Sergeant William Thomas Moffitt

 

 

Sergeant William Thomas Moffitt was born at Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, on 12 August 1895, son of farmer John Moffitt and Annie Moffitt (nee Ellis).

He enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron in October 1914 (No. UD/15), and was soon after promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Moffitt arrived in France on 6 October 1915, his squadron then being attached to the 36th (Ulster) Division as divisional cavalry. The squadron diary notes on 15 March 1916:

Sergeant Moffit and Corporal Davies detailed to attend 3rd Course at the 36th Divisional School of Instruction at Beauval on 20th inst.

In June 1916 the squadron became part of the newly-formed 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. In September the following year the regiment was dismounted and absorbed into the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Moffitt was transferred to the battalion on 20 September (No.41511) and posted to B Company.

Following the German spring offensive of 1918 Moffitt was one of the many listed as missing during the retreat from St Quentin, but was later located, having been wounded.

He was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 30 March 1919.

 

This image, part of a group photo of officers and NCOs of the squadron, appeared in the Belfast Evening Telegraph of 28 January 1915. The full image can be seen here.