Auld, William

Auld, William

Ex-Rifleman

Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Saturday 24 October 1925 (aged 49)

Buried:

Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards (Grave 13.94)

Commemorated:

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

The name William Auld is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles.

The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.

William Auld was a labourer and army pensioner when he died of cellulitis of the scalp on 24 October 1924 (aged 46) at 20 Mill Street, Newtownards.  His widow, Sarah Auld, was with him when he died.  In the burial records for Movilla Cemetery the cause of his death is recorded as ‘wounds to head’.

William Auld was a son of William and Margaret Auld nee Murdoch (sometimes Redmond, sometimes Edmond) who were married on 24 July 1875 in Newtownards Registry Office.  William Auld (aged 21), a labourer from Movilla Street, Newtownards was a son of John Auld, a blacksmith.  Margaret Murdoch (aged 22) from Mark Street, Newtownards was a daughter of John Murdoch, a labourer.

William and Margaret Auld nee Murdoch (sometimes Redmond, sometimes Edmond) had four children:

William John (born 22 January 1876 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Anne (born 13 June 1878 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Celina (born 29 February 1880 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Margaret (born 4 January 1882 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Their mother, Margaret Auld, died of uterine disease on 8 April 1883 (aged 29) in Mill Street, Newtownards.

Their father, William Auld, and Agnes Robb were married on 27 June 1899 in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards.  William Auld, a widower, was a son of John Auld, a labourer.  Agnes Robb, a spinster from Newtownards was a daughter of James Robb, a labourer.

William Auld worked as a labourer, dealer, pedlar and fish dealer and he and Agnes had seven children:

George (born 14 May 1900 in John Street, Newtownards; died of nephritis 20 March 1903)

James (born 21 March 1903 in John Street, Newtownards)

George (born 22 December 1904 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

John (born 6 December 1907 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Andrew McRoberts (born 28 July 1909 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Isabella (born 16 December 1911 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Jenny (born 22 April 1915 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

William Auld who is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and Sarah McVeigh were married on 5 January 1906 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church (Old Meeting House).  William Auld, a labourer from 88 Mill Street, Newtownards was a son of William Auld, a dealer.  Sarah McVeigh from Mill Street, Newtownards was a daughter of James McVeigh, a labourer.

Willliam and Sarah Auld (nee McVeigh) had two children:

Maggie (born 2 April 1909 in East Street, Newtownards)

William James (born 4 November 1912 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Ex-Rifleman William Auld is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.

Ex-Rifleman William Auld’s father, William Auld, predeceased him on 15 April 1924 (aged 70) and his family placed a death notice in the Newtownards Chronicle.  It was noted that William Auld lived at 74 Mill Street, Newtownards and worked as a dealer.  He was ‘deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and family’.