1745 – At the battle of, near Tournai in modern Belgium, the Irish Brigade of the French army under Lieutenant Charles O’Brien repulses the British and wins the day.

Those killed include (on the British side) Henry Ponsonby, MP for Clomines and Inistioge and a brother of Brabazon Ponsonby, 1st Earl of Bessborough.

The role of the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Fontenoy, where the French army won a notable victory over the British and Dutch, has been regarded as the greatest of Irish battle honours.



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