Local Infantry Regiment - Donegal

#1
If I was a young lad at the outbreak of war in 1914 living in Donegal Town, Co Donegal, which Infantry Regiment would I have joined?

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#4
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers = counties of Donegal, Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh in Ireland, with its garrison depot located at Omagh


Royal Ulster rifles = Antrim, Down and Louth, with its garrison depot located at Belfast
 
#5
I would guess the Skins in Omagh (Royal Inskilling Fusiliers) but in practice recruits were sent where they were needed so it is possible that he was capbadged differently.
 
#6
Mazur_UK said:
The Royal Ulster Rifles I'd have thought
Royal Ulster Rifles was the re-named Royal Irish Rifles after the partition of Ireland, they then went on to fight in WW2 and Korea.

The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers would have recruited from Donegal during WW1
 
#7
Adjutant said:
If I was a young lad at the outbreak of war in 1914 living in Donegal Town, Co Donegal, which Infantry Regiment would I have joined?

Adjt
I addressed your speculative question to a very old family friend who was born in that area, albeit Creeslough.

His fairly instant response was either (1) The Inniskilling Fusillers or (2) The Connaught Rangers. He joined 'The Skins' but some of his boyhood friends had gone for the latter in the choice of infantry units.
 
#8
I used to work with an ex-Einniskillen Fusilier of 1950's vintage, he was from Liverpool! 8O

Edit to add, depends what religion he was I think protestant was Royal Einniskillen Fusiliers and Catholic was Royal Irish Fusiliers.
 

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#9
I suppose the Irish Guards were also an option, depending on your height.
 

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#12
The county recruiting areas in 1914 would be something like this -


Connaught Rangers (depot @ Galway) = Galway. Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, & Sligo.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (depot @ Omagh) = Donegal, Londonderry, Tyrone, & Fermanagh.

Prince of wales Leinster Regt. (depot @ Crinkill) = Longford, Meath, Westmeath, Offaly/Kings, & Laois/Queens.

Royal Dublin Fusilers (depot @ Naas) = Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, & Carlow.

Royal Irish Regiment (depot @ Clonmel) = Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, & Kilkenny.

Royal Irish Rifles (depot @ Belfast) = Antrim, Down, & Louth.

Royal Munster Fusiliers (depot @ Tralee) = Clare, Cork, Kerry, & Limerick.

Royal Irish Fusiliers (depot @ Armagh Town) = Armagh, Monahan, & Cavan.
 
#13
My great uncle was a skin - he was from Cavan Town - a stones throw from Omagh (if the wind was in the right direction! 8) )
 

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#14
British_And_Proud said:
Mazur_UK said:
The Royal Ulster Rifles I'd have thought
Royal Ulster Rifles was the re-named Royal Irish Rifles after the partition of Ireland, they then went on to fight in WW2 and Korea.
The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers would have recruited from Donegal during WW1
Havent you got that back to front?
 
#19
Philip Orr's book "The Road to the Somme" tells us that the Donegal and Fermanagh Volunteers (based on the structure of the UVF) became the 11th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and that the Derry Volunteers became the 10th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. There were also the 6th Royal Inniskilling Dragoons, and a variety of support units (Field Ambulance, Signals, Service Corps) which he might have joined.
Of course if your young ancestor had been Roman Catholic he might have joined one of the regiments supported by William Redmond's Irish Volunteers. Connaught's, Leinster's, Dublin's, Royal Irish Fusiliers, and others.
The bulk of the Royal Irish Rifles were from Belfast and east Ulster - Antrim and Down).
He would have been welcome anywhere, brave men all!

And by the way do not call them Enniskillens, or even Inniskillens: they are Inniskillings!


As an aside to this my recent research into the names on my local war memorial lists three pairs of brothers who did not return. Two of these pairs were cousins. Two other brothers of one of these families also served but returned safely. Think of the anguish and torment of the parents and siblings in what was then a close and intimate community.
 
#20
Enniskillen - IIRC the only county town to provide two regiments for the British Army
 

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