Sergeant Andrew Park


Andrew Park was born on 12 June 1894 at Ballydonaghy, Crumlin, County Antrim, the second of three children of farmer John Park and his wife Mary (née Erskine). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Ballydonaghy with his parents and siblings and working on the family farm.

Park enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 25 May 1915 (No.1605 – later Corps of Hussars No.71467). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France on 11 January 1916 with E Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 34th Division.

In May 1916 E Squadron came together with A and D Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit. It then served as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Park remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 13 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.