No. 28777, Scottish Rifles, transferred to
No. 48239, 13th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Tuesday 27 August 1918 (aged 27)
Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Grave II. H. 55)
Convery family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Cemetery Portaferry
Charles Tomelty was born on 2 January 1891 in Portaferry and he was a son of William and Sarah Tomelty (nee Convery) who were married in 1890 in Glasgow. William Tomelty was a sailor and shipyard worker and he was a son of Patrick and Catherine Tomelty (nee Faloona). Sarah Convery was a daughter of Charles and Ellen Convery (nee McNabb).
William and Sarah Tomelty (nee Convery) had eleven children:
Charles (born 2 January 1891 in Portaferry)
Patrick (born 21 May 1893 in Portaferry)
Catherine (born 1895 in Glasgow; died)
Ellen (born 1896 in Glasgow)
William (Billy, born 1898 in Glasgow)
Mary Jane (born 1899 in Ayr; died)
Robert John (born 16 January 1901 in Ardrossan)
James (Jimmy, born 4 February 1902 in Ardrossan)
Luzzia (born 1904 in Ardrossan)
Daniel (born 1907 in Ardrossan)
Sarah (born 1910 in Ardrossan)
Charles Tomelty was baptised on 15 February 1891 in Portaferry Roman Catholic Church.
For a time, Charles lived in New Row, Portaferry with his uncles Robert and John Convery and his aunt Eliza Convery. Both Robert and John Convery worked as carters and farmers.
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Charles Tomelty worked as a carrier. He enlisted in Ardrossan and served with the Scottish Rifles (No. 28777) before being transferred to the 13th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 119th Brigade of the 40th Division.
Private Charles Tomelty (No. 48239) was 27 when he was killed in action on 27 August 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line and he was buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
Private Charles Tomelty is commemorated on the Convery family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Cemetery Portaferry.
Charles Tomelty’s brother Patrick married Rose McNally, a sister of Surgeon Hugh Francis McNally who was killed when HMS Hampshire sank after striking a mine on 5 June 1916.