Gorman, Charles (No. 7439)

Gorman, Charles


No. 7439, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Tuesday 24 October 1916 (aged 28)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

Brother of Private James Gorman (No. 911)


In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Charles Gorman was born in Newtownards.

Charles Gorman was born on 26 April 1885 in West Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Charles and Ann Gorman (nee Fairley) who were married on 26 September 1867 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.

The Gorman family lived in Mark Street, Newtownards and at 11 Windmill Row, Newtownards.

Charles Gorman Senior worked as a weaver and he and Ann had at least five children:

Thomas (born 2 December 1868 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

Eliza Jane (born 10 March 1872 in Mark Street, Newtownards)

James (born 31 March 1879 in Front Shuttlefield, Newtownards)

David (born 28 March 1882 in West Street, Newtownards)

Charles (born 26 April 1885 in West Street, Newtownards)

Their father Charles died from cancer on 5 August 1896 in Newtownards Workhouse (aged 53).  Their mother Ann died on 11 February 1901 in Newtownards Workhouse (aged 51) as the result of exhaustion from burns sustained one month and 20 days previously.

Three Gorman brothers were on active service in the Great War.  David served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 6874) and survived.  James and Charles were both killed.

By the age of thirteen Charles Gorman was working as a news boy and he boarded with the Cummings family at 8 James Street, Newtownards.  He lived for a time in Glasgow, he enlisted in Belfast and he went to France with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on 27 August 1914.  Prior to that he had served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in Burma.  On 5 October 1914, he was admitted to No. 1 General Hospital in Boulogne with rheumatic fever and was brought to England by hospital ship on 17 December 1914.  When he returned to France, he served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and died of wounds sustained in action between Gueudecourt and Le Transloy on 24 October 1916.

Rifleman Charles Gorman (No. 7439) was 31 when he died and he has no known grave.  Rifleman Charles Gorman is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the PCI Roll of Honour for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  His war gratuity was paid to his brother David.