Private Joseph Magee


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that, according to one record, he was born around 1893 and was of the Presbyterian faith.

Joseph Magee enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 8 and 19 October 1915 (No.1746 – later Corps of Hussars No.715360. He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France around June 1916. There he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Magee remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 4 August 1918 he was admitted to the No.34 Casualty Clearing Station, having accidentally scalded his left leg.

On 18 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.