… to the web site of the LONDON IRISH RIFLES ASSOCIATION.
Hopefully, all our members are managing well during these most challenging of periods. Please continue to stay safe !
Among many other things that were planned for this year, we were looking forward to marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, by which time the two battalions of London Irish Riflemen had been able to come together in Italy at the end of more than 2 1/2 years of painful struggle that had brought them all the way from Iraq and Algeria to the banks of the River Po.
We were also pleased to see Charles Ward, our oldest surviving Second World War serviceman, on the BBC on VE Night and enjoyed listening to him talking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge..he certainly looked well at 101 years of age !
And finally, if you have any spare time, you could do worse than watching the recently published films about the 2nd Battalion’s contribution, as part of the Irish Brigade, to the North African and Italian campaigns during the Second World War.
UPDATE AS OF 22nd MAY:
All forthcoming Association events have now been postponed or will be deferred to a later date. We shall update details of future events via this website.
I look forward to seeing you at a future Association event.
Peter Lough, Major (retired),
Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association.
27th September 2020 – Loos Sunday
8th November 2020 – Remembrance Sunday
14th March 2021 – St Patrick’s Sunday
The Footballers of Loos
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.
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.