Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum

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Curator: Ms Caroline Corvan

Operating as usual

03/03/2021

RIP George (Joe) Center 2/3/2021

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of one of our volunteers and dear friend George (Joe) Center.

Joe came to Armagh in the early 1970's with the Black Watch and transferred to the UDR. He served in Armagh until he retired
in 1990 after which he became a Volunteer with the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum.

He did a lot of research into the fallen of WW1 who were from St Mark's Parish Church in Armagh and extended this to assist in researching names for the fallen of WW1 West of the River Bann. He was very thorough and methodical in his work. This resulted in the publication of his book "Armagh Dead in the Great War".

No sooner was this completed when he embarked on researching the fallen of Armagh in WW2. This resulted in the recent publication of a second book "Armagh War Dead in WW2", co-written by Stanley Burrows.

Joe, originally from Scotland, was an import to Armagh who took the City to his heart and did a huge amount of research about the fallen of Armagh in the two World Wars. He was hugely respected by both everyone he served with and also by those who worked with him in the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum.

Joe suffered with cancer a number of years ago but the disease went into remission until a few years ago. He carried on bravely until he was no longer fit to attend the museum. I remember one incident that I think sums him up. We were in the Museum doing research and things were not going well. There was a bit of a heated debate and Joe just packed up and left. His parting comment was "I value my friends here too much to carry on today".

But for Joe and his work on the fallen in Armagh in the two World Wars, the plagues that are now on the War Memorial on The Mall, would never have been completed. The people of Armagh and this museum owe a lot to Joe Center.

RIP George (Joe) Center 2/3/2021

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of one of our volunteers and dear friend George (Joe) Center.

Joe came to Armagh in the early 1970's with the Black Watch and transferred to the UDR. He served in Armagh until he retired
in 1990 after which he became a Volunteer with the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum.

He did a lot of research into the fallen of WW1 who were from St Mark's Parish Church in Armagh and extended this to assist in researching names for the fallen of WW1 West of the River Bann. He was very thorough and methodical in his work. This resulted in the publication of his book "Armagh Dead in the Great War".

No sooner was this completed when he embarked on researching the fallen of Armagh in WW2. This resulted in the recent publication of a second book "Armagh War Dead in WW2", co-written by Stanley Burrows.

Joe, originally from Scotland, was an import to Armagh who took the City to his heart and did a huge amount of research about the fallen of Armagh in the two World Wars. He was hugely respected by both everyone he served with and also by those who worked with him in the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum.

Joe suffered with cancer a number of years ago but the disease went into remission until a few years ago. He carried on bravely until he was no longer fit to attend the museum. I remember one incident that I think sums him up. We were in the Museum doing research and things were not going well. There was a bit of a heated debate and Joe just packed up and left. His parting comment was "I value my friends here too much to carry on today".

But for Joe and his work on the fallen in Armagh in the two World Wars, the plagues that are now on the War Memorial on The Mall, would never have been completed. The people of Armagh and this museum owe a lot to Joe Center.

30/11/2020

"Armagh War Dead in World War 2"

The second book honouring the memory of Armagh servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War produced by The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum is now available. Co-written by Joe Center and Stanley Burrows this is the sequel to "Armagh War Dead in the Great War".

"Armagh War Dead in World War 2" is now available from the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum. While - due to the pandemic - the museum is currently closed, copies can be ordered online at www.royalirishfusiliersmuseum.com or contact the curator at [email protected] or 02837522911 for postal or collection by appointment.

Cost £10

10/11/2020

With the delivery of the plaques for Armagh War Memorial on Monday 2nd November 2020, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council immediately began placing them on the War Memorial. At last Armagh can remember its fallen.

We wish to thank Armagh Working Group & all those involved for their hard work and dedication in gathering over 500 names of the men and women of Armagh who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

A write up in todays Ulster Gazette covers the story.

10/11/2020

Today the 10th November marks the 100th anniversary of the burial of the unknown soldier, buried at Westminster Abbey.

"A guard of honour from the 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers gave the general salute as the cortege moved off towards the marine station followed by the Adjutant General the G.O.C. South East Area and the Officer Commanding Dover Garrison."

08/05/2020

8th May 1945 Victory in Europe (VE Day) meant the end of six years of war. However, the war against Japan did not end until August 1945 (VJ Day) and fighting ceased.

