Sergeant Samuel McClements



The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

Samuel McClements enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 7 September 1914 (No.1150 – later Corps of Hussars No.71253).

On 20 January 1915 he embarked for France with a small reinforcement draft for A and C Squadrons.

In the early months of 1915 a photograph of McClements appeared in the Belfast Evening Telegraph (picture below), over the caption:

Four Belfast chums at the front with the North Irish Horse.- Standing from the left - Trooper Wilson Donaghy, late of 'Evening Telegraph' staff, now orderly to General Plumer; Troopers Mandy Berwitz and John Nixon, orderlies to Viscount Massereene and Ferrard, and (sitting) Corporal McClements.

McClements remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 7 March 1919 he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.



Image from The Belfast Evening Telegraph, kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (