Mac Ilwaine, Julian Mackay

MacIlwaine, Julian Mackay (Julian)

Captain

12th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps attached 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Presumed Killed in Action on Friday 22 March 1918 (aged 29)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Arras Flying Services Memorial, France

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) Memorial Plaque

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 355)

BIOGRAPHY

It is recorded in the CWGC Debt of Honour website that Captain Julian Mackay MacIlwaine was a son of the late Edward Nangle MacIlwaine and Julia Alma Gaussen MacIlwaine of Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, and that he was wounded in April 1915 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.

In 1875 Edward Nangle MacIlwaine played as a forward for Ireland in two games of rugby football – against England on 15 February at Kennington Oval in London and on 13 December at Rathmines, Dublin.

Edward Nangle MacIlwaine and Julia Alma Gaussen Moore were married on 13 July 1882 in St George’s Parish Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Edward Nangle MacIlwaine (aged 32) from Eisleben House, Belfast was a son of the Rev William MacIlwaine, Clerk in Holy Orders, and former Rector of St George’s.  The Rev William MacIlwaine was a regular visiting speaker at the Achill Mission Colony founded by the Rev Edward Nangle.  Julia Alma Gaussen Moore (aged 26) from 7 Chichester Street, Belfast was a daughter of James Moore, a medical doctor.

Edward Nangle MacIlwaine and Julia Alma Gaussen MacIlwaine (nee Moore) had at least five children:

Frederick (born in Queensland, Australia; aged 17 in 1901, he was working as a bank clerk)

Edward Moore (born in Queensland, Australia; aged 25 in 1911, he was a Second Lieutenant in the Special Reserve at QUB; served during the First World War; died in 1953)

Alexander Gillilan Johnston (born 4 January 1887 in Queensland, Australia; aged 24 in 1911, he was a medical student at QUB; he served during both world wars and died on 3 March 1942 in London; Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Gillilan Johnston MacIlwaine No. 50557 is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and in Golders Green Crematorium, London; his death was reported in the April 1942 edition of the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps)

Julian Mackay (born in Queensland, Australia; he was educated at RBAI; aged 22 in 1911 he was working as a stockbroker’s apprentice)

Julia Thomasina Jane (born 30 January 1892 at 40 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast)

Edward Nangle MacIlwaine was an engineer and he died on 9 February 1893 at 25 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast (aged 43).  He died as the result of ‘phlegmonous erysipelas of arm (17 days), secondary haemorrhage and amputation (36 hours)’.

In 1911 the widowed Julia Alma Gaussen MacIlwaine (nee Moore) was living at 69 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, with four of her adult children.

Captain Julian Mackay MacIlwaine was serving as a pilot with the 12th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps attached 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles when he died on 22 March 1918 (aged 29).  He, his observer, and their aircraft went missing in action and they were later presumed to have been killed.

Captain Julian Mackay MacIlwaine is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial in France; on the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Memorial Plaque; on the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) Memorial Plaque; on the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial; in the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance; in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 355).