Corporal Fred Smyth


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

Fred Smyth enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 4 and 14 January 1916 (Regimental number one of the following – 2059, 2069-72. Later in the war this was replaced with Corps of Hussars number 71686.)

Smyth trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Smyth remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 28 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.