Corporal Albert McIntosh


Albert McIntosh was born on 14 July 1887 at Strandreagh, Aghanloo, Limavady, County Londonderry, the last of six children of farmer Robert McIntosh and his wife Martha (nee Reid). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Aghanloo with his widowed father and two siblings and working as a farm servant.

McIntosh enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 19 September 1912 (No.734). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In June 1916 C Squadron came together with F Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and most of the men were transferred to the infantry. Like the majority, McIntosh was transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – on 20 September. McIntosh was issued regimental number 41328 and posted to C Company.

He probably saw action with the battalion during the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917.

McIntosh was severely wounded, in the right forearm, left thigh and left ankle, during the retreat from St Quentin from 21 to 28 March 1918. Evacuated to the UK for treatment, he made a partial recovery, but on 15 November 1918 was discharged, being "surplus to military requirements, having suffered impairment since entry into the service" (paragraph 392 xvi(a) King's Regulations). He was awarded a pension as a result of his wounds, which by 1922 were assessed as causing him a permanent disability of 30 per cent.

After his discharge McIntosh returned to farming. He died at Roe Valley Hospital, Limavady, on 22 September 1964.