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Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:40 PM

Hi,
A short history of the 4th Battalion.

Regards Mark



AUGUST 1908

4th Battalion: Formerly the Galway Militia. Staff HQ at Galway.

Under the reorganization scheme of 1908 on disbandment of the till then existing 3rd Battalion, the 4th (Galway Militia) Battalion moved up into its place, and the former 5th (Roscommon Militia) Battalion, in like manner, became the 4th (Special Reserve) Battalion. At the disbandment a number of men of the former 3rd Battalion volunteered for and were enrolled in the new 4th Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel D T Hammond
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Major R W G Harrison,
Major Sir H C G Bellow

Captain and Honorary Major H W Biddulph
Captain H H Brooke
Captain E T E Di C de B Wickham
Captain F H Jackson
Captain R Saker
Captain H R Goode
Captain H M O'C Dwyer
Captain H H A Cooke

Lieutenant C de C De B Wickham
Lieutenant F H Saker
Lieutenant H Q Irwin
Lieutenant A T C Wickhamn

2nd Lieutenant V J Tibbs,
2nd Lieutenant I A S Cooke
2nd Lieutenant V G Mulock

Captain J Hall Dalwood is granted the Honorary rank of Major 1 August 1908

Captain Honorary Major J Hall Dalwood retires, with permission to retain his rank and wear the prescribed uniform 2 August 1908

Lieutenant Colonel T Y L Kirwood to be Honorary Colonel late 5th Battalion 2 August 1908

2824 Colour Sergeant, Instructor of Musketry John Heaney posted to the Permanent Staff of the 4th Battalion from the 5th Battalion 2 Aug 1908.

Colour Sergeant John Heaney Confirmed in the rank of Colour Sergeant, Instructor of Musketry 3 Aug 1908

7275 Sergeant John Thorpe O’Neill appointed Orderly Room Clerk with 4th Battalion from the Depot Staff 15 Aug 1908

2984 Colour Sergeant Patrick Moloney on the Permanent Staff of the 4th Battalion
3486 Colour Sergeant John McGuire on the Permanent Staff of the 4th Battalion
3922 Colour Sergeant Bernard McMahon on the Permanent Staff of the 4th Battalion
3812 Private James Fallon transferred on conversion from 5th Battalion 2 Aug 1908
4075 Private Patrick Feeney joined 4th Battalion ex 3rd Battalion 23 May 1908
4766 Private Peter Breen joined 4th Battalion ex 2nd Battalion 28 March 1908

SEPTEMBER 1908

The following is the result of the examination of the officers of the 258th party, held at the School of Musketry at Hythe, on September 24 (the qualification to instruct in the maxim gun is not included)
Lieutenant R Saker ‘passed’ School of Musketry at Hythe 22 Sept 1908

During the winter of 1908-9 recruiting continued to be very good for the Special Reserve.

DECEMBER 1908

C W Cooney to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation with 4th Battalion 14th December 1908

Adjutant Captain W S Sarsfield to be Major on move to the 1st Battalion The Connaught Rangers at Dagshai, India 16 December 1908

FEBRUARY 1909

Lieutenant C J O’Sullivan adjutant of 1st Battalion in India to be adjutant 4th Battalion at Boyle 13 Feb 1909

MARCH 1909

5134 Sergeant Joseph Ganly posted to 4th Battalion as Permanent Staff form the Depot 4 March 1909

APRIL 1909

Captain Charles J O, Sullivan becomes Adjutant 4th Battalion vice Major W S Sarsfield 2 April 1909


MAY 1909


40 men of the 4th Connaught Rangers under the command of Captain MacSwiney, and Lieutenants Hughes, Smith and O’Sullivan with a fire engine attended a thatch roof fire at Greatmeadow, Boyle. They laid a line from he nearest fire plug, and had the fire under control within an hour. It was Fair Day in the town and the passage of the fire engine generated great excitement 15 May 1909

The appointment of Instructor of Musketry was abolished for Officers the duties in future to be carried out by Officers on the Regular Establishment of the unit in May 1909

The Battalion was for the first time armed with the Short Lee Enfield Rifle SMLE during the annual training 1909

JUNE 1909

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel Dayrell Talbot Hammond appointed C B 25 June 1909

JULY 1909

The Hon Edward St George Tottenham-Irvine formerly 2nd Lieutenant in the (The Queens) 16th Lancers to be on duty at the depot and the 4th Battalion, Boyle as Lieutenant with seniority from 12 Feb 1908 for several months 3 July 1909
From the Duke of Connaught's Own Sligo Artillery to (The Queens) 16th Lancers 26 Mar 1902

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers proceeded by special train from Boyle to Oranmore for training with the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers. The Battalion was for the first time armed with the Short Rifle during the annual training 4 July 1909

2984 Colour Sergeant Patrick Moloney discharged on termination of his 2nd term of engagement 4 July 1909

Special course of instruction for new recruits started 7 July 1909

The 4th Battalion’s annual training started 8 July 1909

The 4th Battalion’s annual training ended 22 July 1909

Colonel Dayrell Hammond becomes CB 22 July 1909

NOVEMBER 1909

Captain J P M Ingham to be a Captain in the 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moving from 4th Royal Irish Regiment 21 November 1909

A F R Power to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation with the 4th Battalion 24 November 1909

The standard height for recruits for the Battalion was put at 5’ 3” and upwards in Nov 1909

DECEMBER 1909

Hans Hendrick Anthony Cooke gazetted 2nd Lieutenant with Connaught Rangers from Special Reserve 23 Dec 1909

MARCH 1910

3922 Colour Sergeant Bernard McMahon passed Physical Training Certificate 1 March 1910

2824 Colour Sergeant Instructor of Musketry John Heaney qualified in a course in Keeping and Repairing Small Arms at the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) at Enfield Lock, North London run by the Small Arms School. It was located on the banks of the River Lee, Middlesex, North London 12 March 1910

Warrant Officers who had specialist training would receive a bonus. For example being trained in shorthand could result in a bonus of £7 per annum.

The Small Arms Committee (SAC) and the Chief Inspector of Small Arms (CISA) were England's leading authorities for the critical evaluation of new military innovations/inventions. The test’s was conducted at Enfield Lock.
The Small Arms School Corps (S.A.S.C.) was a small corps. Its role to assist Regular and Territorial Army Infantry training units and battalions to achieve and maintain training standards for Small Arms and Support Weapons as decided by the Director of Infantry. Some of its secondary roles : - Small Arms and Support Weapons training; Small Arms Range Courses and Support Weapons concentrations (held on designated ranges ideally once every year); Range Safety and the associated danger areas; The Development of Small Arms and Support Weapons.
APRIL 1910

2824 Colour Sergeant Instructor of Musketry John Heaney, 3486 Colour Sergeant John McGuire, and 3922 Colour Sergeant Bernard McMahon Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, with a £5 gratuity, appendix to Army Order 73 of 1910 Friday 1st April 1910

I certify that I have personally investigated the case and examined the Conduct Sheets of the above men, that I consider their character and conduct to be irreproachable, and that they are in my opinion deserving of the Good Conduct Medal.

(Signature) W S Sarsfield, Major, Commanding Depot The Connaught Rangers

Date 1st January 1910
Approved Major General i/c of Administration, Irish Command. General Officer Commanding.
Major General C A Hadfield
Royal Hospital, DUBLIN.
Date 7th January 1910

The funeral of Major General E S Brook, C B took place at Fermoy. All the available troops in the garrison turned out in review order, together with a large detachment of the Royal Irish Constabulary. The coffin was borne out of the church by the sergeants of the Connaught Rangers, Major-General Brook's old regiment. The pall bearers at the cemetery were Lieutenant General Parsons, C B, Major General Metcalfe, C B, Brigadier General Carter, C B, Colonel Shaw, Colonel Bush, and Colonel Lenox Cunningham. Major Thompson, 3rd Dragoon Guards, Captain Garden, late of the Connaught Rangers, and six members of the Fermoy Club 21 April 1910

MAY 1910

2nd Lieutenants I A S Cooke and V G Mullock to be Lieutenants 14 May 1910

JUNE 1910

The standard height for recruits for the Battalion was put at 5’ 2” and upwards in June 1910

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers, Musketry Camp opened at Oranmore for Officers and NCO’s 6 June 1910

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers, Musketry Camp was opened at Oranmore for recruits 11 June 1910

During the Musketry Camp training selected men were trained in Maxim gun duties for service on mobilization

JULY 1910

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers, Recruits course in Musketry completed 4 July 1910

4th Battalion annual training started 12 July 1910

AUGUST 1910

4th Battalion annual training ended 1 August 1910

3486 Colour Sergeant John McGuire discharged having claimed his discharge under Para 392 Class (xxiii) Kings Regulations. 8 August 1910.

OCTOBER 1910

6 recruits of 4th Battalion (Special Reserve), The Connaught Rangers undergoing recruits' drill at the depot Galway 3 Oct 1910

FEBRUARY 1911

HC Deb 20 February 1911 vol 21 c1687W 1687W
Mr. O'DOWD
Asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Martin Spellman, of Ardgallow, near Boyle, county Sligo, was recently discharged from the 4th Battalion Connaught Rangers without either pension or compensation; whether he is aware that this man, whose character is of the best, has no means of supporting himself and his four children; and, if so, whether under the circumstances, his claim for a pension will be considered by the War Office?
Mr. HALDANE
This man has no claim to a pension from Army funds. The hon. Member was informed to this effect in July last.
War Office Special Army Order dated 27 Feb 1911.
Qualified ex regular soldiers were permitted to enlist in the Special Reserve Battalions up to 10 per cent of the establishment of N.C.O’s and men. The Training of the Battalion was fixed at 27 days per annum. The period of a Recruits Probationary Training was fixed at 5 months instead off 6 months.
MARCH 1911
The numbers of recruits of Special Reserve undergoing recruits' drill at the depots were as follows:—There were no other recruits present at the depots:—
64 recruits of 4th Battalion (Special Reserve), The Connaught Rangers undergoing recruits' drill at the depot Galway 31 March 1911

APRIL 1911

Colour Sergeant, Instructor of Musketry John Heaney ceased to hold the Appointment of Instructor in musketry, Army Order 1 Apr 1911. Certified by Captain and Adjutant C J O’Sullivan

4075 Private Patrick Feeney discharged at Boyle Barracks on completion of engagement 23 April 1911
He had served four years with the regiment, much of it in the Orange Free State and the Natal Cape Colony. He was decorated with the Queen’s South African medals and clasp.

4th Battalion Recruits at Depot on April 1911 Census (Highlighted)

4th BATTALION

4202 Private Michael Bierne
4205 Private Joseph Kelly
<b>4206 Lance Corporal Patrick Stokes 20 Roman Catholic</b>,
4213 Private James Reilly
<b>4217 Private John McDonagh 18 Roman Catholic</b>,
4218 Private Martin Craddock
4220 Private Benjamin Whittaker
<b>4221 Private Martin Noone 17 Roman Catholic, </b>
4226 Private Patrick Farrell
4232 Private James Gallagher
4238 Private William Scanlon
4240 Private John Gettings
4243 Private Michael Murren POW
4244 Private James Farrell
4245 Private John Monaghan
4246 Private James Timbs
<b>4247 Private William O'Sullivan 19 Roman Catholic, </b>
4255 Private William Grey (Gray)
4258 Private Joseph Feeley
4261 Private Michael McSherry
<b>4262 Private John Duignan 19 Roman Catholic,</b>
4266 Private John Hanley ‘H Coy’
4268 Private Daniel O’Hare
4283 Private John Holian
4287 Private Michael Colreavy
<b>4290 Private Dennis Ward 18 Roman Catholic Cannot Read, </b>
4299 Private Luke Gilligan
<b>4308 Private Michael Ward 18 Roman Catholic</b>

From the 1911 Census 4th Battalion men living in Private Dwellings April 1911

Sergeant T Gordon on the staff with 4th Battalion

3010 Quarter Master Sergeant John Hudson aged 36 on 1911 Census
2824 Colour Sergeant Instructor of Musketry John Heaney aged 40 on 1911 Census
3922 Colour Sergeant Bernard McMahon aged 38 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
3939 Colour Sergeant Richard Byrne aged 38 on 1911 Census
1/5451 Sergeant Nicholas Gaugheran aged 34 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion Permanent Staff
10011 Drummer Patrick King aged 24 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
6187 Private Frank Byrne aged 36 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
7501 Private Patrick Maughan aged 26 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
8914 Private (Drummer) Arthur Tullett aged 21 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
4766 Private Peter Breen aged 34 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
4390 Private Joseph Doherty aged 16 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
Private Hugh McKay aged 30 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
Private Patrick Magee aged 23 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
Private James Boyde aged 20 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
Private William Delaney aged 16 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion
Private Frank McCormick aged 15 on 1911 Census with 4th Battalion

7275 Corporal John Thorpe O’Neill aged 26 on 1911 Census Galway
Commissioned into Connaught Rangers from rank of Colour Sergeant 20 Nov 1917
Silver War Badge issued 31 March 1919
The conditions to which attention is drawn are similar to those which formerly existed in the case of certain militia battalions. In certain extra reserve battalions local conditions, such as the requirements of labour and agriculture, make it desirable that the training of the recruits should not, except in a few individual cases, be carried on during certain seasons of the year, and in these cases the period during which the recruits are not under training may extend to six months. This was the case with the depots referred to. Under the arrangements prescribed by Special Army Order of 27th February, 1911, the regular officers with an extra reserve battalion will in future consist of an adjutant and quartermaster only, as the services of the other regular officers are not required for ordinary duties at a depot. 16 April 1911
4075 Private Patrick Feeney aged 29 discharged at Boyle Barracks on completion of engagement 23 April 1911
Served in South Africa, Queens South African Medal, Clasps: Orange Free State & Natal Cape Colony

MAY 1911

Captain H F N Jourdain Adjutant at Renmore Barracks the Connaught Ranger Depot, Galway, May 1911

There was a lot of official nervousness in 1911, when all the equipment held on charge by the Army Reserve was changed out in one day, a massive task.

