Lance Corporal John Arthur Geddis




John Arthur Geddis was born in Liverpool on 16 August 1896, son of dock labourer John Geddis and Charlotte Geddis. By 1911 he was living at Macken, Enniskillen with his uncle George, a farmer.

He enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on 7 June 1915 (No.264). In 1916 or 1917 he was sent to France to join his squadron.

In June 1916 the Inniskillings Service Squadron was combined with C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. That regiment served as Corps Cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when it was dismounted and the men transferred to the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Like most men of the regiment, Geddis's transfer took place on 20 September. He received number 41510.

Geddis was wounded on 23 November 1917 during the fighting for the village of Moeuvres during the Battle of Cambrai.

He was discharged as unfit for military service due to his wounds on 14 August 1918,

John Geddis died following an accident on 26 September 1977.


I am grateful to Doreen Mullan for providing these images.