After a number of setbacks, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Bengal Tiger journal, which was due for release in October of 2017, will now be collected from the printers this week and will hopefully be with you, our members in the next week or two. The journal is almost 70 pages so is noticeably bigger than the usual one. Hopefully the content and quality of the journal will make it ‘worth waiting for’.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The Annual Journal for 2016 is ready to go and is at present with our printer. Journals will only be sent out to paid up members of the association. Members may check with the Secretary to check if they are up to date.
Over the last few months Tralee historian Robert Tangney has been preparing to publish his book on the history of Ballymullen Barracks. Our previous Secretary Jean Prendergast was one of those who has given Robert some invaluable help with information and photographs. Robert will be launching his book on Tuesday June 24th at Tralee County Library at 7pm. All are welcome to attend and the book will be on sale priced €15 with an optional extra of €3 for a map of Ballymullen dated 1912.
LIEUTENANTS JOSEPH BAGNALL LEE AND ALFRED TENNYSON LEE AND THE 6TH BATTALION ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS AT SUVLA BAY GALLIPOLI AUGUST 1915.
BY MARTIN STAUNTON.
JAMES MEEHAN WAS BORN ON THE 16th OCTOBER 1884 AND ENLISTED IN HIS HOME TOWN OF LIMERICK ON THE 16th MARCH 1903 AND EVENTUALLY SERVED WITH THE Ist MUNSTERS IN INDIA BEFORE LEAVING THE THE ARMY IN 1911.
LETTER FROM THE FRONT (LIMERICK LEADER WEDNESDAY EVENING MAY 19TH 1915). THIS MORNING’S POST BROUGHT US THE FOLLOWING LETTER. WRITTEN IN HOSPITAL AND DATED MAY 15TH. FROM PRIVATE J DANAHER. A LIMERICK MAN IN THE 2ND R.M.FUSILIERS. NOW WITH THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCES IN FRANCE:-
BY M. O’RAHILLY
DEDICATED TO THOSE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN.