John Quirey

John Quirey from North Belfast, Co. Antrim served in the Royal Corps of Signals. He died on 15th February 1941 at Holywood Military Hospital, Co. Down.


John Quirey


Signalman John Quirey had served with 36th Ulster Division in World War One. With the outbreak of the Second World War, he reenlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals.

Signalman John Quirey (7006083) served in the Royal Corps of Signals during World War Two. He was the son of John Quirey and Eliza Jane Quirey (née Harkness) of Mervue Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

John Quirey Senior had served in the Royal Navy and as well as John, 2 other sons had joined the army and 2 had joined the Royal Navy.

Signalman Quirey was the husband of Mary Quirey (née Rainey) of Clady Road, Dunadry, Co. Antrim. The couple had a son, James Quirey who served with the army in Northern Ireland at the time of his father’s death. They also had 3 other sons, Sidney Quirey, Albert Quirey, and Stanley Quirey.

John served with 3rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Signals attached to 12th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Signals in the Second World War. In World War One, he saw action with 36th Ulster Division, rejoining the military before the outbreak of World War Two.

In the interwar period, Quirey worked in the engineering department of the General Post Office. He died at Holywood Military Hospital, Holywood, Co. Down on Saturday 15th February 1941 aged 42 years old.

John Quirey’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section AS, Grave 91 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Signalman Quirey’s funeral took place with full military honours. His headstone bears the inscription:

Greater love hath no man.