John Esdale was born about 1869. He married on 4th December 1896 in the Magherafelt area. John and Sarah’s only child, James M Esdale, was born on 7th August 1898 in the Magherafelt area. By 1901 they were living in Bristol Street in Belfast. On the night of 7th-8th April 1941, John was in the vicinity of the Harland & Wolff Shipyard when the Luftwaffe attacked Belfast and he was killed in the attack. He had worked for Harland & Wolff for many years.