Coulter, Thomas (No. 7019592)

Coulter, Thomas

Rifleman

No. 7019592, 30th Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of disease on Sunday 8 February 1942 (aged 51)

Buried:

Belfast (Dundonald) Cemetery (Section E.1. Grave 60)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Coulter was born on 15 July 1890 in West Street, Newtownards and he was a son of David and Adelaide Coulter (nee Williamson) who were married on 2 June 1888 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  David Coulter, a cattle dealer from Newtownards was a son of Hamilton Coulter, a cattle dealer.  Adelaide Williamson from Newtownards was a daughter of William John Williamson, a painter.

David Coulter worked as a cattle dealer and butcher/flesher and he and Adelaide had six children including:

Mary Ann (born 26 January 1889 in Brewery Lane, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 15 July 1890 in West Street, Newtownards)

Louisa Elizabeth (born 6 May 1897 at 16 Steen’s Row, Belfast)

Sarah Johnston (born 21 March 1902 at 58 Morelands Row, Belfast)

[In 1901 the Coulter family had been living at 71 Isoline Street, Belfast]

David Coulter died of ‘chronic meningitis secondary to chronic Bright’s Disease’ on 22 October 1909 in the Union Workhouse Infirmary, Belfast.

In 1911 Adelaide Coulter and her children were living at 6 Glenvarlock Street, Belfast and Thomas was working as a general labourer.

During the First World War Thomas Coulter’s address in Belfast was 6 Glenvarlock Street and he served as a Driver with the Army Service Corps (ASC).  His First World War Army service is commemorated on the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church Belfast Roll of Honour.

Thomas Coulter and Cassie Gallagher were married on 12th July 1924 in Castlereagh Presbyterian Church.  Thomas Coulter from Belfast, who worked as a striker, was a son of David Coulter (deceased).  Cassie Gallagher from Belfast was a daughter of John Gallagher (deceased).

Thomas and Cassie Coulter (nee Gallagher) lived at 64 Isoline Street, Belfast and, during the Second World War, Thomas served on the Home Front as a Rifleman with the 30th Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles.  He was stationed in Ballywalter when he died.

Rifleman Thomas Coulter (No. 7019592) died in Bangor General Hospital on 8 February 1942 as the result of a perforated duodenal ulcer and was buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave E1 60) on 10 February 1942.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

AT REST

SADLY MISSED BY

HIS LOVING WIFE CASSIE

AND FAMILY

Also buried in that grave were:

  • Mary Coulter of 1 Moneyrea Street, Belfast who died on 16 May 1973 (aged 84)
  • Cassie Coulter of 64 Isoline Street, Belfast who died on 21 November 1973 (aged 86)
  • Thomas Coulter of 50 Sandown Road, Belfast who died on 10 April 1989 (aged 62)