Ireland World War I, Memorial Records
The horror and destruction of World War I 1914 – 1918 was on a scale never witnessed by humankind before. The unprecedented mobilisation of men and equipment, combined with a rapid advancement in military technology, resulted in figures of about 37 million military and civilian casualties (deaths and wounded). The eight volumes of Ireland's Memorial Records were created to preserve and commemorate the memory of the thousands of Irishmen who died during the war. The volumes cover the entire island of Ireland, North and South, and contain the names of 49,647 individuals. Compiled by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial under the direction of the Earl of Ypres, and published in 1923, the publications serves as a lasting memorial to the thousands of Irishmen who died during the Great War.
The actual details recorded varies from record to record. Name, Rank, Regiment and Regimental Number, and in most cases Place of Birth/County are recorded. In many cases Place of Death is also recorded.
Breakdown of Records:
Over 30,986 declared Ireland as their country of birth. For 741 individuals just Ireland was listed. 11,299 were from the six counties of Northern Ireland while 18,946 came from the remaining twenty-six counties. 7,405 had no place of birth recorded. The remaining 11,000 plus had Places of Birth spread throughout Britain, continental Europe, the United States of America, Canada and the rest of the World. These men and women considered themselves to be Irish, of Irish Heritage or fought with an Irish Regiment.
Country of Birth
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County (Ireland) of Birth
The publication was completed with the addition of spectacular borders to the text by renowned artist Harry Clarke. Scans of each page of the 8 volumes are available to view.