MacMahon, Herbert Henry (No. 26424)

MacMahon, Herbert Henry (Herbert)   

Lance Corporal

No. 26424, 10th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Killed in action on Monday 13 November 1916 (aged 24)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 16C)

Methodist College Belfast


Herbert Henry MacMahon was born on 3 February 1892 in Bray, Co Wicklow and he was a son of the Rev Henry Herbert MacMahon and Emily MacMahon (nee Cronhelm) who were married on 18 September 1884 in Donnybrook Methodist Church, Dublin.  The Rev Henry Herbert MacMahon was a son of Edward MacMahon, a farmer.  Emily Cronhelm was a daughter of Thiodon Cronhelm, a solicitor.

The death on active service of Lance Corporal Herbert Henry MacMahon was reported in the 9 December 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline, Former Newtownards Minister’s Son Killed.  The report referred to his father’s current ministry in Dromore and his former ministry in Newtownards.  The Rev Henry Herbert MacMahon (born in County Fermanagh) was a Methodist Minister who ministered in several counties in Ireland including Wicklow, Down and Tipperary.

The Rev Henry Herbert MacMahon and his wife Emily MacMahon (nee Cronhelm, born in County Dublin) had four children:

Lillie Aikin (born 30 May 1888 in Maidley Villa, Charleston Road, Dublin)

Herbert Henry (born 3 February 1892 in Bray, County Wicklow)

Violet Cronhelm (born 1 January 1894 in Epworth, Dalkey, Dublin)

Fanny Louisa (born 18 September 1896 in Regent Street, Newtownards, Co Down)

Their mother Emily died between 1901 and 1911.

Herbert Henry MacMahon Junior was educated at Wesley College and he obtained a BA Degree from Trinity College Dublin.  When war began Herbert was living in Holywood.  He was an accepted candidate for the Methodist ministry and he was a divinity student in Methodist College Belfast.

Lance Corporal Herbert Henry MacMahon enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 10th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and he was 24 when he was killed in action on 13 November 1916 at Beaumont Hamel during the Battle of the Ancre while making an attack on the enemy trenches.

Lance Corporal Herbert Henry MacMahon has no know grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.