Private James Murdock


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

James Murdock enlisted in the North Irish Horse at some point following the declaration of war in August 1914 (regimental number unknown). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp until November 1916, when he and around 100 other North Irish Horsemen volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles. The formal transfer took place on 7 December (Murdock was issued regimental number 40903), 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.

Murdock transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment around May 1918 (No.21013). On 4 April 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.