Wartime Twelfth marked by
North Irish Horse
ULSTER troops marked the 12th July anniversary in traditional manner, the Weekly Telegraph of August 19, 1943 informs us.The paper detailed that the members of the North Irish Horse had painted banners on tank and truck covers and erected arches prior to parading to mark the anniversary.
Among those instrumental in the commemoration “somewhere overseas” had been Bro. Sergeant Hubert Brown of Lisbellaw in County Fermanagh. He read the resolutions at the Twelfth ‘field’ – the regimental parade ground, while Bro. Corporal Victor Irvine of Enniskillen led the parade.
The 12th fell on a Monday and arches were erected on the Sunday evening while “The stillness of the Twelfth morning was broken early by the familiar strains of ‘The Sash My Father Wore’ and an occasional tune on the improvised ‘lambegs’ (large empty petrol containers) where were appropriately placed near the cookhouse.”
The morning was set aside for sports, and the day was declared a holiday for the regiment; there were also shooting competitions and other events.
The procession took place in the evening when it was cooler, and was watched with interest by English troops who had little knowledge of what was going on, but had it readily explained to them.