Lance Corporal Alexander Larmour


Alexander Larmour was born on 13 September 1885 at Straid, Ballynure, County Antrim, the seventh or eighth of nine children of ship's carpenter William Larmour and his wife Annie (nee Rodgers). By the time of the 1911 Irish Census he was living with his parents and five siblings at 1 Indiana Avenue, Belfast, and working as an auditor's clerk.

Larmour enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 11 and 30 December 1914 (No.1363 – later Corps of Hussars No.71354).

In the first half of 1915 he embarked for England with F Squadron, where they awaited orders for France. On 12 July, however, Larmour was one of about two dozen men of the squadron who volunteered for service as Military Mounted Police with the 54th (East Anglian) Division, which was under orders to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. They sailed from Devonport on HMT Manitou on 29 July 1915, joining the landing at Suvla Bay between 10 and 16 August.

At the end of the year the campaign at Gallipoli was abandoned, the men of the North Irish Horse leaving in December. They arrived in Egypt the following month, where a number of them, including Larmour, remained for the duration of the war.

At some point in late 1917 or in 1918 he transferred to the 1/1 Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry (No. D/27983), probably serving with the regiment in the Palestine campaign.

Larmour was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 29 June 1919.

By 1961 he was living at 49 Bryansburn Road, Bangor, County Down, and working as a company secretary. He died on 20 January that year.