McEwan, William Arthur

McEwan, William Arthur (William)                 


Mercantile Marine (Transport Service)

Died of disease on Friday 4 August 1916 (aged 22)


Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down


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

Brother of Rifleman David McEwan (No. 8596)


In some records his surname is spelt McKeown.

William Arthur McEwan was born on 20 March 1894 in the townland of Slieveban, Malin, Co Donegal 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.

During the Great War William Arthur McEwan served in the Mercantile Marine.  His sudden death in the Northern Hospital Liverpool was reported in the 11 August 1916 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Bangor Man’s Death.  The report indicated that William had been suffering from malaria fever and that he was being brought home by a White Star liner but did not survive long enough to reach Bangor.

William’s widowed mother received a telegram from the White Star Company informing her that her son was dying and she crossed over to Liverpool on 4 August 1916.  William was unconscious and he died later that day.  William’s remains were brought to Bangor and he was interred in Bangor Cemetery on Monday 7 August.  The Rev J.R. McDonald MA conducted the funeral service.

Seaman William Arthur McEwan 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 on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.