Private Thomas Kennedy


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

Thomas Kennedy enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 7 September 1914 (No.1155 – later Corps of Hussars No.71254). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve depot before embarking for France on 2 June 1915 with a reinforcement draft for A, C and D Squadrons.

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. The 1st Regiment was later converted to a cyclist unit, and the 2nd Regiment disbanded and absorbed into the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Late in the war, or soon after, Kennedy transferred to the 3rd (King's Own) Hussars (No.80222). He was still serving with the Hussars as late as March 1920.