Lance Corporal Patrick J. McNally


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

Patrick J. McNally enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 13 and 15 November 1915 (No.1883 – later Corps of Huaasrs No.71614). 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.

During 1918 McNally applied for a commission. He embarked for the UK for officer cadet training, arriving at No.1 Reception Battalion for Candidates for Commissions around September 1918. The war ended, however, before his training was completed, and on 22 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.