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The South Irish Horse in the Great War (Hardback)

Regimental History WWI Ypres Flanders Marne Mons 1915 1916 1917 1918 Military

By Mark Perry
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 211
ISBN: 9781526736956
Published: 26th November 2018



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On 12 June 1922 King George V received at Windsor Castle representatives of the six disbanded Irish regiments. While five had long and distinguished service records, the South Irish Horse (SIH) had only been raised in 1902, as a result of the second Boer War, but too late to take part.

On the outbreak of The Great War a single squadron of the SIH was sent to Flanders which was involved in the retreat from Mons and the Marne and the early battles of Ypres, Neuve Chapelle.

The remainder of the Regiment followed and over the next four years, won ten battle honours including Loos 1915, Somme 1916 and 1918, Albert, St Quentin, Courtrai and finally France and Flanders 1915-1918. Losses were severe and there were many acts of gallantry.

This book, while not an official history, fills a void by describing the achievements of this unique and short-lived regiment and the colourful characters who served in it. Certainly there is a fine story to tell and it will be invaluable to those researching former members.

The author has diligently made the best use of the somewhat limited sources available: unit diaries, press reports, surviving service records and a small number of personal accounts.

Perry writes "Given the now changed political landscape in Ireland as a whole, I hope this allows their descendants to take pride in their achievements and encourage them to delve deeper into their family history.' I would certainly recommend this book to them. For the general reader, the Irish dimension, in particular, is of some interest.

Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

The South Irish Horse Regimental history is captured in this book for posterity for historians and World War I researchers and serves as an excellent example of the small unit esprit de corps that can be fostered when given the right support and equipment for war.

Argunners, Christopher 'Moon' Mullins

I was expecting this book to be about a particular breed of horse, but South Irish Horse refers to a regiment and the part they played in the Great War. As such, it is another brilliant account, highly detailed, about this particular regiment, and is utterly enthralling.

Books Monthly

Raised in 1902 and disbanded in 1922; one squadron served as part of the BEF at Mons in 1914 and subsequently a further five squadrons served with distinction throughout the Great War in France and Flanders. This is the first published account of the South Irish Horse and the author has done well to pull together a coherent and relatively detailed story draw largely from incomplete war diaries and press reports. He includes a reconstructed roll of honour and a list of honours and awards.

Military Historical Society

About Mark Perry

Mark Perry was educated at the Royal Hospital School, Ipswich for the sons of serving sailors, where he developed a passion for all things historical, particularly military history.

His career in surveying took him to Ireland where he now lives.

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