Carnduff, Samuel (No. 17416)

Carnduff, Samuel

Rifleman

No. 17416, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916

Buried:

Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France (Grave III. C. 9)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s) – as Cairnduff

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Cairnduff.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman Samuel Carnduff (No. 17416) was born in Newtownards and enlisted in Newtownards.

Rifleman Samuel Carnduff (No. 17416) served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  Initially he was posted as missing in action and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects it is recorded that sums of money were paid to his mother Mary, to his brother Harry and to Minnie Carnduff.

In 1925 Rifleman Samuel Carnduff’s body was located, exhumed and reburied in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France.  His remains were identified by means of his identity disc.

Rifleman Samuel Carnduff (No. 17416) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s) where his surname is spelt Cairnduff.

There is some evidence to suggest that Samuel Carnduff was a brother of Rifleman James Carnduff (No. 9294) who was known to his friends as Tibs.