Private Andrew Wilson McClure

 

Andrew Wilson McClure was born on 23 February 1887 at Derrycorby, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, the fifth of eight children of farmer John McClure and his wife Margaret (nee Wilson). By 1911 he was living at nearby Killynacran with his widowed mother and six of his siblings and working on the family farm.

McClure enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Lisnaskea on 19 January 1910 (No.440). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

When McClure's term of service ended he chose to leave the army. He left France and on 17 January 1916 was discharged the following day as 'time expired'. His record of service was marked as 'very good'.

 

McClure's older brother Richard also served in the army – in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from 1900 to 1902, and in the North Irish Horse from 1917 to 1919.