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Tyne Cot cemetery below Passchendaele Ridge on the eastern edge of the old Ypres Salient.  It is the largest CWGC cemetery in the world. Database
Tyne Cot cemetery below Passchendaele Ridge on the eastern edge of the old Ypres Salient. It is the largest CWGC cemetery in the world.
LISBURN'S DEAD FROM THE GREAT WAR
 
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LISBURN'S DEAD 1914-1919.

ABBOTT, Private William Robert. Born in Lisburn, he lived at 15 McKeown Street in the town, enlisted there and serving in 11 RIR (17114) along with his two brothers Sergeant James (who belonged to the 1st. Lisburn Company of the UVF) and Rifleman Thomas. He embarked with them as a rifleman from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915 but subsequently transferred to 108 Company MGC 17676. Reported MIA and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 26, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 5C or 12C. James and Thomas, who served in A Company, were both wounded in the same action. They were the sons of Maggie and Thomas Abbott of 15 McKeown Street, Lisburn where all three brothers lived.

ADAIR, Rifleman George. Born in Randalstown, he lived in Crumlin, and was a member of Ballynadrenta LOL 1059 in Glenavy and of the UVF. He enlisted at Randalstown and served in D Company 11 RIR (2243), embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. He was KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 age 20 and, according to his Company Commander, “his loss is very deeply felt throughout the battalion ... he was greatly loved and respected both by the officers and men.” His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium panels 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the son of late James Adair and Mary Adair of Seacash, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

ADAMS, Rifleman Ralph. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Hill Street, in the town where he enlisted in 13 RIR (17121). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 17, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B. He was the son of Susan Adams of 31 Market Lane, Lisburn. His brother Edward, who served in India, lived at 3 Hill Street, Lisburn.

ADAMS, Rifleman Robert. Born at Killcross, Crumlin, he lived in Crumlin, enlisted at Antrim and served in 15 RIR (19371). KIA in Belgium on the 20.10.18 age 28, he is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harlebeke, Belgium, plot 10, row B, grave 4. He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Livingstone of 55 Antrim Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

ADDIS, Rifleman Henry. Born in Derriaghy, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (17126) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. He DoW in France on the 8.6.17, and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier) plot 3, row C, grave 177. There is no headstone inscription.

ADDIS, William John. Commemorated on Ballinderry Parish Church War Memorial. No positive trace so far.

AGNEW, Rifleman James. Born in Belfast and living in Dunmurry (or Belfast), he enlisted at Lisburn, possibly in 2 RIR, and served in 7 RIR (5037). Wounded in August 1916 and KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

ALEXANDER, Private Joseph. Born in Belfast he lived in the Hillsborough area, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RInF (22807). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 4, face D or pier 5, face B.

ALEXANDER, 2nd Lieutenant John. Born in Belfast he was educated at Drumbeg National School from which he won a scholarship for Dundalk Educational Institute, “gaining first place in all Ireland”. After completing his education he was employed in Harland and Wolff’s and later at Belfast Ropeworks. He subsequently took first place (from 100 candidates) in a competitive exam for a position in the Belfast Co-operative Society. He received his commission through QUB OTC and served in the 8 LstR. KIA on the Somme on the 15.7.16 aged 24 only twelve days after going to the front, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He was the son of the late Thomas and Mrs. Maria Alexander of Drumbeg, Dunmurry, and brother of Robert Alexander below.

ALEXANDER, Rifleman Robert. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (17134). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 19, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A and B. He was the son of the late Thomas and Mrs. Maria Alexander of Drumbeg, Dunmurry. and brother of John Alexander above.

ALLEN  Rifleman Robert. Lived at Edenderry and served in the RIR. His death is commemorated on the memorial in Drumbo Presbyterian Church. No positive trace so far.

ALLEN, Private Robert Henry. Born in Dunmurry, he lived in and enlisted at Belfast serving in the RASC at the M[otor?]T[ransport?]. Training Depot (DM2/221143). He died in hospital at Woolwich on the 23.5.17 age 26 and is buried in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, plot E5, grave 844. He was the son of John T. and Sarah E. Allen of 47 Woodcot Avenue, Bloomfield, Belfast.

ALLEN, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast in 11 RIR and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he was subsequently transferred to A Company 12 RIR (18/1199). KIA in Belgium on the 7.3.17 aged 34, he is buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 2, row B, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Edward and Mary Allen of Lisburn and husband of Agnes Boyd, formerly Allen, of 39 Ardoyne Road, Belfast.

ALLEN, Rifleman William John. Employed at the firm of William Coulson and Son, he enlisted at Lisburn in A Company 11 RIR (3021) and embarked with them from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the husband of Mrs. Allen of 16 Church Street, Lisburn and father of five young children.

ANDERSON, Private Thomas. Born in Drumbo, Co. Down, he lived in Carryduff, Co. Down, enlisted at Mauchline, Ayrshire and served in 1 RSF (19554). KIA in Belgium on the 3.4.16, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panels 19 and 33.

ANDERSON, Private William. Born in Dromara, or Dromore, Co. Down, he lived in Lanark, enlisted at Dunoon, Argyllshire and served in 12 HLI (17537). KIA in France on the 25.9.15, his death is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France panels 108-112.

ANDREWS, Rifleman James. Born in Lisburn, he lived in 72 Hillhall Road, in the town, before the war he, “worked for Mr. Tollerton” and was a member of the UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in C Company 11 RIR (17105) embarking with them from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. He acted as orderly for Captain Cecil Ewart (below) and was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the husband of Jane Andrews of 72 Hillhall Road, Lisburn and brother of David and brother-in-law of Sarah Andrews of Christ Church, Lisburn.

ANDREWS, Rifleman James. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived in Culcavey, enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (16166). Reported wounded and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France, plot 3, row J, grave 10. There is no headstone inscription.

ANDREWS, Rifleman Matthew. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (9162). KIA in Belgium on the 6.9.18, he is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road, Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row D, grave 16. There is no headstone inscription.

ANDREWS, Rifleman Robert. Born in Culcavey, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (5694). KIA in Belgium on the 20.4.15 aged 17, he is buried in Elzenwalle Brasserie Cemetery, Voormezelle, Belgium, plot 1, row D, grave 4. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Mrs. Alice J Andrews of 62 Mountjoy Street, Belfast.

ANDREWS, Rifleman William. Served in 5 RIR and may have been a reservist. His death is commemorated on Lisburn and Christ Church War Memorials. No positive trace so far.

ARMSTRONG, Private James. Born in Lisburn, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (10128). KIA in Gallipoli on the 22.5.15 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the son of Walter and Sarah Jane Armstrong of 88 Broomfield Street, Crumlin Road, Belfast.

ARMSTRONG, Private John. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he lived at Oldcastle, Co. Meath, enlisted at Dublin and served in 2 RInF (10665). KIA in France on the 16.5.15 aged 17, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 16 and 17. He was the son of William and Kate Armstrong of Lower-Finor, Oldcastle.

ARMSTRONG, Private William. Born in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he lived in Monaghan, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIrF (12311). KIA in France on the 23.11.17, his death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France, panel 10.

ATKINSON, Private William. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he lived in Glasgow, enlisted at Dunoon and served in 1/8 ASH (3440). KIA in France on the 2.7.16 aged 38, he is buried in Maroeuil Cemetery, France, plot 2, row J, grave 11.

ATKINSON, Sergeant William, MM. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Dublin and served in 2 SeH (9183). KIA in France on the 24.4.18, he is buried in St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, France, plot 3, row D, grave 2.

ATKINSON, Private William George. Born in Co. Down on 29.10.1887, his address was “The Lodge”, Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough. A plasterer by trade, he enlisted at Toronto on the 27.6.1916 aged 28 years and 8 months. His physical development on enlistment was described as good, he had no smallpox marks and 2 vaccination marks on his left arm. 5’9½’’ in height, his chest measured 37’’ (minimum) and 40’’ (maximum). Weighing 152½ lbs (10 stone 14 ounces) he had a fresh complexion, dark grey eyes and brown hair. He had a scar on his right ankle and a scar on both knees. On enlistment he had 3 years military experience as a private with 5 RIR, a reserve battalion. He was posted to the 208th. battalion and subsequently to the 116th. battalion Canadian Infantry (249793). KIA in France on the 8.8.18 aged 35, he is buried in Hourges Orchard Cemetery, Domart-sur-La-Luce, France, row A, grave 40. He was the husband of Mrs. Dorcas Atkinson of “The Lodge”, Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

AYRE, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Kirkinnola, Co. Antrim, he lived in Glenavy or Crumlin, Co. Antrim. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Lisburn, Co. Antrim and served in D Company 11 RIR (1281). Embarking for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915, he was wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16. Reported wounded and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 age 28, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 138 to 140, 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the son of James Ayre of Glenavy. and husband of Rachel Ayre of Hill Street, Crumlin.

BAILY, Nurse W. M. I. The youngest daughter of the late William Charley D.L. and brother of Mr. E.J. Charley both of Seymour Hill, Dunmurry, she was married in Los Angeles to Mr. S. Baily, “an English Gentleman”. During the war she joined the Dunmurry VAD, serving in the UVF hospital in Belfast in 1915 and in York Military Hospital in 1916. She volunteered for foreign service in 1917 and was posted initially to Salonica and later to Italy, serving at 38th Stationary Hospital, Voluntary Aid Detachment, Genoa. She died in hospital in Genoa on the 23.9.18 and is buried in Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, plot 1, row B, grave 36. Her death is also commemorated on the memorial in Derriaghy Parish Church. The Italians entered the war on the Allied side in May 1915 and Commonwealth forces were at the front there between November 1917 and November 1918 with rest camps and medical units being established at various locations behind the line. From November 1917 to the end of the war, Genoa was a military base and the 38th Stationary Hospital was posted to the city.

BAKER, Private Dawson. Living at 83 Montrose Street, Belfast, he was employed at Queensisland before the war. Having enlisted at Belfast in June 1915 he served in 1/5 SeH (4304) and died in a Highland casualty clearing station in France on the 24.12.15 aged 40, from an illness contracted while on active service. Buried in Villers-Bocage Communal Cemetery Extension, France, row B, grave 7, he had lived with his sister in Montrose Street, and was the youngest son of John and Isabella Baker of 10 Seymour Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. They had another son and 4 grandsons in the army. He (Dawson) may also have been an uncle of Walter Baker, below.

BAKER, Rifleman Walter. Born in Lisburn, he lived in 10 Seymour Street in the town, he was a member of the Church Lads’ Brigade and the Temperance Silver Band. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (6916). He embarked for France in October 1915 and was home on his first leave in July 1917 five weeks before his death. He was KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 and is buried in Bridgehouse Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium, row C, grave 1. There is no headstone inscription. He may have been a nephew of Dawson Baker, above, and had another uncle and four cousins on active service.

BALL, Private David Harris. Born at Dromara, Co. Down in about 1880, he was educated at the Belfast Model School and Dublin Training College, and was a teacher by profession. He emigrated to Australia about 1902 at the age of 22 and enlisted at Greenbushes, Western Australia in 28 Australian Infantry (7256), A.I.F. on the 21.3.17. He entered Blackboy Hill camp for training on the 16.5.17 and early in June went to the NCO school at Clarefront(?) where he spent 6(?) weeks training before returning to Blackboy as a corporal. Subsequently going through a bombing school course, he sailed from Freemantle on the SS Ormond on 13 March 1918, reaching Denton(?) England on the 15 May having spent four weeks at Port Suez en route. Leaving England for France on the 8 August, he went into action on the 29th and was KIA at Mont St. Quentin on 2.9.18 age 38. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 3, row E, grave 21, his headstone inscription reads, “Beloved husband of Eva and father of Hector Ball. Love ever gives”. The son of John and Martha Ball and husband of Eva E. Ball of Broomehill, Western Australia, the Australian War Memorial records that, “he leaves a wife and one surviving son to mourn their loss residing in Western Australia”. He was the brother in law of Gunner John Alexander McDonald 15 FA Brigade. AFA (31712) who died on Salisbury Plain on 30.7.17 and is buried in Tidworth Military cemetery, Wiltshire, row C, grave 325. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that this cemetery, which contains many Australian and NZ servicemen, was directly connected with training grounds on Salisbury Plain. Private. Ball was also the brother in law of Sergeant. J.R. Norrish (7236), a stretcher bearer who won the MM at Hamel Wood on the 4.7.18. He appears to have survived the war. Private Ball’s wife’s address on the Australian War Memorial is given as c/o Mrs. J.R. Norrish, Broomhill, W.A. with Mr. James Ball of Mullaughdrin (which is about 2 miles north of Dromara), as a contact for further information.

BANKHEAD, Private Samuel. Born in Monkstown, Co. Antrim, he lived in and enlisted at Belfast serving in 1 CH (S/40153). KIA in France on the 12.7.17, he is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier), plot 3, row D, grave 274.

BARR, Sergeant, Thomas John. Born at the Maze on the 22.8.1882, he joined the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry (later to become the NIH) when he was 18 and served in the Boer War, receiving the King’s medal. He was then in the South African constabulary for 3 years during which time he “served against” the Zulus in 1906. He later left South Africa for Canada, living at 12½ Vinbourg Apartments, Agnes Street, Winnipeg and joining the 34th Fort Garry Horse. A motorman by profession, he enlisted at Winnipeg on the 18.3.15 aged 32 years and 7 months, he was 5’ 9½” inches tall, had a 36” chest with 2½” expansion, fresh complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair. Having been posted to 8 CI MtbaR (A/22368 or 422368), he returned to Belfast on leave in April 1916. Wounded by shrapnel on the 5 July he subsequently DoW in a casualty clearing station in Belgium on the 9.7.16 age 33. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium, plot 8, row C, grave 8, he was the second son of John and Hannah Jane Carlisle Barr of The Maze, Lisburn, Co. Down, and husband of Mrs. T.J. Barr of 12½ Vinbourg Apartments, Agnes Street, Winnipeg.

BARTON, Private Patrick. Born in Broxburn, Linlithgo, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Coatbridge and served in 2 RInF (11701). KIA in France on the 21.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Essigny-le-Grand German Cemetery Memorial 10 in Grand-Seracourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. This is a concentration cemetery made between 1920 and 1926. It contains burials and memorials to those “buried near this spot” or who were buried by the Germans and whose graves could not be found. The remains of 99 British soldiers (largely Ulster Division) killed in March and April 1918 were brought here from Essigny-le-Grand German Cemetery.

BEASTON, CSM James. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast, served in 13 RIR (1469) and was KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16. He and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. All Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries for these men give grave 1, presumably therefore it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson. There is no headstone inscription.

BEATTIE, Sergeant John James. Born in and address Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RInF (18319). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 32, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 70-2. He was the husband of Sarah Beattie of Ballynahinch Street, Hillsborough and son of James and Elizabeth Beattie of Lisburn Street, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

BEATTIE, Sergeant William John. Born in Guilford, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn possibly in A Company 11 RIR with whom he may have embarked from Bordon Camp for France as a Rifleman in October 1915. KIA at Cambrai in France while serving with C Company 12 RIR (769), on the 22.11.17 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery, France, panel 10. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Beattie of 14 Linenhall Street, Lisburn.

BECK, Rifleman James. Born in Hillsborough, he lived in Longstone Street, Lisburn, was a member of the Christ Church Company Church Lads’ Brigade and of the UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn, served in A Company 11 RIR (17244) and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he was KIA at Ypres on the 8.8.17 aged 19. His death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium. He was the son of Annie Rogan, formerly Beck, of 46 Sloan Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, (or of Hillsborough), and the late John Beck. The news of James Beck’s death was received by his mother in a letter from her other son Rifleman Harry Beck who was also on active service.

BEERS, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Drumbo, Co. Down, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast, and served in 6 RIR (11250). KIA at Gallipoli on the 14.8.15 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, part 2. He was the son of Isabella Beers, Ballylesson, Belfast and the late William Beers and husband of Martha Beers of Rushey Hill, Stoneyford, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. Their son (also Samuel) was born while his father was serving overseas and Samuel snr. never saw him before his death.

BEGGS, Captain Henry Parker. Before the war he was employed by Messrs. Richardson, Sons and Owden at their Glenmore works. A member of Lisburn and Cliftonville Cricket Clubs and Cliftonville Hockey Club he also belonged to the UVF. Commissioned into B Company 8 RIR in 1914, and promoted to Captain in early 1916, he was reported MIA and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France and on a separate memorial in St. Colman’s Parish Church, Dunmurry erected, “To the Beloved Memory of Captain Henry Parker Beggs 8 RIR missing, believed killed at Thiepval, France”. In a report in the Standard for 18.10.18 regarding his brothers decoration, he was still listed as missing. According to the Standard he was, “one of the most unassuming young men and never wished to appear in the limelight. So sensitive indeed was he in this respect that he expressed the wish should anything happen that his photograph should not appear in the newspapers”. The youngest son of Samuel and Minnie Beggs, Chestnut Villa, Dunmurry, and grandson of the late Mr. W.J.M. Parker of Carelton House, Blaris, his father was “associated with” the firm of Richardson and Owden. His brother Lt. S. Parker Beggs who served in the RE was awarded the MC in October 1918. He was a graduate of QUB and had served his apprenticeship with Mr. L.L. Macassey. Before joining the army he had been a civil engineer with the Congested Districts Board.

BELL, Rifleman Arthur. Born in Killead (beside Aldergrove airport), he lived in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Clandeboye, Co. Down and served in A Company 9 RIR (11/6455). He DoW on the Somme on the 4.6.16 aged 18, and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, France, plot 1, row D, grave 2. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Daniel and Mary Jane Bell of the Diamond, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

BELL, Gunner Edward. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Hammersmith, Middlesex and served in 130 Heavy Battery. RGA (68653). He DoW in France on the 14.4.18, and is buried in Namps-Au-Val British Cemetery, Somme, France plot 2, row C, grave 30. He was the husband of Mrs. E. Bell of 54 Cambridge Row, Hammersmith, London.

BELL, Private George Reilly. Born at Castledawson or Magherafelt, he lived in Castledawson, enlisted at Dublin and served in 2 IG (6270). KIA in France on the 21.1.18 aged 27, he is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, France, plot 4, row C, grave 36. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Bell.

BELL, Private James Alexander. Born in Shankill, Belfast, he lived in Aghalee, Co. Antrim. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIrF (14027). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 19, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A. He was the son of John, (who died on the 7.2.21), and Martha Bell of Derryash, Aghalee. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Lower Ballinderry Maravian churchyard.

BELL, Gunner John. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 119 Battery 27 Bde. RFA (32885). KIA on the Somme on the 24.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 1 A and 8 A.

BELL, Rifleman John. Born in Workington, Cumberland, he lived at 2 Hillhall Road, Lisburn. He enlisted at Lisburn or Belfast and served in 14 RIR (YCV) (19383). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A/B. He was the husband of Maria Bell of 2 Hillhall Road, Lisburn and his father may also have served in the war.

BELL, Sergeant Robert Joseph. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he served in 11 RIR (11/61) with whom he may have embarked from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, Addenda Panel. He was the son of Robert and Rose Ann Bell of Ballyvorally, Glenavy, Co. Antrim. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Glenavy Parish church graveyard which was erected by his mother. She died on the 7.12.31 aged 69, twenty years to the day after her husband Robert, RJ’s father, who died on the 7.12.11 aged 80.

BELL, Lance corporal Robert. Born in Crumlin, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Ballykinlar, Co. Down and served in 1 RInF (9423). He DoW in Egypt, probably from wounds received at Gallipoli, on the 1.6.15, and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, row M, grave 103.

BELL, Private Robert. Born in Crilly, Co. Tyrone, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIrF (14035). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France pier and face 15A.

BELL, Rifleman William. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he served in 2 RIR. His death is commemorated on the memorials in Glenavy Parish Church and Glenavy Orange Hall. No positive trace so far.

BELL, Rifleman William. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (8855). KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15 aged 32. his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He was the son of Mrs. William Gray.

BENSON, Private David. Born at Trummery, near Moira he enlisted at Stockton-on-Tees and was posted to the Yorkshire Regiment (45417). Subsequently transferred to the 47 MGC(I) (122848) he was KIA in France on the 23.3.18. He is buried in Metz-En-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas de Calais, France, plot 3, row A, grave 1. There is no headstone inscription.

BENSON, Sergeant John. Born at Lisburn, and living in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR 17178. He embarked for France from Bordon as a lance corporal in October 1915 and was KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

BENTLEY, Private James Edward. Born at Hillsborough, he lived and enlisted in Dublin and serving in the SIH (1742). KIA in France on the 14.5.17 aged 22, he is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France, plot 1, row P, grave 3. He was the son of James Edward and Henrietta Sophie Bently of 11 Rialto Buildings, Dolphins Barn, Dublin.

BERRY, Lance corporal James. Born in Larne, he lived at Culcavey, Hillsborough with his widowed mother. An employee of the Hillsborough Linen Company and member of the Hillsborough Company of the U.V.F, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (17180). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

BERRY, Rifleman William John. Born and living in Culcavey? Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in C Company 13 RIR (17261). He DoW in France on the 29.6.16 aged 27 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row A, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Mary and the late James Berry, of Culcavey, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

BERTIE, Private John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Dundee and served in 9 BW (S/6856). KIA in France on the 25.9.15 aged 36, his death is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France, panels 78-83. He was the husband of Ellen Bertie of 4 Parkers Court, King Street, Dundee.

BICKERSTAFF, Corporal William. Born in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (1914). Taken prisoner, he was a PoW when he died in Germany on the 1.7.18. He is buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany, plot 1, row C, grave 5. In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Berlin South-Western was one of those chosen and in 1924-25 graves were brought into the cemetery from more than 140 burial grounds in eastern Germany.

BLACK, Private Harold Edward. Born in Ballycastle on the 11.6.1894, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School Lisburn which he entered on the 5.5.08 and left on the 7.4.10. During this time his reports were generally "satisfactory". A custom clerk by profession, he enlisted at Winnipeg on the 7.9.1915 aged 21 years and 3 months. Height 5’10’’, chest fully expanded 36½’’ with a 2½’’ expansion, he had a fair complexion, greenish-grey eyes and dark brown hair. A single man, he gave his brother Robert of 11 Bartella Court, Home Street, Winnipeg as his next of kin. He had 1 years military experience with the 90th. Rifles H.D. and on enlistment was posted to the 90th. Canadian Infantry, “Winnipeg Rifles”. Subsequently transferred to the 78 battalion Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment (186298), he died on the 19.11.17 aged 23 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, plot 30, row L, grave 23. He was the son of William Boyes and Sarah Jane Black whose family home was in Ballycastle.

BLACK, Rifleman William. Born at and enlisting in Belfast he lived at Ballycollier, Dunmurry. Serving in B Company 1RIR (5946) he died of sickness in Belgium while a PoW on the 13.10.18 age 23. Buried by the Germans in Deerlyck German Cemetery, his grave was subsequently lost and his death is now commemorated on the Deerlyck German Cemetery memorial 3 in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium. The memorial, which is the same as the standard Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone has the inscription, “Gone but not forgotten”. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Black of 12 Mill Row, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.

BLACKBURN, Gunner John Alexander. Served in the RGA (18807) and died on the 19.3.17 aged 32. He is buried in Annahilt Presbyterian churchyard grave 467 beside Jeannie Blackburn who died on the 25.3.59. However, it is not clear what the relationship, if any, is. The headstone inscription reads, “This is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith. 1 John 5.4”. He was the son of the late James and Catherine Blackburn.

BLAIN, Private Edward. Of Lake View, Maze or Ballykeel, Artifinney, he served in 1 WR NZEF (28420) and DoW in France on the 3.7.17. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, block P, plot 2, row G, grave 4A, he was the brother of John Blain of Ballykeel, Artifinney, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

BLAKELY, Corporal Herbert (Bertie). Born in Belfast, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Ballykinlar and served in 7 RInF (9437). KIA on the Somme on the 9.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B.

BLAKELY, Rifleman Samuel. Born and living in Hilden View, Tullynacross, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (597), embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A and B.

BOOMER, Gunner William. Born in Dunmurry on the 24.6.1891 and a “mechanical chauffeur” by profession, he enlisted at Toronto on the 25.9.1915 aged 24 years 3 months having had no previous military experience. Height 5’ 9¼’’ chest fully expanded 39½’’ with 3½’’ expansion, he had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. He also had a 1½’’ scar on his right elbow. Posted originally to the 67th. Overseas Depot Battery, CFA, CEF he subsequently served in the 4 Brigade CFA (302360). KIA in Belgium on the 3.11.17 age 26 he is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 12, row E, grave 11. The HS inscription reads, “In loving memory”. He was the son of William John and Elizabeth Boomer of Milltown, Derriaghy. According to the cemetery register, Vlamertinghe was just outside the range of enemy shell fire and was used by both artillery and field ambulance units.

BOOMER, Captain Walter Charter, M.C. Educated at Friends’ School Lisburn, he was an officer in the 1st Lisburn Battalion of the UVF. He had enlisted in 11 RIR as a private shortly after it was formed but was commissioned on the 2 July 1915 and embarked for France from Bordon Camp as 2nd. Lt. with D Co. 11 RIR in October 1915. Wounded three times before his death, once just prior to July 1916 as a result of which he may not have taken part in the attack at Thiepval on the 1.7.16. He was awarded the MC in the autumn of 1917, “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his Company. When the assaulting troops were falling back he rallied them under very heavy fire, collected parties of other units, and reorganised the defence of the front line”. Home on sick leave suffering from malaria shortly before his death, he had been given a medical certificate “to be sent to the War Office but so eager was [he] to get back to duty that he did not wait for a reply, which arrived after he had gone up to the line, and exempted him from active service for some time longer”. He DoW on the 1.10.18 aged 27 at Becelaere, east of Ypres, while serving as a Captain with 12 RIR. He is buried in Dadizelle New British Cemetery, Belgium, plot 2, row D, grave 2, and commemorated on the family headstone in Lambeg Parish Church where the inscription reads, “Father in thy glorious keeping, leave we now thy servant sleeping”. He was the son of Jane Armstrong Boomer and Richard Walter Boomer who died on the 21st. August 1932 aged 84 and is buried at Lambeg. The family was of Huguenot descent and lived at Knockmore, Lisburn.

BOSTON, Rifleman William Born in Shirland, Derby, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9141). KIA in France on the 10.3.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 42 and 43.

BOTHWELL, Private, Arthur William. Born in Dromore, Co. Down, he had served in the Boer War. Enlisting at Belfast he served in C Company 6 RInF (12757) and DoW in the Balkans on the 13.9.16 age 35. Buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece grave 396 he was the son of the late Jonathan and Agnes A. Bothwell of Derry, Dromara, Co. Down and husband of Mary Bothwell of 10 Ashfield Street, Belfast.

BOTHWELL, Rifleman Thomas H. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he lived at Mill Row, Dunmurry. Enlisting at Belfast, he served in 9 RIR (154) and was KIA on the Somme on the 4.6.16. He was buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, row C, grave 3, there is no headstone inscription.

BOWERS, Lance corporal James. Born and living in Belfast, he enlisted at Seaforth, Lancashire and served in 1 NLR (1172). KIA in France on the 31.12.14 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 27-28. He was the son of John and Mary Bowers of 9 Cambridge Street, Belfast.

BOWMAN, 2nd. Lieutenant Robert Moore. Served in the 81st Brigade RFA. KIA on the Somme on the 5.8.16 aged 21, he is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, France, row N, grave 34. The headstone inscription reads, “He died for freedom and honour”. He was the son of Thomas Kynaston Bowman of 50 Hanover Gate Mansions, Regents Park, London.

BOYD, Lance corporal Alexander. Born at Ballyclare, he lived in Ravarnette, enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (7784). KIA in France on the 27.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 42 and 43.

BOYD, Rifleman David. Born in Lisburn, he lived with his widowed mother at Millbrook, Lisburn. An organ Blower in Lisburn Cathedral, he worked at Glenmore. Enlisting at Lisburn he served in D Company 11 RIR (17295), with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 23 he is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Forceville, France, plot 2, row A, grave 14 next to Adam Clarke (below). There is no headstone inscription.

BOYD Lieutenant Henry. Served in 100 Squadron R.A.F. He was KIA in France on the 26.8.18 aged 19 and is buried in Charmes Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row B, grave 2. He was the son of William A. and M or N Boyd of Hollway Drive, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.

BOYD Lieutenant Thomas Moffatt. (George). Born in Castleblaney, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn. He died of dysentery while on active service with the RAMC in Mozambique, East Africa on the 25.10.18 and is buried in Lumbo British Cemetery, Mozambique, plot 1, row B, grave 8. No next of kin details.

BOYD, Farrier Sergeant William. Born in Co. Donegal on the 29.3.1884, he had been a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, and enlisted at Quebec on the 26.9.14 aged 30. A farrier by occupation, he had by this time had 4 years “Imperial service” and 7 years and 3 months “Canadian service”. A single man, he was 5’ 11½” tall with a 39” chest (including 4½” expansion) and had a fair complexion with brown eyes and black hair. He died on the 7.5.17 aged 33 while serving in 2 Brigade CFA (41712). Buried in La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St.-Vaast, Pas de Calais, France, plot 2, row A, grave 8, his next of kin was William Boyd of Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

BRADLEY, Sergeant George, MM. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the MGC (17709). Subsequently transferred to MGC(T) (206144), he DoW in France on the 3.5.17 aged 26 and is buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row D, grave 1. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Bradley of 34 Greenmount Villa, Henderson Avenue, Belfast.

BRAITHWAITE, CSM James. Born in Lambeg, he lived in Lisburn. A gymnasium instructor, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 MR (714). KIA in Mesopotamia on the 8.3.16 aged 33, his death is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. He was the son of Samuel and Eleanor Braithwaite of 56 Millbrook, Low Road, Lisburn and husband of Alice Braithwaite of 22 Barkwell Lane, Mossley, Manchester. He may also have been a brother of CSM Samuel Braithwaite of Lisburn. He (Samuel) had served in the Boer War for which he held both the King’s and Queen’s medals, and was a Sergeant Instructor in the 1st. Lisburn battalion of the UVF. He had embarked with 11 RIR for France from Bordon in October 1915 and was reported wounded in the first week of July 1916 although he appears to have survived the war.

BRATTY, Private George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Moy, Co. Tyrone and served in 9 RInF (22679). He DoW in France on the 17.7.16 and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, plot A, row 30, grave 10.

BROWN, Driver Adam. Born in Hannahstown, Co. Antrim, address Dunmurry. He enlisted at Belfast, served in the RASC (TH/045350) and was attached to 1/4 NLR. Dieing of influenza in France 4.11.18 age 24 he is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France, plot 7, row C, grave 1. He was the son of James and Eliza Jane Brown of Torneroy, Hannahstown, Belfast.

BROWN, Rifleman Charles. Born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9472). KIA in France on the 13.3.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 42/3.

BROWN, Rifleman Edmund. Born in Carnmoney, he lived at Greenhill, Lambeg. Before the war he worked as a flaxdresser in the York Street Flax Spinning Company, Belfast and may have been a member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club. An Orangeman in Hilden True Blues LOL 594 he also belonged to the UVF. Enlisting at Lisburn he served in B Company 11 RIR (2192) and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. Husband of Mary Brown of 3 Sandymount, Tullynacross, Lambeg, they had five children. He also had a brother who served in 11 RIR, a brother-in-law who had been killed earlier in the war and another who had been wounded.

BROWN, Lieutenant Edward. A member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and goalkeeper for the 1st. XI, he was employed before the war at Messrs. William Heney & Co., Brunswick Street, Belfast. He was a member of the South Antrim Volunteers, UVF and was signaling instructor at the Old Town Hall. Commissioned on the 16.11.14 and promoted to Lieutenant on the 1.4.16, he served for a time with 11 RIR although he did not embark with them for France in October 1915. Subsequently posted to 18 RIR, attached to 2 RIR, he was slightly wounded during the attack on the Messines Ridge on the 7.6.17, taking over command of his company after his captain was hit. KIA by a grenade near Ypres on the 7.8.17 aged 25 his bodied was carried back to the British lines where he was buried in the Huts Cemetery, Dickebusch, Belgium, plot 2, row B, grave 13. His headstone inscription reads, "Make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting". The eldest son of Robert and Mary Brown of Pond Park, Lisburn, Robert Brown was manager of Messrs. R. McBride & Co.’s works at Alfred Street, Belfast. The Huts Cemetery was near gun positions and nearly two thirds of the soldiers in it were gunners. Its name comes from the fact that there was a long line of huts along the road beside the cemetery which were used to accommodate field ambulances.

BROWN, Private George. Born in Randalstown, he lived in Crosshill, Co. Antrim. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Antrim and served in the RIR (19404). He may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915 as a riflemen with 11 RIR and subsequently transferred to 108 Company MGC(I) (17678). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he is buried in Connaught Cemetery, plot 2, row L, grave 8. There is no headstone inscription.

BROWN, Rifleman Henry. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (4917). Reported missing and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15 aged 22, his death is commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9. He was the son of John and Catherine Brown, (nee Britton), who lived at 22 Cottage Row, Lambeg, and may have been a brother of John Brown (11 RIR) below. On the 14 May 1915 a letter from “the lads of Lisburn now at the front” appeared in the Standard. In it they thanked “the girls of the Railway Hotel Lisburn” for comforts they had sent out. Henry Brown was one of the signatories. By the time the letter was published, he was already dead. So too were two others who had signed it, Robert Smith and Henry Topping (below). Smith served in 1 RIR and Topping in the ELR, both were killed the same day as Brown, the 9 May, none has a known grave and all are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium. The implication of this letter is that groups of men from the town who served in different battalions actually met, presumably when they were off duty.

BROWN, Rifleman James. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Connolly Row . He enlisted in the town and served in 11 RIR (4731), embarking for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. He DoW from gas in France on the 2.9.16 aged 20 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier) plot 2, row F, grave 196. There is no headstone inscription. His father, Samuel Brown, lived at 35 Sprucefield, Lisburn, Co. Down.

BROWN, Rifleman John. Born at Thornliebank, Renfrew, he lived in Lisburn, Co. Antrim. and before the war was employed at Hilden Dye Works. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (11/985), embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in France on the 28.6.16 aged 21, he is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, France, plot 1, row A, grave 5. He was the son of John and Catherine Brown of Thornliebank, Renfrewshire and the Low Road, Lisburn and possibly brother of Henry Brown (1 RIR) above.

BROWN, Corporal John. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (12561). DoW in Belgium on the 7.6.17, he is buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row J, grave 33. There is no headstone inscription.

BROWN, CSM Martin. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 17 RIR (1149). Dieing at home on the 22.3.16 aged 52, he is buried in Blaris Old Cemetery, Lisburn. His wife, Mrs. M. Brown lived at 94 Marlborough Park, Belfast.

BROWN, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served originally in 11 RIR with which he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 11/13 RIR (6861) when the 11th and 13th battalions were amalgamated in August 1917, he was KIA “by shrapnel through the heart” at Cambrai on the 2.12.17 and is buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France, plot 3, row C, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription.

BROWN, Rifleman, William James. Born in Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (284). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 18, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Mrs. Agnes J Thompson of Mosside Hill, Lambeg, Lisburn.

BRUCE, Rifleman Thomas Ernest MM. Born and living in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (16274). He DoW in Belgium on the 20.10.18 age 22 and may originally have been buried in Lendelede Cemetery, near Courtrai, Belgium, although is now interred in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, plot 3, row C, grave 1. He was the son of Charlotte Rebecca and Thomas Bruce Jr. of Woodview, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim. Charlotte died on the 17.6.16 age 53, Thomas Jr. died on the 22.3.60 age 94. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Lambeg Parish Church Cemetery.

BRUCE, Rifleman William. Born in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he lived in Cultra, Co. Down or Dunmurry. Enlisting at Lisburn, he embarked for France from Bordon with 11 RIR in October 1915. Reported wounded in late August/early September 1916, possibly while in action on the Somme on 1.7.16, he survived but subsequently DoW in Belgium on the 23.10.18 age 24 while serving in 12 RIR (17204). Buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, plot 2, row C, grave 3, he was the son of John and Frances Cosby Bruce and husband of Mary Jane Bruce of Edgebank, Deramore Park South, Belfast.

BRYANS, Rifleman James Henry. Born in Ballyknock, Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived in Banbridge, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (16273). KIA in France on the 10.5.16, he is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, row G, grave 10. There is no headstone inscription.

BRYSON, Lance Corporal Samuel. Born and living in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (6633), with which he embarked from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

BUCHANAN, Private Richard, M.M. Born in Drumbeg, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Newtownards and served originally in the RASC (T/32714). Subsequently transferred to 1/6 NSR 50545, he was KIA in France on the 2.5.18. Buried in Beuvry Communal Extension, Pas de Calais, France, plot 2, row C, grave 4, he was the husband of Cissie and father of Florence May Buchanan of Sandy Lane, Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

BUCKLEY, Corporal Joseph S. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted in 1912 at Armagh when he was 16 and served in 2 RIrF (11055). He had been at the front since the start of the war and was involved in the retreat from Mons during which he was wounded and for a time reported MIA. Wounded again on the knee by shrapnel at Armentieres, he was hospitalised for a short time before going home to Lisburn on leave for a few days at Christmas 1914. This time was spent with his mother and brothers. Slightly wounded for a third time by shrapnel to the head on March 18, he was hit again by shrapnel on the 10 May and only lived for about an hour after reaching a field hospital. He DoW in Belgium on the 10.5.15 aged 19 and his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. His family, in which he was the third son, lived on the Belsize Road, Lisburn and had a strong military tradition. His father the late Sergeant Major Richard Buckley had served for eighteen years with the Lancashire Fusiliers mostly in India. On retiring from the army he had become manager for Samuel F. McConnell, solicitor of Lisburn. He had died about 1905. His (Joseph’s) maternal grandfather, William John May was also a soldier. He had served through the Crimea War and Indian Mutiny and had died at Lisburn in about 1912.

BURKE, Sergeant Frederick George. Born in Tullynacross, Co. Down, he lived at Lambeg, Co. Antrim. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (14137), embarking with them for France from Bordon as a lance sergeant in October 1915. Listed as wounded and missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 23, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Burke, 2 Grafton Crescent, Hilden, Lisburn, Co. Antrim and brother of Percy Burke, below. A third brother Private Ivan Burke was wounded and in October 1918 was in Netley Hospital in England.

BURKE, Corporal Percy. Born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (5261). Having served in “France” since September 1914, he was KIA in Belgium on the 6.9.18 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Burke of 2 Grafton Crescent, Hilden, Lisburn, Co. Antrim and brother of Frederick George Burke, above. A third brother Private Ivan Burke was wounded and, in October 1918, was in Netley Hospital in England.

