McCutcheon, Thomas (No. 1467311)

McCutcheon, Thomas

Bombardier

No. 1467311, 5 Battery, 2 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

Died in a Prisoner-of-War Camp on Sunday 9 January 1944 (aged 28)

Buried:

Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany (Grave 10. K. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas McCutcheon was a son of William and Margaret (Maggie) McCutcheon (nee Strain) of 45 Springfield Road, Bangor and, before that, the townland of Cottown, Donaghadee.  William McCutcheon of Ballyfotherly worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Maggie Strain of Herdstown were married on 11 November 1910 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.  Three children were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee:

Hugh (born 16 February 1911 at Cottown)

Josephine (born 26 April 1913 at Ballyfotherly)

Thomas (born 10 April 1915 at Ballyfotherly)

Thomas McCutcheon was educated at Main Street Public Elementary School in Bangor and he was a keen sportsman.  He played soccer for the Rookery Team in Bangor Summer League.  He enlisted prior to the outbreak of the Second World War and before that he was employed as an electrician by the Electricity Board in Bangor.

During the war he served with the Royal Artillery and was held as a Prisoner-of-War after being captured at the fall of Tobruk.  After the surrender of Italy to Allied Forces he was transferred to Germany.  It was reported in the Press that he died of pneumonia in the Lazarett (hospital) beside the German Prisoner-of-War Camp at Stalag 1V B Muhlberg-on-Elbe, Germany.  Sympathy was expressed by County Down Spectator staff to his widowed mother Margaret, his brother Hugh in Lisburn and his sister, Josephine Carlin of High Street, Donaghadee (Josephine McCutcheon and James Carlin were married on 9 June 1941 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church, some six weeks after her father William died on 25 April 1941).

Bombardier Thomas McCutcheon (No. 1467311) was 28 when he died, and he was buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

FOR EVER WITH THE LORD

AND WE SHALL MEET HIM

SOME BRIGHT MORN

Bombardier Thomas McCutcheon (No. 1467311) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery.  His sister Rose Anna died on 3 April 1929 (aged seven); his sister Amanda died on 25 January 1932 (aged five); his father William died on 25 April 1941 (aged 57) and his mother Margaret died on 26 March 1964 (aged 75).  There is an inscription on the headstone:

Safe in the arms of Jesus