The Regiments’ battalions served as separate Divisional Cavalry Squadrons and then as two Corps Cavalry Regiments. In September 1917, the officers and men of both these Regiments were retrained as infantry and formed 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment and the battalion was posted to 49th Infantry Brigade in 16th (Irish) Division. On 21st March 1918, the battalion was caught in the maelstrom of the German Spring offensive. The Official History records that, “2 Coys of 7/Royal Irish, posted in forward zones, suffered terribly; not a man succeeded in escaping.” 77 officers and men of 7th (SIH) Royal Irish Regiment were killed in action that day, 42 were formerly South Irish Horse. 14 officers of the battalion were also captured that day, 6 of whom were formerly South Irish Horse. By the end of the month, over 90 men of the battalion had been killed. This is a very good modern Irish Regimental history.

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