8th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers,(D Company)
Wounded in Action, 28th July 1916,
From Dublin, aged 31
William originally from Co.Tyrone was a carpenter, living in tenements in Digges Street, Dublin City, with his wife Ellinor and 3 children, when he enlisted with the 8th Battalion the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on the 15th of March 1915. As part of the 48th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division, they trained at Buttevant, then moved to Ballyhooley in June 1915. In September they crossed to England for final training at Blackdown.
They proceeded to France in December 1915, landing at Le Havre, the division concentrated in the Bethune area. By 1916 they were in action on the Somme near the Hulluch sector.
On the 28th July William was wounded by shellfire in trenches. In total 1 man was killed and 6 others wounded by this blast.
Little more is known of his subsequent involvement in the War. What we do know that after recovering from his wounds, William took little or no part in the rest of the war. Finally being discharged on the 5th July 1917, almost a year to the day that he was wounded in France.
We next pick up William on June 1st 1925, where a report in the Irish Times states that William and three other members of his family were knocked down by a car whilst motor cycling in the Phoenix Park. William was living at 10 Usher Street at this time.
Eleanor his wife died in May 1958, William being mentioned on her Death Cert as a carpenter. William himself dying in July 1969
Again we see a mention of a now 82 year old William, still living in Usher Street, attending the christening of his triplet great grandsons on the 1st of August 1967 at the Church of the Assumption, Walkinstown, as reported in the Irish Independent. William died in July 1969, aged 84.
Further research has revealed that one of these boys, Michael, went on to win Ireland’s welterweight gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona!