of the men who left this area and all that was dear to them, endured hardships, faced dangers, and finally passed out of sight of men, in the path of duty and self sacrifice, giving their lives that we may live in freedom.
Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten.
Friends of the 36th (North Antrim)
- Formed 11/11/11
- Set up to promote the name of the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in which the majority of men from North Antrim would have joined.
- Meets last Tuesday of every month in Dunaghy Orange Hall.
- New members welcome (please contact us)
- Friends of the 36th was set up by the founders of 36th Ulster Memorial Drumming Club.
History Of The 36th (Ulster) Division
Ulster Volunteer Force - 36th Ulster Division
The Home Rule Crises in the early 20th century in Ireland came to a temporary halt when war erupted in Europe in 1914. The Great War as it has become known commenced in 1914 and ended when peace was declared in 1918. For these four years Britain and it's allies fought a war, which claimed so many lives it was described as the war to end all wars. In Ireland both nationalists and unionists put their differences aside and joined the rest of Britain in defending their country against the common enemy, Germany.
The Ulster Volunteer Force was in a unique position due to the successful gunrunning by Crawford. The importance of the gunrunning by the Ulster Volunteer Force was summed up by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Wilfred B Spender K.C.B. C.B.E. D.S.O. M.C.
"Looking back, the British have reason to be grateful to the Ulster people for their stand for the Empire and particularly Colonel Crawford, who brought from Germany, before the first Great War, more than enough arms to equip a Division in Northern Ireland. Germany lost these weapons at a vital time and they proved invaluable in training the 36th Ulster Division before it's departure to France on 1915?".
The Ulster Volunteer Force, which became known as the 36th Ulster Division played a vital role in the Great War.