Shelagh died on 16th April 1941 aged 20 years old. Her home at 40 Ashley Gardens, Bangor, Co. Down took a direct hit from a wayward bomb as the Luftwaffe attacked nearby Belfast.
She was the daughter of Andrew Francis Grattan and Matilda Lillian Grattan. Her siblings were Kathleen Grattan, Hilda Grattan, and Angeline Grattan. Shelagh had two brothers, Robert Andrew Grattan and George Francis Grattan.
Shelagh Grattan’s grave is in an unmarked plot of Bangor New Cemetery, Bangor, Co. Down. The funeral took place at St. Comgall’s Catholic Church, Brunswick Road, Bangor on 18th May 1941.
A report of the ceremony featured in The Northern Whig newspaper. Reverend T MacGowan and Reverend AR MacNabb conducted the service. Jacob O’Neill, an undertaker from Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, carried out funeral arrangements. Mayor of Bangor, Councillor WM McMillan, and Town Clerk Mr. RM Moore attended on behalf of the council and town residents.