Mayne, Andrew McCutcheon (No. 810)

Mayne, Andrew McCutcheon (Andrew)

Private

No. 810, 2nd Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment

Died of disease on Friday 9 February 1917 (aged 37)

Buried:

Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania, Africa (Grave VIII. E. 13)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Melsetter War Memorial Hall Zimbabwe

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Mayne Family Grave Headstone in Movilla Old Cemetery, Newtownards

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew McCutcheon Mayne was born on 23 June 1879 in High Street, Newtownards and he was the second son of Thomas and Frances (Fanny or Fannie) Mayne (nee McCutcheon) who were married on 31 December 1874 in Belmont Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Thomas Mayne, a grocer from High Street, Newtownards was a son of William Mayne, a grocer.  Frances McCutcheon from South Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Andrew McCutcheon, a saddler (deceased).

The Mayne family lived in Mill Street, Newtownards and later in Mount Pleasant, Newtownards.

Thomas Mayne was a provision merchant and he and Fanny had six children:

William (born 16 April 1876 in Mount Pleasant; died 10 January 1943)

Frances Elizabeth (born 11 September 1877 in High Street, Newtownards)

Andrew McCutcheon (born 23 June 1879 in High Street, Newtownards)

Catherine McCutcheon (born 30 September 1881 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Jane Swan (born 20 October 1884 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

James (born 31 December 1886 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

The children were baptised in Regent Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  Andrew’s mother Fanny died of chronic gastric catarrh on 7 May 1903 (aged 52) and his father Thomas died of encephalitis on 26 April 1908 (aged 58).

Andrew Mayne was a member of the Ards Lacrosse Club and he worked in the family grocery business before he moved to South Africa in 1902.  There he was in business with Hugh Robert Hastings who later died of Blackwater Fever.  Andrew Mayne took up farming at Umtali in Rhodesia where he grew maize – the staple food of the region.  When war broke out he sold his farm and joined the Rhodesia Regiment.   He served under General Jan Smuts in the East African campaign and in 1916 he was shot in the leg.  He was hospitalised in Capetown for six weeks before he was able to re-join his Regiment.  Private Andrew McCutcheon Mayne (No. 810) continued on active service until he died of Blackwater Fever on 9 February 1917.

It was his brother, Councillor William Mayne, who received official confirmation of Andrew’s death from the Colonial Office in Downing Street, London.

William had his business in High Street, Newtownards, he lived in Mount Pleasant, Newtownards.

The Mayne family placed a For King and Country notice in the 3 March 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.

Private Andrew McCutcheon Mayne (No. 810) was buried in Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania and he is commemorated in Melsetter War Memorial Hall Zimbabwe and on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  He is also commemorated on the Mayne Family Grave Headstone in Movilla Old Cemetery, as is his nephew, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair (Paddy) Mayne who fought in the Second World War and who died on 14 December 1955.