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6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment served with with the 16th Irish Division near the Petit Boise and Maedelstede Farm mines, during the 1917 Battle of Messines.




Those who served with the 6th Btn. Royal Irish Regiment

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Duggan  
  • Maurice Pte. d.7th June 1917
  • Lynch
  • Stephen Pte. d.19th Dec 1917




    There's a Devil in the Drum

    John F. Lucy


    A classic. Lucy enl, with his brother in the RIR 1912, 2nd Bn. in France & gives a very fine account of the 1914-1915 campaign.His brother was killed at the Aisne & Lucy was eventually sent home for a rest: ?My leave... was a nightmare.My sleep was broken The simple cover and unusual title do not do this splendid book any favours, for I can honestly say that this is one of the most eloquent and most interesting accounts of the Great War I have read in recent years! This excellent volume tells the fascinating story of John Lucy, a young man from Cork, who shortly after leaving school, was, along with his brother locked out of their home by their Father one evening and told to stay out. They therefore traveled to Dublin and being full of life and spirit and seeking adventure, joined the Royal Irish Rifles in January 1912. After training at the depot and subsequent postings to both Dover and Tidworth, they joined the 2nd Battalion as it moved to France. Sadly his brother was kill
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    There's a Devil in the Drum






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