Dempster, Edward (No. 7012285)

Dempster, Edward (Eddie)

Corporal

No. 7012285, 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of wounds on Friday 7 July 1944 (aged 30)

Buried:

Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France (Grave 2. 3)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

Edward Dempster was born on 22 November 1913 in Bow Street, Donaghadee and he was a son of James and Elizabeth (Lizzie, sometimes Bessie) Byers Dempster (nee Stewart) who were married on 14 March 1910 in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.  James Dempster (aged 23) of 55 Northumberland Street, Belfast was a son of Thomas Dempster, a labourer.  Lizzie Stewart (aged 21) of 70 Northumberland Street, Belfast was a daughter of Thomas John Stewart, a labourer.

The Dempster family lived at 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Donaghadee, at 22 Meetinghouse Street, Donaghadee and at 38 Bow Street, Donaghadee.

James Dempster worked as a general labourer and carter and he and Lizzie had at least seven children:

James (born 23 June 1910 in Meetinghouse Street, Donaghadee)

Hugh (born 22 June 1911 at 22 Meetinghouse Street, Donaghadee; died of enteritis 21 September 1911)

Thomas (born 11 September 1912 in Meetinghouse Street, Donaghadee; died of gastroenteritis 22 July 1914 at 38 Bow Street, Donaghadee)

Edward (born 22 November 1913 in Bow Street, Donaghadee)

Hugh (born 30 May 1916 in Bow Street, Donaghadee; died of gastritis 9 August 1917)

Mary (married Vic Hull and lived at 142 High Street, North Fleet, Kent)

Hugh Stewart (born 30 April 1919 in Bow Street, Donaghadee and baptised 13 May 1919 in Donaghadee Methodist Church)

Lizzie Byers Dempster died on 2 April 1927.

The marriage of Eddie Dempster and Betty Watkins of Westfields, Hereford was registered in the third quarter of 1941 in Hereford and during the Second World War Eddie served with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles.  On 6 June 1944 this Battalion landed by glider near Ranville in Normandy and was initially deployed to extend the bridgehead south of the River Orne.  Corporal Eddie Dempster (No. 7012285) was 30 when he died of wounds on 7 July 1944 and he was buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

IN LOVING MEMORY

THE NIGHT IS ENDED

YOU HAVE HEARD REVEILLE

UPON THE OTHER SIDE

Corporal Eddie Dempster (No. 7012285) is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial.