Private Arthur Jones Frew


Arthur Jones Frew was born on 1 December 1891 at 122 Inverness Terrace, Belfast, the last of four children of clerk (later bonded store manager) James Frew and his wife Emily (nee Jones). By 1912 he was living in Indiana Avenue, Belfast, with his widowed mother and siblings.

Frew enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 27 August 1914 (No.1042 – later Corps of Hussars No.71211). On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

In May 1916 D Squadron came together with A and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Frew remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 7 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

He later emigrated, settling in Portsmouth City, Virginia, USA, where he worked as a railroad car inspector. He died on 22 April 1948 and was buried in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth.


Image sourced from Find-a-Grave website. Note incorrect date of birth.