Private Charles McElhinney


This North Irish Horseman was probably the Charles McElhinney born on 10 May 1878 at Leat More, Milford, County Donegal, the first of at least seven children of farmer Charles McElhinney and his wife Sarah (or Sally) (nee Gallagher). By 1911 he was living at Leat More with his widowed mother and four siblings and working on the family farm.

McElhinney enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 8 December 1909 and 14 January 1910 (No.436). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

On 24 November 1914 he was discharged under Special Reserve Regulation 154(ii).

McElhinney returned to farming. On 27 July 1915 he married Mary Jane Alcorn at the Church of Christ the Redeemer, Clondavaddog, County Donegal.