BURNS, Corporal Frank. Born in Lisburn, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (9402). He DoW received at Gallipoli on the 7.6.15 and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, row M, grave 123.

BURNS, Rifleman William. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (1248). KIA in Belgium on the 8.8.17 aged 26, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. He was the son of William Burns of "Willowbank", Knockbreda Road, Cregagh, Belfast.

BURTON, Private James. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he served in 6 RIrF (12489). Wounded at Gallipoli, he died at sea on the 9.8.15. His death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 177-8.

BURTON, Rifleman R. Served in the 18 London Irish Rifles (602353). Wounded in "France" in September 1917, he died of sickness on the 10.4.21 aged 21 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, new section, plot E, grave 238. The headstone inscription reads, “Thy will be done”. He was the son of Robert and Mary Burton of 91 Longstone Street, Lisburn.

BURTON, Private Robert. Born in Drumbo, Co. Down, he lived and enlisted at Belfast, served originally in R1R (686) and subsequently transferring to 10 KOSB (47098). KIA in France on the 12.10.18, he is buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, Nord, France plot 3, row G, grave 1.

BUSHE, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Glenavy, Co. Antrim, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Clandeboye, and served in D Company 11 RIR (4796). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 36, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. The son of the late Mrs. Ellen Ferris, his wife Emily Bushe lived at 20 Helen Street, Crumlin.

CAIRNS, Private Alex. Born in Lisburn on the 3.5.1892. A single man and barber by profession, he enlisted at Valcartier in Canada on the 22.9.1914 aged 22 years and 4 months having had no previous military experience. He was 5’ 6¾” tall, and had a 35” chest (fully expanded) with a 2½” expansion. He had a dark complexion with brown eyes and dark brown hair and had a scar under his right ear. He served in 4th battalion CEF, 1st. COR (10635) and DoW in hospital on the 30.4.15 aged 22 (three days before his 23rd. birthday) from wounds received near Ypres. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France, plot 8, row B, grave 16, he was the fourth son of James and Mrs. D Cairns of 2 Ava Street, Lisburn.

CAIRNS, Corporal Edward. Born in Derriaghy, he lived in Dunmurry. Having enlisted at Lisburn he served in 11 RIR (17391), and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he is buried in Mill Road, Cemetery, France, plot 14, row E, grave 8. There is no headstone inscription and there are no next of kin details but his service number would suggest a possible connection with Alexander Cairns, above, and Thomas James Cairns, below.

CAIRNS, Rifleman James. Enlisting at Lisburn he served in 11 RIR (18/312) or 12 RIR (312). Reported wounded in late September, early October 1916, he was KIA in France on the 21.9.17, and is buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France, plot 2, row C, grave 20.

CAIRNS, Lance Corporal Robert. Born in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he lived in Dunacloney Co. Down, enlisted at Banbridge and served in 13 RIR (113). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B.

CAIRNS, Sergeant Thomas James. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (17389). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B. There are no next of kin details but his service number would suggest a possible connection with Alexander and Edward Cairns, above.

CAIRNS, Rifleman William. Born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (2218). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B.

CALVERT, Rifleman Alexander. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 17 RIR (305). He died at home on the 30.5.15 and is buried in Belfast City Cemetery, plot F, grave 705.

CALWELL, Private C.J. Commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, there is no positive trace so far.

CAMPBELL, CSM James. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived at Portadown, enlisted in Belfast and served in 7 RIR (4842). KIA in Belgium on the 9.8.17, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40.

CAMPBELL, Lieutenant/Captain John. From Belfast, he served in the ELR and was KIA on the 1 or 2.7.16. His death is commemorated on Sloan Street, Presbyterian Church and possibly Hilden War Memorial, but there is no positive trace so far.

CAMPBELL, Lance corporal John. Born in Lisburn, he lived and enlisted at Ilford, Essex and served in 2 RBR (38220). Reported missing, believed dead and subsequently DoW in France on the 6.4.18, his death is commemorated on the Croix-Molignaux German Cemetery Memorial, Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette, France.

CAMPBELL, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in A Company 8 RIR (12229). KIA on the Somme on the 2.7.16 aged 50, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A/B. He was the son of William Campbell and husband of Martha Campbell.

CAMPBELL, Private William. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Mossend, Glasgow. He enlisted at Hamilton, Lanarkshire and served in 1 CH (17401) and died at home on the 1.10.17 aged 28. Buried in Bothwell (Bellshill) Cemetery, Lanarkshire, Scotland, row A, grave 617, he was the husband of Margaret Campbell of 28 Beechwood Gardens, Calder Road, Mossend.

CAREY, Rifleman, Sylvester. Born in Widnes, Lancashire, he had served in the Boer War. He lived and enlisted in St. Helens, Lancashire and served in 1 RB (6178). KIA in France on the 26.8.14 age 50, he is buried in Beauvois-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, on the east side. He was the son of John J. and Catherine Carey of St. Helens, Lancashire and husband of Jane Carey of Sandy Lane, Lambeg, Co. Antrim. In August 1914 the girls' school in Beauvois-en-Cambresis where he is buried was used by the Germans to accommodate British wounded.

CATHCART, Sergeant David. Born in Belfast, possibly at Ballysillan, he lived at 87 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn. A member of Lisburn Conservative Flute Band and Lisburn Mechanics LOL 557, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (17424), possibly embarking with them from Bordon Camp for France as a corporal in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16 aged 24, he had just returned to the front having been in Lisburn a few weeks previously with a recruiting party. His death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. The son of James Cathcart of 87 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, a spinning master at the Island Mill, Lisburn, he was the six member of the Conservative flute Band to be killed in the war.

CATHCART, Rifleman Robert. Born and living in Lisburn Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (259). KIA in France on the 23.11.17 aged 18, his death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery, France. He was the son of Thomas Cathcart of 3 Longstone Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

CATHCART, Lance corporal Thomas Jnr. Born at Blaris and resident in Lisburn, before the war he worked for William Barbour and Sons and was a member of the UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (2558), embarking as a rifleman for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and Face 15A/B. His father and brother were also in 11 RIR and he had two uncles “serving in the colours.” Nephew of Miss A. Nelson of 62 Chapel Hill, Lisburn.

CHAMBERS, Rifleman James. Born and living in Lisburn where he enlisted, he served in 11 RIR (17428) and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Listed as missing on the 16 July and eventually KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and Face 15A/B. He was the only surviving son of Samuel Chambers of Market Street Lisburn. He, Samuel Chambers, having received no word from his son, had written to Captain Deverell the adjutant of 11 RIR asking for any news. The reply he received on the 19 July stated that there was a possibility that his son may have been taken prisoner but cautioning against holding out too much hope.

CHAMBERS, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Banbridge, Co. Down, he lived on the Stewartstown Road, Dunmurry. Enlisting at Belfast he served in 11 RIR (609) and DoW in France on the 23.12.16 age 26. The son of Joseph and Mary Chambers of Stewartstown Road, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier) plot 3, row A, grave 157.

CHAMBERS, Private William C or G. Born in Salford, Manchester, he lived at Drumlough? Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RInF (13411). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 4, face D, or pier 5 face B

CHAPMAN, Rifleman Edward. Born in Aghalee or Megaberry, Moira, he enlisted at Lisburn, Co. Antrim and served in C Company 12 RIR (6459). He died on the Somme on the 17.5.18 age 19 and is buried in Roye New British Cemetery, Somme, France, plot 2, row B grave 17. His parents Joseph and Susan Chapman lived at 722 Mulvey Avenue, Fort Rouge, Winnipeg, Canada.

CHAPMAN, Private George. Born in Belfast on the 12.6.1887, he lived in Canada and enlisted in the Canadian army at Windsor, Ontario on the 12.6.17, his thirtieth birthday. A single man, he was a labourer by trade and had no previous military experience. He was 5’8” tall, had a fair complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair. His chest measured 40” fully expanded with a 4” range of expansion. He served in 1 CI, WOR (2448412) and was KIA in France on the 30.8.18 age 31. He is buried in Sun Quarry Cemetery, Cherisy, France, row E, grave 5 and was the son of Mrs. Prudence Chapman of Corcreeny, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

CHAPMAN  Rifleman Nicholas. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he lived in Dromara, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (10170). Taken prisoner but subsequently released into Swiss custody, he died in Switzerland on the 10.5.18 and is buried in grave 13 in St. Martin's Cemetery, Vevey which is on the northern shore of Lake Leman (also known as Lake Constance), close to the eastern end. In 1916 agreements were made between the Swiss Government and the French, British and German Governments under which a number of wounded PoWs were interned in Switzerland. The first British prisoners arrived there at the end of May 1916 and the average number under treatment during the remainder of the war was 2,000. Of these, 61 died before repatriation.

CHAPMAN, Rifleman William J. Born in Broomhedge, Co. Antrim, he lived in Moira or Lisburn, enlisting in Lisburn and serving in 11 RIR (2234). He embarked with his battalion for France from Bordon in October 1915 and may have been wounded in June or early July 1916 and again in September 1916. He DoW in France on the 3.6.17 aged 26, and is buried in plot 3, row B, grave 217 in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (very close to the Franco-Belgian border). The headstone inscription reads, “Thy will be done. Ever remembered by his wife and child. M. Chapman, Lisburn”. He was the husband of Martha Chapman of 8 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn whom he had married after joining up. His brother James Chapman who lived with their mother in Longstone Street and Cousin Joseph Chapman from Smithfield, also served. Both were wounded in June or early July 1916.

CHERRY, Sergeant James Alexander (Jim). Born in Lisburn, he was employed as a chemist’s assistant in Enniskillen where he had been for a number of years, although he also had a Lisburn address. He enlisted in Enniskillen shortly after the outbreak of the war and served in 11 RInF (14039). He embarked for France in October 1915 and while still a corporal, was seriously wounded on the Somme, on the 1st. July 1916. KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 25, according to a report of his death received by his parents from Captain Alexander Spence, the Church of Ireland chaplain, “ he was struck by shrapnel and killed instantaneously while gallantly advancing in the face of intense shell and machinegun fire.” His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 70-72. He was the son of James Cherry of Bow Street, Lisburn and of Agnes Cherry of Violet Vale, Dublin Road, Lisburn and possibly brother of Joseph Cherry, below.

CHERRY, Private Joseph. Born in Humbertstown, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served originally in RDF (23525), subsequently transferring to 7 RIrR (26258). KIA in Belgium on the 14.10.18 age 19, he is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 17, row H, grave 10. He was the son of Mrs. Agnes Cherry of 1 Antrim Place, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and possibly brother of Sgt. James Alexander Cherry, above.

CLARKE, Private Adam. Born in Dunmurry, he lived in Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RInF (28081). He DoW on the Somme on the 28.6.16 age 35 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Somme, France, plot 2, row A, grave 15 next to David Boyd, above. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of William and Annie Clarke of Dunmurry.

CLARKE, Rifleman Alfred James. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn he served in 11 RIR (17436), embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 11/13 RIR and attached to 22 entrenching battalion, he was KIA on the Somme on the 29.3.18 aged 27. His death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-76. He was the son of James and Marianne Clarke of Belsize Road, Lisburn.

CLARKE Private Robert Jefferson. Born in Ireland on the 25.4.1883, he enlisted at Winnipeg on the 8.9.15 age 32 years 4 months. A clerk by profession, he had no previous military experience. His medical report states that he was 5’9” tall had a fair complexion, blue eyes and red hair. His chest measurement was 34” fully expanded with an extension of 4”. It also mentions that he had a hernia and would be accepted into the army after an operation. Posted to 61 CI (623181) he was serving with 27 CI, MR (623181) when he was KIA on the 15.9.16 age 33. His death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. He was the husband of Elizabeth Clarke and son of Joseph and Elizabeth Clarke, all of Magheralave Road, Lisburn. He was also brother of Corporal William. J. Clarke, Sergeant Joseph Clarke MM. and Quartermaster George Clarke. William Clarke who was in the Liverpool Scottish, was reported missing in 1917 but subsequently, on the 25.1.18, reported wounded with a bullet through the thigh, and a PoW in Germany. The news was received by his wife who lived in Liverpool. Joseph Clarke, who was convalescing in the Co. Antrim Infirmary at the time of his brother’s death was wounded again in August 1917, being shot through the mouth, losing a number of teeth. Quartermaster George Clarke served 11 RIR having embarked from Bordon Camp with them in October 1915. A sister, Mabel Clarke, worked in Hilden Hospital as a VAD.

CLARKE, Sergeant J. William. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he lived in Crumlin Co. Antrim. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Antrim, possibly in 11 RIR, and served in D Company 12 RIR (19414). He DoW in Belgium on the 12.4.18 age 40 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium plot 26, row H, grave 2A. The son of Thomas and Sarah Clarke of Crumlin, his wife Catherine Graham subsequently re-married and lived at 19 Malt Street, Grosvenor Road, Belfast.

CLAY, Rifleman John (Jack). Born and living in Lambeg, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (6634), embarking for France from Bordon in October 1915. He DoW on the Somme on the 28.3.16 aged 18, and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 1, row A, grave 6. There is no inscription on the existing headstone but one on the original wooden cross erected by his comrades read, “Soldier rest, thy warfare o'er, sleep the sleep that knows no breaking, dream of fighting fields no more, day of toil and night of waiting.” He was the son of Mrs. Clay and the late Thomas Clay of the Post Office, Lambeg, Lisburn, and brother of Thomas Clay, below.

CLAY, QMS Thomas. Born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lambeg or Lisburn. A member of the Tyrone UVF, he enlisted at Omagh and served in the TMB in 9 RInF (11237). KIA in Belgium on the 29.9.18 aged 27, he is buried in Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium, plot 3, row D, grave 1. The headstone inscription reads, “Until the day breaketh and the shadows flee away”. He was the son of Mary Clay of the Post Office, Lambeg, Lisburn, and the late Thomas Clay, and brother of John Clay, above. Captain C. W. Milne, writing to Mrs. Clay told her that “death was instantaneous” and that her son had not suffered any pain. He went on, “Your son has been a very good soldier and a great favourite with everybody, and all his chums wish me to convey to you an expression of their sincere sympathy. It will be of some comfort to you that he made the supreme sacrifice in the service of his country”.

CLELAND, Rifleman George. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, Co. Antrim before the war he was employed in Robert Stewart and Sons mill. An Orangeman and member of the Lisburn battalion of the UVF, he also played football for Roseville F.C. Serving in A Company 11 RIR (17365), he embarked for France from Bordon Camp with 11 RIR in October 1915. and was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 34. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the husband of Letitia Cleland of 43 Church Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim and they had three young children. His brother was William Cleland, manager of the firm of Henry Major, wholesale spirit merchants of Market Square, Lisburn.

CLELAND, Private Richard. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (740). KIA in Belgium on the 1.11.14 age 37, he is buried in Oxford Road Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 2, row F, grave 3. He was the son of Richard Cleland of Belfast and husband of Eliza Cleland of 115 Riga Street, Belfast.

CLEMENTS, Second Lieutenant William Hunter. Educated at the Lisburn Intermediate School, he was employed in the Ulster Bank when the war broke out. He enlisted in the RDF and took part in the landing at Sulva Bay and the fighting at Chocolate Hill in Gallipoli. He was subsequently posted to Salonica before being recommended for a commission and sent home for training. Commissioned into the 11 RInF he was KIA on the 16.8.17 age 24. Buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 25, row F, grave 16. He was the son of Andrew Clements, LL.D., and Margaret B. Clements of 28 Knutsford Drive, Cliftonville, Belfast and formerly of Annahilt, Lisburn, and nephew of James Hunter C.E. of Antrim Road, Lisburn.

CLENDINNING, Corporal Robert Alexander. Served in 3 RIR 18890. He died on the 11.11.20 age 45 and is buried in Dundrod Presbyterian Graveyard, grave 231. He was the husband of Agnes Clendinning, Riverside, Glenavy, Lisburn who died on the 7.2.71 aged 99. His son David Clendinning was killed during WW2 on the 5.7.40 aged 30 while serving on HMS Whirlpool.

CLIBBORN, Lieutenant John Barclay. Born in Bentham, Yorkshire on 24.1.1887, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn. A broker by occupation he enlisted in the Canadian army at Medicine Hat, Alberta on the 25.5.15 age 28 years and 2 months. He was 5’7” tall with a ruddy complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. His chest was 37” fully expanded with a 3” expansion. Before joining up he had been attached to the L[ight] Strathcona Horse for a course of instruction and held a commission in the 19th. Alberta Dragoons, he subsequently served in the 3rd Battalion, 1 OR CMR. He DoW at a dressing station run by the 3rd. Canadian Field Ambulance at Romarin, Belgium on the 27.11.15 aged 28 and is buried in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Romarin, Neuve-Eglise, Belgium, row A, grave 6. The headstone inscription reads, “St. John 15-13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. He was the husband of Catherine L. Clibborn of 11407 100th. Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, son of Alfred E. and Mrs. Clibborn of Crawford Bay, British Columbia, formerly of Ury, Clara, Kings County. and nephew of Miss Clibborn of 14 Carlisle Avenue, Donnybrook.

CLOSE, Private William. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn. A member of the UVF before the war, he enlisted at Finner Camp, Co. Donegal and served in 9 RInF (14506). KIA on the Somme on the 8.5.16 he is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, row D, grave 41. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Jemima Close of Ballymacash, Lisburn.

COATES, Lance corporal William. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9176). KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

COBURN, Rifleman James. Born in Lisburn, he lived at 3 Wilson Street on the Low Road in the town. He enlisted there and served in A Company 11 RIR with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Possibly wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 and in September 1916, he transferred to 12 RIR (2167). He was subsequently taken prisoner and died from pneumonia a PoW at War Hospital 10, Namur on the 14.10.18 aged 18. He is buried in Belgrade Cemetery, Namur, Belgium, plot 4, row C, grave 11. He was the son of David and Emma Coburn of 3 Wilson Street, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

COBURN, Rifleman Robert. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Ballykinlar, Co. Down and served in 2 RIR (3904). KIA in Belgium on the 19.1.16, he is buried in Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row G, grave 2. There is no headstone inscription.

COCHRANE, Rifleman George. Born and living in Ballyaughlis, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 11 RIR, embarking with them from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (2561) when 11 RIR were disbanded, he was reported missing and subsequently, in August/September 1918, KIA in France on the 22.11.17. His death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France Panel 10. He was the eldest son of Agnes Cochrane of Ballyaughlis, Lisburn. His step father was also on active service.

COLLINS, Private David McC. Born in Belfast, he enlisted at Perth and served in 6 BW (Perthshire Territorial Battalion) (265756). KIA in France on the 17.5.17 age 20, he is buried just north east of Arras in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, Pas de Calais, France, plot 2, row F, grave 35. He was the son of Mr. R. and Mrs. J.A. Collins of “Maryburn”, Andersontown, Belfast.

CONNOR, Rifleman George Parkinson. Born in Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (17/837). KIA in France on the 8.1.16 aged 23, he is buried at Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, France, plot 2, row A, grave 29. The headstone inscription gives his parents details. “Son of Joseph and Eleanor Connor of Brookfield, Moira, Co. Down, N. Ireland.”

COOKE, Private Frederick St. George. Born in Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim, he lived at Bachelor’s Walk in Lisburn. He enlisted at Belfast and served in the Dragoons of the Line, NIH (2182) before transferring to 9 RIrF (41694). KIA in Belgium on the 19.4.18, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panel 140-1. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. Francis Cooke of Gortmore House, Corrigallen, Co. Leitrim and husband of Jeannie C Cooke Cooke of 18 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn and subsequently of "Norton", 6 Hawthorden Road, Knock, Belfast.

COPE, Rifleman George. Born at Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lurgan and served in 16 RIR (438). KIA in Belgium on the 31.1.17 aged 19, he is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 5, row F, grave 7. The headstone inscription reads, “Oh for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still”. He was the son of James and Mary Elizabeth Cope of 60 Skipton Street, Belfast.

CORDNER, Rifleman George. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 11 RIR (17478) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Wounded in September 1916, he was accidentally killed at home on the 16.2.17 aged 37. He is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, Old Section, row C, grave 220. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of George and Annie Cordner of Lisburn.

CORDNER, Lieutenant James. M.C. He lived at Drumbo Manse and had spent some time in Canada before returning to Ireland to study for the ministry. Although he became a minister in the United Free Church, Lisburn, he “volunteered for combat service” and was presented with a sword of honour by the congregation in June 1915. He did recruiting work while attached to 17 RIR (a reserve battalion), and at a service in Whitehead on the 23 July 1916, expressed the opinion that, “Ulster had done well but it could do better. There were still young men at home to whom the war had not yet appealed. They were still more concerned about the cut of their coats or colour of their ties, and they seemed to care little that the thunder of the guns was comparatively near their doors.” He went to the front in 1917, was wounded in the summer and awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. KIA in Belgium on the 16.4.18 apparently while still in 17 RIR, he is buried in Minty Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 2, row C, grave 2. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Joseph Cordner of Bannside, Portadown. there is an address to him in Drumbo Presbyterian Church where he was the minister. He and his wife are buried in the church graveyard, their headstone recording that he was minister of Drumbo from 1911-26 [and] thereafter in Canada and Clifton Street, Belfast. He died on the 27.5.39 and his wife on the 31.1.77 aged 100. The Rev. Cordner had been one of the ministers who officiated at the marriage of Campbell McCormack (below) in September 1917.

CORDNER, Rifleman Samuel. Served in 11 RIR and may have embarked with them from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. He is commemorated on Christ Church War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

CORKEN, Private Philip George. Served in Reserve Vehicle Park (N), Mechanical Transport Corps, RASC, (M2/080587). He died in hospital in Calais on the 3.3.19 aged 19 and is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, France, plot 8, row G, grave 15. (According to Martin Middlebrooke, (Guide to the Somme, p.'s 29-30) many German prisoners died from influenza here in 1919). He was the eldest son of Philip and Ella Corken of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, formerly of “The Square”, Lisburn.

CORKEN, Corporal Robert John. Born in Lisburn he lived at 73 Antrim Road in the town. A book-keeper employed with Msrs. Abraham Neil, Castalia Mills, Belfast, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in the RIR (17479), embarking for France from Bordon Camp with 11 RIR in October 1915. Transferred to 108 Company MGC (17674), he was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and face 5C or 12C. He was the son of James and Jane Corken of Antrim Road, Lisburn and a great-uncle of a Miss McCleland of 56 Antrim Road, Lisburn.

CORKIN, Lance Sergeant Henry. Born in Lisburn, he was “a musician of rare promise” who played the soprano cornet in the Lisburn Temperance Silver Band. A carpenter by trade he also belonged to the UVF. He had completed his apprenticeship with James Shortt just before he joined up, enlisting at Lisburn and serving in 11 RIR (17480) along with his two brothers Rifleman John and Lance Corporal William (Willie) Corkin, the latter being in the same platoon. They all embarked for France from Bordon Camp with their battalion in October 1915. He was drowned while bathing, probably in the River Ancre a tributary of the Somme, on the 17.5.16 aged 23. According to Captain E.F. Smyth who wrote to his parents, he had been in command of a guard detail on a bridge and had gone in for a swim after dinner along with Riflemen J. Hillis and W. Wright, neither of whom could swim. “He told them he was going out to see how deep the pool was and then swam out about 15 yards. It would seem as if he got caught up in the weeds, and Wright tried to get him out but failed while Hillis ran for help. He had some distance to come; we ran down and Rifleman A. Larmour and Corporal Dunlop went in and swam around. Larmour found him in about ten feet of water and they brought him in. Everything possible was done by the medical officer, but he had been under too long”. He was buried with many of his friends in attendance in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, row C, grave 12. He was the son of Elizabeth and Henry Corkin of 83 Gregg Street, Lisburn and brother of Rifleman John Corkin (below). The headstone inscription reads, “Ever remembered by Father and Mother” - the same inscription used for his brother John. Of those involved at the time of Henry Corkin’s death only one, Wright, seems to have survived the war. All the others, Edmund Smyth, John Hillis, Alex Larmour and Quinton Dunlop appear elsewhere on this casualty list. Of his two brothers, John was to die the following February shortly after being discharged, William was wounded on the 1.7.16 and was fortunate to survive. See below.

CORKIN, Rifleman John. Served in A Company 11 RIR (17481) along with his brothers Henry and William. They all embarked with 11 RIR from Bordon for France in October 1915. Wounded along with his brother William on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he was invalided home, probably in late 1916 and subsequently discharged from the army. He died at his parents’ house in Gregg Street on the 6.2.17 aged 22 and was buried with military honours in Lisburn Cemetery on the 8.2.17. His grave is in the old section, row B, number 473. The headstone inscription reads, “Ever remembered by Father and Mother” - the same inscription used for his brother Henry. He was the third son of Henry and Elizabeth Corkin of 83 Gregg Street, Lisburn and brother of Henry Corkin, above. A year after his death, his passing was remembered in the Lisburn Standard by his parents, sister and brothers one of whom, presumably William, was on active service and had been wounded on the 1.7.16. William himself had been fortunate to survive. On the opening day of the Somme he had been shot through the chest. Taken back to an overcrowded CCS, like countless others he was left outside on a stretcher awaiting treatment. He was found there by Charlie M’Cahey another Lisburn man who was a Driver with the 36 Division RASC. M’Cahey had volunteered to go down and help at the CCS after going off duty. Seeing that Corkin was bleeding heavily, he carried him to the operating table where he was treated and shipped back to the military hospital in Hampstead. On hearing the news, Henry Corkin senior, William’s father wrote to the Standard so that, “the people of Lisburn know that Mr. M’Cahey’s action saved my boy Willie’s life”.

CORRIGAN, Rifleman Edward. Born at Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (5754). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 32, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Corrigan of 6 Grove Street, Low Road, Lisburn and husband of Mrs. Catherine Corrigan of 8 Grand Street, Low Road, Lisburn.

CORRY, Rifleman John. Born in Hollywood, he had served in the 2nd. battalion RIR for 9 years and saw active service in the Boer War. Enlisting, possible in 11 RIR, at Lisburn he may have embarked for France from Bordon with that battalion in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 12.4.18 aged 45 while serving with 12 RIR (17372), his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of Henry Corry and husband of Jane Corry of 151 Dunluce Avenue, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

COSTELLO, Rifleman Robert, MM. Born in Lambeg, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (5717). He DoW at home on the 14.1.18 and is buried in Trinity Terrace Graveyard, Lisburn.

COSTLEY, Private Edmund. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lurgan, Co. Armagh and served in 2 IG (8594). KIA in Belgium on the 9.4.16 age 19, he is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 1, row H, grave 36. He was the son of Joseph Henry Costley of Drumcro, Maralin, Lurgan.

COWAN, Lance corporal Albert William. Born and living in Lisburn, before the war he was an apprentice caulker at Queen’s Island. He enlisted at Lisburn, possibly with 11 RIR and may have embarked with them for France, from Bordon, in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (17484) he was KIA in Belgium on the 15.4.18. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of Joseph Cowan of Wallace Avenue, Lisburn.

COWAN, Private Andrew (Andy) Forsyth Crawford. Born in Belfast on the 29.4.1885 he had an address in Drumbeg and at Dupont Street, Toronto in Canada. A married man (husband of Minnie Cowan) and a motorman by trade, he was 5” 6½” tall, had a 38” chest with 2” expansion, blue eyes and brown hair. According to his attestation papers he had, “small scars on [his] right arm and chin from poisoning”. He enlisted at Toronto on the 5.6.16 aged 31 and served in 116 CI (249711). KIA in France on the 8.8.18 age 33, he was in the same battalion and died on the same day as William George Atkinson. He is buried in Horges Orchard Cemetery, Domart-sur-la-Luce, Somme, France, row A, grave 57 and was the husband of Minnie Cowan of Dupont Street and subsequently 278 Soudan Avenue, Toronto.

COWAN, Rifleman/Bugler Archibald (Archie). Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (3038) with whom he embarked from Bordon for France in October 1915. He DoW in France on the 1.9.16 age 20 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier), plot 2, row F, grave 194. This cemetery is very close to the Belgian border. The headstone inscription reads, “Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on his gentle breast”. He was the son of Mr. Cowan of Sloan Street, Lisburn.

COWAN, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Blaris, he lived in Lisburn where he enlisted in A Company 11 RIR (7242) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Reported missing on the Somme on the 16.7.16 and subsequently as wounded, he recovered in Mill Road Infirmary Hospital, Liverpool. KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Cowan of 9 McKeown Street, Lisburn.

CRAINEY, Rifleman William John. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (9087). KIA in Belgium on the 11.11.14, the same date as Samuel Ferris, below, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium.

CRANGLE, Rifleman Albert Victor. Born in Shankill, Belfast, he lived at Aghnathrisk, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Enlisting at Lisburn in C Company 13 RIR (17492) he was KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16 aged 21. He and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. All Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries for these men give grave 1, presumably it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson. He was the son of James and Rhoda Crangle of Priesthill, Hillsborough, Co. Down, and brother of Herbert Crangle, below.

CRANGLE, Lance corporal Herbert S. Born in Blaris, Co. Down, he lived at Aghnathrisk, Hillsborough, Co. Down and enlisted at Belfast in 1/4 SeH (201085). KIA in Belgium on the 1.8.17 aged 20, he is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, St. Jean-les-Ypres, Belgium, plot 12, row F, grave 18. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of James and Rhoda Crangle of Priesthill, Hillsborough, Co. Down and brother of Albert Victor Crangle, above

CRAWLEY, Gunner Richard. Born at Hillsborough and living in Sandy Row, Belfast, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 120 Siege Battery RGA (5839). KIA on the Somme on the 7.8.16 aged 31 his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 8A. He was the husband of Margaret Crawley of 98 Blythe Street, Belfast.

CRAWLEY, Rifleman Richard. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived in Larne, Co. Antrim, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (17379). KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16, he is buried in Martinsart British Cemetery, France, plot 1, row A, grave 1. He and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. The headstone inscription reads, “His duty nobly done”. All Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries for these men give grave 1, presumably it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson. He was the husband of Edith Crawley of 74 Lennonville, Glenarm Road, Larne, Co. Antrim.

CRILLY, Rifleman Daniel. Born in Shankill, Belfast, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (17/294). KIA in France on the 8.12.15 aged 37, he is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France, plot 2, row E, grave 4. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Martha Crilly of 60 King Street, Belfast.

CROFT, Corporal Robert (Bertie). Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Dublin and served in the ACC (2848), before transferring to the 5 Battalion Tank Corps, MGC(T) (78300). KIA in France on the 8.8.18 aged 24, he is buried in Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row B, grave 4. He was the son of James and Susan Croft of "The Cottages", Clandeboye, Belfast.

CROSSAN, Rifleman John. Born in Shankill Belfast, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (14221). Reported wounded and missing in late August/early September 1916 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 2.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

CROSSEY, Lance Corporal Henry. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9061). He and his brother Private Robert Crossey who also served in 1 RIR returned from India with their battalion at the start of the war. On the 4.6.15 the Standard reported that he had been listed as killed “some months ago, but last weeks casualty lists posted him as wounded and in hospital.” KIA in France on the 10.3.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panel 42 or 43. According to the Standard Robert was also invalided home “some time ago” and was recovering from his wounds. Another brother Private Joseph Crossey, had at that time (June 1915) enlisted in the Royal Scots and was in training at Edinburgh. They were the sons of Mrs. Crossey of Gregg Street, Lisburn.

CROSSEY, Rifleman Oliver. Born in Belfast, he lived at Culcavey, Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (16353). He DoW in France on the 30.6.16 aged 20 and is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, France, plot 1, row A, grave 11. He was the son of William and Susan Crossey of Thompson Row, Culcavey, Hillsborough.

CROSSIN, Stoker 1st Class, Edward. Served in the Royal Navy (K/6960) on HMS Hawke and was KIA on the 15.10.14 age 24 when his ship was sunk by a submarine in the North Sea. He was the son of James and Annie Crossin of Lisburn. His death is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, panel 4. The Hawke, an old cruiser, was torpedoed with the loss of all but 21 of her crew. Stoker William John Gillespie (below) was killed in the same action. The sinking of the Hawke, and a month earlier the Cressy (on which Joshua Singleton died), the Hogue and Aboukir by the German submarine U9, convinced both sides that the submarine was a potent weapon.

CROSSY W. Commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial under "Rank Unascertained". There is no positive trace so far.

CROTHERS, Rifleman William. Lived at Aghandunvarran, Hillsborough, Co. Down. He enlisted at Hillsborough, and served in 2 RIR (993). He died in France on the 26.6.18 and is buried in Cronenbourg French National Cemetery, Strasbourg, France, plot AB, grave 7.

CROTHERS, Sergeant William J. Served in the RE (59811) and died at home on the 14.7.19 aged 44. He is buried in Annahilt Presbyterian Churchyard, Co. Down, grave 264 with his parents William J. and Mary Carruthers. The headstone inscription reads, “And in remembrance of his parents William J. and Mary Carruthers. Interred here”.

CROWE, Sergeant Thomas. Born in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (I274). KIA on the Somme on the 24.3.18 age 26, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, panels 74 to 76. He was the son of Mrs. E. Crowe of 9 Courtrai Street, Belfast

CROZIER, Rifleman George. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (1195). KIA in France on the 2.7.16 he is buried in Cayeux Military Cemetery, France, plot 3, row A, grave 24.

CROZIER, Sergeant Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Portadown, enlisted at Omagh and served in 9 RInF (11062). KIA in France on the 1.7.16 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. pier and face 15A/B. He was the son of James Crozier of Strathearne, Dunmurry, Belfast.

CULBERT, Sergeant James. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RIR (11525). KIA in Salonica on the 15.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

CUMMING, CSM William Herbert. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Bangor and served in 13 RIR (17518). KIA in France on the 1.7.16 aged 31, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. pier and face 15A/B. He was the son of Mrs. M.A. Cumming of 16/18 High Street, Bangor and the late A.R. Cumming.

CUNNINGHAM, Sapper George. Born in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire and served in 2nd. Field Company RE (2424). KIA in Gallipoli on the 6.8.15 aged 19, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 23-25. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham of Farmeloan Road, Rotherglen, Glasgow.

CUNNINGHAM, Rifleman John Hamilton. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he lived at Dromore, Co. Down, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 8/9 RIR (732). He DoW on the Somme on the 26.6.16 aged 32 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery, Extension, France, plot 1, row E, grave 3. He was the son of the late James and Sarah Cunningham of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.

CUNNINGHAM, Guardsman William. Born in Donegal, Co. Donegal, he had an address at Terrawee, Co. Londonderry and Lisburn where he was a member of the RIC stationed at Smithfield. He enlisted at Dublin and served in 1 IG 6280. Wounded once before his death he was KIA on the Somme on the 12.9.16 aged 24. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 7D. He was the son of Mitchell and Maggie Cunningham of Terrawee, Glencely, Co. Donegal.

CURRIE, Gunner James Malcolmson. Born in Belfast on the 12.4.1893, he lived at 92 Longford Avenue, Toronto. A single man and a clerk by profession he was 5’ 6½” tall with a 35” chest and 3” range of expansion. Having a fresh complexion with fair hair and blue eyes, he also had a brownish birthmark and mole on the back of his neck, a scar on his left leg and two moles on both his left and right sides. He enlisted, with no previous military experience at Toronto on the 29.1.16 age 22 years and 9 months and served in 5 Brigade CFA (316877). He DoW in France on the 2.11.17 age 28 and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, section P, plot 3, row S, grave 10B. He was the son of William John and Sarah Currie of 48 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn, Co. Down.

CURRY, Rifleman John. He is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

CURRY, Rifleman William. Born in Lisburn, he lived at 11 Antrim Street, in the town, enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (2525) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Listed as wounded and missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of the late James Curry, and of Letitia Curry of 29 Antrim Street, Lisburn. His brothers were also on active service.

DALEY, Ordinary Seaman Herbert. Served in the Royal Navy on HMS Panther (SS/4231). KIA in an engagement with a submarine off the Firth of Forth on the 5.9.14 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, panel 3. He was the son of George and Sarah Ann Daley of 16 Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry.

DALTON, Fireman Alexander. Served in the MMR (865447) on HMS Eaglet. He died on the 2.3.19 age 25 and is buried in Blaris Old Cemetery, grave 561. He was the son of William Dalton of 128 Bristol Street, Belfast.

DALTON, Private David. Born in Lurganure, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (18941) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 143 Company MGC(I) (17680), he DoW in Belgium on the 31.8.17 aged 25 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 18, row F, grave 3. The headstone inscription reads, “His richest gift he laid on the alter of life”. He was the son of Robert and Maria J. Dalton of Lurganure, Maze, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

DAVIS  Private Charles. Born in Ballynahinch, he lived at Magheraknock, Co. Down (north west of Ballynahinch and east of Annahilt). Enlisting in 10/11 HLI (19390) probably with his brother James, at Hamilton, Lanarkshire he subsequently transferred to MGC(I) (18573). He DoW on the Somme on the 15.07.16 aged 22 and his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 5C and 12C. He was the son of James and Ellen Davis of Magheraknock, Ballynahinch, Co. Down and brother of James Davis, below.

DAVIS  Lance Corporal James M.M. Born in Ballynahinch, he lived at Magheraknock, Co. Down (north west of Ballynahinch and east of Annahilt). Enlisting in 10/11 HLI 19391 probably with his brother Charles, at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, he DoW in France on the 25.4.17 aged 31 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, plot 19, row H, grave 4. He was the son of James and Ellen Davis of Magheraknock, Ballynahinch, Co. Down and brother of Charles Davis, above.

DAVIS  Private James. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (10554). KIA in Belgium on the 20.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 5.

DAVIS, Rifleman Maxwell. Born in and enlisted at Belfast, he served in 14 RIR 20291 dyeing at “home” on the 30.6.18 age 24. He is buried in Drumbo Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 133. The headstone inscription reads, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord”.

DAVIDSON, Private Thomas. Born in Dromore, Co. Down, he lived at Aghandunvarren, Hillsborough, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 16 MR 24882. KIA in Belgium on the 28.12.17, he is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium, plot 8, row C, grave 12. There is no headstone inscription.

DAVISON, Rifleman James Hall. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he lived at Yew Tree, Meghaberry, enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR 16426 with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 19, he is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France, plot 3, row A, grave 1. There is no headstone inscription. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Moira Presbyterian churchyard. His father, James Davison, died in Sydney, Australia on the 12.4.41 as did his brother William John (Bill) on the 10.12.46 aged 40. He would have been 10 at the time of Hall’s death.

DEDDIS, Lance corporal Thomas. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down and living at Belfast, he enlisted at Downpatrick, and served in 6 RIR (5066). He DoW in Salonica on the 5.6.17 and is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece, plot 8, row B, grave 2.

