalion by train. 29 April 1915

On Conducting duty with the draft of unfit men for 3rd Battalion plus one man on Field Punishment delivered to Victoria Barracks, Cork was Sergeant John McIlwain. Sergeant John McIlwain was put up in the Soldiers home in Cork for the night after not making a train connection at Cork29 April 1915

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling died of wounds aged 23 in Hospital at Hazebrouk 3 days after being wounded serving with 2nd Battalion 29 April 1915

Captain T R Brooke reported his arrival after service with the 2nd Battalion, The Leinster Regiment at the front 29 April 1915

Sergeant John McIlwain returned to Curragh after short stay at Kinsale 30 April 1915

Captain Edward Gray Stewart Truell, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force in France 30 April 1915

Captain A W Blockley, Captain R D’Arcy and 2nd Lieutenant D A Greer proceeded to join the 1st Battalion with the Expeditionary Force in France 30 April 1915

3697 Private Patrick McGinty admitted to the Mater Misericordlae Hospital, Dublin returned from the front serving with the 1st Battalion with appendicitis 30 April 1915

4 Officers joined the British Expeditionary Force from the battalion during April 1915

MAY 1915

After the Gallipoli landings the 3rd Battalion held a night exercise with the Machine Gun Company under Lieutenant C A Brett using two regimental boats, across the harbour to land under James’ Fort opposite Charles’ Fort, on the West side. Every one was fully armed and equipped and they had 2 Maxim guns and their equipment. They found it a terrifying experience.

2nd Lieutenants E D Greeves, G C P R O’Donoghue and Arthur Davis Lang Browne proceeded to join the 1st Battalion with the Expeditionary Force in France 1 May 1915

2nd Lieutenants N S B Kidson and W A Taaffe with 410 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 1st Battalion. Major A G Kemball 31st Punjabis and Lieutenant I Garvey proceeded as far as the Overseas Base as draft conducting Officers and returned as soon as duty completed. 2 May 1915

Draft included 9793 Private Ben M Levy (later promoted Sergeant & transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43255, Killed in action), Private Harry B Bonham, 3/5027 Private Thomas Hughes (later discharged, died 5 Jan 1942), 3/5157 Private John Hughes (transferred Royal Engineers no. WR/281496 & Labour Corps no.347423), 3/4736 Private Edward Dennis Haley (died of wounds 25 April 1916), 4562 Private John Edward Thompson (Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 15 March 1916), 5110 Private Thomas Connelly, 3/4557 Private Arthur Clifton Moore (killed in action 16 April 1916), 4811 Private Thomas Scott, 4559 Private Harry B Bonham (transferred Labour Corps no.552825),

5757 Private Thomas Mcguire enlisted in 3rd Battalion May 1915

Captain Edward Gray Stewart Truell, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers landed in France 3 May 1915

Captains E G S Truell, A W Brockley, and R D, Arcy, and 2nd Lieutenant D A Greer,

joined the 1st Battalion in Flanders 5 May 1915

Captain R D’Arcy later Mentioned in despatches.

Captain A N Moutray, 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined from sick leave due to wounds received in action 7 May 1915

He became Adjutant and hired a house on the road to Summer Cove, where he lived with his family.

Edward Arthur Fitzherbert Goodfellow to be 2nd Lieutenant 7 May 1915

He was a Lieutenant in the Burma Railways Volunteers home on leave on 19 April 1915 and was granted a temporary commission.

Attached 60th Trench Mortar Battery in France

2nd Lieutenants E D Greeves, N S B Kidson, and A O Lang Browne with a draft of 300 Other Ranks joined 1st Battalion at Riez Bailleul in Flanders. It brought the strength of the 1st Battalion up to 22 Officers and 1000 Other Ranks 8 May 1915

This draft was ordered to remain behind at Riez Bailleul while the 1st Battalion went into attack 9 May 1915

Captain M I M Campbell to be Major 8 May 1915

Attached to 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment

Lieutenant I H Garvey promoted Captain 8 May 1915

Attached Royal Irish Regiment

Lieutenant J J Kavanagh promoted Captain 8 May 1915

Awarded Military Cross. Mentioned in despatches

Lieutenant J D’Arcy promoted Captain 8 May 1915

He served with the 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia in 1916, Mentioned in despatches

John Joseph Chevers re appointed Captain previously Captain 4th Battalion 8 May 1915

3/5789 Private John Bernard Millett arrived at 3rd Battalion 8 May 1915

He had enlisted 2 May 1915 at Manchester.

3/5789 Private John Bernard Millett aged 41 enlisted at Kinsale 8 May 1915

Major Montague Irving Mitchell Campbell wounded with 2nd Battalion and returned to England. Awarded Military Cross for remaining in command even while wounded until the evening, though wounded at dawn 9 May 1915

Captain J L Jackson 3rd Connaught Rangers & Royal Flying Corps was reported wounded with the British Expeditionary Force in Flanders10 May 1915

110 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 1st Battalion conducted by an Officer from the Leinster Regiment 11 May 1915

Draft included 95 Sergeant Stanley George Harold (killed in action 11 Sept 1915), 3/4808 Private Albert Hardy, 3/5078 Private Daniel O’Dwyer (severely wounded in leg & discharged 11 May 1915),

Captain M I M Campbell attached 2nd Battalion Welch Regiment reported wounded with the British Expeditionary Force in Flanders 11 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant G C P R O’Donoghue arrived at the and taken on strength with the 1st Battalion while in billets at Riez Bailleul 11 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant H H L Richards, 5th (Service) Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined for the Battalion duty 13 May 1915

He had been left behind on the sick list when the 5th Battalion had left Ireland 26 April 1915

Lieutenant G B Lee, 2nd Lieutenants Keerney, and O H Acton, of the 5th Battalion with

2nd Lieutenants A J H Bourke, J Tasker, D B Wallis, J H R Dickson, P B Roussell, and J C B Morgan of the 3rd Battalion proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force in France 13 May 1915

3/5026 Lance Corporal James Healy ‘A’ Company qualified (Distinguished) at the 6th Machine Gun Course held at the Command School of Musketry, Dublin 13 May 1915

15 Officers and 110 Other Ranks left Kinsale to join the Expeditionary Force between 1 May and 13 May 1915

Lieutenant D B Wallis attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers in France 14 May 1915

10846 Private Edward Cunningham arrived at Le Havre on route to 1st Battalion 15 May 1915

2nd Lieutenants John Tasker landed in France to join 1st Battalion 15 May 1915

Every craft in Kinsale Harbour set out to the torpedoed Lusitania off the Old head of Kinsale 15 miles away. That evening a procession of farm carts came up from the harbour to the Military hospital each piled high with corpses. It made deep impression the the men.

3rd Connaught Rangers provided a draft of men to line the route of the funeral for victims of the Lusitania 15 May 1915

Lieutenant T W Cartmel, 5th (Service) Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined the Battalion for duty 17 May 1915

He had been left behind on the sick list when the 5th Battalion had left Ireland 26 April 1915

10261 Private John Joseph Furey posted from Depot to 3rd Battalion 17 May 1915

Hugh Charles Spencer Heath to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 18 May 1915

James Wallace Partridge Ex Cadet of the Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with 3rd Battalion 19 May 1915

‘B’ & ‘E’ Companies under the command of Captain W D O’Brien proceeded to Crosshaven on Detachment 20 May 1915

3/4516 Private Edmund James Drudy died aged 41 at Cork 22 May 1915

Wilfred Lewis Tolputt Cadet from Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 3rd Battalion 22 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant A J H Bourke attached Royal Munster Fusiliers reported wounded serving with the British Expeditionary Force in Flanders 23 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant Charles Anthony Brett appointed to a permanent commission 24 May 1915

Captain J L Jackson MC appointed Flight Commander with Royal Flying Corps 25 May 1915

2nd Lieutenant R G W Callaghan joined the 3rd Battalion on first appointment from Sandhurst 25 May 1915

3/6095 Private Richard Pyburn, 3/5962 Private Thorton Wood, 3/5940 Private Joseph Woods enlisted in 3rd Battalion 27 May 1915

3/5949 Private Edward Durkin enlisted in 3rd Battalion 28 May 1915

Draft of 1 Officer and 49 Other Ranks joined 1st Battalion in Flanders bringing the strength to 23 Officers and 997 Other Ranks 28 May 1915

Major General Vesey J Dawson CVO, Inspector General of Infantry, inspected the battalion at Charles Fort, Kinsale and the Detachment at Crosshaven 28 May 1915

5449 Sergeant William Clarke died seving with 3rd Battalion on Home Service 29 May 1915

‘J’, ‘K’, and ‘L’ Companies formed. 29 May 1915

‘J’ Company all permanently unfit men of the battalion, less those employed.

