McKisack, Lawrence Hill Wilson

McKisack, Lawrence Hill Wilson

Lieutenant

Royal Flying Corps and 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

Killed in an aircraft accident on Monday 13 November 1916 (aged 23)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Grave G. 17)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church

BIOGRAPHY

Lawrence Hill Wilson McKisack was born on 11 February 1893 at 19 College Square East, Belfast and he was a son of Dr Henry Lawrence McKisack MD (born in Carrickfergus) and Emily McKisack (nee Matier) who were married on 7 April 1892 in Cliftonville Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Henry Lawrence McKisack from Belfast was a son of James McKisack, a merchant.  Emily Matier from Belfast was a daughter of Henry Matier, a merchant.

The McKisack family lived in College Square East, Belfast and at 88 University Road, Belfast.

Dr Henry Lawrence McKisack and Emily McKisack had three children:

Lawrence Hill Wilson (born 11 February 1893 at 19 College Square East, Belfast)

Alice Eleanor Lambert (born 2 March 1896 at 15 College Square East, Belfast)

Henry Charles (born 1 May 1901 at 15 College Square East, Belfast)

Dr Henry Lawrence McKisack MD was physician to the Ulster Volunteer Force.

Lawrence Hill Wilson McKisack attended Marlborough College, Dublin and after leaving school he worked as an apprentice in the linen trade.

Lawrence Hill Wilson McKisack joined the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) on 29 January 1912 and was promoted from Cadet of the Officers’ Training Corps to Second Lieutenant (on probation) on 22 January 1915.  He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and the Royal Engineers.

During the First World War Lieutenant Lawrence Hill Wilson McKisack served with the Royal Flying Corps and 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers and he was 23 when he was killed on 13 November 1916.  He was with 12 Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) flying out of RFC Thetford (Snarehill) aboard a Maurice Farman Shorthorn A2500 aircraft which side-slipped in a steep banking manoeuvre and crashed in the Thetford area.

The Maurice Farman Shorthorn French aircraft was used as a reconnaissance aeroplane and light bomber.

Lieutenant Lawrence Hill Wilson McKisack is commemorated on the QUB War Memorial and in the QUB Book of Remembrance.  He is also commemorated on the Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church which bears the following inscription:

THIS

CREDENCE TABLE WAS

ERECTED BY MAJOR F G HILL QC RGA

SEPTEMBER 1914 TO JULY 1919

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE

OFFICERS WHO SERVED UNDER HIM AT GREY POINT

BATTERY AND GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING

AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY

CAPT W B PEPPER LIEUT C D D SWAIN

LIEUT D O’RORKE ALSO LIEUT C V DARNELL

LIEUT L H McKISACK ATTACHED RFC

ATTACHED INFANTRY OFFICERS

CAPT W A VERSCHOLE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

LIEUT O B MACAUSLAND INDIAN ARMY

LIEUT W LA NAUZE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES