The North Irish Horse at Vignacourt

 

At the beginning of December 1918 the North Irish Horse Cyclist Regiment rode from their camp in eastern France to the village of Vignacourt, near Amiens. They remained there until the middle of 1919. With the fighting over, they found plenty of time for leisure activities, and many took advantage of the services offered by the local photographers, Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, whose glass-plate negatives were printed onto postcards and sent home. Thousands of these negatives were recently discovered at the farm where the photographs had been taken, among them more than a dozen showing men of the North Irish Horse Cyclist Regiment.

Some of these are shown below. Most are sourced from the collection of the Kerry Stokes Foundation, and I am grateful to the foundation for permitting their use here. Most of these images also appear in my book The North Irish Horse in the Great War.

 

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A Squadron
A Squadron football team
D or E Squadron
Other ranks
No.2 Troop

 

North Irish Horseman
North Irish Horseman
Signaller
Three officers
Three officers
North Irish Horseman
North Irish Horseman
Lieutenant
Group of three
Warrant Officer John Wright
Corporals
Corporals
Three Privates
Warrant Officers and senior NCOs
Sergeant
Warrant Officer Humphrey Boyd
Corporal and Private
Mounted North Irish Horseman
Mounted North Irish Horseman
Mounted North Irish Horseman
Officer and men
Officer and men