Lieutenant Frederick William Love Earnshaw


Frederick William Love Earnshaw was born on 21 May 1897 at 40 St Patrick Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, the first of six children of New South Wales-born shipping clerk William James Earnshaw and his Scottish-born wife Elizabeth (nee Love). By 1911 he was living with his family at 5 Hollybank Road, Drumcondra. He was educated at St Andrew's College Dublin and by 1915 was working as an insurance clerk.

Earnshaw enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim on 2 June 1915 (No.1658 – later Corps of Hussars No.71487). He overstated his age by a year. On 11 January 1916 he embarked for France with E Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 34th Division. In June that year E Squadron joined with A and D Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII Corps on the Somme front.

On 1 November 1916 Earnshaw was detached from his squadron for duty at the No.4 German Prisoner of War Camp.

On 3 May 1917 Earnshaw applied for a commission in the infantry, with a preference for the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Later that month he left his unit for the UK where, after a period of leave, on 7 September he reported for duty at the No.7 Officer Cadet Battalion at Fermoy. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 30 January 1918 and posted to the 10th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

During 1918 or 1919 Earnshaw was posted to Egypt, where he was attached to the 38th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London) Regiment, in the Army of Occupation in Egypt and Palestine. He was promoted to lieutenant on 30 July 1919. Later that year or early the next he returned to the UK. On 16 February 1920 he was released from service and relinquished his commission.

After the war Earnshaw lived at Fairview, Delgany, County Wicklow. He later emigrated to Canada, where in 1943 he married Eveline Jane Smith in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He died on 27 April 1988.