Sergeant David Matchett

 

David Matchett was, on the balance of probabilities, born on 7 July 1880 at Derryanvil, Drumcree, son of farmer James Matchett and his wife Matilda (formerly Cregan). However he could also have been the David Matchett born on 14 February 1890 at Derryaugh, County Armagh, son of farmer David Matchett and his wife Eliza (formerly Boyce).

Matchett enlisted in the North Irish Horse in October 1912 (No.742 – later Corps of Hussars No.71089). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action in the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In April 1917 he was awarded a Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Matchett later served with the 19th and 8th Hussars, possibly after March 1918 when the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment was dismounted and a number of men surplus to requirements were transferred to other regiments.

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 29 February 1919.