2nd Lt John Richard Filgate McCartney , R Irish Rifles

1893/1894 Born from ADRIC and death record, but RIC gives Jun 1889 in Antrim. But oddly he does not appear in records before WW1, indicative of a name change. There is probably a link to this Dublin family in 1901 census, but I cannot establish it. WO338 indicates that he was "J R Macartney-Filgate" but I cannot get any further with that.

But it does not seem to be him as all 3 of his children are accounted for in the census.

However Ancestry trees show he had 6 brothers, but I cannot get records for them.

1889 Jun born in Antrim

1915 Apr 10 Married Florence Elizabeth Watts.(b22 Feb 1891). He as living at 30 Robert St, London. Their Child was born Nov 1914)

1918 Commissioned 2nd Lt

1918 Oct 21 Landed in France

1921 Jan 17. Joined the ADRIC with service no 1527. Posted to N Coy.

1921 Feb 14 Posted to A Coy. I take this to mean he was at the fringe of the Trim Looting, perhaps transferred because he gave evidence against the looters

1921 Apr 9. Posted to I Coy

1921 Jun 13 Resignation accepted on compassionate grounds. The this was then cancelled. He takes instead leave from 13 Jun to 5 Sep without pay & allowances.

1921 Sep 17. Posted to A Coy

1921 Nov 29. R.U, Rif.— 2nd Lt. John Richard Filgate McCartney, late Serv. Bn to be 2nd Lt. 29th Nov. 1921, with seniority 21st July 1920

1921 Dec 6. Gazetted out . R.U. Rif. Temp. 2nd Lts., and retain the: rank of 2ndLt. : — J. R. F. McCartney

1922 Jan 19. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1940 Jan 31. Transfers to RE. Lt. J. R. F. McCartney (110526) (from R.U. Rif.) to be Lt. and to retain his present seniority.

1941 Jan 22. Capt John Richard Filgate McCartney. GM. 3 Bomb Disposal Company Posted in the London Gazette on the 22nd January 1941.Awarded for action at Boffey's Farm, Hartshorne, Derbyshire on the 4-11 September 1940.Ten bombs were dropped on Hartshorne. Two failed to explode these were high explosive. Capt McCartney and seventeen men commenced work on one at Boffey's Farm. The UXB had penetrated to a depth of twenty six feet, close to building foundations. The digging cut through varying strata's soil, sub soil, shaly clay, coal and pottery clay and took a week to complete and render safe. The second bomb was near to the Bulls Head, at twenty eight feet. Digging was a problem due to water. This meant the shaft walls were in danger of collapse through out the operation. For this operation and others McCartney received the George Medal.

1955 MAy 23. Died Herefordshire age 65