Private John S. Murphy


This North Irish Horseman was probably the John Scott Murphy born on 27 May 1890 at Croreagh, Newry, County Down, the sixth of ten children of stonecutter (later crane driver) Isaac Murphy and his wife Maria (née McCullough). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Croreagh with his parents and four of his six surviving siblings and working as a quarry labourer.

Murphy enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 3 September 1914 (No.1100 – later Corps of Hussars No.71233). On 1 May 1915 he embarked for France with D Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 51st Division.

In May 1916 D Squadron came together with A and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Murphy remained with the regiment throughout the war. He was wounded in September or October 1918 during the Advance to Victory offensive.

On 26 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.


Murphy's brother Isaac also served in the war, in the 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.