The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers [UK]
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The  Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1881.07.01 The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
organised as the county regiment of Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone and Donegal, encompassing its Militia infantry [see below] and uniting two regular battalions:
 
1922 Donegal lost from the Regimental District by the independence of Ireland
1924.04.14 formed one corps with The Royal Irish Fusiliers without change of title
1937 reconstituted as a separate corps
1968.07.01 united with The Royal Ulster Rifles, and The Royal Irish Fusiliers, to form
The Royal Irish Rangers
pip The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, by Gerry McNeilly
pip The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, by The Fame of Tipperary Group.
pip Royal Irish Regimental History (Royal Irish Regiment site)
pip Regimental History (Museum site)
pip The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
pip The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
   
  RHQ and Depot:
    RHQ:
    27th Regimental District at Omagh [1881-1924]; shared depot at Omagh with Royal Irish Fusiliers [1924-1937]
     
   
    M Group at Omagh [1946-48]
    North Irish Brigade at Omagh [1948-1968]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1881-1968]
    2nd Battalion [1881-1922, 1937-1948, 1952-1956]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (Fermanagh Light Infantry) [1881-1908]
3rd Battalion (Royal Tyrone Fusiliers) [1908-1953]
4th Battalion (Londonderry Light Infantry) [1881-1882]
4th Battalion (Royal Tyrone Fusiliers) [1882-1908]
4th Battalion (Fermanagh Light Infantry) [1908-1953]
5th Battalion (The Prince of Wales's Own Donegal Militia) [1882-1908]
   
Territorials and Volunteers:
5th Battalion [1947-1967]
North Irish Militia [1967-1968]
5th (T) Battalion [1967-1971]
   
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War):
5th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
5th Battalion [1940-1941, 1942-1946]
6th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
6th Battalion [1940-1944]
7th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1917]
9th (County Tyrone) (Service) Battalion [1914-1917]
10th (Derry) (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
11th (Donegal and Fermanagh) (Service) Battalion [1914-1918]
12th (Reserve) Battalion [1915-1918]
13th Garrison Battalion [1918-1919]
30th Battalion [1941-1942]
70th (Young Soldier) Battalion [1940-1943]
   
   
[combined battle honours of 27th Regiment and 108th Regiment, plus:]

Martinique 17621, Havannah1, St. Lucia 17781, South Africa 18352, 1846-472, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War [12 battalions]:  Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914 '17, Armentières 1914, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916 '18, Bazentin, Guillemont, Ginchy, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Ypres 1917 '18, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Rosières, Hindenburg Line, Beaurevoir, Courtrai, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Kosturino, Struma, Macedonia 1915-17, Helles, Landing at Helles, Krithia, Suvla, Landing at Suvla, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915-16, Egypt 1916, Gaza, Jerusalem, Tell 'Asur, Palestine 1917-18

The Second World War:  Defence of Arras, Ypres-Comines Canal, North-West Europe 1940, Two Tree Hill, Bou Arada, Oued Zarga, Djebel Bel Mahdi, Djebel Tanngoucha, North Africa 1942-43, Landing in Sicily, Solarino, Simeto Bridgehead, Adrano, Centuripe, Simeto Crossing, Pursuit to Messina, Sicily 1943, Termoli, Trigno, San Salvo, Sangro, Garigliano Crossing, Minturno, Anzio, Cassino II, Massa Tambourini, Liri Valley, Rome, Advance to Tiber, Trasimene Line, Monte Spaduro, Argenta Gap, Italy 1943-45, Middle East 1942, Yenangyaung 1942, Donbaik, Burma 1942-43

1.  awarded 1909 for services of 27th Regiment.
2.  awarded 1882 for services of 27th Regiment.

flag 1st Battalion carried buff Regimental Colour of 27th Foot to 1939. Special authority granted 1939 to retain buff as facing colour for Regimental Colour.
flag Colours (Museum site)
   
Badges: construction sign
Uniform: 1881-1953: scarlet; facings: blue
1953-1968: blue; facings: blue; piping: blue
headdress: construction sign
   
   
     
   
1937.03.12 F.M. HRH Henry William Frederick Albert, 1st Duke of Gloucester, KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO
1881 [1st Bn:] Gen. Randal Rumley [also 60th Foot]
1881 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Sir Edward Harris Greathead, KCB
1881.11.20 [2nd Bn:] Gen. Hon. Sir Arthur Edward Hardinge, KCB, CIE [also Coldstream Gds, 60th Foot; C-in-C Bombay 1881-85; Gov. Gibraltar 1886-90]
1886.03.13 [2nd Bn:] Lt-Gen. Sir James Talbot Airey, KCB
1891.01.17 [1st Bn:] Lt-Gen. John Neptune Sargent, CB
1898.01.02 Lt-Gen. William Roberts, CB [also Gloucestershire Rgt]
1902.03.08 Gen. Nathaniel Stevenson
1911.08.03 Gen. Sir Archibald James Murray, GCB, GCMG, CVO, DSO [also CIGS]
1923.01.23 Lt-Gen. Sir Travers Edward Clarke, GBE, KCB, KCMG [also QMG 1919-23]
1941.04.06 F.M. Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE [also C-in-C India, C-in-C Middle East]
1947.09.01 Brig. Eric Edward James Moore, DSO
1960.09.01 Maj-Gen. Denis Grattan Moore, CB
1966.09.01 Maj-Gen. Ewing Henry Wrigley Grimshaw, CB, CBE, DSO [to 1968; also Dep. Col. R Irish Rangers]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Museum, by Iain Stewart.
   
