Medals of the Regiments:
The Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Royal Dublin Fusiliers Cap Badge

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The cap badge of the Regiment. The tiger symbol awarded with the Buxar honour (1756-65 Bengal Wars) and the elephant with the Carnatic and Mysore honours (3rd Mysore War 1789-92)  
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The Royal Dublin Fusiliers

1645 - 1922
pre 1881 post 1881
102nd Regiment of Foot (Royal Madras Fusiliers) 1st Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers
103rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Bombay Fusiliers) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Earliest recognised formation: 102nd: 1645 as independent units of the Honourable East India Company. Became the 1st Madras Europeans in 1766 and The Madras European Regiment in 1799, 1st Madras (European) Regiment in 1839 and "Fusiliers" in 1843. The Regiment Joined the British Army 1862 as the 102nd Regiment of Foot (Royal Madras Fusiliers)
103rd: 1662 when raised in England as garrison troops for service in Bombay. By 1688 known as The Bombay (European) Regiment, and the 1st Bombay (European) Fusiliers in 1844. 1st Bombay Fusiliers in 1859 (1st "Royal " Bombay Fusiliers in 1861) transferring to the British Army in 1862 as the 103rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Bombay Fusiliers)
Motto: ???
Regimental Journal:  The Blue Caps.
WWI: Battle Honours; 49 Victoria Crosses; 3 Died; 4780
Disbanded: 1922, on the creation of The Irish Free State.
Two Battalions of the The Madras European Regiment existed  1774-1779 and 1824-1830

3rd Mahratta War (Pindari War) 1817-1819 The Bombay (European) Regiment

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826




Kirkee and Poona
number: 2 6 46

Battle Honour: Kirkee


First Anglo-Burmese War 1824-1826 1st Battalion, Madras European Regiment

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826



number: 113

Battle Honour: Ava


The Second Sikh War 1848 -1849.  1st Bombay (European) Fusiliers

The Punjab Medal 1848-49

clasp: ....none...



total medals
number: ? ? ? ?



Battle Honours: Mooltan, Goojerat, Punjaub.


Second Anglo-Burmese War 1852-1853 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95



numbers: ?

Battle Honour: Pegu.


Indian Mutiny Medal 1st Bombay European Fusiliers.

No clasp Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-58 to Alexander Chalmers of the 1st Bombay European Fusiliers.



Indian Mutiny 1857 Both regiments present. 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers, 1st Bombay (European) Fusiliers.

Indian Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59

clasp: ....none...
Defence of Lucknow
Relief of Lucknow
total medals
regiment: 1st Madras 1st Bombay 1st Madras 1st Madras 1st Madras 1st Madras 1st Bombay
number: ? ? 376 ? ? ? ?

VCs: 4 ;  Duffy,  Mahoney,  Ryan,  Smith.   See VC Page


Battle Honour:  Lucknow1st Madras 

1881: 102nd and 103rd Regiments now become the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Anglo - Boer War 1899 - 1902. Both Battalions present:  1st Battalion; November 1899-end of the war. 2nd Battalion; present from the start to January 1902. A small body of men also served as mounted infantry (MI)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also:

  1st & 2nd       MI MI


Defence of Ladysmith
Relief of Ladysmith

Tugela Heights

Relief of Kimberley


number: uncommon ? ? ? 32 35
  MI MI MI MI    



Diamond Hill


number: 36 30 29 24    

A unique to the regiment "Modder River" clasp was also awarded to 5441 Private P. Carroll. (6 clasp medal, & duplicate medal  issued)



Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW/ DOD Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
1st Battalion.
2 / - 5 - 78 37 124 18
2nd Battalion
5 / 2 9 1 63 49 281 -

Battle Honour:  Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902


The Great War 1914 - 1918  (  11 battalions;  7 served overseas:- )

"Come on the Dubs!"
Sergeant Robert Downie VC , 2nd Battalion.

Generally awarded the British War Medal & Victory Medal, men overseas prior to 1/1/1916 also a 1914 or 1914-15 Star.

Battalion → 1*  2 6 7 8 9 10
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders x x x x x x x
Gallipoli x   x x      
(Suvla via Mudros)
Egypt & Palestine x   x x      
Macedonia     x x      
possible ?
1914 or 1914-15   x          
or 1914-15 only x   x x x x  
VCs at a glance:          
Extracted from : "Soldiers / Officers Died in the Great War" (consider approximate - in addition the regiment as a whole lost an additional 119  officers who are recorded with 'battalion not shown'  or with battalions not shown here, or who we have  not yet allocated a battalion.)
1362 1293 360 233 542 448 314
* In India at the start, moved to the UK - On to Alexandria 30/3/15 and to Gallipoli via Mudros (1st day landers, initial assault 25/4/15) . After the landings the battalion, due to heavy casualties, was temporarily  amalgamated with the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers. ( 19/5/15 resumed identity)
** 8th and 9th Battalions amalgamated 24/10/17 to form 8th/9th Battalion, this disbanded 10/2/18 and personnel to 1st and 2nd.
Regular Territorial Force New Armies Garrison.


Territorial Force War Medal 1914-19
0 officers and 4 men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers also qualified for this medal.


VCs: 3;    Curtis,  Downie,  Ockendon   See VC Page


Battle Honours:  Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914; Ypres 1915,17,18; Somme 1916,18; Cambrai 1917,18; Hindenburg Line, Selle; Macedonia 1915-17; Gallipoli 1915-16; Palestine 1917-18. Le Cateau; Aisne 1914; Armentières 1914; St. Julien; Frezenberg; Bellewaarde; Albert 1916; Guillemont; Ginchy; Le Transloy; Ancre 1916; Arras 1917; Scarpe 1917; Arleux; Messines 1917; Langemarck 1917; Polygon Wood; St. Quentin; Bapaume 1918; Rosières, Avre; St. Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; Courtrai; Sambre; France and Flanders 1914-18; Kosturino; Struma; Helles; Landing at Helles; Krithia; Suvla; Sari Bair; Landing at Suvla; Scimitar Hill; Egypt 1916; Gaza; Jerusalem; Tell 'Asur.


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