Private Thomas Scott


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

Thomas Scott enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 19 March and 2 April 1915 (No.1468 – later Corps of Hussars No.71391). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France on 17 November 1915 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.

By then, however, Scott had been posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. In February-March 1918 that regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit. This meant a 25 per cent reduction in the regiment's numbers, and it is likely that this was the time that Scott was posted to the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars. He was later posted to the 19th Royal Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own).

On 28 April 1919 Scott was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.