Saddler Sergeant George Charles Ramage



George Charles Ramage was born on 16 December 1880 at Church Lane, Cavan, the fourth of ten children of saddler and harness maker Robert Ramage and his wife Emily (nee Fitzsimons). His mother died before he was 14 years old.

Ramage learnt his father's trade and between 1903 and 1908 enlisted in the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry. On 6 July 1908 at Newbridge the regiment was disbanded and re-formed as the North Irish Horse. Ramage was one of those who transferred to the new regiment – he was assigned No.98 on the North Irish Horse roll (later Corps of Hussars No.71006).

By 1914 he had risen to the rank of saddler-sergeant.

Ramage remained at the North Irish Horse reserve depot at Antrim in the early years of the war. On 11 July 1916 he married Dorothea Dougall at the Antrim Parish Church.

Between late 1916 and 1918 he embarked for France, where he joined the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment in the field.

In early 1918 Ramage was awarded a Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Ramage was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 7 June 1919.



The images above show Ramage at the regiments annual camp in mid-1914 and in late November 1914. The full pictures can be seen here and here. Another image of Ramage can be seen here.