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Private Robert McCready

 

McCready

 

Robert McCready was born on 9 May 1898 at 3 Jamison Street, Belfast, the eighth of nine children of lithographic printer William McCready and his wife Mary (nee Simpson). By 1911 he was living with his family at 26 Sunnyside Street, Belfast.

McCready enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim between 6 and 17 May 1916 (No.2169 – later Corps of Hussars No.71705).

In January 1918 he embarked for Egypt with a draft of North Irish Horsemen from the regimental reserve depot at Antrim. There he was attached to the 1/1st Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers), serving with that regiment in the Palestine campaign.

He fell ill, however, and died at Alexandria on 6 August 1918. One record gives the cause of death as "skin disease".

Private McCready was buried at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, grave A.235. His gravestone inscription reads:

H/71705 PRIVATE
R. MC CREADY
NOTTS. SHERWOOD RANGERS YEO
6TH AUGUST 1918 AGE 20

 

McCready's medals, recently offered for sale online

 

Image of gravestone kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project, www.twgpp.org.