Sergeant William Stevenson


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

William Stevenson enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 10 September 1914 (No.1198 – later Corps of Hussars No.71276). He probably had prior military service, as he was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant.

He embarked for France on 18 December 1914 with the first party of reinforcements for A and C Squadrons, Stevenson being posted to the former.

On 12 February the Ballymena Observer published the following:

Mr. J. Stevenson, Bridge Street, has received the following from Sergeant W. Stevenson, A Squadron, N.I.H. – “I received your parcel of tobacco to-day, and, seeing you are the same name, I feel it my duty to answer. I may say we are having a fine time here in St. Omer, all in the best of form, being from Belfast myself and knowing all the Northmen. I thank Ballymena people on their behalf for presents received.”

In June 1917 Stevenson was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal "for valuable services rendered with the Armies in the Field."

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 21 February 1919.