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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Mathews, William Frederick Alexander

Private William Frederick Alexander Mathews
was born in Dublin on 16th November 1893.  The family were of Church of Ireland faith.

He was the son of Marcus Beresford Mathews and Mrs Annie Mathews.  In 1901 the family are living in house 31.1 Henry Street, North City, Dublin. Marcus Beresford Mathews is described as a Bank Manager.

On 6th August 1910, Mathews joined Northern Bank at Ball’s branch.  By 1911, the family are recorded as living in house 115 Grafton Street, South City, Dublin. (Northern Bank House).   A transfer to Head Office followed in 1914.

On 15th April 1914, Mathews volunteered and enlisted into the 7th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers as a Private (M.G.S.) with Service Number 14199.

Mathews fought in battles at Suvla Bay Landing and Chocolate Hill before he was Killed in Action on 13th September 1915 aged 21.

Mathews was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey and in the family church, St Werburgh, Dublin.  Many thanks to the facebook group Royal Dublin Fusiliers for posting this family memorial from the church.

Mathews was commemorated in a Gallipoli Centenary event [video] at the Northern Banking Company exhibit, Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra in April 2015.

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