Belfast Weekly News - 29 January 1914


BARTLETT -- January 15th, at 50, Dearborn Street, W., Philadelphia, Pa., to Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Bartlett (nee Annie Price) -- a son.

BEATTIE -- January 24, to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Beattie, 73, Dunluce Avenue, Belfast -- a daughter.

BENSON -- 20th January, at Carrick Rectory, Limavady, to the Rev. and Mrs. R. S. Benson -- a son.

CLARK -- At 7, Grosvenor Terrace, Glasgow, on the 24th inst., the wife of George E. Clark, Ardtullagh, Holywood, of a son.

DUGGAN -- January 22nd, 1914, at Holmlea, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. Robert Duggan, Antrim, of a daughter.

GOTTO -- January 22nd, 1914, at Redmount, Denramore Park, Belfast, the wife of R. P. C. Gotto, of a daughter.

GRAHAM -- January 20, 1914, at S. Princess Gardens, Donaghadee, to Hugh and May Graham -- a daughter.

HICKS -- January 14, to Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hicks, 3, Hillside, Glen Road, Belfast -- a son.

MERCER -- January 24, to Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Mercer, 64, Ardenlee Avenue -- a daughter.

PRIESTLY -- January 25, 1914, at Short Castle, Mallow, the wife of Henry Priestley, of a daughter.

REBBECK -- 22nd inst., at Lydtard, Cherryvalley Park, Knock, the wife of Frederick Ernest Rebbeck, of a son.

SINTON -- January 23rd, 1914, at Ballyards, Armagh, to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Sinton -- a daughter.

STEVENSON -- January 22, at 25, Cavehill Road, the wife of Joseph H. Stevenson, of a daughter.

STEWART-BAM -- On the 25th instant, at 61, Addison Road, Kensington, London, to Sir Pieter and Lady Stewart-Bam, of Ards, twin boy and girl.

WHITE SPUNNER -- January 24, 1914, at Cloneylogan, Kildalkey, Co. Meath, the wife of W. B. White Spunner, of son.


BOYDELL-WRIGHT--LEPPER -- January 22nd, at St. James, Piccadilly, London, by the Rev. G. W. Carey, M.A., Rector of Ballyculter, Co. Down (brother-in-law of the bride), assisted by the Rev. George Garrett, B.D. (uncle of the bridegroom), Commander Alexander Galloway Boydell-Wright, Royal Navy, only son of the late Major Boydell-Wright, Surrey Regiment, to Ethel Maude, widow of Charles Lepper, Laurel Lodge, Bangor, Co. Down, and daughter of the late William White, The Tower, Bangor, Co. Down.

CARREY--ROBINSON -- At St. Nicholas' Parish Church, Carrickfergus, on 21st January, 1914, by Rev. F. J. MacNeice, B.D., Rector, assisted by Rev. R. N. Morrison, B.A., Thomas, eldest son of W. T. Carrey. to Elizabeth Gray, youngest daughter of the late William Robinson, both of Carrickfergus.

THOMPSON--HASSARD -- At Christ Church, Delgarry, on 21st inst., by the Rev. J. A. Jagoe, assisted by Rev. W. M. Weir, Rector, and Rev. R. M. Wilson, Dr. John Knox Thompson, M.B., 1, Mentmore, Lisburn Road, Belfast, second son of the late John Thompson, Esq., and Mrs. Thompson, Ellerslie, Windsor Park, Belfast, to Annie Margaret Dorothy Hassard, of Innismore, Delgarry, youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hassard, of San Angelo, Texas.


ARCHER -- January 25, at her residence, Culligan, Ann Jane Archer, widow of the late Charles Archer, Culligan, Caledon, County Tyrone, aged 72 years.

BELL -- Died, at his residence, Ballyboy, Doagh, on Thursday, 22nd January, 1914, Robert John Bell.

BLACKWOOD -- January 26, 1914, at his son-in-law's residence, 27, Frances Street, Newtownards, John Blackwood.

BROWLEE -- January 19th, at his residence, Ballymoney Street, Ballymena, Alexander, younger son of the late Alexander Brownlee.

