Private Thomas Lilley


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

Thomas Lilley enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 8 or 9 November 1915 (No.1824 or 1825 – later Corps of Hussars No.71577). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Lilley remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 21 May 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.