Sergeant Thomas Jamison

 

 

Thomas Jamison of Antrim was probably the child born on 1 August 1898 at Railway Street, Antrim, youngest of thirteen children of farmer and publican James Jamison and his wife Margaret (formerly Wilson).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 29 or 30 November 1915 (No.1992 – later Corps of Hussars No.71660).

Sent to France as a reinforcement in 1916 or 1917, he was posted to E Squadron of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving with them until the end of the war.

In the latter part of 1918 Jamison was one of five men of E Squadron awarded Military Medals for their gallant conduct during September in the Advance to Victory offensive. The commanding officer of the 38th (Welsh) Division had written:

I am deeply grateful for the magnificent assistance rendered to this Division by the squadron of V Corps Cyclists, North Irish Horse, during the past sixteen days. They have been gallant to a degree, unflagging in energy, and although placed under different Brigadiers almost daily, have never failed to supply me with early and accurate information. I desire especially to place on record my appreciation of the manner in which this sqn, on the 4th inst, took forward ammunition to the troops of the 114th Bde through a very heavy HE and gas barrage, across the Canal du Nord. I shall be very happy to forward any recommendations for immediate awards that the Squadron Commander may see fit to submit.

Jamison was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 15 February 1919.

 

Image from the Belfast Evening Telegraph, from the last quarter of 1918, kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com).