McNeice, Daniel (No. 275556)

McNeice, Daniel

Gunner

No. 275556, Royal Garrison Artillery

Died of disease on Saturday 20 July 1918 (aged 36)          

Buried:

Shankill Cemetery, Lurgan, Co. Armagh (Grave 710A in North-East part)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt McNiece

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Daniel McNeice was born in the townland of Shankill, Lurgan, lived in Donaghadee and enlisted in Belfast.

Daniel McNeice was born on born 10 November 1881 in Shankill, Lurgan and he was a son of Daniel (a soldier) and Annie McNeice (nee Nesbitt, daughter of John Nesbitt) who were married on 6 December 1868 in Shankill Parish Church of Ireland Church Lurgan and they had seven children including:

Marion (born 6 March 1878)

Catherine (born 4 March 1880)

Daniel (born 10 November 1881 in Shankill, Lurgan)

Annie (born 19 December 1885)

The McNeice family moved from Lurgan to Belfast where they lived at 49 Balfour Avenue and Daniel McNeice Junior worked as a clerk in an income tax office.

Daniel McNeice re-joined the colours on 26 August 1914 in Belfast after previous Army service with the Royal Garrison Artillery.  In his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 11¾ inches tall with blue eyes and sandy hair.

During the Great War Gunner Daniel McNeice (No. 275556) served with the 50th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery and when he was stationed in Sierra Leone in 1917 he contracted malaria and was hospitalised in Mount Aureol.

Gunner Daniel McNeice (No. 275556) died of pneumonia at 49 Balfour Avenue, Belfast on 20 July 1918 (aged 36) and it was noted on his death certificate that his sister, Annie Smyth, was with him when he died.

After the war Gunner Daniel McNeice’s medals were sent to his sister, Mrs Marion MacBride, who lived at Woodlands, Millisle Road, Donaghadee.