‘K’ Company fit and temporarily unfit Expeditionary Force NCO’s and Men belonging to ‘A’, ‘B’, and ’C’ Companies.

‘L’ Company fit and temporarily unfit Expeditionary Force NCO’s and Men belonging to ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’, ‘G’, and ’H’ Companies.

Connaught Ranger loss of Officers so far 29 May 1915

Killed 21

Wounded 34

Missing 10

Total 65

2nd Lieutenants Henry Harvey Lyons, Frank Harry Bethell and E B F Fathfull confirmed in their rank 30 May 1915

Engagement announced of Captain M I M Campbell to Miss Elinor Scott 31 May 1915

6175 Private Anthony Meeneham aged 23 enlisted in 3rd Battalion during May 1915

A total of 15 Officers and 110 Other Ranks left Kinsale for the British Expeditionary Force during May 1915

JUNE 1915

Michael Gavin enlisted in Connaught Rangers at Galway 1 June 1915

3/6026 Private Thomas Fitzpatrick enlisted in 3rd Battalion 1 June 1915

3/6019 Private Joseph Best enlisted in 3rd Battalion 2 June 1915

3/6074 Private Charles Farrey enlisted in 3rd Battalion June 1915

3/6191 Private Bartholmeuw enlisted in 3rd Battalion June 1915

John Francis Blake O’Sullivan late Inns of Court Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 2 June 1915

6788 Private Thomas Monaghan killed in action with 2nd Battalion 3 June 1915

Lieutenant Alan Stephen Beard, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers joined the 3rd Battalion from sick leave due to wounds received in action 4 June 1915

2nd Lieutenant (on probation) Arthur John Henry Bourke confirmed in his rank 4 June 1915

3rd Battalion moved from Kinsale to huts at Charles Fort, Summer Cove.7 June 1915

The Band of the 3rd Battalion under Captain I Garvey proceeded to the West of Ireland on a recruiting tour 10 June 1915

‘The Director General of Recruiting for Ireland desires me to place on record his Excellency’s high appreciation of the valuable assistance which the Band of your Regiment had rendered to the recruiting campaign during the last month.’

4823 Lance Corporal Patrick Flemming promoted Corporal 11 June 1915

3/6021 Private T Campbell died at Kinsale 13 June 1915

Lieutenant William Sidney Kidd, 6th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers temporarily attached to the Battalion and proceeded to Rosslare on Detachment 14 June 1915

4310 Private Thomas Nolan posted to 3rd Battalion from Depot 15 June 1915

Brigadier General W F H Stafford CB, Commanding the Queenstown Garrison, inspected the 3rd Battalion at Charles Fort 16 June 1915

Stamford Walter Seppings Wright appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion The Connaught Rangers joined the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale 17 June 1915

Son of a famous Times correspondent he was an intrepid yachtsman, who would after parade in the evening would set out alone in his small open yacht sail outside the shipping route which was 7 to 10 miles off shore, about 20 miles out from Kinsale Harbour and there heave to and sleep all night in the boat and come back in time fro parade in the morning.

Lieutenant Eric Edge Beatty, 2 Sergeants and 28 men, the Machine Gun Section, 6th Service Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was attached to the Battalion for a months Instruction 17 June 1915

Sidney Basil Minch to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 17 June 1915

6/3837 Corporal John Forde posted to 3rd Battalion from 6th Battalion 20 June 1915

Major Montague Irving Mitchell Campbell mentioned in despatches 22 June 1915

G,O, Commanding in Chief in Ireland, Major General L B Friend CB, inspected the battalion at Kinsale 24 June 1915

2nd Lieutenant R H French joined the 3rd Battalion for duty as a Draft Conducting Officer 21 June 1915

3/6268 Private Bernard Mageean joined 3rd Battalion 24 June 1915

George Andrew McDowell to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation, 3rd Battalion 25 June 1915

Served with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia

2nd Lieutenant G Mortimer vice Lieutenant J W Cartmel-Robinson left the 5th Battalion at Basingstoke for the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale 28 June 1915

Lieutenant J W Cartmel-Robinson joined the 5th Battalion from the 3rd Battalion 28 June 1915

