McCartan, John

McCartan, John


No. 4/7178 Royal Irish Rifles

Died on Friday 12 April 1918 (aged 33)


Newtownards and District War Memorial


The name John McCartan is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles.  The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.

After John McCartan died on 12 April 1918 in Newcastle-on-Tyne his family placed a death notice in the 20 April 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle and it was noted that his funeral was accorded full military honours.

John McCartan was born around 1885/1886 in Cleator Moor, Cumberland and he was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth (Lizzie) McCartan (nee Dorrian) who were married on 5 April 1885 in Downpatrick Roman Catholic Church.  John McCartan (aged 27), an Army Reservist from Downpatrick was a son of Hugh McCartan, a labourer.  Lizzie Dorrian (aged 24), a servant from Downpatrick, was a daughter of John Dorrian, a labourer.

The McCartan family lived at 4 Stream Street, Downpatrick before moving to Newcastle where John McCartan Senior worked as a miner and then to Newtownards where they lived at three addresses between 1911 and 1918:  71 West Street, 32 John Street Lane and 32 Wyndham Terrace.

John McCartan Senior worked as a general labourer and he and Lizzie had eight children:

John (born around 1885/1886 in Cleator Moor, Cumberland)

Hugh (born 4 November 1887 at The Stream, Downpatrick)

Joseph (born 24 November 1889 at The Stream, Downpatrick)

Anne (born 31 January 1892 at The Stream, Downpatrick)

James (born 18 January 1895 at The Stream, Downpatrick)

Francis (born 30 January 1897 at The Stream, Downpatrick; died of whooping cough 4 June 1897)

Theresa (born 5 June 1898 at The Stream, Downpatrick)

Catherine (born 21 December 1902 in Newcastle, Co Down)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War John McCartan Junior worked as an agricultural labourer.

John McCartan enlisted on 27 August 1914 and joined the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Rifleman John McCartan (No. 4/7178) went to France on 29 December 1914 to join one of the regular battalions and was discharged from the Army on 10 July 1915 because he was no longer fit for active service, due to illness.

Ex-Rifleman John McCartan (No. 4/7178) died on 12 April 1918 and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.