Paden, William Hugh Robert Gilbert (No. 18/90)

Paden, William Hugh Robert Gilbert (Bertie)

Lance Corporal

No. 18/90, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 22 November 1917 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cambrai Memorial, France (Panel 10)

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church

Family Grave Headstone in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Peden.

William Hugh Robert Gilbert Paden was born on 28 July 1898 in High Street, Newtownards and he was the second son of Samuel and Margaret (Maggie) Paden (nee Ross) who were married on 17 February 1886 in Glastry Presbyterian Church.  Samuel Peden from Newtownards was a son of Robert Peden, a farmer.  Maggie Ross from Ballyobegan was a daughter of Samuel Ross, a farmer.

The Paden family lived at 18 High Street, Newtownards.

Samuel Paden was a watchmaker and jeweller and he and Maggie had nine children:

Eleanor (Ellie, born 29 December 1887 in High Street, Newtownards; married James Lowry Berkeley, a farmer, of Poplar Hill, Tullyhogue, Cookstown Co Tyrone on 6 October 1909 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church; lived in Tullyhogue)

Samuel (Sam, born 6 April 1890 in High Street, Newtownards; died 23 June 1952)

Rebecca (Betsy, born 16 February 1892 in High Street, Newtownards)

Mary Jane (May, born 1893 in High Street, Newtownards)

Josephine Bruce Hezlep (born 24 April 1895 in High Street, Newtownards; died of meningitis 6 October 1895)

Beatrice Walsh (born 24 June 1896 in High Street, Newtownards; died 3 November 1959)

William Hugh Ross Gilbert (Bertie, born 28 July 1898 in High Street, Newtownards)

James Alexander Ernest (Ernie, born 15 July 1903 in High Street, Newtownards)

Francis Ross (born 28 May 1905 in High Street, Newtownards)

James and Ellie Berkeley’s son, Flight Sergeant Thomas Colquhoun Edmonds (Tom) Berkeley (No. 754377) of 85 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was killed on 14 June 1941 (aged 23) and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

William Hugh Robert Gilbert (Bertie) Paden enlisted in May 1915 and he joined the 18th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles.

Lance Corporal Bertie Paden (No. 18/90) served in Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916.  He went to the Western Front with the 11th Battalion (South Antrim) Royal Irish Rifles and was there for five months.  After a further period of Home Service, he returned to France and served with the 12th Battalion (Mid Antrim) Royal Irish Rifles from May 1917 until he was killed in action on 22 November 1917 at Cambrai.

Lance Corporal Bertie Paden (No. 18/90) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial in France.

Lance Corporal Bertie Paden’s family placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and he is also commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church and on the Family Grave Headstone in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards.

Bertie’s mother, Margaret Paden, died on 1 December 1943 (aged 76) and his father, Samuel Paden, died on 13 November 1947 (aged 87).