Lance Corporal Robert Storey

 

 

The background of this North Irish Horseman is not certain. However it is likely that he was the Robert Storey born on 20 July 1891 at Ballybollen, Ahoghill, County Antrim, the second of five children of farmer John Storey and his wife Mary (nee Meneely). His mother died when he was just eight years old. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Ballybollen with his father, step-mother Matilda (nee Walker) and four siblings, and working on the family farm.

Storey enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 8 September 1914 (No.1169). He embarked for France with D Squadron on 1 May the following year.

He remained in France with D Squadron (part of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment from May 1916) until late February 1917, when he and another North Irish Horseman, William Govan, transferred to the Military Mounted Police, with the rank of lance corporal. Storey was issued regimental number P/8091.

In August 1917 Storey was wounded. He was evacuated to the UK on 5 September. It is likely that he was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service during 1918.

On 2 October 1918 he married Maggie McDowell in Ballymena.

 

Image, from the Belfast Evening Telegraph, kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com).