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Monday, 14 January 2019

Mathers, Willoughby Catherwood



2nd Lieutenant Willoughby Catherwood Mathers
was born on 29th November 1894 at Mourne View, Ballynahinch, Co. Down to John Mathers (School-teacher) and Letitia Mathers nee Adams.  

In 1901 Willoughby lived in house 11, Ballymaglare North, Ballynahinch, Co. Down with his parents and sister Kathleen.  

By 1911 Kathleen had left the family home. 
Willoughby would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1912 and served in Derry, Limavady and Bushmills branches.




[Belfast Banking Company, Londonderry branch - 1918]



[Belfast Banking Company, Limavady branch - 1918]



[Belfast Banking Company, Bushmills branch - 1918]


Willoughby enlisted into the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) with Service Number 2173 and attained the rank of Lance Corporal according to the Belfast Banking Company photograph on their Roll of Honour.  The Medal Index Card (below) records his rank as Corporal.  It also indicates that he was commissioned into the Regular Army with Service Number 265626.

His first theatre of war is recorded as France from 2nd May 1915. 



The Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet records Mathers as being a Corporal in the Black Watch.  He is also described as 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

As an officer Willoughby applied for his medals on 10th August 1922.  He was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.






The London Gazette Supplement dated 28th April 1919 records Willoughby Mathers (Black Watch) being promoted from Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Forces on 11th March 1919.

The London Gazette Supplement dated 24th February 1922 records W Mathers (Black Watch) being promoted from Temporary 2nd Lieutenant to 2nd Lieutenant.

Following his leaving the Regular Army, Mathers returned to work. 
Mathers is recorded in the 1956 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being manager of Bushmills branch. 

Retirement came in 1957.
Mrs J E A Mathers, the widow of W C Mathers attended the 2000 re-dedication ceremony of the Rolls of Honour.

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