Private George Buchanan


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was born around 1894.

George Buchanan enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 3 and 8 February 1915 (No.1441). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve depot before embarking for France on 17 November 1915 with F Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 33rd Division.

In June 1916 F Squadron combined with C Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry.

Prior to this, however, Buchanan had fallen ill with 'VDH' (valvular disease of the heart), being initially admitted to No.139 Field Ambulance.

It is probable that soon after, he was evacuated to the UK for further treatment.

He was later transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.21076), serving in the 6th Battalion, and the Leinster Regiment (No.27885), serving in the 1st Battalion.

On 31 March 1919 Buchanan was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.