McWha, Archibald John

McWha, Archibald John


Royal Flying Corps

Killed in a flying accident on Tuesday 2 January 1917 (aged 24)


Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent, England (Grave M. 424)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard


Archibald John McWha was born on 7 March 1892 and he was the third son of Dupré and Martha McWha (nee Harris) of India, late of Bedford.

Archibald John McWha was educated at Bedford School.

In 1911 Archibald was an Engineering Apprentice at the Queen’s Engineering Works and he, his mother and his brother Norman were living at 75 Ashburnham Road, Bedford.

Lieutenant Archibald John McWha served with the Royal Flying Corps and he was accidentally killed on 2 January 1917; 5 January 1917 in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website.  He died in Shorncliffe Military Hospital and was buried in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery.

Lieutenant Archibald John McWha is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard where his date of death is inscribed as 2 January 1917.  This is also the date of death recorded on his Medal Index Card.


Erected in memory of John McWha, of Ballymullan

Who died on 4 November 1820 aged 43 years

Also Ann McWha his wife who died on 12 April 1829 aged 45 years

Also their daughter Ann Jane Finlay, wife of Captain James Finlay

Who died on 11 June 1860 aged 43 years

Also their son John McWha of Belfast who died 9 January 1875 aged 59 years

Also John, son of the latter named John McWha who died in infancy

Also Elizabeth Ritchie, wife of the above named John McWha of Belfast

Who died on 13 February 1904 aged 80 years

W. B. R. McWha M.D. son of above John McWha

Accidentally drowned at Koyah Cachar, India, on 26 July 1886 aged 24 years

Buried on the Koyah Tea Estate

Dupre McWha who died at the residence of his father, Koyah Cachar, India

On 15 July 1903 aged 20 years, buried at Koyah Cachar, India

Archibald John, Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, son of Dupre McWha

Who was killed in action on 2 January 1917 aged 23 years

Buried at Shorncliffe