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WELCOME to the web site of the LONDON IRISH RIFLES ASSOCIATION.

We are now finalising detailed plans for the Association's visit in September to Sicily when we shall remember the time when two Battalions of the London Irish Rifles stayed on the island during 1943. I made a preparatory visit to Sicily in April and was delighted by the warm welcome accorded to me, and it is clear that friendships established by our Regimental forebears 73 years ago still remain very strong indeed.

In terms of other major historical commemorations, September 2016 will also see the 100th anniversary of 1/18th Battalion's contribution to the capture of High Wood during the Battle of the Somme. No doubt, the Association, D Company and the wider London Regiment family will take the opportunity to pause for appropriate contemplation of those momentous few days for the London Irish Rifles and other units of the 47th (London) Division.

Looking further ahead into 2017, we are in the early stages of planning for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of D Company in 1967, which will take place over the weekend of 18th/19th March. At this stage, we are reviewing the scope/scale of the event so any former or current members of the London Irish Rifles, who would like to attend, should drop a note of contact to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Full details will be sent out to them later in the year.

Upcoming Parades take place at Connaught House on the following dates:

Loos Sunday - 25th September.

Remembrance Sunday - 13th November.

All are welcome to join us and we look forward to seeing you later in the year.

QUIS SEPARABIT.

Major Peter Lough TD

Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association.




 

 

 

 


UPCOMING EVENTS.

Find a full calendar of Association events here.

 


QUICK LINKS.

Recent Events. News ArticlesRegimental History. Museum. Pipes and Drums.

 


LATEST NEWS/ARTICLES.

Read the latest news and articles here.

You can view photographs from recent Association events here.

 


ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP.

We have a thriving Regimental Association and our members take part in regular events as well as occasional battlefield tours. Our Welfare Team provides support to former and current London Irish Riflemen, liaising with external organisations, including SSAFA, on matters that require further investigation. Each year, members receive the journal of the London Irish Rifles, the 'Emerald', which has been published annually since 1949.

We also have a Northern Ireland Branch, which meets every three months in Newtownabbey, under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Maher.

Read more about the activities of the Northern Ireland branch here.

If you or a member of your family has served with the 1st or 2nd Battalions, the war time raised (Young Soldiers') 70th Battalion or more recently with D Company, we would most certainly like to welcome you as an Association member.

Find out more about joining the Regimental Association here.

 



THE LONDON IRISH RIFLES TODAY.

The London Irish Rifles now form D Company (London Irish Rifles),  The London Regiment.

You can find an MoD link for the London Irish Rifles here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



REGIMENTAL HISTORY.

The London Irish Rifles was formed in 1859 and at that time was known as the 28th Middlesex (London Irish) Rifle Volunteer Corps. Numbered among the ranks of its first members were the Marquesses of Donegall and Conyngham, the Earls of Arran and Belmore, and also former Prime Minster, Lord Palmerston, who, at the age of 76, joined as a private soldier.

The London Irish Rifles would gain 65 battle honours in the Boer War and in both World Wars - probably the Regiment's most famous battle honour was gained in September 1915 at the Battle of Loos, when men of the London Irish Rifles kicked a football into German trenches, thereafter entering immortality as 'The Footballers of Loos'. This event is commemorated by the Regimental Association every year on Loos Sunday at Connaught House.

See some photographs from our Regimental history here.

Read a detailed account of the history of the London Irish Rifles.

Read a selection of First World War stories here.

Read a selection of Second World War stories here.

 


THE PIPES AND DRUMS.

The Regimental Pipes and Drums was founded in 1906, and has been affiliated with the Regimental Association since 1969. Today, they take part in many events including ones at Connaught House and 'The Lord Mayor's Show' through the City of London in November.

Read more about the activities of the Regimental Pipes and Drums and to find out how you could join the Band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


REGIMENTAL MUSEUM.

We have a Regimental Museum at Connaught House, which contains many interesting artifacts, including the original Loos Football, which has recently been re-conditioned.

Alex Shooter and Nigel Wilkinson are available at all Regimental Association events and they can provide you with further information on the history of the Regiment.

Read more about our Museum here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


OUR SOCIAL LINKS
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The London Irish Rifles has a well deserved reputation as a fighting Regiment.....at the same time, we are equally well known as being an extremely friendly bunch. Even during the midst of battle, it was reported that one of our riflemen walked into a bar in Loos on September 25th 1915, asked for a cafe au lait, drank it slowly and then picked up his rifle and returned to the fight.

So it is not surprising that we have excellent connections with three very fine hostelries:

The Freemason's Arms in Covent Garden where our Regiment was founded in December 1859.

The Sportsman at Seasalter in Kent, where our 1st Battalion took German prisoners after the Battle of Graveney Marsh in September 1940.

The Rifleman in Whitton which has been re-signed in honour of local resident Rifleman Frank Edwards and his comrades, 'The Footballers of Loos'.

Order a pint of the black stuff and enjoy the craic.

 

 



LONDON IRISH RIFLES SHOP.

We have a variety of items for sale at the museum and at Mulqueens, including a fantastic limited edition print of four eras of the London Irish Rifles (left), which was painted by renowned war artist, David Rowlands.

There are also several books available about the Regiment, including the 'History of the Pipes and Drums' and 'The Footballers of Loos'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CADET DETACHMENTS.

The London Irish Rifles has Army Cadet Force detachments at locations in the South East and North West sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


RESOURCES AND USEFUL LINKS.

There have been a number of books written about the London Irish Rifles' rich history with some available from the Regimental Museum while others can be purchased from reputable book sellers.

You can find a link to relevant web sites and further reading by following this link.

 


FINDING US.

Connaught House is located in Camberwell, South London, and is easily accessible by car, bus, train and tube.

Find a full guide on how to visit us.