Private John Mason Wadsworth


John Mason Wadsworth was born on 21 March 1896 at 25 Agincourt Avenue, Belfast, the fifth of six children of book-keeper (later manager of a whiskey exporter's office) Arthur Richard Wadsworth and his wife Annie (née Milne). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 535 Ormeau Road, Belfast, with his parents and siblings.

Wadsworth enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 16 and 18 November 1915 (No.1907 – later Corps of Hussars No.71630). His brother Arthur Wadsworth had joined the regiment earlier that month.

He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Wadsworth remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 3 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

By 1963 Wadsworth was living at 535 Ormeau Road and working as a warehouse manager. He died on 27 January that year.