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An obituary for an officer casualty that im researching states that he saw service in Ireland while serving in the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Probate gives him as 1st bn while c.w.g.c gives 9th bn. His name is Frederick William David Grundy and he served as a 2nd lt my questions are what bn did serve in Ireland and where.

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If he actually saw any action in Ireland it would have been in Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916.

When the rising started the Northern based regiments, Royal Irish Rifles, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and some Royal Irish Fusiliers were sent to Dublin.

These were men from the training/reserve battalions.

Also men who were on leave in Dublin made their way to various points in the City and joined in with the fighting, including some Anzacs and Canadians.

He may well have been commissioned into either of the regular battalions then was in training in Ireland for posting to the 9th.

With his date of death and burial location it should be possible to pin down which battalin he was with at the time of death.

His service record will give which Battalion he was commissioned in and would possibly say something about Dublin.


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GRUNDY, Second Lieutenant, FREDERICK WILLIAM DAVID, 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Died of wounds 26th February 1917. Age 25. Son of Annie and the late William Grundy. of Shelton, Halewood, Liverpool. Joined the Liverpool Scottish, Aug., 1914. Obtained Commission in Royal Irish Fusiliers June. 1915

Can't add anything on his service in Ireland, but he didn't join the 9th Battalion in France until 17th August 1916, he then transferred to the 1st Battalion on 22nd January 1917, there is no mention in the 1st Battalion history of how he received his injuries, there maybe more in the 1st Battalion Diary ref no: WO95/1482 or in his officers papers ref no: WO 339/5556, both documents are held at the National Archives

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This may be asking an obvious question, but how can a man not have undertaken "service in Ireland" when he was a member of an Irish regiment, and would presumably have been based at a Cardwell depot in Ireland? Does the term "service in Ireland" necessarily have to imply that the man in question saw action in Ireland?

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Hello i've just found the article and partly answered my own question it states that he took part in stamping out the easter rebellion of 1916 in ireland before proceeding to france.

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