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The 2nd Cavalry Reserve


Stanley_C_Jenkins
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I have come across a reference to 285294 Private Thomas Alfred Franklin of the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars serving with the "2nd Cavalry Reserve" in Ireland circa 1918-1919. He was stationed initially at Victoria Barracks in Cork, then at the Curragh and later at Newbridge Barracks, County Kildare. As I was hitherto unaware that any members of the Oxfordshire Hussars had been in Ireland at the start of the so-called "Troubles" in 1919, I was wondering who, or what, the Cavalry Reserve actually were? At a guess, I would think they were a receiving unit for men from various cavalry regiments who were being re-formed as part of the reconstruction of the army that took place shortly after World War One?

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Thank you Jim, that is very useful - though it raises a question insofar as Private Franklin had joined in 1914 and was not a new recruit. He had, however, been wounded in France and was presumably about to be re-deployed. As was discharged in February 1919 he just missed the "Troubles".

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