2nd KEH Officer's Service Dress Uniform

As a unit raised only for service during the Great War they did not wear a Full Dress uniform. The Officers and Other Ranks of the 2nd King Edward’s Horse wore standard cavalry pattern khaki Service uniforms with and without shoulder chains and Undress khaki uniforms. Khaki forage caps were worn with a 2nd King Edward’s Horse Regimental headdress badge. Box spurs and puttees were worn by Other Ranks. As a war-raised unit, the Service Dress uniform of the 2nd King Edward’s Horse was all that was functionally required. The Service Dress uniform was not distinct from that of the Full Dress uniform. There are no records of Mess Dress for the 2nd King Edward’s Horse and as a unit raised for service in the Great War it is unlikely there was a Mess Dress uniform.

Figure 157: Group photograph of the senior Officer's of Reserve Squadron of the 2nd King Edward's Horse at Kilkenny Barracks circa 1917. A number of the Officer's are wearing shoulder chains. Brevet Colonel Harry Newman Morgan Thoyts (often mis-spelled as Thoytes), late 8th Hussars, who assumed command of the Reserve Squadron, 2nd KEH (and simultaneously Officer in Command of Kilkenny Barracks), 17/3/1917 is in the centre of the front row. He was still in command at Kilkenny when the Lord Lieutenant, Sir John French, visited Kilkenny, 18-20/1/1919. He is noteworthy for being the second most senior member on the sensationalised court martial of Captain J. C. Bowen-Colthurst in June 1916 for the murder of Francis Sheehy Skeffington and two others during the Easter Rebellion. Brevet Colonel Thoyts's father was Colonel Newman Burfoot Thoyts (died 20/9/1918), the Mythe House, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire; his brother - Major Francis Gordon Grant Thoyts, 1st Battalion, Shropshire Light Infantry, Died of Wounds as a German POW, 26/8/1914 (Photograph and information courtesy of the Great War Forum).

Figure 158: The Officer on the left is Lieutenant Arthur Vincent Piggott, 2nd King Edward's Horse with Captain Joseph P. T. Mackesy, of 5th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers at Kilkenny Barracks in 1917. Captain Mackesy had been recruiting officer for Waterford District from at least September 1913 thru April 1914, and took over duties as recruiting officer for Kilkenny District (in Kilkenny Barracks) as of at least late August 1914, and remained there until invalided out of the Army, 5/3/1918, due to ill-health and granted rank as honorary Major. He was from Carmel, Tramore, Co. Waterford, but the family owned over 1,000 acres of land in South Kilkenny, and Joseph was an alumnus of Kilkenny College. Father - Dr. G. I. Mackesy, JP,  of Lady Lane, Waterford (died September 1917) (Photograph and information Great War Forum).

Figure 159: Group photograph of the Officer's of Reserve Squadron of the 2nd King Edward's Horse including Lieutenant Arthur Vincent Piggott (left in the rear row) at Kilkenny Barracks circa 1917 (Photograph and information Great War Forum).