McDermott, Alan William Francis (No. 9101)

McDermott, Alan William Francis Xavier (Alan)


No. 9101, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Died of wounds on Monday 7 June 1915 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 84 to 92 or 220 to 222)


In some records his forename Alan is spelt Allan.

It was reported in the press that Corporal Alan McDermott had been mortally wounded at the Dardanelles.  He was the second son of the late Major Alexander McDermott, KOSB, and nephew of the late Major Henry McDermott, East Surrey Regiment, and belonged to an ‘old Enniskillen family’.

Alan William Francis Xavier McDermott was born on 22 October 1892 in Belgaum, India, and baptised in Belgaum on 9 November 1892.  He was a son of the then Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander McDermott, Cheshire Regiment, and Mary Isabella McDermott (nee Harrison).  Alexander McDermott (aged 35), son of William McDermott, and Mary Anne Harrison (aged 20), daughter of Richard Harrison, were married on 12 July 1888 in the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Rangoon, Burma.

Alexander and Mary Isabella McDermott had at least three children:

Alexandra Mary (born 10 October 1889, baptised in the Roman Catholic Military Church, Rangoon, Burma on 26 October 1889; Alexander was a Sergeant Major in the Cheshire Regiment)

Alexander Harry (born 2 May 1891, baptised 16 May 1891 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Chapel, Belgaum; Alexander was a Sergeant Major in the Cheshire Regiment)

Alan William Francis Xavier (born 22 October 1892 in Belgaum, India, baptised in Belgaum on 9 November 1892; Alexander was a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Cheshire Regiment)

Before he enlisted, Alan William Francis Xavier McDermott described himself as a musician.

When serving at Holywood with the KOSB, Alan William Francis McDermott was a member of the Sydenham Hockey Club and he and Wilhelmina Stanbury (born 3 February 1883) were married on 25 October 1911 in Bangor Roman Catholic Church.  Wilhelmina Stanbury from Brunswick Road, Bangor was a daughter of William Stanbury.

Their son (unnamed in civil birth registration records) was born on 4 May 1912 in the Royal Victoria Maternity Hospital, Belfast.  Their home address at that time was recorded as 3 Brunswick Road, Bangor.

Alan William Francis McDermott enlisted in Devonport, and he served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers during the Great War.

Corporal Alan William Francis McDermott (No. 9101) was 22 when he died of wounds on 7 June 1915, aboard the troop ship SS Ivernia in the Mediterranean Sea, and at that time his wife Wilhelmina and their son, Alan Desmond (sometimes Diamond) Steeman McDermott, were living at Ashville, 33 Brunswick Road, Bangor.

Corporal Alan McDermott’s uncle, Henry McDermott, was born on 29 December 1851 in Enniskillen and he attested on 28 December 1867 (aged 16).  He served in the ranks from 28 December 1867 until 15 April 1890 in Gibraltar, and India, and in commissioned service from 16 April 1889 until 28 February 1896 in Malta and India.  Henry McDermott and Margaret Foster were married on 19 October 1876 in St Mary’s Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Corporal Alan McDermott’s brother, Harry Alexander McDermott, served with the Labour Corps (No. 54171) during the First World War; he enlisted on 3 March 1917 at Liverpool, and was discharged at Nottingham on 31 August 1918, being unfit for service.  His disability was melancholia due to active service.