This post will look at army service numbers issued to men joining the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers between 1881 and 1914.
There are over 48,000 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers service andpension records (for this regiment - and its antecedents) in various War Office series held at the National Archives. Clicking on the link will take you to the results on Findmypast but you will need a subscription or Pay-Per-View credits to actually view the records. Some of these records can also be viewed on-line on Ancestry although Findmypast has by far the most comprehensive service record collection.
Use the regimental numbers and dates on which these were issued, below, to determine parameters for when your own Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers ancestor would have joined up. Note though that these numbers are only for regular enlistments. Special Reserve and Extra Reserve battalions operated completely separate regimental number sequences.
10 joined on 30th July 1881
289 joined on 17th October 1882
599 joined on 11th July 1883
837 joined on 12th February 1884
1501 joined on 8th June 1885
1847 joined on 30th January 1886
2210 joined on 17th April 1887
2442 joined on 27th February 1888
2849 joined on 8th February 1889
3293 joined on 9th July 1890
3505 joined on 28th January 1891
3885 joined on 10th May 1892
4195 joined on 15th January 1893
4609 joined on 29th May 1894
4814 joined on 22nd January 1895
5201 joined on 18th January 1896
5507 joined on 19th August 1897
5975 joined on 25th July 1898
6208 joined on 31st January 1899
6489 joined on 5th January 1900
6890 joined on 28th February 1901
7295 joined on 21st July 1902
7648 joined on 24th April 1903
7959 joined on 24th May 1904
8251 joined on 28th February 1905
8447 joined on 3rd February 1906
8920 joined on 9th January1907
9521 joined on 28th August 1908
9646 joined on 22nd April 1909
9812 joined on 17th February 1910
10094 joined on 2nd September 1911
10277 joined on 8th May 1912
10591 joined on 15th November 1913
10744 joined on 3rd August 1914
The following day, Britain went to war with Germany, and when the new service battalions of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers started forming shortly afterwards, they too drew their numbers from the same series which, up until that point, had been the sole preserve of the two regular battalions.
Also see this post on regimental numbering in the 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the World War
Written at a time when there had only been one world war, this book details the actions of the regiment's thirteen battalions during the First World War.
The regiment lost over five and a half thouand men and won seven Victoria Crosses. Two appendices provide the Roll of Honour with the officers grouped together in alphabetical order and the other ranks alphabetically by battalions, and the list of Honours and Awards. These are headed by the VCs with citations and the others are grouped according to the award - in all cases the names are in alphabetical order. Battalions of the regiment served on the Western Front, in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine; two of them were with the 10th (Irish) Division, two with the 16th (Irish ) Division - the North and the South.
The book is arranged in three parts: the first provides the background to the war and the that of the Inniskillings and the type of man who served in the regiment; the second part, which takes up most of the book, is about the war on the Western Front and the part played by the battalions; the third section deals with the Eastern theatres - Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine. This is a well-written and descriptive Great War regimental history. CLICK to order.
The recruitment poster on this post also appears on the excellent, Ballymena and the Great War website.