Mawhinney, James (served as McWhinney, James) (No. 2699)

Mawhinney, James (served as McWhinney, James)

Private

No. 2699, 6th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Died in service on Tuesday 2 February 1915 (aged 19)

Buried:

Holywood Cemetery, Holywood, Co. Down (Grave 864)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour, his surname is spelt McWhinney, in others Mawhinnie and in others McWhinnie.

James Mawhinney was born on 20 July 1894 in High Street, Holywood and he was a son of James and Margaret Mawhinney (nee Savage) who were married on 26 April 1886 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  James Mawhinney from Holywood was a son of David Mawhinney, a mason.  Margaret Savage from Holywood was a daughter of James Savage, a labourer.

The Mawhinney family lived in Holywood, in Downshire Road; in Church View; in High Street; at 8 Trevor Street and at 4 Stewart’s Place.

James Mawhinney Senior was a carpenter and he and Margaret had nine children:

Robert Herron (born 15 April 1888 in Downshire Road, Holywood)

Annie (born 7 January 1891 in Church View, Holywood)

David (born 13 February 1892 in Church View, Holywood; died of tuberculosis 22 March 1911 in Stewart’s Place, Holywood aged 19)

James (born 20 July 1894 in High Street, Holywood)

Sarah Jane Herron (born 4 May 1896 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

William (born 12 February 1898 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

Eveline (born 25 March 1900 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

Margharita (born 14 January 1903 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

Mary Elizabeth (born 5 August 1904 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

After leaving school, and like his father before him, James Mawhinney Junior worked as a carpenter.

In December 1914 James Mawhinney enlisted in Perth and joined the 6th Battalion (Perthshire) Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

Private James Mawhinney (No. 2699) was 19 when he died of pneumonia in Scotland, in Hawick Cottage Hospital on 2 February 1915, some six weeks after he enlisted.

Private James Mawhinney (No. 2699) was buried in Holywood Cemetery, Co Down and he is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).