Ref ID: 1405
Belfast Soldier's Death at Seaford
Newspaper article concerning the death of Private Samuel Maconachie of the 252nd Company of the Army Service Corps, who died following an operation for 'internal complaints' at Ravenscroft Hospital , Seaford.
Name: Samuel Maconachie.
Service Number: S3/030986.
Battalion: 252nd Company.
Regiment: Army Service Corps.
Born: Shankill, Belfast, County Antrim.
Died: 2nd September 1915
Address: 1 Greenmount, Ballygomartin Road, Belfast
Ulster Volunteer Samuel Maconachie, son of the late Mr Mrs John Maconachie, lived at 1 Greenmount, Ballygomartin Road, Shankill, Belfast.
The 1911 Ireland Census has Samuel living at 32 Glynn, Shankill Road, Belfast, with his aunt, Mary Kelly, 50 years, cousin Samuel Kelly McKurath, 4 years, and brothers, Robert, 18 years, occupation, Clerk in Flax Mill, Charles, 21 years, occupation, Clerk in Flax Mill. Samuel's occupation is given as Unemployed Clerk.
He was a member of the West Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force.
On the 14th of November 1914 Samuel enlisted into the Ulster Division and was attached to the 110th Field Ambulance.
Samuel, aged 20 years, was a Private in the 252nd Company, Army Service Corps, Ulster Division Train, when he died on the 2nd September 1915.
He had been taken into Ravenscroft Military Hospital, Seaford on the 26th of August suffering from severe pain in his abdomen, then after an operation on the 31st of August it was discovered that he had a tumour on his right kidney, however it could not be operated on and he died suddenly on the above date of sarcoma of the kidney heart failure.
Within his Army Service records it states he worked for Graham And Heslip, 41 Franklin Street, Belfast, Stationers, Printers, Book Makers, Designers etc and that he came from James Mackies And Co L.T.D Belfast, with good recommendation, he then left on his own free will to enlist within the Army.
Graham And Heslip also state that they found him competent, correct, careful, and that they cannot speak too highly of his character, sobriety, honesty, trustworthiness, and are in fact sorry to see him go.
A local newspaper states.
Belfast Soldiers Death At Seaford.
The death occurred yesterday morning in Ravenscroft Hospital Seaford, of Private Samuel Maconachie, 252nd Company, Army Service Corps, Ulster Division. The deceased, whose relatives reside at 1 Greenmount, Ballygomartin Road, was the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs John Maconachie, and was in his twenty-first year. A telegram was received by his relatives on Tuesday stating that he was seriously ill, and a subsequent message conveyed the information that he had undergone an operation for an internal complaint, death supervening as stated. The late Private Maconachie was an enthusiastic member of the West Belfast Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force, and enlisted in the Ulster Division in October last, when he was attached to 110th Field Ambulance, being transferred later to the Army Service Corps. The funeral, which takes place tomorrow, will be accorded a military honours.
Private Samuel Maconachie.
252nd Company, Army Service Corps (Ulster Division), formerly of Ballysillan, Belfast, died at Ravenscroft Hospital, Seaford on the 2nd inst. The funeral took place today at Seaford with military honours.
His Soldiers Effects are noted as having been given to his brothers Charles and Robert.
A Pension Application Form shows his aunt Mary Kelly as claimant.
He is Remembered at Seaford Cemetery, England.
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