William Cusack Fahie

William Cusack Fahie

County Dublin, Ireland
Death 27 Jul 1972 (aged 54)
Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Burial Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Plot EB 81.5 - 82.5, South
Memorial ID 70302469 · View Source
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William Cusack Fahie is not buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. He was buried in Gauteng, South Africa.
His name is recorded on the family headstone in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Son of William Joseph Fahie [1847-1924] and his second wife Mary Gabrielle J. Smyth [1883-1967], who were married in Autumn 1908, in Dublin.
Elizabeth Patricia Fahie [1856-1905] was William's first wife.

In the 1911 census, William Joseph Fahie was a Civil Engineer, aged 65, and had been born in Co. Tipperary.
Gabrielle Fahie was aged 28, and had been born in Co. Meath.
They had been married 2 years and had no children.
They lived at 47, Ailesbury Road, Dublin.

William Fahie earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics from University College Dublin in 1938 and 1939 respectively.

William Cusack Fahie joined the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of WW2, serving for the entire duration of the war.
He married Senior Commander Pauline Mary de Peauly Gower [22 July 1910-2 Mar 1947] on 2 June 1945, at Brompton Oratory, London.
She was a daughter of Sir Robert Vaughan Gower [1880-1953], Conservative M.P. [1924-1945].
She is the woman on the left in the upper photo.

The Times, Monday 4 June 1945, page 6.
Wing Commander W.C. Fahie and Miss P.M. de P. Gower.
The marriage took place on Saturday, at Brompton Oratory, of Wing Commander William Cusack Fahie, R.A.F.V.R., only son of the late Mr. W.J. Fahie and of Mrs. Fahie, of 47, Ailesbury Road, Dublin, and Miss Pauline Mary de Peauly Gower, Senior Commander, A.T.A., younger daughter of Sir Robert Gower, M.P., and of the late Lady Gower. Father Mark Taylor officiated.
The bride was given away by her father. Commander the Hon. B.L. Bathurst was best man, and members of the Air Transport Auxiliary formed a guard of honour. A reception was held at 6, Stanhope Gate.

Pauline Gower, one of the first women to hold a pilot's licence, was the head of the Air Transport Auxiliary, during World War 2.
This organisation comprised mainly female pilots who delivered aircraft from the factories to the operational airfields. No women were permitted to join the Royal Air Force in WW2, but many women flew warplanes as members of the ATA.

Pauline Gower Fahie died in childbirth, of heart failure, giving birth to twin boys, Michael and Paul. She is believed to be buried in Tunbridge Wells. Her son Michael Fahie, wrote a book about her life "A Harvest of Memories: The Life of Pauline Gower, MBE", Peterborough, 1995.

For further details on her, see
Pauline Gower

William re-married in 1948, in Chelsea district, London.
There were two sons born in this marriage.

After the War, William worked for ISCOR, the South African steel manufacturing conglomerate at its production factories at Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng Province.
Following his death, he was buried there. It is understood that his grave is unmarked. His family subsequently returned to Britain.

A Death Notice for him was published in The Irish Times newspaper on Friday 4th August 1972.
FAHIE, July 27, 1972 (suddenly) in South Africa, William Cusack Fahie, formerly of 47 Ailesbury Road, Dublin.

the following is taken from a website concerning British officers in WW2,
unit histories

29 Sept. 1939, commissioned as a Pilot/Officer in the Royal Air Force.
11 March 1940, Flying Officer [WS].
1 Dec. 1941, Flight Lieutenant [Temporary].
30 Nov. 1942, Flight Lieutenant [WS].
undated, Acting Squadron Leader.
1 Jan. 1945, Squadron Leader [Temporary].
undated, Acting Wing Commander.

Mentioned in Despatches,
1 Jan. 1943.
17 Sept. 1943.
8 Aug. 1944.

13 Sept. 1949, Bronze Star Medal [USA]

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to the memory of darling
the dearly loved daughter
and only child of
who died 28th June 1914
at Ailesbury Villa, Ailesbury Road, Dublin
R. I. P.
erected by her sorrowing mother
and the above
who died 31st March 1940 aged 83 years
also her husband
who died 22nd January 1941, aged 90 years

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1911 - 1996

1914 - 2010

1918 - 1972



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  • Find a Grave Memorial 70302469
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Cusack Fahie (27 Apr 1918–27 Jul 1972), Find a Grave Memorial no. 70302469, citing Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) .