The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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David Gordon McVeigh

McVEIGH, David Gordon

David Gordon McVeigh was born on the 2nd of December 1893 in Liverpool to John McVeigh and Maggie Jane Geddes Smith, their only child. John McVeigh was a Licensed Victualler and Hotel Manager while Maggie McVeigh had been a School Teacher before her marriage. In 1901 they were living in Everton and in 1911 in Cabbage Hall near Anfield. In the 1911 census seventeen year old David gave his occupation as Commercial Traveller.

In 1915 he enlisted in the King’s Liverpool Regiment and went to France in November of that year with the 20th Regiment, also known as the 4th Liverpool Pals. He was wounded at the Somme in August 1916 by which time he was a Sergeant. He was wounded again in January 1918 and, when the 20th Regiment was disbanded in February to be divided among the other Liverpool Pals, it is possible that David McVeigh was brought home. It would appear that in October he was with the 3rd Reserve Regiment which had been in Ireland from 1917.

Presumably returning home on leave he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th but survived the sinking. He had married Annie Matilda Cangley in March 1918 and a son, John Gordon, was born in 1922. In the 1939 Register the family was living in Dovedale Road in Hoylake on the Wirral. David McVeigh gave his occupation as Local Government Clerk while seventeen year old John was a Bank Clerk. David McVeigh died in 1983 in his ninetieth year.



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