[04/18/20]   The museum is currently closed to the public until further notice. The staff will continue to work both on site and remotely. Our research facilities and online eBay shop are still available, please send all queries to [email protected]. Thank you and stay safe.

13/10/2017

Battle Honour 'NIAGARA'. | Royal Irish - Virtual Military Gallery

On this day . . . The 'War of 1812' between Britain and the United States:
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/289th-arrive-halifax-nova-scotia

royal-irish.com The 'War of 1812' between Britain and the United States was brought about by the American declaration of war on 18 June 1812. The Americans were retaliating to the perceived British impediment of trade and succour between the United States and France during the Napoleonic Wars. However, those Americ...

edithcavell.org.uk 12/10/2017

Edith Cavell 1865-1915

On this day 1915 . . .
https://edithcavell.org.uk/

edithcavell.org.uk Commemorating Edith Cavell, the World War I British nurse who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction.

06/10/2017

The Publication of the Co Armagh Book of WW1 Dead
(not including Portadown or Lurgan) will contain approximately one thousand names and details. There will also, where possible, be some newspaper articles.

You can call into the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum to see the list of names. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm

If anyone has any concerns/questions regarding the publication of a relative please let us know, by telephone 028 3752 2911 or email [email protected] (please do not message here)

Our aim is to preserve the names of those who gave their lives for their country and ensure that they are not forgotten.

Acknowledgement to Nigel Henderson and Great War Ulster Newspaper Archive (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com) Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Craigavon Museum Services

05/10/2017

On This Day 1915 - SALONIKA:
Disease was a major problem throughout the campaign.
The BSF alone suffered 162,517 cases of malaria, the majority occurring in units serving with XVI Corps in the Struma Valley
at the time one of the worst malarial areas in Europe!
Rates of infection were such a problem in the valley that both
sides withdrew to the hills during summer months.
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/royal-irish-fusiliers-arrive-salonica-10th-irish
Malaria No More Rhq R Irish

02/10/2017

Our regular morning visitors are a bit camera shy but they got me thinking about:
Paddy the Pigeon from Carnlough. A winner of the Dickin Medal
“For the best recorded time with a message from the Normandy Operations, while serving with the RAF in June, 1944.”
https://www.pdsa.org.uk/what-we-do/animal-awards-programme/pdsa-dickin-medal

londonirishrifles.com 25/09/2017

Loos - September 25th 1915.

on this day 1915 . . . London Regiment
https://www.londonirishrifles.com/first-world-war/voices-from-the-first-world-war/191-loos-september-25th-1915.html

londonirishrifles.com London Irish Rifles Association

21/09/2017

On this day 1794 - Raising of the Cavan Militia
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/raising-cavan-militia
Cavan County Museum Rhq R Irish Tourism Ireland

18/09/2017

Letter of Service to Major John Doyle (87th Regiment of Foot) | Royal Irish - Virtual Military Gallery

On this day 1793 - "No man is to be enlisted above thirty-five years of age, nor under five feet six inches high. Well-made, growing lads, between sixteen and eighteen years of age, may be taken at five feet four inches...."

https://www.royal-irish.com/events/letter-of-service-to-major-john-doyle-87th-regiment-of-foot

royal-irish.com Although Major John Doyle had begun to advertise in a Dublin newspaper for recruits for his regiment of foot in early September 1793, he did not actually receive authority to do so until the Secretary-at-War sent him a Letter of Service dated 18 September 1793. The contents of the letter are interes...

ireland.anglican.org 11/09/2017

Ballincollig Military Men & Their Families 1810–1922: Church of Ireland Registers Unlock Their Stories

Church of Ireland registers unlock the stories of soldiers and their families based at Ballincollig, in County Cork, between 1810-1922.

The details of some 2,187 people – soldiers and their families – recorded in the registers of Ballincollig Garrison Chapel have been recovered using the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials between 1810 and 1922 now in the safe custody of the RCB Library. Further research using a variety of additional resources has further unlocked their hidden stories, and the detailed searchable list is now available for a worldwide audience through the Library’s Archive of the Month slot.
Church of Ireland

https://www.ireland.anglican.org/news/7344/ballincollig-military-men-their-families

ireland.anglican.org The Church of Ireland is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion which has 70 million members in 164 countries.

05/09/2017

We shall be open on Saturday 9th Sept as part of European Heritage Open Days. European Heritage Open Days (#ehodni) NORMAL OPENING HOURS APPLY: 10:00am - 12.30pm AND 1:30pm - 4pm

04/09/2017

A recent visit to Tyne Cot and White House Cemeteries by one of our Volunteers . . .

