The Royal Irish Rifles were created as part of the 1881 Childers Reforms. At the outbreak of the First World War, the regiment’s 2nd Battalion deployed straight to the Western Front. The 1st Battalion joined it there in November 1914 and both remained there until the Armistice.
The regiment also raised 17 Reserve and New Army battalions during the conflict. One of these, 6th (Service) Battalion, saw service in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine. The others served at home and on the Western Front. Over 7,000 members of the regiment lost their lives.
Commonwealth War Graves