Private Maurice George Wheelhouse




Maurice George (or George Maurice) Wheelhouse was born on 12 June 1896 at Lower Sydenham, Belfast, the third of five children of box maker George Maurice Wheelhouse and his wife Clara (nee McCullough). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his parents and siblings at 11 Ardmore Avenue, Belfast.

Wheelhouse enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 22 and 24 May 1915 (No.1574 – later Corps of Hussars No.71449). That month he played cricket for the regiment in a friendly against Cliftonville (he was bowled for a duck).

Wheelhouse embarked for France with E Squadron on 11 January 1916. He remained with the regiment throughout the war, and on 12 February 1919 was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

On 16 July 1925 he married Margaret Peden (Rita) McBride at St James's Church, Belfast.

Wheelhouse accidentally drowned while fishing on Lough Neagh on 6 May 1950 (see article below).


Larne Times, 11 May 1950


Another image of Wheelhouse during the war can be seen here.


Images above sourced from the North Irish Horse Regimental Association.