Sergeant Alexander Robert Davison Wetherall


Alexander Robert Davison Wetherall was born at Ballincollig, County Cork, on 21 September 1886, the first of six children of 21st Hussars cavalryman Alexander Wetherall and his wife Mary Davison (nee Hanna). He spent the early years of his life with his family in Bangalore, India, then in England and Wales, as his father moved with his regiment. On his retirement in 1901 his father was a squadron sergeant major on the permanent staff of the Monmouthshire Yeomanry.

Wetherall married Mary Ashe Wright at Willowfield Church in Belfast on 15 June 1910. By 1911 they were living at 41 Greenville Road, Bloomfield, Belfast, he working as a post office clerk.

Wetherall enlisted on the North Irish Horse between 17 January and 11 February 1911 (No.572 – later Corps of Hussars No.71040). He embarked for France on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

He remained with the regiment throughout the war, rising to the rank of acting sergeant. On 17 March 1919 he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

In January 1921 Wetherall and his wife emigrated to the United States to join his family. Their first child, Kenneth Wright Wetherall, was born in Chicago on 23 December that year.

Wetherall died in Chicago on 27 December 1950.