Lance Corporal Alfred Raymond Vaughan

 

 

Alfred Raymond (or Robert) Vaughan was born at Carrickmore, County Tyrone, on 25 October 1894, son of RIC constable Alfred Edward Vaughan and Mary Anne Vaughan (nee Kee).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 13 January 1913 (No.780).

Vaughan embarked for France with A Squadron of the North Irish Horse on 17 August 1914, seeing action in the Retreat from Mons and Advance to the Aisne. Through 1915 the squadron was based at St Omer as escort to the BEF's Commander-in-Chief John French.

In the first half of 1916, A Squadron served as divisional cavalry to the 55th Division, then joined with D and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, acting as corps cavalry to VII Corps.

At some stage Vaughan was severely wounded (he lost a lung and a leg). He was discharged on 27 November 1916 as no longer physically fit for war service (Para 392 xvi King's Regulations).

After the war he lived for many years in Butcher Street, Strabane, with his wife Margaret and their children. He served as a Labour member of the Strabane District Council for almost 30 years, and was secretary of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers' Union. During the 1930s he also served as secretary of the Strabane United Football Club.

 

Image kindly provided by Richard Gerring, grandson of Alfred Vaughan.