Cecil Robert Walter McCammond, R Irish Rifles

In a staged G Coy Photo

1899 Feb 13. Born at Ballygloughan, the son of Walter Edwin Carson McCammond and Emily Maud née Porter.

1901 census at 42 Limestone Road, Duncairn Ward, Antrim

1911 census A pupil at a school at Ballyrobert, Holywood , Co Down. Rockport School.

Then St Bees School, Cumberland. He served in St Bees School OTC until 31.3.1915.

1915 Apr 30. Applied for a commission 30.4.15. Address was his parents’ home at Innisfayle, Donegal Park, Belfast.

1915 Jun 21. Enlisted as a Private in 7th RIR .

1915 Oct 22. Another application for a commission was made. At this time he was a L/Cpl in 17th RIR, gave his age as 18 and address as Sissonfield House, Rathmines Road, Dublin.

1916 Jan 3, Commissioned to 19th RIR when he was still aged i6.

1916 Jan 6. The Royal Irish Rifles. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants (on probation): — Cecil Robert Walter McCammond

1916 Apr. On Easter Monday morning the troops were off parade, prepared to enjoy themselves, and a holiday mood pervaded the barracks. The alarm was brought by 2nd-Lieutenant C. R. W. McCammond, of the 19th Battalion, who was on leave from his own battalion on a visit to his father, Lieut.-Colonel W. E. C. McCammond. The latter, unfortunately, was in bed with an attack of pleurisy, and the Battalion was deprived of his leadership during the days that followed... Lieutenant McCammond had been in Dublin, and about noon, when returning on horseback to barracks, was set upon by rebels at Portobello Bridge. These had established themselves in Davy’s public house, which overlooked the bridge and commanded the Rathmines Road and Richmond Street. A number came out of the house to attack him, while others fired at him, from the windows. Fortunately they were incredibly bad marksmen. Lieutenant McCammond got clear, only slightly wounded and rode on to barracks to give the alarm.

1916 Sep 16. invalided home through shell shock

1916 Oct 26. Joined 3rd RIR 26.10.1916.

1917 Jul 6. Promoted Lt

1917 Jul 28 Joined 2nd R I R

1917 Dec 19 IrishTimes reports. . has been admitted to hospital overseas. His condition is favourable and he is in no danger. He was blown up by a shell last week

1918 Jan 8. Rejoined Battalion.

1918 Mar 21 Wounded. It was reported that he was admitted to hospital at Rouen, 23 March, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right ear and severe gas poisoning. Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Bristol, 26.3.1918. The wound was a superficial abrasion but it was thought at the time that a shrapnel fragment might have penetrated his skull so he was sent to the UK. Found to be ‘perfectly well’ and granted leave until 22.4.1918.

1918 Jun 17 Rejoined 2nd RIR

1918 Jul 10. 1st Battalion had 2nd-Lieutenant W. E. Park 2 and the 2nd Battalion Lieutenants C. R. W. McCammond and E. Morrow wounded during July. Wounded in action, with shrapnel wounds to his back and chest. Irish Times. Embarked Boulogne—Dover 18.7.1918. MB at the Welsh Hospital, Netley, 26.7.1918: wounds severe, not permanent. Address, Innisfayle. Posted to No. io Camp, Durrington, 12.11.1918. Discharged 17.4.1919.

1919 Apr 17 Discharged from Army and 1920 May 31. Gazetted out as Lt.

1919 Oct 18 Arrives in Canada from UK, he gives his final destination as New Zealand

1920 Oct 18. Joined ADRIC with service no 750 . Posted to G Coy

1921 Apr/Jun Married in Scarriff to Margaret Hamilton Elliott

Fined £5 by Coy Commander

1921 Oct 14. Posted to C Coy

1921 Oct 26 Admitted Stevens Hospital

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1923 Oct 6. WO letter to McCammond at 16 Wandsworth Gardens, Belmont, Belfast,: ‘With reference to your letter of the 17th September last regarding your Army Medical records, I am directed to inform you there is nothing in the records of this Department to indicate that you suffered from a discreditable disease during your Army service.’ There is no context to this and McCammond’s letter is not on file

1924 Leaves UK for Canada. An army officer intending to settle in Canada. His mother rather than wife is put down as nearest relative.

1925 The Canadian immigration papers for his brother Sydney show that he was living at 107, Coxwell Avene, Toronto, Toronto, Ontario,

1934 Feb 10 A Salesman going to Canada from UK. His wife is at 10 Loughside St, Glasgow

1934 Apr 2. Arrives in UK from Canada . He is a "caretaker" travels tourist class, and intends living in Northern Ireland

1975 Feb 27 • died at Downshire Hospital, Downpatrick, Down, Northern Ireland. The death notice mentions his parents, but not a wife



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