No. 17016, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 22)
A.I.F. Burial Ground, France (Grave X. A. 3)
Donaghadee and District War Memorial
Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church
In some records, his surname is spelt Strean.
Samuel Strain was born around 1891/1892 and he was a son of Alexander and Mary Ann Strain (nee Patty, sometimes Pattie, sometimes Patton) who were married on 31 May 1884 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office. Alexander Strain from Herdstown was a son of Joseph Strain, a labourer. Mary Ann Patty from Moat Street, Donaghadee was a daughter of James Patty, a labourer.
The Strain family lived in townlands of Herdstown and Hogstown, Donaghadee.
Alexander Strain worked as a labourer and he and Mary Ann had at least eight children including:
Agnes (born 24 April 1885 in Mount Street, Donaghadee)
John (born 30 May 1887 in Herdstown)
Elizabeth (born 1889/1890)
Samuel (born 1891/1892)
Maggie (born 24 December 1894 in Herdstown)
Annie Louisa (born 2 March 1897 in Herdstown)
James (born 28 July 1900 in Herdstown)
Some of the children were baptised in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Samuel Strain worked as an agricultural labourer.
Samuel Strain enlisted in Donaghadee, he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 22 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Samuel Strain had been a member of No Surrender Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 241 in Donaghadee and the officers and members placed a For King and Country notice in the 16 June 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle. They expressed ‘their deep regret at the loss of their highly respected brethren’. The notice commemorated the deaths of Robert McGaffin (spelt Gaffin), Ballyhay; William Patton, Ballyfotherly and Samuel Strain, Donaghadee. It was signed by William Robert McCauley and Robert John Rea.
Rifleman Samuel Strain (No. 17016) was buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, France and he is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial and in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.