Private Martin Andrews

 

Martin Andrews (or Andrew) was born on 13 November 1885 at Carrowmannon, Mountnorris, County Armagh, the last of six children of farmer William Andrews and his wife Catherine (nee McKnight). By 1911 he was living at Carrowmannon with his parents and older brother Johnston, and working on the family farm.

Andrews enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 16 January and 23 February 1909 (No.289 – later Corps of Hussars 71013). He embarked for France on 17 August 1914 with A Squadron, seeing action in the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

He remained with the regiment throughout the war and was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 2 March 1919.

After the war he returned to farming at Carrowmannon. He died there on 16 July 1932. The Northern Whig reported:

A verdict of death from alcoholic gastritis was returned at an inquest at Balleek (Co. Armagh) yesterday on Martin Andrews (45), of Carrowmannon, farmer, who was found near his home on Friday night in a weak condition. He died the following morning despite medical attention.

 

Private Andrews' twin brother Moses served in the war in the Canadian Expetitionary Force, seeing action in France in 1917 and 1918.