Private William McGeown


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was born around 1869.

William McGeown (or McGowan) enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 17 and 20 August 1914 (No.1009 – later Corps of Hussars No.71198). It is very likely that he had previous military experience. Within days, on 20 August, he embarked for France with C Squadron, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

On 14 February 1915 he was admitted to No.4 Stationary Hospital suffering from influenza.

McGeown remained with the regiment for much of the war, though how much time he spent in France and Belgium and how much at the Antrim depot is not known at present.

On 20 February 1918 he was transferred to the Army Service Corps (No. T/394061). He was discharged on demobilisation on 25 August 1920.