Private Thomas Maloney


The backgound of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was born around 1891 and his father's name was Thomas.

Thomas Maloney enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 12 June and 25 July 1914 (No.955). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Between late 1914 and 1916 he probably fell ill or was injured or wounded. He was evacuated to the UK, where he later rejoined the North Irish Horse at its Antrim reserve depot.

In November 1916 Maloney was one of around 100 North Irish Horsemen who volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.40899). The formal transfer took place on 7 December, and on that day the men embarked for France. There they were posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, joining it on the Somme front on 12 December.

Maloney remained with the Rifles until 18 May 1918, when he was transferred to the Army Service Corps (No. T/408142). Nothing more is known of his military service.

On 29 January 1919 he married widow Jessie Margaret Moore at the All Saints Church, Poplar, London. They lived at 30 Bright Street, Poplar, where Maloney died on 3 May 1926.