The South Irish Horse
The South Irish Horse
The South Irish Horse

Source document: The National Archive at Kew WO 95/2330

7th (SIH) Bn, Royal Irish Regt War Diaries. June - November 1918.

Place Date Summary of Events and Information
Training American personnel in Musketry, Bombing, Anti-gas measures and Transport work
The Training Staff moved to WIDDEBROUCQ, NE of AIRE to take over Irish Reinforcements composed of R. Dublin Fus. 500, R. Munster Fus. 250, Royal Irish Regt. 85, which were to be formed into the 7th Royal Irish Regiment
Officers joining during the month:-

2nd Lt A Hanaghan 168 Labour Corps 10:6:18 as Signalling Officer, Major TS Crothers R. Irish Fus. 10:6:18 as Coy Officer

Promotions and Appointments:-

a/Lt Col J Roche Kelly MC to Temp Lt Col 9:6:18 and to command Battn.

Signed:- J Roche-Kelly, LtCol. Comdg. 7th(SIH) Royal Irish Regt.
Nominal Roll of Officers 30:6:18 included the following SIH officers:-

Lt Col J Roche Kelly MC, SIH, Lt R Dease, SIH, 2nd Lt JH Wilks, SIH

Strength 30:6:18       31 Officers       830 Other Ranks
Place Date Summary of Events and Information
Organising reinforcements into an Infantry Battalion
from 7th onwards moved into line
2 men wounded
Lt RC Lloyd R. Irish Regt killed in action
Heavily shelled 4 men killed, 3 wounded
Lt Col J Roche Kelly MC left the Batt
W of Wulverghem
Sep 1/2
Casualties incurred during an attack by the Batt:-
Killed- 2 Officers and 15 OR
Wounded- 3 Officers and 55 OR and 5 OR Missing
Honours and Awards, September 1918:-
~Military Cross~
a/Capt R Stanton, Lt CE Philips, 2nd Lt WJ Trueman
~Military Medal~
26255 L/Cpl C Benson, 9130 Pte R Russell, 26281 Pte T Ives, 26503 Sergt C Higgs,
4434 Pte L Doyle
Oct 13/14
Casualties sustained in advance on these two days:-
Killed- 13 OR
Wounded- 2 Officers and 43 OR
Missing- 4 OR and 19 OR Gassed
Batt strength in the Line exclusive of Transport etc. when relieved 26th inst.:-
19 Officers and 272 Other Ranks including Batt Hdqrs
Nov 11
The Batt. resumed advance 10.15 hours arriving in Billets in ELLEZELLES area at 16.00 hours. On the line of march the following telegram was received from the Division:-
"Second Army wires ^^^. Following message received at 06.15 from G.H.Q. begins ^^^ Hostilities will cease at 11.00 on Nov 11th. ^^^. Troops will stand fast on the line reached at that hour which will be reported by wire to G.H.Q. ^^^. Defensive precautions will be maintained ^^^. There will be no intercourse of any description with the Enemy until receipt of instructions from G.H.Q. Further instructions follow. ^^^. Ends ^^^. for action ^^^. Line held to be reported to Division as soon as possible ^^^. Acknowledge addressed MAFI repeated all concerned.
From VORI (30th British Division)"
There was vey little excitement amongst the Troops when the news was made known.
Honours and Awards, October 1918:-
~Military Medal~
25789 Sergt H Smythe,16179 LCpl E Ince, 1917 Pte J Redmond, 26179 Pte G Bleater,
26207 Pte J Scott, 26599 Pte J McCormack
Honours and Awards, November 1918:-
~Military Cross~
2nd Lt RF Switzer, 2nd Lt R Green
~Distinguished Conduct Medal~
26620 CSM P Phillips, 12280 CSM D McClelland
~Military Medal~
26246 Sergt J Bryan, 25989 Sergt J McCarthy
An extract from Honours and Awards, June 1919:-
~Meritorious Service Medal~
25906 RSM J Yarnell

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