Quillan, Alexander Louis (No. 359508)

Quillan, Alexander Louis (Alexander)

Sergeant

No. 359508, Royal Air Force

Died of disease on Friday 4 June 1943 (aged 44)

Buried:

Holywood Cemetery, Co. Down (Grave 197)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Alexander Quillan was born on 14 January 1899 at 16 Roslea Drive, Glasgow and he was a son of James and Isabella Quillan (nee Todd).  After his father, James, died on 22 August 1901, Alexander Quillan and his younger sister Mary were adopted by Peter and Emily Winn.  Emily Winn was a sister of James Quillan’s first wife, Roseann.

Alexander Quillan’s paternal grandparents, Peter and Elizabeth (Betsy) Quillan (nee Lynch) were both born in County Monaghan and they were married in 1854 in Glasgow.  Alexander Quillan’s father James was born on 22 June 1855 and he worked as a barrel maker.

James Quillan (aged 18) of 6 Low Green Street, Glasgow, and Roseann Moore (aged 18, a housekeeper) of 10 Low Green Street, Glasgow, were married on 23 April 1874 in St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Chapel, Great Clyde Street, Glasgow.

In 1881 the Quillan family was living at 65 East John Street, Glasgow – James and Roseann, (both of whom were born in Ireland), their three children Elizabeth (aged 3), James (aged 2) and Joseph (aged less than one year) together with Roseann’s parents John and Mary Moore (nee Reid) and Roseann’s unmarried sister Emily.

Emily Moore of 756 Gallowgate, Glasgow worked as a domestic servant and, aged 19, she and Peter Winn, a shale miner (aged 22) who was the son of Peter and Sarah Winn (nee Quillan) of 39 Mid Street, Mossend, West Calder were married on 28 July 1882 in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel, Glasgow.  Peter Winn Junior was born in County Monaghan and he was educated at Slatefield Roman Catholic Industrial School, St. John, Glasgow.

After Roseann Quillan died, James Quillan (a master cooper aged 42 living at 48 London Street, Glasgow) married Isabella Todd on 28 December 1897 in St. Alphonsus’s Roman Catholic Chapel, Glasgow.  Isabella Todd (an unmarried schoolteacher aged 28) was a daughter of basket-maker James Todd and Mary Ann Todd (nee Cameron) of 6 East Campbell Street, Glasgow.

In 1901 James and Isabella Quillan were living at 67 Whitevale Street, Glasgow with their four young children – Emily, Alexander, Mary, and Dominick.

James Quillan died of cardiac failure on 22 August 1901 and Peter and Emily Winn, who had no children of their own, adopted Alexander and Mary Quillan.

During the Second World War, Alexander Quillan served with the Royal Air Force and he attended No. 3 School of Technical Training at RAF College Cranwell.

Alexander Quillan and Louisa Harold were married on 27 December 1920 in the Roman Catholic Church of St. Paul’s, Belfast.

Alexander Quillan was 44 when he died of bowel cancer on 4 June 1943 in Westminster Military Hospital, London and he was buried on 9 June 1943 in Holywood Cemetery.

His CWGC headstone (in the Stevenson family plot) bears the inscription:

MOST MERCIFUL JESUS

GRANT HIM ETERNAL REST