DEMPSTER, Sapper Hugh. Born in Ballymacarrett, Co. Down, he lived at Corcreeny, Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 121 Field Company, RE (64563). He died at “home” on the 5.6.16 and is buried in Maghull (St. Andrew’s) churchyard, Lancashire, grave 504. There are no next of kin details put he may have been a brother of William Dempster below. Note the consecutive numbers.

DEMPSTER, Sapper William J. Born in Ballymacarrett, Co. Down, he lived at Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 150 Field Company, RE (64562). KIA in France on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 8A and 8D. There are no next of kin details put he may have been a brother of William Dempster below. Note the consecutive numbers.

DENNISON, Rifleman Robert. Born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (5365). KIA in Belgium on the 14.10.18 aged 38, he is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium, plot 58, row F, grave 22. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Sarah Dennison of 71 Bridge Street, Lisburn.

DICK, Lance corporal Samuel. A resident of Drumbeg, he was an employee of Messrs. John Shaw Brown & Sons of Edenderry and a member of Drumbeg UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR, Lewis gun section, embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (2559), he DoW at a casualty clearing station in Belgium on the 13.10.18 aged 21 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 30, row B, grave 26. The headstone inscription reads, “Faithful unto death”. He was the son of Samuel and Margaret Dick of Drumbeg, Dunmurry, Co. Down. His death was also commemorated on the family headstone in Drumbo Presbyterian graveyard by his brother William Dick. Samuel Dick senior died on the 29.3.62 aged 91 and Margaret on the 9.5.35 aged 58.

DICKEY, Private Robert. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Bradbury’s Buildings in the town where he enlisted, serving in 12 RS (26452). KIA on the Somme on the 15.7.16 aged 26, he is buried in Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, France, plot 2, row L, grave 9. The headstone inscription reads, “RIP”. He was the husband of Sarah Ann Dickey and the son of John and Elizabeth Dickey of 23 Market Street, Lisburn. A poem commemorating his death, probably written by his parents, was published in the Standard on the 8.9.16.

DICKSON, Rifleman Samuel. Born and living in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Clandeboye and served in D Company 11 RIR (6456), embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Listed as wounded and missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Amelia Dickson of Lower Ballinderry, Co. Antrim.

DICKSON  Private Samuel. Born in Lisburn on the 22.8.1893 he had lived at Gregg Street in the town. A labourer by trade, he had 1 years military experience in the “R.G. Toronto”. 5’ 7½” in height, he had a 35” chest with 3” expansion, a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair. Certified fit for overseas service on the 29.8.14, he enlisted at Valcartier, Canada on the 22.9.14 in the 7th. battalion, subsequently 3 CI COR (10115). He died on the 2.5.15 age 21 and his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, panels 18–30. He was the son of Robert J. and Mary A. Dickson of 135 Gregg Street, Lisburn.

DICKSON, Driver Thomas. Born in Belfast on the 26.4.1882 and a farmer by profession he was 5’ 7½”tall and had a 37” chest with 3½” expansion. He was married, had served in the Boer War and had 7 years military experience, 2 years and 9 months with the RHA and 4 years and 3 months with the RFA. He enlisted at Portage La Graine (or Fraine), in Canada on the 12.5.15 aged 33 and was posted to 18th Battery, 5th Brigade, CFA (86791). He DoW received in an air raid on the 13.10.15 age 33 and was buried in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent, plot O, grave 311. He was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Dickson of Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, and husband of Lillie Dickson of Ryanton, Manitoba.

DICKSON, Gunner Thomas. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 47 Battery, 41 Brigade, RFA (41431). He DoW in France on the 29.8.18 age 21, and his death is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, panel 3. He was the son of William and Agnes Dickson of 30 Peveril Street, Ormeau Road, Belfast.

DOAKE, Major Samuel Henry DSO. A native of Glenlagan, Dromara, Co. Down, he was educated St. Paul's School, passing second into RMA Woolwich. Commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1912, he landed in France in August 1914 and served continuously at the front for three and a half years. He was serving in 52 Army Brigade, RFA when he was KIA near Arras on the 30.3.18 age 25. He is buried in La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville St. Vaast, Pas De Calais, France, plot 1, row J, grave 1. He was the son of the late Richard Baxter Doake of "Redmeade," 9 Granville Road, Eastbourne, and the late Mary Elizabeth Doake. A plaque in 1st Dromara Presbyterian church was erected to “commemorate the generous gift of £1500 given by Richard Baxter Doake of Kinallen and London and Mary Elizabeth Doake in gratitude to God that their three children Violette, Vere and Henry have been spared and given strength to serve their country so long and bravely through the Great War 1914-18”. However, it goes on to record that, “Since the above was written Major Henry Doake RFA DSO was killed in action near Arras 30 March 1918”.

DOBBIN, Aircraftman 2nd. Class Albert E. Served in the RAF (298101). He died at “home” on the 28.5.19 age 18 and is buried in Drumbo (Holy Trinity) Church Of Ireland Churchyard. The headstone inscription reads, “Therefore be ye also ready. Matthew 24 ch. 44th. Verse”. He was the son of Hugh and Jane Scott Dobbin of 115 Hillman Street, Belfast.

DOBBIN, Captain William Leonard Price MC. Born in Victoria, Australia, he served in 2 RIR. KIA at Contescourt on the Somme on the 21.3.18 age 20, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74 to 76. He was the son of Major William Wood Dobbin, MBE of Osborne, Dunmurry and the late Emily Josophine Cuzens Dobbin.

DODDS, Private John. Born in Lisburn, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (6945). He DoW received in Gallipoli on the 31.8.15 and is buried in Cairo War Cemetery, Egypt, row D, grave 74.

DODDS, Private Michael. Born in Magherasaul, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIrF (3466). KIA in France on the 9.4.17 aged 19, he is buried in Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies, (near Arras), France, plot 1 row A, grave 2. He was the brother of Miss Wilhelmina Dodds of Lisburn.

DONAGHY, Private James. Born at Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he lived in Ballynahinch, enlisted at Belfast and served in the RIR (5928), subsequently transferred to 2 Garrison battalion RIrF (G1762). He died in Salonica on the 2.1.18 and is buried in Salonika Military Cemetery, Greece, grave 1334.

DONALDSON, Private David. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 3 RInF (9455). He died at “home” on the 12.7.18 aged 26 and is buried in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, plot B, row KE, grave 5. He was the son of David Donaldson of 133 Main Street, Claremont, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

DONEGAN, Private Samuel. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (12747). He saw action at Gallipoli in 1915 but was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 and is buried in Serre Road, Cemetery No.2, France, plot 6, row A, grave 17. His wife lived at 74 Hill Street, Lisburn. A brother of Sgt. Thomas Donegan, below, two other brothers Corporal Albert Donegan 6 RIrF and Sergeant James Donegan, 6 and 2 RIR, also served.

DONEGAN, Sergeant Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (8940). KIA in Gallipoli on the 29.6.15, he was either buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Gallipoli, row B, grave 40, or his death is commemorated on a memorial in the same graveyard. A brother of Pvt. Samuel Donegan, above, two other brothers Corporal Albert Donegan 6 RIrF and Sergeant James Donegan, 6 and 2 RIR, also served.

DONNELLY, Private Hugh. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 6 RSF (11940). He died in France on the 26.9.15 and his death is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France, panels 46-49.

DONNELLY, Private Samuel. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn he served in 15 RS (24748). KIA in France on the 28.4.17, his death is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, bay 5.

DONNELLY, Private Thomas. Born in and enlisting at Armagh, he served in 5 RIrF (16399). KIA in Gallipoli on the 7.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 178-180.

DORMAN, Rifleman William John. Born in Ballycasborough, Co. Down, he lived at Carnbane, Lisburn, Co. Down. He enlisted at Lurgan and served in 16 RIR 240 before being transferred to 459th. Company Labour Corps (593769). He died in Scotland on the 22.10.18 aged 32 and is buried in Stirling (Marplace) Cemetery, Scotland, section YZ, grave 13. He was the son of Carlisle and Alice Dorman.

DORNAN, Private George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 1 RInF (16945). He DoW in France on the 21.5.17 and is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France, plot 3, row A, grave 11.

DORNAN, Lance corporal George Irwin. Born in 1885 in Belfast where he was educated, he emigrated to Australia in about 1910 when he was 25. This was also the year of his father’s death. Enlisting at Freemantle, Western Australia on the 12.2.16, he served in 44 AI (1641) and was KIA at Saille-le-Sec on the Somme on the 7.4.18 aged 33. He is buried in Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France, plot 13, row D, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Cargycreevy Presbyterian churchyard where both his parents are buried. He was the brother of John Dornan of Freemantle, W.A., son of James (born 1854, died 1910) and Minnie Dornan (born 1857 died 1921) of 30 Madrid Street, Belfast.

DORRITY, Rifleman George. Born in Ballylesson, Belfast, he enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 14 RIR (YCV) (16443). KIA on the Somme on the 6.4.16 age 21, he is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France, plot 1, row E, grave 22. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of William Dorrity of 29 Elaine Street, Stranmillis, Belfast who died on the 19.11.1939 and Margaret Ann Dorrity who died on the 7.8.1925. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Drumbo Parish Churchyard, Ballylesson.

DOUGAN, Lance corporal Thomas. Born in Greenock, Renfrew, he lived at Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 LR (1947). KIA in France on the 27.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

DOUGLAS, Rifleman Samuel John. Born in Dromara, he lived at Ravarnette, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (1285) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 29.5.17 aged 34, he is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Wulverghem, Belgium, row O, grave 16. The headstone inscription reads, “He sleeps till the day breaks and the shadows flee away”. He was the son of James Douglas of Ravarnette, Lisburn, Co. Down, and the late Agnes Douglas.

DOWDS, Lance Corporal Charles John. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Dunoon, Argylshire and served in 1/6 ASH (8007). KIA in France on the 26.9.16 aged 22, he is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers, France, plot 5 row D, grave 16. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Charles and Eliza Jane Dowds of 73 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn.

DOWNING, Second Lieutenant James. Born in Belfast, and living at Hillhall, Lisburn, he served his apprenticeship with the firm of Messrs. Robert Watson and Co. Ltd., Donegall Street, Belfast and before the war had been working in Dublin. Commissioned on the 16.11.15, he served in 3 RIrR, attached to the 6th. battalion. KIA on the Somme on the 3.9.16 aged 32, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 3A. He was the fifth son of John and Rebecca Downing of Hollyhouse, Hill Hall, Lisburn, Co. Down and later of 46 South Parade, Belfast.

DUFFIN, Captain Charles Francis. Born in Dunmurry, he was on the General Army List, in 9 RIR and attached to 127 PoW Company, Labour Corps, RIR. He died in France on the 13.3.18 aged 23 and is buried at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, plot 4, for F, grave 67. He was the son of Charles Howard Duffin who died on the 2.9.21 and Ellen Frances Isabella Duffin of “St. Catherine’s,” Craigavad, Co. Down who died on the 25.6.42 aged 80. Also brother of William Howard Duffin who died from gun shot wounds on the 15.2.22 aged 22. All three relatives are buried at Derriaghy Parish Church where Charles Francis’ death is commemorated on the headstone.

DUGAN, Lance corporal Hill. Born and living in Lisnatrunk, Lisburn, Co. Down, he was employed at Hilden before the war. Enlisting at Belfast he served in 10 ACC (1668) and was KIA in Belgium on the 12.8.17 aged 21 at a time when he was expected home on leave. Buried in Bus House Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium, row H, grave 13, there is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Hill and Mary Jane Dugan of 2 Waring Place, Low Road, Lisburn, and Lagan Terrace, Hilden.

DUGAN, Private Richard. Address Belfast. He enlisted at London, served in 7 RIrF (20834) and DoW in France on the 29.4.16. His death is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France.

DUNLEAVY, Rifleman James. Born in Blaris, he lived at 20 Antrim Place, Lisburn. An old soldier with 18 years experience and having fought in the Boer War, he re-enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (2542). Embarking for France from Bordon in October 1915, he was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 52. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the husband of Agnes Dunleavy of 20 Antrim Place, Lisburn. They had three children.

DUNLEAVY, J. Commemorated on Lisburn War memorial, there is no positive trace so far.

DUNLOP, Lieutenant Charles. Educated at Friends’ School, Lisburn, though the school records do not show when he entered. His first report dated 23.12.04 records “Conduct very satisfactory. Subsequent comments were “satisfactory”. He left FSL on the 21.7.05 and may subsequently have attended RBAI. He entered Sandhurst and was sent to the front shortly after graduating where he served in the RInF. He DoW in France on the 22.10.14 aged 22 while waiting for an amputation which he did not get. He was very fond of his horse and before he died was most concerned about what had happened to it. He is buried in Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles, Yvelines, France, plot 1, grave 35 and was the son of Elizabeth Dunlop of Edenderry House, Ballylesson, and the late James Dunlop.

DUNLOP, Corporal Quinton. Born at Belfast on the 31.10.1896, he lived at Inglewood, Lisburn. Educated at Friennds’ School, which he entered on the 6.9.05, his reports between then and his departure in November 1908 were consistently good. A member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and Lisburn Cricket Club, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in A Company 11 RIR (18950) rather than applying for a commission which, in the view of the editor of the Standard, he could have had in other battalions. Rather, “he preferred to stick with his pals”. He embarked for France from Bordon Camp as a lance corporal with 11 RIR in October 1915 and was involved in attempts to save Henry Corkin from drowning on the 17.5.16 (see above). He was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 19. Prior to the attack that morning, he and three others including Lieutenant Waring, had volunteered to go out into no-mans-land on “scouting duty”. Waring was the only one to return alive. In a letter to George Dunlop he explained that his son “was shot at his (Waring’s) side and that death was instantaneous”. Quinton Dunlop, who at the time of his death had been recommended for a commission in 11 RIR, has no known grave. His death is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B. He was the only son of George and Mary Dunlop of Inglewood, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. The report on Dunlop in the Standard is, like many others, full of praise. However, it is unusually long compared to those for others of humble rank and somehow more sincere. Perhaps this is a reflection of the fact that he was, in the words of the writer, “a personal friend of our own”.

EDENS, Private Thomas Henry. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (2611). KIA in Belgium on the 1.11.14, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, panel 11.

ELLIOTT, Rifleman Alexander. Born in Drumbo, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (13566 or 13506). KIA in France on the 10.3.15, he is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, plot 1, row B, grave 1. He was the husband of Mrs. S. Elliott of 9 Ravensdale Street, Belfast.

EMERSON, Rifleman Thomas Henry. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived at Culcavey, Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in C Company 14 RIR (YCV) (497). He DoW in Belgium on the 20.6.17 aged 23 and is buried in Locre Hospice Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row A, grave 12. The headstone inscription reads, “Peace perfect peace”. He was the son of William and Agnes Emerson of 11 Zetland Street, Belfast.

ERVIN, Corporal of Horse Hugh Glass (Brownlow). Born and living in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the Company of Horse, Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) (1222). KIA in Belgium on the 30.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, panel 3. The family headstone outside 2nd Dromara Presbyterian church shows that he was the son of Samuel James Ervin who died on the 20.3.1934 aged 76 and Sarah Jane Ervin who died on the 8.9.1937 aged 78. They would have been in their mid fifties at the time of their son’s death.

EVANS, Private Robert S. He served in NIH (71586) and died on the 9.11.18 aged 27. He was the son of Thomas Evans of Suffolk, Dunmurry, and is buried in Derriaghy Parish Church graveyard in the same grave as his brother Private Thomas Evans, below. There is no headstone inscription.

EVANS, Private Thomas. He served in 138 Company MGC(I) (17716) and died on the 21.3.20 aged 23. Buried in Derriaghy Parish Church graveyard in the same grave as his brother Private R. Evans, above. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Thomas Evans of Suffolk, Dunmurry.

EWART, Captain Cecil Frederick Kelso. Educated at Winchester. He was commander of I Company of the 1st. Lisburn battalion UVF whom he supplied with rifles and ammunition and allowed to practice on his own private shooting range. He joined the New Army at the outbreak of war with his two brothers and was commission as a Second Lieutenant in the RIR on the 1.2.15. He embarked for France from Bordon Camp, as a 2nd Lieutenant in A Company 11 RIR, in October 1915 and was promoted to Captain early in 1916. As second in command of C Company he took command on the 1.7.16 when Captain Samuels was wounded. Originally reported wounded and missing he was KIA near Thiepval Wood on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 28. Captain Ewart was the second son of Maryanne Ewart of Derryvolgie, Lisburn and Frederick William Ewart of Derryvolgie, Lisburn and of the firm of William Ewart and Son Ltd., Bedford Street, Belfast. His death is commemorated on Thiepval memorial, France Pier 15 Face A/B and on a plaque in Christchurch, Lisburn. His brothers, Captain Gerald V. Ewart RASC and Major W. Basil Ewart 15 RIR both appear to have survived although Major W.B. Ewart may have died shortly after the war or shortly after being invalided out of the army. See below. Cecil Ewart’s orderly, James Andrews, was also killed on the 1 July 1916, see above.

EWART, Major William Basil. Served in 15 RIR. He relinquished his commission on grounds of ill-health contracted while on active service. Son of Maryanne Ewart of Derryvolgie, Lisburn and Frederick William Ewart of Derryvolgie, Lisburn and of the firm of William Ewart and Son Ltd., Bedford Street, Belfast. Brother of C.F.K. Ewart, above.

FARR, Private James. Served in the American Army and was killed [in action] on the 28.9.18 aged 27. He was the son of James Farr who taught in Fourscore N[ational] S[chool] for 38 years and died on the 10.7.06 aged 60, and Ellen Farr who died on the 30.9.33 aged 70 years. [

FAULKNER, Rifleman John. Born in Belfast, with an address in Aghnathrisk, Hillsborough, Co. Down and Belfast, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (17626). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France pier 15, faces A/B.

FEIGHAN, Private Michael James. Born in Coatbridge, Lanark, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Newry and served in the RIrF (5863) before being transferred to 49 Company MGC(I) (73523). He DoW in Belgium on the 22.8.17 age 24 and is buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 4, row F, grave 29. He was the son of William and Mary Ann Feighan of Scotland and husband of Rose Feighan of 48 Frederick Street, Bessbrook, Co. Armagh.

FENNING, Rifleman James. Born in Derriaghy, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 12 RIR (6341). KIA in Belgium on the 11.4.18 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of Thomas Fenning of Whitemountain, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and younger brother of Richard Fenning, below.

FENNING, Private Richard. Served in the Canadian Grenadier Guards 87 QR CEF (784325). KIA in France on the 14.8.17 aged 25, his death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. He was the son of Thomas Fenning of Whitemountain, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and older brother of James Fenning, above.

FENTON, Private Frederick John. Served as Coburn, William. Born and living in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Belfast and served originally in the SR 36271 subsequently transferring to 15 RS (51491). KIA in Belgium on the 16.4.18 aged 19, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert, Memorial, Belgium, panel 1. He was the foster son of Clara McBride of Arthur Street, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

FENTON, Rifleman John. Born in Lisburn he lived at 9 Grove Place, Low Road in the town. He belonged to the Orange Order and UVF, and worked at Hilden Mill. Enlisting at Lisburn he served in 11 RIR (17630) and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. Mrs. Fenton, his wife, lived at Grove Place, Lisburn and the couples neighbours, William Lindsay and family at number 11, inserted a notice in the Standard on the 22 September 1916, “Deeply regretting” John Fenton’s death.

FERGUSON, Private John B. Is commemorated on the War Memorial in First Boardmills Presbyterian Church. No positive trace so far.

FERRIS, Private Joseph. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (10045). Wounded while in a working party on a railway line, he DoW some days later in France on the 2.12.17 aged 27 and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France, plot 3, row F, grave 11. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of John and Annie Ferris of 36 Grove Street, Low Road, Lisburn.

FERRIS, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Lisburn, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (9153). KIA in Belgium on the 11.11.14 aged 40, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium. He was the husband of Catherine Ferris of 914 Crumlin Road, Ballysillan, Belfast.

FINNEGAN, Private Robert Thomas. Born in Shankill, he lived and enlisted at Belfast, served in the RASC (M2/274193) and was attached to the 110 Field Ambulance, RAMC. He died on the Somme on the 21.3.18 age 19 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panel 95. He was the son of John Maxwell Finnegan and Susan Wilson Finnegan.

FITZSIMONS, Rifleman James. Born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lisburn and served in C Company 2 RIR (5367). KIA in Belgium on the 12.12.16 aged 31, he is buried in Hyde Park Corner Cemetery, Belgium, row A, grave 13. The headstone inscription reads, “On his soul Jesus have mercy. Remembered by his wife and little daughter”. He was the husband of Catherine Fitzsimmons of 22 Shore Street, Belfast and son of James and Mary Anne Fitzsimons, nee Hilden, of Lisburn.

FITZSIMONS, Lance corporal John. Born in Blaris, he lived at Craigavad Post Office, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 7 RIR (5809). He DoW in France (possibly wounded in Belgium) on the 25.2.17 aged 19 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier) plot 3, row A, grave 14. The headstone inscription reads, “Not gone from memory or from love”. He was the son of Martin and Susan Fitzsimmons of Dalchoolin, Craigavad, Co. Down.

FLANAGAN, Lance Corporal Hugh. Born in Ballymena, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Antrim and served in NIH (1508) before transferring to 9 RIrF (41229). KIA in France on the 22.11.17 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France, panel 10. He was the son of Robert Henry and Martha Flanagan of 129 Dunluce Avenue, Belfast and brother of William Flanagan, below.

FLANAGAN, Lance corporal Joseph. Born in Tullylush, Co. Down, he lived at Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 8 RDF (15673). KIA on the Somme on the 9.9.16, he is buried in the Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France, plot 11, row N, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription.

FLANAGAN,  Rifleman William Henry Murray. Enlisted at Belfast possibly in 11 RIR and served in 12 RIR (10310). He may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp with 11 RIR in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 13.4.18 age 23, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the son of Robert Henry and Martha Flanagan of 129 Dunluce Avenue, Belfast and brother of Hugh Flanagan, above.

FLEMING  Private James. He lived at Aughnahough (just outside Lisburn on the Glenavy Road), served in 11 RIR and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. He was subsequently KIA but there is no further trace so far.

FLEMING, Corporal Richard. He lived at Aughnahough (just outside Lisburn on the Glenavy Road), served in the Canadian Grenadier Guards and was KIA. There is no further trace so far.

FLEMMING, Lance Corporal John. Born and living in Crumlin, he was a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy. He enlisted at Antrim and served in D Company 11 RIR (19490) embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 26, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of James Fleming of Main Street, Crumlin, and the late Mary Fleming.

FLETCHER, Rifleman R. Served in 7 RIR (6049) and died at “home” on the 24.10.20. He is buried in Blaris Old Cemetery, Lisburn, grave 374 and was the son of Robert Fletcher of Blaris.

FLOYD, Private Charles. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RInF (11367). KIA in Gallipoli on the 16.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101.

FLYNN, G.E. Served in the RIR. His death is commemorated on the War memorial in Lisburn Cathedral. There is no positive trace so far.

FORSYTHE, Rifleman John Alexander. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (1770). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

FORSYTHE, Private John. Born in Castlewellan, Co. Down, he lived at Lambeg, enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RDF (7837). KIA in Belgium on the 26.4.15, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panels 44-46.

FRASER, Private Ebenezer. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Belturbet, Co. Cavan, enlisted at Cavan and served in 1 RIrF (3047). He DoW in France on the 22.5.15 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, (close to the Franco-Belgium frontier) plot 1, row A, grave 40. There is no headstone inscription.

FRAZER, Lance corporal William John. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 1 RIR (4579) and was KIA in Belgium on the 7.7.17. His death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Panels 138-140.

FRYER, Rifleman Edward. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 9 RIR (14627). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of Robert, a flaxdresser, and Sarah Fryer of 8 Tenth Street, Belfast.

FULTON, Rifleman, Thomas. Born in Kinallen, Co. Down, he lived at Dromore, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (8/6172). KIA in Belgium on the 4.8.16 age 24, he is buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Heuvelland, Belgium, plot 3, row B, grave 4. He was the son of John Fulton of Kinallen, Dromara, Co. Down.

FURFEY, Private Patrick. Born in Lurgan, he was a well known cross country runner. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (10496). KIA at Ypres, Belgium on the 27.10.14, his death is commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9.

GARVEY, Driver Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he lived and enlisted at Belfast and served in 7 LR (1579) before being transferred to 51st. Field Bakery RASC (T4/045364). He died at “home” on the 4.10.15 and is buried in Netley Military Cemetery, Hants, grave 858.

GAWLEY, Private Patrick. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he lived and enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 CR (3942). KIA in Belgium on the 4.6.17, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, panel 42.

GEORGE, Private James. Born and living in Belfast, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 2 CR (6940). He DoW on the 29.10.14 age 38 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France, plot 3, row B, grave 4. He was the husband of Mary George of Tullynore, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

GIBSON, Lance corporal James. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Northampton, enlisted at Ayr and served in 6/7 RSF (12499). He died in Belgium on the 1.8.17 aged 32 and is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panels 19 and 33. He was the son of Thomas and Annie Gibson of The Park, Hillsborough, Co. Down and husband of Naomi Gibson, The Villas, Dilwyn, Leominster, Herefordshire.

GIBSON, Signaler/Private John. He lived at 49 Sloan Street, Lisburn and served in 18 RIR. KIA, there is no further trace so far.

GIBSON, Private Thomas. Served in 2 RIrF or 2 RInF he lived at Ballylesson. KIA, possibly in Salonica, there is no further trace so far.

GIBSON, Sergeant William John. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (8846). KIA in Belgium on the 7.9.18 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9. He was the son of William John and Harriett Gibson of 49 Donegall Avenue, Belfast.

GILL, Private Henry Albert George (Albert). Born at 102 Newtownards Road, Belfast, the son of Mary Agnes Gill. He attended the Intermediate School, Queens College, Royal _ _ _ _ _ of Ireland. When he was 24 he emigrated to Australia where he was a farmer. With no previous military experience, he enlisted at Brisbane in the 15th. Australian Infantry 598 on the 16.9.14 and was KIA in Gallipoli on the 8.8.15 age 29. His death is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, panel 46. In the biographical details given by his mother, Mary Agnes Gill, to the Australian War Memorial she said, “He was one of the best and one of the few - my liberal minded large hearted son. Without delay he went at the call of duty. His letters from the Dardanelles were always cheerful. The last letter we received from him was dated 30th. July 1915 then he was reported missing from 8th. August and in November we received a letter from a pioneer Sergt of the London Regiment who wrote that he had found my son and buried him and that he seemed to have had an easy death. He was lying on his side and in his outstretched hand he had a copy of the New Testament. The book was officially forwarded to me, it was the Book we had sent my son with his name and home address written therein, the mark of his thumb is on the mouldering cover of the book. This is all that has come to me from [his] death.” A covering letter sent by Gill’s sister Eva from Belfast (102 Newtownards Road) on the 3rd. March 1920 to the authorities in Australia reads, “herewith I return you the form for Roll of Honour and for the Histories of Australia with the particulars filled in by my mother as requested about our beloved Albert. This is all we know as yet, and if later we learn of any other details that might be of interest to you we will send you. We still are _ _ _ _ for news of him - his _ _ _ _ _ stood, a big warm loving shelter[?] for us all. His life _ _ _ _ _ and in Australia was a daily self-sacrifice for us the light and joy of our old home went with our Albert - our best[?] _ _ _ _ _ We send you his photo _ _ _ _ _ and hope it may be possible for it to be inserted, and if you will please let us know that you receive them safely. My mother is out at our home in the country at present with my youngest _ _ _ _ _ who is an invalid now. Thank you for your kind remembrance, Yours sincerely G.E.M[?] Gill (Eva)”. He was also a cousin of “Gill of Tamworth, Sydney and of Gill of Emu Creek, Melbourne”.

GILL, Rifleman William. Born in Dromore, he lived at Lambeg, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (3006) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 9.8.16, he is buried in Ration Farm Cemetery Annex, Belgium, plot 3, row B, grave 5. He was the son of Mrs. E. Gill of Ballyskeagh, Lambeg, Lisburn.

GILLESPIE, Sergeant Frederick (Fred) Joseph. Probably lived at Ballycrune, Hillsborough, Co. Down and served in the 1st. Field Ambulance, South African Medical Corps, South African Expeditionary Force, (86). He DoW received while on duty in France on the 12.11.18 aged 37 and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France, plot 6, row D, grave 6. The headstone inscription reads, “Pro aris et focis”. He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Gillespie, Carney, Co. Sligo and brother of Pvt. Victor Gillespie, below.

GILLESPIE, Private Maurice. Born in Banbridge on the 29.12.1888, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn which he entered in September 1904. His report at the start noted that “he was not used to strict discipline” but comments subsequently improved. He left FSL on the 22.12.05. A single man and a teamster, his address was 25 Magill Street, Toronto, Canada. He enlisted on the 6.4.1916 and at the time was in the 10th. G?ons (the militia) in which he had served for two years. 5’ 8½” tall, his chest was 37” fully expanded with a range of expansion of 2½”. He had a fair complexion with blue eyes and brown hair. He served in B Company 58 Canadian Infantry, 2 COR, (249282) and DoW received in action near Cambrai on the 13.10.18 aged 29. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, plot 67, row J?, grave 22. His headstone inscription reads, “To the dear memory of my darling son, safe in God’s keeping, Mother”. He was the only son of Kathleen and the late Thomas Gillespie of Banbridge, Co. Down. Kathleen Gillespie (his mother) also had an address at 36 Garville Avenue, Dublin.

GILLESPIE, Lance Corporal Robert Cecil Victor. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Seymour Street in the town, enlisted at Sheffield and served originally in NF (27250) before transferring to 7 EYR (28991). KIA in France on the 4.11.18 he is buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 5, row E, grave 9.

GILLESPIE, Private Victor Allan. Born in Monaghan, Co. Monaghan on the 3.8.1890 he was a single man and a bank clerk by profession who enlisted at Montreal on the 14.12.1915. 5’ 7½” tall, his chest was 37½” fully expanded with a range of expansion of 3½”. He had a dark complexion with blue eyes and brown hair, dark hair on his chest, abdomen and legs, a scar from an operation for appendicitis and a burn mark on the left hand side of his neck. At the time of enlistment he was in the 35th. Al[ber]ta Light Horse. Posted to the 5th. Overseas Universities Company CEF, he served with PPCLI, EOR, CEF (487408). He DoW received in action in France on the 1.10.17 aged 27 and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 3, row F, grave 16. He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Gillespie of Ballycrune, Hillsborough, subsequently of Sligo, and brother of Frederick Gillespie, above.

GILLESPIE, Stoker 1st. Class William John. He served in the Royal Navy on HMS Hawke (SS/107919. RFR/CH/B/10369) and was KIA in an engagement with a submarine in the North Sea on the 15.10.14 age 30. His death is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, panel 5. He was the son of William and Maria Gillespie of Dunmurry, Co. Antrim. The Hawke an old cruiser was torpedoed with the loss of all but 21 of her crew. Stoker Edward Crossin (above) was killed in the same action. The sinking of the Hawke, and a month earlier the Cressy (on which Joshua Singleton died), the Hogue and Aboukir by the German submarine U9, convinced both sides that the submarine was a potent weapon.

GILLILAND, Private David. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Belfast, enlisted at Hollywood and served originally in the RIR (7248) before transferring to 1 RIrF (3783). He DoW in Belgium on the 9.4.18 aged 36 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 26, row E, grave 16A. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of James and Agnes Gilliland and husband of Margaret Gilliland.

GLOVER, Driver Thomas H. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 82 Battery RFA (52357). KIA in Mesopotamia on the 28.9.15 age 27, his death is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq, panels 3 and 60. He was the son of Matthew and Mary Glover of Lower Ballinderry, Lisburn. His death is also commemorated on a headstone erected by his nephew Frederick McNeice in Middle Church graveyard, Ballinderry and on the family headstone in Aghalee burial ground.

GORMAN, Rifleman Daniel. Born in Blaris, he lived at 14 Canal Street, in the town, where he enlisted, serving in D Company 11 RIR (3026). He embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915 and was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16. His death is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France pier 15, faces A/B. He was survived by his father John of 14 Canal Street Lisburn, and by his sister and brother-in-law Isabella and John Totten of Canal Street. His brother-in-law also saw active service.

GORMAN, Lance corporal George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (14713). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

GORMAN, Rifleman Gilbert. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he lived at Moybrick, (south-west of Dromara), enlisted at Belfast and served in 16 RIR (87). He DoW in France on the 22.8.16 age 37 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, plot 8, row B, grave 156. He was the son of Gilbert and Margaret Jane Gorman of Moybrick, Dromara, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.

GORMAN, Private William (Willie) J. R. Born in Bangor, on the 23.12.1892, he was a single man and a salesman by profession. 5’ 8½” in height with a 36½” chest and 3” expansion, he had dark hair, a dark complexion and grey eyes. With no previous military experience he enlisted at Winnipeg on the 26.7.15 aged 22. Posted to the 79 Overseas Battalion on the 1.9.15, he served in the 8 CI MtbaR (150090). Killed in France on the 7.2.17 aged 24, he is buried in Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sains-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France, plot 1, row B, grave 38. Sains-en-Gohelle is a mining village 20 kilometres north of Arras on the road to Bethune. Fosse No. 10 was a pithead and group of miners’ houses south of the village. He was the son of Thomas B. Gorman of 19 Bridge Street, Bangor. He was also the grandson of Philip Gorman who died on the 30.5.07 aged 90, and Anne Jane Gorman who died on the 26.2.1897 on whose headstone in Broomhedge Parish church graveyard his death is commemorated.

GRAHAM, Rifleman Hedley William Brownrigg. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (14729). He DoW in France on the 22.12.15 and his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B.

GRAHAM, Lieutenant James Lawson. Gazetted to the Inniskillings in August 1915 he served in 9 RInF. Wounded at the Somme in 1916 he was promoted to Lieutenant in July 1917 and DoW at Dadizelle in Belgium on the 30.9.18 aged 27. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panels 70-2, also on a special memorial erected just inside the gate of 2nd. Boardmills Presbyterian church. The inscription on it reads, “Sans peur et sans reproche. Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life”. He was the son of Samuel J and Agnes Graham of Maple Vale, Boardmills, Co. Down and nephew of Dr. James Graham the City Coroner for Belfast.

GRAHAM, Sapper John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 71st. Field Company RE (42227). KIA in Gallipoli on the 25.7.15 aged 39, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 23-25. He was the husband of Agnes Graham of 11 Mayfield Street, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

GRAHAM, Petty Officer Motor Mechanic Skeffington T.C. Served in the Russian Armoured Car Brigade, Royal Naval Air Service (F/2852). He died of dysentery in hospital whilst a PoW in Turkey on the 1.1.17 age 32. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graham of Dunmurry and husband of Mary J. S. Graham of 164 Alton Avenue, Toronto, Canada. He is buried in Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Turkey, plot 1, row L, grave 10. Haidar Pasha is a suburb of Istanbul between Scutari (Uskudar) and Kadikoy on the Asiatic side of the Bosphorous. Haidar Pasha Cemetery was first established for Crimean war burials and was used during the First World War by the Turks for the burial of Commonwealth prisoners of war. After the Armistice, when Istanbul was occupied, further burials were made mainly from No 82 General Hospital and graves were brought in from other civil cemeteries in the area.

GRAHAM, Corporal Thomas. Born in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, he lived at Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn, and may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp as a riflemen in 11 RIR in October 1915. He served in B Company 12 RIR (17756) and was KIA in Belgium on the 14.4.18 age 22. He is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row C, grave 1 and was the son of William and Mary Jane Graham of 12 Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, and brother of William George Graham, below.

GRAHAM, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Shankill, Belfast, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (5057). KIA in France on the 11.3.15 aged 18, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 42 and 43. He was the son of Jane Graham, formerly McGowan of 15 Market Lane, Lisburn and the late Edward Graham.

GRAHAM, Lieutenant Colonel William. He served in the RAMC and died on the 5.11.17. He is buried in Dundrod Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 13.

GRAHAM, 2nd. Lieutenant William John. Posted to 18 RIR and attached to 12 RIR, he was KIA in France on the 22.11.17 age 26. His death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France, panel 10 and also on the family headstone in Derriaghy Parish church graveyard. The inscription reads, “Thy will be done”. He was the son of William and Mary Nelson Graham of 67 Coolderry Street, Donegall Road, Belfast. Mary Graham died on the 14.10.37. His brother Robert N. Graham died on the 9.2.15 and sister Agnes G. Watson died on the 20.2.28.

GRAHAM  Private William George. Born in Derrylorgan, Co. Tyrone, he enlisted at Cookstown and served in A Company 1 RInF (3768). KIA in Gallipoli on the 21.8.15 age 24, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97 to 101. He was the son of Mary J. Graham of 12 Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry and the late William Graham, and brother of Corporal Thomas Graham, above.

GRANT, Rifleman John. Born in Mulliban, Co. Down, he lived at Finnis, Co. Down, enlisted at Downpatrick, and served in 6 RIR (778). He died at “home” on the 28.10.18 age 28 and is buried in Leitrim Roman Catholic Churchyard, County Down. He was the son of Patrick and Bridget Grant and husband of Mary Ann Grant of Dromara, Co. Down.

GRANT, Private William H. Born in Blaris, Co. Down, he enlisted at Kirkintilloch, Dumbartonshire and served in 2 BW (3.4032). KIA in France on the 13.5.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 24-26.

GRANT, Private William John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (10266). He DoW in France on the 5.7.16 and is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France, plot 4, row C, grave 13.

GRAY, Rifleman Robert John. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 11 RIR and embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR(1) 17679, when 11 RIR were disbanded, he was KIA in Belgium on the 15.4.18. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140.

GRAY, Rifleman Thomas. Born and living in Ballycoan, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (YCV) (I4732). He died at “home” on the 23.5.16 age 23 and is buried in Drumbo (Holy Trinity) Church of Ireland Churchyard. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of George and Agnes Gray of Ballycoan, Purdysburn, Belfast. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone is laid flat on the family plot to the left of the path a little inside the gate of the church. Family burials in it date from 1961.

GRAY, William. Commemorated on the War Memorial in Drumbo (Holy Trinity) Parish Church, there is no positive trace so far.

GREEN, Driver G. MM. Served in 71 Battery RFA (99824). He died on the 30.11.18 age 33 and is buried in Upper Ballinderry Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 25. He was the son of Robert and Agnes Green. The headstone inscription reads, “In the midst of life we are in death”.

