Henry Hanna Ritchie was the youngest son of Samuel and Margaret Ritchie. He was born on 31st May 1898 in Ballymoghan, near Magherafelt. He was the youngest of at least seven children, all born in the Magherafelt area. His father was a farmer. When he was 17, he emigrated to the United States. Henry signed up for military service at St Louis, Missouri. Private Henry Ritchie was in training with the American Army at Spartanburg, South Carolina when he died on 1st November 1917 and is buried in Spartanburg.