McClements, Agnes

McClements, Agnes

Civilian War Dead

Died as the result of enemy action on Wednesday 16 April 1941 (aged 49)

Buried:

Dundonald Cemetery (Grave E5. 699)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wife of Hamilton Gilmore McClements

Mother of Hamilton McClements

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Hamilton and Agnes McClements together with their son, Hamilton McClements, of 13 Thorndyke Street, Belfast died at the Thorndyke Street Air Raid Shelter on 16 April 1941 and were buried in Dundonald Cemetery on 19 April 1941.

This family had North Down/Ards connections:

  • Agnes Jane McClements (nee Iveston/Rodgers) was born in George’s Street, Newtownards
  • Hamilton Gilmore (sometimes Gilmour) McClements (sometimes McClemons, sometimes McClimons) was born in the townland of Ballyminstra, Kilmood

Agnes Jane Iveston was born on 27 September 1891 in George’s Street, Newtownards and she was a daughter of Agnes Iveston who married James Rodgers (sometimes Rogers) on 17 September 1894 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  Thereafter, Agnes and her daughter, Agnes Jane Iveston, both used the surname Rodgers.

Hamilton Gilmore McClements was born on 23 September 1888 in Ballyminstra and he was a son of William and Martha McClements (nee Gilmore).

Hamilton Gilmore McClements (aged 23) and Agnes Jane Rodgers (aged 20) were married by licence on 18 April 1912 in the Baptist Church Parsonage, Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Canada.

Hamilton McClements (aged 52), Agnes McClements (aged 49) and Hamilton McClements Junr (aged 15) died as the result of enemy action on 16 April 1941 and were buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave E5. 699).

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.