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  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Ireland

The Irish Regiments of the British Army, 1897

The Irish Regiments of the British Army, 1897
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Harp and Crown

To mark the centenary of the disbandment of British Army units that traditionally recruited in southern Ireland, this special display explores the history of Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Explore Ireland stories

The reception of the Colours of the disbanded Irish regiments, Windsor Castle, 1922

The Story of the Disbanded Irish Regiments

A hundred years ago, the creation of the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) led to the disbandment of six regiments of the British Army which had traditionally recruited there. This video provides a brief overview of their story.

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Gerry Chester, during training with the Royal Tank Regiment, c1942

Sergeant Arthur ‘Gerry’ Chester

Gerry Chester served with the tanks of the North Irish Horse in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War. Like other tankmen, he forged a close bond with his crew mates, with whom he endured many hardships and combat actions.

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Sergeant Major James Frederick Plunkett, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, c1911

Lieutenant Colonel James Frederick Plunkett

James Frederick Plunkett served on the Western Front throughout the First World War. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty enabled him to rise through the ranks and become one of the most highly decorated servicemen of the war.

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Hospital Sergeant Frederick Newman, 1850

Hospital Sergeant Frederick Newman

Frederick Newman served with the 97th (The Earl of Ulster’s) Regiment of Foot in the 1840s and '50s. Like many Victorian soldiers, he spent most of his military career abroad, enduring various hardships. He met his fate during the first cruel winter of the Crimean War.

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Major-General John Alexander Dunlop Wallace, Colonel of the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers), c1835

General Sir John Alexander Wallace

John Alexander Wallace commanded the 1st Battalion of the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) during the Peninsular War. His courage and leadership helped forge the identity and fighting reputation of this celebrated Irish unit.

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Captain Robert Parker, The Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1720

Captain Robert Parker

Robert Parker was an Irish soldier who saw extensive action during the wars of the 1690s and 1700s. His memoirs provide a valuable insight into his life and times, as well as the early history of the Royal Irish Regiment in which he served.

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Soldiers of the East Yorkshire Regiment at Longford, Ireland, May 1921

Irish War of Independence

Fought between 1919 and 1921, this was a guerrilla and sectarian conflict involving Irish republicans, Ulster loyalists and British government forces. It brought about the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State.

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The Battle of the Boyne, 1690

Battle of the Boyne

Fought on 1 July 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II and his successor, King William III, the Battle of the Boyne was the largest military engagement ever to take place on Irish soil.

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The Battle of Vinegar Hill, 21 June 1798

Irish Rebellion of 1798

In 1798, an underground republican group known as the Society of United Irishmen instigated a major uprising against British rule in Ireland. Although the revolt ended in total defeat for the rebels, it marked a significant watershed in Irish history.

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Replacement VC group awarded to Private Francis FitzPatrick, 94th Regiment, 1879-1900

Lost and found: A tale of two VCs

The medals of Private Francis Fitzpatrick, an Irish-born Victoria Cross hero, have recently been reunited at the National Army Museum after more than a century of separation.

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Cavalry of the New Model Army, c1645

British Civil Wars

Fought between 1642 and 1651, these wars were primarily disputes between Crown and Parliament about how the British Isles should be governed. But they also had religious and social dimensions, and witnessed the creation of the first national standing army.

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The Battle of the Boyne, 1690

Nine Years War

Between 1689 and 1697, British soldiers joined a European alliance against French expansionism. At the same time, extensive fighting took place in Scotland and Ireland between the supporters of King William III and the deposed James II.

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Explore Ireland events

The Irish Regiments of the British Army, 1897
Display

21 June - 31 July 2022

FREE

Harp and Crown

To mark the centenary of the disbandment of British Army units that traditionally recruited in southern Ireland, this temporary pop-up display explores the history of Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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1st Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) in the front line at St Eloi, 1915
Conference

5 July 2022, 10.00am

£15.00

The Irish Soldier in the British Army, 1680-1922

This academic conference will explore the history and legacy of Irish soldiers in the British Army from the 17th century.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

5 July 2022, 2.00pm

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

12 July 2022, 11.00am

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

19 July 2022, 11.00am

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Portraits of four Irish soldiers awarded gallantry medals, c1918
Museum Late

20 July 2022, 6.00pm

FREE

Irish Service in the British Army

Discover the history of Irish service in the British Army from the 1600s to the present day in this special evening of talks, tours and displays.

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Grenadier cap, Royal Regiment of Ireland, c1710
Tour

26 July 2022, 11.00am

FREE

Irish Regiments On Display

Join Justin Saddington for a tour of the Museum’s rich collection of objects and archives relating to Irish regiments and their soldiers.

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Explore Ireland learning resources

Easter Rising 1916
Video

KS3 (Ages 11 to 14)

Easter Rising 1916

Watch experts from museums in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland sharing their thoughts on objects from our Easter Rising collection.

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