Private Henry Vance


The background of this man is not known at present, other than that he was born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast, around 1898.

Henry Vance enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron at Belfast on 12 March 1917. He was described as 5' 5" tall, with a florid complexion, fair hair and blue eyes. He gave his occupation as vegetable dealer. His regimental number was between UD/315 and UD/325.

On 14 April 1917 the newspaper Ireland's Saturday Night published the following letter:

No. 2 Troop, 6th S.S. Innis. Dragoons.

Dear Franc – A few Belfast boys serving with the Dragoons would like some kind reader to send us an old melodeon to pass away our spare time. – Yours, etc., Lance-Corporal J. GIBSON, Troopers H. VANCE, R. H. LOGAN, W. MURRAY, W. WALLACE, J. ESLER, W.T. CARSON

(Please forward to Trooper Harry Vance, Castle Barracks, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh).

On 8 June 1917 Vance deserted from Enniskillen. It is not known whether he was ever apprehended.


This page last updated 22 December 2023.