1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Matthew Hetherington

Contributed by: David Hetherington, on 2008-11-11

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Rank
First Name Matthew
Surname Hetherington
Year of Birth 1885
Year of Death 1954
Regiment Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Clabby, Fermanagh

Matthew's Story

Matthew Giles Hetherington was wounded in the knee on 1 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.

Matthew Giles Hetherington was wounded in the knee on 1 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He was a member of the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. According to a letter he wrote to his brother James from The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Matthew said that he had a bullet removed from his knee. Matthew added that his cousin, Hugh Hetherington MM, a sergeant in the Inniskillings, was in the Curragh Hospital, outside Dublin, recovering from shellshock. Matthew walked with the aid of a stick for the rest of his life and had to attend hospital on a regular basis for treatment. I remember Matthew carving me a smokerÂ’s pipe out of a small ash tree branch when I was four years old and giving me a ride on a wheelbarrow to the end of the farm lane to collect the milk churns. Matthew's brother, James, a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, was murdered by the IRA in 1921.

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