Private Henry Lavery


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

Henry Lavery enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 1 and 5 February 1913 (No.792 or 793 – later Corps of Hussars No.71105).

Mobilised at the beginning of the war, he trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, possibly with E Squadron on 11 January 1916.

In May 1916 E Squadron came together with A and D Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Lavery remained with the regiment throughout the war, though how much time he spent in France and Belgium and how much at the Antrim reserve camp is not known at present. On 12 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.