Savage, John Graham (No. 2365)

Savage, John Graham (John)

Rifleman

No. 2365, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action at Ypres on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 23)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162 A & 163 A)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

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

Bangor Grammar School

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s)

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

John Graham Savage was born on 7 November 1893 in Holborn Street, Bangor and he was a son of James Hamilton Savage and Mary Savage (nee Graham) who were married on 24 April 1890 in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.  James Savage from Bangor was a carpenter and he was a son of Alexander Savage.  Mary Graham from Bangor was a daughter of John Graham, a labourer.

The Savage family lived in Union Street, Holborn Street and Victoria Road, Bangor and at Mount Herald, Donaghadee Road, Bangor.

James Savage worked as a building contractor and he was also a locally elected Councillor.

James and Mary Savage (nee Graham) had four children:

Alexander (born 18 April 1891 in Union Street, Bangor; died 4 March 1965)

Jane Elizabeth (Lizzie/Betty born 4 July 1892 in Union Street, Bangor; died 10 November 1978)

John Graham (born 7 November 1893 in Holborn Street, Bangor)

Jane Gertrude (Jean, born 10 March 1897 in Victoria Road, Bangor; died 22 November 1961)

John Graham Savage attended Bangor Grammar School from 1908 to 1910.

John Graham Savage enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  His role was to attend the medical staff of the Battalion and it was while he was engaged in such work that he was killed.  The dressing station where John was working took a direct hit from a high explosive shell and most of the medical staff and patients were killed – including Dr Horace Dorset Eccles the Battalion doctor.  At the time of John’s death his elder brother, Sergeant Alexander Savage, was serving with the Garrison Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in Cawnpore, India.

Rifleman John Graham Savage (No. 2365) was 23 when he died, and he has no known grave.

Rifleman John Graham Savage (No. 2365) is commemorated on the Tyne Cot 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 (Page 61) and on the Memorial Plaques in Bangor Grammar School and Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).  He is also commemorated on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

The Bangor Parish Church Parochial Hall in Hamilton Road, Bangor – the Dufferin Memorial Hall – was built by John Savage’s father, James Savage, in 1905.

John’s mother died on 30 April 1937 (aged 70) and his father died on 27 November 1937 (aged 70).