Ref ID: 2936

Name

William McKendry


Description

Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Photograph of Private William McKendry


Life Story

Name: William McKendry.

Service Number: 2815.

Rank: Private.

Battalion. 2nd Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Born: Ballymena.

Died: 23rd March 1918.

Address: 125 Bellevue Street, Shankill Road, Belfast

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William McKendry lived with his mother Margaret at 125 Bellevue Street, Shankill Road, Belfast. His brother Tom, sisters Molly and Emily lived with them there also, while his aunt Mary, his mothers sister, lived at number 129 Bellevue Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

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William joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force on the 2nd November 1914.

William McKendry was a Private in D Company 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was Killed In Action on the 23rd March 1918 aged 24 years

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A local newspaper states.

McKendry - Pte Wm M'Kendry, R.I.F 125 Bellevue Street, Belfast, killed

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Family information

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S.A.S.H were contacted by a Mrs Elaine Munn whose grandfather, Thomas McKendry, was Williams brother. Elaine recounted a family story about how her great grandmother Margaret, mother of William and Thomas, with her sister Mary, mother of Samuel, John and James, had left Ballymena and walked to Belfast with their five boys in hope of a better life.

Margaret's two boys enlisted in to the Army with William dying and Thomas Surviving.

Marys three boys also enlisted, with James himself dying, Killed In Action on the 1st of July, and both Samuel and John surviving

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On the 16th March 2021 a project, Angels And Faces, inspired by the legend of the Angel Of Mons, was carried out by the Greater Shankill Winter Festival. This project included the erecting of 10 large scale portraits by street artist EMIC of soldiers from the Shankill Area. These portraits were then placed within two memorial gardens along the Shankill Road. Brothers William and Thomas were included within those 10 Soldiers.

Their portraits are now shown within this profile.

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On behalf of S.A.S.H I would like to thank Mrs Munn for her photographs and information concerning her family.

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See brother also: Thomas McKendry.

See family member: 2798 Rifleman James McKendry 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

See family member: 17/739 Rifleman John McKendry, Kennedy 17th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

See family member:20890 Private Samuel McKendry Royal Irish Fusiliers.

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Williams Soldiers Effects were left to his mother Margaret.

His signed Will left his Effects and Property to his mother.

A Pension Application Form shows his mother as claimant.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his mother Margaret as claimant also

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William received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914 Star

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He is Remembered at Pozieres Memorial, France.

To Remember Is To Honour

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Theme

Shankill Roll of Honour


Date

1918


Classification

Newspaper, Photograph, Photograph - Belfast Telegraph

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