Motherwell, John Ernest

Motherwell, John Ernest

Captain

3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles attached to

9th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Died of wounds on Saturday 21 October 1916 (aged 29)  

Buried:

Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France (Grave II. A. 25)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Rugby Club (as Second Lieutenant)

May Street Presbyterian Church Belfast

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

John Ernest Motherwell was born on 3 September 1887 at 10 Agincourt Street, Belfast and he was the second son of David and Catherine (Kate) Motherwell (nee Carlisle) who were married on 1 January 1885 in Berry Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.  David Motherwell from Belfast (born in Scotland) was a son of William Motherwell, a lithographer.  Catherine Carlisle from Belfast (born in Craigavad) was a daughter of John Carlisle, a labourer.

In 1901 and 1911 the Motherwell family lived in Somerset Terrace, University Street, Belfast.  For a brief time before that they lived in Sandy Row, Bangor.

David Motherwell was a bookkeeper and then manager in David Allen & Sons, Printers, Belfast.  Pre-war the company did print work for theatres and railway companies.  They also printed recruitment posters.

David and Catherine Motherwell (nee Carlisle) had seven children:

William Carlisle (born 8 December 1885 at 10 Agincourt Street, Belfast)

John Ernest (born 3 September 1887 at 10 Agincourt Street, Belfast)

Annie Evelyn (born 12 May 1889 at 10 Agincourt Street, Belfast)

Kathleen (born 19 January 1891 at 21 Haypark Avenue, Belfast)

David (born 10 July 1893 at 21 Haypark Avenue, Belfast)

Mary (born 21 July 1894 in Sandy Row, Bangor)

James Quail (born 16 April 1897 at 7 Somerset Terrace, University Street, Belfast)

After leaving school John Ernest Motherwell worked as a stationer and it was reported in the Press that he joined Army in September 1914.  He served first with the Glasgow Highlanders, was invalided from the Front and on recovery received a commission in the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  He was posted back to the Front, promoted to the rank of Captain, attached to the North Lancashire Regiment and died of wounds on Saturday 21 October 1916 (aged 29).  It was also reported that he had been a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), the Masonic Order, the University Football Club and Bangor Rugby Football Club.

Captain John Ernest Motherwell was buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France and he is commemorated in Bangor Rugby Club (as Second Lieutenant J.E. Motherwell Royal Irish Rifles); in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour and in May Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Also commemorated there are his brothers, James Quail Motherwell and David Motherwell, who survived.

His uncle, Private James Motherwell (No. 202542), 1st/4th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment died of cholera in Iraq on 18 November 1917 (aged 41) and was buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery (Grave XVI. G.10).  Private James Motherwell, a son of William Gemmell Motherwell and Mary Motherwell is commemorated in Donegall Pass Presbyterian Church Belfast.