Private William Winnington


William Winnington was born on 12 September 1896 at 62 Penrith Street, Belfast, the last of six children of porter George Winnington and his wife Maggie (née Adair). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living in Bray Street, Belfast, with his parents and his three surviving siblings, and working as a machine boy in a weaving factory.

Winnington enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 22 and 24 May 1915 (No.1578 – later Corps of Hussars No.71453). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, possibly with E Squadron on 11 January 1916.

In May 1916 E Squadron came together with A and D Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Winnington remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 5 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

After the war Winnington returned to his home at 92 Bray Street, Belfast. On 22 October 1924 he married Elizabeth Kelso. By 1954 he was living with his wife at 92 Bray Street, and working as a bus inspector. He died on 26 October that year in the Royal Victoria Hospital and was buried in the Carnmoney Cemetery.