… to the web site of the LONDON IRISH RIFLES ASSOCIATION.
We held our Annual Lunch at Connaught House in May when we took the opportunity to formally welcome our new Association President, Brigadier Digby O’Lone. There was a good turnout from members as we reviewed the events of the past year and started to look ahead expectantly to another busy year of commemorative events and social activity.
Hopefully subscribing members will now have received their copy of the Emerald, which has recently been sent out – this year marks the 70th anniversary of the first issue in September 1949.
We shall be present at commemorative events on Saturday 14th September at Maletto, which is situated on the north-western slopes of Mount Etna and the location of the final battle for the London Irish Rifles during the Sicilian campaign of July/August 1943. Full details of the day will be added to this website once they are confirmed.
I look forward to seeing you at an Association event over the next few months.
Peter Lough, Major (ret),
Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association.
Objectives of the Association:
To foster friendship and fellowship among all past and present members and associate members.
To afford financial assistance to past and present members of The Regiment and their dependents.
To administer and accept responsibility for The Band.
To administer and accept responsibility for the Regimental Museum.
To encourage all members to attend organised functions of the Association and of The Regiment.
Upcoming Parade Dates:
Sunday 22nd September – Loos Sunday.
Sunday 10th November – Remembrance Sunday.
The Footballers of Loos
LONDON IRISH RIFLES TODAY
The London Irish Rifles now form D Company (London Irish Rifles), The London Regiment.
THE PIPES AND DRUMS
OUR SOCIAL LINKS
We have excellent connections with three very fine hostelries:
The Sportsman at Seasalter in Kent, where our 1st Battalion took German prisoners after the Battle of Graveney Marsh in September 1940.
The Rifleman pub in Whitton which was re-signed in honour of local resident Rifleman Frank Edwards and his comrades, ‘The Footballers of Loos’.
LONDON IRISH RIFLES SHOP
We have a variety of items for sale at the museum and at Mulqueens.
Connaught House is located in Camberwell, South London, and is easily accessible by car, bus, train and tube.