Medals of the Regiments:
The Royal Munster Fusiliers

Royal Munster Fusiliers Cap Badge.

awaiting more insignia pics
The "bi-metal" fused grenade badge of the regiment,
 with the famous Bengal tiger -"always ready for a scrap!"
Kipling and King 701 

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The Royal Munster Fusiliers

1756 - 1922
pre 1881 post 1881
101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers) 1st Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers
104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers) 2nd Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers
Earliest recognised formation: 101st:: 1756, when formed as the Bengal European Regiment, a regiment of the Honourable East India Company. Became the 1st Bengal (European) Light Infantry in 1840, and 1st Bengal (European) Fusiliers in 1846. The regiment transferred to the British establishment in 1858.  1862 saw the regiment enter its position in the British infantry line list as the "101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers)".
104th: 1765, when formed by division of the Bengal European Regiment, a regiment of the Honourable East India Company, and titled "2nd Bengal European Regiment". The Regiment disbanded in 1803,  reformed in 1822, disbanded once more in 1830 to reform again in 1839. The regiment was re-titled 2nd Bengal (European) Fusiliers in 1850, and transferred to the British establishment in 1858. 1862 saw the regiment enter its position in the British infantry line list as the "104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers)".
Motto: ???
Regimental Journal:  The Bengal Tiger
WWI: Battle Honours; 51 Victoria Crosses; 3 Died; 3070
Disbanded: 1922, on the creation of The Irish Free State.

Revolt of the Rajah of Bhurtpore (1826)  1st Bengal European Regiment

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826



number: 90

Battle Honour: Bhurtpore


First Afghan War 1839 - 42 1st Bengal European Regiment

Ghuznee Medal 1839


Battle Honours: Ghuznee 1839; Afghanistan 1839.


The First Sikh War 1845 - 1846.   1st Bengal European Regiment

The Sutlej Medal 1845 -46




number: ??

A recipients first battle corresponds to the medal reverse type, followed by clasp(s) for subsequent battles.

Battle Honours:   Ferozeshah, Sobraon


The Second Sikh War 1848 -1849.   2nd Bengal European Regiment

The Punjab Medal 1848-49

clasp: ....none....



total medals
number: 35 736 713 784

700 as two clasp medals


Battle Honours: Chillianwallah, Goojerat, Punjaub


Second Anglo-Burmese War 1852-1853 Both regiments present: 1st and 2nd  Bengal (European) Fusiliers

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95



regiment: 1st 2nd
numbers: ? ?

Battle Honour: Pegu1st


Indian Mutiny 1857 Both regiments present: 1st and 2nd  Bengal (European) Fusiliers

Indian Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59

regiment: 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
number: ? ? ? ? ?

VCs: 6 ;  Brown,  Butler, Cadell,  McGovern,  McGuire,  Ryan.  See VC Page


Battle Honour:  Lucknow1st ;  Delhi 1857both


Ambela Campaign 1863  101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers)

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95



Number :?
1881: The Regiments now become the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Munster Fusiliers.

Third Anglo-Burmese War 1885-87, and aftermath. 2nd Battalion

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95

Burma 1885-7
Burma 1887-89
number:? ?

Battle Honour: Burma 1885-7


Anglo - Boer War 1899 - 1902.  1st Battalion, (entire war), 2nd Battalion Dec 1901 - end of the war.

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902 (KSA normally first Battalion only)

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

battalion: 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st  


Modder River


Relief of Ladysmith

Tugela Heights

number: 239 75 762 ? ?  



Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW/ DOD Wounded Missing & POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
1st Battalion
5 / - 3 - 19 43 74 -
2nd Battalion
- / - - - 2 5 2 -

Battle Honour: South Africa 1899-1902


Garrison & Guard Duty, ( Boer prisoners of war) Gibraltar and Malta etc., 1899 - 1902 Royal Limerick County Militia (Fusiliers)  (5th Battalion)

Queen's Mediterranean Medal 1899 -1902

Number: 498

Battle Honour: Mediterranean 1901


Mohmand Expedition, North West Frontier 1908 1st Battalion

India General Service Medal 1908


North West Frontier 1908

numbers: 833

Royal Munster Fusiliers India General Service Medal 1908

The 1908 India General Service Medal to 7221 Private Cornelius Murphy, 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers.
 Murphy also served in WW1 with the 2nd Battalion and qualified for a 1914 Star Trio - trio location unknown.
In 1917 Murphy was shot through the thigh and lay in a shell hole for some time exposed to "intense cold and wet" - 
these wounds and exposure led to him being sent back to the UK within days and he was later discharged. Murphy
 was not a model soldier as his WW1 records show a grand total of 70 days of field punishment number II.


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

"Now came the moment for the '' River Clyde " to pour forth her living freight; but grievous delay was caused here by the difficulty of placing the lighters in position between the ship and the shore. A strong current hindered the work and the enemy's fire was so intense that almost every man engaged upon it was immediately shot. Owing, however, to the splendid gallantry of the naval working party, the lighters were eventually placed in position, and then the disembarkation began. A company of the Munster Fusiliers led the way; but, short as was the distance, few of the men ever reached the farther side of the beach through the hail of bullets which poured down upon them from both flanks and the front. As the second company followed, the extemporised pier of lighters gave way in the current. The end nearest to the shore drifted into deep water, and many men who had escaped being shot were drowned by the weight of their equipment in trying to swim from the lighter to the beach. Undaunted workers were still forthcoming, the lighters were again brought into position, and the third company of the Munster Fusiliers rushed ashore, suffering heaviest loss this time from shrapnel as well as from rifle, pom-pom, and machine-gun fire." Extracted from the official despatch referring to the Gallipoli landings, (General Commanding the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. )

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*** 1st
date of first overseas service.
 (first theatre red x )
France & Flanders x x x x x x  
Gallipoli x   x x      
(Suvla via Mudros)
Egypt & Palestine x   x x      
Macedonia     x x      
Italy             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  115 officers who are recorded with 'battalion not shown'  or with battalions not shown here, or who we have  not yet allocated a battalion.)
884 1088 250 168 200 68 12

*In Burma 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 Dublin Fusiliers. ( 19/5/15 resumed identity)
**Absorbed 12 officers and 200 men from the disbanded 9th Btn, 30/5/16. Disbanded itself 23/11/16
***9th disbanded 30/5/16, personnel to the 1st, 2nd and 8th.


Regular Territorial Force New Armies Garrison.

  VCs: 3;   Batten-Pooll,  Cosgrove,  Doyle      See VC Page


Battle Honours:  Retreat from Mons; Ypres 1914 ,17; Guillemont; Aubers; St. Quentin; Drocourt-Quéant; Selle; Landing at Helles; Landing at Suvla; Jerusalem. Marne 1914; Aisne 1914; Langemarck 1914,17; Gheluvel;, Nonne Bosschen; Givenchy 1914; Loos; Somme 1916 '18; Albert 1916; Bazentin; Pozières; Ginchy; Flers-Courcelette; Morval; Messines 1917; Passchendaele; Bapaume 1918; Rosières; Avre; Arras 1918; Scarpe 1918; Hindenburg Line; Canal du Nord; St. Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; Cambrai 1918; Sambre; France and Flanders 1914-18; Italy 1917-18; Kosturino; Struma; Macedonia 1915-17; Helles;  Krithia; Suvla; Scimitar Hill; Gallipoli 1915-16; Egypt 1916; Gaza; Tell 'Asur; Palestine 1917-18.



The collier "River Clyde" disembarking 'V' Beach, Gallipoli, 25th April 1915. Painting by Charles Dixon RA. (1872-1934)


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