Private Constantine Michael Riso


Constantine Michael Riso was born on 28 June 1882 in Manchester, England, the second of six children of Smyrna (Middle East) born cotton merchant Michael Constantine Riso and his Liverpool-born wife Ada Emma (nee Lucas). He and his older brother Matthew were apprenticed as auctioneer's clerks. By 1911 he was living in a boarding house with Matthew at 8 Garway Road, Bayswater, West London, and working as a banker's clerk.

Riso enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 19 and 30 September 1916 (No.2282 – later Corps of Hussars No.71737). In 1917 he embarked for France where he was posted to A, D or E Squadron of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment.

During 1917 Riso applied for a commission. On 13 November 1917 he reported for training at No.20 Officer Cadet Battalion, Twezeldown Camp, near Fleet, Hampshire. It appears, however, that his candidacy was unsuccessful, as he later returned to the North Irish Horse.

Riso was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 12 March 1919.

After the war he returned to England and resumed work as a bank official. In the latter half of 1940 he married Grace Lilian Richens in Brighton, Sussex. He died at his home, 25 Highdown Road, Hove, Sussex, on 8 November 1962.


Both of Riso's brothers served in the war – Mathew in the Royal Engineers and Paul in the Royal Naval Air Service.