This site tells the story of the North Irish Horse regiment during the First World War, including its operations as cavalry, cyclist and infantry formations. It is dedicated to my grandfather, Francis Joseph McMahon, whose story inspired my research and is told here.


A detailed history of the North Irish Horse can be found in my book The North Irish Horse in the Great War, published by Pen & Sword Military. To purchase a copy click on the cover image below.




If you would like more information on a family member who served in the North Irish Horse during the Great War, please feel free to contact me (email address below).


A separate site on the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron, which served with the North Irish Horse through much of the war, can be found by clicking the Inniskilling badge below.



Twenty-three North Irish Horsemen saw action at Gallipoli while attached as Military Mounted Police to the 54th (East Anglian) Division. Biographies of each of them can be found here.

A superb image of Private Wesley Freeland, the first North Irish Horseman to serve in a tank regiment.


Each week I add new biographies on men of the North Irish Horse. Included in the last seven days are:

Corporal John David Buchanan

Captain Charles Edward Iles

Second Lieutenant William Garrett Mercier

Second Lieutenant Griffith Edward Mathews

Private Joseph Lyons

Private William Livingstone

Private Robert Gillespie

Private George McLorn

Private William Brian Simonton

Private William Anderson

Private Henry Bradley

Private Joseph Browne Mackenzie

Private William Cunningham

Private James Booth Marks

Private William Crooks

Private Joseph Alphonsus McSweeney

Private Nathaniel Harvey


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