Private Henry Creighton


Henry Creighton was born on 8 July 1889 at Doon, Tempo, County Fermanagh, the first of three children of farmer Robert Creighton and his wife Sarah (nee Emerson). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Doon with his parents and two siblings and working on the family farm.

Creighton enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 28 June and 29 July 1912 (No.711). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In June 1916 C Squadron combined with F Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and most of its men transferred to the infantry. Creighton, however, was found to be not physically fit for infantry service. On 10 October 1917 he was transferred to the Labour Corps (No.384865) and posted to No.767 Home Service Employment Company.

Creighton remained with the Labour Corps until the end of the war. He was discharged on 14 June 1919 and was granted a disability pension.