Corporal Thomas Hamilton Edgar


Thomas Hamilton Edgar was born on 9 September 1892 at Drumnahoney, Newry, County Armagh, the second of nine children of farmer John Edgar and his wife Isabella Meeke Edgar (née Whitten). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Drumnahoney with his parents and eight siblings and working on the family farm.

Edgar enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 22 December 1913 and 12 January 1914 (No.886). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

It is likely that in late 1914 or the first half of 1915 he returned to the UK, either sick or injured. On 28 September 1915 he was transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.5/999) and posted to the 5th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, which was then based at Holywood, County Down.

Whether he served overseas with the Royal Irish Rifles is not known at present. On 25 May 1918 he was transferred to the Labour Corps (No.587512), serving for the remaindeer of the war at Salonika in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

On 11 May 1919 Edgar was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve. He was granted a pension due to heart trouble and malaria, both of which were attributed to his army service.

After his discharge Edgar returned to farming. He died at his home, Tullyvallen, County Armagh, on 11 December 1960.