Sergeant John William Clancy


John William Clancy was born on 18 June 1895 at Carrigans, Killea, County Donegal the fourth of eight children of RIC sergeant Patrick Clancy and his wife Anna (formerly Allen).

In the mid-1900s the family moved to Charlemont, County Armagh, where the now-retired Patrick became a publican. Patrick died in March 1914.

Later that year John joined the Royal Irish Constabulary and was posted to County Antrim. His older brother Patrick James had also joined the police force.

In December 1915 John Clancy enlisted in the North Irish Horse (regimental number 2048, 2051 or 2053 – later Corps of Hussars No.71683). The Belfast News-Letter of 4 January 1916 reported:

Constable John W. Clancy, R.I.C., who has been stationed in Ballymoney for the past ten months, has joined the North Irish Horse. He is the fourth policeman who has joined the colours in Ballymoney. His brother, Private Patrick Clancy, is with the Irish Guards in France, and before joining the army was stationed in Henry Street Barracks, Belfast.

In 1916, 1917 or early 1918 Clancy was sent to France, where he was posted to the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment.

In early 1919 he was one of a number of North Irish Horsemen awarded a Military Medal for gallantry during the Advance to Victory offensive from August to November 1918.

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 25 February 1919.


John's brother Patrick also survived the war, although shell-shocked in 1916 and gassed in 1918.