JUNE 1911

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers, Recruits Course in Musketry opened 1 June 1911

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers, Recruits Course in Musketry closed 30 June 1911

JULY 1911

Army List

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel D T Hammond.

Major R W G Harrison,
Major Sir H C G Bellow

Captain and Honorary Major H W Biddulph
Captain W A H Grimshaw
Captain H H Brooke
Captain E T E Di C de B Wickham
Capatain J C MacSwiney
Captain F H Jackson
Captain E H T Lawrence
Captain O F Lloyd
Captain C J Hughes
Captain R Saker
Captain H R Goode
Captain H M O'C Dwyer
Captain J P M Ingham

Lieutenant F H Saker
Lieutenant E St G T Irvine
Lieutenant A T C Wickhamn
Lieutenant I A S Cooke
Lieutenant V G Mulock

2nd Lieutenant C W Cooney
2nd Lieutenant A F R Power
2nd Lieutenant H H A Cooke
2nd Lieutenant N G Holmes
2nd Lieutenant M J McDonell
2nd Lieutenant F T McKeon

Captain and Adjutant C J O’Sullivan

Quarter Master Honorary Captain C Smyth

4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers musters at Oranmore to complete 1 months Camp training Wednesday 12 July 1911
Oranmore Camp closely adjoined the railway line.

Private Martin Small absented himself from the 4th Battalion at Athenry and was arrested while trying to sell his uniform in a Public House 18 July 1911
Awarded 7 days punishment and fined £1

AUGUST 1911

Annual training ends 7 August 1911

2nd Lieutenant H H A Cooke promoted Lieutenant 23 Aug 1911

FEBRUARY 1912

Captain J C MacSwiney appointed Adjutant 21 Feb 1912

MARCH 1912

2nd Lieutenant N G Holmes passed exam for commission into the Regular Army with a score of 3007

4588 Private John Salmon enlisted in 4th Battalion 23 March 1912

APRIL 1912

4619 Private Edward Conmee re enlisted in 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers 29 April 1912

MAY 1912

Lieutenant F T McKeon appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sierra Leone 1 May 1914

2nd Lieutenant on probation C H K Phillips resigned his commission 11 May 1912

5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith posted to 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers as part of the Permanent Staff from 2nd Battalion The Connaught Rangers 21 May 1912

The following successful candidates at the Competitive Examination of Officers of the Special Reserve, Militia, and Territorial Force, held in March last, to be Second Lieutenants first appointment with the Royal Irish Regiment, Lieutenant N G Holmes, from 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers. 22 May 1912

JUNE 1912

5134 Sergeant Joseph Ganly promoted to Colour Sergeant 1 June 1912

JULY 1912

4766 Private Peter Breen awarded Good Conduct and Long Service Medal 1 July 1912

Annual training started for 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers. The Battalion mustered at Oranmore for one months Camp training 12 July 1912
Very unpleasant weather was experienced during the training.

The Times
‘Our Dublin Correspondent telegraphs that a good deal of resentment is felt in Galway at the refusal of Dr. O'Dea, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the diocese, to allow the acting chaplain to the troops in the district to take part in the ceremony of receiving the old colours of the 4th Battalion Connaught Rangers and depositing them in the regimental chapel at Renmore. Last November the old colours of the 2nd Battalion of the same regiment were placed in the chapel and were accepted by the chaplain, Father Newell. The ceremony of depositing the colours of the 4th Battalion was to have taken place yesterday, but had to be postponed because the Bishop had informed the chaplain that he had to refuse to give his sanction to his taking part in the ceremony. It is said that the ground of Dr. O'Dea's objection is that he sees no reason why such flags should be deposited in a place of worship and he considers a museum a more suitable place.’ 26 July 1912

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers Annual training finished 27 July 1912
New Colours presented to the 4th Battalion during a parade. Followed by a football match between ‘B’ and ‘E’ Company teams the final of a competition run between the companies during the Annual training.

The Times
‘As regards the alleged refusal of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway to allow the old colours of the 4th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers to be deposited in the military chapel at Renmore, Galway, on Thursday, it is reported that Father Newell, the military chaplain, and Father Monaghan attended at Renmore Barracks on Friday and expressed their willingness to receive the colours at any time that it was convenient for the regiment to attend, As all the arrangements had been cancelled on Thursday evening the chaplain and Major Sarsfield, the officer commanding at Galway, drove to Oranmore camp, where they saw Colonel Hammond, C B who, it is said, declined again to arrange for the ceremony after what had occurred.’

‘The Freeman's Journal stated that the Bishop, when shown a newspaper cutting of his alleged refusal to allow the colours to be deposited in Renmore chapel, said that the facts were wholly misrepresented in the paragraph. When the request was made to him that the colours should be deposited in the military chapel at Renmore he asked that this request should not be pressed on the ground that only sacred objects could fittingly be deposited in the House of God. Ultimately he allowed the chaplain to act on his own responsibility in the matter, and it was acting on his own responsibility that Father Newell went to Renmore barracks. When the colours of another battalion of the regiment were deposited in Renmore barracks six months ago Dr. O'Dea was in Rome, and was not consulted on the subject. A newspaper correspondent who saw Major Sarsfield on Saturday says that that officer stated that the report of the matter which appeared in Friday morning's newspapers was correct. Colonel Hammond also stated that the report was in no way exaggerated.’ 28 July 1912

AUGUST 1912

2nd Lieutenants F T McKeon and T Fitzherbert to be Lieutenants 2 August 1912

SEPTEMBER 1912

Captain E H T Lawrence resigns his commission in the 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 7 Sept 1912

Captain E H T Lawrence to be Captain in General Reserve of Officers 21 Sept 1912
(Assistant Commissioner of Police, Uganda 1 April 1911)

OCTOBER 1913

Lieutenant H H A Cooke attached to the West African Frontier Force 23 Oct 1912

Captain R Saker granted leave to visit Australia for 6 months from October 1913.

JANUARY 1913

Colour Sergeant T Nolan on recruiting duties with 4th Battalion Jan 1913

MARCH 1913

4684 Private Thomas Gilmartin awarded 7 days Confined to Barracks for striking a Regimental Policeman at Boyle 26 March 1913 (Witnesses 4360 Private Bernard Kane and 4619 Private Edward Conmee)

APRIL 1913

Army List

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel D T Hammond.

Major R W G Harrison,
Major Sir H C G Bellow
Major and Honorary Major H W Biddulph

Captain W A H Grimshaw
Captain H H Brooke
Captain E T E Di C de B Wickham
Captain F H Jackson
Captain C J Hughes
Captain R Saker
Captain H R Goode
Captain H M O'C Dwyer
Captain J P M Ingham

Lieutenant F H Saker
Lieutenant E St G T Irvine
Lieutenant A T C Wickhamn
Lieutenant I A S Cooke
Lieutenant V G Mulock
Lieutenant C W Cooney
Lieutenant A F R Power
Lieutenant H H A Cooke
Lieutenant F T McKeon
Lieutenant T H Owen

Captain and Adjutant J C MacSwiney

Quarter Master Honorary Captain C Smyth

4684 Private Thomas Gilmartin awarded 10 days Confined to Barracks for gambling in barracks at Boyle 12 April 1913 (Witness 5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith)

JUNE 1913

Colour Sergeant John Heaney was discharged having claimed his discharge under Para 392 Class (xxiii) Kings Regulations. 4 June 1913.
xxiii: Having claimed discharge after three months notice. (Applies only to a soldier who has prolonged his period of service beyond 21 years)
Verified by Captain J.C. MacSwiney, Adjutant 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers.

Witnessed by J. Nolan¸ Colour Sergeant, Orderly Room Sergeant, 4th Battalion Connaught Rangers.
Colour Sergeant John Heaney had served 25 years and 112 days.
Class of Proficiency Pay “1st” 6d daily

Colour Sergeant John Heaney’s conduct was rated as “Conduct Exemplary. Well educated. Good clerk and accountant.” Which is the highest that can be given to any soldier.
His intended place of Residence was C/O R.HILL & Company Limited, Ironworks, Middlesbrough, (This company was making Industrial Locomotives in 1900).

Certificate of record of issue of £5 gratuity awarded with Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to No 2824 Colour Sergeant Heaney, Depot Connaught Rangers Regiment by Army Order 73 of 1910

To The Secretary
Royal Hospital
Chelsea London SW

The sum of £5 pounds having been issued to above named on the occasion of his discharge to pension I have to request that you will cause such issue to be noted in the duplicate attestation, the amount being shown as charged in Cork Account for June 1913.

Major for Regimental Payments
Cork

Captain W A H Grimshaw to be Major 18 June 1913

The under mentioned 3rd Battalion officers were attached to the 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers from 12 July 1913 to 1 August 1914
2nd Lieutenant J L Jackson
2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling

NOVEMBER 1913

5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, with a £5 gratuity 1 November 1913

DECEMBER 1913

R A Belemore to be 2nd Lieutenant on probation with the 4th Battalion

MARCH 1914

Captain R Saker granted an extension for an additional 6 months leave in Australia

Augustus Battersby was given rank of 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers 25 March 1914

APRIL 1914

4820 Private Joseph Doherty aged 17 enlisted in 4th Battalion 10 April 1914

4820 Private Joseph Doherty discharged having made a miss statement of age on enlistment 13 April 1914

MAY 1914

Lieutenant F T McKeon appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sierra Leone 1 May 1914

5246 Colour Sergeant William John Smith qualified in a course in Keeping and Repairing Small Arms at the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock, North London run by the Small Arms School. 1 May 1914

AUGUST 1914

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was at Boyle. A depot/training unit, it moved on mobilisation to Queenstown Aug 1914

The 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from Boyle to Crosshaven 4 Aug 1914

War Office reported Captain R Saker as officially missing when he failed to present himself at outbreak of war. His unit was based in Ireland and he was expected to report there. Order was given for his arrest in December 1914 letter sent to Australia.

He found out on 21 Dec 1914 that the War Office was looking for him. A letter of 9 Feb1915 from the Mena Camp in Egypt explains his situation...

"On the outbreak of the present war I was in Christchurch, New Zealand. I caught the first boat to Melbourne, arriving 22 Aug. I reported myself at the Defense Office, Melbourne on 22 Aug and was given command of a company in the 5th Bn. A.I.F...."

Sergeant Major P Tracey of the Australian Victorian Military Forces while on a visit to Ireland when war was declared rejoined his old regiment the Connaught Rangers in Cork and was set to drilling recruits at New Barracks, Fermoy (Reported in Newspaper May 1915)

Francis William Lynch ex OTC Trinity College Dublin gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 15 Aug 1914

3922 Colour Sergeant Bernard McMahon appointed Company Sergeant Major 29 August 1914

Company Sergeant Major Kennelly on the staff 4th Battalion

SEPTEMBER 1914

Lieutenant Frank Harrison Saker disembarked in France on way to join at 2nd Battalion 24 Sept 1914

Army List

Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel D T Hammond commanded the Battalion from the out break of the war to its close of its career.

Major R W G Harrison,
Major Sir H C G Bellow
Major W A H Grimshaw

Captain H H Brooke
Captain E T E Di C de B Wickham
Captain F H Jackson
Captain C J Hughes
Captain R Saker
Captain H R Goode
Captain J P M Ingham

Lieutenant F H Saker
Lieutenant A T C Wickhamn
Lieutenant I A S Cooke
Lieutenant A F R Power
Lieutenant P W Keating
Lieutenant M J Kenny

2nd Lieutenant on probation R A Belemore
2nd Lieutenant on probation H D McKay
2nd Lieutenant on probation W R Maguire
2nd Lieutenant on probation A W Battersby

Captain and Adjutant J C MacSwiney
Quarter Master Honorary Captain C Smyth


OCTOBER 1914
Draft of 191 other ranks from the 4th Battalion was sent on 7 Oct 1914 to the 2nd Battalion and included
4 Sergeants
1878 Sergeant Patrick Kane (transferred Labour Corps no.549155), 4452 Sergeant William Murphy (discharged 13 June 1916), 3183 Sergeant Patrick Beirne (discharged 20 July 1915), 4370 Sergeant Patrick Williams (Reduced to Private for misconduct & transferred Labour Corps no.394210)
4 Lance Sergeants
3760 Lance Sergeant John McGowan (transferred as Sergeant Royal Irish Rifles no.G/21210), 3886 Lance Sergeant Christopher Ryan (discharged 30 May 1916), 4353 Lance Sergeant Charles J Moraghan, 4449 Lance Sergeant John Walls (transferred Royal Defence Corps no.85197)
7 Corporals
4114 Corporal Byrne (discharged 27 March 1915), 3058 Corporal James Finn (transferred Labour Corps no.388364 & Royal Defence Corps no.79715), 3947 Corporal John Fleming (died of wounds 13 Nov 1914), 4769 Corporal Andrew Flynn (discharged 8 April 1916), 4652 Corporal Martin Fuery (transferred Labour Corps no.547598), 4131 Corporal James Keenehan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/609), 2529 Corporal Michael Sweeney
11 Lance Corporals
4450 Lance Corporal James Casey (transferred Royal Munster Fusilier no.1287), 4445 Lance Corporal John Doherty (transferred Labour Corps no.361520), 441 Lance Corporal John Dunleavy (killed in action 25 Oct 1914), 4055 Lance Corporal John Forde (died 28 Oct 1914), 4584 Lance Corporal Charles Hunt (discharged 25 Sept 1915), 4103 Lance Corporal Patrick Keeley (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4146 Lance Corporal John Leech (appointed Acting Sergeant), 4138 Lance Corporal Frank McCarthy (discharged 12 April 1916), 4245 Lance Corporal John Monaghan (discharged 10 Feb 1915), 3567 Lance Corporal Thomas Mulligan (Died 21 Oct 1914), 4544 Lance Corporal Michael Ward (promoted Corporal & Killed in action 3 Sept 1916)
166 Privates
3743 Private John Boylan, 3030 Private John Burns (POW), 4436 Private Patrick Byrne (transferred Liverpool Regiment no.92605), 3268 Private Michael Carroll, 3550 Private John Casey (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.429), 3246 Private Martin Clarke (transferred Army Service Corps no.R/40426), 3454 Private Joseph Cluskelly (POW), 4728 Private James Collins, 3255 Private John Conboy (transferred Labour Corps no.449477), 4092 Private Michael Conboy, 3173 Private James Connor (killed in action 1 Nov 1914), 2692 Private John Conroy (discharged 10 Feb 1915), 4537 Private Michael Conroy (died of wounds 10 Dec 1914), 3862 Private Peter Conroy (promoted to Corporal, awarded DCM, attached 47th Light Mortar Battery), 4843 Private Patrick Conroy (discharged 10 July 1915), 4840 Private Thomas Conroy (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1702 & Royal Fusiliers no.GS/143152), 3297 Private James Conway (Transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/616), 4514 Private Peter Corrigan (discharged 22 April 1917), 4339 Private Charles Costello (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1211), 4101 Private Bryan Coyle (killed in action 30 Oct 1914), 4177 Private Patrick Coyle (transferred Leinster Regiment no.6178 & Royal Army Medical Corps no.201335), 4152 Private James Croghan (discharged 15 March 1915), 2874 Private Michael Crosby (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/1093 & Royal Irish Fusiliers no.31346), 3446 Private William Dare (discharged 20 June 1915), 3753 Private James Delaney (transferred Royal Defence Corps no.84110), 3051 Private Michael Dolan (died 8 Nov 1914), 4529 Private Patrick Donelan (killed in action 23 Oct 1914), 4456 Private Peter Donnelan, 2864 Private John Doyle (promoted Corporal & killed in action 30 Oct 1914), 4736 Private John Doyle (killed in action 30 Oct 1914), 4096 Private Patrick Doyle (transferred Labour Corps no.389026), 4262 Private John Duignan (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43121), 4615 Private Lawrence Dunne (transferred Liverpool Regiment no.101911), 3125 Private Michael Durkin (died 27 Oct 1914), 4090 Private Patrick Durkin (discharged 6 Oct 1915), 4340 Private Thomas Fahey, 3812 Private James Fallon (transferred Royal Army Medical Corps no.1958), 4290 Private Martin Fallon (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.26578 & Labour Corps (230821), 4244 Private James Farrell, 4546 Private John Farrell (died), 4375 Private Michael Farrell (killed in action 2 Nov 1914), 4226 Private Patrick Farrell (discharged 20 June 1916), 3950 Private Michael Fleming (killed in action Near the village of Serain in the Department of Aisne with 5th Battalion 8 Oct 1918, His body was recovered by his brother Patrick, also a private in the Rangers), 3949 Private Martin Fleming (transferred Leinster Regiment no.6186), 4298 Private Mortimer Foley (discharged 11 Oct 1915), 4737 Private Thomas Foley (transferred Labour Corps no.229845), 3953 Private Timothy Foley (promoted Corporal), 3955 Private Joseph Forde (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.19392), 4180 Private Thomas Gannon, 3960 Private Michael Garvey (wounded ‘C’ Company 6th Bn 14 May 1916), 4240 Private John Gettings (discharged 31 March 1916), 3658 Private John Gilhooley (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1276 & Army Ordnance Corps no.40967 & Royal Engineers no.609252), 4299 Private Luke Gilligan (transferred Liverpool Regiment no.92749), 4127 Private James Glancy (discharged 14 Jan 1916), 4319 Private Michael Gorman (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1514), 3217 Private Michael Grady, 4255 Private William Grey, 4539 Private Patrick Hamilton (transferred Labour Corps no.376487 & Tank Corps no.312179), 4547 Private Joseph Harrison (transferred 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers 43164, killed in action 5 Sept 1916), 3804 Private James Healy (died 2 Nov 1914), 4089 Private John Higgins (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 3117 Private Joseph Higgins, 4346 Private Patrick Hoare (killed in action 26 April 1915), 3691 Private John Hughes (discharged 27 Oct 1914), 4513 Private Patrick Hynes (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48430), 4360 Private Bernard (Edward) Kane (killed in action 6 Dec 1914), 4188 Private Patrick Kavanagh (transferred Royal Highlanders no.S/27451), 3478 Private John Kelly (deserted 26 Nov 1917-cancelled, transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48439), 4712 Private John Kelly (discharged 2 July 1915), 4205 Private Joseph Kelly, 4435 Private Michael Kelly (died 29 April 1916), 4312 Private Martin Kelly (23 Oct 1914), 4638 Private Thomas Kelly (discharged Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1212 & Labour Corps no.396243), 4471 Private Michael Kennedy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1521 & Liverpool Regiment no.90044), 4081 Private James Kerins, 4636 Private James Kilkenny (POW & Transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.99058), 4557 Private Francis Kinsley (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1706), 2891 Private Dennis Loughlin (discharged 11 Sept 1915), 4176 Private John Mannion (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.24168 & Army Service Corps no.ES/58897), 4453 Private Patrick Mannion (discharged 8 May 1916 & joined Labour Corps no.341023), 4126 Private John Maughan (transferred Labour Corps no.487390), 3290 Private Thomas McCarthy (discharged 13 March 1916), 4629 Private John McCann (killed in action 18 Dec 1914), 4199 Private Patrick McDermott (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43184), 4366 Private John McDermott (killed in action 30 Sept 1914), 4649 Private Thomas McDonagh (transferred Worcestershire Regiment no.47713), 2967 Private Thomas McDonnell (transferred Essex Regiment no.24823), 3034 Private Robert McDonogh (discharged 20 June 1915), 3421 Private Michael McGrath (discharged 26 June 1915), 4215 Private John McGowan (transferred Machine Gun Corps no.48591), 4794 Private Patrick McGowan, 4460 Private Patrick McGrath (POW), 2888 Private Thomas McGrath (Missing in action), 4519 Private John McVeigh (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.49124), 4654 Private Martin Meehan (transferred Cheshire Regiment no.61844 & Labour Corps 193900), 3022 Private George Meldrum (Missing in action), 4392 Private Thomas Mills (Died of wounds 30 Oct 1914), 2763 Private Edward Moran (discharged 27 Jan 1917), 4506 Private John Morrison (discharged 12 June 1916), 4468 Private James Muldoon (Missing in action 20 Oct 1914, POW), 4388 Private Frances Mulvey (POW), 3566 Private Dennis Murphy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers & Labour Corps no.680516), 3995 Private Patrick Murphy (POW), 4243 Private Michael Murren (Missing in action 20 Oct 1914, POW), 3885 Private James Norris (killed in action), 4000 Private John O’Keefe (Missing in action 7 Nov 1914), 4484 Private John O’Reilly (transferred Stokes Mortar Battery), 2950 Private Timothy Owens, 4407 Private Patrick Parkes (transferred Labour Corps no.486721), 4781 Private Albert Pearce (transferred Army Veterinary Service no.SR61), 4213 Private James Reilly (discharged 8 March 1916), 4343 Private Martin Reilly (discharged 9 June 1915), 4156 Private Daniel Sheehan (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4429 Private Hugh Tiernan (Died of wounds 17 Nov 19149, 4246 Private James Timbs (Killed in action 26 April 1915), 4327 Private James Toole (discharged 31 Aug 1915), 4368 Private Henry Tully (POW), 3689 Private John Tymon (discharged 14 June 1915), 4478 Private Michael Ward (wounded near Ypres Nov 1914, shot in the right eye, discharged 11 March 1915), 4777 Private John Whittaker (killed in action 26 April 1915), 4220 Private Benjamin Whittaker (discharged 22 Feb 1915), 3233 Private Bernard Wynne (discharged 23 Aug 1916), 3907 Private Anthony Barrett (killed in action 7 Nov 1914), 3909 Private Robert Barrett (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.21215), 4325 Private Charles Boniface, 4414 Private Patrick Burke (killed in action 17 March 1915), 4129 Private Arthur Coles, 4303 Private Martin Conlon (transferred Labour Corps no.229833), 4415 Private Thomas Conway (transferred Machine Gun Corps no.55972), 3253 Private Edward Courtney (transferred Labour Corps no.393967), 4672 Private James Crefin (killed in action 19 Nov 1914), 4307 Private Patrick Dowd (transferred Labour Corps no.399427 & Royal Fusiliers GS/110944), 4530 Private Patrick Fowley (transferred 5th&6th Connaught Rangers, & Tank Corps no.305122, 2 Aug 1917 GSW to face ‘mild’), 4684 Private Thomas Gilmartin, 4197 Private William Healy (POW), 4459 Private Martin Heaney (POW), 4283 Private John Holian (died of wounds 2 Nov 1914), 4187 Private John Kavanagh, 4104 Private Peter Kellegher (transferred Motor Transport Army Service Corps), 4462 Private Michael Lowe (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/1522), 4535 4199 Private Patrick McDermott (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43184), 3628 Private Martin McLoughlin (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/1527), 4261 Private Michael McSherry, 3985 Private Thomas Meenaghan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles & Labour Corps no.584800), 4397 Private John Mugan (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers), 4520 Private Patrick Mullaney, 4300 Private Bartholomew Patterson (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1529 & Royal Army Medical Corps no.205664), 2896 Private James Price (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.G/1708), 4345 Private Edward Regan (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43108 & Royal Irish Fusiliers no.29170 & Labour Corps no.613271), 4385 Private George Reynolds (discharged 9 Sept 1915), 3663 Private James Reynolds, 4341 Private Michael Reynolds (killed in action 26 April 1915), 4404 Private Peter Reynolds, 4482 Private Joseph Rooney, 2481 Private Michael Scally (missing in action), 3602 Private Joseph Scanlon, 4363 Private Patrick Scanlon, 4238 Private William Scanlon, 2612 Private Patrick Sharkey (transferred Labour Corps no.616704), 4015 Private Mark Skeffington (POW), 3439 Private James Thornton (discharged 2 June 1916), 3264 Private Michael Rouke (discharged 8 March 1916), 4635 Private Thomas McFadden (discharged 12 June 1916), 4202 Private Michael Beirne (killed in action 29 Oct 1914), 4588 Private John Salmon (discharged 14 Sept 1916, Shrapnel wounds to both arms, legs and back. Fought at Loos 18 April 1916 with 6th Battalion), after being found fit for active service

2nd Lieutenant M J Kenny joined the 2nd Battalion in France 14th October 1914

2nd Lieutenant L N Aveling and a draft of 280 Other Ranks arrived at the 2nd Battalion in France as reinforcements 14 Oct 1914
These Drafts would consist of men from both the 3rd and 4th Battalions, The Connaught Rangers. These young men had enlisted never expecting to go to war. Poorly trained and ill equipped for warfare their principal duties were supposed to be for home defence. However the British Army had suffered heavy losses in the first two months of the conflict and now it was all hands to the pump to stop the Germans.

Captain Frederick Howard Jackson attached to 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers died Wednesday 28 Oct 1914

4736 Private John Doyle (4th Battalion), killed in action serving with 2nd Battalion 30 Oct 1914

A draft of 50 Other Ranks left the 3rd Battalion at Kinsale to join the 2nd Battalion. They were conducted to Cork by 2nd Lieutenant F M S Gibson and handed over to Lieutenant Keatinge, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers to be taken on to Holyhead and handed over to the Officer to conduct them over seas 31 Oct 1914
Included

2 Sergeants
3855 Sergeant John Brady (later reduced to Corporal for misconduct, failing to appear on parade), 3769 Sergeant Patrick Lydon (discharged 12 June 1917)

2 Corporals
4243 Corporal Thomas McGloughlin (discharged 11 Aug 1916), 4076 Corporal Patrick Donoghue

5 Lance Corporals
10844 Lance Corporal James Cunningham, 10551 Lance Corporal Michael Killeen, (Killed in Action 31 Jan 1917), 8289 Lance Corporal John Patterson (transferred to Labour Corps no.609824), 4064 Lance Corporal Martin Mulvoy (transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps no.15232), 10827 Lance Corporal James Murphy (discharged 11 Sept 1917)

38 Privates
4365 Private Peter Kelly, 4352 Private Michael Noonan, 4525 Private William Duffy, 3732 Private William Ronaldson, 4577 Private Luke O’Connor, 4205 Private Martin Toole, 3984 Private Edward Twohey, and 10563 Private George Worth (promoted Lance Corporal & killed in action with ‘C’ Company 6th Battalion 9 March 1916), 4569 Private Patrick Neill (later transferred to Military Field Police no P4018), 4483 Private Martin Fitzgerald, 4371 Private James Burke (later transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.G/4422), 4364 Private Michael Collins (Discharged 26 Nov 1914), 4464 Private Hugh McSharry (discharged 31 Oct 1915), 4376 Private George Cox (transferred to Royal Irish Rifles no.G/504), 4350 Private Michael Stokes, 9598 Private William O’Shea, 10496 Private Patrick O’Toole, 4550 Private Daniel Hugh Stanley (transferred to Royal Engineers no.357211 & later Commissioned 9 April 1918 Employed with Inland Water Transport), 4841 Private James McDonald (died 13 Feb 1915, 10649 Private James McKeever (transferred to Royal Munster Fusiliers no.14117), 4348 Private James McKenna, 9394 Private Patrick Holmes (discharged 12 June 1916), 10797 Private Martin Kelleher (transferred to Northumberland Fusiliers no.76998), 4641 Private Charles Freyer (transferred to Royal Irish Regiment no.9170 & RASC no.382077), 4332 Private Thomas Graham, 6261 Private John Craney, 7587 Private John Devine (discharged 22 Nov 1915, rejoined Labour Corps no.348282), 10346 Private John Driscoll (died 22 Aug 1916), 3975 Private Joseph Dunne (killed in action 20 Dec 1914), 4484 Private Lawrence Dunne (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1558), 10835 Private Patrick Eaton (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43071), 10065 Private Daniel Fenton, 4467 Private Thomas Carey (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no. 1575, Labour Corps no.487860), 10826 Private Joseph Conway, 4376 Private George Cox (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.G/504), 4383 Private Bernard Gilligan (stretcher bearer, AR Z), 10908 Private Patrick Kenny (discharged 16 July 1917), 4569 Private Patrick Neill (transferred Military Field Police no.P4018)

A Draft of 40 other ranks from the 4th Battalion also traveled on 31 Oct 1914 to the 2nd Battalion.

This draft included

1 Sergeant:
2830 Sergeant John Harlow,

1 Corporal:
4342 Corporal John Joseph Friar (killed in action 3 Sept 1916),

5 Lance Corporals:
4371 Lance Corporal Patrick Coyle (discharged 11 April 1917), 4100 Lance Corporal Thomas Hoare (wounded by shrapnel Dec 1914, discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4274 Lance Corporal Martin Morrison, 3878 Lance Corporal John Quaill (died 5 Aug 1916), 4365 Lance Corporal William Monaghan (killed in action 3 June 1915),

33 Privates:
4550 Private John Benson (transferred Royal Irish Rifles & Labour Corps no.230842), 4475 Private Michael Connell (Killed in action 8 Nov 1914), 4585 Private Michael Connor, 4558 Private John Costello (discharged 8 Aug 1916), 4569 Private Joseph Cox (transferred 2nd Bn Manchester Regiment), 2452 Private Michael Coyle (discharged 24 March 1915), 4561 Private Dennis Dolan (later posted to ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion & wounded 15 May 1916,transferred MGC no.158182), 4580 Private Patrick Fahey (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1513 & Hampshire Regiment no.11422), 4258 Private Joseph Feeley (Killed in action 15 Nov 1914), 3962 Private Benjamin Goode (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.49393), 4311 Private John Kelly (discharged 13 Sept 1916), 2470 Private Patrick McDonald (died 7 Dec 1915), 4516 Private Frank McGarry (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43168), 4576 Private Patrick McManus, 3359 Private Patrick Murphy (died 6 May 1915), 3732 Private William Ronaldson (transferred Labour Corps no.529338), 4088 Private Joseph Stanford (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 2828 Private Patrick Sweeney (discharged 14 Feb 1918), 4364 Private Patrick Swift, 4524 Private Patrick Toner (discharged 1 Jan 1917), 4440 Private Thomas Ward (discharged 20 March 1916), 3736 Private Patrick Daly (discharged 28 March 1917), 3306 Private James Fallon (discharged 9 Nov 1915), 4172 Private Richard Hannon (transferred Royal Munster Fusiliers no.1648 & Labour Corps no.526170), 4563 Private James McGuinn, 4577 Private Luke O’Connor (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/612), 4575 Private Thomas Pugh (discharged 30 Jan 1917), 4496 Private John Reynolds (killed in action 15 Nov 1914), 4562 Private John Shaughnessy, 4578 Private Bernard Ward (killed in action 8 Nov 1914), 3247 Private Patrick Ward (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.43094, & Labour Corps no.407925, & Royal Engineers no.WR/301453), 8973 Private Patrick Moloney (killed in action), 4017 Private Edward Stokes (discharged 12 Oct 1915),

NOVEMBER 1914

4357 Private Michael Farrell (4th Battalion), killed in action serving with 2nd Battalion in France 2 Nov 1914

A draft from the 4th Battalion traveled on 7 Nov 1914 to join the 2nd Battalion.

This draft included

1 Sergeant
2794 Sergeant John Saint (died of wounds 30 April 1915),

1 Corporal
3553 Corporal Thomas Noone,

9 Lance Corporals
4540 Lance Corporal Michael Garvey (died of wounds 21 Jan 1916), 4401 Lance Corporal Peter Gethins, 4423 Lance Corporal Martin Golden (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43120 & Royal Irish Regiment no.2675), 4522 Lance Corporal Michael Mulligan (POW), 4268 Lance Corporal Daniel O’Hare, 4521 Lance Corporal Bernard O’Reilly (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.2601 & Royal Engineers no.WR/205887), 4859 Lance Corporal James Tierney (transferred Royal Fusiliers no.GS/108787), 3375 Lance Corporal John Hoare, 4333 Lance Corporal Peter Smyth,

60 Privates
4888 Private John Anderson (3 Sept 1916), 4329 Private Mathew Barlow, 3043 Private John Burke (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1508 & Liverpool Regiment no.90090), 4476 Private John Burke, 2698 Private James Cannon (discharged 5 Dec 1915), 4606 Private Charles Carroll, 4591 Private James Casey (transferred Labour Corps no.621686, medals forfeited), 4627 Private Thomas Cawley (discharged 13 Sept 1916), 4619 Private Edward Conmee (transferred Labour Corps no.361519 & Royal Engineers no.609554), 2425 Private Edward Daly (transferred Labour Corps no.657622), 4685 Private William Davis, 4515 Private Michael Dempsey (transferred Labour Corps no.622371), 2788 Private Patrick Diegnan (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.1356), 4260 Private Michael Diugnan (transferred Military Field Police no.11739), 4381 Private John Doran (transferred Military Field Police no.11740), 4549 Private Thomas Dunne transferred Labour Corps no.376437), 3779 Private Thomas Evans (transferred Labour Corps no.454260), 4626 Private Thomas Gethins (Killed in action 28 April 19159, 4593 Private Martin Griffin, 4338 Private James Hudson (transferred Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers no.48427), 4624 Private William Hunt, 4756 Private Joseph Keary (deserted 18 Oct 1917), 4555 Private Patrick Kielty (transferred Labour Corps no.477939), 4106 Private William Leyden (discharged 6 Jan 1916), 4640 Private Henry Little (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.614 & Royal Irish Regiment no.3036), 3136 Private Michael McCabe (discharged 27 Oct 1917), 4835 Private John McDonagh (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.56710), 4455 Private John McDonogh (discharged 18 May 1916), 4808 Private Michael McLoughlin, 4305 Private Patrick Moran (discharged 22 April 1916), 4128 Private Edward Pate (POW), 4418 Private Thomas Purdy (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1533 & Labour Corps no.174872 & Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment no.59502), 4689 Private Michael Reilly, 4612 Private John Reilly (transferred Army Service Corps no.M/39535, deserter), 4865 Private Martin Small (transferred Labour Corps no.659642, died 3 Feb 1919), 4589 Private Stephen Smith (died 17 April 1916), 4344 Private John Somers (transferred Northumberland Fusiliers no.57165), 4850 Private Peter Ward (Killed in action 4 Aug 1915), 4863 Private Miles Agnew (died 5 May 1915), 4105 Private Michael Brennan, 4591 Private James Casey (transferred Labour Corps no.621686, medals forfeited), 4853 Private John Chambers (died 26 April 1915), 4633 Private Thomas Clarke (transferred Royal Irish Regiment no.16491), 4641 Private Patrick Conlon (transferred Royal Irish Rifles), 3177 Private Martin Fox (transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.1094), 4609 Private Frederick Golden, 4829 Private Andrew Harrison (discharged 11 Dec 1916), 3019 Private Michael Harte (transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers no.43122), 4779 Private Albert Harvey (killed in action 17 April 1916), 4647 Private William Healy (transferred 3rd Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers no.1516, died 21 Oct 1917), 4738 Private Patrick Howley (transferred Royal Engineers no.WR/291647), 4059 Private Edward Lynch (transferred Royal Irish Rifles & Worcestershire Regiment no.47635), 3763 Private James Mannion (discharged 12 June 1916), 4801 Private James Moran (transferred Leinster Regiment no.6179), 4604 Private William Reid (discharged 26 Dec 1916), 4639 Private Mathew Reilly (discharged 16 Feb 1917), 4597 Private William Rooney, 4632 Private Thomas Scally, 4790 Private John Scanlon, 4872 Private James Rooney (discharged10 Feb 1916),

Lieutenant Frank Harrison Saker 4th Battalion arrived with the last of the reserves at the 2nd Battalion in Flanders and had got up a raid on his own one night and was wounded and with all those left alive was taken prisoner during Nov 1914

From PRO WO 339/19054
"Saker was the C. Company subaltern. Our guns were shelling the enemy's trenches heavily. The Captain of C. Company, therefore, tried to make an advance. Saker was told to take half the company and to advance up a line with my trench, and to dig himself in there......Saker went beyond the dotted lines towards the concealed German lines.... I (Captain White) saw they were our own men surrendering. I then saw two Germans go into the house and carry out Saker into their trenches. I can't say where he was hit..."

From Sergeant McIlwain,s Journal
“It is reported that one young officer named Saker, who brought up the last of the reserves from home, gets up a raid on his own one night. He is wounded and, with all those left alive taken prisoner.” 30th Oct to 7th Nov 1914

From the 2nd Battalion War Diary
31.10.14 In trenches – 1 ½ Platoon C Company under Lieut Saker attacked German trenches in support of a company of Berkshire,s who advanced along BECELEARE Wood – Lieut Saker wounded + captured – 6 NCO,s + men killed – 30 wounded – 30 missing many of whom were taken prisoner.

Army List Jan 1914

Lieutenant Colonel Hammond D T
Lieutenant Colonel Sir H C G Bellew

Major Harrison, R. W. G.,
Major Grimshaw, W. A .H
Major Biddulph H W.

Captain Brooke, H. H.
Captain Wickham, E. T. E Di C. d e B
Captain Hughes C. J.
Captain Saker. R.
Captain Goode H R
Captain lngham, J. P. M.
Captain.Sakar F. H.
Captain Dwyer, H. M. O'C, Reserve of Offices
Capatain Perry-Ayscough H. G. C. (Honorary Lieutenant in Army)

Lieutenant Cooke. L A S
Lieutenant MeKeon, F. T.
Lieutenant Keating P W.
Lieutenant Kenny, M .J.
Lieutenant Belamore, R. A
Lieutenant McKay, H. D
Lieutenant Battersby, A. W,

2nd Lieutenant Maguire, W. R.
2nd Lieutenant Lynch, F. W. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Lynch, E. F. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Lucey, D. F. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Tuite. Thomas Mark Hardress Shatford (on probation) (promoted Captain awarded MC)
2nd Lieutenant Bullen, R. J C. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Cooke D H (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Game, T.(on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Brabazon, J H T. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Dillon, T. A. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Lett T (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Roddy, P. P. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Harte-Maxwell, P. M. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Brookes, A. L. D. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Harbord, A F E (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Leader, L. W. L. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Middleton, A. H. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Mulholland, D. O. (on probation)

Adjutaut Captain MacSwiney J C

Quarter Master Honorary Major Smyth C

Attached
2nd Lieutenant Eustace R Unattached List Indian Army
2nd Lieutenant Monet H D K Unattached List Indian Army

DECEMBER 1914

2nd Lieutenant Augustus Battersby promoted to Lieutenant 5 Dec 1914

2nd Lieutenant Albert Peter Vincent Daly, 4th Connaught Rangers, was attached Indian Corps, Western Front, Dec 1914 to Aug 1915
Group Captain Albert Peter Vincent Daily (1891-1985)
Born 1891; educated Stonyhurst College, City and Guilds Engineering College, London University (Associate of the City & Guilds Institute in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 1912); Sapper, London Electrical Engineers, Territorial Army, 1910-1913; Private, 1st Canadian Expeditionary Force, Aug-Dec 1914; 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Connaught Rangers, attached Indian Corps, Western Front, Dec 1914-Aug 1915; wounded in action, Aug 1915; joined Royal Flying Corps, Nov 1915; qualified as Pilot, Mar 1916; service with 8 Squadron, May-Nov 1916, mainly engaged in artillery observation and reconnaissance, Western Front; Lt, Nov 1916; service with 60 Squadron, Nov-Dec 1916; Capt 1916; Flight Commander, 29 Squadron, Izel-le-Hameau, Arras, France, Dec 1916; shot down 1 Feb 1917 by Lt Werner Voss; Prisoner of War, Feb 1917-Sep 1918; granted permanent Commission in RAF, 1919;

1915

JANUARY 1915

Captain R Saker promoted to Major January 1st 1915

Captain H G C Perry-Ayscough attached 1st Battalion in France 19th January 1915

3922 Company Sergeant Major Bernard McMahon appointed Warrant Officer Class II 28 Jan 1915

4/4749 Private Thomas Muldoon arrived in France to join 1st Battalion 29 Jan 1915
Transferred Royal Irish Rifles no.G/817

ARMY LIST . JANUARY 1915

Lieutenant Colonel Hammond, D.T, C.B Hon. Lt.-Col r e t . pay
Lieutenant Colonel Bellew, Sir H . C. G.

Major Harrison, R. W. G.,
Major Grimshaw, W. A .H
Major Biddulph, H.W.

Captain Brooke, H . H.
Captain Wlckham, E. T. E Di C. de B
Captain Hughes , C. J. (Hon. 2nd Lt. in Army
Captain Saker. R.
Captain Goode, H.R, (Assistant Commissioner of Police, Southern Provinces Nigeria)
Captain Ingham, J. P. M.
Captain Saker, F. H.
Captain Dwyer, H. M. O'C,
Captain Perry-Ayscough, H. G. C. (Hon. Lt. in Army)

Lieutenant Cook. L A S.
Lieutenant MeKeon, F. T. (Assistant Commissioner of Police Sierra Leone)
Lieutenant Keating P W.
Lieutenant Kenny, M .J.
Lieutenant Belemore, R. A
Lieutenant McKay, H. D
Lieutenant Battersby, A. W,

2nd Lieutenant Maguire, W. R.
2nd Lieutenant Lynch, F. W. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Lynch, E. F.(on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Lucey, D. F.(on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Tuite. T. M. H S. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Bullen, R. J . C.(on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Cooke, D. H. (on prob)
2nd Lieutenant Garne, T.(on probation )
2nd Lieutenant Brabazon, J . H . T.(on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Dillon, T. A. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Lett , T. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Roddy, P. P. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Harte-Maxwell, P. M. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Brookes, A. L. D. (on probation.}
2nd Lieutenant Harbord, A. F . E. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Leader, L. W. L. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Middleton, A. H. (on probation)
2nd Lieutenant Mulholland, D. O. (on probation,)
2nd Lieutenant Daly, A. P .V. (on probation)

Adjutant.
MacSwlney, J. C. Captain Conn. Rang, (Capt. in Army)

Quarter- Master.
Smyth, C, Honorary Major.

Attached.
Eustace, 2nd Lieutenant. R Unattached List Indian. Army
Money, 2nd Lieutenant. H. D. K., Unattached. List Indian. Army

FEBRUARY 1915

5607 Private William Curley posted from 3rd to 4th Battalion 16 Feb 1915

Draft of 44 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion in France 23rd February 1915

Captain David Roderick Hennessy Royal Army Medical Corps attached 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers landed in France during Feb 1915

MARCH 1915

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from Queenstown to Bere Island March 1915

2nd Lieutenant Francis William Lynch left to join the 1st Battalion in France 5 March 1915

5684 Private William Gerald Griffin aged 19 enlisted in 4th Battalion 7 March 1915

Lieutenant Augustus Battersby seconded for service with the West African Frontier Force 17 March 1915

5547 Private Patrick Feeney posted to 1st Battalion 24 March 1915
(Killed in action on the 22 July 1915 near Rue-Tilleroy)

APRIL 1915

Major Richard Saker formally seconded for service with Australian Imperial Force 2 April, 1915

Draft of 50 Other Ranks arrived at the 1st Battalion in France 15th April 1915

2nd Lieutenant Francis William Lynch aged 19 attached 1st Battalion killed in action in Battle of Neuve Chapelle 16 April 1915
Educated at the Oratory School, Birmingham and Trinity College, Dublin. Member of Trinity College Officer Training Corps.

Major Richard Saker, 5th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Killed in action Monday, 26 April 1915, age 37, on the southern lobe of the 400 Plateau ('Lone Pine'), central Anzac sector, Gallipoli.

Major Richard Saker, who received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers in October, 1901, had served in the South African War, 1900-2 with the Rough Riders, being present at operations in Cape Colony, the Transvaal, including the action near Diamond Hill, and East of Pretoria. He also took part in operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, including the actions at Zilikats Nek and Elands River: he received the Queen's medal with five clasps. In Feb 1907, he became Captain in the Reserve of Officers, and when the War broke out he was called up for service and was attached as Major to the 5th Battalion Australian Infantry with the rank of Major. He took part in the landing operations on Gallipoli Peninsula, being wounded once during the landing and twice afterwards, but he continued his duties until shot in the head near 'Quinn's Post' 26 April, 1915.

2nd Lieutenant Francis W Lynch 4th Battalion attached 1st Battalion killed in France 26 April 1915

MAY 1915

2nd Lieutenants Theobald Augustus Dillon, A L D Brookes and J H T Brabazon arrived at the 1st Battalion in France 5th May 1915

John Joseph Chevers re appointed Captain with 3rd Battalion he had previously served as a Captain in the 4th Battalion 8 May 1915
John Joseph Chevers, D.L. and J.P. for Co. Galway, of Killyan, a captain in the 4th Connaught Rangers, and born in 1866. He was educated at Beaumont College, and married in 1894, to the daughter of Henry Owen Lewis, D.L., of Enniskeen

Lieutenant P W Keating attached 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers reported to have died of wounds 17 May 1915

Special Reserve of Officers, Infantry. The under mentioned Cadets and ex-Cadets of the Officers Training Corps to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). Frederic Thompson Chamier, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers 29 May 1915

JUNE 1915

Lieutenant Augustus Battersby killed during a combined Anglo-French campaign against the German colony of Cameroon 8 June 1915

2nd Lieutenant A P V Daly joined the 1st Battalion 14th June

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Part 2

Regards Mark

4888 Private J Anderson, 4826 Private M Carthy, 5072 Private J Cooney, 4829 Private A Harrison, 2763 Private A Moran, 4213 Private J Reilly listed as wounded from the 4th Battalion attached to the 2nd Battalion 12 Sept 1915

5684 Private William Griffin posted from 4th Battalion arrived at 5th Battalion 13 Sept 1915
Deceased.

4/5802 Private Patrick Barrett enlisted in 4th Battalion 18 Sept 1915

4/5063 Private Peter Brady serving with 5th Battalion, died in Malta 22 Sept 1915

5 Officers and a large draft of 350 arrived at 5th Battalion at 12:20am. This included men from all Battalions of the Rangers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th included. The new drafts had shown a keenness to rival their comrades in the 5th Battalion, but the scarcity of good N.C.O.’s was fast becoming acute. 24 Sept 1915
Included 5210 Private James Currid, 5727 Private John McCourt, 4218 Private Arthur McDonagh, 4735 Private Walter Campbell 4th Battalion (POW 7 Dec 1915), 3344 Private Joseph Godridge (POW),

A draft of 37 Other Ranks joined the 1st Battalion in France 26th September 1915

OCTOBER 1915

6/3837 Corporal John Forde posted from 3rd to 4th Battalion 14 Oct 1915

NOVEMBER 1915

4/4931 Private J Kehoe reported to have died serving with 5th Battalion 1 Nov 1915

Captain R A Belemore joined the 1st Battalion 3rd November 1915

A draft of 80 Other Ranks commanded by Lieutenant M J Fogarty joined the 5th (Service) Battalion from the Base Depot 21 Nov 1915
Draft included 4696 Sergeant James Armstrong (4th Battalion)

2nd Lieutenant Walter Lowry Prentice Commissioned in the 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers in Nov1915
Employed at Bank of Ireland head office, Dublin

DECEMBER 1915

4/5684 Private William Griffin died of enteric fever & dysentery with 5th Battalion in 28th General Hospital, Salonika 18 Dec 1915

Two drafts made up from 375 NCO’s and men from the Connaught Rangers who had been attached to the Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers, rejoined the 5th Battalion as these men wanted to return to Connaught Rangers and the Brigadier General commanding the 31st Brigade consented. All these men were Connaught Rangers from the 3rd or 4th Battalion’s, most had taken part in action in Serbia on 7 & 8 Dec. 19 Dec 1915

4588 Private John Salmon awarded 16 days Field Punishment #2 for absence 30 Dec 1915

1916

JANUARY 1916

229817 Colour Sergeant Patrick Moloney posted to 4th Battalion from 6th Battalion 1 Jan 1916

229817 Colour Sergeant Patrick Moloney appointed Acting Company Quarter Master Sergeant 11 Jan 1916

2nd Lieutenant A F E Harbord joined 6th Battalion in France 16th January 1916

5/1105 Quarter Master Sergeant John Heaney posted to the 3rd Battalion from the 4th Battalion as the Battalion Orderly Room Sergeant, having been invalided home from Alexandria serving as the Battalion Orderly Room Sergeant located with the 3rd Echelon, at 31 Rue de Ramleh, Alexandria close to the Mustapha Barracks, for the 5th Battalion 26 Jan 1916

FEBUARY 1916

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from Bere Island to Fermoy during Feb 1916

4442 Sergeant M Costello died on home service 6 Feb 1916

Lieutenant T.A. Dillon, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers appointed Assistant Adjutant in 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 14 Feb 1916

A draft of 3 Officers and 110 other ranks were sent to the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in Mesopotamia. This included Captain C J Hughes 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, Captain H M O’C Dwyer 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, and 2nd Lieutenant H C S Heath, 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 15 Feb 1916
Draft included 5/354 Private John Moynihan

4588 Private John Salmon posted from 4th Battalion to 6th Battalion 17 Feb 1916


MARCH 1916

2nd Lieutenants A S Beard, and J H T Brabazon joined 1st Battalion in the Persian Gulf 4th March 1916

APRIL 1916

Lieutenant H H A Cooke returned from Africa April 1916

Lieutenant D F Lucey wounded while with 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 18th April 1916

Death of 5552 Lance Sergeant John V Durkan ‘Machine Gun’ Section, ‘B’ Company at the Military Hospital Fermoy from kidney disease 22 April 1916

Funeral of 5552 Lance Sergeant John V Durkan, The machine gun section under the command of Captain Brochert, marched in procession, with arms reversed.

