Private Andrew Graham

 

Andrew Graham was born on 23 June 1886 at Gallagh, Clontibret, County Monaghan, the second of nine children of farmer and miller John Graham and his wife Mary (nee Kennedy). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Gallagh with his parents and seven siblings and working on the family farm.

Graham enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 18 January and 16 February 1912 (No.666). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Graham remained with the regiment for the next few years, but at some point fell ill. On 9 July 1917 he was one of around thirty North Irish Horsemen not fit for front-line service who were transferred to the Labour Corps and posted to No.664 Home Service Labour Company. Graham was issued regimental number 333712.

He remained with the Labour Corps until the end of the war. On 5 April 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve. He was granted a disability pension due to 'DAH' (disordered action of the heart) and nephritis.

Graham returned to farming at Gallagh. On 18 September 1931, however, he committed suicide. The circumstances are described in the article below.

 

Belfast News-Letter, 22 September 1931