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Remembered Today:

Gnr William McALONAN RFA d 20/03/16

christine liava'a

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Remembering today;Gnr William McALONAN 61126 81 Bty, 5 Bde, Royal Field Artillery who died on 20.03.16 Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium


Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit Text: 81st Bty. 5th Bde.

Date of Death: 20/03/1916

Service No: 61126

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 28.


I could only find 2 McAlonans living in England, in Lancashire, in the 1881 census. James and Sarah Jane his wife, and James came from Ireland.

William could be a connection of theirs, or have come directly from Ireland.

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Checking the 1901 census yielded 20 McAlonans, with 3 Williams.

Looking at the ages, I would sugggest a likely candidate for our man is William McAlonan aged 11 (therefore 26 in 1916). He lived at 82, Gordon Road in Nottingham with his father William (aged 40), mother Ann (36), sister Gertrude (14) and younger brother Frederick (9). The father was born in Antrim but William was born in Sheffield.

The 1891 census has the family living in Ebenezer Street, Sheffield.

Obviously no guarantees that this is our man, but seems the most likely there is.


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  • 7 months later...
Guest Frederick


Re 1901 census.

William McAlonan was my Grandfather who was born in Sheffield but moved with his family to Nottingham.He had two sisters Alice and Gertrude and one Brother Frederick. Both William and Frederick served with the Sherwood Forester Regiment and both survived the war although Frederick died in 1920 of wounds from the conflict.

Their Father William was from Legoniel in Belfast and he moved to Lancashire and married my Grandmother Anne.

I have a little more information on them but neither served with the Royal Field Artillery.

Regards John

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It may be of interest - the family name McAlonan is still very common in the Randalstown area of Co. Antrim.

What a nice score for forum!


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Sure is. Looks like I scored with the 1901 census and chose the right man.

John - Welcome to the forum.


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