Roll call

 


North Irish Horsemen discharged as 'time expired'

While most who served in the British army during the war were in it ‘for the duration’, those who had enlisted in peacetime had signed on for a fixed period - four years for those in the North Irish Horse.  In the event of war, twelve months was automatically added to their remaining time. After that, however, their original contract held, and they could leave the army as 'time expired'.

The loss of men from the army was significant enough for the government to change the rules for everyone but older men in June 1916.

Prior to that however, some thirty-nine North Irish Horsemen, about a third of those who had the opportunity, chose the 'time expired' option when their term expired. Their names are listed below.

Note: An '*' denotes that the man later re-enlisted.

 

DATE OF DISCHARGE NAME RANK NUMBER
1915
19 August Richardson Gordon Private 530
15 September Espy Isaac Wingfield Private 540
18 September Carter Isaac Lance Corporal 542
28 September Seawright Thomas Sergeant 544
4 October Middleby Robert Private 218
29 October Copeland William Private 427
5 November Henderson John Private 233
9 November Kennedy Andrew Dane Private 235
10 November Allen James Private 402
11 November Kilpatrick William Private 418
22 November Metcalfe Thomas Henry Sergeant 244
9 December Watkins * Robert Private 561
22 December Reagh James Private 566
22 December Wilson James Private 567
1916
1 January Dickson * James Alexander Lance Corporal 261
9 January Barnes James Lance Corporal 438
13 January McClean Francis Galbraith Sergeant 437
15 January Chism Maxwell Shoeing Smith 266
16 January Moore John Private 457
16 January McGinn * Peter Private 568
18 January McClure Andrew Wilson Private 440
7 February Hassard Francis George Alexander Private 584
7 February McClelland Hugh Lance Corporal 585
10 February Wray James Freeborn Lance Corporal 575
17 February Wilson Robert Corporal 579
17 February Wylie James Thomas Private 581
23 February Colhoun Francis James Lance Corporal 590
23 February McMahon William James Private 591
25 February Lindsay Andrew Corporal 470
4 March Hatrick * Andrew Ellison Sergeant 307
13 March Bracken William Chistopher Sergeant 179
4 April Kerr John James Corporal 333
7 April Coburn James Sergeant 353
7 April Turbitt James Private 506
13 April Wylie William James Lance Corporal 357
23 April Toomey George William Corporal 603
10 May McCausland John Private 513
4 June Kinnear Robert McAllen Private 617
24 November Arbuthnot William John Private 692