Regan, W

Regan, W.

Commemorated:

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

The name Regan, W. is listed once on Newtownards and District War Memorial and twice on the War Memorial Plaque in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).

The name William Regan is listed once in the Roll of Honour of Service in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s), where his Regiment is recorded as 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

The name Andrew Regan is listed once in the Roll of Honour of Service in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s), where his Regiment is recorded as Mechanical Transports.

Rifleman William Regan (No. 19/730) who served with the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and who was killed on 26 June 1917 has been accounted for.

Andrew Regan who served in Mechanical Transports was a brother of Rifleman William Regan (No. 19/730).  Andrew Regan was born on 24 July 1900 in Wallace’s Street, Newtownards and he worked in a factory before he enlisted underage on 10 April 1917 in Newtownards.

Andrew Regan was 16 years 8 months old when he enlisted (he declared that he was 18 years 4 months old) and he was posted to the Mechanical Transport Depot, Army Service Corps, Grove Park, London.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 3½ inches tall with dark brown hair, hazel eyes and he had a tattoo in the form of a half ring on the middle finger of his left hand.

Private Andrew Regan (No. M305969) trained in England and Scotland before being posted overseas to Constantinople (now Istanbul).  On 30 December 1919, in preparation for his demobilisation, Andrew declared that he was ‘not suffering from any disability due to his military service’.

Private Andrew Regan (No. M305969) was discharged from the Army on 12 February 1920.

Private Andrew Regan (No. M305969) had a cousin, also named Andrew Regan, who was born on 21 August 1895 and was a son of John and Maria Regan (nee Wallace), who lived in Zion Place, Newtownards.  Andrew worked as a railway porter and he died of acute pneumonic phthisis on 3 March 1917 (aged 21).  This Regan family were also members of Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  John and Maria Regan (nee Wallace) did not have a son named William.

Desk searches and public appeals to date have yielded no further information about the second W. Regan who is commemorated in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s), but an opinion has been expressed that the second W. Regan may have been inscribed in error on the War Memorial Plaque in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s):

  • Rifleman William Regan (No. 19/730) was killed;
  • His brother, Private Andrew Regan (No. M305969), served and survived
  • His cousin, Andrew Regan, died of disease on 3 March 1917 (aged 21)