Private John Sewell


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

John Sewell enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 14 and 16 October 1914 (No.1315). On 15 July 1915 he embarked for France, where he was posted to A, C or D Squadron – most probably C Squadron.

In May and June 1916 C Squadron combined with F Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, and A, D and E Squadrons combined to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, each serving as corps cavalry units. In September 1917 the 2nd NIH Regiment was disbanded and its men, together with some surplus to the needs of the 1st NIH Regiment, were transferred to the infantry. Like most, Sewell joined the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – on 20 September. He was issued regimental number 41250.

No information has been located about Sewell's service with the 9th (NIH) Battalion through the remainder of 1917 and 1918. On 8 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.