Lance Corporal Richard Thomas McEndoo


Richard Thomas McEndoo was born on 22 July 1888 at Lissara, Downpatrick, County Down, the second of two children of miller Richard Thomas McEndoo and his wife Agnes (née Duncan). His mother died when he was just five months old, his father remarrying four years later. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living in High Street, Holywood, County Down, at the home of grocer Samuel Pattison, where he worked as a grocer's assistant.

McEndoo enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 23 or 24 November 1915 (No.1957). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France on 28 January 1917. 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.

McEndoo remained with the regiment until 1 November 1918, when he was transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/16625).

After the war McEndoo returned to Belfast, where he lived at 36 Ottawa Street and worked as a provision merchant. On 21 September 1920 he married Lily Bell in the 1st Presbyterian Church, Belfast.