Corporal Samuel Fyfe


Samuel Fyfe was born on 26 November 1881 at Brankill, Arvagh, County Cavan, the second of eight children of farmer George Fyfe and his wife Margaret Jane (nee Morton). He also had two half-brothers from his father's previous marriage. By 1911 he was living at Brankill with his parents and three siblings and working as a rural postman.

Fyfe enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 3 March 1910 (No.472 – later Corps of Hussars No.71028). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

He returned to Ireland at some point in the next 12 months, for on 7 August 1915 he married school mistress Edith Higginson of Derrylane, Arvagh, at St Mary's Parish Church in Dublin City.

Whether Fyfe saw any further service in France is not known. On 21 January 1919 he was discharged under Paragraph 392 (xvi) of King's Regulations – no longer physically fit for military service.

By 1956 Fyfe was living at 43 Voltaire Gardens, Belfast, and working as a coppersmith's helper. He died there in 26 May 1956.