2.30 p.m. A lovely day. Conference with C.O.s of next Div. this a.m. to settle various tocks. Fairly satisfactory. More rescripts threatening pains and penalties, and even the privilege of writing home stopped, if more letters disclosing information were sent home. I hope the weather has taken up now. We shall probably get it very hot, but the nights are cold.

9.30 p.m. It was a lovely warm day but the evening has turned chilly. Bob Maxwell came over to tea and was very chirpy. Tomorrow we practice the attack again. Farnham is leaving and returning to N.I.H., to command a Squadron. The three Squadrons have been brought together and made into a Regt., and they have brought out some cavalry dug out to command them, at which they are furious. I hear Somerset Saunderson succeeds Farnham.


When the divisional cavalry squadrons were reorganised to form corps cavalry regiments in the late spring and early summer of 1916, ‘A’, ‘D’, and ‘E’ Squadrons of the North Irish Horse formed 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, which became the VII Corps cavalry regiment. Meanwhile, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Squadrons and the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons Service Squadron (the latter was the cavalry squadron of 36th (Ulster) Division) formed 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, which became the X Corps cavalry regiment. It was the 2nd North Irish Horse that Lord Farnham joined in 1916. 2nd North Irish Horse would amalgamate with 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers in the autumn of 1917, in the period beyond the scope of these letters and after the Battalion’s second near-destruction, at Ypres in August 1917.

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