McCaghey, Harold Abraham (No. C/2076)

McCaghey, Harold Abraham (Harold)

Flight Lieutenant

No. C/2076, Royal Canadian Air Force

Died in service on Tuesday 9 June 1942 (aged 38)


Ancaster (Bethesda United Church) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada (Shaver family plot)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance (Page 95)


The death of Flight Lieutenant Harold Abraham McCaghey (No. C/2076) was reported in the 20 June 1942 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Bangor Flying Officer’s Death.

Harold Abraham McCaghey was born on 10 June 1903 in Newry Road, Banbridge and he was the youngest son of William John McCaghey ISO MBE and Jean (Jeanie) McCaghey (nee Hunter) who, at the time of his death, were living at 5 Knockmore Park, Bangor.  Before that, the McCaghey family lived at 7 Glenburn Park, Belfast and before that at 4 Mountainview Terrace, Banbridge.  William John McGaghey and Jeannie Hunter were married on 5 August 1896 in Magherally Presbyterian Church, Banbridge.

William John McCaghey worked as a bookkeeper in a linen factory, later becoming an inspector of factories and then Chief Inspector of Factories for Northern Ireland.  He and Jeannie had four children:

Darwin Edward (born 30 May 1897 in Banbridge; served with the RAF during the Second World War)

James Hunter (born 4 January 1900 in Banbridge)

Harold Abraham (born 10 June 1903 in Newry Road, Banbridge)

Annie Margaret (Greta, born 8 November 1906 at Laurel Lodge, Glenburn Park, Belfast; married Jack Baxter)

Harold Abraham McCaghey was educated at Keighley Grammar School in Yorkshire from 31 July 1912 until 31 May 1917 and at Methodist College, Belfast from 1 September 1917 until 1 June 1920.  At school he played rugby for the 1St XV and he also played golf.  On leaving school he worked as a junior clerk for Lloyd’s Bank in England from 1920 until 1921.  From 1921 until 1930 he worked as an accountant for the Northern Bank in Dublin and Belfast.  During 1927/1928 he attended a special economics course in Trinity College, Dublin.

Harold Abraham McCaghey had a fine baritone voice and won several singing competitions throughout Ireland.  When living in Bangor he sang in the choir of First Bangor Presbyterian Church.

In 1930 Harold McCaghey moved to Canada where he took up a position as cost accountant with the Canadian Laundry Machinery Company in Toronto and he was with them until 1935 when he went to work for International Business Machines in Toronto.  On 9 October 1937, he married Elva May Shaver in Bethesda, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario.  They lived at 330 Avenue Road, Toronto.


They had one daughter, Patricia Ann McCaghey, who was born in Toronto on 19 August 1941.

From 1938 until 1940 he worked for himself in Business Systems

Harold Abraham McCaghey joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at Toronto in 1940 and he was stationed in No. 2 Training Centre, Winnipeg, Ontario when he died on 9 June 1942.  He had no overseas postings.  He made his will on 3 January 1941 and left everything to his wife

Elva May McCaghey (nee Shaver), who was born in 1904, died in 1993.

Flight Lieutenant Harold Abraham McCaghey (No. C/2076) was 38 when he died, and he was buried in the Shaver family plot in Ancaster (Bethesda United Church) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:




Flight Lieutenant Harold Abraham McCaghey (No. C/2076) is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet) and on Page 95 in the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.