Rothwell, Brian Thomas Stewart (No. 190207)

Rothwell, Brian Thomas Stewart

Lieutenant

No. 190207, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Monday 19 July 1943 (aged 21)

Buried:

Cantania War Cemetery, Sicily (Grave II. G. 17)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rockport School Craigavad

Trinity College, Dublin

BIOGRAPHY

Brian Thomas Stewart Rothwell was born in Dublin on 14 October 1921 and he was the third son of Lieutenant Colonel William Edward Rothwell DSO and Frances Violet Rothwell (nee Poole) of Terenure, Dublin and later Ormeau Road, Belfast.  They were married on 15 December 1915 in St Peter’s Church of Ireland Church, Dublin.  William Edward Rothwell, a Captain in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers stationed in Terenure, was a son of Edward Rothwell, a gentleman.  Frances Violet Poole from 12 Hume Street, Dublin was a daughter of Jonas Poole, a medical doctor.

Brian Thomas Stewart Rothwell was a grandson of Dr and Mrs Jonas C. Poole of 49 Adelaide Park, Belfast.

William Edward Rothwell and Frances Violet Rothwell (nee Poole) had at least three children:

Michael Edward Hewitt (born 22 June 1919 at 89 Lower Baggott Street, Dublin)

John Edward Desmond (born in 1920 in Sealkote, India)

Brian Thomas Stewart (born 14 October 1921 in Dublin)

Both Brian Thomas Stewart Rothwell and his brother, John Edward Desmond Rothwell, were educated at Rockport School, Craigavad.

During the Second World War, Brian Thomas Stewart Rothwell served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and he was 21 when he died on 19 July 1943 during fighting at the Simento River in Sicily.

Lieutenant Brian Thomas Stewart Rothwell (No. 190207) was buried in Cantania War Cemetery, Sicily and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

SPLENDID YOU PASSED,

THE GREAT SURRENDER MADE,

INTO THE LIGHT

THAT NEVERMORE SHALL FADE.

His effects in England amounted to some £425 and probate was granted to his brother John.

Lieutenant Brian Thomas Stewart Rothwell (No. 190207) is commemorated in Rockport School Craigavad and in Trinity College, Dublin.