Beattie, Norman (No. 14148)

Beattie, Norman

Sergeant

No. 14148, ‘B’ Company, 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Sunday 19 December 1915 (aged 30)

Buried:

Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France (Grave II. D. 4)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Windsor Presbyterian Church Belfast (his address is recorded as Bangor)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road

BIOGRAPHY

Norman Beattie was born on 28 October 1885 in Ballycloughan and he was a son of William Thomas Beattie (born in County Armagh) and Mary Beattie (nee Hanna, born in County Antrim) who were married on 1 May 1880 in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church.  William Thomas Beattie, an accountant from Belfast, was a son of George Beattie, a farmer.  Mary Hanna from Lisburn was a daughter of William Hanna, a merchant.

The Beattie family lived in Eglantine Avenue, Belfast and Seacliffe Road, Bangor.

William Thomas Beattie worked as an accountant and commercial clerk in the shipbuilding industry and he and Mary had at least three children including:

George (born 17 April 1881 at 98 Castlereagh Street, Belfast; died 4 November 1920 in USA)

William Hanna (born 5 October 1883 at 98 Bella Vale, Belfast)

Norman (born 28 October 1885 in Ballycloughan)

Their father, William Thomas Beattie, died on 8 May 1922 (aged 75) at 4 Edenville, 120 Seacliffe Road, Bangor.

Their mother, Mary Beattie, died on 9 March 1948 (aged 92).

Norman Beattie enlisted in Belfast and served with the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Sergeant Norman Beattie (No. 14148) was 30 when he died of wounds on 19 December 1915 and he was buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France.

Sergeant Norman Beattie (No. 14148) is commemorated on the Beattie family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery.

William Hanna Beattie also served during the Great War and he married Jessica (Jessie) Aiken on 18 January 1917 in Great Victoria Street Baptist Church Belfast.

Their deaths – his on 1 March 1962 (aged 76) and hers on 18 October 1969 – are also commemorated on the Beattie family headstone in Bangor Cemetery.