McBride, William David (No. 61230)

McBride, William David

Sergeant

No. 61230, 23rd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, previously

No. 4312, Royal Irish Regiment

Died of disease on Friday 24 January 1919 (aged 36)

Buried:

Lille Southern Cemetery, France (Grave VI. D. 2)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s)

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Sergeant William David McBride (No. 61230) was reported in the 8 March 1919 edition of the County Down Spectator and, in the report, he was described as ‘a native of Conlig’.

William David McBride was born on 9 September 1882 in Victoria Terrace, Portadown and he was a son of James and Sarah Anne McBride (formerly Fullerton, nee Ireland) who were married on 17 August 1881 in St Mark’s Parish Church of Ireland Church, Armagh.

James McBride from Armagh was a widower and he was a son of Thomas McBride, a shoemaker.

Sarah Anne Fullerton (nee Ireland) was a daughter of William Ireland, a farmer.  Sarah Anne Ireland and John Fullerton were married on 18 November 1871 in Armagh Registrar’s Office and they had two children:

Susan (born 28 November 1872 in Shanecrackan, Tandragee)

Sarah (born 4 February 1875 in Woodpark, Armagh)

John Fullerton died on 9 November 1875 (aged 37).

Susan Fullerton and Hugh Shirlow were married on 28 January 1899 in St Mark’s Parish Church of Ireland Church, Portadown.  Susan Fullerton was a daughter of John Fullerton, a labourer.  Hugh Shirlow was a son of Alexander Shirlow, a road surveyor.  Their daughter, Sarah Anne, was born on 21 July 1899 in Park Road, Portadown.

James and Sarah Anne McBride (formerly Fullerton, nee Ireland) also lived in Park Road, Portadown.

James McBride worked as a linen yarn dresser, then as a power loom tenter and he and Sarah Anne had three children:

William David (born 9 September 1882 in Victoria Terrace, Portadown)

Robert (born 7 March 1885 in Desert, Armagh)

John Ireland (born 2 September 1887 in Drumcarn, Armagh)

William David McBride and Frances Grace Somerville were married on 5 June 1905 in St Mark’s Parish Church of Ireland Church, Portadown.  William David McBride was a tailor from Conway Street, Shankill Road, Belfast and he was a son of James McBride, a power loom tenter.  Frances Grace Somerville was a box-folder from Mourne View Street, Portadown and she was a daughter of John Somerville, a farmer.

William David and Frances Grace McBride (nee Somerville) lived in Belfast, Portadown and also, according to family sources, in Conlig.  In one Army document relating to pension entitlement, Frances Grace McBride’s address is recorded as Conlig.

William David and Frances Grace McBride had at least four children:

Sarah Edwina (born 13 December 1905 at 42 Glenwood Street, Belfast)

Robert (born 3 March 1908 at 16 Park Road, Portadown; lived in Conlig until 1930 when he enlisted in the RAMC)

John Ireland (Jack, born 18 April 1911 at 126 Park View, Portadown)

Thomas Francis (born 2 September 1914 at 30 Chadwick Street, Belfast)

According to family sources there was another daughter, named Eva.

During the First World War Sergeant William David McBride (No. 61230) served with the 23rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers and he was 36 when he died on 24 February 1919 in France.  Originally buried in Lannoy Du Nord Communal Cemetery in France, Sergeant William David McBride’s grave was identified by means of a headstone and his body was exhumed on 24 January 1952 and reinterred in Lille Southern Cemetery, France.

Sergeant William David McBride (No. 61230) is commemorated in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).

Sergeant William David McBride’s widow, Frances Grace McBride (nee Somerville) and Robert John Stewart were married on 7 January 1931 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast.  Frances Grace McBride (nee Somerville) (aged 45) lived at 76 North Howard Street Belfast.  Robert John Stewart (aged 49), a contractor from 75 Court Street, Newtownards was a son of Alexander Stewart, a labourer.

Frances Grace Stewart (formerly McBride, nee Somerville)  died on 25 September 1944 (aged 61) at 2 Market Street, Newtownards.