GREEN, 2nd. Lieutenant Harold. Born in Lurgan on the 7.7.1892 he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn. According to the school records, he entered FSL on the 13.9.04. His school reports show that his conduct was generally “satisfactory” but his work left something to be desired. 23.12.04 “He does not display sufficient earnestness in his class work, and we think he might have taken a better place in the late examination”. 21.7.05 “We think that his work except in French has not been altogether satisfactory. Conduct generally satisfactory”. In May 1905, aged 12 years and 10 months, he “gained an entrance scholarship at York”. (Bootham School is run by the Quakers there). However, on 16.7.05, “he was found ‘bullying’ a crippled boy and was whipped. His mother came up on the 18th to complain of this and his father brought the matter of corporal punishment up at the meetings of our Committee in July and August”. The final report dated 1.9.05 records that, “We do not consider that he worked as well as he might have done; and we think that he ought to have gained a better position in his form. He was sent in for the Second Class Certificate Examination of the College of Preceptors, but he only gained a Third Class Certificate”. There is no date given for his leaving FSL. He served in 1 RDF and was KIA in France on the 28.2.17 age 24. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 16C. He was the son of William John and Susan E. Green of Kinnego, Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

GREEN, Rifleman Thomas. Born and living in Dunmurry, before joining up he was an apprentice tenter at the Milfort Weaving Company in the village. He enlisted at Lisburn in 11 RIR and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Wounded in the right leg by shrapenel on the 1.7.16 while serving in the Lewis Gun Section, he recovered in Bramshott Military Hospital. Transferred to B Company 12 RIR (17766) he died in France on the 10.10.18 age 24 and is buried in Hautmont Communal Cemetery, Nord, France plot 4, row B, grave 36. He was the eldest son of Robert H. and Annie Green of Church View Terrace, Dunmurry and later of 57 Donegall Street, Belfast

GREER, Rifleman Frederick William Martin. Born in Doncaster, York, he lived at Lurgan, Co. Armagh. An employee of the Ulster Bank, Belfast, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (YCV) (14/17771). KIA in Belgium on the 9.10.16 age 25, he is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, row D, grave 14. He was the son of the late Thomas Greer of Culcavey, Hillsborough, Co. Down, and of Mary Greer of Beresford House, Coleraine.

GREGG, Driver Louis Arthur. Commemorated on the War Memorial in Christ Church, Lisburn, there is no positive trace so far.

GREGG, Rifleman John William. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Ballykeel, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in C Company 13 RIR (16533). He DoW at home on the 12.10.16 aged 27 and is buried in St. Malachi Parish Church graveyard, Hillsborough. He was the son of James and Lucy Gregg of Ballykeel, Artifinny.

GREGG, Driver Thomas L. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in the 7th. Division Train Horse Transport, RASC (T1/334). He died in Italy on the 18.10.18 and is buried in Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy, plot 7, row B, grave 2.

GRIBBEN  Private William. Born and living in Lisburn, he was a hairdresser by occupation, and shortly after the outbreak of war enlisted at Belfast in the CR (69777). Subsequently transferred on request to 7 RInF (43223) he was KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Zonnebeke, Belgium panels 70 to 72. He was the son of the late Charles Gribben of Manor Street, Longstone, Lisburn. His brother Trooper Samuel Gribben of the Inniskilling Dragoons was at home on leave at the time of his death.

GRIFFIN, Rifleman Albert. Born in Blaris, he lived and enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (5930). Reported missing on the 10 and 17.5.18 and subsequently DoW 24.3.18, his death is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-6, also on the headstone of his parents grave in Blaris old Cemetery. His mother, Mary Griffin died on the 29.10.20, his father, Thomas James, on the 27.3.42.

GRIFFIN, Lance Corporal Thomas. Born in Ballinderry Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 36 Signal Company RE (57969). KIA in France on the 28.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, panels 10 to 13.

GRIGGS, Lance sergeant Archibald Nelson. Born in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Kent and served in 2 SeH (1244). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, he is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers, plot 6, row H, grave 2. The headstone inscription reads, “Greater love hath no man”. He was the son of Mr. E.H. and Mrs. K.E. Griggs of Ivy Cottage, Glen Avenue, Hearne Bay, Kent. The A.I.F. Burial Ground is some way from area where 2 SeH were engaged on the 1.7.16. They were involved in the attack just north of Beaumont Hamel. He is probably buried there because of the concentration of graveyards or the late discovery of his body. See Middlebrook’s Guide to the Somme and “The Somme – The Day by Day Account”, C. McCarthy p. 28.

GRUBB, 2nd. Lieutenant Donald James. Educated at Wesley College, Dublin, he joined the QUB OTC on the outbreak of war and was gazetted to the Inniskillings in September 1914. He landed with the 5 RInF at Sulva Bay in the Dardanelles on the 7.8.15 and was killed eight days later on 15.8.15 aged 20. According to his CO, “he met his death while bravely attending the wounded at great personal risk under a very heavy fire.” His death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the only son of the Rev. James Grubb (probably of Lisburn Methodist Church) and Jessie Grubb of Donegall Square, Belfast, and nephew of Captain J.J. Grubb of the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

GURNELL, Second Lieutenant Robert Matthew. Posted to 18 RIR he was KIA in Belgium on the 21.5.17 age 20. The son of Mrs. Gurnell of Boardmills, Lisburn, he is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium , row N, grave 12. His death is also commemorated on the McComb family headstone in Boardmills Presbyterian churchyard.

HADDOCK, Corporal James. Born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 Field Survey Company RE (57705). KIA in France on the 20.8.17 age 36, he is buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France, (close to the Franco-Belgian border), plot 1, row A, grave 34. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Aghalee burial ground. He was the son of John Haddock who died on the 16.2.36 aged 79 and Mary K. Haddock who died on the 28.10.50 aged 95.

HADDOCK, Rifleman Thomas. Born in and lived with his father at 117 Longstone Street, Lisburn, he was an employee of Mr. Johnston coal merchant of Bachelors’ Walk, Lisburn, and a member of the UVF. He enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (16560). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

HADDOCK, Private William. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 7 SLR (6705). KIA in Belgium on the 13.6.17, he is buried in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, plot 1, row A, grave 2.

HAIRE, Private Samuel. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Dublin and served in 10 RDF (24703). Reported wounded in late September/early October 1916, he DoW in France on the 16.11.16 aged 20 and is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row E, grave 85. He was the son of Thomas and Ellen Haire of Lisburn.

HALE, Rifleman James Henry. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (15/2823). He DoW in Belgium on the 19.10.16 aged 35 and is buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Belgium, plot 3, row G, grave 8. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Annie Hale of 38 Chief Street, Belfast.

HAMILL, Rifleman Shepherd. Born in Grange, Co. Antrim, he lived at Moira, enlisted at Randalstown, and served in 11 RIR (3795). He died at “home” on the 3.9.15 age 19 – this was during the time that 11 RIR were training in Seaford, Sussex, where they had been since early July, and before they left for France in early October. He is buried in Grange Corner Presbyterian Churchyard, County Antrim, grave 284A. (Grange Corner is a few miles north east of Toome). The son of John and Nancy Hamill of Taylorstown, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim he was also the brother of Rifleman Alexander Hamill 20 RIR 3736 who died of pneumonia on the 21.4.16 age 21 and is buried in grave 284 of Grange Corner Presbyterian Churchyard. Like his brother he was born in Grange and enlisted at Randalstown, though his address was Toomebridge.

HAMILTON, Private Charles. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Hamilton, Lanark and served in 2 IG (11393). He DoW in France on the 4.4.18 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, plot 33, row D, grave 21A. There is no headstone inscription.

HAMILTON, Corporal Edward. Born and living in Dromore, Co. Down (or Drumlough, south west of Annahilt) he enlisted at Belfast and served in A Co. 8 RIR (14833). KIA in Belgium on the 6.8.17 aged 21, he is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium, plot 59, row E, grave 47. The headstone inscription reads, “Safe in the arms of Jesus”. He was the son of James and Elizabeth Hamilton of Leopoges, Dromore Co. Down.

HAMILTON, Private John. Born and living in Lisburn, he was an Orangeman and member of Lisburn LOL 207. At the outbreak of the war he was working in Scotland and enlisted at Clydebank, Lanark in 1 IG (5594). Sent to the front “a few months later” he was KIA in France on the 15.5.15. According to the Standard he was, “killed in one of those charges that made the name of the Irish Guards famous”. Buried in the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Guinchy, France, plot 4, row K, grave 39, he was the second son of John Hamilton of Linenhall Street, Lisburn. His brother James Hamilton had joined 11 RIR and at the time of John’s death was training at Clandeboye.

HAMILTON, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Hillsborough, where he lived in Park Street, he enlisted at Belfast, served in 13 RIR (16567) and was KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16. He and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. All Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries for these men give grave 1, presumably it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson.

HAMILTON, Rifleman William. He lived at Tullynacross and served in the RIR. KIA, he was the son of Thomas Hamilton of Tullynacross, Lisburn. However, there is no trace of him in any other source.

HANNA, Rifleman Alexander. Born and living in Lambeg, he enlisted at Comber and served in C Company 13 RIR (17827). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 27, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A/B. He was the fourth son of John and Roseanne Hanna of Sandy Lane, Tullynacross, Lambeg.

HANNA, Rifleman Francis James. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11/13 RIR (628). He may have embarked with 11 RIR for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in France on the 30.3.18, he is buried in Rosieres Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row D, grave 14.

HANNA, Lieutenant Frank Leslie. Born at Bangor, he lived at Finaghy, and served in the RASC (Horse Transport), and subsequently 3 ASH. He died in hospital at Holywood of nephritis contracted on active service on the 26.7.18 age 24 and is buried in Knockbreda Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Down, plot B, grave 259. He was the son of Francis and Marion Hanna of Gayfield, Finaghy Park, Belfast.

HANNA, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Lisburn, he s served in C Company 2 RIR (8521). KIA in France on the 20.9.14 aged 28, he is buried in Vailly British Cemetery, France, plot 2, row D, grave 17. He was the son of James and Eliza Hanna. Vailly-sur-Aisne is on the north bank of the River Aisne 13 kilometres east of Soissons and 18 kilometres south of Laon. It was the point at which the 3rd Division crossed the river on the 12th September 1914, in the advance from the Marne. It fell to the Germans in 1915. Lt. Col. Corbally, “History of the Royal Ulster Rifles” p. 98, records that 2 RIR were involved in the crossing of the Aisne a mile east of Vailly. “The Rifles were in a position above some old quarries and there they remained for ten miserable days [and] lost fifteen officers and three hundred men”. George Neill and Robert Smeaton, who were also in 2 RIR were killed at the same time (19th and 20th September respectively). They are commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial on the Marne. So too is William John Johnston 1 DCLI who was killed on the 9th. It commemorates those killed in the fighting from August to early September, who have no known grave.

HANNA, Private William. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RInF (13691). KIA on the Somme on the 29.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 38-40.

HARKNESS, Lance Corporal Robert. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he lived at Artana, Dromara, enlisted at Lurgan and served in 16 RIR (1102). KIA in Belgium on the 7.8.17 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 40. He was the son of Edward and Mary Harkness of Artana, Dromara, Co. Down.

HARRISON, Private Albert Wesley. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Hillhall, Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (8501). He DoW in France on the 6.3.17 aged 30 and is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, France, plot 3, row C, grave 35. The headstone inscription reads, “Father in thy gracious keeping leave we now my dear son sleeping”. He was the son of Margaret Spence of Hillhall, Lisburn, Co. Down.

HARRISON, Private James. Born in Lisburn, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (6894). KIA in Belgium on the 7.11.14 aged 27, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 5. He was the son of the late James and Agnes Harrison.

HARRISON, Rifleman Robert. Born and living in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in C Company 13 RIR (17839). He DoW in France on the 29.6.16 aged 24 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row A, grave 10. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of the late John and Ann Jane Harrison of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

HARRISON, Rifleman William. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 6 RIR (11168). He Died in Salonika on the 29.10.15 aged 22 and is buried in Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece, grave 641. He was the son of Ellen Harrison of 3 Hill Street, Dunmurry, Belfast and the late Nathaniel Harrison. According to the Belfast News Letter, a rifleman Roger M’Ilroy who served in 11 RIR also lived at 3 Hill Street, Dunmurry. He had embarked with them from Bordon Camp in October 1915 was reported in the News Letter of 4.7.16 as being wounded although he is not on the 11 RIR casualty list for 1.7.16. He appears to have survived the war. Was he the previous occupant or a lodger? Mary Elizabeth McConnell (formerly McCauley) the mother of Robert McCauley lived at 2 Hill Street, Dunmurry.

HARVEY, Rifleman Hugh. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in C Company 13 RIR (2221). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 18, he is buried in Serre Road Cemetery Number 2, France, plot 11, row H, grave 2. He was the son of Hugh and Lizzie Harvey of 84 Hillhall Road, Lisburn. The inscription on the headstone reads, “Rock of Ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee”.

HARVEY, Rifleman John. Born in Lisburn and resident at 20 Canal Street, he was an employee of the Island Spinning Company, a member of the Cromwell’s True Blues LOL, Largymore Star of the North RBP 198 and of the UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in A Company 11 RIR (17788), embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 38, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A/B. He was the son of Hugh and Margaret Harvey and husband of Lucy Harvey of 20 Canal Street, Lisburn. They had four children. He also had a sister Maggie and niece Jessie Collington and nephew Robert Harvey, and an aunt and uncle Ellen and Nathaniel Hunter of New Church, Islandmagee.

HASTINGS, Mrs. Margaret. Civilian. Margaret Hastings was the wife of the late Mr. D. Hastings, a flesher. She had lived in New York for almost five years having gone to America to earn a living after her husband’s death. She drowned when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk on the 7.5.15 as she was returning home to Lisburn to settle down with her family. She had five children and four brothers who lived in the neighbourhood of the town. The two eldest sons, aged 20 and 18, were living in America, her 16 year old daughter in Belfast with her grandmother while the two youngest boys lived in Mercer Street, Lisburn with Samuel Chambers, a stationer, and his wife. On Monday morning the 10 May, having received no news of her, Robert Gardiner her brother from Ballantine, Lisburn and Samuel Gardiner travelled to Queenstown in the hope of finding her. With the help of a photograph they had taken with them they found that she had already been buried (on Saturday 8 May) in a mass grave probably at Old Church Cemetery two miles outside Queenstown (Cobh).

HAWTHORN, Rifleman Albert A. Born and living in Magheragall, Co. Antrim with his wife, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 12 RIR (2534). KIA in Belgium on the 2.9.18 aged 24, he is buried in Messines Ridge, British Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row C, grave 41. The headstone inscription reads, “Ever remembered by his wife and family”. His brother-in-law, Sergeant John Phillips was also on active service. He may have been one of 8 Hawthorne brothers who were serving in the army.

HAWTHORNE, Rifleman John. Born in Lambeg, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9452). KIA in France on the 17.3.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

HAWTHORNE, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Magheragall, Co. Antrim, he lived at Moira, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in B Company 11 RIR (3028). Reported missing on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 37, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of the late William Hawthorne of Magheragall and husband of Mary Hawthorne of Derryrisk, Moira, Co. Down. He may have been one of 8 Hawthorne brothers who were serving in the army.

HAWTHORNE, Private William Robert. Born in Dromore, Co. Down, he lived at New Lanark, enlisted at Hamilton, Lanarkshire and served in A Company 7 RIrR (6473). He DoW in France on the 2.9.18 aged 19 and is buried in Arneke British Cemetery, Nord, France, plot 3, row D, grave 22. He was the son of William Robert and Mary Hawthorne of 2 New Buildings, New Lanark. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Drumlough Presbyterian churchyard (south west of Annahilt and south east of Hillsborough). His father William Robert died on the 3.4.1925 aged 63 and his mother Mary on the 27.1.1946 aged 76. They would have been approximately 57 and 48 respectively at the time of their son’s death and had also lost a daughter Annie aged 1 year on the 21.9.1903.

HAZELTON, Corporal John Douglas. Born in Belfast on the 24.11.1884, he was an old scholar of Belfast Royal Academy. He had been in the QUB Officer Training Corps for two years, graduating from Queens with a B.A. in 1906. He lived at Olds, Alberta and was a barrister by profession. Enlisting at Olds on the 1.7.16 having had no previous military experience, he was posted to the 187 Overseas Battalion and subsequently served in 31 CI AR (883532). He was 6’ tall with a chest measurement of 38½” and a 4” expansion, his complexion was ruddy and he had blue eyes and light brown hair. He DoW on the 25.6.18 age 33 and is buried in Wanquentin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France, Plot 2, row B, grave 1. The cemetery is about 12K west of Arras. He was the son of the Rev. Edward and A.I.L. Hazelton who were living in Larne at the time of JDH’s enlistment and subsequently at 6 Windsor Park, Belfast.

HEANEY, Gunner James. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Kilmarnock, Ayr and served in D Battery, 177 Brigade, RFA (92607). KIA in Belgium on the 29.5.17, he is buried in Loker Churchyard, Belgium, grave 5.

HEANEY, Rifleman(1) Thomas. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (8588). He died in France on the 24.01.15 aged 23 and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France, plot 1, row C, grave 23A. He was the son of Richard Heaney of 10 Theodore Street, Belfast.

HEASLEY, Private Alexander. Born in Lisburn, and living at Broomhedge, Moira, he enlisted at Liverpool and served in 1 KLR (91270. KIA in France on the 3.5.17 age 35, his death is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, bay 3. He was the son of James Heasley, Broomhedge Bogs, Moira, Co. Down.

HEENAN, Rifleman George. Born and living in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (17856). He was KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16 aged 20. He and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. The headstone inscription reads, “Father in thy gracious keeping leave we now thy servant sleeping”. He was the son of Richard and Mary J. Heenan of Hillsborough, Co. Down. All Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries for these men give grave 1, presumably it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson.

HEMPHILL, Captain Richard Patrick. Born in Birr, King's Co. he served in 6 LR and the RFC. Accidentally killed at Heliopolis, Egypt on the 24.3.17 age 23, he is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, row F, grave 203. He was the son of the Rev. Samuel and Flora Margaret Hemphill of Drumbeg Rectory, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.

HENDERSON, Lance Corporal James. Born in Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the Ulster Division RASC (T4/045325) before being transferred to 2/5 NSR (50742). He DoW on the Somme on the 8.12.17 and is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France, plot 5, row E grave 23. There is no headstone inscription.

HENDERSON, Sergeant Thomas. MM. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived at Parkeston, Essex, enlisted at Harwich and served in 87 Essex and Suffolk RGA, before being transferred to 174 Siege Battery RGA (122422). KIA in France on the 25.9.18, he is buried in Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row B, grave 5. There is no headstone inscription.

HERON, Rifleman Robert. Born at Blaris, and living in Lisburn, he had worked at Robert Stewart and Son’s mill before the war. He enlisted at Lisburn and serving in B Company 11 RIR (17866). Wounded/gassed on the 1st. September 1916 he was subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 12.8.17 aged 23. His brother Corporal William Heron who was also in 11 RIR, was present at his burial. A few days later on the 16th August he, William, was wounded in the attack at Langemarck but appears to have survived. Robert Heron’s grave was subsequently lost and his death is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, panel 40. He was the youngest son of William and Ellen Heron of 8 Barnsley Row, Lisburn. William Heron too had been a soldier, serving under Lord Roberts in Afghanistan where he had risen to the rank sergeant.

HEWITT  Lance Sergeant John. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RInF (12760). He served in Gallipoli, Salonika, Egypt and Palestine before he DoW in France on the 8.11.18 age 26. Buried in Premont British Cemetery, Aisne, France, plot 2, row C, grave 17, he was the son of Alfred V. and Margaret Hewitt (nee Kidd) of Moira, Co. Down. Premont is a village 19.5 kilometres south-east of Cambrai on the road to Guise and a little south-east of the main road from St. Quentin to Le Cateau.

HILL, Lance Corporal George Frederick. He lived in Lurgan, enlisted at Clandeboye and served in 12 RIR (1777). Reported missing near Kemmel Hill, Flanders and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 12.4.18 age 24, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 138 to 140, 162 to 162A and 163A. He was also commemorated by his mother on the family headstone in Ballinderry Middle Church where the inscription reads, “Loves last gift – Remembrance”. He was the son of Maria Jane Hill of Lisburn Road, Ballinderry Upper, Co. Antrim.

HILLIS, Rifleman John. Born at Edinburgh, and living in Lisburn, he enlisted there and embarked for France from Bordon with A Company 11 RIR in October 1915. He was one of the men involved in the attempt to save Henry Corkin from drowning on the 17.5.16 (see above) and was himself wounded at the Somme on the 1.7.16. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (17880) he was KIA in Belgium on the 12.4.18. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140.

HILLOCKS, Private William. Born in Cerragby, Co. Antrim, and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Antrim and served in the NIH, British Cavalry Base Depot, (71830). He died in France on the 10.11.18 and is buried in Mount-Huon Military Cemetery, Le Trepot, France, plot 8, row O, grave 9B.

HODGIN, Rifleman John. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted there and served in 11 RIR (17799) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 40.

HOGG, Lieutenant Walter Gordon. An old scholar of Friends’ School Lisburn, he served in 15 RIR. KIA in Belgium on the 24.5.17 aged 22, he is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium, row C, grave 7. The headstone inscription reads, “Until the day break”. He was the son of Walter Gordon Hogg of Mertoun, Knock, Co. Down.

HOLDCROFT, Sergeant Robert. Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lichfield, Staffordshire and served in 7 NSR (8853). He DoW in Mesopotamia on the 9.4.16 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq, plot 6, row Q, grave 1.

HOLLYWOOD, Lieutenant Arthur Carson. Born on the 29.12.1891 he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn. He entered the school on the 7.9.03 and left on the 20.7.06 during which time his reports were "excellent" or "very satisfactory". Serving in 9 RIrF he was wounded early in 1916 and later KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24, the same day as his younger brother James Holllywood, (below). His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A. He was the son of Elizabeth Hollywood and the late James Hollywood of Bangor and a brother of David Hollywood, also a past pupil of F.S.L.

HOLLYWOOD, 2nd. Lieutenant James. Born on the 16.4.1893, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn. He entered school on the 16.9.04 and left on the 20.7.06 during which time his reports were "satisfactory", although the first comment was to the effect that, “We think that he needs to put a good deal more energy into his work”. Posted to 18 RIR and attached to the 12th. battalion, he was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 23, the same day as his older brother Arthur Hollywood, above. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A/B. He was the son of Elizabeth Hollywood and the late James Hollywood of Bangor and a brother of David Hollywood, also a past pupil of F.S.L.

HOLMES, Private James. He lived on the Low Road, Lisburn and served in the Plymouth Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry (Ply/17083). He DoW on the 2.3.15 age 19 while serving on HMS London during the German raid on Scarborough. Buried in Portland Royal Naval Cemetery, England, grave 549, he was the son of Thomas and Annie Holmes of 2 Low Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. He had two brothers who also served in the war. Sergeant W.J. Holmes who was in 2 IG and won the DCM at Loos on the 29.9.15 and Private Thomas Holmes IG who, “gave up a lucrative post in America on the outbreak of the war” to return home and enlist. Both appear to have survived the war.

HOPPS, Rifleman Robert. Born in Lower Ballinderg, Co. Derry, he enlisted at Brookshill, Co. Derry and served in 2 RIR (6469). KIA on the Somme on the 24.3.18 age 23, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74 to 76. He was the son of Edward and Annie Hopps of Ballinderry Lower, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

HORNER Private John R. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Bangor, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RInF (7703). He DoW in Belgium on the 30.9.18 and is buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot3, row B, grave 20. There is no headstone inscription. From July 1917 this cemetery was used by 62 and 63 Casualty Clearing Stations, and burials from these and other hospitals, notably 36 CCS, continued until October 1918.

HOWE  Private Gilbert Frederick Temple. Born in Hillsborough on the 9.6.1885 he emigrated to Canada “some years ago” and was an insurance agent, running a firm with another Ulsterman in Hamilton, Ontario. A single man with no previous military experience, he enlisted at Valcartier on the 23.9.14. He was 6’ 1½” tall and had a 34” chest with 4” expansion. Of a swarthy complexion, he had brown eyes, black hair and tattoos on both his forearms. He served in 16 CI MtbaR (29453) and was KIA at St. Julien in Belgium on the 23.4.15 age 29. His death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panels 24 – 30. The eldest son of Frances Mary Howe of 1 Radnor Place, Hyde Park, London and the late T. S. Howe of Hillsborough, his father had been agent for the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava. His brother Edward Barhah Howe who had emigrated to Australia, enlisted there and by 1915 was serving in Gallipoli. He appears to have survived the war.

HUDDLESTONE, Private William. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in the RIR (11790) before being transferred to 2 RIrF (12919). He died in Salonica on the 2.10.16 and is buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece, plot 1, row A, grave 3.

HUGHES, Corporal Arthur. Born in Belfast, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (8435). KIA in France on the 10.3.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 42-3.

HUGHES, Private John. Born in Lambeg, he lived at Hilden, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 7/8 RIrF (15421). KIA in Belgium on the 7.6.17, he is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery, Reninghelst, Belgium, plot 6, row A, grave 11. There is no headstone inscription.

HUGHES, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Belfast, he enlisted at Ballinderry, Co. Antrim and served in 12 RIR (6442). He DoW in Belgium on the 13.10.18, and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 30, row B, grave 24. He was the grandson of Eliza Mooney of Ballinderry Upper, Co. Antrim.

HUGHES, Rifleman William Henry. Born and enlisting at Lisburn possibly in 11 RIR, he served in 12 RIR (17901). KIA in France on the 27.10.18, he is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France, plot 8, row B, grave 2. There is no headstone inscription.

HULL, Lance Corporal George Henry. Born in Lambeg, he enlisted at Lisburn in the RIR (17905) and embarked as Rifleman with 11 RIR for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Transferred to 108 Company MGC(I) (17687), the same Company as Corporal R.J. Corken, above, he was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 5C or 12C. He was the brother of Private Robert Hull, below, who was KIA on the 11.10.18 and son of George and Hariette Hull of 7 Eagle Terrace, Low Road, Lisburn.

HULL, Private Robert John. Born in Lambeg, he lived in Lisburn where he enlisted, serving in NIH (1510) before transferring to D Company 9 RIrF (41576). KIA in Belgium on the 11.10.18 aged 21, he is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium, (the same cemetery as Captain W. Boomer) plot 1, row D, grave 10. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of George and Hariette Hull of 7 Eagle Terrace, Low Road, Lisburn, and brother of Lance Corporal George Hull, above, who was KIA on the 1.7.16.

HULL, Rifleman Matthew. Born and enlisting at Lurgan, he served in 12 RIR (6441). KIA in Belgium on the 12.4.18 age 19, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 138 to 140, 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the son of John Hull and Ann Jane Hull of Aghalee, Lurgan, Co. Antrim.

HUME, Private Joseph. Born in Lisburn, before the war he had been employed at Hilden Mills before going to work in Scotland. He enlisted at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire and served in 2 HLI (1358). Reported MIA from the 30.6.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 30.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. His father who lived at 30 Bridge Street, Lisburn inserted a notice in the Standard on the 1.9.16 asking for any information about his son.

HUNTER, Rifleman William. He lived on the Hillhall Road, Lisburn and served in the RIR. According to the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, he died, but there is no trace from any other source.

HUTTON, Rifleman James. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 2 RIR (5396) and was KIA in Belgium on the 23.12.15. According to the Standard he had just returned to the front after 8 days leave at home following “a years hard service in France”. Buried in Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row G, grave 11, there is no headstone inscription. He was the brother of Miss Maggie Hutton of 64 Gregg Street, Lisburn.

HYNDMAN, Private James. Born in Mallusk, he lived at Suffolk, Dunmurry, enlisted at Belfast in 11 RIR (7261) and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Transferred to 894th. Area Employment Company Labour Corps (412397), he died in France on the 14.11.17 age 44. Buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, division 6, plot 1, row K, grave 8, he was the husband of Rose Hyndman of Suffolk, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.

IRVINE, Rifleman David. Born in Derriaghy, he lived at 4 Low Road, Lisburn. An apprentice in the Co-operative Society, he enlisted at Crumlin and served in 11 RIR (2225) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. He was KIA in Belgium on the 8.8.17 a few weeks after returning from home on leave, and his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, panel 40. He was the son of Adam Irvine of the Low Road, Lisburn.

IRVINE, James. His death is commemorated on War Memorials at Hilden and Lambeg Parish Church. however, there is no positive trace so far.

IRVINE, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Lisburn, he lived on the Low Road. An old soldier who had served in RIR before the war, he was a keen footballer and athlete. He played for the Wesley team which won the Alliance Trophy, Lisburn League and Steel and Sons’ Cup and for a time for Queens Park, Glasgow appearing for them in a friendly fixture against Linfield in Belfast before the war. Enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 2 RIR (5531). KIA in France on the 27.4.16 aged 46 he is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloy, France, plot 1, row G, grave 24. A widower, he was survived by three young children who appear to have been looked after by his parents. He was the son of the late William and Ann Irvine of 114 Fort Street, Low Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. His sister and brother-in-law Lizzie and Hugh Boyd lived at 112 Fort Street, and his brother and sister-in-law David and Eliza Jane Irvine at 42 Low Road. All inserted death notices in the Standard for the 26th May 1916.

IRVINE, Rifleman William. Born in Culcavey, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (3576). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 18, he is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, plot 8, row F, grave 12.

IRVINE, Rifleman William McCullough. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he lived at Carman’s Row, Lambeg, Lisburn. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (6635), embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 18, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, France. He was the son of William and Ellen Irvine of 8 Carman’s Row, Mosside, Lambeg, Lisburn. His father inserted a notice in the Standard on the 1st. September asking for any information concerning his son.

IRWIN, Sergeant James. Born in Lochwinnoch, Lanark, he lived at Lambeg, enlisted at Belfast and served in the RIR (248). Subsequently transferred to 109 Company MGC(I) (18721), he DoW in Belgium on the 7.6.17 aged 24 and is buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row J, grave 40. The headstone inscription reads, “We miss him most who loved him best”. He was the son of George and Charlotte Irwin, presumably of 17 Kilnknowe Cottages, Howood, Renfrewshire, and husband of Nancy Stewart Irwin of 23 Hilden View, Tullynacross, Lambeg, Lisburn. He died the same day as his brother Sergeant David Irwin who was born in Thornlie, Lanark, enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (12759). He was KIA in Belgium on the 7.6.17 aged 21. His death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40.

IRWIN Rifleman James. Served as James Duggan. Born and living in Dunmurry, he enlisted at London and served in 7 RIR (7/8557). KIA in France on the 6.8.16 age 22, he is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, (10 kilometres north-west of Lens), Pas de Calais, France, plot 3, row L, grave 23. He was the son of James and Mary Ann Irwin of 19 Mill Row, Dunmurry. There is no indication from the evidence as to why he served under an assumed name. Unlike Frederick John Fenton (above) he would not have been under-age. E.g. if he had joined up in August 1914 he would have been at least 19 and probably 20.

IRWIN, Private John. Born in St. Patrick’s, Co. Armagh, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in LR (2412) before transferring to 1 RIrF (21250). KIA in Belgium on the 22.10.18, he is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harelbeke, Belgium, plot 8, row B, grave 5.

JACKSON, Private Isaiah. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (19956). KIA in Gallipoli on the 21.8.15 aged 17, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Jackson of 53 Mercer Street, Lisburn.

JEFFERSON, Rifleman James. Born in Blaris, Co. Down, he was a “prominent Orangeman and Unionist in the Derriaghy district,” he played in the Derriaghy Flute Band and was employed at the gas-stove department of Belfast Corporation at the Ormeau Road works. Enlisting at Belfast, he served in D Company 10 RIR 192. KIA in France on the 19.6.16 aged 35, he is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row A, grave 31. There is no headstone inscription but rather unusually the headstone gives his full Christian name James rather than just his initial J. He was the second son of William and Jane Jefferson of Mosside, Dunmurry, husband of Jane Jefferson of 5 Reformatory Avenue, Lisburn Road, Balmoral, Belfast, and father of their four children.

JENKINS, 2nd. Lieutenant Garratt Primrose. Born on the 30.11.1897, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn which he entered on 3.5.05. There, his reports record his conduct and work as either “satisfactory” or “excellent”. He left school on the 26.7.07 and served in C Battery, 75 Brigade, RFA. KIA in Belgium on the 7.9.17 aged 19, he is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 3, row B, grave 9. The headstone inscription reads, “Of Lisburn Co. Antrim”. He was the son of Major Adam Primrose Jenkins and Alys Jenkins of Morestead Grove, Winchester, and previously of Lisburn. Major Adam Jenkins his father, was a member of Lisburn Urban Council and the Commanding Officer of the 1st. Lisburn battalion of the UVF which he had been instrumental in setting up. He had received his commission as a Captain in 11 RIR on the 14 September 1914 and according to the Standard, “it was thanks chiefly to his manly lead that such a splendid percentage of members [of Lisburn UVF] joined the army at the outbreak of the war”. Promoted to Major early in 1916, he served in France until July 1st 1916 when, as commander of A Company, he was reported as KIA. However, this subsequently proved to be incorrect. He had in fact been wounded and taken prisoner, and was held by the Germans in the Gutersloch Camp, Westphalia. This was the same camp as Captain Craig the local M.P. who was also wounded and captured on the 1.7.16. In December 1916 he was released by the Germans on account of his wounds and spent from then until November 1917 as a repatriated PoW in Switzerland. It was during this time that his son Garratt was killed. In November 1917 he returned to England and in February 1921 it was he who unveiled the war memorial in Christ Church, Lisburn. His son’s name appears fourth on the list.

JEREMY, Private Frederick. Born in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (7451). KIA in Belgium on the 21.10.14 aged 32, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 5. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Jeremy of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

JESS, Rifleman George. Born in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Ballymena and served in 12 RIR (460). KIA in France on the 1.7.16 aged 24, he is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France, plot 2, row D, grave 36. The headstone inscription reads, “Thy will be done”. He was the son of Mrs. Matilda Jess of Ballykeel Artifinney, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

JESS, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Drumlough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (1567). KIA in Belgium on the 21.10.18 aged 29, he is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, plot 8, row D, grave 11. He was the son of John and Mary Jane Jess of Dromore, Co. Down

JESS, Rifleman William George. Born in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (1019). He DoW at “home” on the 12.7.16 and is buried in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, grave F6, 662. He was the son of Robert and Agnes Jess.

JOHNSTON, Rifleman Alexander. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 6 RIR (11009). KIA in Gallipoli on the 22.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 177-8.

JOHNSTON, Private Alfred. Born in Hillsborough, he served in the SIH (1742) and died on the 14.5.17. The details here concerning service number, regiment and date of death are the same as for James Edward Bentley, see above. Could Bentley have served under an assumed name?

JOHNSTON, Arthur. Born on the 24.2.1895, he was an Old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn. His stay at FSL was brief, lasting from the 4.9.06 to the 21.12.06. The single report on him dated 21.12.06 reads, “Arthur possesses considerable ability, and has shown a good deal of improvement during the term; but his frequent absences from school have prevented him from properly settling down to his work, and deriving all the benefits that might have been expected”. His parents were James and Christina Johnston whose home was in Lurgan. The closest fit is Private A.M. Johnston (CH/2887S) 1st. R.M. battalion Royal Naval Division, RMLI. Died on the 8.10.18 age 23. Buried in Proville British Cemetery, Nord, France, plot 1, row C, grave 30. He was the son of John and Christina Monteith Johnston of 19 Ship Haugh, Stirling.

JOHNSTON, Rifleman David Williamson. Born in Lambeg, he lived at Lisburn, enlisted at Comber and served in 13 RIR (17979). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Hugh Johnston of Tullynacross, Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

JOHNSTON, George. His death is commemorated on Hilden War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

JOHNSTON, Rifleman James. Born at Carrickavea, Co. Down, he lived in Ballylesson, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (12960). KIA on the Somme on the 2.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

JOHNSTON, Rifleman Joseph A. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RIR (11246). KIA in Gallipoli on the 11.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. He was the brother of Mary Johnston of 176 Cambrai Street, Belfast.

JOHNSTON, Captain Joseph Allen. Born on the 2.5.1891, he was an old scholar of Friend’s School, Lisburn which he entered on the 3.9.02. With one exception, his reports there were generally “very satisfactory”. He left FSL on the 26.7.1907 to go to Campbell College and subsequently served in 9 RIrF. He was KIA in Belgium on the 18.2.17 aged 25 and is buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. He was the son of James Johnston JP and Christina Johnston of Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

JOHNSTON, Staff Nurse Margaret (Maggie) Hessie. Served in R Section QAIMNS. She died in Egypt on the 5.9.15. Her death is commemorated on the family headstone in Ballinderry Middle church graveyard and on the Roll of Honour in the Parish Church. The family headstone records that she, “gave her life in the Great War”. She is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, row D, grave 84.

JOHNSTON, Private William John. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 DCLI (5798). KIA in France on the 9.9.14, his death is commemorated on the La Ferte-Souse-Jouarre Memorial, France. It is on the Marne about 20 Km. east of Meaux and commemorates those killed in the fighting from August to early September, who have no known grave. Joseph Hanna, George Neill and Robert Smeaton who were all in 2 RIR and were killed on the 19th and 20th September are also commemorated there.

JOHNSTON, Rifleman William John. Born and living in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (17974). Wounded on the Somme, possibly on the 1st July, he DoW in France on the 10.7.16 aged 19. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, plot A, row 25, grave 15, he was the son of William Johnston of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

JOHNSON-SMYTH, Chaplain 4th Class, The Rev. Edward. Born in Glenavy, Co. Antrim, he served in the Army Chaplains’ Department. He died in Rouen, France on the 10.2.17 age 44, and is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, plot B, row 4, grave 11. He was the son of Maud and Thomas Johnson-Smyth, J.P., of Glenavy, Co. Antrim and husband of M. S. Johnson-Smyth of “Pawa Domus”, Cherry Garden Road, Canterbury.

KANE, Rifleman J. Born in Kinallen, Dromara, he served in 18 RIR 736 and died at “home” on the 29.5.20 age 38. Buried in Dromara First Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 317, he was the son of James and Jane Kane and husband of Elizabeth Kane of Kinallen, Dromara.

KANE, Sergeant James. Born in Belfast where he lived for a time, he also lived at Lisburn Street, Hillsborough, and was a member of the local UVF battalion in Hillsborough. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in 12 RIR (17997). KIA in France on the 25.8.18 aged 26, he is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (close to the Franco-Belgian border), plot 3, row F, grave 109. The headstone inscription reads, “Peace perfect peace”. He was the husband of Charlotte Kane of 262 Conway Street and later 65 Hudson Street, Belfast.

KANE, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Culcavey, Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (17047). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

KEENAN, Rifleman George Clements. Born in Ballymacarret, Belfast, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (15054). Reported wounded and missing in late August/ early September and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 2.7.16 age 29, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Annie Keenan of 94 Dover Street, Belfast and the late George C. Keenan.

KEERY, Rifleman Isaac. Born in Blaris, he lived in Longstone Street, Lisburn. A bricklayer by trade, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (6660). Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he DoW at Manchester on the 20.7.16. His wife who lived at 26 Pump Lane, was informed of his death that day by telegram. His remains were brought back to Lisburn on the 22nd and he was buried in Blaris Old Cemetery, Co. Down, grave 753 on Sunday 23.7.16.

KEIGHTLEY, Captain Philip Charles Russell. Born in Lisburn on the 24.1.1895, the family home was Drum House, Drumbeg. He was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn which he entered on the 18.1.04. His school reports show his work and conduct there to have been generally “very satisfactory” but his progress was hampered by frequent absences due to illness. He served in France for 3 years with 262 Siege Battery, RGA and died at “home” of pneumonia on the 2.3.19 aged 24. He is buried with his mother in grave 314, St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland graveyard, Drumbeg beside Drum House. He was the eldest son of Sir Samuel Robert Keightley KT, M.A., LLD. and Lady Mary? Keightley of Drum House, Drumbeg and “The Fort,” Lisburn. Lady Keightley was chairman of the Lisburn Board of Guardians and laid the foundation stone for Brownlee P.S. in 1913/4. She died on the 31.10.29 aged 65 and was buried in the same grave as her son. Sir Samuel, whose barristers practice was at Fort House, Lisburn, may be buried abroad, perhaps in Egypt. Their youngest son Lieutenant Maurice F. Keightly, passed the qualifying exam for the Indian army and on the 27.6.16 was due to leave for Quetta in India for six months preliminary training as a cadet before being commissioned. He appears to have survived the war.

KELLY, (Quarter Master) Sergeant Edward. Born in Lisburn, he was a clerk at Mr. D.B. Simpson’s office Lisburn? When the war broke out he enlisted in 11 RIR, possibly along with his brothers, but was “claimed off” (taken out of the army, probably by his parents, because he was underage). However, he enlisted later at Woolwich, by which time he was living at Ilford, Essex, his parents on this occasion, “offering no objection”. He went to France in 1916 aged 17, and served in the DCLI (22507) before transferring to 1 ChR (68320). For a time he was the youngest sergeant in the army. He was KIA in France on the 23.10.18, aged 19 or 20, and is buried in Amerval Communal Cemetery Extension, Solesmes, France, plot 28, row D. He was the son of William Kelly of Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn. He may have been a brother of Sergeant William Kelly also of Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn who served in the RIR and was wounded in 1917.

KELLY, Private William James. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the RIrR Depot and 6 RIrR (3091). He died at “home” on the 25.7.17 and is buried in Trinity Terrace R.C. Graveyard, Lisburn.

KENNEDY, Corporal Campbell. Born in Lisburn and living in Lambeg, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 6 RIR (11283). KIA in Salonika on the 16.5.17 he is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece, plot 7, row B, grave 4.

KENNEDY, Rifleman James. Born in Glenavy, Co. Antrim, where he was a member of the Orange Order, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (16658). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 26, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Elizabeth and the late John Kennedy of Glenavy, Co. Antrim.

KERR, Rifleman Alexander. Born in Kinallen, Co. Down, he lived in Vancouver British Columbia and Skeagh, west of Kinallen in Co. Down. He enlisted at Clandeboye and served in 12 RIR (6237). KIA in Belgium on the 16.10.16, he is buried in Le Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row A, grave 9.

KIDD, Rifleman George. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in B Company 11 RIR (18024). Reported missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15 face A/B.

KILPATRICK, Lance Corporal John. Born in May, Co. Armagh, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Carlisle and served in 1 BR (9232). He DoW received at Gallipoli on the 12.5.15 age 39 and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, row A, grave 140. He was the husband of Mrs. E. McCabe (formerly Kilpatrick) of 5 Carman’s Row, Lambeg, Lisburn.

KING, 2nd. Lieutenant Frederick Cross. Served in 17 RIR and was attached to 25 Company MGC. He died, possibly as a PoW on the 23.10.16 aged 33 and is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, France, plot 6 row J, grave 10. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Anne J. King of Ladbrooke Square, London. Bancourt is just outside Bapaume which was behind the German line in 1916 which suggests that he may have been a prisoner. However, it is also possible that his body was not found until later and that he was buried there after the area was occupied by the British.

KING, Private George. Born and living in Lisburn, he served in 2 SLR (6775). He DoW in France on the 23.9.14 and according to the Standard, was the first Lisburn man to be killed, although Private Joseph Hanna had died three days earlier and Private William John Johnston 1 DCLI was KIA on the 9.9.14. See above. He is buried in Villeneuve-St.Georges Old Communal Cemetery, France, row 1, grave 736. Villeneuve-St Georges is 18 kilometres south-east of the centre of Paris on the Paris-Melun road. The majority of the 1914-18 war casualties commemorated or buried there died in 1914 when the railway station was on the British lines of communication and a British ambulance was posted there.

KINGSBURRY, Sapper George. Born in Enniskillen, he lived at Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 122 Field Company RE (57626). He DoW in France on the 11.11.16 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, (close to Franco-Belgian border), plot 3, row A, grave 230. There is no headstone inscription.

KINGSMORE, Private Patrick. He lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Belfast and served in the CR (3686) before transferring to 8 RInF (20652). He DoW in France on the 29.4.16 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France plot 3, row H, grave 76.

KIRKWOOD, Private Thomas John. He lived in Lisburn, served in the RAMC (54852) and died “at home” on the 23.3.15. He is buried in Belfast City Cemetery, row C2, grave 160.

KIRPATRICK, Company Sergeant Major John Parker. Served in 5 CMR QR (110300) and was KIA in France on the 15.9.16 aged 41. His death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and on the family headstone in Glenavy Parish church. He was the second son of Arthur and Janette Kirkpatrick of Crumlin who had died before the war (on the 24.11.1907 aged 82, and the 24.11.1896 aged 61 respectively) and who are buried in the gaveyard at Glenavy Parish church.

KNOX, Gunner Charles. Born in Belfast, he lived at Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in T Battery RHA and RFA (71959). He DoW on the Somme on the 16.9.16 and is buried in Longueval Road Cemetery, France, row E, grave 11. There is no headstone inscription.

KNOX, Private Uchtred Charles Guy. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down on the 7.5.1890, he was a single man and clerk by profession. He enlisted at Victoria in British Columbia on the 7.11.1914 aged 24 years and 7 months. 5’ 9’’ in height, he had a 42’’ chest with 2’’ expansion, a fair complexion, green eyes and light coloured hair. He was in the Militia, belonging to the 88th Regiment V[ictoria] Fusiliers, and volunteered to be posted overseas where he served in 7 CI BCR 77047. He died in France on the 19.8.15 age 25 and is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, plot 19, row H, grave 9. He was the son of Mrs. Knox of 1817 Bank Street, Victoria, and brother of George W. Knox of 1529 Fort Street, Victoria.

LAIRD, Corporal George. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he lived on the Low Road, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served in 2 RIR (8835). KIA in Belgium on the 16.6.15 his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium. According to the Standard for the 2.6.15, he, like Daniel Lappin, below, was wounded while involved, “in the charge of the 16th. June”.

LAMONT, Rifleman William. Born and living in Lisburn, he served in A Company 11 RIR (18047) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16 aged 25, he is buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annex, Belgium, plot 2, row C, grave 24. This is the same grave number as Rifleman Thomas McClure, below. They have separate headstones but they stand side by side. The grave is also next to that of Samuel Ward. The headstone inscription reads, “Father in thy gracious keeping, leave we now our loved one sleeping”. He was the husband of Sarah McKearney, formerly Lamont, of 23 Canal Street, Lisburn and son of Robert and Lizzie Lamont of Lisburn.

LAPPIN, Rifleman Daniel (Dannie). Born in Shankill, he enlisted at Lisburn where he was an Orangeman and member of the 1st. Lisburn battalion, UVF. He was a reservist in 5 RIR and was called up at the start of the war, serving in 2 RIR (5047) along with his brother William. KIA in Belgium on the 16.6.15 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, panel 40. He was the son of William and Jane Lappin of 12 Millview, Chapel Hill, Lisburn, Co. Antrim and brother of Jane Lappin and William Lappin, below. Writing to his parents after his death, one of his officers reported that, “He was a brave lad, and it will be of some comfort to you to know that his death was instantaneous”. According to the Standard for the 2.6.15, he, like George Laird, above, was hit while involved, “in the charge of the 16th. June”.

LAPPIN, Rifleman William. Born at Lisburn, he was an Orangeman and member of the 1st. Lisburn battalion, UVF. He enlisted at the start of the war in 5 RIR and was sent to the front on the 26.12.15 where he served in 2 RIR (5377) along with his brother Daniel. He DoW in 11 General Hospital, Boulogne, France on the 24.6.15 aged 24, from gunshot wounds to the leg possibly received at Ypres. He is Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France, plot 8, row B, grave 46 and was the son of William and Jane Lappin of 12 Millview, Chapel Hill, Lisburn, and brother of Jane Lappin and Daniel Lappin, above.

LARMOUR, Sergeant Alexander, MM. Born and living in Lisburn, where he may have been a reservist in 5 RIR he enlisted at Belfast, and may have embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915 as a rifleman with 11 RIR. He was involved in the attempt to save Henry Corkin from drowning on the 17.5.16 and was wounded in September 1916. He was serving in 12 RIR (16662) when he DoW in Belgium on the 11.4.18 aged 27. Buried in Lijssenthock Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 26, row H, grave 6A, the headstone inscription reads, “Peace, perfect peace”. He was the son of the late Alexander and Elizabeth Larmour of Lisburn.

LARMOUR, Private Samuel. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lurgan and served in 1 RInF (8479). KIA in Gallipoli on the 21.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101.

LAVERTY, Second Lieutenant Joseph. A school teacher by profession he had held posts at Edenderry in Omagh, Ballinalee, Wilson’s Hospitals Endowed School in Westmeath and Newtownards Model School before being appointed principal at Castlerobin National School, Lisburn (just north of Sale’s Corner), where he appears to have lived. He volunteered for the army through Queen’s OTC and served in 13 RIR. He was KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 a year after first going to the front. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140, 162-162A and 163A. He was the son of James Laverty of Tobermore, Co. Derry and brother of W.J. Laverty of 165 York Road, Belfast

LAVERY, Private Charles. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lisburn and served in C Company 2 RInF (6902). He was listed as MIA in France from the 16.5.15 and subsequently recorded as KIA from that date. His death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panel 16 or 17. He was the husband of Sarah Lavery of 6 Longstone Street, Lisburn who had a letter published in the Standard on the 16.7.15 enquired as to his whereabouts.

LAVERY, Private Edward. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Cookstown, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RInF (10739). KIA in France on the 16.5.15 aged 18, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 16 or 17. He was the son of John Lavery of 10 Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn.

LAVERY, Rifleman Henry. Born and living in Hillsborough, (possibly Ballykeel, Artifinney). he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 7 RIR (5723). KIA in Belgium on the 30.4.17 aged 24, he is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium, row N, grave 64. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Mary E. Lavery of Halliday's Bridge, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Halliday’s Bridge was a bridge over the canal near Lower Kilwarlin Parish church. Its name only survives now on the local Orange Hall.

LAVERY, Sergeant Thomas. Born and living in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RIR (9573). KIA in Gallipoli on the 8.8.15 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 177-178. He was the son of Margaret Lavery of Gortrainey, Ballinderry, Co. Antrim.

LAVERY, Sergeant William. Born in Lisburn, he lived on the Ballynahinch Road in the town. He had served with the RInF during the Boer War and held both the King’s and Queen’s medals. After leaving the army he became a postman in the town. An “ardent unionist” and member of Lisburn LOL 141, he was one of the eight founder members of the 1st. Lisburn battalion of the UVF in which he held the rank of Sergeant Instructor. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (18048) along with two of his brothers Riflemen James and Jack Lavery who were in the same platoon. They all embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. William Lavery was KIA on the Somme on the 24.6.16 by the same shell which killed William Leatham, his death is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. James and Jack were both wounded a week later on the 1.7.16 and, in early July, Jack was in hospital suffering from shell shock. William Lavery left a wife and 5 children. Another brother, Corporal Dick Lavery who served in the RInF, had been severely wounded during the retreat from Mons in 1914 and, on his recovery, saw action in Gallipoli. All three of his brothers appear to have survived the war. A brother-in-law, Wesley Graham, lived at 66 Melrose Street, Belfast.

LAW, Rifleman Frederick (Fred) James. He lived in Moira, Co. Down, enlisted at Lurgan, Co. Armagh and served in 16 RIR (870). KIA in Belgium on the 16.4.18 age 31, he is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row A, grave 33. (This is next but one to George McClure, below, who was also in 16 RIR). He was the son of James and Annie Law of Moira, Co. Down.

LAW, Private James. Born in Lisburn Co. Antrim, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Glasgow and served in 12 RS (13050). KIA in France on the 23.8.15 aged 32, he is buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France, row E or F, grave 43. He was the son of James and Ellen Law of Dunmurry.

LAW, Private Stanley. Born in Belfast, he lived and enlisted at Leeds and served in B Company 5 CR (5655). KIA in France on the 9.10.18 aged 24, he is buried in Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay, France, plot 1, row F, grave 9. He was the son of Charles Muller Law and Joyce Eaton Law of 28 Hamilton Street, South Circular Road, Dublin.

LEAHEY, Rifleman Hugh. Born in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in A Company 15 RIR (809). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 23, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of the late Robert and Rose Leahey.

LEATHEM, Rifleman William. Born in Lisburn on the 22.6.1894, he may have lived in Young St. or Office Street in the town and was a “prominent unionist in the area”, a member of Lisburn Mechanics L.O.L. and of the 1st Lisburn battalion UVF. He may also have been a member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club. A plasterer by trade, having served his apprenticeship with David M’Henry of Lisburn, he also worked for a time at Queen’s Island, Belfast. He enlisted in Lisburn along with 350 others in his UVF battalion, served in 11 RIR (18077) and embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915 along with his brother Lance Corporal John Leathem. KIA on the Somme on the 24.6.16, two days short of his 22 birthday, by the same shell which killed William Lavery, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the eldest son of Henry and Barbara Leathem of 22 Young Street, Lisburn and nephew of Annie and Fred Thompson of 40 Bridge Street, Lisburn. His brother John Leatham, who before the war had been an apprentice in the offices of the Lisburn Standard, was invalided home in January 1916 but was involved in the fighting in Dublin during the Easter Rising. He served there under Captain Colthrust and was among the party which arrested Sheehy-Skeffington. By January 1916 he was with 18 RIR, a reserve battalion, at Clandeboye waiting to be posted back to the front. John Leatham appears to have survived the war.

LEATHEM, Rifleman William H. Served in 11 RIR, may have embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915 and might have been wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16. He is commemorated on Lisburn and Christ Church War Memorials, but there is no further trace.

LECKEY, Private Joseph. Served at the Receiving Depot, Blandford, RAF (304971). He died on the 26.10.18 aged 18 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, old row E, grave 352. She was the son of Mrs. Mary Leckey of 7 Bullicks Square, Linenhall Street, Lisburn. The headstone inscription reads, “O Joseph when I think of thee tis just a step to Calvary”.

LECKEY, Rifleman William. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in A Company 11 RIR (2163) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he is buried in Serre Road Cemetery Number 2, France, plot 24, row L, grave 5. A sister, Annie, and brother and sister-in-law James and Mary Leckey, survived the war.

LENNOX Lance Corporal Francis John. Born in Castledawson, he lived there and in Lisburn. He was an Orangeman in Lisburn Lodge 557 and a member of the local UVF battalion. For two years before the war he had been in charge of the woolens and ready-made department in Messrs. Duncans. Enlisting at Lisburn he served in 11 RIR (18090) with whom he probably embarked for France in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A or B. He was the son of Mr. W.G. Lennox of Aughrim, Castledawson, Co. Derry.

LEWIS, Rifleman Edward. Born in Lambeg, and employed in Barbour’s mill at Hilden, he was a married man with two children, who lived at Tullynacross. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (7244) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. Two nephews, Rifleman Bertie Webb 11 RIR and Private Ernest Webb RAMC had also enlisted. Both seem to have survived the war.

LEWIS, Corporal William. Served in 8 CI MtbaR (865). He died in Belgium on the 22.4.15 age 22 and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panels 24-30. He was the son of Robert Joseph and Sarah Jane Lewis of Laurelvale, Aghalee.

LEWIS, Private William. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he lived and enlisted in Lisburn and served in 6 RIR (10501). KIA in Gallipoli on the 10.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial Gallipoli, panels 178-180. He was the son of Margaret Lewis of 40 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn.

LINDSAY, Lance Corporal Hugh. Born and living in Crumlin, he was a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (2210) embarking with them as a rifleman for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 7.6.17 age 21, he is buried in Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium, plot D, grave 7. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lindsay of Main Street, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

LINDSAY, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Mullaglass Co. Down, he worked in Glenmore Bleach works before the war, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 7 RIR (5347). KIA in France on the 2.4.16, he is buried in Bois-Carre Military Cemetery, Haisnes, France, row D, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. He was a brother of Richard and Robert Lindsay, below, and the husband of Emily Lindsay (nee Gregg) of Bradburys Buildings, Hill Street, Lisburn. They had (at least) six children. William, who served in the Royal Ulster Rifles during World War 2 and was killed in Italy, Robert John who was also killed in WW2, Edith, David, Joseph and Thomas who was, “born with a charm”. Children with whooping cough would be brought to touch his hair in the hope of a cure. He was also the son of the late John Lindsay, a land steward, and Agnes Lindsay (nee McFadden) who lived at 3 Grove Street, Low Road, and later 6 Spruce Street, Lisburn. She had lived at Donaghmore until her husband’s death but had then moved to Lisburn in search of work, her daughters finding employment in Hilden Mill and the boys in the bleach works. Following the death of her son Robert, below, she received a pension from the Canadian government. Bois-Carre Military Cemetery is in the fields north of Loos, close to St. Marys ADS Cemetery where John Kipling is thought to be buried. It was started in 1915 and was used largely by the 16th. Irish Division until August 1916. The irregular arrangement of the rows was due to the “difficult circumstances” under which burials were carried out.

LINDSAY, Lance Corporal Richard. Born in Lisburn, he lived on the Low Road in the town, enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (1868). He DoW in France on the 5.11.18 and is buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St. Omer, France, plot 5, row E, grave 41. He was a brother of Joseph and Robert Lindsay, above and below, and the son of the late John Lindsay, a land steward, and Agnes Lindsay (nee McFadden) who lived at 3 Grove Street, Low Road, and later 6 Spruce Street, Lisburn. She had lived at Donaghmore until her husband’s death but had then moved to Lisburn in search of work, her daughters finding employment in Hilden Mill and the boys in the bleach works. Following the death of her son Robert, below, she received a pension from the Canadian government.

LINDSAY, Private Robert. Born on the 28.5.1885, he lived on the Low Road, Lisburn. A single man with a fiancé in Canada, he was an engineer by profession and enlisted at Toronto on the 16.8.1915 aged 30 years and 3 months, having served in the Royal Irish Rifles. He had a fair complexion with blue eyes and brown hair, was 5’ 3’’ in height and had a 37’’ chest with 3’’ expansion. Having volunteered for overseas service, he was able to visit home wearing his “swanky uniform” and his arrival there was greeted with “great celebrations”. He served in COR, CI 192262 and was KIA on the 9.4.17 age 32 at a time when he was expected home on leave. His death is commemorated on the Arras Road Cemetery Memorial 28, Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of the late John Lindsay, a land steward, and Agnes Lindsay (nee McFadden) who lived at 3 Grove Street, Low Road, and later 6 Spruce Street, Lisburn. She had lived at Donaghmore until her husband’s death but had then moved to Lisburn in search of work, her daughters finding employment in Hilden Mill and the boys in the bleach works. Following Robert’s death she received a pension from the Canadian government. He was also a brother of Joseph and Richard Lindsay above.

LITTLE, Private Henry. Born in Lisburn, he lived and enlisted at Birkenhead, Cheshire and served in 7 LR (3362). Reported missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 3.9.16, his death was not confirmed until August 1917. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 16, face E. He was a brother of Frank Little of Barrack Street, Lisburn.

LOGAN, Rifleman Thomas. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in A or B Company 11 RIR (18104) with whom he may have embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported MIA on the 16.6.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

LOGAN, Rifleman William. Born and living in Crumlin, Co. Antrim, he was a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy. He enlisted at Antrim and served in 11 RIR (19598), embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Campbell and Eliza Logan of Gortnagallon, Crumlin, and husband of Aggie Logan of Crumlin.

LONG, Lance corporal Richardson. Born in Lambeg, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served initially in 11 RIR with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 11/13 RIR (16683) when the 11th. and 13th. battalions were amalgamated on the 13.11.17, he was KIA in France on the 8.12.17 aged 37 and is buried in Metz-en-couture Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France, plot 3, row C, grave 3. The headstone inscription reads, “Fifth son of the late Richardson and Mary Long, Lisburn, Ireland”. Richardson and Mary Long lived in Lambeg.

LOWRY, Rifleman Henry. Born in Derriaghy, he lived at the Railway Tavern, Moira, enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (1099) with whom he probably embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. He was reported MIA on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the nephew of Sara Carlisle of the Railway Tavern, Moira.

LUCAS, Private Joseph. Born in Purdysburn, he lived and enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RF (63719). KIA on the Somme on the 25.3.18 age 25, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 19 to 21. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Lucas of 46 Edenderry, Shaws Bridge, Belfast.

LUNDY, Private John. Born and living in Newry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the RAMC (41594) before transferring to 1 RIrF (18731). KIA in France on the 24.3.18 age 24, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France. He was the son of James and Alice Lundy of 42 Mary Street, Newry, Co. Down. His Christian name is given as either John or Patrick Joseph depending on the source.

LUNN, Corporal James. Born in Blaris, he lived at Ravarnette, enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (18058) embarking with them as a Lance Corporal from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 possibly while attached to A Company, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B. He was the husband of Sarah Lunn of Ravarnette, Lisburn and son of Joseph Lunn of the Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn. His brother CSM T. Lunn RIR who was awarded the DCM, was wounded in the chest and back in August 1917 but appears to have survived.

LYNCH, Gunner John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Clydebank, Dunbartonshire and served in the RGA (51845). He died at “home” on the 26.4.15 and is buried in Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire, row R, grave 307.

LYNESS, Rifleman Benjamin. Served in 1 RIR (G/654) and de died at “home” on the 15.4.19. He is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, New Section, row E, grave 94. There is no headstone inscription.

LYNESS, Sergeant Matthew. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he lived and enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 1 RIR (11/6493). Wounded in September 1916 and subsequently KIA in France on the 22.3.18 aged 28, he is buried in St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France, plot 7, row E, grave 4. He was the son of Mary Anne Lyness of 35 Millbrook Road, Low Road, Lisburn.

LYTTLE, Rifleman Samuel. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in A Company 11 RIR (18118) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported MIA on the 16.6.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 24, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Arthur and Mary A. Lyttle of Longstone Street, Lisburn.

MACAULEY, Private Samuel James. Born in Belfast on the 5.5.1888, he lived for a time at Culcavey before moving to Broomhedge, and 2 or 3 years before the war, to Canada. A cabinet maker by trade, he had 4 years service in the 26th. MLI [Manitoba Light Infantry?] when he enlisted at Strathroy? Ontario on the 27.11.1915 aged 27 years and 6 months. He was 5’10” tall, had a 40” chest fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. Posted to the 135 Overseas Battalion, CEF and later to 15th. battalion, Canadian Infantry, 1 COR, CEF, (802241) he DoW in France on the 20.10.18 age 30. He is buried in Auberchicourt British Cemetery, France, plot 4, row B, grave 12 and was the husband of Mrs. James Macauley of Strathroy? Ontario.


MACKELL, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he was the son of Joseph and May Mackell who were married in Hillsborough, possibly at Rielly’s Trench, (to the west of Hillsborough) in 1879. In 1901 at the time of the census, the family were living in Young Street, though by the time of Joseph junior’s death they may have moved to Blaris. Joseph senior was employed as a boat/lighter man and worked on the barges, May was a mill worker. She was the daughter of John Lindsay who was also from Lisburn and worked as a labourer. Joseph junior who may also have been employed as a boatman, enlisted at Dromore, Co. Down and served in 2 RIR (5244). He was KIA in Belgium on the 2.5.15 and is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium, plot 1, row A, grave 1. There is no headstone inscription. He was the brother of Patrick Mackell who lived in Barrack Street, Lisburn. According to the introduction in the cemetery register, “Ridge Wood was the name given to a wood standing on high ground between the Kemmel Road and Dickebusch lake ... the position was chosen for a front line cemetery as early as May 1915, the first graves belong to the 2nd. RIR.” All six graves in row A, plot 1 are 2 RIR and dated 2.5.15. The cemetery register entry for one of them, Rm. J. McIldoon, notes that he was KIA at Kemmel. Alexander Ritchie, below, is also buried here in plot 2, row N, grave 3. He was killed on the 13.3.16.

MAGEE, Private John Edward. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served originally in 8 RMF (4144) before transferring to 2 RInF (26473). KIA in France on the 21.11.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 4D or 5B.

MAGILL, Sergeant William. Served in 13 RIR (18423), he was KIA in France on the 1.4.16 aged 26 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 1, row A, grave 4. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of James and Sarah Magill of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

MAGINNESS, Private Thomas. Born in Drumgath, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 7 RIrF (23032). He DoW in France on the 12.7.16 aged 30 and is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos, France, plot 3, row A, grave 25. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of the late Patrick Maginness and husband of the late Nancy Maginness.

MAGINNIS, Pioneer Alexander. Lived in Lisburn, and served in the RE (330428). He died at “home” on the 20.2.19 aged 52 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, new plot, row E, grave 215. The headstone inscription reads, “From his loving wife Sarah Jane Maginnis”. He was the husband of Sara Jane Dalzell, formerly Maginnis of 34 Canal Street, Lisburn.


MAGOWAN, Private Charles. Lived at Clogher, south east of Lisburn and served in 2 CtbR, NZEF (26302). He was KIA in Belgium on the 5.6.17 age 36 and is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row E, grave 14. He was the son of Samuel and Mary McGowan of Clogher, Lisburn.

MALLON, Christopher. According to the War Memorials in Dunmurry and Drumbeg Parish churches where he is commemorated, he served in the RWK Regt. According to the memorial in St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Suffolk, he served in the Royal Navy and died on the 15.7.17. However, there is no record of him from any other source.

MALONE, 2nd. Lieutenant William Adolph. Born on the 11.4.1887, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn and of Belfast Royal Academy. He served in 13 ChR and was KIA in Belgium on the 16.5.17 aged 30. His death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panels 19 and 22. He was the son of John and Margaret B. Malone of Entroya, Fort William Park, Belfast.

MANNING, Major Robert Charles, DSO, MC, Legion of Honour, Mentioned in Dispatches. Born in Rathgar, Co. Dublin he was a graduate of TCD. He served in 170th Tunnelling Company RE and DoW in Pernes, France on the 6.9.18 age 29. He is buried in Pernes British Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France, plot 6, row A, grave 38, was the son of Lionel John and F. M. Manning of Hillsborough, Co. Down, and husband of A. F. Manning of Valley, Anglesey.

MARKS, Rifleman Robert. Born in Ballymena, he had served in the Boer War, enlisted at Lisburn and served in A Company 11 RIR (18397) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 34, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the husband of Alice Marks of Drumbeg, Lisburn.

MARKS, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Belfast, he lived at Lambeg, enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (16862) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported missing on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, and on the family headstone in Derriaghy parish church graveyard. He was the son of Mary Ann Marks who died on the 9.8.05 and Thomas Marks who died on the 9.11.19.

MARNELL, Lance corporal Dominic. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 5 RIrF (4/3845). He DoW in Palestine on the 18.3.18 and is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Palestine, row Q, grave 67.

MARSHALL, Rifleman Charles Dunlop. Born in Ballylesson, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (428). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 34, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Joseph and Matilda Marshall of Primrose Villa, Ballylesson, and husband of Elizabeth Marshall of 16 Rutland Street, Belfast.

MARTIN, Private Alexander (Alex). Emigrated to Australia in 1913 and a few months later to New Zealand where he enlisted, serving in the AckR, NZ Infantry (12/800). After initial training he was sent to Egypt where he was involved in fighting against the Turks. In his last letter home, “he complained of the weariness of inactivity” and how it was, “awful to lie here in idleness and read of all the fighting that was going on” in Europe where he wished he would be sent. Initially reported missing after the first Dardanelles landings, he was subsequently (probably early 1916) reported KIA in Gallipoli on the 25.4.15 aged 20. His death is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, panel 72 and on the family headstone in Magheragall Parish church graveyard. He was the son of John Martin, a member of Lisburn Board of Guardians and a rural councilor in Magheragall, and Isabella Martin, Moor Farm, Hallstown, Magheragall and nephew of Mr. A.S. Mayes, of Bellevue and William Martin of Park Parade, Lisburn. A tribute to Alex Martin was paid by the Rev. Dundas of Magheragall Parish Church before his sermon on Sunday the 20 June 1915.

MARTIN, Rifleman David. Born in Blaris, before the war he lived with his aunt Isablla Martin in Lisburn, and was employed in William Barbour and Sons mill at Hilden. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (4732) with three of his uncles, embarking for France from Bordon in October 1915. He was KIA on the Somme on the 17.6.16 aged 17. According to one of his officers, Captain O.B. Webb who commanded D Company, and wrote to his aunt informing her of his death, he was on a working party in the trenches and, “was caught by a shrapnel bullet which entered his chest in the region of his heart. I am glad to say he felt no pain. He never was conscious and death came quickly. He was a great boy, afraid of nothing, and we all feel his loss very deeply”. CSM John Bell also wrote to Isabella Martin expressing condolences and hoping that, “we may soon be able to avenge him”. He is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France row C, grave 20, there is no headstone inscription. He was the son of David Martin of 122 Longstone Street, Lisburn and nephew of Miss Isabella Martin of 20 Hillhall Road, Lisburn. Captain Oswald Brooke Webb was not to survive Martin for long. He died of wounds on the 4.7.16 aged 37. His family were from Randalstown and he is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension Somme, France, plot 3, row B, grave 2.

MARTIN, Corporal David J. He lived at Drumlough, Hillsborough, Co. Down and served in 5 CMR, QR, (110362). He died in France on the 1/2.10.16 and is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France, plot 2, row A, grave 2.

MARTIN, Private Eric Franklin. Born in Dublin, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Flixton Park and served originally in 2/1 Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, before transferring to 16 Squadron MGC(C) (47904). He died in Mesopotamia on the 28.10.18 aged 28 and his death is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq, panel 41. He was the son of the Rev. Pierce and Rose Edith Martin of 34 Bawnmore Road, Balmoral, Belfast.

MARTIN, Private Henry. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the RIR (663) before transferring to 2 Garrison battalion KLR (9012). He died in Salonica on the 5.1.18 and is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece, grave 1337.

MARTIN, Rifleman James Edward. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (3894). He was KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16 and his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, panel 40. He was the husband of Mrs. S. Martin of Millbrook and 26 Sloan Street, Lisburn with whom he had a small family.

MARTIN, Private Thomas. Born in Carrickfergus, he enlisted at Belfast, originally serving in RFA (4048) he transferred to 16 (Transport Workers) battalion YLR (29730). He died at “home” on the 27.9.16 and is buried in Belfast City Cemetery, plot O, grave 200. He was the husband of Eleen Martin of 1 Poplar Vale, Antrim Road, Lisburn.

MARTIN, 2nd. Lieutenant William Henry. Served in 9 attached to 6 KSLI. He died on the 27.11.18 and is buried in St. Malachi's churchyard, Hillsborough.

MASSEY, Private Archibald. Born in Augher, Co. Tyrone, he lived at Dunmurry, enlisted at Clogher and served in 9 RInF (13558). He was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 and his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France pier and face 4 D and 5 B.

MATHERS, Private, Thomas William. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (3725). KIA on the Somme on the 1.4.17 age 22, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 4 D and 5 B. He was the son of John Mathers of Ballymagarahan, Moira, Co. Down.

MATIER Sergeant J. Served in 12 RIR 2550. He died at “home” on the 9.1.20 age 31 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, grave E 100. He was the son of John and Mary Ann Matier and husband of Margaret Matier of 49 Antrim Street, Lisburn.

MATTHEWS, Rifleman William. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Hollywood and served in 2 RIR (6174). KIA on the Somme on the 24.3.18 aged 19, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France. He was the son of Patrick and Lucy Matthews of 6 Chapel Hill, Lisburn.

MAWHINNEY, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Carryduff, Co. Down, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (5991). KIA on the Somme on the 20.11.15 he is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France, plot 3, row E, grave 12. There is no headstone inscription.

MAXWELL, Sergeant Ralph. Born in Belfast on the 6.5.1889, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (13268). Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he DoW in London on the 11.8.16 aged 27. Buried in Derriaghy parish church graveyard “with full military honours” in the same grave as his grandparents, parents, aunt, uncle and cousin, he was the son of Ralph Maxwell who died on the 10.5.18 aged 63, and Jane Maxwell who died on the 25.6.49 aged 93. His parents lived at 88 Everton Street, Belfast.

MacHENRY, Private John. Served in 78 CI, MtbaR (148437). He was KIA at Vimy Ridge in France on the 9.4.17 aged 33. His death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of David MacHenry who died on the 2.3.13 aged 61, and Rebecca MacHenry who died on the 14.5.13 aged 57, of Moss Side, Dunmurry. They are buried in Derriaghy Parish church graveyard and their son’s death is commemorated on their headstone. John MacHenry's grandparents and aunt are buried in the same grave. An aunt, Ann Jane who died on the 26.8.35 aged 80, was the only one who survived him and was presumably responsible for the headstone inscription.

McALLISTER, Private James. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, where he lived, he served in 8 RInF (15151). KIA on the Somme on the 6.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial France, pier and face 4D or 5B.

McBRIDE, Rifleman Alex. Born in Ballykeel Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn, possibly in 11 RIR. He may have embarked with them for France from Bordon in October in 1915 and subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (18191) when 11 RIR were disbanded. KIA in Belgium on the 23.10.18 aged 33, he is buried in Ingoyghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, row C, grave 11. He was the son of Alexander and Martha McBride of 22 Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn.

McBRIDE, Rifleman Andrew. Born in Lisburn, he lived at 46 Antrim Street in the town, enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (15202). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of James McBride of Lisburn, and the late Margaret Ann McBride. He was also survived by his son Thomas.

McBRIDE, Rifleman Daniel. Born at Ballylesson, Co. Down, he lived at Ballyaughlis, Lisburn, enlisting at Belfast, served in 2 RIR (5845) and DoW in Belgium on the 12.8.17. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium, plot 3, row E, grave 24. He was the eldest son of Hugh McBride of Ballyaughlis, Lisburn.

McBRIDE, Rifleman Robert. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 1 RIR (9246). KIA in France on the 10.3.15 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Richebourg-l'Avoue, France, panels 42 and 43. He was the son of Edward and Annie McBride of 28 Millbrook Road, Low Road, Lisburn.

McBRIDE, Rifleman R. Commemorated on Lisburn and Lisburn Cathedral War Memorials, there is no positive trace so far.

McCABE, Sergeant(1) James.  Born in Workington, Cumberland, he enlisted at Darlington, Co. Durham and served in 8 BR (12232). He DoW in Belgium on the 3.8.17 and his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 35.

McCABE, Rifleman Robert. Born in Moy, Co. Armagh. He lived at Lambeg, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (18196) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. He died at “home” on the 18.10.17 aged 27 and is buried in Lambeg Parish Church graveyard. The headstone inscription reads, “Until the day break and the shadows flee away”. He was the son of Henry and Jane McCabe of 3 Green Hill, Lambeg, Co. Down.

McCALLA, Sergeant James C. From Cargygray, Hillsborough, Co. Down, he served in the South African Infantry. There is no further trace so far.

McCANCE, Second Lieutenant Finlay. Served in 2 BR, he DoW in France on the 22.5.15 age 23 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France, plot 2, row A, grave 19. He was the eldest son of J. Stouppe McCance and Mary McCance of Woodbourne, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.

McCANN, Private David. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in RIR (4904) before transferring to MGC 29074. He was KIA in Belgium on the 22.10.18 aged 23 and is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row C, grave 6. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Jane McCann of 5 Millview, Chapel Hill, Lisburn.

McCANN, Rifleman Edward. Born in Lisburn, he lived on the Old Hillsborough Road in the town, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in A Company 11 RIR with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 and subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (18202) he was KIA in Belgium on the 16.10.18 aged 21. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of David and Maggie McCann of 5 Laganside Terrace, Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn, Co. Down. David McCann worked at Messrs. Robert Stewart and Sons.

McCANN, Private Henry. Born in Dunmurry, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Holywood and served in 13 RIR (18201). Subsequently transferred to the LC (592718) he died at “home” on the 10.11.18 age 24 and is buried in Aghalee Cemetery, County Antrim near the North-East boundary. He was the son of William and Isabella McCann of Glencraig, Craigavad, Co. Down, and brother of John William McCann, below.

McCANN, Rifleman James Henry. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 2 RIR (11331). KIA on the Somme on the 9.7.16, his battalion was part of the 25th. Division which was involved in the attack on Ovillers. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B.

McCANN, Rifleman John William. Born in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in C Company 8 RIR (611). KIA in France on the 23.11.17 age 19, his death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France, panel 10. He was the son of William and lsabella McCann of Glencraig, Craigavad, Co. Down, and brother of Henry McCann, above.

McCANN, Private Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Lambeg, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 KRIH (13029). KIA in France on the 31.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 3-4 or 13-14. He had two brothers serving and two discharged.

McCANN, Thompson. Served in the RIR. He is commemorated on Aghalee (Holy Trinity) Parish Church War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

McCARROLL, Private Thomas John. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Belfast where he enlisted and served in RInF (14355) before transferring to 1 RMF (5035). KIA in France on the 28.6.18, he is buried in Couin New British Cemetery, France, row C, grave 1. He was the son of Mary McCarroll of 14 Colchester Street, Donegall Road, Belfast.

