McCready, John

McCready, John

Ex-Rifleman

Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers (No 51792) – from 1917

Previously, Royal Irish Rifles (No. 7170)

Died of disease on Thursday 11 April 1929 (aged 35)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down

Commemorated:

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

The name John McCready 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 the result of wounds or disease.

John McCready died at the UVF Hospital, Craigavon House, Belfast on Thursday 11 April 1929 and his wife Mary placed a death notice in the Newtownards Chronicle.  The funeral was from his home at 47 East Street, Newtownards to Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards on Sunday 14 April at 3.00 pm, and his death was ‘deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and little daughter’.

In civilian life John McCready worked as a labourer and on his death certificate it is recorded that he died as the result of an earlier gunshot wound to his back, a bronchopleural fistula, and an abscess.

John McCready and Mary Jane McDowell were married on 17 January 1923 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  John McCready, a labourer from 9 Wallace’s Street No. 2 was a son of James McCready, a dealer.  Mary Jane McDowell from 4 Queen Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Joseph McDowell, a labourer.

John and Mary Jane McCready (nee McDowell) had three children:

Elizabeth (born 8 June 1923 at 4 Queen Street, Newtownards; she was five when her father died)

John (born around 1925; died from measles, and bronchitis on 13 January 1929 at 47 East Street, Newtownards aged four years; he was described as the son of a discharged soldier)

Jane McDowell (born around 1928; died from measles, and bronchitis on 28 January 1929 at 47 East Street, Newtownards aged one year; she was described as the daughter of a discharged soldier)

At the beginning of the Great War John McCready served with the Royal Irish Rifles (No. 7170), and subsequently with the Royal Irish Fusiliers (No. 51792).  It was noted that he was discharged from 34 Combined Clearing Hospital on 10 July 1918 after suffering from debility following measles.

John McCready died on 11 April 1929, and he was buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards alongside his children John and Jane who had died some three months before him.  There is an inscription on his headstone:

ERECTED BY MARY MCCREADY

IN LOVING MEMORY OF

HER HUSBAND JOHN MCCREADY,

DIED 11TH APRIL 1929,

HER SON JOHN, DIED 13TH JANUARY 1929

HER DAUGHTER JANE, DIED

28TH JANUARY 1929,

ALSO THE ABOVE

MARY MCCREADY

DIED 1ST JUNE 1977.

ALSO HER DAUGHTER

ELIZABETH MACGREECHAN

NEE MCCREADY

DIED 10TH JANUARY 1984.