Thomas “Gunner” Sloan

Birth Name Thomas “Gunner” Sloan
Gender male
Age at Death 85 years, 10 months, 27 days


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth December 3, 1874 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a
Event Note

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel. Registrar's District: Rostrevor. County Down

December 3, 1874 Ballincurry
Thomas [son of] James Sloan a farmer of Ballincurry, and Mary Sloan, formerly Brennan. informant: Kate Brennan, of Ballincurry, present at birth


Baptism December 3, 1874 Kilbroney Catholic Parish, County Down, Ireland   2a
Event Note

Kilbroney Parish Registers
December 3, 1874, Baptism
Thomas, of James Sloan and Mary Brennan. Sponsors: Peter Murney and Alice Murphy



Military Service from October 29, 1895 to June 9, 1898     3a
Event Note

National Archives, UK
Records of Admiralty, Royal Marine Artillery

Thomas Sloan
Royal Marine Artillery
Reference: ADM 159/28/5683
Register Number: 5683
enlisted: 29 October 1895
date of birth: 28 December 1875
born: Killowen, Rostrevor, Co. Down
enlisted 29 October 1895, Liverpool
5' 8 1/4", fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes
marks: tattoo of ship [...] arm
woman Cross [...]
Next of Kin (Brother) David Sloan, Ballincurry, Killowen, Co Down

various ships or stations
character: very good, all entries
19 Jan 1898 certificate granted fracture of left elbow
invalided out 9 Jun 1898

Died 30 October 1960
DNA 8/DD 5 September 1960


Census (Brother) March 31, 1901 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   4a

Susan Sloan is head of the household in 1901, but Francis is the tenant of record in the Valuation Revision Books.
1901 Census - Down - Killowen - Ballinacurry

Residents of a house 2 in Ballinacurry (Killowen, Down)
Sloan Susan 30 Female Head, Farmer and Housekeeper
Sloan Thomas 26 Male Brother, Gunner R.M.A.
Sloan Francis 23 Male Brother, Farmers Son
Sloan Peter 6 Male Nephew, Scholar

All were Roman Catholic, single, born in County Down, and could read and write.

According to email from a correspondent in NI, the young boy Peter Sloan who is in this household inherited his great-aunt Bridget Brennan's farm. He sold it and went to Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he bought the Century Bar.

Informant June 19, 1903 Ballincurry Townland, Killowen, Kilbroney Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   5a
Event Note

Thomas was the informant on his sister Susan's death record.

Census (Head) April 2, 1911 Ballylough Townland, Donaghmore Parish, County Down, Ireland   6a
Event Note

Donaghmore Parish
1911 Census of Ireland
Residents of a house 1.2 in Ballylough (Glen [Electoral District], Co Down)
2 April 1911

Sloan Thomas 36 Male, Head, Wood Cutter
Sloan Sarah 32 Female Wife, Married 6 years, 3 children, 2 alive
Sloan James 4 Male Son, born in Armagh
Sloan Patrick 2 Male Son, born in Co Down

Thomas and Sarah were born in Co. Down and could read and write. All were Roman Catholic.

Death October 30, 1960 Newry - Down, Newry Parish - Down, County Down, Ireland   3a 7a 8
Event Note

Source for location: Sloan Family Tree at, maintained by the Sloan relative in Enniskillen.
Catholic Memory Card, photocopy
Thomas Sloan, of Water Street, Rostrevor
died 30 October 1960, aged 86

emailed from the same relative

Event Note

photocopy emailed from a Sloan relative in Enniskillen, October 2019.

Death of 'Gunner' Thomas Sloan

The passing of Gunner Thomas Sloan, Water Street, Rostrevor, has caused great sorrow in Rostrevor and surrounding districts.

Born at Killowen in 1875, he joined the Royal Marines and after serving a few years was discharged owing to an injury. Sometime later he joined the firm of James Jones & Sons, Timber Merchants, Larbert, where under the management of the late James Shiells, Warrenpoint, in 1905, he became an expert axe man and remained with the firm until 1922.

