McQuoid, Urell (No. 29126)

McQuoid, Urell (Tony)


No. 29126, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Killed in action on Friday 23 April 1915 (aged 21)   

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panels 24 – 30)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Brother of Norman Scott McQuoid


Urell McQuoid was born on 23 July 1893 at 9 The Mount, Belfast and he was a son of James McQuoid (born in Larne) and Mary Rebecca McQuoid (nee Scott, born in Newry) who were married on 15 October 1885 in First Belfast Presbyterian Church.  James McQuoid (aged 26) from 10 Castlereagh Avenue, Belfast was a son of John McQuoid, a shopkeeper.  Mary Rebecca Scott (aged 20) from 155 Strasburg Terrace, Mountpottinger, Belfast was a daughter of John Scott, a brass founder.

In 1901 James McQuoid was an estate agent; he was also company secretary for Francis Ritchie & Son Belfast (a roofing felt manufacturer).

In 1911 James McQuoid was a Justice of the Peace for Belfast and a Managing Director.

The McQuoid family had addresses at 36 The Mount, Mountpottinger, Belfast; Lombard Street, Belfast and West Lawn, Ballyholme Road, Bangor.

James and Mary McQuoid had six children:

Norman Scott (born 28 August 1886 at 10 Castlereagh Avenue, Belfast)

Gladys (born 24 July 1888 at 10 Castlereagh Avenue, Belfast)

Ada (born 28 May 1890 at 10 Castlereagh Avenue, Belfast)

Urell (Eurell born 23 July 1893 at 9 The Mount, Belfast)

James (born 17 September 1895 at 9 The Mount, Belfast)

Louis (born 26 April 1897 at 9 The Mount, Belfast)

All four McQuoid brothers attended Campbell College – Norman from 1897 until 1904; Urell from 1904 until 1907; James from 1908 until 1911 and Louis from 1908 until 1911.

Pre-war James worked for the Bank of Commerce in Canada; during the war he served with the 16th Seaforth Highlanders (Canadians) and was severely wounded; post-war he worked as a real estate agent in Los Angeles.  Post-war Louis worked as an estate agent in Northern Ireland.

Urell (Tony) McQuoid worked in the linen business before he moved to Canada.  There he worked as a clerk in the Bank of Commerce.  He enlisted on 23 September 1914 at Valcartier and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 7½ tall with a medium complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.  He sailed from Quebec aboard the SS Andania on 7 October 1914.

Private Urell McQuoid (No. 29126) served with the 16th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) and he was killed in action during the Second Battle of Ypres.  Initially the Canadian Record Office reported that Private Urell McQuoid was missing in action and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have died on or since 23 April 1915.  Private Urell McQuoid (No. 29126) was 21 when he died.

Private Urell McQuoid (No. 29126) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in 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 in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.