 
Motto: Nec aspera terrent
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: construction sign
Freedoms: Enniskillen (1952), Nairobi (1955? - the first and only such colonial honour)
Marches: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The Princess Louise Fusiliers
-1968
Australia flag 27th Infantry Battalion (The South Australian Scottish Regiment) 1927-1960
swords Regimental Associations (Royal Irish Regiment site)
swords Regimental Association (Museum site)
swords The Irish Company, by Craig Healey (The Great War Society)
   
   
Regimental Museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Enniskillen (museum site)
Enniskillen Castle (Museum site)
Regimental Museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Enniskillen (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Regimental Museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Enniskillen (Simonides listing)
monument The Royal Irish Regiment Museum, Ballymena (Regimental site)
Museum of the Royal Irish Regiment, Ballymena (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
Museum of the Royal Irish Regiment, Ballymena (Simonides listing)
   
   
Regimental Journal:
book

The sprig of shillelagh. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 1890)- . Omagh, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1890- . Monthly, 1890-95, Nov. 1914-Oct. 1915, Mar. 1917-Dec. 1922 Weekly, Nov. 1915-Feb. 1917, Quarterly, 1923-26, Semiannual, 1952-

Full Histories:
book Trimble, William Copeland. The historical record of the 27th Inniskilling regiment, from the period of its institution as a volunteer corps till the present time; with an appendix, roll of colonels. roll of present officers, etc., etc. London : W. Clowes and Sons ; Enniskillen, W. Trimble, 1876.
book The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers : being the history of the regiment from December 1688 to July 1914. London : Constable, 1928.
book The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers : being the history of the regiment from December 1688 to July 1914. [Rev. ed.] London : Constable, Year: 1934.
book Trimble, William Copeland. A short account of the part played by the first battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the South African campaign, October 1899-May 1902. Enniskillen : printed at the Impartial Reporter Office by Wm. Trimble, 1903.
book Trimble, William Copeland. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the battle of Inniskilling Hill, fought in South Africa, February 23 and 24, 1900, as told in verse. Enniskillen : Impartial Reporter Office, 1900.
book Cassidy, Martin. Inniskilling diaries, 1899-1903 : 1st Battalion, 27th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in South Africa. Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Leo Cooper, 2001. ISBN: 0850528240
book Filmer-Bennett, John. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers : a record of the regiment's activities 1945-1968. London : Instance Printers, 1978.
 
Short Histories:
book A short history of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the 27th Inniskilling Regiment. [Aldershot] : Gale & Polden, 1949.
book A short history of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the 27th Inniskilling Regiment. [Aldershot] : Gale & Polden, 1957.
book The story of the 27th Regiment of Foot, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Belfast : BBC Northern Ireland, 1952.

Militia:

book Standing orders of the Prince of Wales' Own Donegal Regiment 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Dublin : Sealy, Bryers and Walker, 1907.

Territorials/Volunteers:

book

First World War:

book Fox, Frank, Sir. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the World War; a record of the War as seen by the Royal Inniskilling Regiment of Fusiliers, thirteen battalions of which served. London : Constable & Company, 1928.
book Alexander, C.A.M. With the 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in France, 1914-16, compiled from official records. Omagh : Tyrone Constitution Ltd., 1928.
book The story of the 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Enniskillen : Printed at the Impartial Reporter Office by W. Trimble, [1919]
book Walker, G. A. Cooper. The book of the Seventh Service Battalion the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, from Tipperary to Ypres. Dublin : Brindley & Son, printer, 1920.
book Mitchell, Gardiner. "Three cheers for the Derrys!" : a history of the 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the 1914-18 war. Derry : YES!, 1991. ISBN: 1873832001 (pbk)
book Canning, W. J. Ballyshannon, Belcoo, Bertincourt : the history of the 11th Bn. the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Donegal and Fermanagh Volunteers) in the First World War. Dunsilly Lodge, Antrim [Northern Ireland] : W.J. Canning, 1996. ISBN: 0952848708

Second World War:

book Fox, Frank, Sir. The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Second World War; a record of the war as seen by the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, three battalions of which served. Aldershot : Gale and Polden, 1951.