10495 Bandsman James Paxton British Prisoner of War at Gardlegen brought home by Lieutenant A. J. Browne R.A.M.C. (S.R.) 30 June 1915

Also Wilson, L., 9558, 2nd Connaught Rangers and Neiland, E., 10779, 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers

Casualty List No. X.232 continued

Nominal Roll of British Prisoners of War at Gardlegen brought home by Lieut. A.J. Browne R.A.M.C. (S.R.) 30th June 1915

No. 1 Company

Walker, H., 2431, 2nd KRRC

??????son, J., 77??, 1st Cheshire

Parsons, W., 3534, 15th Hussars

Painter, J., 124, 15th Hussars

Wilson, L., 9558, 2nd Connaught Rangers

Paxton, J., 10495, 2nd Connaught Rangers

Neiland, E., 10779, 2nd Connaught Rangers

Whitton, J.L., 2391, 1st Black Watch

Kirby, W., 7486, 1st Berkshire

Harrison, J.W., 8116, 1st Royal West Kents

Elsden, S., 6816, 2nd Durham Light Iinfantry.

Andrews, H., 8299, 1st Gloucester

Simpkins, W., 8119, 1st Gloucester

Sankey, J., 7714, 2nd S. Lancs

Brown, C., 42865, Royal Horse Artillery.

Earl, W., 8778, 2nd Suffolk

Brown, W., 8076, 1st Bedford

Thompson, 8486, 3rd S. Staffs

Morrow, A., 11137, 2nd Highland Light Infantry

Haywood, J., 7666, 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers

Strength of the 3rd Battalion 30 June 1915

Officers 58

Other Ranks 2476

JULY 1915

Fund was started in the battalion on behalf of the men of The Connaught Rangers who were held as prisoners of war in Germany 1 July 1915

3/5789 Private John Bernard Millett appointed paid Acting Corporal 1 July 1915

5/3368 Private Alfred Jackson aged 35 died at the Curragh 1 July 1915

James Desmond to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 3 July 1915

3/6330 Private Patrick McCormack enlisted at Charles Fort, Kinsale and was posted to the 3rd Battalion 6 July 1915

2nd Lieutenants John Tasker, J H R Dickson 3rd Battalion and 2nd Lieutenant O H Acton 5th Battalion joined the 1st Battalion in the trenches in front of Rue Tilleroy 7 July 1915

Lieutenant J H R Dickson posted to the 1st Battalion in France 7 July 1915

30 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion bringing the strength to 25 Officers and 969 Other Ranks 9 July 1915

8722 Private Francis Brady discharged no longer fit for physical service 10 July 1915

He had been in Kinsale Hospital 10 May 1915 to 10 July 1915 with TB

Lieutenant J H R Dickson wounded at Rue du Bois with 1st Battalion 12 July 1915

3/5789 Acting Corporal John Bernard Millett deprived of stripe 14 July 1915

Major General Vesey J Dawson CVO, Inspector General of Infantry, inspected the battalion at Charles Fort 16 July 1915

3/5083 Private Anthony McGuigan, 3rd Battalion, died at Kinsale 16 July 1915

6060 Lance Corporal Patrick Joseph Casey posted to 3rd Battalion from Depot 16 July 1915

10804 Private John McManus killed in action 17 July 1915

3/6356 Private Cornelious Doody enlisted 3rd Battalion July 1915

3/6479 Private John McCarthy enlisted in 3rd Battalion 19 July 1915

5764 Private Patrick King posted to 1st Battalion 19 July 1916

Lieutenant Ducan Boyd Wallis attached 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers was reported wounded with British Expeditionary Force in Flanders 19 July 1915

Cecil Claude Hamilton late Officer Training Corps to be 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion 20 July 1915

Attached Royal Irish Regiment

Captain F M S Gibson Landed in France 20 July 1915

Brigadier General R M Greenfield CB, inspected the Specialists of the battalion 21 July

1915

Superintendent of Gymnasia, Irish Command inspected recruits at Physical Training 21 July

1915

2nd Lieutenant Duncan Boyd Wallis attached 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers died of wounds on his 24th birthday in France 23 July1915

5/2982 Private Nathaniel George Mates was discharged as unfit for military duty with a 20 pound gratuity aged 56 from the 3rd Battalion, he had enlisted in the 5th Battalion 4 Nov 1914 23 July 1915

