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"At 1130 pm on Saturday 15 May 1915, men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers advanced to attack strongly held German defences near the village of Festubert in northern France. By the time they were relieved forty-eight hours later near midnight on 17 May, they had sustained 649 casualties – nearly two-thirds of the strength of the battalion. Amongst these casualties were 264 dead.
In a new book titled, ‘It was an Awful Sunday, the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the Battle of Festubert, 15-17 May 1915’, local man Michael James Nugent, analyses the battle to discover why the Inniskillings suffered such horrendous casualties in this engagement.
The 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were a regular British Army battalion, part of a local Regiment with a long and distinguished history. With the Regimental depot in Omagh, the battalion recruited mainly from counties Donegal, Londonderry, Tyrone and Belfast, but many other Irish counties were also represented."...
The 36th (Ulster) Division are widely regarded as being the most successful British Infantry Division in terms of ground gained on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. The casualties suffered then had a deep impact in the towns and villages of Ulster. In March 1918 however, the Division … more
"At 1130 pm on Saturday 15 May 1915, men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers advanced to attack strongly held German defences near the village of Festubert in northern France. By the time they were relieved forty-eight hours later near midnight on 17 May, they had sustained 649 … more
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