June - The Battalion
finally returned to England from France, Battalion was stationed at
Crownhill Barracks, Plymouth England.
The Battalion standing to
at Crownhill Barracks, Plymouth England.
The Battalion standing
to at Crownhill Barracks, Plymouth England.
October - Joins the
Inter-Allied Forces in Upper Silesia, traveling via Dover, Ostend and Cologne.
September - 1st -
The battalion arrived at Tarnowitz under
the command of Lieut._Colonel J.A.F. Cuffe DSO and was accommodated
in a large seminary, the officers being in separate billets.
Why the battalion and other allied troops were in Silesia. -
Silesia had belonged to Poland in early medieval times, but passed
to the Kings of Bohemia in the XIV century, then to the Austrian
Habsburgs. Frederick the Great of
Prussia seized Silesia from Maria Theresa of Austria
in 1740 in the War of Austrian Succession, after which
it became a part of Prussia.
The Treaty of Versailles had ordered a plebiscite
in Upper Silesia to determine whether the territory
should be a part of Germany or Poland. In the background,
strongarm tactics and discrimination on both sides led
to rioting and eventually to the first two Silesian
Uprisings in 1919 and 1920. The issue was eventually
settled by the then League of Nations.
The 1st battalion remained at stand-to the whole
of it's stay in Silesia but no untoward incident happened
in their area that demanded any action.
On April 2nd 1922, the battalion entrained and left
Tarnowitz at 06.30 am on the 3rd, started the return
journey home, with a brief halt of 8 hours at Cologne;
the battalion arrived back at Crownhill Barracks on
the 7th April 1922.
ARMY ORDER 78 - REGIMENTS TO
March 11th - Army Order
78 published, which stated that 5 Irish line Regiments were to be
disbanded. The Royal Munster Fusiliers being one of the Regiments.
April - Battalion
arrives England from Tarnowitz, Upper Silesia, returns to Crownhill Barracks,
June 12th 1922, King
George V accepted the Colours of five disbanded Irish Regiments, a remarkable
period in Ireland's military history and association with the British Regular
Army came to a close.
July 31st - Royal
Munster Fusiliers Regiment finally disbanded.
Thus passed away the
' Royal Munster Fusiliers', a Regiment with a record that needs no
words to immortalize it, and after a faithful service of over 250 years.