No. 27071, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Saturday 27 January 1917 (aged 32)
Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France
(Grave III. A. 98)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque
Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum
Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that William McDowell was born in Holywood, lived in Crawfordsburn and enlisted in Newtownards.
In the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that his beneficiary was his widow Sarah.
William McDowell was born on 8 December 1884 in Ballyrobert and he was a son of Robert and Sarah McDowell (nee Bingham) who were married on 24 April 1879 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church. Robert McDowell from Ballyrobert was a son of Thomas McDowell, a labourer. Sarah Bingham from Spring Hill was a daughter of Samuel Bingham, a Sergeant.
The McDowell family lived in the townlands of Ballyrobert, Ballydavey and Ballymullan.
Robert and Sarah McDowell (nee Bingham) had six children:
Samuel (born 28 November 1880 in Ballyrobert)
Robert (born 8 November 1882 in Ballydavey)
William James Gibson (born 8 December 1884 in Ballyrobert)
Jane McConnell (born 2 March 1887 in Ballydavey)
Alexander Malcolm (born 4 December 1888 in Ballydavey)
Hugh Todd (born around 1890/1891)
William McDowell and Sarah Patterson were married on 21 June 1911 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church. William McDowell, a labourer from Crawfordsburn, was a son of Robert McDowell, a labourer. Sarah Patterson from Cultra was a daughter of Isaac Patterson, a railway worker.
William and Sarah McDowell (nee Patterson) had four children:
William (born 7 December 1911 in Crawfordsburn)
Dorothea (born 5 July 1913 in Crawfordsburn)
Alexander (born 14 June 1914 in Crawfordsburn)
Sarah (born 11 January 1916 in Crawfordsburn while her father was serving with the 12th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers stationed at Finner Camp, Ballyshannon)
Private William McDowell (No. 27071) served with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 32 when he was killed in action on 27 January 1917.
Private William McDowell (No. 27071) was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France and he is commemorated 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 and in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.