Corry, Henry (No. 1544177)

Corry, Henry

Gunner

No. 1544177, 175 Battery 66 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

Died as a result of enemy action on Monday 5 May 1941 (aged 42)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 23. Grave 40)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s)

Brother of Rifleman Robert John Corry (No. 9877)

Brother of Rifleman Thomas Corry (No. 4/7253)

Brother of Sergeant David Corry (No. 3126332)

BIOGRAPHY

Henry Corry was born on 29 January 1899 in East Street, Newtownards and he was a son of David and Margaret (Maggie) Corry (nee Irvine, sometimes Irwin) who were married on 14 October 1893 in Regent Street Methodist Church, Newtownards.  David Corry, a linen weaver from East Street, Newtownards, was a son of Robert Corry, a linen weaver.  Margaret (Maggie) Irvine from Upper Movilla Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Samuel Irvine, a linen weaver.

David and Margaret (Maggie) Corry (nee Irvine) had at least nine children:

Robert John (born 14 February 1894 in Upper Movilla Street, Newtownards)

Mary (born 3 September 1895 in East Street, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 1 January 1897 in East Street, Newtownards)

Henry (born 29 January 1899 in East Street, Newtownards)

Annie (born 12 May 1901; died of tubercular meningitis 24 May 1908 in East Street, Newtownards)

William Morris (Maurice, born 25 June 1902 in East Street, Newtownards)

David (born 17 June 1906 in East Street, Newtownards)

James Irvine (born 8 March 1908 in East Street, Newtownards)

Wyndham Wilson (born 22 February 1914 in East Street, Newtownards)

The Corry family lived at 46 East Street and later at 6 James Street, Newtownards.

Rifleman Robert John Corry (No. 9877) and Rifleman Thomas Corry (No. 4/7253) died in service during the First World War.

Sergeant David Corry (No. 3126332) and Gunner Henry Corry (No. 1544177) died in service during the Second World War.

Overall, four Corry brothers died in service in two world wars.

Henry Corry worked as a labourer and on 29 March 1920 he and Margaret Heaney were married in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).  They had four children.  The Corry family lived at 87 East Street, Newtownards and their daughter Ena and son-in-law Robert Snow (on active service) lived in England.

During the Great War Henry Corry had served with the 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles and was held as a Prisoner-of-War in Germany for nine months.  He was a member of the Newtownards Branch of the British Legion.  During the Second World War Gunner Henry Corry (No. 1544177) served with the Royal Artillery and he and Gunner John Brown (No. 1465501) died at Twin Islands, Belfast as a result of a bomb blast during the Luftwaffe air raid on 5 May 1941.  Both were buried with military honours in Movilla Cemetery on 8 May 1941.

There is an inscription on Gunner Henry Corry’s CWGC headstone:

HE DIED A HERO

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN

AND IN THE MORNING

WE WILL REMEMBER HIM

Gunner Henry Corry (No. 1544177) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).