Corporal Richard Hoy



The background of this North Irish Horseman is at present not known, although there are two strong possibilities. The first is the Richard Hoy born on 1 March 1877 at Leitrim, Eniskillen, County Fermanagh, son of farmer Richard Hoy and his wife Mary (nee Rogers). His father died when he was just seven years old. The 1901 and 1911 censuses show him living at Drumcorban, County Fermanagh, with three uncles and an aunt and working as a farm servant.

The second is the Richey Hoy born on 27 June 1885 at Clanrolla, Lurgan, County Armagh, one of seven children of butcher (later farmer) Thomas Hoy and his wife Anne Eliza (nee Graham). By 1911 he was living with his parents and three siblings at Clanrolla and working as a butcher.

Hoy enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 16 and 20 August 1910 (No.528 – later Corps of Hussars No.71032). He embarked for France with E Squadron on 11 January 1916, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 55th Division.

In May 1916 A, D and E Squadrons came together to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX then V Corps until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist regiment. It served as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Hoy remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 24 February 1919 he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.


The above image, taken in France in 1916, can be seen in its full context here.