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Just working on this here, so be normal. Haven't figured out linkys (getting there, I think) yet or pictures (same) or citations (AAAARRRRRGGGG, bugrit), so bear with me.

Although any help and advice would be good

Grand Uncle lies "pavilioned" in Alexandria for going to see the world with the undermentioned.

He was booted out of the RFA KR392(VI)a. So he came up with another plan........

South Irish Horse (Formerly the South of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry)


Short lived Special Reserve cavalry regiment of the British Army. Formed on 2nd January, 1902 as the South of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry. On 7th July 1908 the regiment was renamed the South Irish Horse.

The First Years 1902 - 1914

No Territorial Force regiments of the Yeomanry were established in Ireland and the South Irish Horse, as part of the Special Reserve, provided a mounted form of part-time soldiering.


HQ - Artillery Barracks, Limerick.

A Squadron - Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin

B Squadron - Artillery Barracks, Limerick. (known as "S" Squadron on first deployment to France).

C Squadron - Glen House, Ballyvolane, Cork.

D Squadron - Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin

WW1 1914 - 1918

In 1914, following some "Interesting Times" the Regiment parked fox hunting and other interesting equestrian activities, gathered up the dwinks cabinet and a couple of 303s and went on tour to Europe and the Middle East to see the sights. The squadrons served mainly attached to Divisions until 1916, and then attached to a Corps. After September 1917, the original regiment served as infantry and three new squadrons were formed.

1918 - 1922

Wile the other "Disbanded Regiments" laid up their colours at Windsor, the South Irish Horse retained theirs at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. A plaque commemorates them at Windsor. The Colours were destroyed by vandals at some point after. The image above was created on The Royal Munster Fusiliers site following a description by by F. Glen Thompson.

The top left corner of the Standard contained the Union Flag.

The top right was dark green, and the entire bottom portion was scarlet.

The shamrock was yellow; the letters S & H green and the letter I scarlet.

The Standard was bordered on all sides by a rope edge of green and scarlet.

The finial on the staff was in the shape of a brass shamrock.

Battle Honours

Loos - Somme, 1916, 1918 - Albert, 1916 - St Quentin - Rosières - Avre - Ypres, 1918 - Courtai - France and Flanders, 1915-18.


Field Marshal HRH Arthur WPA Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, K.G., K.T., K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., Gds A.S., Corps and Col in Chief 6 Dns., High L.I., R Dub Fus and Rif Brig, Personal A.D.C., to the King, Insp-Gen of the Forces.

External Links

South Irish Horse Page

The Other Wiki

South Irish Horse at the Munsters Site

A couple of hundred thousand heavily armed Uhlans did it for another Grand Uncle 21 March 1918, he was with this lot. Signed up under a false name. Putting a case together for the CWGC at the moment.

Royal Dublin Fusiliers


The more I get to know about them the more I like them. Again family connection.

Much has been written about this regiment and rightly so, but no mention in here...... yet. I might do the Munsters while I'm at it.


An Irish Folk Song dealing with an area of Dublin noted for the presence of simple ladies of negotiable affection in which the "Dubs" got a mention (not that squaddies would ever know of such places). In its heyday from the 1860s - 1920s, there were anything up to 1,600 "seamstresses" working there at any one time, with all classes of customers catered for. It was reputed to be the biggest "bespoke clothing adjustment" district in Europe at the time. Its financial viability was aided by the number of British Army barracks and hence soldiers in the city. The notable verse is as follows:

You've seen the Dublin Fusiliers,

The dirty old bamboozeleers,

De Wet'll kill them chiselers, one, two, three.

Marching from the Linen Hall

There's one for every cannonball,

And Vicky's going to send them all, o'er the sea.

But first go up to Monto, Monto, Monto

March them up to Monto, lan-ge-roo,

To you!