Glendinning, Thomas (No. 10944)

Glendinning, Thomas


No. 10944, ‘D’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of disease on Thursday 21 July 1921 (aged 22) – CWGC records

Died of disease on Wednesday 20 July 1921 (aged 22) – civil death records


Killysuggan Graveyard, Newtownards, Co. Down (Grave 1. 2. 23)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial


In some records his surname is spelt Clendinning.

Thomas Glendinning was born on 28 August 1898 in Church Street, Newtownards and on his birth certificate his name was registered as Thomas Donnelly.

It is recorded that Thomas was a son of John and Agnes Glendinning (nee Donnelly, sometimes Donnely) who were married on 10 October 1898 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  John Glendinning of Church Street, Newtownards was a son of John Glendinning, a labourer.  Agnes Donnelly of Church Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Edward Donnelly, a labourer.

The Glendinning family lived in Church Street, Newtownards and then in Union Lane, Newtownards.

John Glendinning worked as a general labourer and he and Agnes had at least seven children; Rose Ann and Thomas were born before John and Agnes were married and in civil registration records their surname is recorded as Donnelly:

Rose Ann (born 21 January 1895 in Newtownards Workhouse)

Thomas (born 28 August 1898 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Margaret (born 13 June 1900 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Elizabeth Atcheson (born 16 February 1902 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Agnes Mary (born 1 March 1904 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Eleanor (born 5 February 1907 in Church Street, Newtownards)

John (born 14 February 1909)

During the Great War, Thomas Glendinning served as a Rifleman with the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and he died of a tumour in his mediastinum (chest cavity) on 21 July 1921 (aged 22) in Union Lane, Newtownards.  He was described on his death certificate as a demobilised soldier and labourer and a bachelor.  He died at Union Lane, Newtownards and his sister, Rose Ann Ramsey, was with him when he died.

Rifleman Thomas Glendinning (No. 10944) was buried in Killysuggan Graveyard Newtownards and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:



Rifleman Thomas Glendinning (No. 10944) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.