Dunwoody, William

Dunwoody, William

Civilian War Dead

Died as a result of enemy action on Wednesday 16 April 1941 (aged 64)


Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave New 1371)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Dunwoody grave headstone in Holywood Cemetery


Brothers and sisters, Edith, Henry, Isabella and William Dunwoody lived at 13 Lincoln Avenue, Belfast and it was there that they died during the blitz on Wednesday 16 April 1941.  They were sons and daughters of the late Matthew and Elizabeth Dunwoody (nee Barrett) and they were buried on 23 April in Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down.

Matthew Dunwoody (in some records spelt Dunwoodie) and Elizabeth Barrett were married on 4 February 1876 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Philip and St. James).

Matthew Dunwoody worked as a carpenter and he and Elizabeth had ten children:

William (born 20 January 1877)

Thomas (born 24 May 1878, died in infancy)

Matthew (born 14 October 1879)

Isabella (Isabel, born 10 October 1881)

Twins Henry and Thomas (born 31 July 1883; Thomas died in infancy)

Edith (born 28 July 1885)

Elizabeth (born 26 April 1888; died in infancy)

Louisa (born 8 November 1889; died in infancy)

Louisa Millicent (born 29 June 1893)

Four of Matthew and Elizabeth Dunwoody’s children died in infancy and four were killed during the Second World War.

William Dunwoody was a painter and he was 64 when he was killed during the Blitz on Wednesday 16 April 1941.

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.