Private John McFetridge


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was from Portrush, County Antrim. It is possible that he was the John McFetridge born on 24 September 1889 at Cromore, Agherton, County Londonderry, the second of nine children of agricultural labourer Robert McFetridge and his wife Isabella (née Greer). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Carnalridge, Ballylagan (near Portrush), with his parents and seven of his siblings, and working as an agricultural labourer.

McFetridge enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 2 and 19 September 1916 (No.2264 – later Corps of Hussars No.71728). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, where 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.

McFetridge was wounded between late August and early October 1918 during the Advance to Victory offensive. On 7 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.