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The Royal Munster Fusiliers
Co. Cork

Updated 13 June 1999

Submitted by Kieran Healy and posted here with his kind permission.

Many people would have had a Cork ancestor who fought with the "Dirty Shirts" the nickname of The Royal Munster Fusiliers. There is a wealth of genealogical information in old army records, of Irishmen who fought for the British Army.

Some websites:

http://www.netspace.net.au/~finbarr/ the premier site ! **Link incorrect**
http://www.du.edu/~tomills/military/uk/bargts.htm **Link incorrect**
http://www.globec.com.au/~finbarr/ **Link incorrect**
http://bermuda-online.org/britarmy.htm
http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/cork.htm
http://www.globec.com.au/~finbarr/touret.htm **Link incorrect**

Books:

History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers by Capt. S. McCance, and
The 2nd Munsters in France, by Col. H. S. Jervis, both recently reprinted by Schull Books.
The stories of the Munsters at Etreux, Festubert and Rue du Bois, by Mrs Victor Rickard. Two versions published (1915=55pages and 1918 =116 pages)
The roll of Officers of 101st and 104 th Fusiliers and The Royal Munster Fusiliers, compiled by Lieut.-Col. S. T. Banning 1912.

You should contact Barbara and Jack O'Connell at Schull Books 028-37317 or schullbooks@tinet.ie as they have re-published McCance and Jervis's 2nd Munsters and a list of all the Munster Soldiers who died in The Great War, they are also lovely people and a great resource for old books on Cork. You should subscribe to their catalogue.

There is also The Royal Munster Fusilier Association, Contact Tadhg Moloney 061-229160. They have an annual journal.

The best source I know of to trace a Regiment and where it served is :
"In Search of the "Forlorn Hope"; A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and Their Records (1640-WWI)"
by John M. Kitzmiller II published 1998 ISBN # 0-9619260-5-8
(The Set= 2 Vols + 1 supp).

From this can be gleaned that the following Regiments were garrisoned in Fermoy:



1692-93    	5th    Royal Irish Lancers           "The Redbreasts".
1797        	9th    Royal Norfolk Regiment        "The Holy Boys".
1798		89th   Princess Victorias Reg't      "Blaneys Bloodhounds"
1785-86    	51st   2nd Yorkshire,Kings Own       "The Koylis"

Etc...Etc. (There are pages and pages of this info). Page 1259 gives a list (to long to include here) of regiments stationed in Fermoy during the 1860's and beyond.

I hope this helps.....................Kieran.


Last updated 11 Dec 2000
Links checked 23 Jun 2002
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