Lance Corporal Henry Fyfe


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present, other than that soon after the war he lived at Garvary, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. He may have been the Henry Fyfe, aged 16, who at the time of the 1911 Census was living with his widowed mother Maggie at Garvary, Castlecoole, and working as a farm labourer.

Fyfe enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 16 November and 28 December 1911 (No.640 – later Corps of Hussars No.71052). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Fyfe remained with the regiment through much of the war. On 3 March 1918 he faced a Field General Court Martial charged with 'behaviour to the prejudice of good order and military discipline' (s.40 of the Army Act). He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour.

On 3 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.