Private Edward McCartney



Edward McCartney was born on 11 October 1891 at Skea, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, the fifth of eleven children of farmer William McCartney and his wife Margaret (nee Armstrong).

McCartney enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron in late 1915 (No. UD/307). He embarked for France in 1916 or the first half of 1917 as a reinforcement for the squadron, which from June 1916 had been part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps.

In September 1917 the 2nd NIH Regiment was dismounted and most of its men were trained as infantrymen and transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. McCartney, like most of the men, was transferred on 20 September. He was issued regimental number 41170, joining the battalion in the field at Ruyaulcourt at the beginning of October.

The 9th Battalion saw much action from November 1917 until the end of the war, at Cambrai, St Quentin and on the Ypres front, although what role Private McCartney played is unknown.


Image kindly provided by Denis Thornton.