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Roll of honour marks Ireland’s WWII dead

More than 3,600 people from neutral south of Ireland died serving in World War Two, a new study shows.

Ireland's Roll of Honour - World War Two

Their names will join those of almost 3,900 men and women from Northern Ireland in a new Roll of Honour which has been unveiled in Dublin.

On active service

The Roll of Honour, compiled by a historian at the University, lists the names of 7,507 men and women from Ireland- both north and south- who died while serving in the British, Commonwealth and Dominion Forces.

The Roll of Honour -3,617 from the south and 3,890 from the north, shows the men and women served across a range of nearly 200 branches of the British Armed Services.

The Roll of Honour will be officially unveiled in a ceremony at Trinity College. The Roll will be permanently housed in Trinity College Library.

Contribution to Allied war effort

The research, carried out by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for the Study of Two World Wars, is the first to assess the contribution of men and women from the island of Ireland to the Allied war effort.

It is estimated that, in the British Army alone, there may have been as many as 100,000 men and women from the north and south of Ireland serving.

Documents from a variety of sources show that, between 1941 and 1943, the Royal Air Force attracted over 12,000 recruits from Ireland with 8,500 coming from the neutral south.

Yvonne McEwen, from the University’s Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars, said the research is a major step in portraying the full picture of Ireland’s contribution to the Second World War.

This is a historical enquiry which needed to be undertaken to help tell the story of the significant role of the Irish volunteers which, to date, has largely been untold.There is a moral imperative to record the major contribution of those Irish men and women who served and died.

Yvonne McEwenCentre for the Study of The Two World Wars