Ardill, Jonathan (John)
Mentioned in Despatches
No. 25007, 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment
Died in a German Prisoner of War Camp on Friday 23 August 1918 (aged 25)
Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Grave Sp. Mem. 3)
St Cronan’s Church of Ireland Church, Roscrea, Co Tipperary
In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Jonathan Ardill was a son of John and Alice Ardill of Ballysallagh, Newtownards.
Jonathan Ardill was born in Aghancon, King’s County and he was the second son of John and Alice Ardill (nee Lauder, sometimes Lawder) who were married on 6 June 1890 in St mark’s Church of Ireland Church, Eltagh, King’s County. John Ardill was a son of Thomas Ardill, a farmer. Alice Lauder was a daughter of William Lauder, an ex-Sergeant, Royal Irish Constabulary.
John Ardill Senior worked as a land-steward and he and Alice had four children:
Thomas (born 3 June 1891 at The Leap, Roscrea)
Jonathan (born 18 July 1893 at The Leap, Roscrea)
George (born 14 October 1895 at The Leap, Roscrea)
William Albert (born 16 July 1897 at The Leap, Roscrea)
At some stage the Ardill family moved from Aghancon to Ballysallagh, Newtownards.
John Ardill enlisted in Coolderry, Queen’s County and he served with the 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. He was taken prisoner and was 25 when he died in a Prisoner-of-War camp on 23 August 1918.
Private John Ardill was buried in Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension in France and his CWGC headstone bears the inscription:
Their glory shall not be blotted out
Eighteen months before Private John Ardill died his brother Albert William Ardill also died in war.
In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Albert William Ardill was a son of John and Alice Ardill of Garryhill, Aghancon, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
Private Albert William Ardill (No. 20219) served with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) and he was 19 when he died on 3 February 1917. He was buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, Somme, France and, like his brother Jonathan, Albert William Ardill is commemorated in St Cronan’s Church of Ireland Church, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.