Updates and New Information
Here you will find updates and amendments to Blacker’s Boys based on contributions since publication of the book in November 2012, and additional material about Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) in the First World War. Clicking on the images below will take you to the relevant content. If you have any information that you wish to contribute about the Battalion or the men who served in it, please contact me via the ‘About’ page above.
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Updates to Blacker’s Boys
Since the book’s publication, I have received a wealth of new information which has now been compiled into a series of addenda. The updates are pdf, in the same format as the book. The addenda also include previously unpublished photographs. A single, consolidated update is under construction.
While in command of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Blacker wrote to his wife almost every day. The letters provide a fascinating insight life in the front line. They will be published 100 years after they were first written—the first letter was published on 3 October 2015 and the last letter on 13 March 2017.
9th Royal Irish Fusiliers Roll of Honour (under construction)
Blacker’s Boys was published before the Commonwealth War Graves Commission released the information about the original burial sites of those First World War casualties whose remains were later moved into concentration cemeteries. An updated Roll of Honour will be published here in early 2018.
In the interim, read about the casualties of the Battle of Langemarck, 16 August 1917.
The Evolution of the Regular and Service Battalions of Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) 1914-1918
This study explains how each battalion of the Regiment evolved throughout the war years. It is divided into six parts, and I hope it will help others with their research and their understanding of the make-up of the Regiment during the First World War.
Certificates for Gallantry Awarded by 10th (Irish), 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions
A study of the various certificates that recognised brave conduct brought to the notice of the commanders of the three divisions raised in Ireland during the First World War.