McManus, John

McManus, John

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

The name John McManus is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and there is some evidence to suggest that this casualty was:

Lance Corporal John McManus (No. 6977788)

1st Battalion, The King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)

Died on Saturday 14 November 1942 (aged 28)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Alamein Memorial in Egypt (Column 55) 

In the Army Roll of Honour 1939 – 1945 it is recorded that this soldier was:

Born in County Down

Lived in County Down

On 1 September 1939 he was serving with the Royal Irish Fusiliers

During the Second World War he fought in the Middle East Theatre of War

In the 8 January 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that Corporal Charles McManus, a son of Mr and Mrs John McManus of Ballymacnamee, Portaferry, had been reported missing.  The report also referred to Charles’s brother Tommy McManus who was serving in Malta and to his brother Lance Corporal John McManus who had been reported missing in June 1943.  John McManus joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1935 and served abroad for seven years.  His father, John McManus Senior, had served in the First World War.