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William David Irwin


Newspaper Photograph of Corporal William David Irwin.

Life Story

Name: William David Irwin.

Service Number: 16613.

Rank: Corporal.

Battalion. 9th Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 27th March 1885, Shankill, Belfast.

Died: 31st March 1916.

Address: 42 Battenberg Street, Belfast


Ulster Volunteer William David Irwin, son of William Irwin, lived with his wife Ann Eliza and 6 Children at 42 Battenberg Street, Shankill Road, Belfast


The 1911 Ireland Census has William living at 44 Battenberg Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, with his wife, three sons, James, 3 years, William 1 year and Robert Turner, under 1 year. A James Kinley Turner, Shop Manager, is also registered as a Boarder within the house. Williams occupation is given as Textile Mechanic at this time.

William married Ann Eliza Irwin, Nee Turner, on the 10th of July 1907 and they went on to have six children, the names and dates of births are as follows, James, born 25th of April 1908, William, 26th of November 1909, Robert Turner, 1st of March 1911, David, 20th of May 1914, and twins Ida Louis and Sarah, born 5th February 1916.

William joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 5th of October 1915.

William David Irwin was a Corporal in the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, when he was Killed In Action on the 31st March 1916.

A local newspaper states.

Corporal Irwin (killed) was well known in the West Belfast Unionist circles. He was a member of committee of Protestant Boys L.O.L 693, a sergeant in the Special Service Section West Belfast Regiment, U.V.F, and an active member of the Divisional Unionist Association. He was a fitter at Mackie's Foundry, and leaves a wife and six children, who live at 42 Battenberg Street. He was a brother-in-law of Councillor W G Turner, one of the representatives of Shankill Ward. After joining the Army he served at Ballykinlar and elsewhere, and finally went overseas with the division. His death has bereaved a wide circle of friends, by whom he was greatly esteemed for his sterling qualities, and his removal is a derided loss to the Unionist cause of West Belfast.

His Soldiers Effects were left to his wife, Ann Eliza.

A Signed Will left his Property and Effects to his wife Ann Eliza.

A Dependants Pension Form shows his widow Ann Eliza, born 11th of March 1882, as claimant, while also stating that William was: Accidentally Killed In The Field In Action.

He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.

He is Remembered at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France.

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