Private James Wilson


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, but on the balance of probabilities he may have been the James Wilson born on 1 September 1889 at Movenis, Garvagh, County Londonderry, the first of four children of farmer William Wilson and his wife Emma (nee Bradshaw). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Movenis with his parents and three siblings and working on the family farm.

Wilson enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 28 June and 29 July 1912 (No.712 – later Corps of Hussars No.71081). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Wilson remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 21 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.