Memorial at Frezenberg

MEMORIAL STONE TO THE 16th [IRISH] AND 36th [ULSTER] DIVISIONS

 

The Association, in conjuction with other Regimental Associations, has joined the initiative begun by the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association to erect a memorial stone to mark the centenary of the tragic involvement of these Divisions in the Third Battle of Ypres (31st July to 10th November, 1917), also known as Passchendaele.

Following the success at Messines two months earlier, both Divisions again fought side-by-side  at Frezenberg. Having been in the front line for a period before the assault, both Divisions had suffered serious losses. Massively under strength and physically weak, both assaulted Frezenberg Ridge on 17th August and suffered losses so high that they had to be relieved.

The attack was a complete failure.

The attack led to the amalgamation or disbandment of many Irish battalions and the departure of the 16th Division from Flanders.

The memorial stone in honour of both Divisions, will complete the story of these two Divisions which began in 1998 with the opening of the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines and the placing of two Divisional memorial stones on the road into Wijtschate in 2007.

The Association will make a donation towards the cost of this memorial. If any member wishes to contribute towards the cost of the memorial, this can be done by forwarding the contribution to the Secretary or doing so at our forthcoming A.G.M.

This will probably be the only memorial on the Western Front to carry the names of the participating Regimental Associations which will be a fitting legacy.

Remembering V Beach

Today, on the 102nd anniversary of the landings at V Beach in Gallipoli we remember those of the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers who perished that day during one of the bloodiest days in the Regiment’s history. A small group from the RMF Association gathered at the War Monument on Cork’s South Mall to lay a wreath in memory of the fallen. Our President Ollie Griffin, who laid the wreath, along with Adrian Foley & Francis O’Connor stood with a small group who had come along to pay their respects.

Historical Tour of Flanders 2017

2017 WWI  & WWII Historical Tour to Flanders

Guided tour of war memorials and battlefields by a professional historian

Dates: September 24th to 28th incl.

Duration: Five days (4 nights)

Accommodation:  Four nights at Messines Peace Village

Food: Breakfast each morning, packed lunch each day and three evening meals

Flights:  Aer Lingus Cork/ Paris (CDG)/Cork

Bus transfers: Paris Airport/Messines/Paris Airport plus daily excursions

Cost: 650.00€pp

Some of the proposed sites for tour

  • ·         Kemmel  Information Centre – Battle of Messines 1917  & Bayernwald German trenches
  • ·         Walking tour of Messines: Peace Park, Messines Historical Museum (Old Town Hall), St. Nicolas Church and New Zealand Memorial and cemetery
  • ·         Museum of the Battle of Fromelles & Australian Memorial Park
  • ·         Visit 1940 Dunkirk Museum
  • ·         Tyne Cot British Military Cemetery
  • ·         Passchendaele Memorial Museum
  • ·         German Cemetery at Vladslo
  • ·         Francis Ledwidge Memorial at Bosinghe
  • ·         Menin Gate, Ypres for Last Post ceremony
  • ·         In Flanders Museum, Ypres

 

If interested a copy of the tour application form can be got from

Mike McLoughlin

Dunmanus, Old Cratloe Road, Limerick

Ph. (M) 087 7594 940

Email: mikejmcloughlin@eircom.net

 

RMF Exhibition – Tralee

The Association will hold an Exhibition entitled, The Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Kerry Connection at Tralee County Library, Moyderwell, Tralee on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th February, The exhibition will be open from 2pm on Friday until 5.30pm and again on Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. Members of both the Great War Society and the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association will assist on both days. There will be many artefacts on display along with many photographs of the Regiment. Family research will be provided on both days and anyone with family heirlooms are asked to bring them along to the exhibition. The RMF Association would like to thank Tralee County Library for hosting this event.

AGM 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association will take place at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow, Co. Cork on Saturday 13th of May 2017. The meeting will take place @ 12 noon and all members and non members are invited to attend. This will be the 25th AGM of the RMF Association. Membership fees (€20) can be paid to the Secretary on the day. 

Journal 2016 etc…

It is hoped at this point that all members have received their copy of the Association journal for 2016. Feedback from some of our members have been very positive and it seems that the journal has been a success as in previous years. As next year will be the 25th Anniversary of the setting up of the RMF Association it is hoped that an extended version of the journal will be produced. Members who wish to submit articles for this edition can send articles of no more than 1200 words to bbfoley@msn.com All articles will be considered and will be subject to editing by the editing panel. This year the RMF Association has produced a number of items for sale to both members and non members. A polo shirt with the Association crest is now available for €25 plus p+p. A new Association lapel pin has also been designed and is now available at €5 per pin. To purchase a pin. please send a postal order for €5 to the Secretary along with a stamped addressed envelope. Polos can be ordered by contacting the secretary.

RMF Association Polo Shirt @ €25 plus p+p

 

RMF Association pin @ €5 each

RMF Museum – Cork Public Museum

On Tuesday 27th of September, the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and Cork Public Museum received a large collection of artefacts from Col Mike Dudding OBE who resides in London. The collection belonged to his uncle, Company Sergeant Major and later Captain John Jordeson who served with the 2nd Battalion from 1900 until his retirement in 1922 at the time of the disestablishment of the Regiment. The collection consists of various items of silverware from the Sergeant’s Mess including some which dates back to the 104th Regiment of Foot. Parts of his uniform including his Sam Brown belt, and bearskin hackle. Various notes and diaries covering the entire war period from 1914 – 1918 describing all of the actions in which he took part including the Great Raid in which he was awarded the MC and Capt Batten Poolle earned his VC. Many photos taken in and around the trenches and various towns in which the RMF were engaged which have remained unseen until now. And also some notes relating to the Old Comrades Association  to which Capt. Jordeson was Hon. Secretary from 1936 until his death in 1941. This collection will form a major part of a permanent museum which will open in Cork Public Museum in 2017. Anyone wishing to donate items relating to the Royal Munster Fusiliers museum can contact either the secretary of the Association or contact Cork Public Museum at Fitzgerald Park.

At the small gathering in the museum Col Dudding was honoured with Honorary Life Membership of the RMF Association. The award was presented to him by Ollie Griffin, President of the RMFA.

Jutland – 100 years on.

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland which took place from 31st May to 1st June 1916 the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association will hold a one day exhibition in memory of all those from Queenstown and the surrounding areas (Cobh, Whitegate, Aghada, Monkstown, Passage West and other coastal towns) who perished.

They would particularly like to meet descendants of those who were lost and who might like to share their stories.

The exhibition will take place at the Cobh Maritime Building on Saturday 28th May

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2016 from 12 noon to 4pm.

The exhibition is free and all are welcome

Royal Munster Fusiliers – Tralee

On Sat. 4th June, the RMFA and representatives of Kerry County Council will officially dedicate the memorial which was erected by Tralee Town Council near Ballymullen Barracks. The memorial is in memory of those from Tralee town who died in the First World War while serving with the RMF and other military units, including those of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Two panels are being erected at the memorial containing the names of those who were killed.
This will be an open event and all are invited to attend the ceremony which will take place at 3.00pm.

The Royal Munster Fusiliers Memorial at Ballymullen Tralee.