The Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)

Battalions of the Regular Army

1st Battalion
August 1914 : in Fyzabad, India. Returned to England, landing Plymouth on 16 November 1914.
Moved to Winchester and came under orders of 82nd Brigade in 27th Division.
20 December 1914 : landed at Le Havre.
Moved to Salonika, arriving 12 December 1915.
2 November 1916 : transferred to 29th Brigade in 10th (Irish) Division.
14 september 1917 : Division moved to Egypt for service in Palestine.

2nd Battalion
August 1914 : at Cork. Part of 17th Brigade in 6th Division. Moved to Cambridge on 18 August then on to Newmarket.
12 September 1914 : landed at St Nazaire.
14 October 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 24th Division.
19 October 1915 : transferred to 73rd Brigade in same Division.
1 February 1918 : moved to Tincourt and transferred to 47th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. Absorbed troops from disbanded 7th Bn.
13 April 1918 : absorbed troops from disbanded 6th Connaught Rangers.
23 April 1918 : transferred to 88th Brigade in 29th Division.

3rd (Reserve) Battalion
August 1914 : at Birr. A depot/training unit, it moved on mobilisation to Cork, going on in November 1917 to Portsmouth as part of the Portsmouth garrison. Absorbed 4th and 5th Bns in May 1918.

4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion
August 1914 : at Maryborough. A depot/training unit, it moved on mobilisation to Crosshaven, going on in November 1914 to Passage West, May 1915 to Devonport. Moved in September 1915 to the Curragh, April 1916 to Limerick and August 1917 to Tralee. Moved to Dover in November 1917 and finally to Portsmouth in May 1918 where absorbed by 3rd Bn.

5th (Extra Reserve) Battalion
August 1914 : at Drogheda. A depot/training unit, it moved on mobilisation to Queenstown, going on in October 1914 to Passage West, May 1915 to Plymouth. Moved in September 1915 to Mullingar, April 1916 to the Curragh and June 1917 to Laytown, August 1917 to Boyle and next month to Birr. Moved to Glencorse in November 1917 and finally to Portsmouth in May 1918 where absorbed by 3rd Bn.

Battalions of the Territorial Force

As the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907 did not call for the creation of TF units in Ireland, the regiment had no TF battalions.

Battalions of the New Armies

6th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Dublin in August 1914 as part of K1 and came under command of 29th Brigade in 10th (Irish) Division. Moved to Fermoy, quickly on to the Curragh and by October was at Birr but back to the Curragh in February 1915.
May 1915 : moved to Basingstoke.
9 July 1915: embarked at Liverpool and sailed to Gallipoli via Mudros. Landed Anzac Cove 5 August 1915.
29 September 1915 : moved via Mudros to Salonika.
14 September 1917 : moved to Egypt for service in Palestine.
May 1918 : left the Division and sailed from Port Said, arriving Marseilles 1 June.
23 July 1918 : came briefly under command of 14th (Light) Division and then 34th Division.
20 July 1918 : placed under command of 198th Brigade in 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division.
12 September 1918 : disbanded at Abancourt.

7th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Fermoy in October 1914 as part of K2 and came under command of 47th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. Moved to Kilworth in January 1915. Moved to England in September 1915, going to Blackdown.
18 December 1915 : landed at Le Havre.
14 April 1918 : disbanded at Tincourt, troops going to 2nd Leinster and 19th Entrenching Battalion.


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IWM
Pte Ivor Evans enlisted in August 1914 at the age of 15. Although under age, he fought at Gallipoli, Salonica and participated in the retreat in Serbia. Pte Evans was invalided home, suffering from dysentery, frostbite and malaria in 1916 but rejoined his Regiment on the Western Front in October 1916, serving with the 2nd Battalion. He was killed in action, aged 18, on 23 November 1917. Pte Evans is buried at Hargicourt British Cemetery. Photograph presented by his parents, Mr & Mrs Evans of Swansea, Wales. From the Imperial War Museum collection, with my thanks.

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This page is dedicated to the memory of men like

Nicolas Maguire, a Boer War veteran who served with 2nd and 7th Battalions;
Edward Fitzgerald, a Special Reservist who served with 1st and 6th Battalions;
Valentine Mulkern, killed in action at Ferme Buterne on 11 March 1915 with 2nd Battalion;
and Martin Byrne, died of wounds while serving with 7th Battalion, at Bucquoy on 24 November 1917.

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