Private William J. McKenzie


This North Irish Horseman was probably the William McKenzie born on 9 February 1889 at Tiraltan, County Fermanagh, the last of four children of farm labourer John McKenzie and his wife Catherine (nee Foster). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Tiraltan with his father, three siblings and an aunt, and working as a farm labourer.

McKenzie enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 14 and 28 January 1910 (No.444).

He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

McKenzie must have been wounded, injured or fallen ill, for on 28 June 1915 he was discharged from the army as no longer physically fit for war service (Paragraph 392 xvi King's Regulations).