Royal Irish Fusiliers at War's end - 'FINIS'*

Monday, 11 November, 1918
Officers of C Company 9th Battalion at Mouscron include Capt Wilson, Lt McCrum and Capt Gibson. The Royal Irish Rifles officer is 2Lt Lindsay Lee (second from right in rear).

During the Great War, The Royal Irish Fusiliers formed a maximum of 14 battalions, three of which were Garrison Battalions. Eleven battalions served overseas and at war's end only four of the front line fighting battalions were still in existence; the 1st, the 5th/6th and the 9th Battalion were in Mouscron, Belgium, and the 2nd Battalion was in Masudiye, Palestine where hostilities with Turkey had ceased at noon on 31 October 1918.

The Faughs lost 3,181 officers and men killed and over 15,000 wounded. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded for most conspicuous bravery and the Regiment received the following Battle Honours:

LE CATEAU, Retreat from Mons, MARNE 1914, Aisne 1914, Armentieres 1914, YPRES 1915'17'18, Gravenstafel, St Julien, Frezenburg, Bellewarde, SOMME 1916,18, ALBERT 1916, Guillemont, Ginchy, Le Transloy, ARRAS 1917, Scarpe 1917, MESSINES 1917'18, Langemarck 1917, CAMBRAI 1917, ST QUENTIN, Rosieres, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Courtrai, FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914-18, Kosturino, Struma, MACEDONIA 1915-17, Landing at Suvla, SUVLA, Scimitar Hill, GALLIPOLI 1915, GAZA, JERUSALEM, Tell'Asur, Nablus, Megiddo, PALESTINE 1917-18

The Battle Honours in BOLD, some shared with our other antecedent regiments, were carried forward by The Royal Irish Rangers, and then The Royal Irish Regiment. The Battle Honours for the First World War are emblazoned on the Regiment's Queen's Colours.

The Commanding Officer of the 9th battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Tamplin, signed the closing entry in the Battalion Diary on 19 June 1919, and added in capital letters the final word - FINIS.