Private David Mills


David Mills was born on 19 December 1897 at Drumlarney, County Cavan, the sixth of ten children of farmer Francis Mills and his wife Olivia (nee Gilpin). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Drumlarney with his parents and seven siblings.

Mills enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 29 January 1916 (No.2095 – later Corps of Hussars No.71693). Following training at the regiment's reserve depot at Antrim, in late 1916 or the first half of 1917 he embarked for France, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st or 2nd North Irish Horse Regiments.

The War Office Daily Casualty List of 18 September 1917 reported that Mills had been wounded, though the date and circumstances are not known at present. It appears that the wound was severe enough to end his overseas service, and on 8 July 1918 he was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service (paragraph 392 xvi, King's Regulations).

Mills received a part pension as a result of his wounds until the end of 1921.