Private Albert Richard Ryan


Ryan with his daughter Maud and son Victor


Albert Richard Ryan was born on 2 June 1875 at Aghamore, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, son of farmer and ex-soldier Thomas Smith Ryan and his wife Susan Ryan (nee Fawcett). On 6 October 1904 he married Elizabeth Robinson at Lisnaskea.

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 24 and 26 April 1913 (No.845).

Following the outbreak of war, Private Ryan embarked for France on 17 August 1914 as part of A Squadron of the North Irish Horse. He saw action on the Retreat from Mons and Advance to the Aisne. ('A' Squadron was the first non-regular unit of the BEF to see action in the war.)

Ryan remained with the regiment throughout the war, though whether he was with the regiment in France and Belgium for the entire time is unknown.

On 7 June 1919 he was transferred to Class Z of the Army Reserve.

Despite his age, it is believed that Ryan also served in World War 2 and was severely wounded.


Albert Ryan with pals Richard Flanagan (right) from Derrylin and Humphrey Boyd


The Impartial Reporter, 17 September 1917


Images kindly provided by Private Ryan's grandson David Storey.