7th/8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 7th (Service) Battalion Formed at Omagh in October 1914 as part of K2 and came under the command of 49th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. Moved to Tipperary and in August 1915 Finner Camp. Landed in England in September 1915 and went to Woking. Landed in France in February 1916. 23 August 1917: amalgamated with 8th Bn to become 7/8th Bn. 22 April 1918 : reduced to cadre strength after taking heavy casualties. 17 June 1918 : transferred to 102nd Brigade in 34th Division. 26 June 1918 : transferred to GHQ Troops, and re-established with men from 8th Rifle Brigade. 3 July 1918 : transferred to 89th Brigade in 30th Division. 8th (Service) Battalion Formed at Omagh in October 1914 as part of K2 and came under command of 49th Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. Record same as 7th Bn. 23 August 1917 : amalgamated with 7th Bn and ceased to exist. The 7/8th Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was formed on the 23rd of August 1917 when the 7th Battalion amalgamated with 8th. They were in action in the Third Battles of Ypres. In 1918 they were in action on the Somme 1918 suffering very heavy casualties and on the 22nd April 1918 the battalion was reduced to cadre strength. On the 17th of June they transferred to 102nd Brigade, 34th Division then on the 26th to GHQ Troops. The battalion was re-established with men joining from 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade and on the 3rd of July 1918 they joined 89th Brigade, 30th Division. They were in action during the Advance in Flanders and by the Armistice had crossed the River Scheldt with advanced units reaching the line between Ghoy and la Livarde, north west of Lessines. In January 1919 30th Division took up duty at the Base Ports of Dunkirk, Calais, Boulogne and Etaples and demobilisation began. 15th Apr 1918 One hundred men of the 7/8 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers received a suspended court-martial on the same day. The battalion was being disbanded and they went on strike to prevent it. The high number of non Irish soldiers striking shows the camaraderie and respect these merged replacements had for a regiment they previously had no attachment to. The unusual event was remarkable in that the sentence normally punishable by death was suspended. They all went back to fight the following day. The photo shows the men of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with their trophies after the capture of Wytschaete.