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North Irish Horse
- North Irish Horse A Sqn
- North Irish Horse B Sqn
North Irish Horse A Squadron proceeded to France on 19th of August 1914 and was attached to GHQ. On 4th of January 1916, it was transferred to 55th (West Lancashire) Division and on 10th of May 1916 went to VII Corps, forming the 1st North Irish Horse together with D and E Squadrons. This unit transferred to XIX Corps in July 1917 and to V Corps in September 1917. In March 1918, the unit became a Cyclist Battalion, which it then remained.
5th Aug 1914 Mobilisation
16th Aug 1914 On the Move
17th Aug 1914 On the Move
19th Aug 1914 On the Move
21st Aug 1914 On the Move
22nd Aug 1914 On the March
23rd Aug 1914 Duty
24th Aug 1914 On the March
25th Aug 1914 Screening
26th Aug 1914 On the Move
27th Aug 1914 Rear Guard
28th Aug 1914 Rear Guard
29th Aug 1914 On the March
30th Aug 1914 Rear Guard
31st Aug 1914 Rear Guard
1st Sep 1914 Caught with their Coats Off
1st Sep 1914 Rear Guard
2nd Sep 1914 Rear Guard
3rd Sep 1914 Rear Guard
4th Sep 1914 Rear Guard
5th Sep 1914 Rear Guard
6th Sep 1914 Advance Guard
7th Sep 1914 Advance Guard
8th Sep 1914 Advance Guard
9th Sep 1914 On the Move
11th Sep 1914 On the March
12th Sep 1914 On the March
13th Sep 1914 Escort Duty Resumes
8th Oct 1914 On the Move
9th Oct 1914 On the Move
10th Oct 1914 Guard Duty
13th Oct 1914 On the Move
14th Oct 1914 Guard Duty
15th Oct 1914 On the March
16th Oct 1914 On the March
17th Oct 1914 On the March
18th Oct 1914 On the March
19th Oct 1914 Police Duties
24th Oct 1914 Squadron Reassembles
25th Oct 1914 On the March
27th May 1915 On the March
3rd Jan 1916 On the Move
8th Jan 1916 On the Move
9th Jan 1916 On the Move
10th Jan 1916 On the Move
15th Jan 1916 34th Division concentrate at La Crosse By the 15th of January 1916 all units of 34th Division had arrive in France and concentrated at La Crosse, east of St Omer.
16th Jan 1916 Organisation
21st Jan 1916 Orders
21st Jan 1916 Instruction
22nd Jan 1916 Orders Issued
23rd Jan 1916 On the Move
26th Jan 1916 On Alert
27th Jan 1916 Emergeny Scheme
28th Jan 1916 Emergeny Scheme
1st Feb 1916 On the Move
8th Feb 1916 On the March
16th Feb 1916 On the March
17th Feb 1916 On the March
24th Feb 1916 On the March
7th Mar 1916 On the March
5th May 1916 On the March
10th May 1916 Reorganisation
25th September 1917 Daily Activity 9th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (K2) later (from 25th Sep.1917) 9th Bn (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Our guns were very active all early morning. There was no enemy retaliation until about 1000 when Slag Heap was heavily shelled with one direct hit on the front line causing four casualties to our men. Three Other Ranks were killed and one was mortally wounded and died the same afternoon.
Three-hundred and four Other Ranks from the North Irish Horse joined the Battalion today with our Band playing them in to Ruyaulcourt where they were toasted right royally.
Note: From today the unit's title becomes the 9th Battalion (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Note regarding the North Irish Horse. B Squadron was attached to the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division in August 1915, leaving in June 1916 to form, together with C Squadron and the Service Squadron of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, the 2nd North Irish Horse.
This unit was attached to X Corps until August 1917, when it was broken up. The personnel went to infantry training and eventually more than 300 of them joined the 9th (Service) Btn. the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
30th September 1917 Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Church of England and Presbyterians paraded for Divine Service at 12 noon. The Corps Commander attended the former service.
The following Officers reported for duty:
- Major V.G Whitla
- Captain F.G Uprichard
- Captain John Grant
- 2nd Lieutenant R.A Orr
- 2nd Lieutenant John Scott
- 2nd Lieutenant R.L Smith.
