McCready, Andrew (No. 18148)

McCready, Andrew

Rifleman

No. 18148, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 31)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 677

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Brother-in-Law of Rifleman Thomas Miskelly (No. 18403)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt McCreedy.

Andrew McCready was born on 18 July 1885 in Newtownards and he was a son of James and Agnes McCready (nee Aiger, sometimes Agar, sometimes Edgar) who were married on 27 July 1874 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  James McCready (aged 19) from Belfast was a son of John McCready, a carpenter.  Agnes Aiger (aged 21) from Belfast was a daughter of James Aiger, a farmer.

The McCready family lived in Newtownards before they moved to Bangor.

James McCready worked as a general labourer and he and Agnes had at least eleven children including:

John Clanney (born 8 January 1875 in Mill Street, Newtownards; died 23 January 1875)

Matilda (born 29 April 1876 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

James (born 12 February 1878 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

Edward (born 24 May 1881 in Windmill Street, Newtownards)

Andrew (born 18 July 1885 in East Street, Newtownards)

William (born prematurely 13 July 1887 in Church Street, Newtownards; died of debility 20 July 1887)

William John (born 3 June 1888 in Church Street, Newtownards; died of tuberculosis 17 March 1904 at 21 Castle Square, Bangor)

Mary Eleanor (born 7 December 1890 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Annie (born around 1893/1894)

James McCready Senior died on 10 January 1927 (aged 70) and Agnes McCready died on 12 September 1932 (aged 78).  They were buried in Bangor Cemetery (Grave 6P. 8) and there is currently no headstone.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Andrew McCready worked as a general labourer and he and Mary Ellen Miskelly were married on 25 October 1905 in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.  Andrew McCready (aged 20) from Bangor was a son of James McCready, a labourer.  Mary Ellen Miskelly (aged 19) from Bangor was a daughter of David Miskelly, a labourer.

Andrew and Mary Ellen McCready (nee Miskelly) had four children:

James (born 11 March 1906 in Bangor)

Maggie Miskelly (born 12 June 1910 at 13 Croft Street, Bangor)

Andrew (born 28 November 1912 in Castle Street, Bangor)

Dorothy Thompson (born 15 December 1915 in Castle Square, Bangor)

Andrew McCready’s sister, Matilda, married Thomas Miskelly (his wife’s brother) on 7 September 1904 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church and Thomas died of wounds ‘on or about 15 July 1916’.

Andrew McCready enlisted in Bangor, he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th Ulster Division and he was 30 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman Andrew McCready (No. 18148) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum; in Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 677 and in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.

Rifleman Andrew McCready’s widow, Mary Ellen McCready, died of congestion of the lungs and cardiac failure on 22 March 1918 at 52 Castle Square, Bangor.  Mary Ellen’s mother, Margaret Miskelly, was appointed guardian of her children.