31/08/2017

'Killaloe', becomes the Regimental Quick March of The Royal Irish Rangers.
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/killaloe-ordered-regimental-quick-march-royal-irish-rangers

28/08/2017

Faughs after Le Cateau | Royal Irish - Virtual Military Gallery

https://www.royal-irish.com/events/faughs-after-le-cateau

royal-irish.com Following the Battle of Le Cateau, the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers began marching away from the advancing Germans. The Battalion halted at dawn the following day for a few hours rest, but marched throughout the night of 27/28 August as the withdrawal continued. For the next few days, the...

22/08/2017

Aug 22nd 1914 The Faughs land in France. An extract from "The Faugh-A-Ballaghs in the Great War" and a link to more info
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/inniskillings-and-faughs-land-in-france

21/08/2017

This day 1914 the 10th (Irish) Division is Raised. .
http://www.irishsoldier.org/history/10th-irish-division

17/08/2017

Battle Honour 'PENINSULA' | Royal Irish - Virtual Military Gallery

Battle Honours this day 1808 . .
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/battle-honour-peninsula

royal-irish.com The distinction, a Theatre Honour, was awarded to those regiments engaged in the principal actions of the Peninsular War during the period 17 August 1808 - 10 April 1814. It was awarded to the 27th, the 83rd, and the 87th Regiment of Foot for their various actions during this period and to read abou...

16/08/2017

The 7th/8th and 9th Bn of the Royal Irish Fusiliers On This Day 1917 - Battle of Langemarck, Ypres.
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-langemarck

14/08/2017

Blacker's Boys

#passchendaele100 For those visiting Ypres this summer, consider paying a visit to some of the few named graves of the men of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers who were killed on 16 August 1917. This article tells you where they are:

03/08/2017

We're Open this Saturday August 5th, as part of our Summer Saturdays. Usual opening hours apply. FUZZY seems to think it will be sunny! Come along and say hello :)

bbc.co.uk 02/08/2017

Prince Philip to carry out final official engagement - BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40798469?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

bbc.co.uk The Duke of Edinburgh will meet Royal Marines in his final official event before retiring aged 96.

01/08/2017

#Passchendaele #100Years 'The Royal Irish Fusiliers 1793-1968' Marcus Cunliffe. "many men were swallowed up and drowned, as in a quicksand.."

31/07/2017

100 years ago today - 7/8th Bn RIrF - " it commenced a steady downpour "
#Passchendaele Royal British Legion #LestWeForget http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/passchendaele100

25/07/2017

89th Regiment at the Battle of Lundy's Lane, Canada | Royal Irish - Virtual Military Gallery

Anglo-American War of 1812 ? some more info . .
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/89th-regiment-at-the-battle-of-lundys-lane-canada

royal-irish.com During the Anglo-American War of 1812-15, the Americans invaded westwards across the River Niagara on 3 July 1814, captured Fort Erie and defeated Major General Riall's 5,000 strong British force in battle around Chippawa. The Americans then moved north along the west bank of the Niagara and threate...

24/07/2017

Timeline Photos

19/07/2017

Craigavon Museum Services Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Visit Armagh

15/07/2017

Following on from our previous post on the 87th's first action. Here are photographs of the Regiment's first Regimental History, published in 1830. This was the first Irish Regimental History ever! Beaten only by the Cameronians who published THE first Regimental History in 1829. The copy shown belonged to Hugh Gough and you can see his fascinating note on Doyle (Regt's first Commanding Officer) who was wounded at Alost. When he rode out to meet a galloper, not realising he was a French Dragoon !! ooops
Not to be confused with Cannon's 1853 History, also pictured. Which incredibly, was still for sale in 1940 at Four Shillings until the Luftwaffe put pay to the remaining stocks!

15/07/2017

The 87th Regiment's first action, Doyle wounded. | Royal Irish - Virtual Military Gallery

This Day 1794 . . .
https://www.royal-irish.com/events/the-87th-regiments-first-action-doyle-wounded

royal-irish.com The Secretary-at-War wrote to Major John Doyle on 18 September 1793, advising Doyle that HM The King had approved Doyle's raising of the 87th Regiment of Foot. Once the regiment was recruited and considered fit for active continental service it embarked for Flanders in summer 1794, as part of a forc...

10/07/2017

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