Private William Wilson


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that he was from Enniskillen.

William Wilson enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 18 February 1911 (No.580 – later Corps of Hussars No.71043). He may have been related to Robert Wilson, who joined the regiment on the same day.

Wilson embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In May 1916 A Squadron joined with D and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until March-April 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

In August or September 1918, during the initial phase of the Advance to Victory offensive, Wilson was wounded.

On 21 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.