McClement, John

McClement, John


SS Lord Ormonde, Mercantile Marine

Drowned at sea on Tuesday 30 January 1917 (aged 38)   

Buried at sea


Family grave headstone in Kircubbin Presbyterian Graveyard


In response to public appeals for information the name John McClement from Kircubbin was submitted.  His name is not included in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website and research has shown that John McClement died when he was washed overboard and drowned on 30 January 1917 during a voyage aboard the SS Lord Ormonde from the United States of America.

In some records his surname is spelt McClements.

John McClement was born on 8 December 1879 in Kircubbin and he was a son of James and Agnes McClement (nee Mahood) who were married on 24 August 1865 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.

James and Agnes had at least nine children:

William (born 8 August 1866 in Portavogie)

Tom (born around 1868)

Agnes (born around 1871)

Samuel (born 31 August 1873 in Kircubbin)

Robert (born 8 December 1874 in Kircubbin)

Mary Ann (born 26 November 1877 in Kircubbin)

John (born 8 December 1879 in Kircubbin)

Lizzie (born 3 April 1883 in Kircubbin)

Hugh (born 18 August 1886 in Kircubbin)

Agnes was baptised in Ballyhemlin Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church Ballyhalbert and five of the children (Samuel, Robert, Mary Ann, Lizzie and Hugh) were baptised in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church.

John’s brother Samuel was lost at sea in the SS Lord Raglan in 1890 (aged 16), his father James died on 6 February 1898 (aged 58) and his mother Agnes died on 17 May 1899 (aged 56).

The SS Lord Ormonde was built in 1889 and was one of the Lord Line ships.  The Lord Line (Irish Shipowners Company) was founded by Thomas Dixon in 1879 and, amongst other routes, operated services between Belfast and Baltimore.  The company went into liquidation in 1917 and the SS Lord Ormonde was sold to Davie SB & Repair Company Quebec.  Other Lord Line ships were sold to the Head Line (Ulster Steamship Company).  In March 1918 the SS Lord Ormonde was damaged in a U-boat attack.

John McClement is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church graveyard – as is his brother Captain Tom McClement (retired) who served in the Mercantile Marine during the Great War and who died on 11 October 1921 (aged 53).  His brother Robert died on 3 August 1944 (aged 69).




their loving children

in memory of


who died 6th February 1898, aged 58 years


who died 17th May 1899, aged 56 years.

Their son SAMUEL,

Lost at sea in LORD RAGLAN 1890,

aged 16 years.

also their sons, Capt. TOM

died 11th Oct 1921 aged 53 years


washed overboard SS Lord Ormonde

30th January 1917, aged 38 years

also their son ROBERT,

died 3rd Aug1944, aged 69 years.