Remembrance, by Patrick Hogarty, subtitled 'A Brief History of the 'Blue Caps', the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, from Madras to Gallipoli and the Western Front, and other stories'
Published privately by the author in 2005, 305 pages. Paperback (N4598)
This book is a fascinating and detailed account of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the First World War, and follows the experiences and exploits of the battalion and it's men throughout the conflict. There are descriptions and accounts of the battles and campaigns fought in, interspersed with letters and first hand accounts of those events, as well as information on particular officers and men, equipment used, and more!
The book also includes a very detailed roll of honour that lists all the Officers and men of the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusliers (Blue Caps) who were killed during the First World War. Contained in over a hundred pages, the list names each of the men, their age, and where they were killed. Ina ddition, their are also further lists detailing honours and awards received by soldiers from the battalion, including the 21 men who received the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
From the foreword: What makes a great regiment? And how do the traditions of loyalty, courage, devotion, and cheer survive the regular bloody culls of war? The First Battalion, the Dublin Fusiliers, is a singular example of how tradition endures beyond death. Some 1,500 officers and men died in its service in the Great War, and although it is customary for regimental histories to extol the particular regiment in question, there is no denying Neill's Blue Caps there place in the annals of the British Army. From the landings at V beach in Gallipoli in 1915, to the final advance at Ypres in 1918, 1 RDF established a reputation as one of the finest infantry battalions available to the British army's line of battle...
It is sometimes said that by the end of the First World War, Irish Battalions were only Irish in name. This is not true for most of them, and absolutely not true for Neill's Blue Caps. Of the 382 1 RDF NCO's and men killed in 1918, two thirds of them were from the island of Ireland, and many of those born In Britain were of Irish extraction. Only 8% were British conscripts.
Condition of the book is generally good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs and blemishes, and some light wear along the edges (including a very slight bump in the bottom left hand corner), but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.