Royal Irish Rifles at War's end

Monday, 11 November, 1918
The Queen's Colour emblazoned with Battle Honours from the First World War and the Second World War.

During the Great War, the number of battalions of The Royal Irish Rifles increased to a maximum of 22. At war's end, the 1st and the 2nd (Regular) Battalion, and the 12th, the 15th and the 16th (Service) Battalion were at Mouscron, Belgium. The 6th (Service) Battalion had been disbanded and dispersed at Ludd, Palestine on 15 May. The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion was in Larkhill, England and the 1st Garrison Battalion (included in the total of 22 battalions) was in India.

The Royal Irish Rifles lost over 7,000 all ranks killed and suffered some 18,000 wounded. Three Victoria Crosses were awarded for conspicuous bravery and the Battalions' exploits gained their Regiment the following Battle Honours:

MONS, LE CATEAU, Retreat from Mons, MARNE 1914, Aisne 1914, La Bassée 1914, MESSINES 1914 '17 '18, Armentières 1914, YPRES 1914 '15 '17 '18, Nonne Bosschen, NEUVE CHAPELLE, Frezenberg, Aubers, SOMME 1916 ‘18, ALBERT 1916, Bazentin, Pozieres, Guillemont, Ginchy, Ancre Heights, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, CAMBRAI 1917, ST QUENTIN, Rosières, Lys, Bailleul, Kemmel, Courtrai, FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914-18, Kosturino, Struma, MACEDONIA 1915-17, SUVLA, Sari Bair, GALLIPOLI 1915, GAZA, JERUSALEM, Tell'Asur, 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.