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

Source document: The National Archive at Kew WO 95/1979

Extracts from battalion orders of 7th (SIH) Bn, Royal Irish Regt War Diaries.
September 1917 to February 1918.

The following extracts are taken from routine battalion orders published within the battalion during the above period. For the most part we are concentrating on the personnel section, the aim being to record as many names from within the Regiment as possible. Again the record is not exhaustive, and in most cases there are not many names recorded. The orders for 21/10/1917 are an exception as the names of every officer entering the line with the battalion are noted. It must be remembered that a number of officers and men did not enter the line. Their duties were in support of the battalion, such as the Quartermaster and his department. Another reason was to rest personnel and keep a "pool" of replacements from within the battalion.

Battalion Orders Dated 21/10/1917 by Maj HE NORTON, moving into the line.

Section 11, Personnel:-

'A' Company; Capt MORTON, 2/Lts WATTS, STOKES & HADDON. (2/Lt WATTS to be works officer in the line.)

'B' Company; Capts FURLONG & COLVILL, Lt STEWART & 2/Lt DWYER.

'C' Company; Capts WARDELL & TRANT, 2/Lts MURPHY & WILKS.

'S' Company; Capt ROCHE-KELLY, 2/Lts BARRETT, HARRIS & BROCKLEBANK.

HQ; 2/Lt THORNLEY (Lewis Gun Officer). 2/Lt WOLF SMITH (Bombing Officer).

Section 12. Instruction and work in the camp:-

Bayonet Course; 2/Lts PENHALE & BROWN.

In command Signalers; 2/Lt FERGUSON.

In command Building; 2/Lt DIGNAN.

On leave; Lts FOGARTY, DEASE & SMITH.

Signed F H BROOKE, Capt and Adjutant.

Battalion Orders Dated 27/10/1917 by Lt/Col CM TRUMAN DSO, moving into the line.

Signed AHD LAWSON 2/Lt and A/Adjt.

Battalion Orders Dated 31/10/1917 by Lt/Col CM TRUMAN DSO, relief from line.

3.Advance Party to report to 2/Lt DIGNAN & RQMS BARBER.

Signed F H BROOKE, Capt and Adjutant.

Battalion Orders Dated 09/01/1918 by Lt/Col HE NORTON, moving into the line.

Signed AHD LAWSON, Capt and Adjutant.

Battalion Orders Dated 15/01/1918 by Lt/Col HE NORTON, relief from line.

6. Maj FURLONG and the 4 CQMSgts (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) to take over the accommodation.

Signed AHD LAWSON, Capt and Adjutant.

The battalion moved into the line 21/01/1918, and out 27/01/1918.

Battalion Orders Dated 08/02/1918 by Lt/Col HE NORTON, moving into the line.

2. Advance party to consist of 2/Lt CONWAY, 4 CQMSgts, Sergeant COOKE and 2 signalers.

Signed BJ START, Capt and Adjutant.

Battalion Orders Dated 13/02/1918 by Lt/Col HE NORTON, moving into the line.

9. 2/Lt CONWAY to take charge of Headquarters and establish new Battalion HQ.

Signed BJ START, Capt and Adjutant.

Battalion Orders Dated 17/02/1918 by Lt/Col HE NORTON, inter company relief.

2/Lt SMYTH to be attached to 'B' Coy in the line.

Signed BJ START, Capt and Adjutant.

Battalion Orders Dated 21/02/1918 by Lt/Col HE NORTON, relief from line.

2. Guides to Lt BREWSTER.

Signed BJ START, Capt and Adjutant.

The battalion moved into the line 25/02/1918 and out on 28/02/1918. This is the last order found in the document at Kew.

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