No. 18089, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to
No. 50385, 2nd Garrison Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
Died in service on Friday 1 June 1917 (aged 41)
Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (Grave IV. M. 21)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
George Lennox was born on 20 April 1876 in Killip’s Court, Holywood and he was a son of James and Anne (Annie) Lennox (nee Sheals, sometimes Sheils) who were married on 24 December 1873.
James Lennox worked as a labourer and he and Annie had at least seven children:
Dorothea Ireland (born 29 September 1874 in Killip’s Court, Holywood)
George (born 20 April 1876 in Killip’s Court, Holywood)
James (born 6 February 1880 at Gray’s Point, Holywood)
Mary (born 23 May 1882 at Gray’s Point, Holywood)
Alexander (born 10 August 1884 in Hill Street, Holywood)
William (born 22 May 1886 in Hill Street, Holywood)
Elizabeth (born 1 March 1889 in Hill Street, Holywood)
George Lennox worked as a general labourer and he and Catherine (sometimes Katherine, sometimes Kathleen) McCourtney were married on 25 July 1894 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast. George Lennox declared that he was 21 (he was in fact 18) and was living at 27 East Street, Belfast. Catherine McCourtney (aged 22) from 30 East Street, Belfast was a daughter of Roderick McCourtney, a labourer.
George and Kathleen Lennox lived at 60 Hill Street, Holywood and they had no children. Kathleen died on 3 March 1912 in Hill Street, Holywood.
George Lennox enlisted in Holywood and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 18089). He went to France in October 1915 with 108th Brigade in the 36th (Ulster) Division. Later he was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers (No. 50385) and he was 41 when he died in Mesopotamia on 1 June 1917. His mother, Annie Lennox, received his property and effects.
Private George Lennox was buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq and he is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.