This site tells the story of the North Irish Horse regiment during the First World War, including its operations as cavalry, cyclist and infantry formations. It is dedicated to my grandfather, Francis Joseph McMahon, whose story inspired my research and is told here.

A detailed history of the North Irish Horse can be found in my book The North Irish Horse in the Great War, published by Pen & Sword Military. To purchase a copy click on the cover image below.




If you would like more information on a family member who served in the North Irish Horse during the Great War, please feel free to contact me (email address below).


A separate site on the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron, which served with the North Irish Horse through much of the war, can be found by clicking the Inniskilling badge below.



Two North Irish Horsemen brought 'in from the cold' with recognition by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as casualties of the war - Millar McGuigan of Ballyclare and Samuel Cosgrove of Portadown and Belfast.


Each week I add new biographies on men of the North Irish Horse. Included in the last seven days are:

Private John McMillan of Belfast
Private James Wilson of Belfast
Lance Corporal William John McCluskie of Belfast
Corporal Samuel Melville of Belfast
Private Victor Crothers of Lisburn
Private James Jones of Buckhurst Hill, Essex
Private Edwin Thomas Lambert of Bayton, Worcestershire
Private Archibald Denis Watts of Leicester
Private John McBride of Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Sergeant Andrew Park of Ballydonaghy, County Antrim
Lance Corporal Richard Jackson Torrance of Lisburn, County Antrim
Private James Anderson of Bolton, Lancashire
Private Albert Ernest McClurg of Belfast
Private Andrew McIlvenny

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