Inniskillings and Faughs land in France

Event
Saturday, 22 August, 1914
The strength of the 1st Faugh's Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess was 57 on embarkation in Southampton on 22 August 1914. This image records the nine survivors from that total of 57 some 12 months later in 1915. Some clearly carry the memory of war in their stare.

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was stationed at Dover when war broke out on 4 August 1914. There, it was part of 12 Brigade in the 4th Division. Its Regimental Depot at Omagh mustered and equipped Reservists and Regular officers. Staff officers and drafts of those Reservists arrived in Dover on 6 August. On 8 August, 2nd Inniskillings, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel HP Hancox, moved to Norfolk, arriving on 10 August in Norwich, where it completed its active service mobilisation. The 4th Division's concentration area was at Neasden near London, where the Battalion reported on 18 August. The 2nd Inniskillings embarked on the night of 21/22 August and crossing the Channel, disembarked at Le Havre on the morning of 22 August 1914.

The 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (1st Faughs) sailed from Southampton on 22 August and landed at Boulogne, France - the date when the Germans first realised that the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) had arrived in France.

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles had already landed on 14 August.

The 3rd and 5th Divisions of the BEF fought a delaying action at Mons on 23 August. The 1st Faughs then arrived at Le Cateau on 24 August, with the 2nd Inniskillings arriving on 25 August with 12 Brigade. The 4th Division was to dig in and cover the retirement of the 3rd and 5th Divisions. The Battle of Le Cateau would be fought on 26 August. The BEF order of battle included the following Irish infantry regiments:

1st Division:
2nd Battalion The Royal Munster Fusiliers (1 Guards Brigade)

2nd Division:
1st Battalion The Irish Guards (4 Guards Brigade)
2nd Battalion The Connaught Rangers (5 Brigade)

3rd Division:
2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (8 Brigade)
2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles (7 Brigade)

4th Division:
2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (12 Brigade)
1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (10 Brigade)
2nd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers (10 Brigade)

6th Division:
2nd Battalion The Leinster Regiment (17 Brigade)