Private Thomas Steenson


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

Thomas Steenson joined the North Irish Horse (enlisted, transferred from another regiment or called-up) between 3 and 30 July 1917 (No.2618 – later Corps of Hussars No.71913).

On 7 June 1918 at Antrim he faced a court martial charged with desertion and loss of property and equipment. He was awarded 12 months detention with stoppages of pay until the loss was made up. This was later remitted to 6 months.

Steenson later embarked for France, probably at the end of 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.

Steenson remained with the regiment until 7 January 1920, when he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.