In the same year he commenced with the firm of A Shills and Co. Ltd., and Haldane & Shills later, and worked in many of the large estates in this district—Mourne Park, Ravensdale Park, and Gosford Demesne.

No doubt the Gunner, as he was commonly called, will be missed in Rostrevor, especially by the children, to whom he was most devoted.

An old woodsman who loved the beauty of the woods and the trees and the birds, he was a humble, generous, and upright man.

He was a life-long member of the Irish National Foresters.

His passing took place at Daisy Hill Hospital, on the 30th inst.

The funeral took place to St Mary's Star of the Sea, and was largely attended.

The chief mourners were:—
Eileen Sloan (daughter); James, Tom, and Patrick, New Zealand (sons); Mary and Peg Sloan (daughters-in-law); Peter Sloan (Dundalk) nephew; Matt, Jack and Gerald Sloan (cousins); Seamus, Sheila, Helen, and Brendan (grandchildren).

Wreaths were from Mr. A Shiells; Directors of Haldane & Shiells; the Staff of Haldane & Shiells; the British Legion; Mrs Nash; the Ryan family and children Miss .. ..agher, Warrenpoint; Miss ... Drumbo, Rostrevor; M .. Wilson, Warrenpoint; .. Linen Co.; Miss K .., Warrenpoint; and Kevin .., Rostrevor; Mr K Grills, Warrenpoint.



Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father James Sloanabout 1832April 17, 1895
Mother Mary Brennanabout September 16, 1838February 14, 1882
    Sister     Susan Sloan December 8, 1870 June 19, 1903
    Brother     Peter Sloan April 14, 1872 July 10, 1894
    Sister     Ellen Maria Sloan August 22, 1873 October 22, 1939
         Thomas “Gunner” Sloan December 3, 1874 October 30, 1960
    Brother     David Sloan February 21, 1876
    Brother     Francis “Francie” Sloan August 8, 1877
    Brother     Matthew Sloan April 27, 1879 October 14, 1917


Family of Thomas “Gunner” Sloan and Sarah McEvoy

Married Wife Sarah McEvoy ( b. February 11, 1877 d. March 18, 1946 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage January 11, 1905 Rostrevor Chapel, Kilbroney Catholic Parish, County Down, Ireland   9a
Event Note

Roman Catholic Chapel of Rostrevor in the Registrar's District of Rostrevor
January 11, 1905
Thomas Sloan, of full age, a bachelor farmer of Ballincurry. father: James Sloan, a farmer
Sarah McEvoy, of full age, a spinster of Rostrevor. father: Patrick McEvoy, a laborer
witnesses: Patrick McEvoy and Maggie McEvoy


Name Birth Date Death Date
Thomas Sloan1989
Mary SloanDecember 5, 1905April 5, 1906
James SloanMay 20, 1907January 9, 1995
Patrick SloanMarch 5, 1909
Peter SloanFebruary 13, 1913
Eileen SloanJanuary 25, 1915April 18, 1978

Source References

  1. Irish Civil Registration Records, Births
      • Page: December 3, 1874, Thomas Sloan, Kilkeel: Rostrevor
  2. Kilbroney Catholic Parish Registers
      • Page: Thomas Sloan, December 3, 1874
      • Citation:


  3. Records of Admiralty, Royal Marine Artillery
      • Page: Sloan, Thomas, Reference: ADM 159/28/5683
  4. 1901 Census of Ireland
      • Page: Residents of a house 2 in Ballinacurry (Killowen, Down)
  5. Irish Civil Registration Records, Deaths
      • Page: June 19, 1903, Susan Sloan, Kilkeel RD
  6. 1911 Census of Ireland
      • Page: house 1.2 in Ballylough (Glen, Down)
  7. email, Sloan relative in Enniskillen, Fermanagh
      • Page: 27 Oct 2019
  8. obituary of Thomas Sloan, d October 30, 1960
  9. Irish Civil Registration Records, Marriages
      • Page: Sloan-McEvoy, January 11, 1905, Rostrevor