Ritchie, William Morgan (No. 18/114)

Ritchie, William Morgan (Willie)

Rifleman

No. 18/114, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 20)

Buried:

New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium (Grave XVII. D. 10)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

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

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

William Morgan Ritchie was born on 8 November 1896 at 22 Green Ville Terrace in the Bloomfield area of Belfast and he was a son of Charles Houston (sometimes Hanston) Ritchie and Lucretia (Lucy) Ann Ritchie (nee Morgan) who were married on 5 September 1894 in St Thomas’s Church of Ireland Church, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.  Charles Ritchie from Shamrock Cottage, Beersbridge Road, Belfast was a son of Charles Ritchie, a builder.  Lucy Ritchie (nee Morgan) was born in Broughshane and she was a daughter of John Morgan, a clerk.

The Ritchie family lived in Belfast at 24 Lomond Avenue and then at 5 Eblana Street.

They moved to Bangor where they lived at 106 Ballymagee Street.

Charles Ritchie was a builder and road contractor and he and Lucy had five children:

Charles John (born 4 July 1895 in Belfast)

William Morgan (Willie, born 8 November 1896 at 22 Green Ville Terrace, Belfast)

Margaret Alicia (Maggie, born 21 June 1898 in Belfast)

Annie Georgina (born 30 March 1900 in Belfast)

Cecil Alexander (born 9 July 1905 at 12 Lomond Avenue, Belfast)

William Morgan Ritchie enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman William Morgan Ritchie (No. 18/114) was wounded in action on 1 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and, when he recovered, he returned to the fighting line.

Rifleman William Morgan Ritchie (No. 18/114) was 20 when he was killed in action on 16 August 1917 at the Battle of Langemarck and he was buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

TILL HE COME

Rifleman William Morgan Ritchie (No. 18/114) is commemorated 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 the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 557).