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Corporal David William Ritchie

 

Ritchie

 

David William Ritchie was born at Kilrea in the district of Coleraine on 10 November 1886, the fourth child of farmer John Ritchie and his wife Sarah (nee Patten).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse in October or November 1912 (No.754).

On 26 January he embarked for France as part of a reinforcement draft for A and C Squadrons under 2nd Lieutenant Armstrong.

He probably became ill soon after, for he died at No.10 Stationery Hospital, St Omer, on 17 March 1915, aged 27.

Corporal Ritchie was buried at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, grave I.A.65. His gravestone inscription reads:

754 CORPORAL
D. W. RITCHIE
NORTH IRISH HORSE
17TH MARCH 1915 AGE 27

THE DEAD IN CHRIST
SHALL RISE

 

Image kindly provided by Mick McCann, through his British War Graves website www.britishwargraves.co.uk.