McCARTAN, Private Thomas. Born in Aghagallon, Co. Antrim, (about a mile south west of Aghalee on the road to Lurgan), he lived in Lurgan, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIrF (20961). KIA in France on the 3.4.16 aged 25, he is buried in Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, France, plot 2, row H, grave 4. He was the husband of Cecelia McCartan of Deerpark, Gawley’s Gate, Lurgan, Co. Armagh and son of John and Mary McCartan. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Glenavy, St. Joseph’s RC church graveyard where John McCartan who died 25.7.1931 aged 75? years and Mary McCartan who died on the 24.5.1946 are buried. They also lost three other children at relatively early ages though none as a result of the war. These were their son John on the 20.11.1918 aged 20, a daughter Agnes on the 13.1.1919 aged 18 and another son Bernard on the 20.4.1925 aged 22. The family headstone also records the death of Helena McCartan on the 17.11.1979 aged 83, though the family relationship is not given.

McCARTER, Sergeant Robert. Born in Templemore, Co. Derry, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 18 RIR (11/18129) and 11 RIR (18129). He died at “home” on the 15.4.16 aged 43 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, Old section, plot B, grave 227. The headstone inscription reads, “At the rivers crystal brink Christ shall join each broken link”. He was the husband of Mary Ann McCarter of 52 Hill Street, Lisburn.

McCARTHY, CSM John. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down on the 21.09.1888, he was a policemen with 3 years service in the RIC. A single man, he joined up at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on the 24.07.1915. He had no previous military experience, was 6’2” tall had a 39½” chest fully expanded with 3’ expansion. His complexion was fair and he had blue eyes and fair hair. Posted to the 79 Overseas Battalion, CEF and later to 8 COR, CEF (150154), he died in France on the 28.4.17 aged 28. His death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. He was the son of Jane McCarthy and the late John R. McCarthy of Corcreeny, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

McCARTHY, Sergeant Robert, MM. Born in Lurganure, Co. Down, he lived at Knockmore, Co. Antrim, enlisted at Dublin and served in 2 IG (6528). KIA on the Somme in France on the 15.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 7D.

McCARTNEY, Rifleman Matthew. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Ballykinlar, Co. Down and served in 2 RIR (2318). KIA in Belgium on the 16.6.15, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 40.

McCARTNEY, Rifleman Robert Law. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (10310). KIA in France on the 11.3.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France

McCARTNEY, Sergeant William James. Born in Purdeysburn, he enlisted at Dublin and served in 7 RIR (1255). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 138 to 140, 162 to 162A and 163A.

McCAUGHERTY, Rifleman Archibald. Born in Hilltown, Co. Down, he lived at Lisnatrunk, Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (19637). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 26, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of William James and Margaret McCaugherty of Hillhall Meeting House Lane, Lisburn.

McCAUGHERTY, Rifleman Samuel. Born and living in Lisburn, before the war he was employed at E. Doherty & Sons, boot merchants in the town. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (10654). He DoW in Belgium on the 7.6.17 and is buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium, plot 2, row L, grave 6. His parents lived at 5 Quay Street, Lisburn.

McCAULEY, Rifleman Robert. Born and living in Dunmurry, he was a member of the UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (18207) embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. He DoW on the Somme on the 17.6.16 age 20 and is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, plot 3, row A, grave 7. He was the son of the late James McCauley and Mary Elizabeth McConnell (formerly McCauley) of 2 Hill Street, Dunmurry, Belfast, and nephew of Alexander Bruce of Railway Street, Dunmurry. A rifleman Roger M’Ilroy who served in 11 RIR and appears to have survived the war, also lived at 3 Hill Street, Dunmurry with his wife. He worked for Riddell and Co., Donegall Place, Belfast and was a member of the McCartney Flute Band, Dunmurry.

McCLEAN, Private Joseph Henry. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Brookhill, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIrF (29536). He DoW in France on the 13.9.18 aged 19 from wounds received on the 4 September and is buried in Arneke British Cemetery, France, plot 7, row A, grave 13. He was the son of William and Catherine McClean of 78 Frome Street, Belfast.

McCLEARY, Private William. Born in Broomhedge, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (3482). KIA in Belgium on the 9.8.16 age 22 he is buried in Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, Ypres, row F, grave 1. He was the son of Mrs. A. McCleery of 23 City Street, Belfast.

McCLEERY, Private Samuel. Born and living in Corcreeny, Co. Down, he enlisted at Clandeboye and served in RIR (6457), possibly the 11th battalion, with whom he may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 108 Co. MGC(I) (19762) he died in France on the 19.7.16 and is buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St. Omer, France, plot 4, row A, grave 2.

McCLUNE, Private William. Born in Lambeg, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the RIR (5679), subsequently transferring to 3 RIrF (1277). He died at “home” on the 15.8.18 aged 48 and is buried in Belfast City Cemetery. He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth McClune.

McCLURE, Rifleman George. Born and living in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lurgan and served in 16 RIR (62). He was KIA in Belgium on the 16.4.18 age 24 and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row A, grave 35. This is next but one to Fred Law (above) who was also in 16 RIR. He was the son of John and Jane McClure of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

McCLURE, Rifleman Thomas James. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (16701) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Killed by gas on the 1.9.16 aged 20, he is buried in Ration Farm, Le Plus Douve Cemetery annex, Ploegsteert, Belgium, plot 2, row C, grave 24. This is the same grave number as Rm. W. Lamont. although they have separate headstones set side by side. It is also next to Bugler S. Ward 11 RIR who died the same day. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Sarah and the late Lazey McClure of Lisburn and husband of Margaret McClure of 25 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn. Some other 1.9.16 casualties may also have been killed by gas, some are buried in Bailleul Cemetery which is just over the Franco-Belgium border.

McCLURG, Rifleman Adam. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he lived at Milltown, Co. Antrim, enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (16733) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 27.6.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

McCOMB, Rifleman R. Served in 3 RIR 9039. He DoW on the 11.1.17 aged 43 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, new row D, grave 53. He was the husband of Mary Ann McComb of 6 Barrack Lane, Lisburn. The headstone inscription reads, “Gone but not forgotten. In loving memory of my dear husband. Died from wounds”.

McCOMB, Rifleman William Thomas. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (17/980). KIA on the Somme on the 22.12.15 aged 17, he is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France, plot 2, row D, grave 7. The headstone inscription reads, “God is love”. He was the son of Joseph and Ada McComb of 36 Coolbeg Street, Donegall Road, Belfast.

McCOMISKEY, Private John. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 7 LR (2178). KIA on the Somme on the 9.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 16C.

McCOMISKEY, Rifleman John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (15373). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

McCONKEY, 2nd Class Waiter, Christopher Evans. Born in Hillsbrough, Co. Down, he served in the Mercantile Marine on the S.S. "Lusitania". He drowned as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine on the 7.5.15 age 45, and his death is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. He was the son of the late John and Bessie McConkey and husband of Annie McConkey (nee Peirce) of 25 St. Ambrose Grove, Liverpool.

McCONNELL, Private Herbert Isaac. Born in Maralin, Co. Down, he enlisted at London and served in RAVC Depot, Woolwich (SE/2136). He died at “home” on the 16.5.16 age 51 and is buried in Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, Warwickshire, plot B10, row 4, grave 341. He was the son of Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell of Moira, Co. Down, and husband of Elizabeth Eva McConnell of 28 Taylor Street, Newtown-on-Ayr.

McCONNELL  Lieutenant Harold Jeffrey. An employee of Cox’s Bank, Charing Cross, London, he joined up as a private in the Public Schools Battalion at the start of the war. Subsequently given a commission in 5 RIR (a training battalion) who were stationed at the Palace Barracks, Hollywood, he was sent to the front in May 1916 and was wounded in late June or early July that year. Transferred to 98 Squadron RAF he died on the 31.5.18 age 24 and is buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 1, row B, grave 15. He was the son of the late William and Mary McConnell of Lisnastrain, Lisburn and Spokane, Washington, U.S.A., nephew of Thomas McConnell, of Ballinderry and cousin of John T. McConnell, solicitor, of Lisburn.

McCONNELL, Rifleman Wesley. Born in Besbrook, Co. Armagh, he enlisted at Lurgan, and served in 16 RIR (2399). KIA in Belgium on the 30.9.18, he is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, plot 5, row A, grave 22. He was the brother of Miss E. McConnell of Castleview, Lisburn.

McCORD, Gunner Joseph. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 40 Company RGA (48238). He died in hospital in Dover on the 6.10.15 and is buried in Dover (St. James’s) Cemetery, Kent, grave LK 24.

McCORD, Sergeant Thomas (Tom) Bunting MM. Born and living in Ballinderry Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Leicester and served in 18 (4th Glasgow battalion) HLI (41461). KIA in Belgium on the 30.9.18 age 35, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium, panels 131-132 and on the family headstone in Ballinderry Presbyterian church graveyard. He was the son of Elizabeth (Eliza) McCord of The Weir, Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co. Antrim who died on the 20.6.35 aged 89, and the late George McCord who died on the 20.7.06 aged 74. He also had two sisters who died in the Belgian Congo. Florence E. on the 12.8.20 aged 34 and Lucy W. who died at Todoa in the Congo on the 3.11.40 aged 52. The headstone inscription reads, “They rest from their labours and thy works do follow them”. Could the sisters have been missionaries? A brother George Richard who died on the 2.4.69 aged 92 and his wife Lillie Susan 14.4.65 aged 88 are also buried in the family plot in the churchyard.

McCORMACK, Major (Doctor) Campbell McNeill MC and 2 bars. Educated initially at the Carr and Ballymacbrennan National Schools, he won a scholarship to Lisburn Intermediate School, subsequently Wallace High School, where he won exhibitions in the junior, middle and senior schools, and then an entrance scholarship of £30 to QUB to study medicine. He qualified as a doctor in June 1914 and, having been in the OTC at Queens, (where he was the best shot in his Company and won four bronze medals for training), joined the Reserve of Officers (RAMC) going to Aldershot at the end of June for preliminary training. On completion of this he expecting to be able to return home to Drumbo for a short holiday but the outbreak of war intervened. Posted briefly to Dublin, he subsequently embarked for France, with the medical contingent of the Aldershot Division on the night of the 7.8.14. Heavily involved in the retreat from Mons, he “came to prominence for good work bravely performed at Hill 60” a heavily contested area of high ground outside Ypres. Writing home afterwards, he commented that it was, “a miracle more of them did not get knocked out”. He was also mentioned in dispatches, “for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field” in Sir John French’s last dispatch, by which time he had been promoted to the rank of Captain. Awarded the MC in September 1916, the citation published in the London Gazette read, “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. He directed the stretcher-bearers under heavy shellfire with the greatest coolness and courage. He succeeded in entering a village which had been heavily shelled, and, with another captain, a sergeant and four men, collected the wounded into a dug-out and succeeded in getting them back later. He has frequently shown great courage.”

He was married to Ella Todd Warnock of Fernleigh, Endsleigh Drive, Belfast, in Drumbo Presbyterian Church on Wednesday the 12 September 1917. She was the only daughter of the late Rev. James Warnock formerly minister of of Drumbo and of Kroonstad, South Africa. One of the ministers officiating was the Rev. Joseph Cordner who may have been the father of James Cordner above, who was KIA in April 1918. The best man was Hugh McCormack the bridegroom’s brother who was later to have Campbell’s death commemorated on his own headstone. The reception was held at Fernleigh, the home of the bride and Mrs. Crail, her aunt, before the couple left for their honeymoon at Mallarannhy, Co. Galway and Recess and Co. Galway. The gifts which the couple exchanged were a gold ring set with diamonds and a leather travelling case with solid silver fittings, while the officers and men of 15 Field Ambulance gave them a silver salver. From Campbell McCormack’s parents, they received a hand embroidered bedspread.

Slightly wounded in late August or early September 1918, he was KIA in France on the 22.9.1918 two days after coming out of hospital and just over a year after his marriage. He was 27 years old and was serving in the 5th (or possibly 15th) Field Ambulance RAMC. He is buried in Barastre Communal cemetery, Pas de Calsis, France, grave 11. (Barastre lies about 6 Km. SE of Bapaume between the Somme and Cambrai battlefields). He was the youngest son of William McCormack, a farmer, and Mrs. McCormack of Hillhall House, Lisburn, Co. Down. His death is also commemorated on his brother’s (H.H. McCormack’s) headstone in Drumbo Presbyterian church graveyard. He (H.H. McC) died on the 12.8.80.

Writing to his parents shortly after his death, Major F.R. Thornton (RAMC) wrote, “I think by this time you will have received news of Major McCormack’s death yesterday morning. A shell hit the shelter in which he and Colonel Bradley were sleeping and both were killed at once. He was buried yesterday afternoon in the cemetery close by in the presence of all the men of his ambulance who could be spared, and detachments from the other ambulances of the division. The General commanding the Division and many other officers were present. At the special request of the men his body was carried to the grave by the N.C.O.’s of the unit. It is difficult for me to express to you the deep sympathy that I feel, as I realise what a terrible loss it must be to you all. We all feel it most deeply, as he was beloved by officers and men. Of his unselfishness and courage it is needless to speak, for the men would follow him anywhere, or do anything which he asked them to do. I wonder if you have any small photographs of him, I should, myself, so much like one and the other officers are asking for it; in addition if you could let us have a few, I know how deeply some of our N.C.O.’s and men of his section would appreciate them. With my very deepest condolence”.

Frederick Hoysted Bradley  DSO, Lieutenant Colonel attached to the 15th Field Ambulance RAMC who was killed with Campbell McCormack on the 22 September 1918, was 34 years old. He was the son of the Rev. Canon W. H. and Mrs. Bradley of Monaghan and husband of the late Ellen Lacey Hargreaves of Liverpool. He is buried beside McCormack in Barastre Communal Cemetery, France grave 10.

The announcement of the first bar to his MC was made soon after his death. The citation read. “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an important engagement he organised the evacuation of the wounded with great skill and devotion to duty, proceeding frequently himself in charge of bearers, through heavy shelling, to the rear aid posts. It was largely due to his able organisation and fine example of self-sacrificing gallantry that the numerous casualties were evacuated so expeditiously”.

News of a second bar followed shortly after and was reported in the Lisburn Standard on the 25 October. The circumstances surrounding the award were, at that time unknown, although according to the paper, “it is believed he won it when he was wounded about eleven days before his death”. More poignantly though news of it arrived, “on the day that Major McCormack’s infant (still born) and only child was being buried”.

McCORMICK Rifleman Archibald. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Hollywood, Co. Down and served in D Company 2 RIR (7044). KIA in Belgium on the 16.6.15 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium. He was the son of Andrew and Mary Anne McCormick.

McCORMICK, Private Edward. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (8426). KIA in Gallipoli on the 22.5.15, his death is commemorated on special memorial C 60 in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli.

McCOSH, Lance corporal Samuel Osborne. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Whiteabbey and served in 12 RIR (12/18145). Taken prisoner, he died while a PoW in Germany on the 19.6.18 and is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Cassel, Germany, plot 1, row J, grave 16.

McCRACKEN, Rifleman James. Born and living in Maralin, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (408). KIA in Belgium on the 4.8.17, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 40.

McCREADY, Private George. Born in Belfast, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 2 RSR, BEF (L/6353). KIA in Belgium on the 30.10.14 his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 20.

McCREEDY, Rifleman John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (6272). KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15 (the same day as R. McGeown, below), his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium.

McCULLAGH, Second Lieutenant Alexander Henry. Before the war he had been studying for the Civil Service and was a student at Connell’s Academy, Belfast. He received his commission from the Cadet Force, Fermoy on the 19.12.16, proceeding to the front on the 16.2.17 where he served in 11 RInF attached to 109 Trench Mortar Battery. Reported wounded and MIA and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 age 21, he is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 7, row D, grave 9. He was the eldest son of William McCullagh of 45 Ponsonby Avenue, Antrim Road, Belfast who was principal of Upper Ballinderry National School.

McCULLOUGH, Rifleman Andrew. Born in Lisburn, he lived a Lower Plantation, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served originally in 11 RIR (18254). Subsequently transferred to 2 KRRC (54226) he was KIA in France on the 19.10.18. He is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Nord, France, plot 3, row B, grave 5.

McCURRY  Second Lieutenant Alexander. Joined the OTC at Queen's University, Belfast and served in B Company 9 MGC(I). Reported missing at Kemmel Hill and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 25.4.18 age 20, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium, panels 154 to 159 and 163A, and on his grandfathers headstone in Magheragall Parish church graveyard. He was the only son of James Isaac and Bessie McCurry of Lisnadill, Osborne Park, Belfast. James Isaac died on the 13.11.46.

McDONALD, Private William. Born in Aghalee, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (8698). KIA in Belgium on the 21.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 5.

McDONALD, Rifleman William Robert. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he lived at Carrickfergus, enlisted at Belfast and served in I2 RIR (1617). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 32, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Mrs. Fanny Hughes (formerly McDonald) of Rose’s Lane Ends, Belfast and husband of Susan Wilson (formerly McDonald) of Lower Dalky, Keady, Co. Armagh.

McDOWELL, Private Ernest Victor. Born in Hagggardstown, Dundalk, Co. Louth on the 15.5.1892, he was an old scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn which he entered on the 17.1.05. His reports between then and his departure on the 20.12.07 were consistently good. He enlisted at Dublin and served in the SIH (1494) before transferring to 7 (South Irish Horse battalion) RIrR (25544). KIA in France on the 21.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 30-1. He was the son of Robert and Jane McDowell from Dundalk.

McDOWELL, Rifleman J. There are between 3 and 5 Riflemen J. McDowells from the area, 3 on Lisburn War Memorial and 1 each on Hilden War memorial and Legacurry Presbyterian Church Memorial. The degree of overlap is unknown and other than the two others shown on the casualty list, there is no positive trace so far.

McDOWELL, Rifleman James. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 1 RIR (9247). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 28, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of Joseph and Jane McDowell of 95 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn.

McDOWELL, Rifleman James. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, possibly in 11 RIR (possibly B or C Company), he may have been wounded on the Somme (if in B Co.) or reported MIA on the Somme at 16.7.16 (if in C Co.). Transferred to 12 RIR (1185) when 11 RIR were disbanded, he was KIA in Belgium on the 14.4.18. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140.

McDOWELL, Rifleman William George. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (2548) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Listed as wounded and missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, he is buried in Cerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery, France, plot 2, row A, grave 11. The headstone inscription reads, “At the river’s crystal brink Christ shall join each broken link”. He was the son of James and Ellen McDowell of 2 New Street, Low Road, Lisburn. New Street was off the Millbrook Road and is now approximately where Millbrook connects to the Queens Road.

McELMURRAY, Stoker 2nd Class Henry Archie. Served in the Royal Navy (K/42019) on HMS Partridge. KIA while protecting a convoy in the North Sea on the 12.12.17 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, panel 26. He was the son of Charles and Maggie McElmurray of Mullaghglass, Stoneyford, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

McEVOY, Aircraftman 1st Class Francis. Served in the 3rd Aircraft Depot RAF (55219). He died on the 18.2.19 age 34, and is buried in Perreuse Chateau Franco-British National Cemetery, Seine-Et-Marne, France, plot 1, row C, grave 35. He was the son of Francis and Mary McEvoy of Artana, Dromara, Co. Down. The cemetery is situated within the grounds of the Chateau of Perreuse, Signy Pereuse, a hamlet of Signy-Signets, which is 7 kilometres south-west of La Ferte Sous-Jouarre and 60 kilometres east of Paris. The Chateau was used by French medical units throughout the 1914-1918 War and the site of the Cemetery was presented by the owner, Mme. Dumez, to the French Government. The British graves were all brought in from the battlefields.

McFALL, Private John. He lived in Lisburn, and enlisted at Middlesborough, serving in 1 RDF (27531). He DoW in France on the 18.7.18 and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France, plot 9, row E, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription.

McFARLAND, Lance Corporal Robert. Born in Belfast, he enlisted at Dublin and served in 5 RInF (5/16566). KIA in Palestine on the 27.12.17, he is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel, plot F, grave 35. He was the son of the late Thomas McFarland.

McGEOWN, Private Edward. Born in Derryloran, Co. Tyrone, he enlisted at Cookstown and served in 1 RInF (13206). KIA in Gallipoli on the 28.4.15 age 20, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, panels 97 to 101. He was the son of James and Mary Jane McGeown of 27 Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry.

McGEOWN, Rifleman Robert. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn. Possibly a reservist in 5 RIR, he served in 2 RIR (4908). KIA near Hill 60 outside Ypres in Belgium on the 9.5.15 aged 36, his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, panel 40. He was the son of William and Ann Jane McGeown of 47 Church Street, Lisburn.

McGIVERN, Rifleman John. Born and living in Lambeg, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (3875). He died on the Somme on the 24.3.18 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

McGOWAN, Private James. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Lurgan and served in 1 RIrF (8546). KIA on the Somme on the 12.10.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A.

McGREEVY, Lance corporal, Francis Stanley. Born in Lisburn, he was a tailor by trade and worked in Belfast. He enlisted in January 1917 and served in 5 RInF (20679), seeing service in Egypt and Mesopotamia. He was KIA in France on the 8.10.18 age 22, shortly after returning to the front after being home on leave. He is buried in Beaurevoir Communal Cemetery British Extension, Aisne, France, row A, grave 9. He was the son of Patrick and Catherine E. McGreevy of Llewellyn Avenue, Lisburn and later of Flurry Bridge, Co. Armagh. Patrick McGreevy had been employed for many years at Hilden.

McGROGAN, Private Robert. Born in St. Patricks, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in CR (3939) before transferring to 8 RIrF (20969). KIA in France on the 10.5.16, he is buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 1, row C, grave 2.

McGUINNESS, Private Patrick. Born and enlisting in Lisburn, he served in B Company 2 RInF (17759). KIA in France on the 16.5.15 aged 19, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 16-17. He was the son of John and Mary Ann McGuinness of 34 Barnsley Row, Lisburn.

McGURK, Rifleman John. Born in Blaris, he lived at 12 McKeown Street, Lisburn, and was a member of Millview Football Club. He enlisted at Clandeboye and served in B Company 11 RIR (6857) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he DoW at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot on the 24.7.16 aged 19 and was buried in Lambeg Parish Church Graveyard, grave 206 near the eastern end of the church, on Saturday 29th. He was the son of the late Andrew and Martha McGurk of McKeown Street, Lisburn and brother of Jane and Thomas McGurk.

McILFATRICK, Rifleman Daniel. Born in Coleraine, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 6 RIR (10499). KIA in Gallipoli on the 10.8.15 aged 27, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 177-8. He was the son of William and Mary McIlfatrick of Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh and husband of Annie McIlfatrick of 44 Church Street, Lisburn.

McILWRATH, Rifleman Charles. Born in and enlisting at Lisburn, he served in 2 RIR (10580) and was KIA on the Somme on the 15.7.16. His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

McILWRATH, Rifleman George Henry. Born in Dromore, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 13 RIR (18309). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 25, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Elizabeth McIlwrath of Dromore and the late Robert James McIlwrath.

McIVERS, Lance corporal Daniel. Born in Stoneyford, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (8945). KIA in France on the 27.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

McKEAVENEY, Private Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the 17th. Field Ambulance RAMC (156). He DoW in Belgium on the 29.5.16 aged 29, and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 7, row A, grave 29. The headstone inscription reads, “Rest in the Lord”. He was the husband of Elizabeth McKeaveney of Dunbought, Clough, Co. Antrim and son of John and Alice McKeaveney of 175 Durham Street, Belfast. When the cemetery was visited on the 7.8.96 a small wooden Remembrance Day cross with the inscription, “RIP. Great Nephew Thomas” had been placed in front of the headstone.

McKECHNIE Lance Corporal Robert. Born and living in Dunmurry he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (18314) embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of James and Janet McKechnie of Milfort Avenue, Dunmurry, Belfast.

McKEE, Rifleman James Johnston. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (15425). KIA on the Somme on the 2.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and 15 B.

McKEE, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn. Possibly a reservist in 5 RIR he served with 2 RIR (5204). He DoW in Belgium on the 21.2.15 aged 19 and is buried in Locre Churchyard, West Flanders, Belgium, plot 2, row A, grave 4. The headstone inscription reads, “Until the day breaks”. He was the son of Samuel and Ellen McKee of 33 Gregg Street, Lisburn.

McKEE, Rifleman Thomas John. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (13161). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, France, plot 8, row G, grave 4.

McKEOWN, Rifleman David Thomas. Born in Dromore, Co. Down, he lived at Tullynishey. A member of the Orange Order, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (6744). KIA on the Somme on the 6.5.16 age 24, he is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, row D, grave 54. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of George McKeown of Tudyniskey, Dromara, Co. Down. A wreath left in front of the headstone in July 2002 read “In proud and loving memory of Bro [brother] D.T. McKeown from the officers and members of Waringsford Rising Star LOL 545 Co. Down. July 2002”.

McKEOWN, Rifleman William. Born in Belfast, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 11 RIR (2997) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

McKEOWN, Rifleman William. Lived at Hillhall, Lisburn. He enlisted in the town and embarked for France from Bordon with 11 RIR in October 1915. He was transferred to and serving in 11/13 RIR (7279) but was attached to the 22nd. entrenching battalion when he was reported wounded and missing on the 24.5.18, and subsequently KIA at St. Quentin on the 29.3.18. His death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-6.

McKIBBEN, Rifleman Frederick. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (16762). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Thomas and Annie McKibben of 24 Sloan Street, Lisburn.

McKNIGHT, Lance Sergeant Ernest. Born in Llandudno, Carnarvon, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Windermere, Westmorland and served in 11 BR (13435). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he is buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile, France, plot 1, row A, grave 9. The headstone inscription reads, “Until the day break”. He was the son of Mr. McKnight of Rhos Cottage, Broughmore Maze, Lisburn.

McKNIGHT, Rifleman James. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (13163). KIA on the Somme on the 10.2.16, he is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France, plot 1, row A, grave 1. There is no headstone inscription.

McLARNON, Rifleman George. Born in Dunmurry, he lived with his sister, Mrs Ballantine, at 10 Maryville Terrace, Dunmurry. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (7286) embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Reported MIA and a year later confirmed KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 24, he is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France, plot 15, row P, grave 25. The headstone inscription reads, “Tho’ lost to sight to memory ever dear”. He was the son of John and Ellen McLarnon of Dunmurry, Belfast. The A.I.F. Burial Ground is some way from area where 11 RIR were engaged on the 1.7.16. He is probably buried there because of the concentration of graveyards or the late discovery of his body. Notice that he was still officially missing a year after he was killed.

McLARNON, Lance corporal William Robert. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 1 SG (3355). KIA on the Somme on the 25.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 7D.

McLEAVY, Private Charles Edwin. He lived at Corcreeny, Hillsborough, Co. Down, and served in 50 AR, CEF 883446. He DoW from gas in France on the 9.11.18 aged 35 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, plot 50, row A, grave 22. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of John W. and Lillian M. McLeavy of Kilwarlin, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

McLERNON, Private Robert. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 2 RIrR (6968). He died in Belgium on the 24.8.14 and is buried in St. Symphorien Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row A, grave 19.

McMANUS, Private Hugh M. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Oxford and served in 1IG (14). KIA in France on the 18.5.15, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panel 4.

McMASTER, Lieutenant Philip George. He lived at Tullyard House, Lisburn and served in the RIR and 18 MGC. KIA on the Somme on the 20.6.18 age 27, he is buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, plot 4, row L, grave 7. The headstone inscription reads, “Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep from which none ever wake to weep”. He was the son of John and Margaret McMaster of Tullyard House, Lisburn. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Drumbo Presbyterian church graveyard. John McMaster died on the 3.4.22 aged 78, Margaret McMaster on the 7.2.32 aged 79. He may have had a brother Samuel McMaster, also of Tullyard House, who served in the Canadian Navy and survived the war.

McMILLAN, Lance corporal John. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 12 RIR (16770). KIA in France on the 30.7.18, he is buried in Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Flertre, France, plot 1, row C, grave 9. There is no headstone inscription.

McMULLAN, Private Robert. Born in Glenavy, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RInF (27192). He DoW on the Somme on the 3.7.16 age 36, and is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France, plot I, row A, grave 27. He was the husband of Agnes McMullan of 31 Queensland Street, Belfast.

McMULLEN, Rifleman James. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (3045) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Mr. Edward M’Mullan of 41 Hill Street, Lisburn.

McMULLEN, Rifleman Robert H. Lived at Drumlough, Hillsborough, Co. Down and served in the RIR. His death is commemorated on Hillsborough War Memorial. No positive trace so far.

McNAIR, Rifleman Richard Isaac. Born at Millbrook, Lisburn, he lived and enlisted in the town and served in 11 RIR (18167). He died at Purdysburn Fever Hospital on the 29.3.15 (about the time there was an outbreak of cerebro-spinal meningitis amongst the 36 Division at Clandeboye) aged 35 and is buried in Hillhall Presbyterian Church graveyard, grave 191. The headstone inscription reads, “God is my salvation”. He was the son of John and Ellen McNair and husband of Mary McNair of 70 Millbrook, Low Road, Lisburn. According to the Standard, “He was married twice and his ambition was to get to the Front”. He died 7 months before the battalion left Bordon Camp for France in October 1915.

McNAIR, Rifleman John. Born in Blaris, he lived at Lower Plantation, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (1279). He embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915 and was KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16 aged 19. His death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. He was the son of John and Margaret McNair of Lower Plantation, Lisburn. He had two married sisters, Nellie Hunter (husband John), Hillhall Road, Lisburn and Mary Killips? (husband William) both of who inserted death notices in the Standard on the 22nd. September.

McNAMARA, Private Edward. Born and living in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 CR (3627). KIA in France on the 28.1.16, he is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, France, plot 2, row M, grave 2.

McNAMARA, J. He is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

McNIECE, Rifleman Alexander. Born in Glenavy. Co. Antrim, where he was a member of the Orange Order, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (448). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of James McNiece of Glenavy, Co. Antrim and husband of Clarance McNiece of 24 Haldane Street, Belfast.

McQUAID J. He is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

McQUILLAN, Sergeant William James. Born in Ardmore, Co. Antrim, he lived in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Belfast and served in D Company 11 RIR (2208) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. He DoW at Thiepval Wood on the Somme on the 19.5.16 age 21 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, France, plot 1, row D, grave 14. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Robert Harper and Annie McQuillan of Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

McREYNOLDS, Private Robert. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Glasgow in the 6 (City of Glasgow Territorial) Battalion HLI 1134. He DoW in Gallipoli on the 14.8.15 aged 29 and is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, row A, grave 57. He was the husband of Mary Murray, formerly McReynolds of 12 Parker Street, Whiteinch, Glasgow.

McSHANE, Able Seaman Thomas Charles. Served in the Royal Navy (SS/4230) on HMS Vindictive. KIA at Zeebrugge on the 23.4.18 aged 24, he is buried in Dover (St. James) Cemetery, Kent, plot P, row W, grave 7A. He was the son of Hugh and Margaret McShane of Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. The cruiser Vindictive on which McShane served, played a leading role in the attack on Zebrugge on the night of 22/23 April 1918. The raid was intended to block the mouth of the Bruges canal at Zeebrugge in an attempt to prevent German submarines and torpedo boats from using it. Vindictive’s role was to come alongside the mole which sheltered the harbour and land marines who were to destroy the gun emplacements which would threaten the ships that would enter the harbour and block the canal. At first the raid appeared to have been a success but it soon became apparent that the ships which had been sunk in the entrance to the canal did little more than cause the Germans some inconvenience.

McVEIGH, Sergeant Henry. Born in Derriaghy, he lived at Ballysheagh, Co. Leitrim, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RInF (18277). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 25, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 70-2. He was the husband of the late Fanny McVeigh, and son of James McVeigh of Derriaghy, Dunmurry.

McWILLIAMS, Private Henry. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in the RIR (11793) and then 5 RIrF (12922). He died at home on the 26.9.18 aged 22 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, new section, row E, grave 208. There is no headstone inscription.

McWILLIAMS, Rifleman John. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, probably in 11 RIR, he embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he transferred to 12 RIR (18391) when 11 RIR were disbanded. KIA in Belgium on the 13.9.18, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

MEARNS, Rifleman James. Born in Shankill, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (7830). He DoW at home on the 1.8.16 and is buried in Netley Military Cemetery, Hound, Hampshire, Roman Catholic Plot, grave 880.

MEGARRY, Sergeant James. Born and living in Crumlin, he was a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy. He enlisted at Antrim and served in 11 RIR (19694) with whom he may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp as a rifleman in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 8.8.17 age 24, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium panel 40. He was the son of William Henry Megarry of Largy, Crumlin.

MEGARRY, Sergeant Robert George. Born in Moira, he lived at the Maze/Lisburn, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 10 RIR (15582). Reported wounded and missing in late August/early July and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24, he is buried in Serre Road, Cemetery No. 2, plot 12, row L, grave 6. The inscription on his headstone reads, “Thy will be done”. He was the son of George and Mary Ann Megarry of Lurganure, Maze, Lisburn and was remembered by them in the Lisburn Herald on the 1.7.22.

MEHARRY, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Shankill Belfast, he enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 9 RIR (17/823). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of the late William (who died on the 26.1.17 aged 43) and Isabella Meharry of 49 Donegall Pass, Belfast. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Killaney Presebyterian churchyard between Temple and Boardmills. It was erected by Isabella Meharry in memory of her husband, son Samuel and four other children who died in infancy.

MERCER, Rifleman Thomas. Born and living in Culcavey, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (16841). KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16 aged 34, he is buried in Martinsart British Cemetery, France, plot 1, row A, grave 1. He and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. The headstone inscription reads, “He did his duty well”. He was the husband of Margaret Mercer of Culcavey, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Writing to Mrs. Mercer, the Presbyterian Chaplain W.J. McConnell expressed his sympathy for the loss of her husband, who “was killed during the recent attack, [that he had] fought a good fight and ... let us thank God for what they accomplished, for it was indeed great.” Thomas Mercer had not in fact been involved in the attack, having died three days before it took place. As to what had been achieved, the reality was that the front line in the Thiepval sector had changed little by the time the 36 Division were withdrawn. All CWGC entries for these men give grave 1, presumably it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson.

MILLAR, Private Samuel. Lived at Hilden, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIrF (13044). KIA in Belgium on the 29.7.16, he is buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 3, row A, grave 2. There is no headstone inscription. Essex Farm Cemetery is where John McCrea was serving when he wrote “In Flanders Fields”.

MILLAR, Corporal Walter. Commemorated on the memorial in Drumbo (Holy Trinity) Parish Church, there is no positive trace so far.

MILLAR, Rifleman William. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (5549). KIA in France on the 12.5.16 aged 36, he is buried in the Le Treport Military Cemetery, France, plot 2, row K, grave 2. He was the son of Alexander and Maria Millar of Hurst Street, Belfast.

MITCHELL, Walter Dawson. Civilian. Walter Mitchell was the youngest son of the Rev. George Patton Mitchell Rector of Drumbo Parish between 1890 and 1922 and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dawson. He was educated at RBAI and The Municipal Technical Institute in Belfast. Unlike his father, and older brother, he choose a career in the linen industry rather than the church, though the family joke was that they were all men of the cloth. At the Technical Institute he won a Drapers Company Exhibition an award which, in the view of one of his tutors, “is only obtainable by those who apply themselves with great earnestness to the practice and theory of their special subject”. He served his apprenticeship at the Island Spinning Company, Lisburn and in December 1912 was offered a “highly responsible” position in the firm of Messrs Marshall and Co., New Jersey.

Before his departure though he proposed to Jeanette Elizabeth Moore (Nettie) eldest daughter of William Moore a dairy farmer of Newgrove, Ballylesson, whom he had known since childhood. She accepted and agreed to go with him to America. The wedding had to be hastily arranged and as there was no time for a wedding dress to be made, one had to be purchased from Robinson and Cleaver’s, Belfast’s first department store. They left for America immediately after the wedding, travelling up to Derry in their wedding clothes. It was just before Christmas 1912. Their ship called at Queenstown (now Cobh) on the way to New York and some of Walter’s Dublin relations travelled there to see them off.

The Mitchells seem to have settled in well to their new home in Newark, New Jersey. Walter, a keen photographer took many pictures and sent them home to his family and in August 1914 their son, also called Walter Dawson, was born. But that summer was not an entirely happy time for the family. Bessie Dawson, Walter’s mother, had died on the 14 July aged 56 from an infection resulting from a thorn prick she had received while gardening and on the declaration of war in August, Nettie’s brothers Bobby and Archie (see below) had been amongst the first recruits to enlist.

By the spring of 1915 the Island Spinning Company needed Walter back in Lisburn. Walter and Nettie’s happy sojourn in America had come to an end and they treated themselves to a voyage home on the Lusitania. Nettie’s brother John Moore, who by this time had settled in Connecticut, decided to join them for a trip home.

Walter Mitchell died “of drowning and exposure” on the 7.5.15 when the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk off the south coast of Ireland. According to an interview given by John Moore to the Lisburn Standard, they had just finished lunch and Mrs. Mitchell had gone to the cabin to look after the baby when the ship was torpedoed. “In a moment the passengers were rushing on deck to ascertain what had happened. When he got there the vessel had listed, lifeboats were being swung out from the lower side, and lifebelts handed around. He did not get a life preserver but managed to get into a boat, which on reaching the water, overturned. Luckily he got hold of a rope which was hanging over the ship’s side and held on for a little time, during which the passengers were jumping down in crowds, many of them striking him as they passed and bruising his body. Subsequently he found himself struggling in the water, and just managed to clutch the keel of one of the upturned boats, with which he supported himself until he was rescued by what he thought was a mine sweeper. He could not describe the awfulness of the scene. He had lost sight of his sister and her husband and was despairing of seeing them again, when he observed them being taken out of the sea and brought aboard the trawler. Mrs. Mitchell was in a semi-conscious state and her husband was unconscious. Mrs. Mitchell recovered under the treatment she received, but though everything possible was done to restore Mr. Mitchell it was without success. As for the baby, he did not see it after he left the liner. As to the subsequent search for some trace of the baby and the heart-rending scenes he witnessed Mr. Moore could not trust himself to speak.”

According to Nettie, as the Lusitania sank, she and Walter had found themselves in the water clinging onto a lifeboat with Walter supporting their infant son. However, in the absence of any help the young child soon died of cold. His mother knew that he was dead, “because his skin went a dark bruised colour and he had froth at his mouth”. Then as his father too lost consciousness, the child’s body slipped into the water was never recovered.

Nettie herself was fortunate to survive. When fishermen on a trawler pulled her and Walter out of the water, neither showed any sign of life. “Nettie, however, was still just alive and remembered the sensation of being dragged by her feet with her head bumping along the deck. She and Walter were left with the dead”. According to family tradition, her brother John eventually found her at Queenstown “among the corpses laid out on the harbour steps” and seeing her eyelid move, realised that she was still alive and resuscitated her.

Walter Mitchell’s body was brought home by train by his widow and brother-in–law late on Sunday night the 9 May. They were met at Lisburn station by the Rev. Mitchell, Mr. Moore senior and Miss Pounden, Mrs. Mitchell’s favourite aunt and it was to her that she, “poured out the great agony of her wounded heart.” He was buried beside his mother on Tuesday 11 May 1915 in the family burial plot at Ballylesson Parish Church, “among many manifestations of profound sorrow. The cortege was a large and imposing one, people coming from far and wide.”

The death of his wife, which George Mitchell “had taken very badly”, and then the loss of his son and grandson, left the Rev. Mitchell a “broken man.” He died on Boxing Day 1922 and is buried along with Bessie and Walter at Ballylesson. The death of Walter senior, though not his infant son, is recorded on the family headstone to the right of the main drive leading to the church.

Walter Mitchell’s wife, Nettie Moore, was born 10 July 1886 and after attending school in Lisburn, had helped her mother run the house and dairy at Newgrove, the family home. It was a Georgian building, single storied at the front with the farmyard and outbuildings tucked in behind and was built on a rath above the Lagan. It lay just across the road from Ballylesson (Drumbo Parish) Rectory her future husband’s home.

Nettie would have been 26 at the time of her marriage and still not 29 at the time of her husband’s and son’s deaths in 1915. Following her return to Ballylesson in May 1915, “she could not sleep and really thought that she could loose her mind”. Eventually though she decided to train as a midwife and went to the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin. She was working there during the Easter Rising when the centre of the city was in flames. “Ypres on the Liffey” she called it. When she had completed her training she returned home to Ballylesson and volunteered for the Red Cross in Belfast. After the war she married William Waters a cattle dealer originally from Co. Tyrone, and settled down with him on his farm on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast. On the 10 July 1925, Nettie’s 39th birthday, their first son Brian was born, followed two years later by a second boy Allen.

MITCHELL Walter Dawson Jnr. Civilian. Born in America in August 1914, he died on the Lusitania on the 7.5.15 aged nine months. The son of Walter Mitchell (see above) and Mrs. Mitchell nee Moore, his body was never recovered. She was the daughter of William Moore of Newgrove, Ballylesson.

MOCKLER, Lance Corporal Edward Cecil William. Born in Ballinderry on the 24.6.1893 he was educated at the local school. At the aged of 13 he won an Incorporated Society’s exhibition which entitled him to three years free education at Dundalk Institution. A second exhibition gave him two more years and residence at Mountjoy School in Dublin. On completing his education he emigrated to Canada, against the advice of his principal who wanted him to go to Trinity. Having secured a post with the Canadian Bank of Commerce he sailed for Montreal in July 1912 and lived in Humboldt, Saskatchewan for two years before joining up at Valcartier Camp, Quebec on the 22.9.14 aged 21 years and 3 months. A single man, he had no previous military experience, was 5’ 8½” inches tall, of a dark complexion with blue eyes and dark hair, he had a scar on the left side of his head. After training at Valcartier he served in 1 CI WOR (I8822) being posted first to Salisbury and then to the Western Front in late march or early April 1915. He died in the military hospital in Cambridge on the 7.5.15 age 21 from wounds received at Langemarck near Ypres on the 22 or 23 April. Because of his knowledge of French, he had been asked by Major Kimmins to accompany him to the French lines. On their way there Kimmins was killed and Mockler hit in the back by shrapnel which punctured his lung. Although he took cover, he was hit several more times as well as being exposed to the gas which the Germans had released on the French. It took him six hours to crawl back to his own lines from where he was taken back to base, eventually arriving in hospital in Cambridge late on the 1 May. His father was able to visit him in hospital before his death and had his remains brought home on Sunday the 9th for burial on Tuesday 11th. The son of Edward Mockler of Fruithill, Rose Lane Ends, Ballinderry, Co. Antrim who sat on the Lisburn Board of Guardians, he is buried in the family plot in Ballinderry Middle Church Cemetery, Ballinderry. According to a report of the funeral in the Standard, “There was a large number present and it was evident from the tear-brimmed eyes seen on all sides that the deceased was held in very high esteem in the neighbourhood in which he was born and reared. Numerous wreaths were sent by relatives and friends.” There is no headstone inscription. A separate headstone records the death of Alice Maud Mockler on the 28.4.1895 and Thomas McCleavy Mockler on the 26.10.1922. A Miss Mockler of Ballinderry is also recorded in the Belfast News Letter of 4.7.16 as a contributor to comforts sent out to soldiers in 11 RIR in the first half of 1916.

The events in which Mockler was involved were described by John McCleland a Dunmurry man who was also serving in the CEF. In a letter home to a friend in the village he wrote, “I expect you have heard all about our heavy casualty list. We got it good and hard while it lasted, but I might tell you we gave quite as much as we got until the Germans started shelling with the poison gas fumes. I could fill quite a few sheets of writing paper with what I came through from April 22nd up until the morning of the 24th when I got hit and half poisoned as well. We made two charges with fixed bayonets. I came through the two charges without a scratch, but three hours later I was giving a wounded comrade a drink and I got it good with a large chunk of shrapnel in the shoulder fracturing some of the bones; but the gas is worse than their biggest shells. The Germans did their best to break through our lines, but all efforts failed. They even drove the French Algerians out of their position, and that’s where we lost so many in recapturing the lost ground. We lost very heavily but we saved the situation. To tell you proper, if they had got through and crossed safely over the Yser canal there would have been nothing to prevent them being in Calais”.

It is not clear whether John McClelland survived the war or not. There are a number of casualties with that name in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register but it is impossible to say whether he is one of them. As for Major A. E. Kimmins, the CWGC records that he died on the 24 April 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

MOFFETT, Private William. Born in Magheragall, he lived at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, enlisted at Glasgow and served in 13 RS (41144). He DoW in France on the 10.4.17 age 20 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, plot 22, row F, grave 23. He was the son of William Moffett of Magheragall, Lisburn.

MONTGOMERY, Private Samuel. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIrF (2482). KIA in Belgium on the 2.9.18, he is buried in Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery, Kemel, Belgium, plot 2, row F, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of R. Montgomery of 38 Crosby Street, Belfast.

MONTGOMERY, Rifleman William James. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Carryduff, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (19144). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of James and Ellen Jane Montgomery of Tullywest, Saintfield, Co. Down.

MOORE, Rifleman Alexander. Born in, and enlisted at Lisburn, he served originally in 11 RIR with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 11/13 RIR (18495) he died, possibly of wounds, in Germany as a PoW on the 26.5.18 aged 23. Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany, plot 11 row B, grave 6, he was the son of Alexander and Margaret Moore of 72 Bridge Street, Lisburn.

MOORE, 2nd. Lieutenant Archibald. Served in 13 RIR and, at the time of his death, was attached to the 22nd Entrenching Battalion. KIA on the Somme on the 26.3.18, though on the 10.5.18 he was still listed as “believed killed”. His death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-76 and on the family headstone in Drumbo Parish church graveyard. He was the son of William H. Moore of Newgrove, Ballylesson who died on the 3.6.16 and Mary Moore who died on the 3.3.26. The headstone inscription reads, “They are not dead but live for evermore”.

MOORE, Sergeant Archibald (Archie). Born in Blarie Co. Down, he lived at 2 Market Street, Lisburn. He enlisted at Belfast and was wounded on the night of the 15 May 1915 while serving in D Company 2 RinF. Originally hit in the hip he was partially protected from further injury by the body of a dead comrade that had fallen over him. Nevertheless, he was wounded three more times in the lags and back by shrapnel before being able to crawl back to his own lines from where he was transferred to St. George’s Hospital, Hyde Park, London. He recovered from his wounds but was subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 while serving in 1 RInF (9493). His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 4 D and 5 B.

MOORE, Private R. Born and living in Belfast, he enlisted at Antrim and served in NIH (2206). He died in Belfast on the 6.5.17 age 23 and is buried in Annahilt Presbyterian churchyard in the family burial ground of James Moore. He was the son of the late James and Sarah Moore. There are three other headstones in the plot but none of those named appear to be his parents.

MOORE, Rifleman Robert. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Portadown, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 11 RIR (18488) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported wounded and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France pier 15, face B.

MOORE, Rifleman Thomas. Born in and enlisted at Belfast he may have lived in Hillsborough and served in 15 RIR 12084. KIA in France on the 31.1.16 he is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France, plot 1, row A, grave 4 next to Riflemen James Crozier 9 RIR who was executed by firing squad on the 27.2.16. There is no headstone inscription.

MORGAN, Private William. Born and living in Lisburn, he was a member of the UVF. He had worked in Belfast where he enlisted, serving in 9 RInF (11904). KIA in Belgium on the 10.8.17 aged 20, he is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, St. Jean-Les-Ypres, Belgium, plot 15, row E, grave 4. The headstone inscription reads, “God has saved from weary strife in its dawn this fresh young life”. He was the son of James and Eliza Ann Morgan of 34 Longstone Street, Lisburn.

MORRISON, Lieutenant Douglas St. George. Mons Medal with Star. Born in Boyle, Roscommon, he lived in Lisburn and was educated at T.C.D. from which he graduated with a B.A. He served in the RFA being attached to “R” anti-aircraft Battery at the time of his death on the Somme on the 3.9.17 aged 27. He is buried at Achiet-le-Grande Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 1, row K, grave 13. The headstone inscription reads, “We asked full life O God of thee, thou gavest immortality”. He was the son of Robert Douglas Morrison, County Inspector, R.I.C., and Henrietta Maria Langrishe Morrison, nee St. George, of “Dunsona”, 28 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast.

MORROW, Corporal Andrew Johnston. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down on the 10.4.1888. A single man and bookkeeper by trade he enlisted at Toronto, with no previous military experience, on the 23.7.15 age 27 years and 3 months. 5’ 7¾” tall, he had a 37½” chest with a 2½” expansion, fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Serving in 52 MtbaR, CEF (135786) he was reported MIA and in July 1917 as KIA in France on the 21.9.16 age 28. His death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France. He was the third son of the late Andrew Morrow of 70 University Street, Belfast and formerly of Hillsborough and brother of Miss Lillie Smyth of 75 Maitland Street, Toronto.

MORROW, Captain Hugh Gelston M.C. A member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club, he had served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Ross Bros. Ltd., of Linenhall Street, Belfast before obtaining his commission in July 1916 and serving in 15 RIR. He won the MC for gallantry at Cambrai in November 1917 and was KIA in Belgium on the 20.10.18, the same day as his Colonel. He was 24 years of age. He is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, plot 7, row B, grave 18. He was the son of Andrew J. Morrow of 2 Avonmore Terrace, Balmoral, Belfast and formerly of Lisburn who was secretary of the Co. Down Committee of Agriculture. Captain Morrow’s Major, writing to his father, described how, “He fell at the head of his men, gallantly leading them against a machine gun which was holding up the advance. He was well ahead of his men when he was shot. He will be much missed in the battalion, in which he was very popular with all ranks. The men of his Company had the very highest opinion of him both from the point of view of his bravery and skill as a leader, and also from the personal point of view. He died a soldier’s death at the head of his men, and fell fighting in the greatest cause man has ever fought for”. Harlebeke village, located 32 kilometres east of Ypres, was taken on the night of the 19th-20th October 1918 by the 9th (Scottish) Division. The cemetery was made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the surrounding battlefields of 1918 and (in 1924-25) from German Cemeteries or Plots in Belgium.
MORROW, Rifleman James. Born in Derriaghy, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Clandeboye and served in 11 RIR (7284) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported missing on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face B. His death was also remembered by his mother, brother and sisters of Mullaghglass, Stoneyford in the Lisburn Herald on the 1.7.22.

MORROW, Rifleman Robert. Born in Lisburn, he lived at 10 Hillhall Road, in the town. He enlisted there and served in A Company 11 RIR (18514) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Rob and Ellen Morrow of 10 Hillhall Road, Lisburn.

MOULDS, Lieutenant Thomas John. M.C. and bar. Emigrated to Canada in about 1913, he served in 3 CI, COR. Awarded the MC in 1917 he was KIA at Cambrai, on the 27.9.18, and is buried in Queant Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France, row C, grave 11. He was the son of Mrs. Moulds of Colinview House, Dunmurry. Two brothers Private William Moulds and Sergeant Joseph Moulds also served. Both appear to have survived although Joseph lost his right arm.

MULHOLLAND, Private Henry. Born in Lisburn, he lived and enlisted at Belfast and served in the LR (1642), before transferring to 5 CR (15083). He died in France on the 14.11.18 and is buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 8, row A, grave 46.

MULHOLLAND, Private Hugh. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 5 RInF (4656). KIA in Gallipoli on the 15.8.15 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the son of Henry and Mary Mulholland of 47 Milford Street, Belfast.

MULHOLLAND, Rifleman James. Born, in and enlisted at Lisburn, where he lived at 11 Canal Street, he served in 11 RIR (18525) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16 aged 31, his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, panel 40. He was the son of the late James and Charlotte Mulholland and nephew of Mrs. Totten of 11 Canal Street, Lisburn. A letter to his aunt by 2 Lt. Sam Waring informing her of his death noted that, “He was one of those we could ill afford to loose. He was always so cheerful and ready to do his duty, and it was whilst at his post that he met his death most gallantly. It may be a small consolation to you to know that he was properly buried along with his comrades and their graves have been registered”.

MULHOLLAND, Sergeant James. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 1 RIR (8819). KIA on the Somme on the 21.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-6.

MULHOLLAND, Private John. Born in Drumlough, Hillsborough, Co. Down on the 27.6.1889, he was a labourer by trade, and had four years experience in the Royal Irish Rifles. He enlisted at Sheerbrooke in Canada on the 12.4.1915 aged 25 years and 10 months, was 5’ 6” tall with a 35” chest and 2” extension. Of a ruddy complexion with blue eyes and fair hair, he served in the CEF, possibly the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (110387). He was the husband of Maggie Mulholland of Drumlough, Hillsborough, Co. Down. There is no record of his death so far.

MULHOLLAND,  Private Michael Patrick. Born, living in and enlisted at Glenavy, Co. Antrim, he served in RIrR (2787) before being transferred to 8 RMF (4231). KIA in Belgium on the 6.11.16, he is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No.3, Ypres, Belgium, plot 16, row K, grave 19.

MULHOLLAND, Lance Corporal Robert J. Born in Crumlin on the 27.4.1888 he was a native of Glenavy, Co. Antrim. A single man and engineer with no previous military experience, he enlisted at Edmonton, Alberta on the 9.11.15 aged 27½ and served in 14 CI QR (437899). He was 5’ 11” tall with a 36¾” chest, a fresh complexion, dark grey eyes, dark brown hair and had a tattoo on his left hand. KIA on the Somme on the 27.9.16 age 28, he is buried in Courcelette British Cemetery, France, plot 5, row D, grave 20. He was the son of John and Ellen Mulholland of 9 Crosshill Cottage, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

MULLIGAN, Lance corporal John. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn he may have embarked for France as a rifleman with 11 RIR in October 1915 and subsequently transferred to 12 RIR 18527. KIA in Belgium on the 11.4.18, though still listed as a casualty on the 17.5.18, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140.

MUNCE, Gunner William. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 109 Battery RGA (29387). He DoW in France on the 7.10.18 and is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, France, plot 5, row D, grave 13. There is no headstone inscription.

MURDOCH, 2nd. Lieutenant Thomas John Carson. Born in Belfast, he was educated at the Belfast Municipal Technical School and Q.U.B. where he was a member of and, as a keen musician, a piper in, the OTC. A member of the UVF, he had begun to write “An Irish History for Protestant Children” although this was never finished. At the outbreak of the war he was studying marine engineering at Workman, Clarke and Co., Ltd. He was also ill at the time and on recovering had gone to Oldham to spend a holiday with his uncle, Dr. Carson J.P. coroner for the borough and ex-mayor of the town. It was there that he volunteered for service and was granted his commission on 31 December 1914. Promoted to Lieutenant in September 1915 he went to the front in November where he served in 24 MR. He was KIA on the Somme on the 6.2.16 aged 20. According to his Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Batten, Murdoch and five others were standing in a front line trench which the battalion had only just taken over when a “canister” i.e. a German trench mortar, landed amongst them, killing them all. Batten goes on to note that he “was killed on the spot and suffered no pain and in fact probably never even realized it”. He is buried in Point 110 Old Military Cemetery, Fricourt, France, row J, grave 1. The headstone inscription gives his age and his parents details as recorded here. He was the only son of Thomas H. and Sarah Murdoch, Beech Hurst, Mosside, Dunmurry. Thomas Murdoch senior was a member of Lisburn Board of Guardians. According to Middlebrook, "The Somme Battlefields" page 144, Point 110 Old Cemetery “was full by February 1916. Nearly half the graves are from the 20th., 21st. and 24th. Manchesters, including 11 of the 24th. Manchesters in a group at the back of the Cemetery, all killed in February 1916 when a shell scored a direct hit on their dug-out". Murdoch's grave is the last, on the right, in this row. Of the six headstones to the left, five are dated 6.2.16 and belong to soldiers from the MR. So too does the first headstone in the next row.

MURPHY, Sergeant John. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in A Company 1 RIR (8263). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 28, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. He was the son of Mary Ann Murphy of 8 Lawyer Street, Sandy Row, Belfast.

MURPHY, Lance corporal Thomas. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in B Company 11 RIR (18535) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Reported wounded and MIA on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A/B. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Murphy of 53 Castle Street, Lisburn. An entry by his parents, in the “In Memoriam” column of the Lisburn Standard for 5.7.18 records his death as "believed KIA".

MURRAY, Sergeant James. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Calcutta, enlisted at Calaba in India and served in 7 RIR (7/3523). KIA in France on the 15.9.15, he is buried in St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France, plot 3. He was the husband of Mrs. J.M. Murray of 2 May Road, Calcutta, India.

MURTAGH P. Commemorated on Lisburn War memorial, there is no positive trace so far.

MYNES, Private Thomas. Born in Lisburn he lived at Mercer Street in the town and before the war worked in the dye works at Hilden mill. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in 5 RIrF (3398). He died from pneumonia in hospital in Calais on the 27.6.18 aged 21 and is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France, plot 4, row B, grave 7A. His mother lived at 16 Mercer Street, Lisburn.

NEAGLE, Rifleman Francis. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived and enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (11327). KIA in France on the 17.5.16 aged 21, his death is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, France, bay 9. He was the son of James and Mary Neagle of 13 Canal Street, Lisburn and brother of Lance Corporal James Neagle who was wounded in late June or early July 1916. He (James) had been employed at the Island Spinning Company and had a wife and two children living at Island Cottage.

NEILL, Rifleman Albert E. Lived at the Maze he served in 20 RIR (110). He died at “home” on the 10.8.16 and is buried in Blaris Old Cemetery, grave 168.

NEILL, Rifleman George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (7231). KIA in France on the 19.9.14 age 32, his death is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Neill of 9 Surrey Street, Belfast and husband of Margaret Neill of 67 Abingdon Street, Donegall Road, Belfast. The La Ferte-Souse-Jouarre Memorial is on the Marne about 20 Km. east of Meaux. It commemorates those killed in the fighting from August to early September 1914 who have no known grave. William John Johnston 1 DCLI killed on the 9th. September, and Robert Smeaton and Joseph Hanna 2 RIR, both killed on the 20th September, are also commemorated there.

NEILL, Private James. Born in Derriaghy, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (4771). KIA in France on the 6.2.15 age 21, he is buried in Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France, plot 2, row B, grave 1. He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Neill of 42 Sloan Street, Lisburn.

NEILL, Rifleman James. Born in Lambeg, he was employed at Glenmore Bleachworks. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (18543) embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. He was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 and his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the husband of Margaret Neill of 26 Church Hill or Greenhill, Lambeg. They had two children and his brother-in-law, Sergeant M’Clenaghan was serving with 11 RIR.

NEILL, Lieutenant Reginald (Rex) Henry. Educated at Mourne Grange, Kilkeel, Co. Down and Malvern College, Worcestershire. He was an officer in the Second Battalion South Antrim Volunteers (UVF) and served in B Company 11 RIR with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Originally reported as wounded, this was subsequently changed to MIA during the second week of July 1916. However, his father was still hopeful that he had survived having “learned from a private source that his son is slightly wounded and a prisoner”. The Standard which reported the news went on to say that, “it is sincerely hoped that the last message is the correct one.” Unfortunately it was not, Rex Neill was eventually recorded as KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 21. His body was never found and his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France pier and face 15 A and B. Also on a plaque in St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Suffolk erected by his fellow officers in B Company 11 RIR and on a memorial window erected by his parents. The inscription below the window reads, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life”. The plaque beneath it reads, “Erected by his fellow officers in B Co. 11 RIR South Antrim Volunteers in loving memory of Rex Neill who gave his life for his country in the battle of the Somme near Thiepval Wood in July 1916 aged 22”. He was the son of Reginald and Geraldine Neill of Colingrove, Dunmurry and "Sheena", Craigavad, Co. Down

NEILL T. Commemorated on Lisburn War memorial, there is no positive trace so far.

NEILL, Private William. Born in Drumbeg, Co. Antrim, he lived at Sandymount, Ballyskeagh, Lisburn. Employed , like his father before him, by Mr. Charley of Seymour Hill, he enlisted at Belfast at the outbreak of the war and served in 1 RInF (3450). Wounded in Gallipoli on the 29 June 1915, he was treated in hospital in Alexandria from where he wrote to his wife saying that he expected to be on his way home by the time she received his letter. KIA in Gallipoli on the 21.8.15 aged 45, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the son of Mrs. John Neill of Drumbeg, Dunmurry and husband of Maggie Neill of Lambeg, Lisburn. His two sons-in-law both served in the forces during the war. A Remembrance Day cross to him was also placed on Lisburn War Memorial on the 7.11.1992.

NELSON, Private Charles. Born in and enlisted at Belfast he served in 11 RInF (20255). KIA in France on the 29.7.18 he is buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France, plot 2, row B, grave 12. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Mrs. M. Nelson of 15 Fyth Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

NELSON, Rifleman Robert J. Lived in Belfast and enlisted at Lisburn, he may have served originally in 11 RIR and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. He DoW in Belgium on the 5.10.18 while serving with 2 RIR (3036) and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 30, row A, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of S.E. Nelson of 12 Brookfield Street, Belfast.

NELSON, Rifleman William. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived at Culcavey, Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in C Company 11 RIR (920). Reported missing on the 16.6.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

NEWELL, Lance Corporal James. Born in Lisburn, he lived at 129 Gregg Street in the town, enlisted at Belfast and served in 77 Field Company RE (112322). KIA in France on the 19.2.18 aged 31 he is buried in Hermies Hill Cemetery, France, plot 1, row 9, grave 27. He was the son of William and Sarah Newell of Ireland and husband of Annie Maria Newell of 129 Gregg Street, Lisburn.

NEWELL Sapper James. Lived on the Low Road, Lisburn and served in the RE. He was KIA and his death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial. There is no other positive trace so far.

NICHOLSON, Rifleman H. Served in the RIR (13/16912) but subsequently transferred to the LC (593777). He died at “home” on the 2.9.19 age 22 and is buried in Dromara First Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 235. He was the son of James and Agnes Gamble Nicholson.

NOBLE, Rifleman Alfred. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 2 RIR (5358). He DoW in Belgium on the 22.6.17 and is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 2, row B, grave 37. There is no headstone inscription.

NOBLE, Private Samuel. Born in Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone, he lived at Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, enlisted at Omagh and served in 9 RInF (11256). KIA in Belgium on the 30.9.18 age 27, he is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, plot 5, row B, grave 13. He was the son of James and Margret Noble of Killeaton, Dunmurry.

NORTH, Lance Corporal Samuel. Born in Drumbo, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 7 RInF (3283). KIA on the Somme on the 21.3.18 aged 28, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France Panels 38 to 40. He was the son of William and Maria North of Drumbeg, Dunmurry.

O'BRIEN P. Commemorated on Lisburn War memorial there is no positive trace so far.

O'DONNELL, Private John. Born in Ballylesson or Ballymacarrett, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in RIR (5707) before transferring to 1 Garrison battalion RIrF (G/125). He died at "home" on the 14.12.15 age 38 and is buried in Drumbo (Holy Trinity) Church Of Ireland Churchyard. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of John O'Donnell and husband of Jane O'Donell of Carolan Road, Belfast.

O’FLAGHERTY, L.H. He is commemorated on the memorial in Drumbo (Holy Trinity) Parish Church but there is no positive trace so far.

O'HARA, Private David. Born on the 11.1.1895 at Ballinacreig between Newry and Warrenpoint, and near Sheeptown. His father, also David O'Hara, had been in the South African Mounted Police but had returned home. He was killed in a fight outside a pub in Kildare Street, Newry in 1902 after which his sister, Sarah Magee who at the time of the war lived in Park Parade (possibly no. 10), Lisburn, became his legal guardian. It was also Sarah who had his name put on Lisburn war memorial even though he was not really a "Lisburn man". His elder brother, James Edward, joined the army in 1906 though by 1912 he was in the reserves. He was mobilised in 1914 and went out to France with the BEF. He returned home on several occasions but was eventually taken prisoner at Le Sars on 27 Oct/Nov 1916. He escaped twice. On one occasion his compatriot, a man called McIlroy, was shot and the wound became gangrenous. James Edward had written to David telling him not to join the 16 Division, however, David enlisted at Belfast in the 7 RinF (26295). He was KIA in France on the 9.10.17 while involved in a raid on Tunnel Trench. On his way back he had remained with a wounded colleague but neither was heard of again. His death is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, bay 6. Sarah had believed that both her brothers were dead and only became aware of James Edward's survival when he returned home after being repatriated in December 1918. He promptly re-enlisted and was sent to Russia. He was finally discharged at the end of 1919 and returned to Lisburn, setting up a business in Castle Street. His first son was named David. Sarah Magee went to live in England with her daughter following the death of her husband Dick? who had been a manager in Barbour Threads. However, the two did not get on and she eventually returned to Lisburn, living on the Low Road until her death. She is buried in Lisburn Cemetery.

O'HARA, Private J. He is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far. Could this be James Edward, brother of David O’Hara above? He survived but his sister Sarah Magee believed at one point that both her brothers to be dead.

O'NEILL, Private Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he originally enlisted in 5 RIR in 1896 when he would have been about 20. Following the outbreak of the Boer War he did garrison duty at Enniskillen and Londonderry before being sent to the front in South Africa when his battalion volunteered for overseas service. His service during the campaign there was recognised by the award of the King Edward Medal with three clasps. Before the Great War he was employed at Messrs. Hull and Annetts and was well known in local football and sports circles. He re-enlisted at Lisburn in June 1915 and served in CR (4410) before transferring to 8 RIrF (20979). KIA in France on the 26.4.16 aged 39, his death is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France, panel 124. He was the son of Henry and Martha O'Neill and husband of Margaret O'Neill of 4 Stewart's Court, Lisburn, and Chapel Hill, Lisburn. He had three small children, the oldest of whom was five at the time of their father’s death.

ORR, Rifleman John. Born in Charlemont, Co. Armagh, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (13541). KIA in France on the 8.2.17 age 20, he is buried in the Guards’ Cemetery, Combles, Somme, France, plot 2, row A, grave 12. The headstone inscription reads, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev 2.10”. He was the son of Frank and Sarah Orr of Poleglass, Dunmurry.

ORR, Rifleman Richard. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn he served in 6 RIR (5380). Wounded in Salonica he DoW in Greece on the 1.10.16 and is buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece, plot 1, row B, grave 10.

ORR, Rifleman Robert James. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (15721) embarking with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded in September 1916 and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 23, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of the late John Orr.

ORR, Sergeant William. Born in Ballymacarrett, Co. Down, he was a member of the UVF and Maze Masonic Lodge. He enlisted in Belfast and served in 10 RIR (432). KIA in Belgium on the 4.8.17 age 40 his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 40. He was the son of Alexander and Sarah Orr and husband of Robina Orr of 33 Belvoir Street, Belfast.

PARK, Rifleman John H. Served in 6 RIR (6111275) before transferring to 960 Company LC (486034). He died in Greece on the 26.11.18 and is buried in Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece, grave 502. He was the husband of Mary Park of 37 Young Street, Lisburn.

PARKER, Rifleman Robert John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (10/15758). KIA in France on the 19.8.18 aged 24, he is buried in Bertenacre Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row E, grave 2. The headstone inscription reads, “Till he comes”. He was the son of Margaret Parker of 11 City Street, Belfast, and the late John Parker.

PATTERSON, Sergeant J. Served in the 14 NF (35006). He died at “home” on the 22.10.20 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, old section D, grave 177. The headstone inscription is not clear. He was the husband of Matilda Patterson of 88 Tates Avenue, Belfast.

PATTERSON, Rifleman Robert. Born in Purdysburn, Co. Down, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Comber, Co. Down and served in 13 RIR (18613). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

PATTERSON, Rifleman Robert. Born and living in Crumlin, Co. Antrim, he was a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (16922) embarking with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

PATTERSON, Private Samuel. Born in Saintfield, Co. Down, he lived at Boardmills, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIrF (8229). KIA in Belgium on the 25.4.15, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 42.

PATTERSON, Rifleman Samuel M. Born, living in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in A Company 11 RIR (18610) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported wounded in late August/early September 1916, he was KIA in Belgium on the 8.8.17 aged 39. His death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 40. He was the eldest son of the late Rainey Patterson and Mary Ann Patterson of 26 Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn.

PATTERSON, Private William. Born in Hillsborough, he lived in Portadown, enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIrF (18610). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

PATTERSON, Rifleman William. Born in Lisburn, he lived on the Belsize Road in the town, enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (16932) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported MIA on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. His family were from Wilson Street, Low Road, Lisburn.

PATTON, Rifleman William. Born and living in Lisburn, he belonged to F Company of the Lisburn battalion of the UVF before enlisting in the army at Carrickfergus. He was one of a draft from 5 RIR who, “went out to replace the wastage in the 1st. battalion at the front” and served in 1 RIR (5529). According to the Standard he DoW in France on the 24.4.15 as a result of wounds received at “Feaux Bax.” In a letter sent to his father from Lance Corporal McCallum a friend of William Patton junior, “everything possible was done for Rifleman Patton, who faced death like the gallant soldier he was.” Buried in “Y” Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France, row L, grave 39, the same cemetery as W.C. Pews (below), he was the son of William Patton of Longstone Street, Lisburn. His two brothers Sergeant James Patton, wounded on the 1.7.16 and Rifleman Daniel Patton, wounded on the 19th August? 1916 both served in 11 RIR. Both appear to have survived the war.

PAYNE, Rifleman Henry. Born in Armagh, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted in Belfast and served in D Company 9 RIR (958). Reported wounded and missing in late August/early September and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 2.7.16 age 18, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of William Payne of 13 Vistula Street, Belfast.

PEEL, Private Mark DCM. Born in Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 1 (Cameronians) SR (201300). He DoW in France on the 26.10.18 age 24 and is buried in Awoingt British Cemetery, Nord, France, plot 1, row G, grave 28. He was the son of Joseph Peel of Pond Park, Lisburn. Awoingt is about 3 kilometres east-south-east of Cambrai.

PEGG Private J.J. Served in the RAOC (043803). He died at “home” on the 22.6.20 age 44 and is buried in Lambeg Church of Ireland graveyard, grave 187. The headstone inscription reads, “We cannot Lord thy purpose see but all is well thats done by thee”. He was the husband of Catherine Pegg of 20 Hilden View, Tullynacross, Lambeg.

PELAN, Private Christopher. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 1 RInF (10359). KIA in Gallipoli on the 22.5.15 aged 30, his death is commemorated on the Special Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Gallipoli, group C, Number 266. He was the son of William Pelan of Lisburn.

PELAN, Rifleman John. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Hollywood and served in 1 RIR (6033). He died a PoW in Germany on the 31.12.17 and is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf, Germany, plot 4, row A, grave 7.

PENTLAND, Sergeant Joseph. Born in Donaghcloney, he lived in Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RIrF (12450). KIA in Gallipoli on the 15.8.15 aged 35, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 178 - 180. He was the husband of Agnes Graham Pentland of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

PEWS, Rifleman Robert S. Born in Omagh, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 6 RIR (11150). KIA in Gallipoli on the 10.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 177-8.

PEWS, Rifleman William George. Born in Omagh, he enlisted at Lisburn and may have been a reservist in 5 RIR. Serving in 2 RIR (5203) he was KIA in France on the 29.7.15 and is buried in "Y" Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France, row K, grave 34, the same cemetery as Rm. W. Patton, above. There is no headstone inscription.

PHILLIPS, Rifleman John. Born and living in Ballylesson, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9558). He DoW in France on the 24.3.18 and is buried in Noyon New British Cemetery, Oise, France, plot 2, row D, grave 7. He was the son of Matthew J. and Elizabeth Phillips of Forth Road., Ballylesson, Belfast.

PHILLIPS Rifleman Thomas. Born in Purdysburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 12 RIR (15/9244). He died as a PoW in Germany on the 20.7.18 age 22 and is buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany, plot 10, row D, grave 5. He was the son of Thomas Phillips of 2 Mill Street, Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim.

PHILLIPS, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Larne and served in 1st Garrison battalion RIR (G/1187). He died in India on the 10.12.17 and his death is commemorated on the Madras Memorial, India, face 23.

PHILPOTT, Private George Henry. Lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Portsmouth and served in 15 HR (15766). He DoW on the Somme on the 21.9.16 and is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France, plot 4, row E, grave 73 in the same grave as Corporal W. Jeffrey of the Rifle Brigade who died on the 22.9.16. Most graves in this row and many others have two casualties each. There is no headstone inscription. Mericourt-L’Abbe village is approximately 10 kilometres south-west of Albert with Heilly Station Cemetery 2 kilometres south-west of Mericourt-l'Abbe, close to the railway line. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “The burials in this cemetery were carried out under extreme pressure and many of the graves are either too close together to be marked individually, or they contain multiple burials. Some headstones carry as many as three sets of casualty details, and in these cases, regimental badges have had to be omitted. Instead, these badges, 117 in all, have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery”.

PHILPOTT, Private Thomas Henry. Born or living in Cabra, Hillsborough, he served in 42 CI, QR (192419). He died in France on the 9.4.17 aged 22 and is buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, Vimy, France, plot 7, row D, grave 2. He was the son of James and Charlotte Philpott of Lisburn. Cabra (Cabragh on the map) is north of Annahilt and south east of Hillsborough.

POOTES, Private Robert. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Ballykinlar and served in 1 RInF (9472). KIA in Gallipoli on the 21.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the son of Robert Pootes of 43 Pernau Street, Belfast.

PORTER, Corporal Robert. Born and living in Lisburn and a reservist with nine years service, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 14 RIR (4698). Servant to Lieutenant Colonel McCammond before he (McCammond) went to the front, he was KIA in Belgium in his first action on the 15.8.17. He had only been posted to the front five weeks before his death which is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. Father of two small children and husband of Mrs. Porter of East Down View, Low Road, Lisburn, his step-father and brother-in-law also served.

POTTER, Private George. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIrF (5923). KIA on the Somme on the 8.9.15 age 48, he is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France, plot 2, row A, grave 6. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Bridget E. Potter of Church Street, Keady, Co. Armagh.

PROCTOR, Gunner John William. Served in 164 Siege Battery RGA (169823). He died at “home” on the 31.7.19 age 30 and is buried in Drumbo Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 216. He was the husband of Lily Proctor of “Rea Anna”, Marlborough Park, Belfast.

PURDY, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Shankill Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (18643) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on 16.8.17 aged 27, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of Margaret Purdy of 22 Canal Street, Lisburn.

QUINN, Rifleman Alexander. Born in Killyleagh, Co. Down, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Downpatrick and served in 12 RIR (18651). KIA in Belgium on the 25.4.18 aged 24 he is buried in Dulhallow ADS Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 7, row E, grave 8. The headstone inscription reads, “Faithful unto death”. He was the son of Alexander and Jane Quinn of Clea, Toy, Co. Down. The Clea lakes are just north of Killyleagh. The cemetery where he is buried took its name from a nearby dressing station believed to be named after a southern Irish hunt.

RAINEY, Rifleman Henry. Born in Glasgow, he lived in Gregg Street, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served in 11 RIR (18653) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. He was reported wounded and missing, and subsequently KIA in France on the 29.3.18 while attached to the 22nd. entrenching battalion. His death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-6.

RAINEY, Private James. A “native of Belfast” he lived in Dunmurry and served in 27 CI MtbaR (71838). He died on the Somme on the 15.9.16 age 32, and is buried in Courcelette British Cemetery, France, plot 2, row C, grave 21. He was the son of James and Margaret Rainey of Glencoe, Dunmurry.

RAMSEY, Rifleman John. Born in Blaris, he lived at Young Street, Lisburn and was employed at Queen’s island. Having enlisted at Lisburn he served in B Company 11 RIR (2197) and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he DOW on the 13.7.16 aged 27 and is buried in Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Warwickshire, plot B 10, row 5, grave 52. The only son of Jane and James Ramsey of 10 Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn, at the time of his death his father was serving in India.

REA, CSM Robert Morrow. Born in Lisburn, he lived and enlisted in Belfast, served originally in GG (7443), and was subsequently transferred to 17 KLR (26106). KIA in France on the 27.6.16, he is buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France, plot 2, row K, grave 11. There is no headstone inscription.

REDDICK, Rifleman Jonathan. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 11 RIR (18667) with whom he may have embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in France on the 2.12.17, his death is commemorated on Memorial 3, Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France. There is no headstone inscription but the memorial records that he was buried in Metz-en-Couture British Cemetery No. 2 which was destroyed in later battles.

REID, Rifleman David. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived at Denleigh, Co. Down, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (8502). He died in Malta on the 11.10.14 aged 25 and is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta, plot 2, row K, grave 11. This would have been as 1 RIR were returning from their peacetime overseas posting before being sent to France. They were in Aden on the 4.8.14, embarked for the UK on the 27.9.14 and landed at Liverpool on the 22.10.14.

REID, Rifleman David. Born in Antrim, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (2198). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 19, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 15 A and B. He was the son of the late William Reid of Moss Side, Dunmurry.

REID, Private Joseph N. Born in Glenavy, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (436). He died at “home” on the 20.2.15 age 39 and is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, grave D 2600. He was the son of William Nelson Reid and Annie Reid of Glenavy, and husband of Sarah Reid of 121 Argyle Street, Belfast.

