George Cunningham

George Cunningham
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 2424
Place of Birth: Hillsborough, Co. Down
Date of Death: 06/08/1915
Theatre of Death: Gallipoli
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers (2nd (Lowland) Field Coy.)
Memorial: Helles Memorial
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham of 151 Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen.

Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Mrs. Cunningham, 151 Farme Loan Road, Rutherglen.
Soldier’s Effects information: Father William Cunningham.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour information: Eldest s. of William Cunningham of 151 Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen, labourer by his wife Emma, dau. of Hendry Leitch; b Hillsborough Co. Down, 3 Jan 1896; educ. Farie Street Public School, Rutherglen; was employed as a steel worker in Clydebridge Steel Works; joined the R.E. 19 March 1912; volunteered for foreign service on the outbreak of war in Aug. 1914; went to the Dardanelles 17 March 1915 and was killed in action at Cape Helles 6 Aug. following.
1901 census information:
Address: 102 Mill Street, Rutherglen.
Father: William (35) roadman, born about 1866 in Ireland.
Mother: Emily (29) born about 1872 in Ireland.
Sister: Maggie (6) born about 1895 in Ireland.
Self: George (5) born about 1896 in Ireland.
Sister: Mary (2) born about 1899 in Rutherglen.
Brother: William (4 months) born about 1901 in Rutherglen.
1911 census information: The family are living in Rutherglen. The family comprises William (44), Emma (34), Maggie (17), George (15),  Mary (13), William (10)Sarah (8), Thomas (5) and Jenny (3)

Evening Times 16/9/1915

Newspaper transcript – The parents of Sapper G. cunning hams, 2nd Lowland Field Company, Lowland Divisional Royal Engineers who reside at 151 Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen, have been informed that he was killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 6. He had been previously wounded on two occasions. Prior to the outbreak of war he was employed in the Clydebridge Steel Works. He was 19 years of age.

Also commemorated on the memorial at the Old Parish Church, Rutherglen.