Macausland, Oliver Babington

Macausland, Oliver Babington (Oliver)

Lieutenant

Indian Army Unattached List and 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 9 May 1915 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Neuve-Chapelle Memorial, France (Panel 1)

Garvagh War Memorial

St Paul’s Church of Ireland Church Garvagh – Memorial Plaque

St Paul’s Church of Ireland Church Garvagh – Memorial Tablet

Garvagh and Aghadowey Heroes 1914-1918 Book of Honour

Haileybury College, Hertfordshire

Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church

BIOGRAPHY

Oliver Babington Macausland was born on 28 November 1895 and he was the younger son of Lieutenant Colonel Redmond Conyingham Samuel Macausland and Jane Isabella Macausland (nee Keown) of Woodbank House, Mettican, Garvagh, Co Londonderry.

Both of his parents were born in County Londonderry, they were married on 13 January 1886 in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Church Coleraine and they had three children:

Redmond Alexander (born 6 December 1886 in India, died 22 November 1959)

Dorothea Florence (born 13 July 1888 in India)

Oliver Babington (born 28 November 1895)

Oliver’s paternal grandfather, the Rev Redmond Conyingham Macausland, was a former Rector of Desertogill Parish Church of Ireland Church, Garvagh and his maternal grandmother was Dorothea Keown (nee Alexander), sister-in-law of Cecil Frances Alexander the hymn writer.

Pre-war Oliver’s father, Lieutenant Colonel Redmond Conyingham Samuel Macausland, served in India with the Indian Army and during the Great War Oliver’s older brother, Lieutenant Colonel Redmond Alexander Macausland, served in Mesopotamia.  He was awarded the Croix de Guerre.  During the war his sister, Dorothea Florence, served as a nurse.

Oliver Babington Macausland was educated at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.  He was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the Indian Army, posted to the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and then to the 1st Battalion in France.  Lieutenant Oliver Babington Macausland was 19 when he was killed in action on 9 May 1915 at Fromelles during an Allied attempt to take Aubers Ridge.  The attempt failed and Oliver was one of a great many Allied casualties that day.  He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Neuve-Chapelle Memorial in France.  In December 1915 a memorial tablet was dedicated in St Paul’s Church, Garvagh.  It bears the inscription:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

LIEUTENANT OLIVER BABINGTON MACAUSLAND

INDIAN ARMY ATTACHED 1ST ROYAL IRISH RIFLES

YOUNGER SON OF

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL REDMOND C S MACAUSLAND, WOODBANK

WHO FELL IN ACTION WHILE GALLANTLY LEADING HIS PLATOON AT

FROMELLES, FRANCE ON SUNDAY THE 9TH MAY 1915 AGED 19

One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name

 Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty

They hall behold the land that is very far off

Isaiah XXXIII, 17.

Lieutenant Macausland is also commemorated on Garvagh War Memorial; on the War Memorial plaques in St Paul’s Church, Garvagh and Haileybury College, Hertfordshire and on the Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church which bears the following inscription:

THIS

CREDENCE TABLE WAS

ERECTED BY MAJOR F G HILL QC RGA

SEPTEMBER 1914 TO JULY 1919

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE

OFFICERS WHO SERVED UNDER HIM AT GREY POINT

BATTERY AND GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING

AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY

CAPT W B PEPPER LIEUT C D D SWAIN

LIEUT D O’RORKE ALSO LIEUT C V DARNELL

LIEUT L H McKISACK ATTACHED RFC

ATTACHED INFANTRY OFFICERS

CAPT W A VERSCHOLE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

LIEUT O B MACAUSLAND INDIAN ARMY

LIEUT W LA NAUZE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES