Private John Lindsay Tease


John Lindsay Tease was born on 17 December 1895 at Carnatreantagh, Kilmacrenan, County Donegal, the tenth of thirteen children of farmer James Tease and his wife Fanny (nee Gregg). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Carnatrentagh with his parents and five siblings.

Tease enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 12 December 1913 (No.882). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne. Between late 1914 and 1916 he returned to the UK, probably sick or injured, and then rejoined the regiment at its reserve depot at Antrim.

In November 1916 Tease was one of around 100 North Irish Horsemen who volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.40922). The formal transfer took place on 7 December, and on the same day the men embarked for France. There they were posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, joining it on the Somme front on 12 December. It is likely that he saw action with the regiment through 1917, particularly at the Battle of Langemarck on 16 August.

Tease was wounded in the left forearm, probably during the retreat from St Quentin from 21 to 28 March 1918. He was discharged, being no longer physically fit for military service due to his wound (paragraph 392xvi, King's Regulations), on 8 February 1919.

After the war Tease returned to Trentagh, but in March 1921 he emigrated to Canada, later settling in Pennsylvania, USA. On 29 May 1943 he married Anna McLaughlin. He died at Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, on 13 September 1975.