McBride, James (No. 4006295)

McBride, James (Jim)

Aircraftman 2nd Class

No. 4006295, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Accidentally drowned on Sunday 1 June 1947 (aged 23, CWGC)


Carrowdore (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Down (Section N   Grave 174)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Aircraftman 2nd Class James McBride (No. 4006295) was a son of William Thomas and Jane McBride (nee McCutcheon) of 75 Orby Road, Belfast.

William Thomas McBride worked as a labourer and grave digger and he and Jane McCutcheon from Carrowdore were married on 17 February 1919 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).  William Thomas McBride from Newtownards was a son of Thomas McBride, a mason.  Jane McCutcheon from Carrowdore was a daughter of Hugh McCutcheon, a farmer.  Their son Thomas was born on 1 April 1919 in Carrowdore and their daughter Martha was born on 23 March 1920.

Aircraftman 2nd Class James McBride (No. 4006295) was accidentally drowned on 1 June 1947 and he was buried on 7 June in Carrowdore (Christ Church) Church of Ireland Churchyard (aged 24, headstone).

There were four death notices in the 7 June 1947 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle – one from his father, mother, brothers and sisters; one from his grandmother, uncles, aunts and cousins at Ballyrawer, Carrowdore; one from the residents of Carrowdore village and one from his chums in Carrowdore.  The notice from Carrowdore residents contained the text:

He died as he lived – everyone’s friend

The notice from his chums in Carrowdore contained the verse:

Not being there to say goodbye

Will always bring regrets;

But the hearts that think of you today

Are the hearts that won’t forget.

There were messages of sympathy from Carrowdore LOL 1051, Carrowdore Silver Jubilee Band and Carrowdore United Football Club.

James McBride’s father William died on 7 February 1954 (aged 61); his mother Jane died on 5 June 1961 (aged 67) and his brother Robert died on 2 January 1991.