Privates Andrew and Harry Malseed


These men are listed in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland's Roll of Honour as living at Church Street, worshipping in the Ramelton First Congregation, Letterkenny Presbytery, and serving as privates in the North Irish Horse. No other record has been found linking them to the regiment. Rather, both served in the Canadian armed forces during the war. It is possible that they may have served with the North Irish Horse before the war, but neither claimed any prior military service on their enlistment papers.

Andrew Malseed was born on 8 June 1890 at Ramelton, County Donegal, the fifth of twelve children of farmer Henry Malseed and his wife Margaret (née Gallagher). His brother Henry (Harry) was born on 13 December the following year. At the time of the 1911 Census they were living in Church Street, Ramelton, with five of their seven surviving siblings, Andrew working as a baker and Harry on the family farm.

Andrew emigrated to Canada in April 1911 and Harry three years later.

On 28 February 1916 at King, Ontario, Harry, a farmer, enlisted in the Canadian army, serving in a construction battalion in France from October that year. Andrew, a 'handyman machinist', enlisted on 3 February 1917 at Hamilton Ontario, serving in a railway construction battalion in France from June that year. Both returned to Canada in 1919.