Sergeant William Browne



William Browne (or Brown) was from Cootehill, County Cavan.

Prior to enlisting he had served in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and had been stationed at Belfast for six years. He joined the North Irish Horse between 6 and 17 May 1916 (No.2172 – later Corps of Hussars No.71707).

Browne went to France between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to E Squadron of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment.

During the Advance to Victory offensive in the last months of the war, the 1st Regiment, by then converted to a corps cyclist unit, saw much action on reconnaissance, signalling and communication duties for the divisions of V Corps. Following actions in mid-September 1918 five men of E Squadron, including Sergeant Browne, were awarded a Military Medal.

Browne was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 19 February 1919.


Image from the Belfast Evening Telegraph kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (