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2nd Royal Irish Rifles


Jimmy Taylor
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I am researching this unit. I alreay have the war diary, regimental histories and the books by Lucy and Burgoyne. Any other sources welcome.

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I was on this lisitng and noticed your name. Is this the same as "The 2nd Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War

by James W. Taylor"? I bought your book and am waiting for my copy from Amazon. I'm looking forward to reading it. I am also researching into the 2nd and specifically my great-uncle Thomas Munster. He served with them for the duration of the war before ending up in the Labour Corp. He survived the war physically but not mentally.

Do you know where I might find regimental photographs (if there are any, that is) as I am trying to locate a photo of him, if possible.

Thanks,

Dermot Mac Cormack

I am researching this unit. I alreay have the war diary, regimental histories and the books by Lucy and Burgoyne. Any other sources welcome.
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I wouldn't totally discount the stories about 'Mad Johnny' nor the casualty figures for 2nd RIR you mention.

If you've concentrated on the courts martial reports it will be interesting for you to read the officer's obits which feature a lengthy piece on Johnny!

Best wishes

Des

Yours looks like a hard one to crack I have to say.

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Jimmy,

I am intending to visit the PRO at Kew to search for a service record and look up the medal rolls. Do you have any other suggestions? Eugene later served in the Irish Free State Army ( at the tale end of the Civil War), and I am going to enquire whether the Irish Army hold enlistment details which may throw light on his previous RIR service.

Mike Reardon

Mike,

The Military Archives in Dublin hold the records of all officers and men since 1922. I don't know what is on the file of soldiers but Officer's files have a record sheet relating to previous military experience which for many men would include the British Army - however, don't expect too much detail.

The 2nd RIR are well done. James, hopefully you might turn your research next to a few other of the Irish regiments.

Mark

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