McCullough, Joseph (No. 14442976)

McCullough, Joseph


No. 14442976, 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of wounds on Sunday 25 March 1945 (aged 19)


Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany                 (Grave 40. F. 3)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)


Joseph McCullough was the second son of Joseph and Elizabeth McCullough who lived at 13 Clandeboye Place, Bangor.  In civilian life Joseph McCullough Senior worked as a postman and during the First World War he served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Machine Gun Corps.  During the Second World War Joseph McCullough Senior served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Before the Second World War, Joseph McCullough Junior was employed by Messrs Charles Hurst (Engineers), Belfast.  He enlisted in 1943 and served with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. His elder brother Samuel served as a Paratrooper.  Samuel was captured at Arnhem and held as a Prisoner-of-War. His younger brother John served with the Merchant Navy.

Rifleman Joseph McCullough (No. 14442976) was 19 when he died on 25 March 1945 from wounds sustained in action during the crossing of the River Rhine (Operation Varsity, the airborne element of Operation Plunder) and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).