Sloan, William Andrew (No. 6791)

Sloan, William Andrew (William)

Rifleman

No. 6791, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

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

Conlig Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

First Cousin of Rifleman Hugh Welsh (No. 18/1613)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt Sloane.

William Andrew Sloan was born on 5 October 1896 in Conlig and he was a son of Anthony and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Sloan (nee McCreedy) who were married on 24 August 1896 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  Anthony Sloan from Conlig was a son of Anthony Sloan, a weaver.  Lizzie McCreedy (aged 20) from Conlig was a daughter of Andrew McCreedy, a labourer.

The Sloan family lived in Roseneath Cottage, Main Street, Conlig.

Anthony Sloan worked as a carter and general labourer and he and Lizzie had two children:

William Andrew (born 5 October 1896 in Conlig)

Lizzie (Lillah, born 24 August 1898 in Conlig; married Hugh Hamilton, died 11 January 1974)

William Andrew Sloan enlisted at Clandeboye without parental permission and, along with other young men from Conlig, he came home wearing his uniform.

Rifleman William Andrew Sloan served with the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 19 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Initially Rifleman William Andrew Sloan was posted as missing in action and after that his mother continued to set a place for him at table every mealtime in case he arrived home.  Even after it was officially confirmed that Rifleman William Sloan must be presumed to have been killed in action his mother never accepted that he was dead.  Until Lizzie Sloan died, the front door of her house was never locked, day or night, in case William arrived home unexpectedly.

Rifleman William Andrew Sloan (No. 6791) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; 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 62); in Conlig Presbyterian Church and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

Rifleman William Sloan’s father Anthony died on 16 August 1931 (aged 63) and his mother Lizzie died on 24 January 1932 (aged 55).

Rifleman William Andrew Sloan (No. 6791) was a first cousin of Rifleman Hugh Welsh (No. 18/1613) who was killed in action on 21 March 1918.  William Sloan’s father Anthony and Hugh Welsh’s mother Catherine were brother and sister.