McBride, Joseph

McBride, Joseph

Major

27th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action on Monday 23 April 1917 (aged 32)

Buried:

Vimy Communal Cemetery, France (Grave A. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Downpatrick and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

Joseph McBride was born on 14 October 1884 in Downpatrick and he was the eldest son of Michael Corbett McBride and Mary McBride (nee Johnston) who were married on 13 March 1884 in Lissara Presbyterian Church Crossgar.

The McBride family lived in Bridge Street, Downpatrick.

Michael Corbett McBride worked as a carpenter, then as an estate bailiff and, like his father Joseph before him, as a weighmaster

Corbett and Mary McBride had eleven children:

Joseph (born 14 October 1884)

Jane (born 26 July 1886)

Michael Corbett (born 26 July 1888)

John (born 24 June 1890)

Francis J (Frank, born 17 July 1892)

Thomas (Tom, born 17 August 1894)

James (born 7 November 1895)

Stanley (born 1 September 1897)

Gordon (born 11 October 1899)

Robert (born 30 December 1901; died 18 January 1902)

Their mother, Mary McBride, died on 23 January 1902 (aged 39).

Their father, Michael Corbett McBride, died on 15 March 1937 (aged 78).

Joseph McBride was a career soldier who served with the Royal Field Artillery.  He was based at Ballincollig Barracks in County Cork when he and Mary McCauley (daughter of foreman riveter William McCauley, 34 Bryson Street, Belfast) were married on 28 March 1911 in Dundela Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Their son William was born on 18 January 1915.

During the Great War Joseph McBride served with the Royal Field Artillery and in 1914 he was promoted from Sergeant to Second Lieutenant for distinguished conduct in the field during the retreat from Mons.

It was reported in the Belfast Telegraph that he was wounded three times and twice mentioned in despatches.

Major Joseph McBride was 32 when he was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on 23 April 1917 and on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that his wife Mary was living at 35 New Road, Ballymaconnell, Bangor.  He was buried in Vimy Communal Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

THE STRIFE IS O’ER THE BATTLE DONE

THE VICTORY OF LIKE ID WON

Major Joseph McBride is commemorated on Downpatrick and District War Memorial.