Lance Corporal Samuel Reagh


Samuel Reagh was born at Magheradrummond, Milford, County Donegal, on 5 December 1883, the first or second of four children of farmer Samuel Reagh and his wife Margaret (nee McCarron).

Reagh enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 23 February and 19 March 1912 (No.676). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

He remained with the squadron for the next two years. The war diary of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment (which included C Squadron) for 31 August 1916 noted:

Corpl Reagh's horse exchanged from Provost Marshal 4th Army.

On 1 October 1916 Reagh transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No.P/4907).

The following entry in the National Roll of the Great War provides further information on Reagh's military service:

REAGH, S., Corpl., North Irish Horse.
Mobilised at the declaration of war, he immediately crossed to France, and fought in the Retreat from Mons, and the subsequent Battles of the Marne, the Aisne, Ypres, and Loos, where in December 1915, he was wounded. On recovery he was in action on the Somme, at Arras, Ypres, and throughout the Retreat and Allied Advance of 1918. He was demobilised in March 1919, and holds the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
74, Nansen Street, Seedley.


Lance Corporal Reagh's younger brother James Reagh also served in the North Irish Horse during the war.