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.



Private Frederick McConnell has now been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at the Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial.

An article on the North Irish Horse published in The Army Review in 1912.

An image of an early-model Lee Enfield rifle issued to the North Irish Horse.

A newly identified North Irish Horse officer casualty, 2nd Lieutenant Leopold George Weston.

Two new images from Vignacourt in 1918 or 1919 - here and here.

A newly identified North Irish Horse casualty, Private Edward Hargan.

Biographies of Brigadier Edward Mungo Dorman, Major Ian Archibald Finlay, Captains Evelyn De La Rue and Herbert Gavin Elliot, Lieutenants Robert James Downey and Norman ffolliott Darling, 2nd Lieutenants Samuel Fulton McCreary, Henry James Armstrong, Rifleman Edward Lennox and Privates William John Richmond, Robert Beckett and Thomas Foreman.



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