Private Peter McGee


Peter McGee was born on 3 February 1899 at Slieve Gullion, County Armagh, the tenth of thirteen children of farmer James McGee and his wife Mary (née Boyle). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Slieve Gullion with his parents and six of his siblings.

McGee enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Newry on 17 August 1917, reporting for duty at Antrim two days later. He was issued regimental number 2662 (later Corps of Hussars No.71948). He gave his address as Ardanove, Mullaghbawn, County Armagh, his occupation as labourer, and his age as 19.

On 18 March 1918 at Antrim McGee faced a Court Martial charged with 'ill-treating a horse'. He was found not guilty. On 22 September he was given three extra guard duties for 'neglect of duty whilst escort in charge of a prisoner'.

He embarked for France on 23 November 1918 (twelve days after the war had ended) with a reinforcement draft for the North Irish Horse Cyclist Regiment, joining it in the field on 10 December. On 21 April 1919 he transferred to the Army Cyclist Corps (No.23904) and was posted to IV Corps Cyclist Regiment, part of the Army of Occupation based in Rolsdorf, Germany.

McGee was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 12 November 1919.


At least one of McGee's brothers also served in the war – Private John McGee, in the 12th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. He was listed as missing believed killed while serving in the Mediterranean Theatre on 13 July 1917.