Lieutenant Benjamin McQuoid


Benjamin McQuoid was born on 10 August 1892 at 22 Cavendish Street, Belfast, the second of seven children of pawnbroker Samuel McQuoid and his wife Sarah (nee Caruth). By 1911 he was living with his family at 81 Willowfield Street and working as a stationery assistant.

McQuoid enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 11 and 14 January 1915 (No.1398 – later Corps of Hussars No.71371). He embarked for France on 16 August 1915, where he was posted to either A or D Squadron.

Later in the war McQuoid applied for a commission and underwent training at an officer cadet battalion in the UK. On 17 March 1918 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and posted to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Records suggest that he served in the Egyptian Theatre, and that he may also have been attached to the Liverpool Regiment. However the details are not known.

McQuoid was promoted to lieutenant on 17 September 1919. He relinquished his commission on 14 April 1920.

At the beginning of World War 2 (on 2 September 1939), he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the National Defence Companies (No.99150). After the war he was employed as a civil servant. He died at 76 Oakland Avenue, Belfast, on 12 November 1954.