Shoeing Smith Adam Flanagan


Adam Flanagan was born on 12 September 1888 at Derrybrick, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, the last of six children of farmer Adam Flanagan and his wife Sarah (nee Phair). His mother died when he was just ten years old.

Flanagan grew up on the family farm at Derrybrick. He enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 3 March 1914 (No.915 – later Corps of Hussars No.71156), probably overstating his age by a year or two. He embarked for France on 17 August 1914 with A Squadron, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Flanagan remained with the regiment through much of the war.

In February and March 1918 the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, including A Squadron, was dismounted and converted to a cyclist regiment, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps for the remainder of the war. This meant a 25 per cent reduction in the regiment's numbers, and it is likely that this was the time that Flanagan was transferred to the 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars. Later he joined the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars.

On 6 December 1918 he was discharged as being no longer physically fit for war service (paragraph 392(xvi), King's Regulations).

After the war Flanagan returned to Fermanagh. On 6 December 1922 he married Charlotte Hassard. He worked for some time as a postman. He died on 16 September 1963 at Derrybrick.