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The Royal Munster Fusiliers in regimental military art prints by military artists Richard Simkin and Harry Payne of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Military prints published by Cranston Fine Arts.

The Royal Munster Fusiliers are composed of the late 101st (which had a predecessor from 1806 to 1817 in the "Duke of York's Regiment") and the 104th Regiments, formerly the Royal Bengal Fusiliers and the Bengal Fusiliers.  The reputations of both are mainly Indian therefore, their official record commencing with Plassey and terminating with Lucknow.  The 1st battalion dates from 1756, when it was formed by Clive, and named the "Bengal European Regiment", and it saw much hard fighting from 1756 - 59 (at Forts Baj Raj, William, and Hooghly, at Chelpore, Chandernagore, Kutwah, Plassey, Condore, Narsurpore, Masulipatam - one of the most brilliant episodes in the history of our Eastern campaigns - Pala, etc); and from that year to 1838, when it was present at Afghanistan at Ghuznee, Pushoot, etc, Ferozeshah, and Sobraon (where it lost twelve officers and 185 men), shared in the Burmese War of 1852 - 1853, and assisted in the fighting around Pegu.

It, like other regiments, has varied its name from time to time.  In 1840 it was the 1st Bengal European Light Infantry, in 1846 it was the 1st European Bengal Fusiliers.  On the amalgamation of the Indian and home armies it was decided to retain the three oldest European regiments of the former Bengal Army, and the regiment became the old 101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers), and in 1881 it was amalgamated with the 104th (Bengal) Fusiliers to take its present title.  During the Mutiny it saw much hard service in 1857 - 58 at Budlee-Ke-Serai, Delhi, Nuzzufghur, Narnoul, Gungeree, Putialee, Lucknow, and Oude, and again in 1862 at the Crag Piquet and the Conical Hill, and Umbeyleh.  It has therefore gained for the battle-roll the names of "Plassey", Buxar", "Carnatic", "Sholinghur", "Guzerat", "Deig", "Bhurtpore", "Afghanistan", "Ghuznee", "Ferozeshuhur", "Sobraon", "Punjaub", "Pegu", and "Lucknow".

Among the most distinguished of its officers may well be ranked Hodson, afterwards of "Hodson's Horse", whose readiness and courage, displayed on many occasions during the Mutiny, were nowhere better evidenced than when he executed righteous judgement on the sons of the King of Delhi.

he 2nd battalion, originally the 2nd Bengal Fusiliers, in 1861 became the 104th (Bengal) Fusiliers, and the 2nd battalion of the "Royal Munster Fusiliers" in 1881.  It was raised in 1839, and first saw active service in 1843 against Begah Khan, and in 1848 formed part of the Army of the Punjaub, was in sight of Thackwell's battle of Sadoolapore, but could not effect the passage of the Chenab, but joined Sir  Hugh Gough, and shared in the glory of Chillianwallah as well as that of Goojerat.  It took part in suppressing disturbances in Burmah in 1853, and saw some arduous work in the Mutiny at Delhi and elsewhere.  When in General Shower's Brigade in 1857, it assisted at the capture of the rebel Chiefs, the "Nawab of Jugge and the Rajah of Bullunghur".  Present in Burmah during the operations from 1885 to 1887, it adds that name, as well as "Chillianwallah", "Goojerat", and "Delhi" to the colours.

The scarlet uniform with blue facings has a grenade bearing the Royal Tiger on the button and collar; the head dress plate bears the same emblem, a laurel wreath entwined with the regimental victories and the arms of Munster (azure three crowns d'or).  In 1867 the officers "were permitted to wear a scarlet band" round their caps.  The shamrock is also an authorised badge of the regiment.  The South Cork (Kinsale), the Kerry (Tralee), and the Royal Limerick County Militias constitute the second line of the Royal Munsters.  The 1st battalion (the 101st) had the name of "the Dirty Shirts", from having fought in their shirt sleeves in the fighting round Delhi.  The depot is at Tralee.

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Sergeant Gannon assisting an officers orderly to bring his wounded master under very heavy fire.


Sergeant Gannon assisting an officers orderly to bring his wounded master under very heavy fire.

As the 2nd Munsters fell back from the attack on the enemys trenches, near the Rue du Bois on Sunday May 9th 1915, many fell or wounded, or else wandered helplessly about under the enemys appalling fire. Seeing an officers orderly trying to carry his wounded master, Gannon got out of the trench to go to his assistance. The officer was too heavy to carry, and they were therefore obliged to drag him along the ground. But he was brought safely to the trench under a storm of shrapnel and machine gun and rifle bullets. Gannon had been out twice before, and he went out again to help the wounded. For his most gallant conduct he was rewarded with the D.C.M. and the Order of St George (third Class) was bestowed on him by the Czar of Russia.
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