A football match was held later in the afternoon, the Battalion team versus the North Irish Horse draft team, which the Battalion team won by 2 – 1.
2nd October 1917 Daily Activity 9th Btn. (North Irish Horse) the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Brigadier-General R.J Kentish D.S.O again visited the Battalion and lunched at the Headquarters Mess. Training etc carried on as usual.
The under-named Officers from the North Irish Horse joined the Battalion for duty today:
- 2nd Lieutenants
- W.H Hutchinson,
- F.J Whalen,
- H.S Dean,
- C.B Larter.
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- Armstrong Reginald George. Pte. E Squadron (d.26th Mar 1918)
- Garnett Albert Henry. L/Cpl.
- Mckee James. Pte. 10th Btn.
- Toomath David. Pte.
- West Richard Annesley. Lt/Col. attd. Tank Corps (d.2nd September 1918)
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Lt/Col. Richard Annesley West VC DSO MC attd. Tank Corps North Irish Horse (d.2nd September 1918)Richard West was killed in action on 2nd September 1918 aged 40. He had also served in the South African War and was the son of Augustus E. and Sarah West, of Whitepark, Co. Fermanagh; husband of Maude E. West, of 14, Trafalgar Square, Chelsea, London.
An extract from the Second Supplement to The London Gazette, No. 30982, dated 29th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, leadership and self-sacrifice. During an attack, the infantry having lost their bearings in the dense fog, this officer at once collected and re-organised any men he could find and led them to their objective in face of heavy machine-gun fire. Throughout the whole action he displayed the most utter disregard of danger, and the capture of the objective was in a great part due to his initiative and gallantry."s flynn
Pte. David Toomath North Irish HorseDavid Toomath was born on 13 Apr 1898 in Belfast Ireland. He served with the British Forces during WWI, at first with the North Irish Horse and later in the Machine Gun Company. His regimental number was 2315, then 105374.
David married his sweetheart from Ireland, Ethel Maud Lyons on 13th of Dec 1923 in a Presbyterian Church located on Cowan Avenue in Toronto. The Church is now used by another denomination. The bride's parents were James and Margaret (nee Fitzsimons) Lyons. David and Ethel had one child together, a daughter, Margaret whom they called Marjorie. On records from the period, David gave his occupation as a jockey and horse trainer. David later accepted a position with U.S.L. Battery where he played an important roll in the development of the dry cell battery. He stayed with the firm for thirty-five years after which he retired and moved with his wife Ethel to California to live with their daughter Marjorie. David was a family favorite. Just about everyone in the family went to visit him at one time or another and all of them remember him fondly. David had brown hair and blue eyes. He died in California on 10 May 1980.Brian
Pte. Reginald George Armstrong E Squadron North Irish Horse (d.26th Mar 1918)Reginald George Armstrong was born in Dublin but enlisted in Antrim. He was the son of Charles B. Armstrong, of Beechfield House, Clontarf, Dublin. >He was killed in action in Flanders age 20 and is buried in Toutencourt Communal Cemetery and is commemorated at the Presbyterian Church, Clontarf.
Update : Private Reginald George Armstrong 'E' Squadron, 5th Army Cyclist Corps Was killed in action age 20, Tuesday, 26th March 1918, when the British 5th Army was driven back across the former Somme battlefields during the German 'Operation Michael'.S Flynn
L/Cpl. Albert Henry Garnett North Irish HorseI have some photos of my Uncle Albert Garnett and recently a research archivist in England has finally identified the cap badge. It appears that when he left England for the Western Front he was seconded to the North Irish Horse. Due to missing records we are unable to determine which year he joined up, but in 1914 he was only 15 years old so perhaps it was later in the war.Michael Garnett
Pte. James Mckee 10th Btn. Royal Inniskilling FusiliersMy Grandfather James McKee was Private 40652, 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Formally 2090 North Irish Horse), he was badly wounded Passchendaele in August 1917, suffering wounds to his neck and waist. On release from hospital he was transferred to The Royal Army Service Corps, Horse transport section.David Hawthorne
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