Geddis, Samuel McKee

Geddis, Samuel McKee (Sam)

Lieutenant

1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

Died on Thursday 19 September 1918 (aged 25)

Buried:

Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt, Aisne, France (Grave C. 59)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial

Second Comber Presbyterian Church

Killinchy Presbyterian Church

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel McKee Geddis was a son of Andrew and Mary Jane (Minnie) Geddis (nee McKee) who were married on 23 November 1883 in Downpatrick Registrar’s Office.  Andrew Geddis (aged 34) was a farmer from the townland of Craigarusky, Killinchy and he was a son of Andrew Geddis, a contractor.  Mary Jane McKee was a minor from the townland of Ballymartin, Killinchy and she was a daughter of Samuel McKee, a farmer.

The Geddis family lived in the townland of Tullynakill, Killinchy.

Andrew and Mary Jane (Minnie) Geddis (nee McKee) had five children:

Sarah Elizabeth (born 5 February 1884 in Ballymartin; died 6 April 1885)

Margaret (born 16 June 1886 in Craigarusky)

Sarah Elizabeth (born 11 May 1889 in Craigarusky)

Andrew (born 9 December 1890 in Craigarusky)

Samuel McKee (born 26 October 1892 in Craigarusky)

Samuel McKee Geddis was less than two months old when his father, Andrew, died of typhoid fever on 15 December 1892 (aged 42).  Minnie Geddis continued to run the family farm.

Before he enlisted Samuel worked as a Solicitor’s Clerk with the firm of Messrs Moorhead & Wood in Rosemary Street, Belfast.  Widely known amongst the members of the legal profession, Samuel was also well-known as a member of the North Down Cricket and Hockey Clubs.  In July 1915 Samuel Geddis obtained his commission through the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) at Queen’s University Belfast and he was gazetted to the Leicestershire Regiment.  In November 1915, he went to France where he saw considerable service during which he was wounded twice and gassed once.

Lieutenant Samuel McKee Geddis was 25 when he died on 19 September 1918 and he was buried in Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt, Aisne, France.

Lieutenant Samuel McKee Geddis is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial; in Second Comber Presbyterian Church; in Killinchy Presbyterian Church; on the QUB War Memorial and in the QUB Book of Remembrance (Page 23).

Sam Geddis was engaged to be married to Jeannie McBurney of Comber and, after Sam died, Jeannie never married.

Two of Jeannie’s brothers, Jim McBurney and Teddy McBurney also died.