Private William Hugh Kirkwood was a soldier in the 27th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry during the First World War.� He�died on 3 May 1917 and was buried at Vimy in France.� William was born on 30 May 1890 and so he was 27 years old when he died.�

Although he died while serving in the Canadian Infantry he was born in Belfast and was the son of James E Kirkwood of Hilkiah, Ballysillan Road.� Hilkiah is an Old Testament name and this may suggest that the family were devout Christians who chose to give their home a biblical name.

I wonder if there is any connection with the Kirkwood family who gave their name to Kirkwood's Brae, the old name for the Old Ballysillan Road.� It will certainly be worth checking the old Belfast Street Directories for more information on the family.


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