CORDNER -- January 16, at the residence of her son-in-law, William John Crozier, Renfrew, Scotland, Rachel, widow of the late Charles Cordner, Ballintegart, County Armagh, Ireland.

ESLER -- January 25, at Fountain Street, Antrim, Sarah Ester.

GILMER -- January 15, 1914, at the residence of Mrs. Sarah Jane Lockhart, Mulladuff, Castleblayney, her dearly-beloved grandson, Willy Gilmer, youngest son of the late William Gilmer, Mullaghanee, Castleblayney, and of Mrs. Gilmer, Mulladuff.

GREEN -- January 23, 1914, at Hyeres, France, Josephine, wife of Sydney L. Green, Byeways, Chalfont Road, Buckinghamshire, and daughter of the Rev. R. Workman, D.D., Newtownbreda.

HAWTHORN -- January 25th, at his brother's residence, Pine Hill, Clogher, Lisburn, William Hawthorn.

HEWITT -- January 25th, 1914, at her residence, the Village, Killinchy, Isabella Hewitt, relict of the late John Hewitt.

HIGGINS -- January 20, at her husband's residence, Estate Office, Dervock, Elizabeth Herdman, wife of Thomas Higgins.

KENNEDY -- January 25th, at over residence, Castle Chester House, Whitehead, Jane, widow of the late Isaac Kennedy.

KENNETT -- January 26th, at her residence, 3, Cambrai Street, Eliza, the dearly beloved wife of Charles Kennett.

KEOWN -- At his residence, 19, Artana Street, on 21st inst., William J. Keown, the beloved husband of Annie Morrison Keown, and eldest son of Joseph Keown.

KNOX -- January 24th, 1914, at Wyatt Park Road, London, S.W., George Knox, late of Granshaw, Newtownards.

M'CRORY -- January 25th, at her residence, May Cottage, Ballymena, Mary, eldest daughter of the late Robert Macrory, Brocklamount.

MAIRS -- January 22, 1914, at her residence, 64, Rutland Street, Belfast, David Mairs.

MARTIN -- January 19, at her residence, Bishopscourt, Mary Martin, widow of the late Simon Martin, J.P.

MATEER -- January 27th, at his residence, 7, Melrose Terrace, Melrose Street, John Norman Carlisle, eldest and dearly-beloved son of David and Agnes Mateer.

MILLER -- January 26th, 1914, at Purdysburn House, Jane Miller.

MINNIS -- At Ballyknockan, on Sunday, January 25th, Letitia, beloved wife of James W. Minnis.

M'ALISTER -- Robert M'Alister, at his residence, Cushendall, on 23rd inst.

M'BRIDE -- January 24th, at The Ravens, Hyde Park, Belfast, Sara Swan, wife of Henry J. M'Bride.

M'CAW -- Wednesday, 21st January, 1914, at her residence, 20, Lyons Street, Bridge End, Mary M'Caw, relict of the late William M'Caw.

M'CLATCHEY -- January 22nd, at his residence, 3, Bridge Street, Portadown, Joseph M'Clatchey, Merchant.

M'CLURE -- January 23rd, at his father's residence, Islandreagh House, Dunadry, Hamilton, youngest son of Samuel M'Clure.

M'DONALD -- January 25th, at his residence, Moss Vale, Aghalee, Lurgan, John Alexander M'Donald.

M'MASTER -- January 24, at his residence, Duff's Hill House, Carrickfergus, Henry B., fourth son of William M'Master, aged 27 years.

M'MORRIS -- At Richmond, Portstewart, on 20th inst., Sarah Armstrong, widow of the late Rev. R. M'Morris, D.D., aged 78 years.

STEVENSON -- January 20, 1914, at his residence, Mount Oriel, 20, Willowbank Street, James Stevenson.

TAIT -- At his residence, Belgrave Villa, Knock, on 23rd inst., James Tait, Principal of Porter's National School.

TOWELL -- January 20th, at his residence, Moygannon, Donacloney, William Towell, aged 72 years.

WOODS -- January 22nd, 1914, at Purdysburn Fever Hospital, David M'Alpine Woods.

In Memoriam

BROWNRIGG -- 24th January, 1913, at Fairmount House, Moira, Henrietta, beloved wife of T. H. Brownrigg, L.R.C.S.E.; and was interred in Moira Churchyard 28th January. "Till the day break and the shadows flee away." T. H. BROWNRIGG.

JONES -- In loving memory of my dearly-beloved husband, H. M. Jones, who departed this life 22nd January, 1910, and was interred in City Cemetery. Inserted by his loving Wife and Children, 48, Fitzwilliam Street.



Sad Tragedy Near Strabane.

The tragic death of a farm servant named Daniel Farrell, aged about 45 years, who was accidentally killed while working at a threshing mill at Camus, near Strabane, on the 24th inst., was the subject of an inquest conducted by Mr. J. Elliott, solicitor. The deceased was in the employment of Mr. James Greer, a large farmer at Camus, and it is presumed that he was oiling the machine when he met his death. Mr. F. A. Simms appeared on behalf of deceased s employer.

Dr. Stevenson, Strabane, said he was summoned to Camus at about 10-30 o'clock on the morning of the occurrence, and on arrival found the deceased hanging from the trolley shaft of the mill in the barn. He was then quite dead. Later he made an examination of the body, and found a fractured left arm, a fractured and crushed right shoulder, five fractured ribs on the left side, and two on the right. In his opinion death must have been instantaneous.

Joseph Roulston, also a servant in Mr. Greer's employment, stated that he was working on that date in the barn with the deceased, the latter being engaged at the back end of the mill. At about 9-3O the machine suddenly stopped, and witness went outside and lowered the sluice in order that the water should get clear. On returning to the barn, he shouted to Farrell, inquiring if the belting were off, but on receiving no reply he went round to the end of the mill, where he found the deceased's body twisted round the pulley, and about nine feet from the floor. Witness added that it was part of the deceased's duty to oil the mill, and on the occasion the oil can was found near by. There was also a ladder at hand, which had been used in oiling the mill. The deceased had oiled the mill when it was in motion on previous occasions.

Henry M'Laughlin, who was working on the top floor of the barn, deposed to the condition of the body after the accident.

The jury found that Farrell met his death as the result of injuries accidentally received in a threshing mill.

A pathetic feature of the case is that deceased leaves a widow and eleven children.



Strange Disappearance in Birmingham.


The Birmingham police are making inquiries into the strange disappearance of a young man named William Spurr, of whom nothing has been heard since the 20th inst., when he left his sister's house in the city to apply for a situation. He only arrived in Birmingham from Belfast on the 16th inst. It is feared he may be suffering from loss of memory. Eighteen months ago, when working on the Olympic in the Belfast docks, he fell off the ship into the water, and suffered so badly from shock that he lost his speech for several days.



There has just died in Ardara, Co. Donegal, ex-Head Constable Hugh Torney, who for 42 years had been drawing a Royal Irish Constabulary pension. He was born in 1817, assisted in filling the first census in 1841, was in charge of stores at Killybegs during the famine years and left the service in 1872. He is said to have been the oldest R.I.C. pensioner and the record pension drawer of the age.



A Crimea veteran, in the person of Mr. Cochrane, Market Street, Tanderagee, passed away on the morning of the 25th inst. The deceased, who was over 80 years of age, enlisted in the 52nd Regiment in 1852. On the outbreak of the Crimea war he volunteered for service with the Rifl Brigade, and immediately afterwards the regiment was despatched to the front, arming just the day before the battle of Alma. In this and in the subsequent engagements of the campaign he took part, for which he received the Crimean medal and clasp. On the cessation of hostilities there his regiment was ordered to China, but the troopship was intercepted in the Indian Ocean in consequence ot the Indian Mutiny, and arrived in time for the engagement at Cawnpore, and to take part in the relief Lucknow, where he distinguished himself by carrying a wounded comrade out of firing zone. He also served at the relief of Coomassie under Sir Garnet Wolseley. During his whole service he never received a wound or had a serious illness. On his discharge he returned to his native town, where he held the position of night watchman for Messrs. Thomas Sinton, Limited, for upwards of 20 years, until old age compelled him to resign. Besides his army pension he was the recipient of a sum from the Lord Roberts Fund. He also received the old age Pension when the Act came into force.

The remains were laid to rest with semi-military honours in the family burying ground attached to the parish church on the evening of the 26th inst.



The following is a return of the deaths of Irish seamen reported to the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen during the month of October last:--

William Dunn (60), cook and steward, Belfast; cerebral haemorrhage, 3rd October, 1913, at Goole; Welshman, of Glasgow.

John Kelly, or Kelley (38), fireman and trimmer, Sligo; drowned, 7th October, 1913, at London; Indiana, of West Hartlepool.

James MacMullan (21), second mate, Larne; drowned, 12th August, 1913, in River Mersey: Black Rock, of Liverpool.

Hugh M'Quade (46), fireman, Co. Derry; drowned, between 14th and 19th April, 1913, at London; Spanish Prince, of Newcastle.

Robert Millar (25), A.B., Magheramorne; drowned, 1st October, 1913, off Little Ormeshead; Comber, of Belfast.

P. Y. Sheridan (23), mess-room steward, Waterford; typhoid fever, 26th September 1913, at Victoria Hospital, Castries; Knight Errant, of Liverpool.

Thomas Ware (50), quarter-master, Queenstown; pneumonia, 7th September, 1913, at European Hospital, Mombasa, British East Africa; Gaika, of Southampton.

Lawrence Welsh (45), greaser, King's County; fell down hold, 26th October, 1913; died at Royal Hospital, Salford; Somerset, of London.



Car Owner's Tragic Death.

An inquest, conducted by the City Coroner (Dr. Jas. Graham) was held in the Templemore Avenue Baths, Belfast, on 26th inst. relative to the death of a carman named Thos. Diffin, aged 47 years, of 88A. Tamar Street, and who died in the Royal Victoria Hospital on the morning of the 25th inst. Head Constable Hayes represented the police authorities.

John Wilson, 99, East Bread Street, stated that as he was walking along Middlepath Street towards the Newtownards Road on the night of the 24th inst. he heard a horse galloping along the street. The deceased was sitting on the righthand side of the vehicle, and was apparently trying to hold the animal back. The reins slipped out ot the deceased's hands and as he leaned forward to catch the he fell between the horse and the shafts. Witness could not say whether the animal's hoof hit the man or not. Witness went over and rendered what assistance he could.

A woman named Martha Lawlor corroborated.

Constable M'Govern deposed that while he was on duty at Middlepath Street on Saturday night his attention was attracted to a horse attached to a car which was galloping towards the Newtownards Road. There was no person on the car. Witness stopped the horse, and then went along the street and saw deceased lying on the roadway. He was bleeding from the mouth and nose, and was unable to speak. Witness had the ambulance summoned and the deceased man conveyed to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The Coroner complimented the constable on his plucky action in stopping the galloping horse.

The medical testimony was to the effect that death was due to shock, following fracture of the base of the skull.

A verdict of accidental death was returned.



On the 24th inst. an inquest was held at Corclevis, near Rockcorry, County Monaghan, by Mr. Thomas Dignam, J.P., coroner for South Monaghan, into the death of a child named Kathleen M'Glone, aged about 4 years, which occurred on the 22nd inst. as the result of a burning accident. From the evidence given it appeared that the child was that of a labourer named John M'Glone, whose wife on the day in question left home to go to a neighbour's for milk, the deceased and another child, aged about 2 years, remaining in the house. The clothing of the elder child caught fire during the mother's absence, and running out to the roadway she was met by a neighbour, who rendered all possible assistance, and then conveyed the little sufferer home. Despite all that could be done, however, death ensued at about ten o'clock that night. Medical evidence having been given, the coroner commented on the necessity of fire screens being provided in houses where there were children. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony, which was to the effect that the child met its death through injuries received through burning, in the absence of a fire screen.



BELL. -- Wanted to know the address of Mrs. Edward Bell; last heard of from her cousin, William, of Aultsville in August, 1897; her husband was supposed to be an engineer in the shipyards, and lived in 1897 at 6, Earl Street, Belfast. -- Any information will be thankfully received by Alexander Hanna, Cavanreagh, Draperstown, County Derry.

BURNEY. -- Wanted to know the address of William or Mary Burney, who resided in Govan over 30 years ago. If he or she will communicate with Jeannie G., "Belfast Weekly News" Office, Belfast, they will hear from his sister-in-law.

COBURN -- Information wanted of Charles Coburn, supposed to have left Belfast for U.S.A. in February, 1901. Australian friend inquires. -- Information to be sent to his brother, W. J. Coburn, Dunmurry, County Antrim.

DONALDSON. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of James Donaldson, who left Lisnaree, Ardarragh, Newry, County Down, Ireland, about 22 years ago. Last heard of in Sydney. Australia. -- Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by his son, William Donaldson, Loughorne, Ardarragh, P.O. Newry, County Down, Ireland. Australian papers please copy.

GRAY. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of the brothers and sisters of Wm. Gray, boot and shoe maker, who is lying seriously ill in Prescot Infirmary, Liverpool, and is a native of Belfast. -- Any information regarding them will be received by Mr. T. Martin, 311, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, Liverpool.

HAUGHEY. -- Information wanted of Francis Haughey, a native of Creggan, who was in the United States Navy, and was last heard of about seven years ago in New York. -- Reply to his brother, Peter Haughey, Creggan, Carrickmore, County Tyrone.

HILL. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Samuel David Hill; was last heard of in Picton, Wellington, New Zealand, 16 years ago. -- Any information will be thankfully received by his brother, John Hill, Curry, Richhill, County Armagh.

MARSHALL. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of William Marshall, who left Ardkeragh, Donaghmore, Newry, Ireland about 48 years ago; last heard of in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.; he was a member of the Orange institution in Loughbrickland district; he belonged to Creevy Bible and Crown Defenders L.O.L. -- Information will be gladly received by his sister, Eliza Marshall, Ardkeragh, Donaghmore, Newry, Ireland. Foreign papers please copy.

MAYNE. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of David Mayne, who was last heard of by the inquirer when he was living in Ballymacarrett, Belfast. -- Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by Mr J. Mayne, 5, King Street, Moathill, Maryport, Cumberland.

MAYNE. -- Any information regarding the relatives of James Mayne, who was lost with the ship "Thomas Voan" thirty years ago in the Irish Sea, will be gratefully received by Mr. J Mayne, 5, King Street, Moathill, Maryport.

M'GERR. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Edward M'Gerr, who left Derrychrin, Coagh, County Tyrone, on the 7th June, 1893; last heard of when living with Mr. Peter M'Gerr, 11, Collon Street, Valley Falls, America. Any information will be thankfully received by his father, Mark M'Gerr, Derrychrin, Coagh, Co. Tyrone. American papers please copy.

M'MAHON or WHITE. -- The address wanted of children of Margaret White, who married a man named M'Mahon in County Wexford about the year 1888, and afterwards went to North of Ireland as a cook. -- Apply to Joseph Gallagher, 41, Park Row, New York.

PAISLEY. -- Any information regarding Geo. Paisley, a native of County Fermanagh, and son of Richard and Isabella Paisley, will be thankfully received by his niece, Mrs. Mayne (maiden name Paisley), 5, King Street, Maryport. The last that his relations heard of him was that he had joined the Enniskillen Dragoons. He should be about 80 years of age now.

REECE. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Edwin James Oliver Reece, aged 47, height 6ft.; broad; dark complexion, brown eyes, dark hair, turning grey, military gait; discoloured scar under left eye; has suffered since February 1913, from loss of memory; cabinetmaker by trade; known to have been in Dublin during the strike of April last; left Bournemouth on 28th March, 1913, and last heard of in Belfast on 3rd May. -- Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by his sister, Miss F. Reece, i2, Charminster Road, Bournemouth, England.

ROBINSON. -- Wanted to know tne whereabouts of Thomas Sloan Robinson, who left Cunningburn for Chicago about 20 years ago. last heard of there about fourteen years ago; now believed to be in Western Canada -- Information will thankfully received by his sister, Sarah John Robinson, or Mrs. Thompson, Ballyoran, Dundonald, County Down, Ireland.

WATSON. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Mrs. Watson, or his family, who left Ballymagrick, County Down, Ireland, over 40 years ago for Canada. -- Any information will be thankfully received by his nephew, Joseph John Bailie, 97 Cage Road, Edenderry, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.


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