Cairns, George Ritchie

Cairns, George Ritchie

Second Lieutenant

52nd Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action on Tuesday 4 January 1916 (aged 20)


Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey (Grave L. 26)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cairns family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road


George Ritchie Cairns was a son of James and Mary Cairns who lived at Hillhead, Glasgow and he had an MA degree from Glasgow University.

James Cairns and Mary McKeown were married on 4 May 1875 in Linenhall Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  James Cairns, a policeman from Belfast was a son of Percival Cairns, a farmer.  Mary McKeown from Belfast was a daughter of Michael McKeown, a blacksmith.

James and Mary Cairns had at least four children:

James J. (died 24 February 1926 aged 47)

Percival (died 28 June 1926 aged 36)

Mabel (died 14 July 1926 aged 34)

George Ritchie (killed 4 January 1916 aged 20)

James Cairns Senior died on 26 October 1921 (aged 71) and Mary died on 23 February 1935 (aged 84).

Second Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns served with the Royal Field Artillery and he was 20 when he was killed in action on 4 January 1916.  He sustained gunshot wounds to his back and abdomen, and was buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Second Lieutenant George Ritchie Cairns is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery:

Erected by Mary Cairns

In memory of her beloved husband

James Cairns

Who died 26th October 1921 aged 71 years

Her son Lieut. George R. Cairns killed in action

At Cape Helles, Gallipoli 4th January 1916 aged 21 years

Also her son Adjutant James J. Cairns who died in

Nairobi, Kenya Colony 24th February 1926 aged 47 years

And her son Lieut. Percival Cairns

Who died 28th June 1926 aged 36 years

Her daughter Mabel

Who died 14th July 1926 aged 34 years

The above Mary Cairns

Who died 23rd February 1935 aged 84 years

Christina Cairns wife of Percival Cairns

Who died 4th August 1967 aged 73 yrs

When Second Lieutenant Cairns died, his parents were living in Shandon Villas, Kensington Road, Knock, Belfast.