Lest We Forget

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Lest We Forget

by PaulHP on Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:14 pm

This is the list I have managed to compile of London Irish players and members who lost their lives in the two world wars:

The following is a passage from the Middlesex Chronicle from 25th March 1916.

The Rev. J.R. James (President of the London Irish Rugby Football Club)(Vicar of the Parish), who was present at St. Patrick's Day celebration held under the auspices of the Irish Club, in responding to the toast of the evening, pointed out that over 200 members of the Club were with the Armies in France or abroad, and that seven members of the 1914 London Irish football team had already died for the Empire. No member of the club had died more gallantly than Father Finn, Chaplain to the 3rd Dublin's, who, wounded in the shoulder as the Dublin's landed at Gallipoli, crawled to the wounded comrades and administered extreme unction; again hit in the forehead, he expired, his last words being: "Keep it up boys; we are winning".


Percy Maclear Royal Dublin Fusiliers 30/08/1914 PLAYER
The Earl Frederick Sleigh Roberts General Staff 14/11/1914 MEMBER
Duncan McKay MacDonald O’Callaghan Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry 15/03/1915 PLAYER
Thomas William Callinan Durham Light Infantry 25/04/1915 PLAYER
Reverend William Joseph Finn Army Chaplains’ Department 25/04/1915 MEMBER
Basil Maclear Royal Dublin Fusiliers 24/05/1915 PLAYER
Edward James Collis Supple Duke of Wellington (West Riding) Regt. 22/08/1915 PLAYER
Herbert Hood McCormac Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 15/08/1915 PLAYER
Ronald Fitz-Maurice Geary London Regt (1st Surrey Rifles) 15/01/1916 PLAYER
Colin Charles Mills London Regt (Civil Service Rifles) 11/02/1916 PLAYER
Henry Leicester Oldham Queens Westminster Rifles 01/07/1916 PLAYER
Otto Stuart Ditzen Royal Fusiliers 27/07/1916 PLAYER
George Lewis Rogers Border Regiment 28/10/1916 PLAYER
Joseph John Purcell Royal Field Artillery 15/04/1917 PLAYER
Francis William Moore Devonshire Regiment 26/04/1917 PLAYER
William Hooey Kearney Redmond Royal Irish Regiment 17/06/1917 MEMBER
Albert Lewis Stewart Machine Gun Corps 04/10/1917 PLAYER
Kenneth D’Aguilar Houston London (Irish Rifles) Regt. 24/03/1918 PLAYER
Morgan Edward Jellett Moore Royal Irish Rifles 27/03/1918 PLAYER
James Arthur Balfor Carson Royal Army Medical Corps 09/08/1918 PLAYER
Desmond Hilary Quin Queens R.W.S.R attd. Welsh Fusiliers 18/09/1918 PLAYER
William Horace Stuckey Horan Royal Fusiliers 11/10/1918 PLAYER
Algernon Winter Rose Essex Yeomanry attd. R.A.F. 29/10/1918 PLAYER
John O’Connell Dodd Royal Munster Fusiliers 07/11/1918 PLAYER
George Herbert McAllan Royal Air Force 14/12/1918 PLAYER
Henry R. Retallack-Moloney Essex Regiment 17/12/1918 PLAYER
Ferdinand J. Carreras Royal Irish Fusiliers 03/02/1919 PLAYER
Michael Joseph O’Neill Goulding Royal Navy 22/09/1919 PLAYER

Also: David Gallaher Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 04/10/1917 HONARY MEMBER


Alan Arthur Dilnot RAF 20/10/1939 SCHOOLBOY PLAYER
Lancelot Gordon Bowler RAF 23/03/1940 PLAYER
Owen Gerard Horrigan RAF 26/04/1940 PLAYER
Patric Bernard Coote RAF 19/04/1941 PLAYER
Edward William Francis De Vere Hunt Royal Artillery 21/12/1941 PLAYER
George Yorke Lamour RAF 01/04/1942 PLAYER
Francis Victor Beamish RAF 28/03/1942 PLAYER
Peter Maurice de Mestre RAF 07/06/1942 PLAYER
John Woods RAF 20/08/1942 PLAYER
Reginald Vere Massey Odbert RAF 18/07/1943 PLAYER
Francis Samuel Hodder RAF 06/09/1943 PLAYER
Thomas Patrick Walsh Royal Armoured Corps 12/09/1944 PLAYER
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