Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
September 2005
30/30/$55 hbk

The 2nd Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War


Following his acclaimed The 1st Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War, James Taylor now completes his study of the regiment's Regular battalions. Having been part of 3rd Division in the original Expeditionary Force, they fought at places such as Mons, Le Cateau, the Aisne, La Bassée, Somme, Messines, and Bellewaarde, ending the war as part of 36th (Ulster) Division. They suffered in excess of 1,400 fatalities, including men from every county in Ireland.

The book gives biographical details on over 320 officers and some other ranks. In addition to the awards and casualty lists, details are given of the 269 men who were court-martialled, including a transcript of the trial of the only member to be executed.

From reviews for The 1st Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War:

'James Taylor's book is more than a masterly account of an Irish battalion at war %85 This book is a fitting tribute to the men of 1st Royal Irish Rifles and to their comrades in the many other Irish battalions who fought in that war' Belfast Telegraph.

'James Taylor has provided an excellent unit case study, with all the military buff or genealogist could desire ... The author's family connection with the regiment underpins an attractive, engaging style' Irish Historical Studies.

James W. Taylor, a Dubliner, works as a civil servant in Co. Wexford. He is the author of the First Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War (Dublin, 2002).

354pp plus 16-page plate section ills September 2005