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  cap badgeRifleman Samuel Cordner

2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Service No: 6283

Samuel  Cordner grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of George and Annie Cordner of Lisburn, Co. Antrim. Husband of Jeanie Thomson Cordner (29/08/1889- ) of 38c Ronald St, Coatbridge. Father of 3 children - George born 21/05/1911, Mary born 23/04/1913 and William born 20/11/1916. Samuel's older brother Rifleman George Cordner (17478) of the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles Died on the 16/02/1917 and is buried at Home in the Lisburn Cemetery. He is NOT on the Memorial. Samuel's wife Jeanie lost her brother in 1916. From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 10 Canal St, Lisburn - George Cordner aged 54, Annie Cordner aged 54, Rosena Cordner aged 18, James Cordner aged 22, George Cordner aged 20, Samuel Cordner aged 14. Samuel's Pension was awarded to his wife Jeanie on the 12/03/1919. Samuel's 3 children are also listed. Jeannie remarried and became Mrs Jeannie McNeill of Main St, Chapelhall, Airdrie. His brother George's Pension was claimed by his mother Annie of 19 Gregg St, Lisburn, Co. Antrim but was refused. Record states refusal was because George was 'Killed whilst not on military duty'.

Born / Resided

Lisburn, Co. Antrim / 38c Ronald St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 18/08/1918 at the Advance in Flanders


Coatbridge 06/10/1915


Locomotive Stoker, Summerlee, Coatbridge.



Buried / Remembered

Bertenacre Military Cemetery (I. D. 10), Nord, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was made by French troops (as the Cemetery "du Calvaire de Bertenacre", from the crucifix on the main road), and used in July-September, 1918, after the Battles of the Lys, by the 36th (Ulster) Division. After the Armistice the 115 French and two German graves were removed, and British graves were brought in from the following cemetery:- ROYAL WEST SURREY CEMETERY, Fletre, was about 460 metres to the South-East. It contained the graves of 42 soldiers from the United Kingdom killed in an enemy air raid on the 18th August, 1917 (of whom 38 belonged to the 10th Queen's), and one Canadian soldier who fell in June, 1918. There are now nearly 150, 1914-18 and over 30, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. One grave from the 1914-18 War, destroyed by shell fire, is represented by a special memorial.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Rouen on the 14/08/1914 and were part of the 107th Brigade, 36th (Ulster) Division when Samuel fell. Samuel arrived in France on the 06/10/1915. The Advance in Flanders, 18th August – 6th September 1918 : Second and Fifth Armies begin operations in the Lys valley, recapturing the ground lost in April 1918. Samuel is listed as PRIVATE and CORDINER on the Memorial. Samuel is also listed as CORDINER on his Headstone and Medal Index Card. This is incorrect. The family name is CORDNER. See photos for Captain Bally's letter to Samuel's wife. Samuel and his brother George are both listed on the Lisburn War Memorial (see photos). Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at the Huge thanks to my good friend Mark Gallaher who took the Lisburn War Memorial photos. See photos for Samuel's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, the family listed on the 1901 Ireland Census, Samuel's Headstone Report, his name on the Irelands Casualties WW1, Bertenacre Military Cemetery. Also see photos for Samuel's brother George's Grave, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Record and Award Rolls, his name on the Ireland Casualties WW1, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, on behalf of both brothers the Royal Irish Rifles Cap Badge, Samuel's Pension Records x 4 and his brother George's Pension Records x 3.

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