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Firstly may I congratulate you on a wanderful site - informative as well as very interesting.

I have been given a task of researching my father in laws - father, but i'm not quite sure where to begin. I've looked on both sites you suggest but

seem to come up with no solutions, so was wandering if there was anyone out there who might be able to help me out.

The details I have so far :-

Certificate Of Demobilization

Pte James McCartney Regimental No. 73892

Enlisted in Northhumberland Hussars on 9th November 1915

Corps or Regiment to which first appointed - Corps of Hussars, South Irish Horse,

Transferred to Army Reserve on 12th march 1919

Much Appreciated and kind regards

Walt Hollick

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Walt

Welcome to the Forum ! It's a very good hobby to have !

I have found a bit of a lead for you in the shape of the details on his Medal index Card. It is not only on Ancestry UK (which I don't have a subscription for) but also on the National Archives Catalogue under WO372/12,where you could download it for 2.50. That is if there isn't a nice kind person here reading this,and with a subscription,who could post it for you for free !

It says:

James McCARTHEY ,SOUTH IRISH HORSE and has two service numbers 1688 and later 73892.

The spelling is how it is shown there. When you get to see the Card the letters and numbers shown against the medal issues will lead you to the original Medal Rolls at Kew,which will almost certainly show the specific unit he served in. From that you can seek some of his war story.

Good hunting !

Sotonmate

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Walt,

Welcome to the forum.

Here is a copy of his Medal Index Card.

Cheers Andy.

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Walt

Not only is ths "a wanderful site" it also has "a nice kind person" (or more) !

Great,Riv97 !

Sotonmate

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Wow you guys are good. Thanks a million to you both for your help.......now I guess i better try and research some stuff my self lol

Not sure where to go next....but i'll have a look round.

Thanks again to you both.

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Walt

If you can wait for about three weeks I will look up the references shown on the Medal Card when I am at Kew,as you can only do it there. The letters and numbers have to be looked up in an Index which relates to the original Medal Roll ledger in the WO329 series. I will then advise you what it says. Unless,of course,you can get there yourself.

Sotonmate

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Walt,

I do have access to Ancestry and I can't find his service record. He may be one of the thousands whose records were destroyed during a raid in WW2.

do you know where he was born and lived before enlisting?

Cheers Andy.

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Hi Sotonmate

I appreciate your help in this. I would be forever in your debt, if you could look the information up for me in 3 weeks when you visit Kew.

I live over in Ireland now.

Kind Regards

Walt

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Walt,

I do have access to Ancestry and I can't find his service record. He may be one of the thousands whose records were destroyed during a raid in WW2.

do you know where he was born and lived before enlisting?

Cheers Andy.

Hi Andy,

Thanks a million for your help. As far as i can gather he was born in the Staffs area. Exact location I will know tonight.

Before he enlisted he was living in Carlow, Southern Ireland ( This is where I live now )

Kind Regards

Walt

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Also in relation to the above information. James's Commanding Officer was a Lt. Col. Alan Reynolds (Northhumberland Hussars)

Also something on the info sheet I have Trade before Enlistment : as shown in AB 64 : Engineer Group 26

Regards

Walt

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Walt

I have noted the details for my visit in Feb.

Do you have any idea which Squadron he was in ? Is there a loose letter somewhere on whatever you have.Squadrons of the South Irish Horse with War Diaries are A:B:C:E:and S plus one for HQ and A/B/F/S Sqdns as a Group,for differing periods.

Sotonmate

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I have noted the details for my visit in Feb.

Do you have any idea which Squadron he was in ? Is there a loose letter somewhere on whatever you have.Squadrons of the South Irish Horse with War Diaries are A:B:C:E:and S plus one for HQ and A/B/F/S Sqdns as a Group.

Sotonmate

Hi There, I appreciate all your work :)

I am going to see my father in law on Sunday, so hopefully I can get more information from him then.

Will get back to you in due course.

Once again, many Thanks

Walt

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  • 3 weeks later...

Walt

I looked at his Medal Roll on microfilm at Kew (yes,some of them are on microfilm),WO329/13, and it only shows South Irish Horse and has no ref to the Squadron served in. A pity because we now won't (yet) know which War Diary to look at for his service,there are seven for various squadron deployments.

I did take a look in one sample,B Squadron (WO95/623),who were in France (VAUDRICOURT) in Jan 1917,and most of their duties involved guarding prisoners and policing/escort duties. A recurring position was at a place called DROUVIN over 8 months of 1917.

Out of interest you might like to know that the SIH became 7 Battalion Royal Irish Rangers at the end of August 1917 (War Diary quote).

Sotonmate

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