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The Royal Irish Fusiliers in regimental military art prints by military artists Richard Simkin and Harry Payne of the Royal Irish Fusiliers from the Battle of Waterloo to the reign of Queen Victoria. Military prints published by Cranston Fine Arts.

This regiment is built up, in the territorial system, of the late 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers and the 89th Princess Victoria's Regiment, both of which were raised in 1793.  The 1st battalion served in Holland in 1794-95, and was made prisoner at Bergen-op-Zoom; proceeding in 1796 with Sir Ralph Abercromby to the capture of Trinidad and the expedition to Porto Rico.  It assisted at the capture of Mauritius in 1810, and in the Nepaul war of 1816, taking part also in the first Burmese war at the Prome, Metloon, and Moulmein.

During the Mutiny its chief duty was keeping in check the possible mutineers about Peshawur, and in the disagreeable duty of the punishment of the captured prisoners by blowing them from the guns; but it saw no further service until the year 1882, when it joined Major-General Graham's brigade at Kassassin, and took part in the battle of Tel-el-Kebir.

Its services have given the names of "Monte Video", "Egypt, 1882", and "Tel-el-Kebir" to the list of regimental honours.  To these a 2nd battalion of the 87th, raised in 1804, and abolished in 1817, added the Peninsula record, serving from 1809 to 1814 under Sir Arthur Wellesley.  It behaved gallantly at Talavera and Barrosa; at Tarifa, where the pipes and drums played "St Patrick's Day" and Garryowen" during the fight; at Vittoria, Nivelle, Orthes, and Toulouse, which names and "Peninsula" it added to the list on the colours; but it was also present at Aranjuez, Puerto Largo, Pampeluna, St Jean de Luz, Vio Bigorre, and the last sortie from Bayonne.  For all this the regiment was granted the badge of the imperial French eagle, with the laurel above the harp and crown, as well as the Prince's plume.

The name had been several times altered.  Up to 1811 it was the 87th, or the "Prince of Wales' Irish Regiment"; the "Prince of Wales' Own Irish Regiment of Fusiliers" in 1827; but in the same year it became the "87th, or Royal Irish Fusiliers", when the facings were made blue instead of green, until the present title was granted.

The present 2nd battalion (the old 89th) began with black facings, and had two predecessors - the "Gordon Highlanders" from 1751 to 1765, and another which existed from 1780 to 1783.  It has added to the official battle-roll the name of "Egypt" with the Sphinx, 1802; Java in 1811, where half the battalion was clad in rifle-green; Niagara in 1813 (when a 2nd battalion, which lived from 1803 to 1816, fought at "Chrysler's Farm" as well); Ava, 1824,; and the Crimea, for its service in 1854 - 55.  But it had seen much and varied service in Holland, in 1794, at Boxtel, Tiet, andSchener; in Ireland in 1798, at Vinegar Hill; in Holland again in 1805; at Issapoor, Tecconnah, and Toomgee; at Koaree, Ryghur, Indapore, and Raree; in Kaffraria in 1856; and in India in 1857, at Varaghur, Jhansi, etc., and with the Seronge Field Force.

The title "Princess Victoria's Regiment" was granted in 1866, in commemoration of the fact that Her Majesty had twice presented colours to the regiment; and this remained until the territorial system of 1881, when it was first named the "2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers" (Princess Victoria's); but a few months later it received its present name.  On its way back from India, after nearly fourteen years' absence from England, it was stopped at Aden to form part of Sir Gerald Graham's force in the Eastern Soudan.  Brigaded under Sir Redvers Buller, it was engaged at El Teb, in the occupation of Tokar, and at Tamai.  The old 89th, therefore, added the last name to the illustrious battle-roll - that of "Egypt" - in 1884.

The badges are the grenade bearing the laurelled eagle, with the figure "S" below, which is worn on the button and collar; but the second badge is the monogram of H.R.H. the Princess Victoria, passing through a coronet, and surmounted by the Sphinx over "Egypt".  On the forage cap appears in combination the Prince of Wales' plume and the harp crowned. The territorial regiment is completed by the Armagh Militia (Armagh), the Cavan Militia (Cavan), and the Monaghan Militia (Monaghan), but there are no Volunteer battalions.  The 1st battalion had the nickname of the "Old Fogs", or the "Faugh-a-Ballagh Boys", from their war cry, which translated means "Clear the way"; also the "Aiglers" or "Eagle-takers", from the eagle captured at Barrosa from the French.  The 2nd battalion got the name of "Blayney's Bloodhounds"' from the colonel who commanded them in 1798, and who was notorious for discovering the dispersed rebels.  It also had the title of the "Rollickers".  The depot is at Armagh.

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87th Regiment at the Battle of Vitoria by Brian Palmer.


87th Regiment at the Battle of Vitoria by Brian Palmer.

The 87th Regiment defend the walls against the French 13th Dragoons as they charge by during the Battle of Vitoria.
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Royal Irish Fusiliers by Harry Payne.


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Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers by Richard Simkin


Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers by Richard Simkin

87th and 89th Foot.
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My Brave Irish by Richard Caton Woodville


My Brave Irish by Richard Caton Woodville

The last charge on Pieters Hill, 27th February 1900 by the 2nd Irish Fusiliers, assisted by the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
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The 87th Princess Victorias (Royal Irish Fusiliers) by G Douglas Giles (P)


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Temporary Lieutenant G. ST. G. S. Cather Bringing In A Wounded Man In Full View Of The Enemy And Under Machine Gun And Artillery Fire.


Temporary Lieutenant G. ST. G. S. Cather Bringing In A Wounded Man In Full View Of The Enemy And Under Machine Gun And Artillery Fire.

From early in the evening till midnight Temporary Lieutenant Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather, of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, searched No mans land and brought in three wounded men. Next morning at 8 a.m. he continued his search, brought in another wounded man, and gave water to others, arranging for their rescue later. Finally at 10.30 a.m. he took out water to another man, and was proceeding further on when he was himself killed. All this was carried out in full view of the enemy, and under direct machine gun fire and intermittent artillery fire. He set a splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice, and was posthumously awarded the V.C.
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Company-Sergeant-Major Glover Signals The Order To Cease Firing On The Retreating Bombers.


Company-Sergeant-Major Glover Signals The Order To Cease Firing On The Retreating Bombers.

So terrible had been the effect of the artillery bombardment and the mine explosions that nearly the whole British line had been driven from its trenches, and soon Glover and his men (2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers) were almost surrounded. Standing in the trench with his hand raised, whilst high explosive shells burst all around shaking the ground as if convulsed by an earthquake, Glover signalled to his men to cease firing on the retreating bombers that they might husband their ammunition. He then stationed men to defend the trench on a new front, and four or five were told off to fire from the extreme right of the original front, which was defended by the remaining men. Though compelled to defend themselves against attacks from every side, the little party stood their ground with indomitable gift and courage until. The splendid services of Sergeant-Major Glover were rewarded with the D.C.M. and the Medaille Militaire of France was also conferred upon him.
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Officer of the 87th (or Royal Irish) Fusiliers by L Mansion and St. Eschauzier (P)


Officer of the 87th (or Royal Irish) Fusiliers by L Mansion and St. Eschauzier (P)

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