In memoriam

Private Samuel Price

 

 

 

Samuel Price was born on 19 November 1885 at 20 Club Row (now Dee Street), Ballymacarrett, Belfast, son of labourer Alexander Price and his wife Eliza Jane (nee Bishop).

On 25 December 1909 he married Mary Eliza McCandless at Mountpottinger Church. At the time he was working as a carter and living at Madison Avenue, East Belfast. By 1914 the couple was living at nearby Townsley Street, Connswater.

On 9 November 1914 Price enlisted at Belfast in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron (No.UD/118). 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 worked 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. Price, like the majority of the men, was transferred to the battalion on 20 September. He was issued a new regimental number – 41167.

In November and December 1917 the 9th Battalion played a role in the Battle of Cambrai, first going into action in the attack on the village of Moeuvres on 22-23 November. The battalion war diary for those days reads as follows:

[22 November] The Battn moved up at 6.30 a.m. to a position N. of Bapaume & Cambrai Road arriving at 8.30 a.m. Here the Battn waited for an order to attack Inchi when Moeuvres was taken by the 12th Royal Irish Rifles. At 11.45 a.m. the 12th R. Ir. Rifles captured village of Moeuvres. It was unable to clear trenches East of village. At 5.30 p.m. Battn moved up to support 12th R. Ir. Rifles in the village of Moeuvres. At 5.45 p.m. 12th R. Ir. Rifles reported driven out of village. At 8.30 p.m. Battn less 'D' Coy counter attacked village of Moeuvres but was driven back to trenches immediately south of the village, where it took up a defensive position for the night.

[23 November] Battn attacked Moeuvres at 10.30 a.m. At 11 a.m. Battn reported in village. At 11.45 a.m. enemy counter attacked from trenches West of village. 12.15 p.m. counter attack driven off. At 4.30 .p.m village evacuated by Battn on account of supports not coming up. 5 p.m. 'C' & 'D' Coys took up position on Sunken Road South of village and 'A' & 'B' Coys went back to trenches North of Bapaume & Cambrai Road.

Casualties for 22nd & 23rd: Officers killed 1. Officers wounded 6. ORs 82 casualties.

Price was one of the 82 casualties, though whether he was killed on the 22nd or 23rd is uncertain.

As he has no known grave, Private Price is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France, Panel 10.

 

 

 

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