89th Regiment of Foot

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1st Raising

  • 1759 raised from Clan Donald as the 89th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (or Morris's Highlanders)
  • 1765 disbanded

2nd Raising

  • 1793 raised as the 89th Regiment of Foot
  • 1866 became the 89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 87th Regiment of Foot to become 2nd Battalion, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), later changed to The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's)
  • 1968 amalgamated with The Royal Ulster Rifles and The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to become The Royal Irish Rangers
  • 1991 amalgamated with the Ulster Defence Regiment to form the new The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment).

First World War

1st Garrison Battalion

1st Garrison Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers was raised in Dublin in September 1915. In February 1916 it sailed for India where it arrived on March 4th 1916 and remained until May 1917 when it joined the Burma Division.

They arrived in Mandalay in May 1917 from Bombay. In October 1917 they moved to Shwebo, and in December 1918 they moved to Maymyo.[1]

Lance Corporal Charles McGowan, G/283, who served in the 1st Garrison Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, was based at Police Bungalow Colaba Bombay in February 1917.[2]

From an existing service record, it appears that the Battalion was still in Maymyo, Burma in August 1919.[3]

Also see Bedfordshire Regiment for the type of duties which may have been undertaken in Burma by a Garrison Battalion.

External Links


  1. Clifton, Ron. Regimental Districts of WW1 INDIA Great War Forum 16 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. Alan Grievson’s World War 1 Forum contains a a query and reply dated Tuesday 26th January 2016 regarding Charles McGowan, which can be located via the Search facility. Accessed 15 November 2016.
  3. kenf48. Regimental Districts of WW1 INDIA Great War Forum 13 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.