McQueen, Terence John (No. 7897810)

McQueen, Terence John (Terence)

Sergeant

No. 7897810, Royal Armoured Corps, North Irish Horse

Killed in action on Saturday 22 July 1944 (aged 30)

Buried:

Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy (Grave II. B. 3)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Downpatrick and District War Memorial

Bangor and District War Memorial

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery

Bangor Grammar School (as T.J. MacQueen)

BIOGRAPHY

One of two children, Terence John McQueen was born on 23 August 1913 at Clandeboye and he was baptised on 18 October 1913 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  His older sister, Violet Jane Elizabeth McQueen, was born on 24 January 1910.  Terence was the only son of John McQueen (originally from County Donegal) and Mary Jane McQueen (nee Wright) of Ballysallagh, Bangor.

Terence’s parents were married on 23 July 1902 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church and they lived at Clandeboye before moving to 58 Moira Drive, Bangor.  John McQueen was for many years the Land Steward on the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava’s Clandeboye estate.

Terence’s sister Violet married Henry Ogle on 14 April 1936 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church and they lived in Chester-le-Street, Durham where Henry was on the staff of Barclay’s Bank.

Terence John McQueen attended Bangor Grammar School for eight years, from 1924 until 1932, and in Sixth Form he was appointed Prefect.  He played rugby for the school, he excelled at history and the Headmaster described him as ‘one of the gentlest and kindliest, and yet one of the manliest of boys’.  For many years he was a Sunday School Teacher in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church and Secretary of the League of Church Loyalty.  It was reported in the 19 August 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator that, after leaving school, he was on the staff of the Electricity Board and was stationed in Downpatrick.  He joined up at the outbreak of hostilities and served throughout the North African Campaign.

Sergeant Terence John McQueen (No. 7897810) was 30 when he was killed on 22 July 1944 during the Allied advance northwards in Italy and he was buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

CLANDEBOYE, N. IRELAND

A GOOD SON,

A TRUE COMRADE

‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS’

Sergeant Terence John McQueen (No. 7897810) is commemorated on Downpatrick and District War Memorial; on Bangor and District War Memorial; in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church; on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery and in Bangor Grammar School (as T.J. MacQueen).

His father John died on 9 October 1949 (aged 71) and his mother Mary died on 15 October 1958 (aged 84).