No. 1058272, 1 Battery, 1 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
Died as the result of an accident on Saturday 7 March 1942 (aged 37)
Belfast City Cemetery Glenalina Extension (Section AS Grave 118)
The death of Gunner John Madden (No. 1058272) was reported in the 14 March 1942 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Fatal Accident near Comber – Limavady Soldier Killed. It was reported that he was from Carrick West, Limavady.
At the inquest held in Comber on 9 March 1942 Gunner John Philip gave evidence that he and Gunner John Madden were walking towards Ballystockart along the main Belfast to Comber road at about 10.30 pm on 7 March 1942. Gunner Philip said that shortly after walking under the railway bridge at Ballyloughan they heard a noise and he (Philip) got off the road onto the footpath. When Gunner Philip looked round, he saw Gunner Madden lying on the road and went back to see what had happened to him. As he was about to lift him, a bus ran over Gunner Madden and knocked Gunner Philip down, injuring his toe. Gunner Madden was taken to Mrs Haslett’s house where he subsequently died. He had suffered multiple injuries.
Others were called to give evidence too, including Robert Leonard of Church Street, Downpatrick who was the conductor on the bus and John Murray of Bank Row, Shrigley, Killyleagh who was a passenger on the bus. The driver of the bus was James Leo Dalton of Shrigley, Killyleagh. The Coroner recorded a verdict that death was due to shock and multiple injuries received when the deceased was run over by a bus.
In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that John Madden was a son of J. Madden and Martha Madden and the husband of Martha Madden of Dungiven, Co. Londonderry.
John Madden and Martha Connor were married on 5 April 1932 in Derramore Presbyterian Church, Drumachose, Limavady. John Madden, a labourer from the townland of Bovally, Fruithill, Limavady was a son of John Madden, a farm labourer. Martha Connor, one of 13 children from the townland of Largy, was a daughter of Robert James Connor, a farmer, The Highlands, Limavady.
Gunner John Madden (No. 1058272) was 37 when he died, and he was buried in Belfast City Cemetery. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
BLESSED ARE THEY
THAT DIE IN THE LORD
HE WILL REVIVE US
HE WILL RAISE US UP