Private Thomas Montgomery


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

Thomas Montgomery enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 16 February 1912 (No.672).

On 17 November 1915 he embarked for France with F Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 33rd Division.

In June 1916 F Squadron combined with C Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry. Like most, Montgomery joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – on 20 September. He was issued regimental number 41234.

It is likely that he saw action with the battalion at the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917, and possibly also in some of the many actions it fought through 1918.

Montgomery was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 20 March 1919.