Private Hugh Thomas George Massy Westropp


Hugh Thomas George Massy Westropp was born on 24 March 1898, the first of three children of medical student (later general manufacturer and medical practitioner) Hugh Gerald Westropp and his wife Bertha (nee Harty). Educated at The High School, Dublin, by the time of the 1911 Census Hugh was living at 115 Strand Road, Dublin, with his father, mother, one surviving sibling and a great uncle.

Westropp enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 3 May 1915 (No.1512 – later Corps of Hussars No.71415). 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.

Westropp remained with the regiment throughout the war. He was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 20 January 1919.

After the war he studied medicine, graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1922. He was registered as a Licentiate, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland,  in 1927.

Westropp married Gladys Weatherill at All Souls Parish Church, St Marylebone, London, on 15 September 1927. He died at Macklagh House, Aughrim, Rathdrum, County Wicklow, on 18 November 1950.