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  • “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 Second 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.