I wish to thank all those whose help, encouragement and advice has been so freely given. My thanks also go to those who have given me permission to link to their excellent sites and, where indicated, for kindly allowing me to reproduce material from them. To access their sites may be found by clicking on "Links etcetera" at the foot of this page.
Gareth Ballie, Author:
The North Irish Horse Regimental Association.
Full ot interesting information about the Regiment's history, together witn a collection of photographs that is outstanding, some of which Gareth has kindly permitted me to reproduce together with some material.
Robert Glenvil, Author:
Glenvil's British Army Page
The prime source for Badges and Insignia
Todd Mills, Author:
Land Forces of Britain, The Empire & Commonwealth.
My congraulations go to Todd for the creation of a veritable encyclopedia within the scope of his site's title.
James Paul, Author:
A History of the British Armed Forces
James has been kind enough to obtain permission, from Cliff McMullen the original source, for me to reproduce pictures of AFVs and non-tracked vehicles. Unfortunately his site is no longer available - hopefully we will see it again before too long.
Rob Betz, Author:
Lost Liners: Honouring the Golden Age of Ocean Travel
Source of picture of HMT Duchess of York
Authors Dough & Hugh Vaugh
South Irish Horse
My thanks to the brothers, not only for giving me access to their World War One records, but also for help given in reconciling discrepancies found in the various record sources. Additionally, I wish to acknowledge that, without the brother's help and encouragement, the pages detailing the casualties of the Great War probably would not have been created.
Steve Brew, from Sydney, Australia, for sending me the information leading up to the death of his great-grand-uncle, Major John George Brew, on 6th April 1918. My thanks also to him for granting me permission to reproduce pictures of the Major's headstone.
The Imperial War Museum I thank for giving me permission to reproduce copyrighted photographs. Copying any of these photographs, without the express permission of the IWM, is not permitted.
My thanks to Norman Tonner who accessed his extensive data bank to provide several additional names of NIH personnel who died in World War One. With Norman's assistance difficulties, caused by differences in spelling of names in various records, have been overcome.
To Ian McCausland, of Toronto, Canada, my thanks for the information about his uncle, Captain David McCausland, who met his death during the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. Ian was also kind enough to provide some additional names not previously found.
My thanks go to Chris Shillito for sharing with us his valuable site, Armour in Focus - The Churchill Tank. For anyone who has crewed a Churchill (or if they haven't) this is the place to go for some great information and photographs.
Want to contact an old comrade-in-arms? Well, John Durkin has created a site for this very purpose. To make the search easier individual units are listed for each branch of the Armed Services. Congratulation to John for his innovative programme, The Forces Reunited Directory
Bill Kirk Author:
Tanks! Armoured Warfare Prior to 1946
Thank you Bill, for granting me permission to link to such an encyclopædic work, world-wide in scope, with over 130mb of data! On the site are details how to subscribe to the free E-mail Magazine, which Bill publishes, the contents of which are of interest all AFV enthuisiasts.
My thanks to Daniel McFaul for permission to reproduce photographs of Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia, where his father, Trooper Denis McFaul, is buried and for others taken at Medjez-el-Bab and Oued Zarga. Also, my thanks go to Daniel for the interesting clipping from the Larne Gazette with its photograph of a group of fifteen, one of whom is his father.
For permission to reproduce his photograph of Vis-en-Artois War Memorial, thanks are due to Chris Mills.
To Simon Farr go thanks for allowing me to link to his site and to reproduce photographs therefrom. Although emphasis is on the four great battles, fought near the town to which Simon's site gives its name, Ypres - World War 1 Page, to those interested to read more about the War To End All Wars it is well worth a visit. With meticulous attention to detail one is reminded that, in only a few square miles, over half-a-million Allied lives were lost.
For permission to link to his page, with detailed information about Le Touret Memorial, my thanks go to Paul Reed. On the Memorial is inscribed the name of Lt S.B.Combe, NIH's third casualty of World War One, who has no known grave.
For permission to link to her site The Role of CPR Ships in WW II, my thanks go to Maureen Venzi. The North Irish Horse voyaged to North Africa aboard HMT Duchess of York they, and any one who ever sailed aboard her, or another a Canadian Pacific Steamship, will find details in Maureen's fascinating site. For shipping buffs, a visit is a must!
For photographs and information about Pipe-Major Edmund Esson MBE, my especial thanks are due to Robert MacNeil and Bob Dunsire, officers of the British Columbia Pipers' Association.
On Thursday, 25th May 1944, occurred one of the most moving moments in my experience. It came at the conclusion of a joint burial service, for those of my Regiment and the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, killed two days previously. From out of the mist, that shrouded the upper reaches of the cemetery, appeared the Pipe-Major playing the Scottish Lament, leaving few amongst us dry-eyed. Without the help of two fine gentlemen, the constructing of a page in memory of Edmund Esson would not have been possible.
On a page from Bedfordshire Genealogy - An England Genweb Project Site, authored by Martin Edwards, is a photograph of two plaques in Cople All Saints Parish Church. I thank Martin for gving permission to reproduce the picture as the name of Trooper John Franklin, 'B' Squadron, is on one of the plaques. John, one of the first casualties suffered by the NIH, was killed when his tank was hit by a 50mm anti-tank gun. A link is available to Martin's site.
To Olwyn Whitehouse author of another Genweb Project Site - South Canterbury, New Zealand go my thanks. Olwyn, in addition to giving me access to the page on St. Stephen's Church, where the portrait of Lieutenant James Robert Dennistoun is on a stained-glass window, has also provided information of two War Memorials on which the Lieutenant's name is inscribed. A link is provided for those having an interest in that part of New Zealand's South Island.
For permission to reproduce the photograph of Saint Stephen's Church, Peel Forest, from NZine - A View from Paradise, I thank the editor Dorothy Hunt. The North Irish Horse has links from both World Wars with New Zealand - Lt. Dennistoun and Dion Hayward (driver of 'B' Squadron's Bangor in North Africa and Italy) who emigrated to the North Island following his release from service. Follow the link to access NZine which is updated every two weeks.
My thanks to Richard Anderson, Historian of The Dupuy Institute, who has done extensive research in the UK on Commonwealth operations in Italy, for making available 8th Army Records of tank states of the North Irish Horse while the Regiment was part of the 25th and 21st Army Tank Brigades. This valuable information gives not only the number of AFVs available for action at any one time but also the type and marks.
The Dupuy Institute which is headquartered in Annandale, Virginia, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to scholarly research and analysis of data, relating to armed conflicts, clearly enunciated in a "Mission Statement" on their excellent web site.
All of those of us associated with the NIH are indebted to Paul Reed who took time out, during a trip to Italy in 2003, to take photographs of headstones of many of the Regiment who gave their lives. A visit to Paul's website Battlefields of WW2 is well-worth while.
My thanks to Lorenzo Casi, of Caprese Michelangelo, Tuscany, Italy, who visited the Arezzo War Cemetery, near Indicatore, for us. There he photographed the headstones of three men of the Regiment who Rest There Forever, the cemetery and relevant entries from the Registration Book
Lorenzo has created a web site about his home town, the birthplace of the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, which is well worth a visit - knowledge of Italian needed!"
In some instances I have not been able to find the originator of a photograph. As it is not my intention to infringe on anyone's copyright please let me know if I have done so, wend me an e-mail at northirishhorse.@yahoo.com, thank you.
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