Never Retire

The 6th Royal Irish Rifles at Gallipoli

David Truesdale, Gavin Hughes

Never Retire is the powerful story of the men who joined the 6th Royal Irish Rifles in August 1914 to fight against Germany - and instead, found themselves fighting the armies of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli for almost exactly a year. They were part of Ireland's first ‘New Army' - serving in 29 Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division, which contain
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
8pp of plates, 4 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512295
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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'Never Retire' is the powerful story of the men who joined the 6th Royal Irish Rifles in August 1914 to fight against Germany and, instead, found themselves fighting the armies of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli almost exactly a year. They were part of Ireland's first 'New Army', serving in 29 Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division, which contained volunteers from every class, creed and cultural background; men with considerable soldiering experience - and none. Yet, unlike the 16th (Irish) or 36th (Ulster) Divisions, this diversity added to the Division's reputation of being a largely ‘non-political’ and 'cross-community' formation. As the other Divisions fought on the Western Front, the Tenth's deeds were largely forgotten. Yet, it was an unique Irish Division and the 6th Royal Irish Rifles were unique within it. It was the only service battalion present in the 10th (Irish) from its parent Regiment and the only Royal Irish Rifles battalion to fight alongside the ANZACS at Gallipoli. The 6th Rifles also held the dubious honour of having one of the highest Gallipoli casualty rates of the Division. Using new evidence and carefully researched original sources, 'Never Retire' examines the backgrounds of the men of the 6th Rifles and follows their lives as they enlist, undergo training and then depart for the Dardanelles. It reconstructs the events leading up to early August 1915, when the 6th Rifles landed at Anzac Cove and then fought in the desperate battle to take Sari Bair ridge. It recounts their experiences of life and death during their brief time on the peninsula and chronicles how a battalion, 23 officers and 743 men strong, was left with around 270 men all ranks by the end of the month. This is the first book to critically examine the wartime experience of an early 10th (Irish) Division battalion, in not only painstaking detail but also great sympathy. This is the story of just one harrowing year of the Great War and how nearly a thousand men fought, died, or survived their experience. This is the Gallipoli story of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles – a ‘lost’ battalion in a ‘lost’ Division; the story of the men who vowed they would 'Never Retire'.

About The Author
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David Truesdale took early retirement in 1998 and since then has written for films and television and produced battlefield guides for the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The First Eagle: the 87th Foot at the Battle of Barrosa, and Regulars by God! The 89th Foot at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.For relaxation he paints in watercolor, listens to good music, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1750) and his Oboe Concerto in D Minor has been an inspiration during difficult time in any manuscript.

Dr Gavin Hughes is a military historian, archaeologist and broadcaster, currently with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, where he is also Director of the Irish Conflict Archaeology Network (CMRS, TCD).

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