Kilbride Parish Church War Memorial

Samuel R Busby

Date of Birth – 3rd December 1899 (GRONI Reference U/1899/129/1016/10/33)

Place of Birth – Carnspindle, Islandmagee

Date of enlistment – unknown

Address at time of enlistment – unknown

Next of Kin – unknown

Address of next of kin - unknown

Trade or Calling – unknown

Service No. 79878 (formerly D/10987 Royal Irish Rifles)

Unit –15th Battalion Devonshire Regiment Territorial (formerly Royal Irish Rifles)

Rank – Private

Died – 3rd October 1918

Place of Death – Home (circumstances unknown but believed to have died from the influenza pandemic)

Age at Death – 18

Buried – Kilbride New Cemetery

Commemorations – Kilbride Parish Church, Ballyclare War Memorial and Kilbride New Cemetery (CWGC headstone)

Marital status – unknown

Wife’s Name – 

Wife’s Address – 

Father’s name – William Busby - Seaman, born c. 1869, died 

Mother’s name – Ellen E Busby (née Porter), born c. 1876, died

Parents’ marriage date – 15th September 1893 (GRONI Reference M/1893/P1/2060/2/23 Newtownabbey)

Siblings – William J, (Samuel R), Bella, Andrew Wright and Roseena


Records Available

National Archives of Ireland Census Records

1901 Census –  Carnspindle, Islandmagee

Samuel Busby, Son, Church of Ireland, Cannot read, 1

1911 Census – Coggrey, Doagh

Samuel Busby, Son, Church of Ireland, Read and write, 11

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Follow this link to see more detail and a commemorative certificate - Samuel R. Busby



  1. Samuel’s older brother, William, also served and survived World War 1. He was a private in the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial in Kilbride New Cemetery

Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial in Kilbride New Cemetery