Ireland’s Memorial Records (IMR), or to give it its full title: Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914–1918, being the names of Irishmen who fell in the Great European War 1914–1918, compiled by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial with decorative borders by Harry Clarke, is an incredible record of the service of men from the island of Ireland during the First World War.
Published in 8 volumes in 1923 by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial the work seeks to ‘perpetuate the names and personalities of over 49,400 Irishmen who fell in the Great War’. Only one hundred sets of this unique publication were produced at the time.
The borders were designed by the artist, engraver and stain-glass window designer Harry Clarke. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, these records of the Irish war dead are a great starting point for researchers to use when looking for military ancestors. Combined with the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, and other military sources such as medal records, they help to build up a picture of the family members who served during the War.