Private Hugh McMorran

 

Hugh McMorran was born at Ballybrawley, Keady, County Armagh, one of eleven children of scutcher James Henry McMorran and his wife Jane (nee Mawhinney). His father died when he was fifteen years old. By 1911 he was living in Main Street, Keady and working as a postman.

McMorran enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 4 and 7 September 1914 (No.1142 – later Corps of Hussars No.71249). He embarked for France on 18 December 1914 with the first group of reinforcements for A and C Squadrons – McMorran was probably posted to the former.

He remained with the regiment throughout the war, and on 9 February 1919 was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

On 6 December 1922 McMorran married farmer's daughter Margaret Clarke at the First Presbyterian Church, Armagh. At the time he was employed as a special constable and living in Belfast. He died at Crossmore, Keady, on 16 January 1976.

 

At least one of McMorran's brothers, David, also served in the war, as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery.