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Samuel Matier


Belfast Telegraph Photograph of Rifleman Samuel Matier.

Life Story

Name: Samuel Matier.

Service Number: 15567.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 9th Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 27th January 1896, Shankill, Belfast.

Died: 7th June 1917.

Address: 171 Ainsworth Avenue, Shankill Road, Belfast


Ulster Volunteer Samuel Matier, son of James and Sarah Matier, lived 171 Ainsworth Avenue, Shankill Road, Belfast.

The 1901 Ireland Census has Samuel living at 179 Snugville Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, with his mother, father, occupation, General Labourer, three sisters, Emily, 12 years, Minnie, 8 years, Sarah, under 1 year, and brother James, 2 years.

The 1911 Ireland Census has Samuel Living at 25 Ainsworth Avenue, Shankill Road, Belfast, with his mother, father, Gas Fitter, four sisters, Emily, Linen Weaver, Mary, Linen Weaver, Sarah, Elizabeth, 5 years, and 3 brothers, James, Robert, 8 years, William John, 3 years. Samuels occupation at this time is given as Apprentice Fitter.

Samuel signed the Ulster Covenant on the 28th of September 1912, Ulster Day.

He was a member of the West Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force.

Samuel joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 4th of October 1915.

Samuel Matier was a Rifleman in 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action at Messines on the 7th June 1917, aged 21 years.

A local newspaper states.

Rifleman Samuel Matier, Royal Irish Rifles, who was killed in action on June 7, was the eldest son of Mr James Matier, 171 Ainsworth Avenue, Belfast.

His Soldiers Effects were left to his father James.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his mother Sarah as claimant.

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

He is Remembered at Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium.

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