HC Deb 05 July 1917 vol 95 c1316W 1316W

§ Mr. BYRNE

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is yet in a position to state how the man Mates who was discharged from the Connaught Rangers on 15th July wholly unprovided for has been or is to be provided for under the terms of the new pay warrant; if this man, owing to the treatment he received, has applied for a sworn investigation into the peculiar circumstances surrounding his case, and if such will be granted; if he is aware that Mates has offered to surrender his claim to pension on condition he is awarded a substantial gratuity to enable him to pay his debts, recover his property which he was obliged to dispose of, to defray medical expenses, and give him a fresh start in business; and if, in consideration of the results arising out of his illness, which causes bad impressions in the minds of many comrades who are serving and seriously deters others who are willing to serve, the matter may receive immediate attention?

§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN

This man has been awarded a gratuity of £20 under Article 7 (2) of the new Royal Warrant and payment advice was issued on the 21st June. He has applied for a sworn investigation into his case, and it is open to him to appeal to the new Appeal Tribunal if he so desires. He was retired after 242 days service, all at home, for age, and a medical board which specially reported on his case found no symptoms of other disease than old age.

3/6509 Private John Brannon enlisted in 3rd Battalion 23 July 1915

The Secretary of State for War was asked in the House of Commons ‘if his attention has been drawn to a case where 5/2982 Private Nathaniel George Mates was discharged with £20 gratuity (Paragraph 392 of King's Regulations Sub-para (xxv) His services being no longer required) from the 3rd Connaught Rangers on 23rd July, 1915, certified as unfit for further military service, suffering from a disease contracted while so serving; aged 56 years 9 months, if this man, who was in perfect health when accepted and at the time carrying on the business of a painting contractor at Dublin, has, since his discharge, owing to and arising from such disease, been quite unable to perform any class of work, has been refused either a pension or compensation, and not having other means of support, his sons being also serving, has been obliged to dispose of his stock in trade, together with his household effects, in order to provide food for his family, and is at present practically destitute; why this man has been made to suffer such indignity; and how it is proposed to deal with such cases having such injurious effect upon recruiting in Ireland?’

Captain J J Chevers relinquished his commission on account of ill health 24 July 1915

The Medical Officer with the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported in his War Diary that some of replacements sent out to the 1st Battalion had no teeth and found it impossible to eat ration biscuits 26 July 1915

6521 Private Thomas Moran enlisted while underage at Westport into 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 27 July 1915

6529 Private James Ralph enlisted in 3rd Battalion 27 July 1915

AUGUST 1915

From February 1915 to August 1915 Ireland produced 25,235 recruits.

The 3rd Battalion was doing general training, route marching, firing practice and Lewis Gun instruction, the Lewis Gun just having been introduced for use by infantry battalions.

3/6753 Private John Barrett enlisted in 3rd Battalion 4 Aug 1915

2nd Lieutenant J A Plumpton attached to the 17th Divisional Cyclist Company ACC 5 August 1915

A draft of 1 Officer and 55 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion from the base bringing the strength to 26 Officers and 1018 Other Ranks 6 August 1916

The 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers landed at Anzac Cove in the early hours August 1915.

Strength of the 3rd Battalion 7 August 1915

Officers 67

Other Ranks 2857

4 Officers and 171 Other Ranks proceeded to Dublin to join the 1st Garrison Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment 10 August 1915

Draft included 3/4506 Private James Trotter new no. G/1110, 3/4558 Private James Lacy later transferred Ryal Irish Fusilers no,9183 4 Sept 1915

Lieutenant T H Crofton promoted Captain 10 August 1915

Lieutenant W P F Latham to be Captain, Recruiting Duties 10 August 1915

Employed with the War Office 1919

Edmund Foran to be 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 12 Aug 1915

5078 Private Daniel O’Dwyer admitted to No.II Temporary Hospital, Exeter. Amp leg severe injury 16 Aug 1915

3/6679 Private Henry Ward enlisted in 3rd Battalion 16 Aug 1915

4187 Private Thomas Higgins awarded 3 days Confined to Camp ‘Being absent from inspection’ 17 Aug 1914

Lieutenant F R S De La Cour proceeded to Dublin to join the 1st Garrison Battalion, 3rd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment 20 Aug 1915

