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1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers


Tobias

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Hi I believe my relative was in the 1st battalion  (as I think they were the only battalion in gallipoli) Royal Inskilling Fusiliers and just wondering if anyone has the War diaries for that battalion?

Thanks

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31 minutes ago, Tobias said:

Royal Inskilling Fusiliers

HERE on Ancestry if you subscribe, will be on National Archives too probably

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Seems not available on national archives

87 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (1915 Jan - 1916 Feb). 1 Battalion Border Regiment... | The National Archives

 

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According to our parent site the Long, Long Trail, the 1st, 5th and 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers saw service at Gallipoli.  https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/royal-inniskilling-fusiliers/

Unit war diaries for the Gallipoli campaign are online only at Ancestry.

The 1st Battalion landed 25th April 1915 then subsequently went to Egypt, (War diary likely to require a visit to the National Archive for their time in Egypt).
They subsequently went to France from March 1916, so War Diary from then onwards can be downloaded currently for free from the National Archive or can be viewed page by page as part of an Ancestry subscription.

The 5th & 6th Battalion both landed 7th August 1915 then subsequently went to Egypt and Palestine, so that part again only visible at the National Archive.
Both units were rushed to France in late May 1918 to help plug some of the holes left by the success of the German Spring Offensive. War Diaries from then to the end of the War can be downloaded from the National Archive or viewed on Ancestry.

Hope that helps
Peter

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15 hours ago, PRC said:

According to our parent site the Long, Long Trail, the 1st, 5th and 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers saw service at Gallipoli.  https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/royal-inniskilling-fusiliers/

Unit war diaries for the Gallipoli campaign are online only at Ancestry.

The 1st Battalion landed 25th April 1915 then subsequently went to Egypt, (War diary likely to require a visit to the National Archive for their time in Egypt).
They subsequently went to France from March 1916, so War Diary from then onwards can be downloaded currently for free from the National Archive or can be viewed page by page as part of an Ancestry subscription.

The 5th & 6th Battalion both landed 7th August 1915 then subsequently went to Egypt and Palestine, so that part again only visible at the National Archive.
Both units were rushed to France in late May 1918 to help plug some of the holes left by the success of the German Spring Offensive. War Diaries from then to the end of the War can be downloaded from the National Archive or viewed on Ancestry.

Hope that helps
Peter

Thanks, is there any way of finding out what battalion he could've been? Now I'm not sure because there were multiple battalion in gallipoli. 

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2 minutes ago, Tobias said:

Thanks, is there any way of finding out what battalion he could've been? Now I'm not sure because there were multiple battalion in gallipoli. 

Who is he ?

Craig

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13 minutes ago, ss002d6252 said:

Who is he ?

Craig

His name was Ferguson Parker Lindsay, but in his MID his name is just Fergus P Lindsay, Royal Inskilling Fusiliers, landed at Gallipoli in November 1915 I believe.

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1 hour ago, Tobias said:

Fergus P Lindsay, Royal Inskilling Fusiliers, landed at Gallipoli in November 1915

So normally would sound like part of a replacement draft who did his training in the UK with (probably) another Battalion of the Inniskillings - note spelling.

Except his medal index card actually shows he "landed" at Gallipoli on the 11th July 1915. Past experience has shown for many such men the date shown is the date they joined the Mediterranean Expeditonary Force, (i.e the date they sailed from the UK, not the date they arrived). So most likely he was with the 6th Battalion when it deployed overseas.

He was discharged to Class Z on the 22nd March 1919. This was a temporary reserve created during the post armistice period to allow the Army to discharge men but still have the option to instantly recall them if the peace talks broke down and hostilities resumed. He was still therefore regarded as fit enough to serve.

I can't see a Mention in Despatches (MiD) but the dates come from his Medal Index Card (MiC).

If he was still with the 6th Battalion by the time they went to France, (rather than back in the UK with a Home Service only Battalion, (which wouldn't get listed on the medal roll), then the war diary for that period can be found in the National Archive catalogue here https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7354735

It covers from June 1918 to May 1919. Very unlikely to mention him by name, but will give some idea of where they were and what they were up to. They can currently be downloaded for free - you do have to log in with your account, but if you don't have one, even that can be set up as part of placing your first order. Just click on "Sign in" and follow the instructions - no financial details required.

The Long, Long Trail has this on the 6th Battalion.

6th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Omagh in August 1914 as part of K1 and came under command of 31st Brigade in 10th (Irish) Division. Moved to Dublin and by early 1915 was at Kildare. Moved to England April 1915, going to Basingstoke.
Landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, on 7 August 1915.
2 May 1918 : left the Division and moved to France.
7 June 1918 : transferred to 43rd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division.
18 June 1918 : transferred to 103rd Brigade in 34th Division.
29 June 1918 : transferred to Lines of Communication.
16 July 1918 : transferred to 151st Brigade in 50th (Northumbrian) Division.

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/royal-inniskilling-fusiliers/

It also has a page on the 10th (Irish) Division. Looks like they were withdrawn from Gallipoli at the end of September 1915 and moved to Salonika, (War Diaries for that theatre only available at Kew). In September 1917 it moved to Egypt. http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/10th-irish-division/

Hope that helps,
Peter

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  • RussT changed the title to 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

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