Private George Moreland


George Moreland was born on 27 June 1898 at Cromore, Coleraine, County Londonderry, the third of six children of domestic gardener George Moreland and his wife Margaret (née Babington). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Garrylaban, Portstewart, with his parents and siblings.

Moreland enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 13 and 15 November 1915 (No.1881 – later Corps of Hussars No.71613). 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.

Moreland remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 2 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

He emigrated to the United States in December 1920.