Lieutenant F R S De La Cour promoted Captain 21 Aug 1915

All out attack on the Turkish strong points on Hill 60 by 5th Battalion resulted in very heavy casualties for the battalion 21 Aug 1915

2nd Lieutenant G Mortimer passed distinguished Maxim Gun course. Instuctor’s course at Ireland Command School of Musketry, Dublin 21 Aug 1915

2nd Lieutenant G W Callaghan passed Rifle course. First Class Instuctor’s course at Ireland Command School of Musketry, Dublin 21 Aug 1915

3/4093 Sergeant Dan Twohig posted form 3rd Battalion to 5th Battalion 22 Aug 1915

3/6784 Private Patrick Kilkenny enlisted in 3rd Battalion 24 Aug 1915

Albert Edward Flynn and Cyril Seymour Hodges to be 2nd Lieutenants 3rd Battalion 24 Aug 1915

2nd Lieutenant G C Gaden passed 2nd Class Instructor course at Ireland Command School of Musketry, Dublin 25 Aug 1915

All out attack on the Turkish strong points on Hill 60 by the 5th Battalion resulted in very heavy casualties for the battalion 28 Aug 1915

5th Battalion was down to 180 men with 5 Officers 28 Aug 1915

During August 6 Officers joined the British Expeditionary Force from the 3rd Battalion.

Draft of 100 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 5th (Service) Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, at the Dardanelles August 1915

Included 4679 Private John Boniface (4th Bn), 4693 Private Bernard Moore, 4800 Private

SEPTEMBER 1915

2nd Lieutenant Dennett Annesley Edlin was attached to 19th Trench Mortar Battery Sept 1915

Lieutenant Colonel A C Lewin DSO, proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, to take command of a Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment 4 Sept 1915

Major A J Digan DSO, takes command of the 3rd Battalion 4 Sept 1915

It was becoming obvious that trench warfare was the order of the day, and so a trench was dug at Prehane Rifle Range, about 3 miles away on top of the cliffs, shooting out to sea.

Captain Francis Robert De La Cour joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles 4 Sept 1915

6105 Private Joseph A Kavanagh arrived at 5th Battalion 4 Sept 1915

Promoted Corporal and Class Z

3/5247 Private William Absalom Horton arrived at 5th Battalion 5 Sept 1915

Killed in action 7 Dec 1915

Flight Commander J L Jackson to be Instructor at Central School, Royal Flying Corps 5 Sept 1915

Awarded Military Cross

Major A J Digan DSO promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 6 Sept 1915

2 Officers and a draft of 102 NCO’s and men from the 3rd Battalion and 100 from the 4th Battalion arrived during the night at 1am and paraded and inspected by the Commanding Officer at 8am and told off to companies at the 5th Battalion 7 Sept 1915

Draft included 5120 Private Thomas Gaverghan, 4093 Sergeant Dan Twohig to ‘D’ Company (awarded MSM 9 Nov 1916 for work as Provost Sergeant at Salonika), 4/5063 Private Peter Brady (died on Malta 22 Sept 1915), Lance Corporal 4349 Private Michael McNamara

A draft of 35 Other Ranks joined 1st Battalion in France 7 Sept 1915

4310 Private Thomas Nolan deserted 7 Sept 1915

Strength of the 3rd Battalion 8 Sept.1915

Officers 66

Other Ranks 2859

Draft of 52 Other Ranks proceeded to the 1st Battalion in France during September 1915

2 drafts totalling 7 Officers and 400 Other Ranks proceeded to join the 5th (Service) Battalion at the Dardanelles during September 1915

A draft of 35 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion in France 7 Sept 1915

2 officers of the Scottish Rifles with a draft of 102 Other Ranks from the 3rd Battalion and 100 from the 4th Battalion joined the 5th (Service) Battalion at the Dardanelles 7 Sept 1915

This included Sergeant Dan Twohig placed in ‘D’ Company on arrival.

11150 Private Thomas Moloney posted to 3rd Battalion 7 Sept 1915

3/6850 Private Festus King enlisted in Connaught Rangers 8 Sept 1915

5478 Private Alfred Spendiff arrived in Theatre for the 5th Battalion 10 Sept 1915

6096 Company Quarter Master Sergeant John Martin Swords and 4267 Private William Buckley posted from 3rd Battalion to 5th Battalion 10 Sept 1915

11009 Lance Corporal Herbert Edgar Prime embarked from Kinsale for the Mediterranean E

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