No. 8596, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Wednesday 10 March 1915 (aged 26)
No known grave
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque
Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum
Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor
In some records his surname is spelt McKeown.
David McEwan was born on 18 December 1888 in Cushendun, Co Antrim and he was a son of St.George Glencairn McEwan and Annie McEwan (nee McNeill, sometimes McNeal) who were married on 5 January 1888 in Cushendun Parish Church of Ireland Church. St.George McEwan was a widower and Coastguard boatman from Cushendun and he was a son of Isaac McEwan, an Army pensioner. Annie McNeill from Cushendun was a daughter of David McNeill, a coachman.
George McEwan served in the Royal Navy Coast Guard and he and Annie had six children:
David (born 18 December 1888 in Cushendun, Co Antrim)
Margaret Georgina (born 6 September 1890 in Co Antrim)
George (born 11 May 1892 in Slieveban, Co Donegal)
William Arthur (born 20 March 1894 in Slieveban, Co Donegal)
Isaac (born 26 October 1895 in Slieveban, Co Donegal)
Charles Hunter (born 15 July 1899 in Helen’s Bay Coastguard Station, Co Down)
The McEwan family lived in different counties in Ireland and when they moved to North Down they lived in the townland of Ballygrot and also at 28 Croft Street, Bangor.
David McEwan enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
Rifleman David McEwan (No. 8596) was 26 when he was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on 10 March 1915 and he has no known grave.
Rifleman David McEwan (No. 8596) is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium; 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 on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.