Private Theophilus Lindsay Shanks


Theophilus Lindsay Shanks was born about 1893 , the second or third of five children of linen manufacturer (also recorded as auctioneer and draper, overseer and labourer) John Shanks and his wife Madeline (nee Carroll). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 39 Spring Street, Belfast, with his widowed mother and two siblings and working as a labourer.

On 25 December 1913 he married Mary Quinn at the Albert Bridge Congregational Church, Belfast.

Shanks enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 12 May 1915 (No.1528 – later Corps of Hussars No.71422). He embarked for France between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to one of the three squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment.

On 25 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

After the war Shanks returned to Belfast, working as a labourer. He died at his home, 25 Memel Street, on 22 March 1974, and was buried in the Roselawn Cemetery.