Private William John Forsythe


William John Forsythe was born on 2 September 1888 at Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, the first of nine children of tailor James Forsythe and his wife Jane (nee Taylor). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 17 Armagh Street, Newtownhamilton with his parents and seven surviving siblings and working as a tailor.

Forsythe enlisted in the North Irish Horse with his younger brother James Forsythe between 1 and 5 February 1913 (No.798 – later Corps of Hussars No.71107). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

He remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 13 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.