Jordan, Samuel Wallace (Wallace)
No. 19041, ‘C’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 20)
Tincourt New British Cemetery, France (Grave VIII. H. 17)
Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
Samuel Wallace Jordan was born on 27 December 1895 in Ballygowan and he was a son of John and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Jordan (nee Dempster) who were married on 6 July 1894 in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church. John Jordan from Ballygowan was a son of Alexander Gordon, a farmer. Lizzie Dempster from Belfast was a daughter of Alexander Dempster, a labourer.
John Jordan was a farmer and he and Lizzie had at least nine children:
Alexander (born 28 July 1894 in Ballygowan)
Samuel Wallace (born 27 December 1895 in Ballygowan)
William Hobson (born 26 September 1897 in Ballygowan; died of bronchitis 7 August 1900)
Louisa Disney Woods (born 1 March 1899 in Ballygowan)
William Hobson (born 4 September 1900 in Ballygowan)
Sarah Jane (born 4 November 1902 in Ballygowan)
Elizabeth (born 5 April 1904 in Ballygowan)
Thomas Shaw Woods (born 28 April 1908 in Ballygowan)
Agnes Mills (born 4 May 1911 in Ballygowan)
Samuel Wallace Jordan was baptised in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.
After leaving school, Samuel Wallace Jordan worked as a farm servant for Robert Gilliland who was a publican and farmer in the townland of Moneyreagh.
Samuel Wallace Jordan was a member the local contingent of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and of Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 1207 in Ballygowan.
Samuel Wallace Jordan enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Initially reported as missing in action, it was officially confirmed in June 1917 that Rifleman Wallace Jordan must be presumed to have been killed.
Rifleman Wallace Jordan was 20 when he died and he was buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
GOD IS OUR REFUGE
AND OUR STRENGTH
Rifleman Wallace Jordan is commemorated in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church and, at the time of his death, two of his brothers, Alexander (who died on 3 October 1958) and William, were also on active service.