Saturday, 27 July 2019

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

On the 10th May, 1958, the Golden Jubilee of the Territorial Army in Northern Ireland, a Review was performed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at RAF Sydenham (now Belfast City Airport).

The 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was raised in 1947.

It is descended directly from the Royal Tyrone Regiment, the Fermanagh Regiment and the Donegal Regiment.

These historic regiments first saw active service in the '98 Rebellion, the Tyrones actually fighting at Vinegar Hill under their Colonel, the (1st) Marquess of Abercorn.

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The GHQ of the 5th Battalion has been at Omagh in County Tyrone, with Companies based at Londonderry, Magherafelt, Omagh, Enniskillen and Dungannon.

The Colonel-in-Chief of Royal Inniskillings, in 1958, was Field Marshal His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Ulster, KG KT KP GCB GCMG GCVO.

The Colonel of the Regiment was Brigadier E E J Moore DSO; Honorary Colonel, Colonel J M Blakiston-Houston DL; Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel R T C Waters.

First published in June, 2010.


Anonymous said...

How interesting to find this. I was a member of HQ Coy from March 1960 until June 1961 when I transferred to the Regular Army and served for 22 years with the RAOC reaching the rank of WO1.

Road runner said...

I was a member of D Coy from 1959 until 1966.I was Battalion cross-country champion and member of the successful Battalion team that won the Northern Ireland TA Championship at Omagh.Great memories of trhe T.A. .

WJoyce said...

My Dad, RSM Joyce, was posted to 5th Inniskillings TA in 1952 (warrant Office II then )