1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (British Army)
24/05/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Samuel Magee was a son of Samuel and Annie Magee. Samuel was born in Cookstown about 1884. Samuel was with husband of Sarah Jackson Magee. Prior to the war, Samuel Magee had previously served in India and South Africa. Samuel Magee enlisted in Belfast. He was living in Greenock, west of Glasgow. Samuel had gone to France at the outbreak of the war in August 1914. Sergeant Samuel Magee was wounded in May 1917. He received severe gunshots to face. He was returned to hospital in England. Lance Sergeant Samuel Magee was serving with the 1st Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment when he died of wounds at Nottingham War Hospital on Thursday 24th May 1917.
Greenock Cemetery was established in 1846 as the expansion of the population of the town meant that the previous burial ground was inadequate. This particular site was chosen as it was secluded and not able to be viewed from the river. The Greenock Cemetery Company, formed in 1846, laid out the ground. Previous objections to the Council regarding the word 'necropolis' meant that this was always called a 'cemetery'. This church was established in 1589, and was situated close to Harland and Wolff shipyard. In 1917, the shipyard was extended and the church was dismantled and rebuilt in a different location. The tombstones were then moved to the Cemetery.