William Hutcheson Poe (1848 - 1934):
Soldier and politician
William Poe was born in Donaghadee, County Down, and was educated at Gosport. He joined the Royal Marines in 1867 and served in the Sudan, where he was wounded in 1884. The following year he had a leg amputated at Metemneh. He was given the honour of Companion of the Order of the Bath and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. In 1891 he became High Sheriff for Queen's County, and in 1893 for County Tyrone. He was a member of the Land Conference in 1902, in 1904 was appointed a Governor of the National Gallery, and eight years later was created a baronet. In 1915 to 1916 he served in Egypt in the First World War, and from 1916 to 1919 with the Red Cross in France. From 1922 to 1925 he served as a Senator of the Irish Free State. He died at Littlehampton.