Private Thomas J. Williamson


Thomas Williamson enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 10 and 12 August 1914 (No.991).

Just over a week later he embarked for France as part of C Squadron, seeing action in the Retreat from Mons and Advance to the Aisne.

In June 1916 C Squadron joined with F Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. The regiment was then based on the Somme front. On 10 July 1916 the regimental war diary included the following entry:

7.0 pm The regt under Major Waring strength 80 per Squadron proceeded to clear up the battlefield in La-Boisselle. Horses were left W of Albert. The Squadrons were attached to 7th & 75th Inf. Brigades. during work they came under continual heavy shell fire. Work was discontinued just before dawn. The Regt arrived back in Camp at 5.A.M. Casualties. Wounded. 790 Pte Ramsay J 'B' Squadron N.I.H., 991 Pte Williamson T.J. 'C' Squadron.

Williamson was evacuated home for treatment. He recovered slowly and on 9 July 1917 was transferred to No.664 Home Service Labour Company, Army Service Corps (No.333726).

Later in the war he was transferred to the Staffordshire Yeomanry (Corps of Hussars No.71988).

On 1 September 1919 he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.