During Easter 1916 Uprising a Mobile Column arrived at Wexford and encamped outside the town. Detachment of 70 cavalry other ranks of the South Irish Horse under Lieutenant Colonel Lord Wicklow, a half composite battalion of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers under Major Willington, and a detachment of the Young Officers Company were attached to the Column 30 April 1916

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers included Major Walter Alfred Hamilton Grimshaw.
He later served as second in command with 6th Connaught Rangers in March 1916 and in 1917. Landed in France Sept 1916. Present at the Battle of Messines. Commanded the 6th Battalion in raids on the 8 and 9 March 1917, when they retook trenches lost by the Royal Irish Rifles. Commanded 3rd East Surrey Regiment 1918 at Dover. Served in Palestine 1918, and in Salonika 1918

MAY 1916

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers moved from the New Barracks, Fermoy to Crosshaven May 1916

4/5958 Private S Walsh wounded in action with ‘D’ Company 6th Battalion 7 May 1916

4/4193 Private J McGrail wounded in action with ‘C’ Company 6th Battalion 14 May 1916

4/5802 Private Patrick Barrett wounded in action with ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion 15 May 1916
(Discharged 2 May 1917 due to wounds)

4/5916 Private Edward Airlie wounded in action with ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion 15 May 1916
(Transferred Labour Corps no.472114)

4/4561 Private Dennis Dolan wounded in action with ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion 15 May 1916
(Transferred to Machine Gun Corps no.158182)

2nd Lieutenant J J Dillon with a draft of 29 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 17 May 1916

4/4700 Sergeant Michael T Melly wounded in action with ‘A’ Company 6th Battalion 18 May 1916
(Later no.32329 Connaught Rangers)

A 3rd Battalion detachment at Crosshaven moved to Kinsale and the 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers took over from them. 22 May 1916

Captain H M O’C Dwyer with a draft joined 1st Battalion in Mesopotamia 22 May 1916

4/5981 Private Charles Williams killed in action ‘D’ Company 6th Battalion 30 May 1916

5467 Sergeant Thomas Clarke Permanent Staff, 4th Battalion injured in fall from transport wagon May 1916

JULY 1916

Private Patrick McCormack posted from 3rd to the 4th Battalion 1 July 1916

4/6416 Private John Casey landed in France 14 July 1916
Transferred Royal Irish Fusiliers 43166, Labour Corps 3971611 & Army Ordnance Corps 036832, S/12774, 7577358

Lieutenant D H Cooke joined 6th Battalion in France 19th July 1916

2nd Lieutenant J T Leonard joined 6th Battalion in France 23rd July 1916

Lieutenant Kenneth Havelock Borcherds 4th Battalion, The Conaught Rangers attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers landed in France July 1916
Later served with 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers and the Egyptian Army

AUGUST 1916

4/3878 Lance Corporal John Quaile died aged 26 with 5th Battalion in Malta 5 Aug 1916

6257 Private Martin Jordan, B Company. 4th Battalion Connaught Rangers 14 Aug 1916

HANSARD C Deb 14 August 1916 vol 85 cc1427-9W
Mr. DORIS
Asked the Secretary of State for War when the pension officers of their respective districts investigated the cases of Private J. Clarke, 14th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, Private Martin Jordan, No. 6257, B Company. 4th Battalion Connaught Rangers, and Private Drummer Michael Moloney, No. 43223, Royal Field Artillery, with a view to their dependants in Ireland receiving the separation allowance, to which they are entitled; have the dependants of these soldiers yet received any separation allowances; and, if not, who is responsible for the delay; and is he aware that Drummer M. Moloney, on 24th March, 1916, made an allotment of 6d. per day to his mother which has not yet reached her?
Mr. FORSTER
In the case of Private Clarke, the local pension authorities disagreed as to the degree of dependence. The matter was accordingly referred to the Appeals Committee for decision, and meanwhile payment of the allowance is being made at the lower rate. Into the cases of Privates Jordan and Moloney, inquiries are being made, and I will let the hon. Member know of their result.
Mr. DORIS
Asked the Secretary of State for War whether Irishmen on joining the Army in England are informed that it is necessary to make claims in writing on a prescribed form and within a prescribed time for separation allowances for their dependants; and, if not, will he have an order issued that recruits shall be so informed in future and that, in the cases of those who have already enlisted and who, through ignorance of the Regulations, have not complied with them, the claims of dependants will be received and considered after the prescribed time?
Mr. FORSTER
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, but I may say that in any case where it appears that a claim was not made within the prescribed time owing to a genuine misunderstanding or for some special reason it is the practice of the War Office to admit a claim for investigation.
Mr. E. CECIL
Asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware of the delay in the issue of many separation allowances owing to the impossibility which some of the paymasters find of coping with the number of enlistments; and whether he can see his way to take steps to improve the organisation so as to facilitate the payment of separation allowances with greater promptitude?
Mr. FORSTER
I have heard of delay in some cases, but it has been due to delay in furnishing the pay offices with the necessary particulars, not to their inability to cope with the work. I am afraid it is impossible to entirely avoid occasional delays at the time of large influxes, but steps are being taken which it is hoped will reduce them to a minimum.
Lieutenant T A Dillon ceased to hold the position of Assistant Adjutant with the 3rd Battalion and moved back to 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 31 August 1916
SEPTEMBER 1916
229817 Colour Sergeant Patrick Moloney deprived of acting rank returns to duty as Colour Sergeant 9 Sept 1916

4/6682 Private Andrew Elliott attested into Connaught Rangers Reserve 12 Sep 1916

5779 Private Michael Crosbie died at Cork13 Sep 1916

Lieutenant T Lett promoted to Captain serving with the 1st Battalion 22 Sept 1916

Captain H H A Cooke rejoined Nigerian Brigade enroute for German East Africa Sept 1916

OCTOBER 1916

Major W A H Grimshaw joined the 6th Battalion in France 9 Oct 1916

ARMY LIST OCTOBER 1916

In Command.
Gould, Temporary. Lieutenant Colonel. P DSO, .(Major. Royal Irish .Fusiliers).

Lieutenant Colonel
Hammond, D. T, Honorary. Lieutenant Colonel retired pay, (temporary. Brigadier General.)

Major Harrison, B. W. G.,
Major Grimshaw, W. A.H.
Major Biddulph H.W. (Major .retired .Special .Reserve.)

Captain Wickham, E. T. E. Di C.de B. (Employed with Australian Contingent)
Captain Goode H,R. Commissioner of Police, Southern Provinces. Nigeria
Captain Dwyer.H. M. O'C.
Captain MeKeon, F, T. (Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sierra Leone,)
Captain Kenny, M. J.
Captain Belemore, R.A.
Captain McKay, H.D.
Captain Borcherds, D. B.

Lieutenant Magnlre,W.B
Lieutenant Garne, T
Lieutenant Lucey.D.F.
Lieutenant Brabazon, J. H. T.
Lieutenant Dillon, T. A.
Lieutenant Tuite T.M.H.S.
Lieutenant Lett. T. (attached Connaught.Rangers.)
Lieutenant Anderson, A.

2nd Lieutenant Brookes, A. L. D
2nd Lieutenant Leader, L. W, L, (attached.8 Bn Royal Inisskilling Fusiliers.)
2nd Lieutenant HarbordA.F,
2nd Lieutenant Mulholland D.O
2nd Lieutenant Dalv.A.P.V.
2nd Lieutenant Dillon ,J.J.
2nd Lieutenant Hayes,R.S.
2nd Lieutenant Payne,J.C W
2nd Lieutenant Murray, P.(attached. Royal Irish Rifles.)
2nd Lieutenant Haworth G
2nd Lieutenant Leonard. J. T.
2nd Lieutenant Brown,J.B.(attached,15 Bn .Royal Irish. Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Utley.B.T.
2nd Lieutenant Tiptaff,C.P. .(attached,15 Bn .Royal Irish. Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Chamier,F.T.
2nd Lieutenant Barff, B F (attached, 9 Bn ,Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers) (on probation.)
2nd Lieutenant Haworth, E. (attached, 9 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Lavelle, M. (attached, 9 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant McWilliam, W.
2nd Lieutenant Hadden, J. T.
2nd Lieutenant Gregory,R.
2nd Lieutenant Taylor, E.F,N.
2nd Lieutenant Martin,M.T J.
2nd Lieutenant Hobbs ,A.M.R
2nd Lieutenant Ingham, G. M. (attached, 9 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Keogh, F. B (attached, 10 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Lamb,H.H.G.
2nd Lieutenant Borcherds K.H. (attached, 10 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Brown J. U (attached, 10 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Bruen,J.J. (attached, 8 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Prentice,W.L (attached Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Holloway S. A.
2nd Lieutenant Cronln,R.T. (attached, 10 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Lyons,D.J.
2nd Lieutenant Plckett,H.P.
2nd Lieutenant Enox,W.H.
2nd Lieutenant O'Byme.P.J,
2nd Lieutenant Tydd,W.J.
2nd Lieutenant Rooney, R.H.
2nd Lieutenant Flanagan, J.
2nd Lieutenant Barry, J. J.
2nd Lieutenant Keegan.W.
2nd Lieutenant Farndon,W.A
2nd Lieutenant Taggart, H.E.

Adjutant.
Palmer, C.H., Lieutenant Royal.Irish.Rifles

Quarter Master
Smyth, C., Honorary Major

Attached.
Farrell, P, Quarter Master Honorary Lieutenant Attached


NOVEMBER 1916

2nd Lieutenant Claude Mary Leo Ingham, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers killed19 Nov 1916
DECEMBER 1916

3922 Company Sergeant Major Bernard McMahon Appointed Acting Regimental Sergeant Major 8 Dec 1916

6175 Private John Edward Osmond enlisted in 4th Battalion 11 Dec 1916

HANSARD

Question in House of Commons ‘whether he is aware that Private John McKeever, No. 4/7535, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, who enlisted at Belfast on the 7th August last, was born on 22nd February, 1900, and is therefore not yet seventeen years of age, and that, when his father made application for his discharge, he was informed by the Infantry Record Office, No. 12 District, Cork, that the boy would not be discharged but would be held to serve at home until he was nineteen, and would not be sent for service overseas until then; whether there is any authority for the retention of this boy, and, if so, what is it; whether he will have this case inquired into with a view to the boy's discharge’ 22 Dec 1916

2nd Lieutenants J J Barry and W Keegan joined the 6th Battalion in France 25 Dec 1916


2nd Lieutenants J C W Payne and H E Taggart joined the 6th Battalion in France 31 Dec 1916

1917

JANUARY 1917

4/5391 Sergeant Patrick Pluck awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal 1 Jan 1917

4/5451 Sergeant N Gaugheran awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal 1 Jan 1917

4/6439 Drummer G Ledwidge awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal 1 Jan 1917

4/6682 Private Andrew Elliott mobilized and posted to 4th Battalion 1 Jan 1917

4/6682 Private Andrew Elliott posted to 7th Officer Cadet Battalion 3 Jan 1917

3922 Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Bernard McMahon returns to rank of Company Sergeant 4 Jan 1917

Captain H H A Cooke killed in action with the Nigerian Brigade in German East Africa 23 Jan 1917

MARCH 1917

HANSARD

Sergeant Thomas Clarke, No. 5467, permanent staff, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers; whether he is aware that the sickness from which he died originated in a fall from a transport wagon last May, causing concussion of the brain, and ultimately insanity after twenty-one years' service, March 1917

D D Beckett and a draft of 18 Other Ranks joined the 6th Battalion in France 1 March 1917
Thus draft included 6218 Private John McManus

Hansard C Deb 08 March 1917 vol 91 cc564-5 564
Mr. GINNELL
Asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office what is the scale of allowance to dependants of a soldier when the soldier, after twenty-one years' service, loses his health in the Army, is discharged, and dies soon after; why nothing has yet been given to Margaret Clarke, Boyle, widow of Sergeant Thomas Clarke, No. 5467, permanent staff, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers; whether he is aware that the sickness from which he died originated in a fall from a transport wagon last May, causing concussion of the brain, and ultimately insanity; and whether proper provision will be made at once for the widow and her three children?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTER of PENSIONS (Colonel Sir A. Griffith-Boscawen)
Pensions to widows and other dependants of soldiers who die from injuries received in the performance of military duty or from disease contracted on active service, are given according to the published scale without reference to length of service. The pension to which it has been ascertained Mrs. Clarke is entitled will be paid at the usual family rate as soon as she returns completed the form which was sent to her some days ago. In the meantime, her late husband's pension is payable up to the 7th instant.
Captain H R Goode and 2nd Lieutenant T F Gilmore joined the 6th Battalion in France 10 March 1917

4/6105 Private Peter Connor serving with 5th Battalion, died in Malta 31st March 1917

APRIL 1917

4/5034 Private Mark Mcdonnell (now no.43180 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) awarded Cross of Karageorge 1st Class Gold Star (with Swords). (In recognition of services during the operations in Serbia m November and December, 1915.) 21 April 1917

4/6682 Private (Cadet) Andrew Francis Elliott discharged on appointment to temporary commission in Connaught Rangers 25 April 1917

JUNE 1917

4/5391 Sergeant Patrick Pluck discharged at termination of his period of engagement 8 June 1917

JULY 1917

4/5359 Sergeant John Garvey awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal 1 July 1917

Colour Sergeant Patrick Moloney with no.229817 transferred to 659th Employment Company, Labour Corps Cork from 4th Battalion 7 July 1917

During July 1917 men unfit for frontline service from the Connaught Rangers 3rd and 4th Battalions were transferred to the 659th Employment Company of the Labour Corps, which was based in Cork

2nd Lieutenant Temple Utley 4th Battalion escorts draft out to Mesopotamia 1917 Oct/Nov
Wounded at the Somme summer 1916. Durban Club, Natal June 1917. 1 Dec 1917 in Mesopotamia

AUGUST 1917


2nd Lieutenant Walter Lowry Prentice Attached to the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and later the 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment.Died of wounds3 Aug 1917

2nd Lieutenant F T Chamier to be Lieutenant. 29 Aug 1917

SEPTEMBER 1917

2nd Lieutenant H V Moore joined the 6th Battalion in France 29 Sept 1917

OCTOBER 1917

During October 1917 men unfit for frontline service from the Connaught Rangers 3rd and 4th Battalions were transferred to the 549th Employment Company of the Labour Corps.

