Rodgers, William McConnell

Rodgers, William McConnell

Civilian War Dead

Died as the result of enemy action on Monday 5 May 1941 (aged 47; CWGC died 4 May aged 48)

Buried:

Dundonald Cemetery (Grave F6. 427)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Husband of Evelyn (Eva) Rodgers

Father of Kathleen Rodgers

Father of James Rodgers

Brother-in-law of Rifleman David John Keilty (No. 10117)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Rogers.

William McConnell Rodgers (aged 48) lived at 44 Tamar Street, Belfast, and he was killed there on 5 May 1941 during a German Luftwaffe air raid on the City of Belfast.

William McConnell Rodgers was buried in Dundonald Cemetery (Grave F6. 427) along with his wife, Evelyn (Eva) Rodgers, and his son, James Rodgers, who also died in the air raid.

Also buried in that grave were:

Rifleman David John Keilty (No. 10117) who died on 16 September 1916.

Agnes Rodgers (aged 15½) who died on 8 January 1939.

Kathleen Rodgers (aged 8 months) who died on 19 May 1951.

Also killed in the air raid on 5 May 1941, but not buried in that grave, was William Rodgers’s daughter, Kathleen Rodgers (aged 20).  Kathleen Rodgers was declared to have died at a Coroner’s Enquiry held on 26 June 1941 into 58 people reported as missing following air raids.

William McConnell Rodgers was born on 30 September 1884 in Crescent, Comber and he was a son of Robert and Anna (sometimes Annie) Rodgers (nee McConnell) who were married on 18 April 1881 in Strean Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  Robert Rodgers, a tailor from Comber, was a son of Robert Rodgers, a labourer.  Annie McConnell from Comber was a daughter of William McConnell, a labourer.

Robert and Anna Rodgers (nee McConnell) had at least 11 children including:

Jane (born 16 January 1882 in Comber)

William (born 30 September 1884 in Crescent, Comber)

Andrew (born 7 July 1886 in Crescent, Comber)

Thomas McKeown (born 11 October 1888 at 1 Bright Street, Belfast)

Mary McConnell (born 10 October 1890 at 1 Bright Street, Belfast)

Hannah (born 30 April 1892 at 1 Bright Street, Belfast)

Georgina Mullan (born 18 January 1895 at 1 Bright Street, Belfast)

Annie Maria (born 9 March 1900 at 1 Bright Street, Belfast)

William McConnell Rodgers and Evelyn (Eva) Brown were married on 14 March 1910 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Church Belfast.  William McConnell Rodgers (aged 25), a labourer from 18 Killarney Street, Belfast, was a son of Robert Rodgers, a tailor.  Eva Brown (aged 20), who worked in the ropeworks, lived at 18 Killarney Street, Belfast and she was a daughter of John Brown, a mason.

Evelyn (Eva) Brown was born on 27 August 1885 in Greyabbey and she was a daughter of John Brown (a stonemason) and Eliza Brown (nee Conway).

William McConnell Rodgers and Evelyn (Eva) Rodgers (nee Brown) had at least five children:

Elizabeth (born 1 December 1913 at 44 Tamar Street, Belfast)

Eva (born 24 March 1916 at 44 Tamar Street, Belfast)

Kathleen (born 29 November 1918 at 44 Tamar Street, Belfast)

Agnes (born around 1921/1922; died of acute pulmonary tuberculosis at 44 Tamar Street, Belfast 8 January 1939, aged 17)

James (born around 1929/1930)

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.

William McConnell Rodgers’s wife, Eva Rodgers (nee Brown) and Rifleman David John Keilty’s wife, Agnes Keilty (nee Brown) were sisters.  Rifleman David John Keilty was a son of David John Keilty and Maggie Keilty (nee Speirs).  After Maggie died, David John Keilty married Mary Ann Brown in 1908.  She was a sister of Eva and Agnes Brown.

John Brown, a widowed stonemason from Cardy, and Eliza Conway from Ballygarvin were married on 8 December 1866 in First Ballywalter Presbyterian Church and they had at least nine children:

James (born 8 August 1868 in Cardy)

Robert (born 8 January 1871 in Cardy)

Eliza (born 11 March 1872 in Cardy)

John (born 10 December 1874 in Greyabbey)

Mary Ann (born 15 July 1877 in Greyabbey)

John (born 19 April 1880 in Greyabbey)

Hannah (born 25 January 1883 in Kircubbin)

Eva (born 29 August 1885 in Greyabbey)

Agnes (born 8 April 1888 in Greyabbey)

Eliza Brown died of tuberculosis on 25 February 1897 (aged 48) in Marquis Street, Newtownards.

  • Mary Ann Brown and David John Keilty Senior were married on 1 May 1908 in 1st Donaghadee Presbyterian Church; Hannah Brown was one of their witnesses).
  • Eva Brown and William Rodgers were married on 14 March 1910 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Church Belfast.
  • Agnes Brown and David John Keilty Junior (the First World War casualty) were married on 25 November 1915 in St Aidan’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.