Nolan, William John (No. T/162832)

Nolan, William John (William)


No. T/162832, Royal Army Service Corps

Killed in action between Tuesday 28 May and Sunday 02 June 1940 (aged 44)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France (Column 133)


William John Nolan was born on 21 July 1895 in the townland of Unicarville, Ballymaglaff, Comber and he was a son of Robert and Frances Nolan (nee Wright) who were married on 3 April 1889 in Dundonald Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Elizabeth’s).

Robert Nolan worked as a coachman and he was a widower when he and Frances Wright (aged 18) were married.

The Nolan family lived in Dundonald and in Unicarville, Ballymaglaff, Comber.

Robert and Frances Nolan (nee Wright) had ten children:

Eva Madeline (born 5 February 1890 in Dundonald)

Arthur Thomas (born 25 September 1891 in Ballycloughan)

Eliza Jane (Lizzie, born 4 August 1893 in Unicarville, Comber)

William (born 21 July 1895 in Unicarville, Comber)

Margaret Ellen (born 2 August 1897 in Unicarville, Comber)

Frances (born 23 December 1899 in Unicarville, Comber)

Amelia (Amy, born 23 February 1902 in Unicarville, Comber)

Alice (born 11 October 1904 in Unicarville, Comber)

Robert (born 10 April 1907 in Unicarville, Comber)

Betty (born 22 March 1912 in Unicarville, Comber)

Their father Robert died on 11 July 1933 (aged 73) and their mother Frances died on 25 December 1943 (aged 74).

During the First World War William Nolan served as a Sergeant (No. 100895) with 25 Battery, Royal Field Artillery.  After the war he worked as a horse trainer and was living in Downpatrick when he and Elizabeth Duffy (daughter of William Duffy) were married on 28 September 1920 in Downpatrick Roman Catholic Church.

During the Second World War William Nolan served with the Royal Army Service Corps and he was 44 when he was killed in action between 28 May and 2 June 1940 during the evacuation of Allied Forces.  His body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial in France.