Farrier-Sergeant Henry Rowan


The background of this North Irish Horseman is unknown at present, other than that he was born around 1891.

Henry (Harry) Rowan enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 10 September 1914 (No.1200 – later Corps of Hussars No.71277). He served throughout the war at the North Irish Horse reserve depot at Antrim.

On 3 January 1916 he married Jane Carson of Magherana at the Church of Ireland Parish Church, Waringstown. Their first child, Samuel, was born at Corcreeny, County Down, on 27 February 1918.

On 5 July 1919 Rowan was discharged as 'surplus to military requirements, having suffered impairment since entry into the service' (paragraph 392 xvi(a), King's Regulations). This impairment may explain why he did not serve overseas.

After the war Rowan lived with his family at Clare, Waringstown. His disability worsened – assessed at 30 per cent in June 1920, rising to 60 per cent in January 1923.

Rowan died in the UVF Hospital, Belfast, on 24 February 1939, and was buried in the Waringstown Churchyard.