Dunwoody, Samuel (No. 406513)

Dunwoody, Samuel


No. 406513, 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Killed in action on Friday 15 September 1916 (aged 31)


Pozieres British Cemetery, France (Grave III. R. 21)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance


Samuel Dunwoody was born on 29 March 1885 in Sullivan Street, Holywood (in his attestation papers he declared 29 March 1888) and he was a son of Thomas and Rachel Anne (Ann) Dunwoody (nee Wilson) who were married on 10 June 1884 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).  Thomas Dunwoody, a 28-year-old bachelor and painter from Church Street, Holywood, was a son of Thomas Dunwoody, a gardener.  Rachel Anne Wilson, a 26-year-old spinster living in New York, was a daughter of Samuel Wilson, a farmer.

The Dunwoody family lived in Sullivan Street, Holywood; in High Street, Holywood and in Hibernia Street, Holywood before they moved in the early 1900s to 2862 North Water Street, Philadelphia, USA.

Thomas Dunwoody Senior worked as a house painter and he and Rachel Anne had at least two children:

Samuel (born 29 March 1885 in Sullivan Street, Holywood)

Thomas (born 9 July 1887 in High Street, Holywood)

Before the Dunwoody family moved to America, Samuel Dunwoody worked as an apprentice in a hardware business and Thomas Junior worked as an apprentice painter.

In the USA Samuel Dunwoody worked as a salesman before he enlisted at Hamilton, Ontario on 15 April 1915.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 9 inches tall with a fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.

Private Samuel Dunwoody served with the 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) and he was 31 when he was killed in action on 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

Private Samuel Dunwoody was buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone: