Roll call

 

North Irish Horse contingent to Egypt

 

In August 1917 orders were received that the 2nd NIH Regiment (together with others including the 1st and 2nd South Irish Horse and the 2/1st Northumberland Yeomanry), would be disbanded and the men transferred to the infantry. A party of 71 men of the regiment were given the job of conducting the regiment's horses to Egypt, to be handed over for use by mounted units there. They entrained at Beaurainville for Marseilles on 14 August under the command of an officer, Lieutenant T.H.M. Leader, assisted by two NCOs, Sergeant Joseph Ellison and Corporal Francis McMahon. On 25 August they sailed from Marseilles for Alexandria on board HMT Bohemian. Also on board on the same mission were men of the South Irish Horse and the Northumberland Yeomanry.

After a fortnight at Alexandria they returned to France, via Italy, minus two men who had fallen ill. They arrived at the 36th (Ulster) Division Infantry Base Depot at Harfleur on 5 October 1917. After just a few days of infantry training they were posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – which had been renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – joining it in the field at Ruyaulcourt on 12 October.

The North Irish Horse contingent comprised an officer and 46 other ranks, together with five men of the 2nd Dragoon Guards and nineteen of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons who were attached to 2nd NIH Regiment. Their names are listed below. Fifty-eight are known for certain. The remaining twelve are among the seventeen shown in italics.

 

SURNAME FIRST NAMES
REGIMENTAL NUMBER
NORTH IRISH HORSE
INNISKILLINGS
DRAGOON GUARDS
ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS
Ellison Joseph 1017
41566
McMahon Francis Joseph 1308
41567
Brennan William 1643
41568
Curry Harry 1646
41569
Davis John Charles 1384
41570
Geoffroy Francis Lewis 2104
41571
Gracey J 1504
41572
Graham Isaac 1320
41573
Gordon William Brown 1403
41574
Henry John Alexander 1461
41575
Hull Robert John 1519
41576
Kelly James 1444
41577
Peters Frederick Richmond Strafford 1341
41578
Speers Samuel William 1453
41579
McClenaghan William Samuel  2065
41580
Sheridan Patrick 1466
41581
Shaw Joseph 1425
41582
Whiteside James Bryson 1568
41583
Averell   Andrew 2046
41584
Beck John 1114
41585
Barbour James Albert Victor 1614
41586
Unknown
41587
Ferris Joseph 1483
41588
Davey Allen 1312
41589
Kerr Hugh 1491
41590
Maitland James 807
41591
Magill Charles 2043
41592
McCleery Robert 2198
41593
Owens Thomas Francis 1525
41594
Sands David 1482
41595
Inglis Thomas 1945
41596
Wilson Joseph 2211
41597
Stuart William Patrick 2312
41598
McGaffin James 1653
41599
Jack Gilbert 1152
41600
Britton James W 6
41601
Connor J 212
41602
Fitzgerald Marshall 35
41603
Flanagan Richard Arthur 280
41604
Kirkpatrick David W 188
41605
McCurry Thomas  
144
41606
McCormick William 208
41607
McMaster John 190
41608
McGahey William 292
41609
Morrison George 266
41610
Nicholl John 47
41611
Nixon William J 111
41612
Nesbitt John 191
41613
Somers Samuel 159
41614
Wallace Francis J  180
41615
Cullen Gerald
5963 (6ID)
41616
Ashman Reginald John
20327
41617
Davies Harold
21277
41618
Guntrip Frederick Edmund
21247
41619
Moore Maurice Victor
11341
41620
Nixon John 1053
41621
Shiels Samuel 1459
41622
Huggard William 816
41623
Armstrong Alexander 147
41624
Mullan Hugh 2040
41626
Unknown
41628
Bell William 1682
41629
Hassard Joseph 197
41632
Porter William 96
41633
Mason S A 104
41635
McVicker James 1426
41637
Jones Herbert Alexander 1807
41638
Reilly John 1930
41639
Unknown
41640
Nelson John 1151
41641
Lee Mark 42
41642
Taylor William 256
41645
Armstrong Robert 674
41695
Bearns Robert 164
41697
Matchett William Joseph 2237
41698