Warrant Officer William Sullivan


The background of this man is not known at present.

William Sullivan enlisted in the Dragoons of the Line at some point prior to the war, or soon after war was declared (No.5423 – later Corps of Dragoons No.21085). If the latter, he must have had earlier military experience, as he was soon promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2.

Posted to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, he embarked for France in 1916 or the first half of 1917, possibly at the end of June 1916, having been posted to the headquarters establishment of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment following the formation of that regiment in France from C and F Squadrons and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron. The headquarters, formed in England and comprising 40 officers and men, joined the new regiment in France at the beginning of July.

The 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment served as corps cavalry to X Corps until August-September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men were transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, an infantry regiment. Sullivan, it appears, was not one of those transferred.

Nothing more has been discovered about his military service during the remainder of the war. On 25 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.