Private David Tease


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known for certain, other than that he was from County Donegal, probably around Letterkenny.

Tease enlisted in the North Irish Horse or its predecessor the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry around 1907-08 (regimental number unknown).

On 14 June 1911 the Derry Journal reported on a case before the Limavady Petty Sessions. Tease, described in earlier reports as a "respectably-dressed young man":

... was charged with stealing a rug, the property of the Government, from the North Irish Horse Camp at Magilligan last year. ...

Sergeant-Major Deane Freeman identified the rug which was produced as belonging to his squadron, which was in camp last year at Magilligan. the rug was now valued at 7s 6d.

In reply to Mr. Wm. Horner, who appeared on behalf of the defendant, witness stated Tease was in the North Irish Horse for four years as a trooper, and was still connected with it. There were other articles lost from Magilligan that year. Military articles could be bought by the public if the articles bore the "customary" mark. Mr. Horner said Tease was under that charge innocently, but at the same time he was unfortunately unable to call anyone as a witness because the only person with him at the time was a man named Burrowes, who was now in Canada, and was also a member of the North Irish Horse. He had always borne a good character, and as a matter of fact had acted as policeman in the North Irish Horse. Defendant had bought the rug from a man for 4s, thinking that it was one of the cast-away rugs. It was not likely he was going to sacrifice his place in the regiment for the sake of a rug like the one produced. ...

District Inspector Horgan (who watched the case on behalf of the authorities) – It is a case for a jury, and I ask you to return the defendant for trial.

The magistrates retired to consider their decision, and on their return the Chairman asked Mr. Horner if the defendant would plead guilty so that they could deal with the case.

Mr. Horner, after speaking with the defendant, said the latter had agreed to plead guilty.

The Chairman said while the Magistrates were desirous of taking into consideration defendant's previous good character, they thought the least they could do was to sentence him to a fortnight in jail.

It is probable that following his conviction, Tease was discharged from the North Irish Horse.