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British Army - Guards Division
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Images: L - WW1 badge Courtesy of British Military Medals - Daniel Baker: R: Irish Guards Pipers at Trooping the Colour by Carfax2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons


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Irish Guards

The Irish Guards (IG), part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army and, together with the Royal Irish Regiment, it is one of the two Irish infantry regiments still remaining in the British Army.

In common with her sister Guards regiments, the regimental organisation also includes the Band of the Irish Guards and the Corps of Drums (a fife and drum band).

Active - 1st April 1900 to present day

Motto - "Quis Separabit" (Latin) - "Who Shall Separate Us?" from the Order of St Patrick

Uniform -

The Guard's blue cap has a green band and welt. The Badge is the Star of the of the Order of St. Patrick. Plume - St. Patrick's blue on the right side of Bearskin cap. Buttons are stamped with a harp and crown, worn in groups of four.

Corps March -

  • Quick – St Patrick's Day
  • Slow – Let Erin Remember

Nick-name - The Micks, Bob's Own

Mascot - Irish Wolfhound named Domhnall

Colonel in Chief - Elizabeth II

Colonel of the Regiment - Prince William, Duke of Cambridge KG KT



1 April 1900 - The Irish Guards regiment was formed by order of Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who fought in the Second Boer War for the British Empire.

Battle honours

  • First World War: Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Ypres 1914 and 17, Langemarck 1914, Battle of Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Festubert 1915, Loos, Somme 1916 and 1918, Flers–Courcelette, Morval, Pilckem, Poelcapelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 and 1918, St. Quentin, Lys, Hazebrouck, Albert 1918, Bapaume 1918, Arras 1918, Scarpe 1918, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914–18
  • Second World War: North-West Europe: Pothus, Norway 1940, Boulogne 1940, Cagny, Mont Pincon, Neerpelt, Nijmegen, Aam, Rhineland, Hochwald, Rhine, Bentheim, North-West Europe 1940 1944–45, North Africa: Medjez Plain, Djebel bou Aoukaz, North Africa 1943, Italy: Anzio, Aprilia, Carroceto, Italy 1943–44
  • Al Basrah 2003, Iraq 2003


Notable Personnel

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Victoria Cross recipients[

  • Guardsman Edward Colquhoun Charlton, 2nd Battalion, The Irish Guards
  • Lance Cpl John Kenneally, 1st Battalion, The Irish Guards
  • ALt Col James Marshall, Irish Guards (attached to the 16th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers)
  • LSgt John Moyney, 2nd Battalion, The Irish Guards
  • LCpl Michael O'Leary, 1st Battalion, The Irish Guards
  • Pte Thomas Woodcock, 2nd Battalion, The Irish Guards


  • Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis


  • The Rt Hon Alastair Boyd, 7th Baron Kilmarnock
  • Rev. Francis Browne, SJ, MC and Bar



  • Arthur Dooley
  • Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg


  • Arthur Charles Evans CBE


  • Sir John Gorman



  • Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor DSO OBE


  • Josef Locke
  • Hugh Lofting



  • Liam O'Flaherty
  • The Rt Hon The Lord O'Neill of the Maine PC


  • Brig JOE Vandeleur DSO and Bar
  • Lt Col Giles Vandeleur DSO


  • Terence Young

Sources, References and Further Reading

  • Brereton, J M A Guide to the regiments and Corps of the British Army on the Regular Establishment (Bodley Head) 1985
  • Griffin, P D Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments (Sutton Publishers) 2006
  • Lumley, Goff Amalgamations in the British Army 1660-2008 (Partizan Press 2009)

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