Sergeant William Henry Beaconsfield Phayre


William Henry Beaconsfield Phayre was born on 19 April 1887 in Dublin, the first of three children of clerk John William Phayre and his wife Sarah (nee Henderson). He grew up with his family at Lower Rutland Street, Mountjoy, Dublin, and by 1911 was working as a solicitor's clerk.

Phayre enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 2 and 7 April 1915 (No.1471 – later Corps of Hussars No.71392)

Phayre was one of about two dozen North Irish Horsemen who embarked for Egypt at the end of July 1915, attached to headquarters of the 54th (East Anglian) Division as Military Mounted Police. This division was diverted to Gallipoli, where it landed at Suvla Bay on 10 and 11 August. By the end of the year the campaign at Gallipoli was abandoned, the men of the North Irish Horse leaving in December. Arriving at Egypt the following month, a number, including Phayre, remained there for the duration of the war, serving in various elements of the Egypt and Palestine campaign.

At the end of June 1918 Phayre formally transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/14886) – with effect from 30 August 1917.

He was mentioned in despatches by General Allenby at the end of 1917, in recognition of "distinguished service in connection with military operations under his command".