87th Regiment of Foot

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The Royal Irish Fusiliers


  • 1793 raised as the 87th (The Prince of Wales's Irish) Regiment of Foot
  • 1820 became the 87th (Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 89th Regiment of Foot to become 1st 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

Historical books online

He first enlisted in 1797 age 13 (born 1784) and was with the 22nd Regiment of Foot in India, where he took part in the siege of Bhurtpore (page 99) and as a result he was promoted to be an officer in 1805. He sold out in 1808 and re-enlisted and went to India again. In 1815 he was promoted and became an ensign in the 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers, Chapter 9, commencing page 155. He left India in 1825.



  1. Clifton, Ron. Regimental Districts of WW1 INDIA Great War Forum 16 November 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. Alan Grievson’s World War 1 Forum, Scroll down to a query and reply dated Tuesday 26th January 2016 regarding Charles McGowan.
  3. kenf48. Regimental Districts of WW1 INDIA Great War Forum 13 November 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2019.