Private Herbert Hanna


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

Herbert Hanna enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 9 or 10 October 1914 (No.1298). On 17 November 1915 he embarked for France 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. Like most, Hanna was posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – on 20 September, joining it in the field at Ruyaulcourt five days later. He was issued regimental number 41236.

No information has been located on Hanna's service with the 9th (NIH) Battalion over the remainder of the war. On 14 December 1918 he was discharged, suggesting that he had fallen ill (I have found no record of him being wounded).