Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Died in an Italian General Hospital

1. Driver Walter McCartney, RASC 
Died of illness at Milan General Hospital, Italy 
[Photograph courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News']

2. Driver Walter McCartney's Headstone 
Milan War Cemetery, Italy (Grave VI. A. 1)
[Photograph courtesy of Martin from Canada (WW2 Talk)

For additional information click on 'Comments' below.


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

(a) Some biographical information

Driver Walter McCartney, RASC, was born at Cleator Moor, Cumberland (now Cumbria) in 1905. He was the third son of Mr David Richardson McCartney and Mrs Jemima McCartney (nee Paton). The family were well known in the Cleator Moor district as for many years Mr David R. McCartney, who died in 1927, was a butcher on Jacktrees Road in the town.

Also in 1927, Walter married Miss Ann Moore Cowen from the nearby town of Eggremont. Their eldest child was born in West Cumberland before the family moved to Halifax, West Yorkshire where Walter was employed in the electrical department of Halifax Corporation for 12 years before enlisting to the army.

At the time of his death, Walter McCartney had been in the army for a little over four years. He died in the General Hospital in Milan after a short illness. Driver Walter McCartney is buried at Milan War Cemetery, Italy. According to the obituary in 'The Whitehaven News' in January 1946, Walter McCartney was survived by his loving wife, mother and two children.

He is also commemorated on the 'Roll of Honour' of his native town of Cleator Moor.

(b) CWGC citation

This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation for Driver Walter McCartney, RASC:

Casualty Details
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Royal Army Service Corps
Age: 40
Date of Death: 14/01/1946
Service No: T/7960698
Additional information: Son of David and Jemima McCartney of Cleator Moor, Cumberland;
Husband of Ann Moore McCartney, of Ovenden, Halifax, Yorkshire.
Casualty Type:
Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. A. 1.


'The Whitehaven News'

Cumbria County Archives & Library service
(Whitehaven Records Office)

'Martin from Canada' ("WW2 Talk")

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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