NOVEMBER 1917

The 4th Battalion had moved to Fort Nigg, Perthshire, Scotland in November 1917 from Crosshaven, Ireland
3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Black Watch Aug 1914 in Perth, A training Unit it remained in Scotland (at Nigg) until moving to Ireland in Nov 1917 to Queenstown and the Curragh in March 1918.

In Command.
Gould, Temporary. Lieutenant Colonel. P DSO, .(Major. Royal Irish .Fusiliers).

Lieutenant Colonel
Hammond, D. T, Honorary. Lieutenant Colonel retired pay, (temporary. Brigadier General.)

Major Harrison, B. W. G.,
Major Grimshaw, W. A.H.
Major Bowlby C W
Major Biddulph H.W.

Captain Wickham, E. T. E. Di C.de B. (Employed 1 Garrison Battalion )
Captain Saker R (Employed Australian Contingent)
Captain Goode H,R. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Southern Provinces. Nigeria
Captain Dwyer.H. M. O'C.
Captain Cooke I A S
Captain MeKeon, F, T. (Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sierra Leone,)
Captain Kenny, M. J.
Captain McKay, H.D.
Captain Borcherds, D. B
Captain Brown T G, MC.
Captain Maguire W R
Captain Dillon T A

Lieutenant Lucey.D.F.
Lieutenant Brabazon, J. H. T.
Lieutenant Tuite T.M.H.S. MC
Lieutenant Lett. T. (2nd Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry)
Lieutenant Anderson, A.
Lieutenant Leader, L. W, L, (attached.7/8 Bn Royal Inisskilling Fusiliers.)
Lieutenant Mulholland D.O
Lieutenant Daly.A.P.V.
Lieutenant Dillon ,J.J.
Lieutenant Payne,J.C W
Lieutenant Murray, P.
Lieutenant Haworth G
Lieutenant Leonard. J. T.
Lieutenant Brown,J.B.(attached,15 Bn .Royal Irish. Rifles)

2nd Lieutenant Utley.B.T.
2nd Lieutenant Tiptaff,C.P, MC
2nd Lieutenant Barff, B F (War Office.)
2nd Lieutenant Haworth, E. (attached, 9 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Lavelle, M, MC (attached, 9 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant McWilliam, W.
2nd Lieutenant Hadden, J. T.
2nd Lieutenant Gregory,R. MC
2nd Lieutenant Taylor, E.F,N (7 Bn Gloucester Regiment).
2nd Lieutenant Martin,M.T J. (attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Hobbs ,A.M.R MC (attached Royal Irish Regiment)
2nd Lieutenant Ingham, G. M. (attached, 9 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Keogh, F. B MC
2nd Lieutenant Lamb,H.H.G.
2nd Lieutenant Borcherds K.H. (attached, 10 Bn Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Brown J. C
2nd Lieutenant Bruen, J.J.
2nd Lieutenant Pickett H C
2nd Lieutenant Enox,W.H. (attached Royal. Inniskilling Fusiliers)
2nd Lieutenant Tydd,W.J. (attached 15 Bn Royal Irish Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Rooney, R.H.
2nd Lieutenant Flanagan, J. S
2nd Lieutenant Barry, J. J.
2nd Lieutenant Farndon,W.A
2nd Lieutenant Taggart, H.E
2nd Lieutenant Barry J.M. .(attd 7Bn Royal Irish Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Butler, R.E.
2nd Lieutenant Moore, H..Y. .(attd 7Bn Royal Irish Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Gilmore, T, F.
2nd Lieutenant Maguire,G.D.(attd 7Bn Royal Irish Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Wallis,T,C, MC {attd.2Bn. Royal Irish Rifles)
2nd Lieutenant Beckett, D, B.
2nd Lieutenant Browne R.
2nd Lieutenant Dryden ,J.S.
2nd Lieutenant Fitzpatrick-Robertson, A, M
2nd Lieutenant Porter,H.J.
2nd Lieutenant O'Donnell. J.J.
2nd Lieutenant Atwell ,R.B,
2nd Lieutenant Gordon, R. E. (attd.2Bn.Leinster Regiment)
2nd Lieutenant Hall.H.E.
Rowlett«, A. J. (attd.2Bn.Leinster Regiment)
2nd Lieutenant McGoey. P.J. (attd.8 Bn Royal Irish Regiment)
2nd Lieutenant Gray,W.Y.
2nd Lieutenant Meenaghan, J.
2nd Lieutenant Slowby,T.G.
2nd Lieutenant Barnett, J. A.

Adjutant.
Palmer, C.H., Lieutenant Royal.Irish.Rifles

Quarter Master
Farrell, P, Honorary Captain

DECEMBER 1917

Acting Captain Henry Eric Hall, 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers landed in France 8 Dec 1917

1918

JANUARY 1918

2nd Lieutenants T C Slowey and H E Hall joined the 6th Battalion in France 3 Jan 1918

The 4th Battalion moved to Fort George, Scotland in early 1918.

MARCH 1918

2nd Lieutenant John Meenaghan, The Connaught Rangers (served as 4/6552 Sergeant John Meenaghan in the 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers) died 21 March 1918

MAY 1918

Lieutenant Edgar Haworth Tank Corps ex 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers landed in France 10 May 1918
(4947 Private Edgar Haworth served in the Royal Fusiliers Public School Battalion and was commissioned into the 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers)

The 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers absorbed the 4th Battalion (Extra Reserve) with 17 Officers and 113 men, and then became part of Dover Garrison (Eastern Command), No.5 Area. The 4th Battalion (Extra Reserve) had been disbanded due to recruiting problems. 16 May 1918

4/5549 Private John ‘Botha’ Roach late of the Connaught Rangers presented with the Distinguished Conduct Medal by Colonel Meldon, RM at the Courthouse Castlebar. 1918
‘When all the bombs of his party were expended and the bomb carrier killed, he volunteered to go back for more bombs. He brought these up across the open under heavy fire. On finding that the enemy had reoccupied part of the trench, he reorganised fresh bombing parties on his own initiative and proceeded to attack it. He only retired when ordered by his superior officer.’ London Gazette 29 Aug 1917

Disbanded August 1918

SEPTEMBER 1918

Lieutenant Colonel E G Hamilton commanding the 1st Battalion in Palestine sent to Brigade Head-quarters the following claim to certain of the captured guns as trophies 28 Sept 1918

‘On 20th September 1918 the battalion attacked a hostile column on the road N.E. of El Funduk and captured 6 German field guns and 2 machine guns. I shall be very glad if 4 of these field guns can be labelled and commanded for the Regiment as trophies of war. I am asking for 4 guns as there are officers and men of our 4 battalions represented here-1st and 2nd Regular Battalions and 3rd and 4th Special Reserve Battalions. I do not know the numbers of the guns, but ‘Connaught Rangers’ was written on them. I should also like to have 2 machine guns set aside in the same way. Their numbers are 23542 and 23033.’
(Signed) E G Hamilton, Lieutenant Colonel,
Commanding The Connaught Rangers

OCTOBER 1918

6175 Private John Edward Osmond discharged no longer physically fit for active source18 Oct 1918

DECEMBER 1918

2nd Lieutenant M J McFadden, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, accidentally drowned at The Quay, Westport, Ireland 14 Dec 1918

Hon. Colonel.
Hammond Lt.-Col & Hon. Col. D. T. C.B., 4 Bn. {Hon Lt.-Col. ret. pay) (temp. Brig Gen,)

Major Harrisson, B. W. G.,
Major Grimshaw,W. A. H
Major Bowlby, C. W
Major Biddnlph, H. W. (attached.7/8 Bn. Royal.Inisskilling Fusiliers).

Captain Dwyer,H. M O'C.,
Captain Cooke. I. A. S.
Captain McEeon F.T.
Captain Borcherds, D. B. de A.
Captain Brown T. G. M.C.
Captain Magulre, W\K.
Captain Dillon, T. A.
Captain Tuites T. M. H. S M.C

Lieutenant Lucey.D.F.
Lieutenant Brabazon, J.H. T.
Lieutenant Lett, T. (2nd Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry)
Lieutenant Anderson A.
Lieutenant Leader, L. W. L. (2nd Lt. Conn.Bang.)
Lieutenant Mulholland,D.O.
Lieutenant Daly A. P. V.
Lieutenant Dillon J J M J.
Lieutenant Payne.J. C.W.
Lieutenant Haworth G
Lieutenant Brown, J. B (attached. 15 Bn Royal .Irish .Rifles.)
Lieutenant Utley, B.T,
Lieutenant Tiptaft,C.P. MC
Lieutenant Barff, R. F.
Lieutenant Haworth, E.
Lieutenant Lavelle, M., M.C.
Lieutenant Taylor, E.F.N. (Attached 7Bn. Gloucester. Regiment)
Lieutenant Martin, M.T. J. (attached. Royal.Inisskilling Fusiliers).
Lieutenant Hobbs,A.M.B. MC.
Lieutenant Lamb H.H.G.
Lieutenant Borcherds, K. H
Lieutenant Bruen J. J.
Lieutenant Holloway, S. A.
Lieutenant Cronin R. T.
Lieutenant O'Byrne, P.J.
Lieutenant Pickett, H. P.
Lieutenant Knox, W. H. (Employed Royal.Inisskilling Fusiliers)..)
Lieutenant Rooney, B. H.
Lieutenant Flanagan, J. S.
Lieutenant Barry, J J.
Lieutenant Farndon, W. A.
Lieutenant Taggart,H. B.
Lieutenant Barry J. E.
Lieutenant Gilmore, T. F.
Lieutenant Maguire, G D. (attached 7Bn.Royal Irish Rifles.)
Lieutenant Wallis,T.C. MC. (attached 2Bn.Royal Irish Rifles.)
Lieutenant Beckett, D. D.
Lieutenant O'Donnell.J.J.
Lieutenant Rowlette, A. J. (attached 2Bn.Royal Irish Rifles.)

2nd Lieutenant McWilliam, W. (Special Appointment.)
2nd Lieutenant Butler B.E.
2nd Lieutenant Dryden,J.S
2nd Lieutenant Fitzpatrick-Robertson, A. M
2nd Lieutenant Gordon R. E.
2nd Lieutenant Hall,H.E.
2nd Lieutenant McGoey. P. J. (attached 6Bn.Royal Irish Rifles.)
2nd Lieutenant Meenaghan, J.
2nd Lieutenant Slowey, T. C.
2nd Lieutenant Barnett, J. A.
2nd Lieutenant McGuigan, J.

Adjutant.
Bain, P.W., Captain. Royal Munster Fusiliers.

1919

MAY 1919

Lieutenant John Barry Meredith Brown, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers issued Silver War Badge 26 May 1919

Lieutenant J A Barnett, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from the Cadre of 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 26 May 1919

Acting Captain J W Payne MC, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers reported his arrival from Cadre of 2nd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers 27 May 1919

DECEMBER 1919

Hon. Colonel. Hammond Lt.-Col & Hon. Col. D. T.* C.B., 4 Bn. {Hon Lt.-Col. ret. pay) . (H) (temp. Brig Gen,)

Major Harrisson, B. W. G.,
Major Grimshaw,W. A. H
Major Bowlby, C. W
Major Biddnlph, H. W. (attached.7/8 Bn. Royal.Inisskilling Fusiliers).

Captain Dwyer,H. M O'C.,
Captain Cooke. I. A. S.
Captain McKeon F.T.
Captain Borcherds, D. B. de A.(Instructor Agriculture)
Captain Brown T. G. M.C.
Captain Magulre, W\K.
Captain Dillon, T. A.
Captain Tuite T. M. H. S M.C

Lieutenant Lucey.D.F.
Lieutenant Brabazon, J.H. T.
Lieutenant Anderson A.
Lieutenant Mulholland,D.O.
Lieutenant Daly A. P. V.
Lieutenant Dillon J J M J.
Lieutenant Payne.J. C.W.
Lieutenant Haworth G
Lieutenant Utley, B.T,
Lieutenant Barff, R. F.
Lieutenant Haworth, E.
Lieutenant Lavelle, M., M.C.
Lieutenant Taylor, E.F.N. (Attached 7Bn. Gloucester. Regiment)
Lieutenant Martin, M.T. J. (Employed Ministry of Labour).
Lieutenant Hobbs,A.M.B. MC.
Lieutenant Lamb H.H.G.
Lieutenant Borcherds, K. H
Lieutenant Bruen J. J.
Lieutenant Cronin R. T.
Lieutenant Knox, W. H.
Lieutenant Rooney, B. H.
Lieutenant Flanagan, J. S.
Lieutenant Barry, J J.
Lieutenant Farndon, W. A.
Lieutenant Hadden J Y
Lieutenant Taggart,H. B.
Lieutenant Barry J. E.
Lieutenant Butler R.E.
Lieutenant Maguire, G D. (attached 7Bn.Royal Irish Rifles.)
Lieutenant Wallis,T.C. MC. (attached 2Bn.Royal Irish Rifles.)
Lieutenant Beckett, D. D.
Lieutenant Fitzpatrick-Robertson, A. M
Lieutenant O'Donnell.J.J.
Lieutenant Dryden,J.S
Lieutenant Gordon R. E.
Lieutenant Hall,H.E.
Lieutenant McGoey. P. J.
Lieutenant Slowey, T. C.
Lieutenant Barnett, J. A.

