McBride, William Thomas (No. 141019)

McBride, William Thomas (William)

Private

No. 208545, Royal Engineers, transferred to

No. 141019, 37th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Died of wounds on Sunday 24 March 1918 (aged 24)

Buried:

St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France (Grave P. VI. D. 11A)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

William Thomas McBride was born on 11 September 1893 in Whitespots, Newtownards and he was a son of James and Eliza McBride (nee Wallace) who were married on 3 September 1872 in Newtownards Zion Methodist Church.  James McBride (aged 25) from Ballyhenny was a son of Thomas McBride, a labourer.  Eliza Wallace (aged 19) from Ballyhenny was a farmer’s daughter.

The McBride family lived in the townland of Whitespots, Newtownards and in Sunbeam Cottage, 2 Corry’s Quarter Street, Newtownards.

James McBride worked as a farm servant, Eliza worked as a seamstress and they had at least seven children:

Jane (born 21 August 1873 in Ballyhenny)

Margaret Ann (born 18 April 1875 in Ballyhenny)

Alexander (born 17 June 1877 in Ballyhenny)

James (born 6 November 1881 in Ballyhenny)

Agnes Rankin (born 16 July 1888 in Ballyhenny)

William Thomas (born 11 September 1893 in Whitespots, Newtownards)

Nathaniel Ditty (born 5 April 1896)

Six of these children were baptised in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War William Thomas McBride worked as a carpenter.  He enlisted in Belfast and served with the Royal Engineers (No. 208545) before being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (No. 141019).

Private William McBride (No. 141019) was 24 when he died of wounds on 24 March 1918 and he was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France.

Private William McBride (No. 141019) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.