Irvine, Agnes

Irvine, Agnes

Civilian War Dead

Died as the result of enemy action on Wednesday 16 April 1941 (aged 72)

Buried:

Dundonald Cemetery (Grave C3. 193)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

This civilian casualty was born in the townland of Ballyhanwood, Ballymaglaff, Comber.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Agnes Irvine, a civilian who died at 16 Percy Street, Belfast on 16 April 1941, was the wife of Robert McCullough Irvine of 16 Percy Street, Belfast.  It is also recorded in the CWGC website that Agnes Irvine’s husband Robert (aged 72), together with her daughter Margaret Hill McQuoid Irvine (aged 35), were both killed in the same incident during the blitz.

Between 10.45 pm on Easter Tuesday 15 April and 4.30 am on Wednesday 16 April 1941 there was a large-scale German Luftwaffe air raid on the City of Belfast.

Agnes Irvine (nee McQuoid) was born on 19 May 1869 in Ballyhanwood, Ballymaglaff, Comber and she was a daughter of David and Margaret McQuoid (nee Hill) who were married on 25 October 1846 in Castlereagh Presbyterian Church.

Agnes McQuoid had a son, Richard Thomas Morrow McQuoid, who was born on 8 December 1894 in Ballyhanwood, Comber, and died of tubercular peritonitis at 16 Percy Street, Belfast on 29 April 1907.

Richard Thomas Morrow McQuoid was buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave C3. 193).

Agnes McQuoid and Robert McCullough Irvine were married on 5 December 1899 in Cliftonville Presbyterian Church, and they had at least three children:

Robert McCullough (born 11 January 1903 at 16 Percy Street, Belfast)

Margaret Hill McQuoid (born 11 September 1905 at 16 Percy Street, Belfast)

David John McQuoid (born 28 December 1907 at 16 Percy Street, Belfast; died of pulmonary tuberculosis 1 April 1920 at 16 Percy Street, Belfast)

David John McQuoid Irvine was buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave C3. 193).

Agnes Irvine (nee McQuoid) (aged 72), Robert McCullough Irvine (aged 72) and Margaret Hill McQuoid Irvine (aged 35) were all killed at 16 Percy Street, Belfast on 16 April 1941.

Agnes Irvine (nee McQuoid) and Margaret Hill McQuoid Irvine were buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave C3. 193).

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.