Pinkerton, William James Neely (No. SR/598490V)

Pinkerton, William James Neely

Second Lieutenant

No. SR/598490V, General Service Corps, South African Forces seconded to 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Died of wounds on Wednesday 13 September 1944 (aged 34)


Gradara War Cemetery, Italy (Grave II. F. 73)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Second Lieutenant William James Neely Pinkerton’s death was reported in the 30 September 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Bangor Family Bereaved.

William James Neely Pinkerton was born on 3 February 1910 in Scotch Street, Armagh and he was the elder son of William and Elizabeth (Eliza) Pinkerton (nee Menary) of Thomas Street, Armagh.  William Pinkerton was a grocer and tea merchant and he and Elizabeth Menary were married on 14 April 1909 in Armaghbreague Parish Church of Ireland Church, Lisnadill, Armagh.  They had at least four children:

William James Neely (born 3 February 1910 in Scotch Street, Armagh)

Mary Catherine (born 23 January 1912 in Scotch Street, Armagh)

Robert Harold (born 6 November 1913 in Scotch Street, Armagh; later the Rev. Harry Pinkerton of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Omagh)

Sarah Elizabeth (born 4 February 1917 in Scotch Street, Armagh)

William James Neely Pinkerton and Edith Irene (Renee) McCrea of Bangor were married on 7 September 1938 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church and in 1939 he took up an appointment with the Government of Southern Rhodesia.

In 1940 he joined the South African Army and was seconded to the 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Second Lieutenant William James Neely Pinkerton was 34 when he died of wounds on 13 September 1944 during the Allied advance northwards in Italy.