William Ashwood McBurney

Rifleman William Ashwood McBurney of Banbridge, Co. Down died at Le Mesnil in Normandy on 9th July 1944 while serving in 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles.

Rifleman William Ashwood McBurney (7046106) served in 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He was the son of Joseph McBurney and Annie McBurney of Banbridge, Co. Down.

He died on 9th July 1944 aged 23 years old. At the time, 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles were in the Battle of Normandy. The airborne battalion had landed on D-Day, 6th June 1944.

William Ashwood McBurney’s grave is in Section IIIA, Row J, Grave 1 of Ranville War Cemetery, Ranville, Normandy, France. His name features on the Gilford War Memorial, Gilford, Co. Down and the Banbridge War Memorial, Banbridge, Co. Down. His headstone in Normandy bears the inscription:

For of such is the kingdom of heaven.