Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive

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The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (RDFA) was established in 1996 to commemorate all Irish men and women who volunteered, served and died in the First World War 1914-1918. The RDFA fulfils its remit by organising public exhibitions, lectures, seminars, visits and the publication of a journal, Blue Cap. In 2005, the RDFA decided to place its archive with Dublin City Library and Archive, where it is available for public consultation in the Reading Room. The RDFA Archive is managed by Dublin City Archives.

Note: The RDFA collects personal papers of individuals who participated in the First World War. Service records for the Royal Dublin Fusiliers are held in The National Archives, Kew, London.

Exhibitions

Dublin City Archives has generated a travelling exhibition based on the RDFA Archive, called Letters from the Great War.  For further information, and to book this exhibition, e-mail cityarchives@dublincity.ie.

Collections

  • RDFA/001: Monica Roberts Collection
  • RDFA/014: Moriarty Collection
  • RDFA/017: The Keogh Collection Postcards
  • RDFA/020: Irish National War Memorial Committee

Download the various catalogues of the collections.

Comments

hi my grandfather served in the royal dublin fusiliers (1914-1919)his name was thomas gray and regiment no was 12090 he was a private . were would i start to find out about him

hi, my grandfathers family had a brush factory,i think it could have been in the smithfield area,and also another brush factory in dublin,their surname was Pickett,also my grandfather had a butcher shop on church road in east wall his name was thomas pickett,where if possible would i be able to see photos or get information on this,
many thanks
jennifer pickett

My husbands great grandfather was Mr Freeman helived in Dublin and was married there - he was a Blacksmith/Farrier in 1914 for the Royal Dublin Fusiliers - how do I get some information on him.

Dear Readers, looking for information from anyone who has traveled to Prowes Point Military Cemeter. I am keeping a promise to visit my Grand Uncles grave there, last wk in August. Have been searching for where exactly he fought and where he died. The British National Archives in Kew advised me that the war diaries for the 2nd Bt. Royal Dublin Fusilliers and the section dealing with his service no 11672 are not digitised yet . They gave me the reference download for when they come on line WO95/1481/4 wich they hope will happen in the late Autumn or so. In the meantime I'm stuck have his medal records. And my sister has his standard will. But would really like to visit where he died. If anyone can help would be very grateful. Kew advised me a quick way to get help, seeing that I cannot visit to view records , was to join Ancestory, which I have done. And am waiting. Veronica

Hi Veronica have only seen your post. I have been to Prows Point several times, and have a photo of J Foleys 11672 head stone am willing to pass on to you Regards Seán Ryan.

Does a list exist of the names of the fallen on the Boer arch ( Traitors Arch ) in St Stephens Green? I a writing a book and need the list if it exists.
Billy Kavanagh Arizona

Irishwarmemorials.ie has information and a transcript of the text on the Fusiliers' Arch, sometimes called the Traitors' Gate / Arch at St Stephen's Green. It is also listed on the Community Memory database on databases.dublincity.ie. Good luck with your book

hi i am looking foe records of my grandfather matthew dunne service number 6781
can you help

The service records of individuals in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers are held by the National Archives, Kew London, which would be the best place to contact to begin your research. Their website is www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Best of luck! 

Hello, my grandmother's 1st cousin Thomas Curley served in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd battalion. He died July 1st 1916. Are there any individual photos of the men that served in this battalion. Thank you

Thank you for your enquiry re the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.  The actual records of that regiment are in fact held at The National Archives, Kew, London - please visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk to find information about your relative. The National Archives of Ireland holds copies of the Wills of many Irish Soldiers who fought in the First World War - visit www.nationalarchives.ie. The death of your relative Thomas Curley is also recorded in the Irish War Memorial Records which have recently been digitised by In Flanders Fields Museum

Dublin City Library & Archive holds a small but growing collection of archives which has been gathered by the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association. This collection is entirely separate from the regimental records held in Kew and is being gradually built up to ensure that there is an archival presence in Dublin for the RDF. Please visit www.dublincityarchives.ie for further information.

We have checked our catalogues of the RDFA Archive to see whether we hold information relating to your relative but unfortunately we do not in fact have any information relating to Thomas Curley. However, if you would like to call into our Reading Room to view any of the RDFA Archive materials, you are very welcome.

This collection is entirely separate from the regimental records held in Kew and is being gradually built up to ensure that there is an archival presence in Dublin for the RDF.

How can I find out if the uniform my grandfather is wearing in a 1918 photograph/postcard is from the RDF? He is with three other soldiers. There is no postmark on the card but it is dated Feb 14, 1918. Many thanks.

Hello Marion. I might suggest you contact the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association (RDFA) at email: rdfa@eircom.net. The RDFA exists to promote a wider awareness of the forgotten Irish men and women who served, fought and died in the Great War 1914-1918. Lectures are held in the Conference Room, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Regards, Eddie, Libraries' Web Unit

Thanks Eddie, I'll try that. Marion

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I am researching a relative of mine who was killed in action in WW1 @ Arras France.
Peter Leo Mc Grane was a member of Lansdowne RFC member . He is featured on their Roll of Honour. I am wondering if you can help me with a query I have and I cannot seem to be able to sort it out.

He joined up in 1915
June 1915 Application for appointment to temporary commission in the regular army for the period of the war.
Sept 1915- OTC (Officer Training Camp) Berkhamstead (By his choice) Agreement to enlist
Jan 1916 Imperial Service Obligation
Feb 1916 - Application for appointment to Special Reserve of Officers 3rd Batt Royal Irish Regiment.
JULY 1916 Officer Cadet
Nov 1916 - Appointment approved listed in London Gazette.
He was on pay from War Office from Oct 1916 - May 1917 when he was killed in action.

What I would like to know is what he might have been engaged in whilst waiting for his Officer ship .He was a reservist was he still working as he was employed as Bank Clerk in National Bank College Green? Was he in the army full time or part time, and where he might he have been stationed. What did reservists do whilst waiting to be called to active service? I would dearly like to know.
Kind Regards
Rita Gallagher

Many thanks for your comments. There is a useful article at The Long, Long Trail which explains the use of the term 'reserve' on service records during World War 1.

You are also very welcome to call to the Reading Room at Dublin City Library and Archive to carry out further research. We have free access to digitised British Military World War 1 Service records via ancestry.co.uk.

I am researching my grandfather and a great uncle ,both were in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers,I have a 1914-15 star medal and The Allied Victory Medal for Pte P.McNally 9216 and The Allied Victory Medal for pte M.McNally 20550.I also have a 1914 star Medal for a Pte B.Smith Army Service Corps m 31424 but I do not know any more , i would be grateful if you could point me in any direction were I could find out any more information

Regards,

Paul McNally

You are very welcome to call to the Reading Room at Dublin City Library and Archive to carry out further research. Please bring photo ID on your first visit so that you can be issued with a researcher's card. We have free access to digitised British Military World War 1 Service records via ancestry.co.uk and as you have the service numbers of your relatives it may be possible to locate digital copies of surviving personal records. 

I also have a 1914 star Medal for a Pte B.Smith Army Service Corps m 31424 but I do not know any more , i would be grateful if you could point me in any direction were I could find out any more information

I am trying to find the military service record for my grandfather who was in the RDF through the Boer war 1899/1902 .The only record I can find online is his medal card record . Can you please advise where to find this info .Many Thanks Michael

Ancestry Library Edition which is available free of charge in the Reading Room, Dublin City Library & Archive contains some records from the Boer War, i.e. British Service Register (including RDF) - so it is may be useful. Good luck with your search.

I have a letter sent to my great grandfather from a corporal E. Mcdonnell 8117. H company 5th R.D.F based in The Heath camp Maryborough .really want to know what happened to him and where he came from? Find the whole kew website daunting!!
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