Second Lieutenant Alexander Hannigan


Alexander Hannigan was born on 5 May 1895 at Leinster Terrace, Athlone, County Westmeath, the last of ten children of retired RIC head constable George Hannigan and his wife Harriett (née Ward). His mother died when he was just six years old. At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 340 Springfield Road, Belfast, with his father and three siblings, and working as an apprentice clerk.

Hannigan enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron at Belfast on 2 November 1914 (No. UD/72 – later Corps of Dragoons No.21231). In 1915 he embarked with his squadron for England, training at Borden Camp while they awaited orders for France. At the time the squadron was serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division.

The squadron embarked for France on 6 October, but for some reason Hannigan's orders were cancelled and he returned to Enniskillen to join the reserve squadron. On 24 July 1916 he was promoted to lance corporal.

Hannigan embarked for France to join the Inniskilling Service Squadron (which was then part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment) on 9 November 1916. He had, however, applied for a commission and on 10 February 1917 he returned to the UK for officer training.

Following training at an officer cadet battalion, on 29 May 1918 Hannigan was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and was posted to the Indian Army Reserve of Officers.

After the war Hannigan worked as a merchant for the firm Sime, Darby & Co, making a number of trips to Malaya in the years prior to World War 2. On 17 May 1928 at Kuala Lumpur he married Maude Turkington, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs William Turkington of University Avenue Belfast.


This page last updated 19 February 2023.