Private Henry Price


Henry Price was born on 15 July 1896 at 34 Ninth Street Belfast, the second of four children of blacksmith Henry Price and his wife Elizabeth (née Gibson). On 13 July 1907 he married Jennie Moore at Cliftonville Presbyterian Church, Shankill. The couple had two children over the next five years. By the time of the 1911 Census they were living in Upper Charleville Street, Shankill, Henry working as a ship's plater.

Price enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 2 October 1914 (No.1254). On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

In May and June 1916 D, A and E Squadrons of the North Irish Horse combined to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, and C and F Squadrons joined the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, each serving as corps cavalry units. In September 1917 the 2nd NIH Regiment was disbanded and its men, together with some surplus to the needs of the 1st NIH Regiment, were transferred to the infantry. Like most, Price was posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – on 20 September, joining it in the field at Ruyaulcourt five days later. He was issued regimental number 41409.

Price was wounded during the Battle of Cambrai, probably in the fighting for the village of Moeuvres on 22 and 23 November 1917. He was discharged on 14 December 1918, presumably due to his wounds.