|The North Irish Horse was formed as a Yeomanry
regiment in 1902. After the Haldane reforms of 1908 it became a Special
Reserve cavalry regiment.
A list of men who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War
can be seen here.
The following information is taken from; "BRITISH REGIMENTS
1914-1918" by Brigadier E.A. James
Naval and Military Press. 5th Edition April 1998.
Part I, page 15
NORTH IRISH HORSE
France and Flanders, 1914-18
4.8.14 Belfast: attached to 3rd Cavalry Brigade. On mobilisation the
regiment was split up and the squadrons were employed mainly as divisional cavalry until
1916. After this as corps cavalry and, finally in 1918, as corps cyclists and infantry.
Three new squadrons were formed.
A Squadron landed at Harve on 19.8.14 as G.H.Q. Troops. 4.1.16 to 55th
Div. as Div. Cav. 10.5.16 to VII Corps Cav. Regt.
B Squadron was attached to 59th Div. in Hertfordshire from Aug.
1915 to April 1916. In May 1916 F Squadron in France became B
C Squadron landed in France on 22.8.14 as G.H.Q. Troops. 14.4.15 to 3rd
Div. as Div. Cav. 11.5.16 to X Corps Cav. Regt.
D Squadron. In 1915 joined 51st Div. at Bedford as Div. Cav.
2.5.15 landed at Harve. 10.5.16 to VII Corps Cav. Regt.
E Squadron. In 1915 joined 34th Div. on Salisbury Plain as Div.
Cav. 1.1.16 landed at Harve. 10.5.16 to VII Corps Cav. Regt.
F (later B) Squadron. In 1915 joined 33rd Div. on
Salisbury Plain as Div. Cav. 18.11.15 landed at Harve. On 19.4.16 left 33rd
Div. and after short attachments to 1st Cav., 49th and 32nd
Divs. joined X Corps Cav. Regt. on 21.6.16. Became B Squadron on 25.5.16.
On 10.5.16 A, D and E Squadrons formed what was
known as the 1st North Irish Horse and served as VII Corps Cav. Regt. On
16.7.17 it became XIX Corps Cav. Regt. and transferred to V Corps on 7.9.17. Early in
March ( I believe 1918, HGV ) the regiment was dismounted and converted to cyclists
and was V Corps Cyclist Bn. until the end of the war.
On 21.6.16 B and C Squadrons with the service sqdn. of the 6th
(Inniskilling) Dragoons (from 36th (Ulster) Div.) formed the 2nd
North Irish Horse at Toutencourt as X Corps Cav. Regt. In August 1917 the X Corps Cav.
Regt. was broken up and the squadrons went to a base depot for infantry training. On
25.9.17 the 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers absorbed 304 men of the two North
Irish horse squadrons adding (North Irish Horse) to its title. The unit was in 108th
Bde. 36th (Ulster) Div.
A reserve regiment was formed and remained in Ireland all the war, for most of the time
A brief note about WW 2;
The NIH served as a supplementary reserve tank regiment in North Africa
To see a list of men who died during the Second World War click here,
this list also includes one man who died as a member of the Army of Occupation.