Maddock, William (No. 1594)

Maddock, William

Private

No. 1594, 7th (Blythswood) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Died of wounds on Tuesday 13 July 1915 (aged 20)

Buried:

Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey (Grave D. 67)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Maddick.

William Maddock was born on 9 September 1894 at 31 Severn Street, Belfast and he was a son of William and Mary Jane Maddock (nee McCreight, sometimes McCreat, sometimes McCrate) who were married on 3 July 1885 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  William Maddock (aged 23) from William Street, Newtownards was a son of John Maddock.  Mary Jane McCreight (aged 19) from Glenford Place, Newtownards was a daughter of Samuel McCreight, a mason.

The Maddock family lived at 59 Medway Street in Belfast.

William Maddock Senior worked as a tenter and general labourer and he and Mary Jane had at least four children:

Samuel G (born around 1889/1890 in the United States of America)

Elizabeth (born 12 December 1891 in County Down)

William (born 9 September 1894 at 31 Severn Street, Belfast)

Mary McCreight (born 12 February 1897 at 107 Dee Street, Belfast)

Their mother died of enteric fever and peritonitis on 30 August 1897 (aged 30).

The death on active service of Private William Maddock was reported in the 9 October 1915 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and there it was stated that William had been born in James Street, Newtownards and that his father was deceased.

William Maddock enlisted in Glasgow, he served with the Highland Light Infantry and on 13 July 1915 he died of wounds sustained in action at Gallipoli the previous day.  It was Private William Maddock’s uncle Thomas Maddock living in Balfour Street, Newtownards who received the official notification about his death.  During the Great War Thomas Maddock’s two sons along with 19 nephews and two sons-in-law were on active service.

Private William Maddock was 20 when he died, and he was buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.  He is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour.