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USEFUL LINKS.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help - The UK's Armed Forces charity, that provides practical help and assistance to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served.

Service Records from the MOD - Apply for details of the service records of men and women who have served in the UK Armed Forces.

Medal Index Cards from the First World War - link to the National Archives site.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Details of 1.7m men and women, who died during the two Word Wars whilst serving with Commonwealth Forces.

UK National Archives - Search for details of various military records, including service details, medal citations and battalion war diaries.

National Army Museum, Chelsea.

Imperial War Museum.

British Army Website.

Official MOD website page - 'D' Company, London Irish Rifles.

Official MOD website page - The London Regiment.

Combined Irish Regiments' Association.

The Royal Irish.

Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment Association.

2 Field Artillery Regiment Association.

South African Irish Regiment.

New York 69th Regiment - "The "Fighting Irish.


FURTHER READING.

"The Pipes and Drums of the London Irish Rifles, 1906 - 2006", George Willis and George P. Willis : available from the LIR museum.

"The London Irish at War", London Irish Rifles Old Comrades' Association : The official history of the London Irish Rifles during the Second World War written in 1948.

"Fling our Banner to the Wind", John Horsfall : A detailed account of the 2nd Battalion LIR's actions from Feb 1944 to June 1944, written by its Commanding Officer at the time.

"The Footballer of Loos, A Story of the 1st Battalion, London Irish Rifles in the First World War", Ed Harris : available from the LIR museum.

"Clear the Way! A History of the 38th (Irish) Brigade, 1941-1947", Richard Doherty : A full account of the Irish Brigade's actions in North Africa and Italy.

"Time at War", Nicholas Mosley : A personal account of 2 LIR's actions in Italy during 1944 and 1945.

"All My Brothers - A London Irish Family at War", Edmund O'Sullivan : A personal account of 2 LIR's campaigns from Nov 1942 to May 1945, written by CQMS Edmund "Rosie" O'Sullivan. This is now available to read online.

The History of 38 (Irish) Brigade during the 2nd World War : A link to a web site set up by the family of a LIR veteran, Edmund O'Sullivan, and which includes the original war diaries of both 1 LIR and 2 LIR, a full roll of honour of men who died while serving with the Irish Brigade, and a list of citations for honours and awards from men of both the 1st and 2nd Battalions.

"The London Irish Rifles, 1/18th Battalion, London Regiment war history, 1914 to 1919", SF Major : Viewable by appointment at the Imperial War Museum.

"Signal Corporal", Ernest May : An account of the 2nd Battalion's service during the First World War.

"History of the 47th (London) Division 1914 - 1919", Alan H Maude.

"History of the 60th Division (2/2nd London Division)" - Colonel PH Dalbiac CB TD.

"Another Feather in Me Cap", Sid Belcher : an account of Rifleman Belcher's service with 2 LIR from 1940 to 1945, including his time in POW camps in Italy and Austria.