Private William James Edward McGhie


William James Edward McGhie was born on 5 September 1896 at Ballyalton, Downpatrick, County Down, the second of three children of farmer William James McGhie and his wife Hessie (née Warnock). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Ballyalton with his parents and younger brother.

McGhie enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 9 September 1914 (No.1189 – later Corps of Hussars No.71271). On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

In May 1916 D Squadron came together with A and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

McGhie remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 26 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.