Sergeant William John McClintock


William John McClintock was born on 9 December 1886 at Aghinure, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh, the third of eight children of farmer Charles McClintock and his wife Mary (nee Douglas). By 1911 he was living at Aghinure with his parents and four siblings and working on the family farm.

McClintock enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 12 and 19 March 1909 (No.323 – later Corps of Hussars No.71020).

He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

On 26 November 1914 McClintock faced a field general court martial for being drunk while on active service. He was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment with hard labour.

McClintock remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 24 February 1919 he was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve. After the war he applied (successfully) for a land grant under the Irish Land (Provision for Sailors and Soldiers) Act 1919.