Legate, George William

Legate, George William (George)

Second Engineer

HMT Seattle, Mercantile Marine

Died in service on Tuesday 29 October 1918 (aged 30)


Archangel Allied Cemetery, Russian Federation (Grave A. 2. Jt. Grave)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

First Holywood Presbyterian Church

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Brother of Private Charles Martyn Legate

Cousin of Lieutenant Theophilus Legate Calwell MC

Cousin of Lieutenant Walter Henry Calwell


George William Legate was born on 28 September 1888 at Anchor Lodge, Kinnegar, Holywood and he was a son of Theophilus and Sarah Jane Legate (nee Perry) who were married on 14 September 1886 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  Theophilus Legate from Holywood was a son of George Legate, a Presbyterian Minister.  Sarah Jane Perry from Cultra was a daughter of James Perry, a farmer.

The Legate family lived at Kinnegar, Holywood, at 38 Cromwell Road, Belfast and at Spafield, Holywood.

Theophilus Legate worked as a warehouseman and then as a clerk in the linen business.  He and Sarah Jane had five children:

George William (born 28 September 1888 at Anchor Lodge, Kinnegar, Holywood)

Hugh Henry (born 17 March 1891 at Woodside, Holywood)

Charles Martyn (born 6 January 1894 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Anna Mary (born 19 June 1897 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Margaret Busby (born 3 November 1898 at 38 Cromwell Road, Belfast)

Their father, Theophilus Legate, died of heart failure at Spafield, Holywood on 12 August 1914 (aged 65).

After leaving school, George William Legate went to sea and qualified as an engineer and it was he who was granted probate when his father died on 12 August 1914.

Second Engineer George Legate was 30 when he died on 29 October 1918 aboard HMT Seattle (built in 1911 as a cargo ship and previously named Bangor).

Second Engineer George Legate is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in First Holywood Presbyterian Church.

The Calwell brothers, Theophilus Legate Calwell MC and Walter Henry Calwell, who were cousins of the Legate brothers also died on active service during the Great War.