Colonel Walter Goring


Walter Goring and his twin sister Elizabeth were born on 21 December 1863 at Wiston, Sussex, son of the Reverend John Goring and his wife Isabella Mary (nee Thomas).

Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, on 1 August 1883 Goring was commissioned as a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. On 25 November 1885 he transferred to the 3rd (King's Own) Hussars. He was promoted to the rank of captain on 10 April 1891 and appointed regimental adjutant on 27 October that year. In October 1898 he was promoted to the rank of major.

Goring served in South African War in 1902, taking part in operations in the Transvaal and River Colony.

He became a lieutenant-colonel on 14 July 1906 and brevet-colonel on 14 July 1909. He retired on 12 October 1910.

When the war began Goring returned to service and was given command of the 9th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry.

In 1916 he was appointed as commanding officer of the newly-formed 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. He joined the regiment at Toutencourt in France, with the regimental headquarters, on 4 July 1916.

Goring commanded the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment for more than a year. On 25 January 1917 he was Mentioned in Despatches. In September 1917 the regiment was absorbed into the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Goring returned to England and was given command of the 2nd Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, a post he retained for the remainder of the war.

He died on 10 December 1951 at Salisbury, Wiltshire.