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Two unknown North Irish Horseman

 

 

Two unknown North Irish Horsemen lie in the Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, Aisne, in graves VI.F.7 and VI.F.8. The bodies of both men were recovered after the war from their burial place near the village of Cugny (map reference 66.D.R.14.d.3.2).

When found, their graves were not marked by a cross or anything else to assist with identification. However North Irish Horse shoulder titles found on their bodies suggested their regiment. Their date of death was recorded as March 1915. However I believe this was probably a mis-transcription, and that both were men of the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, killed during the German offensive of March 1918.

If so, their identities would be among the following six names: Thomas Sittlington, Thomas Rowland Cartmill, Thomas Berry Lyons, Arthur Sidney Crawford, John Forbes and John Moon.

Their gravestone inscriptions read:

A SOLDIER
OF THE GREAT WAR
NORTH IRISH HORSE
MARCH 1915

KNOWN UNTO GOD

 

 

 

I am grateful to Le Maire Adjoint of Seraucourt le Grand, Paul Remy, for sending me the images of the gravestones. The image of the reburial register is sourced from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.