Lance Corporal William Coffey


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

William Coffey enlisted in the North Irish Horse at some point following the declaration of war in August 1914 (regimental number unknown). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp until November 1916, when he and around 100 other North Irish Horsemen volunteered to transfer to the Royal Irish Rifles. The formal transfer took place on 7 December (Coffey was issued regimental number 40861), and on that day the men embarked for France. There they were posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, joining it on the Somme front on 12 December.

Coffey remained with the Rifles throughout the war. Between 6 and 15 November 1918 he was transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/16703).