Private Alexander Frazer


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

Alexander Frazer enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 1 and 5 February 1913 (No.799). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In May and June 1916 A, D and E Squadrons of the North Irish Horse combined to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, and C and F Squadrons joined the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, each serving as corps cavalry units. In September 1917 the 2nd NIH Regiment was disbanded and its men, together with some surplus to the needs of the 1st NIH Regiment, were transferred to the infantry, most joining the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion.

Frazer was one of the men transferred, but later than most, on 26 November 1917, as he was undergoing treatment in hospital for impetigo. He was issued regimental number 41644.

At present nothing more is known of his service during the war.