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William "Big Willie" McFadden (1876-1948)

This week, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of William "Big Willie" McFadden, born 6 March 1876 in Creeslough, Donegal, Ireland, son of James McFadden (abt. 1850-1933) and Anne McBride (1856-1935), the oldest of 14 children that grew up on the McFadden homestead in nearby Killoughcarron. Family lore holds that Willie ran away at a young age, only to be brought back by his father. At 17, he left for good and joined the Royal Marines. William was an Irish boxer and World War I veteran who served in the Royal Marine Artillery from 1893-1919. He was two-time heavyweight champion of the British Army and Navy and fought professionally through 1914. During the war, he survived the sinking of the HMS Hogue and saw action at the Battle of Jutland aboard the HMS Warspite. He was also singled out in 1903 as the most accurate gunner in the British Navy. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)
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