2nd Lieutenant McWilliam, W.

1920

APRIL 1920

Lieutenant W. H. Knox, M.C., 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers resigns his commission and is granted the rank of Captain1 April 1920

Lieutenant R F Barff, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers resigns his commission and retains the rank of Lieutenant 1 April 1920

AUGUST 1920

2nd Lieutenant W McWilliam, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers to be Lieutenant 24 August 1920

SEPTEMBER 1920

Captain H. M. O'C. Dwyer, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, temporary appointment as Railway Transport Officer (on Regimental Rates of Pay) 14 Sept 1920

DECEMBER 1920

Honorary Colonel Hammond, Hon. Brig.-Gen. D. T.,C.B., G.B.E., ret, pay

Major Harrisson, R. W. G.,
Major Grlmshaw.W. A. H
Major Bowlby, C W

Captain Dwyer, H. M.O'C.
Captain Cooke, I A S. O.B.E
Captain McKeon F T
Captain Maguire W. R
Captain Dillon, T. A.

Lieutenant Anderson, A
Lieutenant Mulholland, D.O.
Lieutenant Utley.B.T.
Lieutenant Butler R.E.

1921

JUNE 1921

Suspense List
2nd Lieutenant W V Gray 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers

DECEMBER 1921

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers, Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel D T Hammond. (Temporary Brigadier General) relinquishes his command on completion of his tenure of command 30th April, and is granted Honorary Rank of Brigadier General. London Gazette 24 Dec 1921

1922

MAY 1922

The regular personnel of the 3rd & 4th Battalions and the Depot Staff were posted to the 2nd Battalion and both Regular Battalions were reduced to cadres of 5 Officers and 70 Other Ranks 25 May 1922

AUGUST 1922

Honorary Colonel Hammond, Hon. Brig.-Gen. D. T.,C.B., G.B.E., ret, pay

Major Harriion, R.W.G.,
Major Grlmshaw,W. A.H.

Captain Magaire.W.R

SEPTEMBER 1922

4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers was re formed in 1919 and passed out of existence in



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Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:40 PM

Mark,

Great work. Well done. A fantastic resource for future reference.

Cheers.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:19 PM

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Question in House of Commons ‘whether he is aware that Private John McKeever, No. 4/7535, 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, who enlisted at Belfast on the 7th August last, was born on 22nd February, 1900, and is therefore not yet seventeen years of age, and that, when his father made application for his discharge, he was informed by the Infantry Record Office, No. 12 District, Cork, that the boy would not be discharged but would be held to serve at home until he was nineteen, and would not be sent for service overseas until then; whether there is any authority for the retention of this boy, and, if so, what is it; whether he will have this case inquired into with a view to the boy's discharge’ 22 Dec 1916


This is actually my grandfather. we just received his birth certificate this morning from the records office in Glasgow (where he was born) which confirms that this was him. We had quite a bit of trouble unearthing his history in the rangers due to the fact that he finished the war as part of 7th batt Royal Irish Regiment (reg no6387), wounded during the early part of 1918 probably during the German offensive near St Quentin. Family legend always had him as an under age connaught ranger who was a regimental bugler but all medals have disappeared over the years and the exact details have been lost by us.
Is there a chance you can fill in some of the gaps for us?
John Mckeever (the namesake)

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 10:08 PM

Hi John,

All I have so far is that he was discharged from the the Royal Irish Regiment due to wounds on 3 Sept 1919.

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 09:35 AM

Hi,

The 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment was formed 1 Sept 1917

On 26 June 1918 Irish reinforcements arrived at the 7th Battalion composed of 500 Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 250 Royal Munster Fusiliers, and 85 Royal Irish Regment.

I have come across men from the 4th Battalion Connaught Rangers transferred to the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in July 1917 and then transferred to the 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment 26 June 198.

For example 4/6732 Private Michael Coffey 4th Connaught Rangers (enlisted 14 April 1914 aged 18) later transferred as 4/6176 to 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment 4 July 1917 and then transferred 26 June 1918 to 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

No 6319 was issued on 13 July 1917 in 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

I also came across this with the 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers. A draft of 3 Category A4 men (A4: boys under nineteen years of age) were sent to the 4th Royal Irish Regiment (Young Soldiers Battalion), based in Queenstown, Ireland 19 Oct 1917. So maybe the 3rd and 4th Connaught Rangers transferred all its Category A4 men to the 4th Royal Irish Regiment during 1917.

John Mckeever may have also followed this route

Here is a link to a very good site by Hugh Vaugh with the War Diaries for the 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment

http://www.southiris...aries_table.htm

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 09:10 AM

Hi mhifle,

Great post. Just two things:

1) The line "3950 Private John Fleming (killed in action Near the village of Serain in the Department of Aisne with 5th Battalion 8 Oct 1918, His body was recovered by his brother Patrick, also a private in the Rangers)" should read 3950 Private Michael Fleming.

2) Where did you get the info re Patrick recovering his body. I ask this as Patrick is my Grandfather and the information re him recovering the body is correct & it is what we have been told in the family.

Many thanks,

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:23 PM

Hi Pat,
Thanks for the correction.

I can't quite remember where I got that bit of information. I will have to check back though some notes.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 07:49 PM

Mark,

Thanks very much.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:44 PM

Hi mark,

Just wondering if you ever came across where you got that info.

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Pat

Hi Pat,
Thanks for the correction.

I can't quite remember where I got that bit of information. I will have to check back though some notes.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:21 PM

I think it was in an article on the Mayo Memorial Peace Park web site.

Mark

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 09:56 PM

Hi Mark

I was posting for info on another thread for a John Gavin 4th Batt Connaught Rangers 4/5908 who transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers 62986. Would you have any record of him?

Thank you for any reply.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 08:01 AM

Hi,
Sorry I do not have a record for him

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:06 AM

Great work Mark.

I read your history of the 4th Connacht Rangers and was amazed it was so indepth. I hadn't been aware that so many men from the 4th were transfered to the 2nd Bn in France.

Can you tell me if there is a similar record regarding the 5th Bn. I posted about 2 years ago in my search for the service history of my great grandfather. I was thrown a red herring in that the family said he fought in France yet the 5th didn't see action till Gallipoli. I'm aware now that the 4th was a reserve Bn whereas the 5th was a service Bn so the chances of being transfered from the 5th isn't as likely but I'm going on the chance that they would have taken all the fully trained men they could get. I have read the war diaries of the 2nd but there is no mention of where they got their recruits from.
His details are
Denis Condon, 3513 5th Bn Connacht Rangers, died in Dublin 02/01/1915. The family story was that he came back from france where he spent time in hospital before passing away and is now buried in Grangegorman.

There is no mention on the Medal roll index cards but I don't know is this because of the fire in WW2.

I suppose if I knew he went to France and had a rough date then I could narrow down what happened to him, which is more than likely injuries sustained in 1st Ypres around Polygone Wood but at the moment this is all guessing.
I'd really appreciate any possible leads at all. I'm running out of paths to go down in my research so any help at all would be great.

Tim.




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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:46 AM

Hi Tim,
If his regimental number 3513 is from enlisting into the 5th Battalion, he would have enlisted around the 5th Sept 1914, and in Jan 1915 the 5th Battalion was based in The Royal Barracks, Arbour Square & Horse Square, Dublin.

If he was in France there is a chance he was already serving in the Special Reserve, and regimental number 3513 would have him enlisting into the 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers Sept 1908 which I think would have him aged 17/18, if he was aged 24 when he died in Jan 1915. So it could be possible he had been sent out with a draft to the 2nd Battalion in France and evacuated back home sick/wounded and then been posted to the 5th Battalion prior to his death in Jan 1915.

All I can find is that he enlisted in Cork, and the CWGC has Additional information: Husband of K. Condon, of 7, Lady's Well Hill, Cork.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:34 PM

Hi Mark,
thank you very much for documenting the Connaught Rangers in such detail.

In the text you quote "5 Officers and a large draft of 350 arrived at 5th Battalion at 12:20am. This included men from all Battalions of the Rangers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th included. The new drafts had shown a keenness to rival their comrades in the 5th Battalion, but the scarcity of good N.C.O.'s was fast becoming acute. 24 Sept 1915
Included 5210 Private James Currid, 5727 Private John McCourt, 4218 Private Arthur McDonagh, 4735 Private Walter Campbell 4th Battalion (POW 7 Dec 1915), 3344 Private Joseph Godridge (POW),
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4218 Private Arthur McDonagh was my father. Do you remember the source of the information as I am intrigued why 5 privates were named explicitly - I hope I find the answers put him in good light,


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

Hi Martin,

The 5 privates were unfortunatly not named explicitly, it is due to the fact that if I find a Medal Card with a 'Date of Entry' I am try to match the name to a specific transfer draft, to build up a complete list for each draft.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

Hi Martin,

The 5 privates were unfortunatly not named explicitly, it is due to the fact that if I find a Medal Card with a 'Date of Entry' I am try to match the name to a specific transfer draft, to build up a complete list for each draft.

Regards Mark




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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:36 PM

Great post  thanks may i ask what would be  the best books to find out more info on the 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers  roscommon town men   As ...4283 Private was my GG Grandfather  Regards TH



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 08:10 PM

There are Service records on Ancestry - 

 

Name: John Holian
Regimental Number: 4283
Regiment Name: Connaught
Number of images: 10
 
The Regimental History by Jourdain & Fraser is available from N&MP. Vol 3 deals with the 4th Bn but not in any detail. The 4th was a Reserve Bn supplying replacements to the 1st, 2nd and 5th. Your ancestor went out to the 2nd on 7/10/14 and died with them 2/11/14. Vol 2 covers 2nd Bn in the Great War.
 
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Name: John Holian
Birth Place: Roscommon
Residence: Roscommon
Death Date: 2 Nov 1914
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Athlone
Rank: Private
Regiment: Connaught Rangers
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 4283
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
 
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There are Service records on Ancestry - 

 

Name: John Holian
Regimental Number: 4283
Regiment Name: Connaught
Number of images: 10
 
The Regimental History by Jourdain & Fraser is available from N&MP. Vol 3 deals with the 4th Bn but not in any detail. The 4th was a Reserve Bn supplying replacements to the 1st, 2nd and 5th. Your ancestor went out to the 2nd on 7/10/14 and died with them 2/11/14. Vol 2 covers 2nd Bn in the Great War.
 
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Name: John Holian
Birth Place: Roscommon
Residence: Roscommon
Death Date: 2 Nov 1914
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Athlone
Rank: Private
Regiment: Connaught Rangers
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 4283
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
 
John

 

Thanks a million john   for taking the time to post this info for me   happy new year to you and yours     regards tom



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:43 AM

Hi Mark, 

Congrats on the fantastic job on the Connaught Rangers! Thanks for posting this comprehensive record.

I think that my Great Grandfather was 4649 Private Thomas McDonagh (transferred Worcestershire Regiment no.47713). I was wondering if you had any further information on him? If he was born in 1878 (according to the 1911 Census) then this is him.

If a soldier was transferred to another regiment how do you find out what happened to him later on into the war? Would he just be filling up another regiment due to his own regiment getting too small in number or did it mean he got injured and had to be transferred?

My Grandmother told me that he was lost at sea and the only photo we have of him is of him in a navy/marine outfit (I have posted this photo of him in my gallery).

Another relative of mine told me he was based at the Renmore Barracks in Galway during pre-war years. Did the Connaught Rangers who went to the Eastern Mediterranean front i.e. Gallipoli, Salonika wear marine outfits while travelling to these foreign territories while still being soldiers also? 

Please advise.



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:18 PM

Hi,

 

Enlisted 12 Dec 1912 into 4th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, Send out in a draft of 97 men to join the 2nd Battalion in France 7 Oct 1914. 2nd Battalion absorbed by 1st Battalion 26 Nov 1914. Transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment maybe around Nov/Dec1915. Discharged due to wounds 29 May 1917. Silver War Badge no.179793.

 

I think the photo must be post his discharge, they would have worn their regular uniforms while travelling.

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 12:29 AM

Thanks a million for that Mark.

 

I am amazed that he managed to

survive the Great War by the looks of it! He may have joined the Royal Navy then afterwards or the merchant navy.

 

 

 

I will try and rule out any Royal/Merchant Navy connection just in case my relative was wrong about him being in the Connaught Rangers.

 

Thank you for your help