In memoriam

Private Samuel Robert Devine



Samuel Robert Devine was born in Liverpool around 1885, son of school teacher William Devine.

By 1901 be was living at Carrowfarnaghan, County Cavan, with his uncles John and George Devine. Samuel was working as an agricultural labourer.

On 7 March 1907 he married Martha Eliza Ludlow at Kildallon, County Cavan. A child, Francis William, was born to the couple on 28 June 1908 at Auburn, Malahide, County Dublin. However Martha died just a week later.

On 15 November 1910 Samuel Devine married Elizabeth Howe at Clogher, County Tyrone. By 1911 Samuel Devine, Elizabeth and Francis William were living at Killykeeran, County Fermanagh. Samuel was working as a farm labourer.

In mid to late October 1914 Devine enlisted at Enniskillen in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron (No.UD/56). He embarked for France on 6 October 1915 with his squadron, which was serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division.

In June 1916 the squadron joined with C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, which served as corps cavalry to X Corps until August the following year.

In September 1917 the 2nd Regiment was dismounted and most of its officers and men were transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – which was renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. Devine, like the majority of the men, was transferred to the battalion on 20 September. He was issued a new regimental number – 41156.

In late 1917 Devine was wounded, possibly during the Battle of Cambrai in November-December 1917. Soon after he fell ill. Evacuated to England, he died of tuberculosis at a Voluntary Aid Hospital in Cheltenham on 24 February 1918.  

Private Devine is buried in the  Gloucester Old Cemetery, England, grave NG.249. His gravestone inscription reads:

9/41156 PRIVATE


Image kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project,