REID, Corporal Richard. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (8527). KIA in Gallipoli on the 6.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, addenda panel.

REID, Private Robert. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (8198). He DoW in France on the 23.7.16 and is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France, plot 6, row A, grave 5.

REID, Private William. A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he served in 11 RIR and embarked with them for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. His death is commemorated on the Memorial in Glenavy Orange Hall but there is no further trace.

RENNIX, Lance Corporal Edward. Lived at Maryville Terrace, Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn, and served with B Company 11 RIR. He may have been wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 but survived and subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (2526). Wounded in September 1916 and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 13.4.18 age 32, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the son of Samuel and Mary A. Rennix of Ballsbridge, Dublin and husband of Mary Rennix of 3 Maryville Terrace, Dunmurry.

RICE, Private Joseph. Born in Shankill, Belfast, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 6 RIrF (16974). KIA in Gallipoli on the 15.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 178-180.

RICE, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (8164). KIA in France on the 26.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

RITCHIE, Private Alexander. Served in 18 CI, COR (406384). KIA in Belgium on the 13.3.16 aged 32, he is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 2, row N, grave 3. There is no headstone inscription. This is the same cemetery as Joseph Mackell, above. He was the son of Alexander and Margaret Ritchie. His death is also commemorated on his parent’s headstone in Derriaghy parish church graveyard. Alexander Ritchie died on the 31.1.03 aged 49, and his wife Margaret on the 8.1.22 aged 69. He was also a brother of Rifleman Benjamin Ritchie, below. The family headstone also commemorates the deaths of Henry Ritchie who died on the 3.11.20 at Coatbridge, Scotland, aged 44; John Ritchie who died in Winnipeg, Canada; and Sarah Ritchie who died on the 7.2.51. The inscription finishes, “Till the day breaks and the shadows flee away”.

RITCHIE, Rifleman Benjamin. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (13442). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 30. his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B and on his parent’s headstone in Derriaghy parish church graveyard. He was the son of Alexander Ritchie who died on the 31.1.03 aged 49, and Margaret Ritchie who died on the 8.1.22 aged 69. He was also brother of Private Alexander Ritchie, above. The family headstone also commemorates the deaths of Henry Ritchie who died on the 3.11.20 at Coatbridge, Scotland, aged 44; John Ritchie who died in Winnipeg, Canada; and Sarah Ritchie who died on the 7.2.51. The inscription finishes, “Till the day breaks and the shadows flee away”.

RITCHIE, Lance Corporal William. Lived in Lisburn and was KIA. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour but there is no further trace.

ROBB Private Herbert Victor. An Old Scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn, he was born and enlisted in Edinburgh and served in 12 Royal Scots (33261). KIA in Belgium on the 25.4.18 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 11-14. He was the son of Daniel and Ettie Robb of 83 Easter Road, Edinburgh.

ROBB  Rifleman William. Born in Drumbeg, he enlisted at Hamilton Lanark and served in 1 RIR (11449). KIA in Belgium on the 16.1.18 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Panel 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the son of Alexander and Jane Robb of 53 Watson’s Land, New Stevenston, Holytown, Lanarkshire.

ROBINSON, Rifleman William. Born and living in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn, possibly in 11 RIR with whom he may have embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Transferred to 12 RIR (2229) when 11 RIR were disbanded in 1917, he was KIA in Belgium on the 12.10.18 age 29 and is buried in Dadizeele Communal Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, grave 1. He was a nephew of Maggie Robinson of Trummery by Moira, Co. Down.

RODGERS, Rifleman William Henry. Born and living in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Newtownards and served in 13 RIR (18703). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 23, he is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 1, France, plot 2, row AA, grave 11/13. He was the son of Samuel and Jane Rodgers of Ardtanagh, Dromara, Co. Down.

ROGAN, Private Herbert John. Born in and enlisted at Belfast he served in 6 (Perthshire Territorial Battalion) BW (Royal Highlanders) (2609). KIA on the Somme on the 30.7.16 age 23, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 10 A. He was the son of John and Catherine Rogan of 4 Victoria Terrace, Cregagh, Belfast and husband of Catherine Rogan (nee McCord) of Willow House, Trummery, Co. Down.

ROGAN, Private Robert S. Commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial and on the memorial in Railway Street Presbyterian Church, there is no further positive trace.

ROGAN, Gunner William John. Born in Lisburn, he served in B Battery 19th Fire Command RGA (275546). He died on the 10.1.19 aged 47 and is buried in St. Malachi, Church of Ireland churchyard, Hillsborough. He was the son of Joseph and Isabelle Rogan.

ROONEY, Private Arthur. Served in the Boer War and worked as a baker in John M’Watters of Belfast. He emigrated to Canada about 1905 and served in 2 CI EOR (7900). Initially reported missing, he was killed on the 22.4.15 and his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 10-26-28. He was the son of Patrick and Mary Jane Rooney of 15 Antrim Street, Lisburn and brother of Henry Rooney, below.

ROONEY, Private Henry. Having emigrated to Canada in about 1913, he served in 4 CI COR (402987). Killed on the 26.4.16 aged 23, he is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, row I, plot A, grave 24. She was the son of Patrick and Mary Jane Rooney of 15 Antrim Street, Lisburn and brother of Arthur Rooney, above.

ROSS, Gunner Robert John. Lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in B Battery 173rd. Brigade R.F.A. (L/35898). Taken prisoner on the 21.3.18 he died of pneumonia, a PoW in a German hospital, on the 29.7.18 aged 20. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, Stahnsdorf, Germany, plot 1, row D, grave 13.

RUSH, Corporal Josiah. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Ballymullen, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served in 2 RIR (5971). Reported missing and subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 6.9.18 aged 19, he is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 3, row G, grave 22. The headstone inscription reads, “God is love”. He was the son of Thomas and Agnes Rush of Ballymullan, Lisburn.

RUSSELL, Driver Edmund. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2nd Brigade RFA (38199). He DoW in France on the 8.11.16 aged 34 and is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France, plot 2, row C, grave 6. The headstone inscription reads, “Peace, perfect peace”. He was the husband of Elizabeth Russell of 40 Selby Street, Belfast.

RUSSELL, Private Thomas. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in D Company 1 RInF (16103). He DoW in Gallipoli on the 22.8.15 aged 18 and his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Russell of Lisburn, and possibly brother of Rifleman William Russell who was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 (see below).

RUSSELL, Rifleman William. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in A Company 11 RIR (18714) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported MIA on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Russell of Lisburn, and possibly brother of Private Thomas Russell who DoW in Gallipoli on the 22.8.15, see above.

SALLY, Rifleman Robert. Born, living in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in A Company 11 RIR (18734) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Listed as wounded and missing and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

SCOTT, Rifleman Henry. Born in and living in Ballycarrickmaddy, Magheragall, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in B Company 11 RIR (11/3010) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he was subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 8.6.17 aged 26 and is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Spanbroekmolen, Belgium, plot 2, row A, grave 2. The headstone inscription reads, “Ever remembered by his uncle David Scott”. He was a nephew of David Scott of Ballynadolly, Upper Magheragall, Lisburn. Lone Tree Cemetery lies just below the Spanbroekmolen mine crater and contains the remains of many of those from the 36th and 16th Divisions killed by the fall-out from the mine which was blown 15 seconds late at the start of the attack on the Messines Ridge in June 1917.

SCOTT, Rifleman Hugh. Born and living in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 3 RIR (24683). He died at “home” on the 4.11.18 age 20 and is buried in Dromara Reform Presbyterian Churchyard, County Down, grave 9. He was the son of James and Izabella Scott of Aughnaskeagh, Dromara.

SCOTT, Rifleman J. Served in the RIR. His death is commemorated on Glenavy War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

SCOTT, Rifleman James Herbert. Born and living in Hillsborough, or Ballymurphy (south east of Annahilt), he enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (7235). KIA in Belgium on the 7.6.17 aged 21, he is buried in Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery, Belgium, plot E, grave 4. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of John and M.J. Scott of Blackbridge, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

SCOTT, Private Richard. Born in Suffolk, Dunmurry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (10089). KIA in Belgium on the 1.11.14, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 5.

SERGEANT, Rifleman Thomas Henry. Born and living in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Banbridge and served in 13 RIR (498). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 18, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B. He was the son of Samuel and Margaret A. Sergeant of Drummarin, Gilford, Co. Down.

SEWELL, Rifleman Francis. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he embarked for France from Bordon with A Company 11 RIR in October 1915. Wounded at the Somme on the 1.7.16, he subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (6466) when 11 and 11/13 RIR were disbanded. KIA on the Somme on the 21.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

SHARKEY Private Henry. Born in Ballyvessey, Co. Antrim, he lived at Carnmoney, enlisted at Mossley and served in the RIR (18751) before transferring to 108 Company MGC(I) (17737). He DoW in Belgium on the 5.8.17 aged 22 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 17, row G, grave 20A. The headstone inscription reads, “Loved by all”. Son of Andrew and Jane Sharkey of Carnmoney, Co. Antrim.

SHARKEY J. Commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, there is no positive trace so far. However one possibility is that he served as John Devlin, although there is no obvious local connection. He was born in Belfast and educated at Raglan Street School, he emigrated to Australia when he was 29 in about 1914. He lived in Sydney, New South Wales, he was a hairdresser by profession and had served in 2 RIR. He enlisted on the 5.5.15 and served in 1 AIF 2350. Wounded at Gallipoli, he was KIA in France between the 5 and 8.5.17 age 32. His death is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France. He was the son of James and Jane Sharkey. According to his brother William John Sharkey of 136 Tymond Street, Auckland, New Zealand who supplied the biographical details to the AWM, “He was one of Ireland’s greatest Gaelic footballers.”

SHARKEY Rifleman Patrick. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 6 RIR (11436). He DoW sustained in Gallipoli on the 30.8.15 and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, row F, grave 199.

SIMMS, Lieutenant Alfred George Francis. Certificate for gallant conduct and devotion to duty. An Old Scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn, he served in 6 CR. Reported missing believed drowned on the 30.12.17, his death is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria Egypt. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the Chatby memorial lists the names of those who have no known grave but the sea. These were men who died at sea from sickness, wounds or accident on their way to or from Egypt, Gallipoli or Palestine and who were given the same burial as sailors who died at sea.

SIMPSON, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Lambeg, he lived on the Low Road, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served in 11 RIR (18764) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 1.9.16 aged 22, his death is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 40. He was the son of John and Mary Simpson of Hilden, Lisburn.

SIMPSON, Private Richard. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the RIR (193) before transferring to the Garrison battalion RIrF (G/1030). He died at “home” on the 22.4.16 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Section QA, grave 37.5.

SINCLAIR, Private Edward. DCM. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (9318). KIA in Gallipoli on the 1.7.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97-101.

SINCLAIR Captain John H/M? Served in 13 SR The Cameronians attached to 5 CR. KIA in Salonica on the 6.12.15, his death is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

SINCLAIR, Private John Hamilton. Born and living in Lisburn, he served in the Boer War, re-enlisted at London and served in 2 ASH (S/16657). KIA on the Somme on the 31.10.16 aged 37, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A or 16C. He was the son of William and Anna Jane Sinclair of Rosslyn, Lisburn.

SINGLETON, Lance corporal Isaiah. Born in Lisburn, he lived at the Maze, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (3400). KIA in Belgium on the 1.11.14 aged 23, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 11. He was the son of Isaiah and Mary Ann Singleton of Halftown, Maze, Hillsborough.

SINGLETON, Leading Carpenters Crew Joshua. Lived at Culcavey and served in the Royal Navy (345952) on HMS Cressy. Drowned in the North Sea on the 22.9.14 aged 37, his death is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, panel 6. He was the son of David and Eliza Jane Singleton, and husband of Elizabeth Singleton, all of Hillsborough, Co. Down. The Cressy, an old armoured cruiser, was sunk along with the Aboukir and Hogue by the German submarine U9. These ships made up what one officer described as “the live-bait squadron” which patrolled the Dogger area of the North Sea. The Aboukir was the first to be hit at 0630. The Hogue and Cressy followed shortly after when they stopped to rescue survivors. More than 1400 men, most of them middle-aged reservists and naval cadets, were lost. This and the sinking a month later of the old cruiser Hawke, on which Edward Crossin and William John Gillespie died, convinced both sides that the submarine was a potent weapon.

SINTON, Captain Edwin. MC. Born in Belfast, he was an Old Scholar of the Ulster Provincial School, subsequently Friends School, Lisburn. He was employed as the manager of the Belfast Picture House and was a member of the Royal Ulster Masonic Lodge No. 274 and the Commercial Masonic Lodge No. 418. He served in the RFA and was attached to the 4th Light Railway Company, RE. KIA in France by a bomb on the 21.8.18 aged 35, he is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, plot 11, row C, grave 19. He was the husband of Mabel A. Sinton of 54 St. Saviour’s Road, St. Leonards, Sussex.

A brother officer writing to his wife described how, “It is a terrible blow to everyone of us, and every man of the Company feels it keenly. As for myself, I can hardly realize it. He was my best pal out here, and was simply worshiped by his men, who would have done anything for him, and well he deserved their trust. I was not beside him at the time of his death as I had gone away two days previously to another detachment. The bomb which killed him dropped a short distance from where your husband and Lieut. O’Sullivan were standing. Death was instantaneous, and you can rest assured he suffered no pain. O’Sullivan was just beside him and they were comrades in death as well as in life. Captain Sinton was very good to me. He was good to everyone, and I think he knew how fond I was of him. It will be a terrible thing for you to bear, but you must keep a stiff upper lip. Many and many a time when we were sitting together he spoke of you – he was always thinking of you. They were buried at 6.30 yesterday evening with full military honours, and lie side by side in a peaceful spot out here. The funeral was most impressive, and his popularity was easily seen when I say that practically every officer of the Light Railway Corps that possibly could be present was there; yes and more that every man from every Company who could get was present, too. We have lost one of the best and straightest men who ever lived”.

Lieutenant Thomas George O’Sullivan, who also served in the 4th Light Railway Operating Company, was the youngest son of the late Dr. and Mrs. O'Sullivan, of Limerick. He was 32 years old. As the letter above describes, the two do “lie side by side”. O’Sullivan too is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, plot 11, row C, grave 20.

The official announcement of the award of his MC came through shortly after his death. The citation read, “Under very heavy shelling he set a fine example of cheerful disregard of danger, and was of great assistance in evacuating light railway stock and maintaining traffic until the advance of the enemy rendered further work impossible”.

The cemetery is about 2 kilometres northwest of the village of Villers-Au-Bois, which is itself 11 kilometres northwest of Arras. It was used by Commonwealth divisions and Field Ambulances from July 1916 until September 1918 and is associated particularly with the Canadian Corps whose headquarters were nearby. Many of the graves in Plots 5 to 10 date from April 1917 and the Battle of Vimy Ridge. After the Armistice, a few graves were brought in from isolated positions in the neighbourhood.

SKELLY, Corporal James. He lived on the Belsize Road, Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (6717) attached to the 21st battalion. KIA in France on the 21.3.18 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-6. He was the eldest son of John and Mary Skelly of the Belsize Road, Lisburn.

SKELLY, Rifleman William. Born in Derragh, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn where he enlisted and served in 6 RIR (5/5255). He DoW in Salonica on the 31.10.16 aged 21 and is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece, plot 6, row C, grave 1. He was the son of William and Mary Jane Skelly of Lambeg, Lisburn.

SLAVIN, Private John. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in LR (6842), subsequently transferring to 2 RIrR (8299). KIA in France on the 19.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panels 11-12.

SLOANE, Rifleman Joseph W. Born in and possibly living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in C Company 14 RIR (15949). KIA in Belgium and served in 6.8.16 aged 25, he is buried in the Berks Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Belgium, plot 1, row G, grave 6. The headstone inscription reads, “Until he come. 1st Cor chapter 11 verse 26”. He was the son of Mrs. Sloane of 16 Malone Avenue, Belfast and the late Joseph Sloane.

SMEATON, Rifleman Robert. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (8206). KIA in France on the 20.9.14 aged 27, his death is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. He was the son of R.I.H. and Elizabeth Smeaton of Derryaghy Dorray, Co. Roscommon. The La Ferte-Souse-Jouarre Memorial is on the Marne about 20 Km. east of Meaux. It commemorates those killed in the fighting from August to early September 1914 who have no known grave. George Neill also 2 RIR who was killed on the 19th September and William John Johnston 1 DCLI killed on the 9th. September are also commemorated there.

SMILEY, Private Albert. Served in 5 RIR. He died of pneumonia on the 10.1.18 and is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial and on the Memorial in Christ Church, Lisburn. Other than this there is no positive trace so far.

SMITH, Private Alfred. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived in Hollywood, enlisted at Belfast and served in the Royal Munster Regiment (5183), subsequently transferring to 83 Company MGC(I) (48682). He died in Salonica on the 10.10.18 aged 21 and is buried in Kirechkoi Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece, grave 286. He was the son of George and Emma C. Smith of 2 Longview Terrace, Shore Street, Hollywood, Co. Down.

SMITH, Rifleman C.D.H. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

SMITH, Rifleman John (Jack). Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived at Eglantine, Culcavey, Co. Down. A member of the Hillsborough Company of the UVF, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in C Company 13 RIR (18805). He DoW on the Somme on the 29.6.16 aged 20 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row A, grave 1. He was the second son of Joseph and Elizabeth Smith of Eglantine, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

SMITH, Rifleman Robert. Born in Blaris, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (2261) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B.

SMITH, Rifleman Robert. Born in Blaris, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Ballykinlar, Co. Down and served in 1 RIR (3653). KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9. On the 14 May 1915 a letter from “the lads of Lisburn now at the front” appeared in the Standard. In it they thanked “the girls of the Railway Hotel Lisburn” for comforts they had sent out. Robert Smith was one of the signatories. By the time the letter appeared he was already dead. So too were two of the other signatories Henry Topping (below) and Henry Brown (above). Brown served in 1 RIR and Topping in the ELR, both were killed the same day as Smith, the 9 May, none has a known grave and all are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium. One possible implication of this letter is that groups of men from the town who served in different battalions actually met, presumably when they were off duty.

SMYLIE, Private William J. His death is commemorated on the War Memorial in First Boardmills Presbyterian Church, however, there is no positive trace so far.

SMYTH, Major Edmund Fitzgerald. M.C. Before the war he was an officer in the Lisburn battalion of the U.V.F. A director of “Lisburn? Factory, Lisburn” he played rugby for NIFC 1st. XV and hockey for Banbridge. An officer in 11 RIR since its formation, he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915 as a Captain with A Company and it was he who wrote to the parents of Henry Corkin (above) informing them of the circumstances in which their son had drowned on the 17.5.16. Wounded in the leg on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he recovered in hospital in London. KIA near Marcoing (on the Cambrai battlefield) in France on the 3.12.17 aged 31 he is buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France, plot 2, row C, grave 6. He was the son of Jane R. and William Smyth (a J.P.) of Brookfield, Banbridge, Co. Down. His elder brother, Major Rolertson Stewart Smyth RAMC died in a London nursing home in April 1916 having been invalided back from the front the previous December.

SMYTH, Rifleman George. Enlisted at Lisburn and served in 12 RIR (91). He Died while a PoW in Lansdorf hospital Germany on the 9.11.18 aged 20 and is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, Stahnsdorf, Germany, plot 18, row A, grave 1. He was the son of Mrs. J. Smyth 20 Sloan Street, Lisburn.

SMYTH, Private Lancelot. Born on the 17.3.1892 in the parish of Derriaghy, he Enlisted at Montreal on the 6.2.15 aged 23 years and 10 months. He was 5’11¾” tall with a 37” chest and 5” expansion. Of a fair complexion, he had blue eyes and fair hair and had a scar on the left side of his upper lip. A single man and plaster by trade, he had no previous military experience and was posted to the 5 CMR QR (110524). He died on the Somme on the 15.9.16 aged 25 and is buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France, plot 11, row C, grave 4. He was the son of Mrs. Lancelot Smyth of 401 Alymer Street, Montreal.

SMYTH, Rifleman Thomas James. Born in Drumbeg, Co. Antrim, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 14 RIR (1526). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 age 19, he is buried in Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 2, row B, grave 28. He was the son of Samuel and Sarah Smyth of 2 Railway Street, Dunmurry.

SMYTH, Private Walter Henry. Born and living in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Newtownards and served in 9 RIrF (23793). He DoW in Belgium on the 18.4.18 age 21 and is buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 10, row A, grave 41. He was the son of James Smyth of Lake View House, Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

SMYTH, Rifleman William Edward. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn, and embarked for France from Bordon with 11 RIR, possibly A Company, in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16 and transferred to 12 RIR (6805) when 11 and 11/13 battalions RIR were disbanded in 1917, he was KIA in France on the 2.9.18 age 21. He is buried in Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France, plot 3, row E, grave 11. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Samuel and Sarah Smyth of 2 Railway Street, Dunmurry.

SPENCE, Rifleman William. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he may have been a reservist in 5 RIR. He may also have been attached to 2 RIR and sent out to the front on the 20.12.14 being hospitalized in England in May 1915 after being wounded. Possibly wounded again on the 16th June 1915, he subsequently served with 6 RIR (5411). He died in Egypt on the 30.11.17 and is buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, row F, grave 133. He was the brother of Mrs. Annie Clarke of 13 Bradbury’s Buildings, Lisburn.

SPINDLAW, Private James. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Glasgow and served in 2 HLI (16912). KIA in France on the 25.7.18 aged 27, he is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France, plot 18, row D, grave 4. He was the son of John and Sarah Spindlaw of 109 Elder Street, Glasgow.

SPRATT, Rifleman William John. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived at Hillhall, Lisburn. Possibly a reservist in 5 RIR, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (5018). KIA in Belgium on the 16.6.15 aged 27, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9. He was the son of William John Spratt of 56 Canal Street, Lisburn.

SPROTT, Sergeant Dispenser Thomas. Born on the 8.6.1888 at Portadown where he lived at least until 1905, he was an Old Scholar of Friends School, Lisburn which he entered on the 14.1.01. His work and conduct were generally “very satisfactory” although he appears to have struggled at some subjects. Probably the workshop curator at FSL in 1903, he left school on the 21.7.05. He enlisted at Londonderry and served in the 143rd Indian Combined Field Ambulance, RAMC (37082). He died on active service on the 11.10.18 aged 30 and is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine, row Z, grave 60. He was the son of Samuel and Jane E. Sprott of Carraboo, Portadown.

STANFIELD, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the 1st Garrison battalion RIR (303). He died in India on the 29.2.16 aged 38 and his death is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Hampshire. He was the husband of Margaret Stanfield of 25 Hanover Street, Belfast.

STANWAY, Private William. Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, he enlisted at Manchester and served in 18 MR (11204). KIA in France on the 9.7.16 aged 36, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 13A or 14C. He was the son of the late James and Emily Stanway and husband of Mary Carson, formerly Stanway of Lisburn.

STEADMAN, Rifleman John. Born at Blaris, he lived with his widowed mother in Bachellors Walk, Lisburn, and worked at the Queen’s Island, Belfast. He enlisted in Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (2551) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 26, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of Robert and M.A. Steadman of Lisburn. He also had a brother serving in 11 RIR.

STEELE, Private Alexander. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Preston and served in 1 NLR (6177). KIA at Ypres on the 23.10.14, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panels 41-3. He was the son of Agnes and the late John Steele of 26 Isabella Street, Belfast

STEPHENSON, Rifleman Joseph. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in D Company 11 RIR (3024) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 he is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers, France, plot 9, row A, grave 3. There is no headstone inscription. The A.I.F. Burial Ground is some way from area where 11 RIR were engaged on the 1.7.16. He is probably buried there because of the concentration of graveyards or the late discovery of his body.

STERLING J. He is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

STEVENSON, Rifleman James. Born and living in Lambeg, he enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (6495) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported missing on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers, France, plot 15, row A, grave 12 next to Pvt. F. Todd, below. There is no headstone inscription. Flers is some way from area where 11 RIR were engaged on 1.7.16. He is probably buried there because of CWGC concentration of graveyards or the late discovery of his body.

STEVENSON, Private William. Killed in the Dardanelles in 1915, there is no positive trace so far.

STEWART, Rifleman Bryce. Served as John Brown. The family came from Tullynacross, he was born in Newry and lived in Lisburn. Before the war he was in the Navy, came home on leave and, according to his family, “deserted” so that he could join the Ulster Division. He enlisted at Belfast and embarked with 11 RIR for France from Bordon in October 1915, transferring to 12RIR (3548) when 11RIR were disbanded in 1917. He was KIA in Belgium, “by a sniper” on the 25.10.18 and his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140, 162-162a and 163a. One possible reason for his serving under an assumed name may have been his “desertion” from the Navy. However, a peculiar thing about this is that the 11 RIR embarkation list actually names him as Bryce Stewart rather than Brown, so someone in authority knew who he really was!

STEWART, Private Hugh Henry. Born in Ballynahinch, he lived at Saintfield, enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (18/1188). He may have embarked with them from Bordon Camp for France in October 1915. KIA in France on the 5.9.17 age 21, he is buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, France, plot 1, row F, grave 2. The headstone inscription reads, “Not lost but gone before”. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Stewart of Carricknaveagh, Saintfield, Co. Down.

STEWART, Private James. Lived at Ballymullen, Lisburn and served in PPCLI EOR (51441). KIA in Belgium on the 4.5.15 age 34, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, panel 10. He was the son of James and Margaret Stewart of Ballymullen, Lisburn, Co. Down and 224 Hillman Street, Belfast, and husband of Margaret E. Stewart of McMaster's Bridge, Dunmurry.

STEWART, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Ballykinlar, Co. Down and served in 2 RIR (4167). He DoW in Belgium on the 25.9.15 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium, plot 1, row D, grave 23A. There is no headstone inscription.

STEWART, Lance Corporal Patrick Michael. Embarked for France as a Lance corporal with 11 RIR from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he was the son of Barbara Stewart, Low Road, Lisburn.

STEWART, Corporal Peter Mitchell. Born in Port Glasgow, Lanark, he lived at Glenmore Terrace, Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (16976). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he is buried in Cerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery, France, plot 1, row C, grave 18. There is no headstone inscription. He was survived by his wife who lived at Glenmore Terrace, Lisburn and by his parents Mr. and Mrs. McCoy of Lisburn.

STEWART, T. He is commemorated on the War Memorial in Hillhall Presbyterian Church, however, there is no positive trace so far.

STEWART, Private Waring. Lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIrF (22775). He was KIA in France on the 23.11.17 and his death is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France, panel 10.

STEWART, Rifleman William. Born in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (13663). He died at "home" on the 5.2.15 age 18 and is buried in Lisburn Cemetery, Old Section C, grave 153. The headstone inscription reads, “At the rivers crystal brink Christ shall join each broken link”. He was the son of Andrew and Mary Stewart of 15 Mayo Street, Belfast.

STIRLING, Rifleman P. Served in 2 RIR (5210). He died at “home” on the 30.10.18 and is buried in Trinity Terrace Graveyard, Lisburn.

STITT, Campbell. He is commemorated on the War Memorial in Ballinderry Parish Church, however, there is no positive trace so far.

STITT, Sergeant Francis. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Waringstown, Co. Down and served in 7 RIR (5/5156). He DoW in France on the 11.9.16 and is buried in Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery, France, plot 2, row A, grave 16.

STITT, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Portadown, he served in 1 RIR (13561). He was KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15 and his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9.

STOOPS, P. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

SWAIN, Rifleman William George. Born in Aghalee, Co. Antrim, he lived in Moira, Co. Down, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (I576). KIA in Belgium on the 7.6.17 age 20, he is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Mesen, Belgium, plot 2, row C, grave 6. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of George and Sarah Swain of Megaberry, Moira, Co. Down. Lone Tree Cemetery lies just below the Spanbroekmolen mine crater and contains the remains of many of those from the 36th and 16th Divisions killed from the fall-out from the mine which was blown 15 seconds late at the start of the attack on the Messines Ridge in June 1917.

TAGGART, Rifleman John Mercer. Born in and enlisted at Belfast, he served in D Company 13 RIR (19788). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 age 35, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A. He was the husband of Selina Taggart of 6 Lagan Side Terrace, Lisburn.

TATE, Corporal David. Born in Lisburn, before the war he lived with his parents in Young Street. He enlisted at Lisburn, and served in A Company 11 RIR (19954), embarking with them for France as a lance corporal from Bordon Camp in October 1915 a few days after his marriage. He DoW received at Thiepval, France on the 24.6.16 aged 26 and is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, France, plot 1, row E, grave 12. There is no headstone inscription. He was the husband of Minnie Tate of 97 Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn, and son of David and Charlotte Tate of 79 Young Street, Lisburn. He was probably the brother of Sergeant James Tate who was KIA on the 15.4.18 (see below).

TATE, Sergeant James. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he embarked for France from Bordon as a corporal with 11 RIR in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (19953) when 11 and 11/13 RIR were disbanded in 1917, he was KIA in Belgium on the 15.4.18 aged 27. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-40. He was the son of Mrs. Charlotte Tate of 79 Young Street, Lisburn, and probably brother of Corporal David Tate who DoW on the 24.6.16 (see above).

TATE  Rifleman John P K. Born in and enlisted at Newtownards, Co. Down, he served in B Company 13 RIR (19952). KIA on the Somme on the 7.2.16 age 20 he is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Somme, France, on the South boundary. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of John and Sarah Jane Tate of 12 Frances Street, and North Street, Newtownards. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Broomhedge (St. Matthews) Parish church where his mother (who died on the 20.3.48 aged 87) and sister, Olive Eileen Tate (who died on the 12.11.1993 “in her 94th. Year”), are buried. His father John Tate, died at Newtownards on the 8.2.17 aged 60, a year and a day after his son.

TEGGART T. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

THOMPSON, Private Edward. Born in Poleglass, Co. Antrim, he lived at Dunmurry, enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RInF (3025). KIA in Gallipoli on the 21.8.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panels 97 to 101. His father also served (in 18 RIR) but survived. He was from Poleglass, Dunmurry.

THOMPSON, Private Ernest. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served originally in RASC (T4/129411) before transferring to 2 MR (53079). KIA in France on the 1.10.18 age 29, he is buried in Joncourt East British Cemetery, Aisne, France, row B, grave 25. He was the son of Anna Thompson of 2A Bedeque Street, Belfast.

THOMPSON, Driver Herbert. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he lived and enlisted at Belfast and served in the 15th Division Train, RASC (T3/O31111). KIA in France on the 21.5.18 age 22, he is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas De Calais, France, plot 6, row G, grave 54. He was the son of Joseph Thompson of Ballydrain, Dunmurry.

THOMPSON, Lance Corporal James. Served in 14 RIR (YCV). He died at “home” on the 27.9.21 and is buried in Broomhedge (St. Matthew’s) Parish Church graveyard. He was the son of Thomas Edward, who died on the 21.9.33, and Jane Hinds Thompson, who died on the 12.10.41.

THOMPSON, Sergeant Johnston Hunter. Served in 1 IG in Belgium and France throughout the Great War and died from the effects of war service on 9.3.21 age 37. His death is commemorated on the Memorial Window in Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn.

THOMPSON, Rifleman Joseph George. Born and living in Culcavey, Hillsborough, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 13 RIR (2370). KIA on the Somme on the 28.6.16 aged 22, he and 13 colleagues in his company were killed (10 immediately and 4 later of wounds) by a German shell which landed amongst them as they paraded in Martinsart village square to go on duty. They were all buried in Martinsart British Cemetery plot 1, row A. There is no headstone inscription. All Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries for these men give grave 1, presumably it is a communal grave. Of the 14, 7 are on this list, CSM Beaston and Riflemen A.V. Crangle, R. Crawley, S. Hamilton, G. Heenan, T. Mercer and J.G. Thompson. Joseph Thompson was the son of Moses and Ellen Jane Thompson of 8 Arthur Street, Hillsborough, Co. Down and brother of Robert John Thompson, below.

THOMPSON, Rifleman Moses. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 2 RIR (5242). He DoW in France on the 21.1.16 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France, plot 2, row C, grave 73. The headstone inscription reads, “In loving memory of a much loved son”.

THOMPSON, Rifleman Moses. Born in Dromara or Dromore, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (17021). He died at “home” on the 12.2.15 age 39 and is buried in Dromara First Presbyterian Churchyard, grave 211A. He was the son of Robert and Annie Thompson (nee Scott), and husband of Martha Thompson of 14 Balmoral Street, Belfast.

THOMPSON, Rifleman Robert John. Born in and enlisted at Hillsborough, Co. Down, he served in 12 RIR (1038). He DoW in Belgium on the 29.5.17 aged 40 and is buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row J, grave 13. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Moses and Elizabeth Jane Thompson of 8 Arthur Street, Hillsborough, Co. Down and brother of Joseph George Thompson, above.

THOMPSON, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived in Culcavey, Hillsborough, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 13 RIR (18820). He DoW in France on the 10.10.17 aged 27 and is buried in Wimereux, Communal Cemetery, Wimereux, France, plot 6, row C, grave 32. The headstone inscription reads, “O for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still”. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Thompson of Hillsborough, Co. Down.

THOMPSON, Rifleman William Henry. Born in Lambeg, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (6443). KIA in Belgium on on the 31.5.17, he is buried in Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery, Belgium, plot 1, row 1, grave 15. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Mrs. J. Thompson 126 Grand Street, Low Road, Lisburn.

TODD, Private Francis. Born in Lambeg, he lived at 32 Wesley Street, Low Road, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served in 11 RIR (2199) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 108 Co. MGC(I) (17700) he was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 19. Buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers, France, plot 15, row A, grave 11 beside Rifleman J. Stevenson, above. He was the son of William and Annie Todd of 32 Wesley Street, Low Road, Lisburn and grandson of W. and J. Smith of 6 Eagle Terrace, Low Road, Lisburn. The headstone inscription reads, “Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. His sorrowing mother”. The A.I.F. Burial Ground is some way from area where 11 RIR were engaged on the 1.7.16. He is probably buried there because of the concentration of graveyards or the late discovery of his body.

TODD, Private James Lowry. Born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim, he lived at Patrick, Glasgow, enlisted at Glasgow and served in 1 RIrF (29248). He DoW in France on the 7.11.18 and is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France, plot 7, row D, grave 6. There is no headstone inscription.

TOLERTON, Rifleman George. Born in Magheragall, Co. Antrim, he lived in Portadown, where, before the war he was employed by the Great Northern Railway Company. He enlisted at Belfast and served in 14 RIR (6050). KIA on the Somme on the 6.5.16, he is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, row D, grave 48. There is no headstone inscription. He was the eldest son of Private Thomas and Jane Tolerton, Knocknarea, Magheragall, and brother of James Tolerton, below. His father and another brother also served. His wife and two children lived in Portadown.

TOLERTON, Rifleman James. Born in Magheragall, he lived in Lisburn, enlisted at Magheragall, and served in 9 RIR (6462). Reported MIA and, a year later in July 1917, confirmed KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the eldest son of private Thomas and Jane Tolerton of Knocknarea, Magheragall, and brother of George Tolerton, above. His father and another brother also served.

TOLERTON, Rifleman Robert. Born and living in Magheragall, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (6641) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Probably reported missing on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of John and Margaret Tolerton of Beechill, Magheragall, Lisburn. Robert Tolerton's death is also commemorated on his parents’ and grandmother’s headstones in the Quaker burial ground at Maghabery. The inscription reads, “Robert Tolerton, KIA in the Battle of the Somme in France 1.7.16 age 20 years”. His grandmother, Eliza Ann Tolerton died on the 27.5.1880 aged 49. His father, John, died on the 9.1.19 aged 62 and his mother, Margaret on the 3.3.37 aged 79.

TOMAN, Rifleman Henry. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he lived at Ravarnette, enlisted at Lisburn and served in D Company 11 RIR (2219) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he is buried in Mill Road Cemetery, France, plot 3, row D, grave 5. There is no headstone inscription.

TONER, Private Thomas. Born in Ligoniel, Belfast, he lived at Ballysillan and Moira. He enlisted at Belfast and served in CR (3936) before transferring to 7/8 RIrF (21039). KIA in Belgium on the 24.7.17 age 19, he is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, plot 3, row H, grave 18. He was the son of James and Isabella Toner of 15 Limepark Street, Ballysillan, Belfast.

TOOLE, Private Edward. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Lurgan and served in 1 RIrF (8475). KIA in France on the 12.10.16 aged 33, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A. He was the husband of Emily Toole of Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

TOPPING, Private Henry. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Portadown and served in B Company 2 ELR (9443). KIA in Belgium on the 9.5.15 aged 26, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He was the son of Mrs. Alice Lovey of 45 Young Street, Lisburn. On the 14 May 1915 a letter from “the lads of Lisburn now at the front” appeared in the Standard. In it they thanked “the girls of the Railway Hotel Lisburn” for comforts they had sent out. Henry Topping was the first signatory. By the time the letter appeared he was already dead. So too were two of the other signatories Robert Smith and Henry Brown (see above). Both served in 1 RIR and both were killed the same day as Topping, the 9 May, none has a known grave and all are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium. One possible implication of this letter is that groups of men from the town who served in different battalions actually met, presumably when they were off duty.

TOPPING, Corporal Henry. Lived in Lisburn and before the war worked for the Great Northern Railway in the engine-shop at Windsor. He served in 11 RIR (11/18838) along with his uncle Samuel Topping (below) with whom he embarked as a rifleman for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. A note in the Standard on the 24.8.17 report that there was “much anxiety” about him following the attack at Langemarck. He was subsequently reported KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 20, the same day as his uncle. A letter from Captain Ellis to his parents described how he, “was killed by a fragment from a shell which burst close to his section during the first ten minutes of our advance on the 16th. Everything possible was done for him at the time but he passed away a few minutes afterwards, apparently suffering no pain. It will comfort you in the hour of your sad bereavement to know that he died doing his duty nobly and faithfully to the end.” His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Addenda Panel. He was the son of Henry and Mary Topping of 6 Walton Place, Longstone Street, Lisburn, his brother Sergeant Thomas Topping who served in the IG and had been a policeman before the war, was wounded in August 1917 but appears to have survived after being treated in hospital in England. The death notice inserted in the Standard on the 31.8.17 includes a poem to the effect that battles and peace “are won by the men that fell”. He is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial as Private H. Lovie, his mothers name.

TOPPING, Rifleman S. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial but there is no positive trace so far.

TOPPING, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Blaris, he lived and enlisted at Lisburn and served in A Company 11 RIR (7281) along with his nephew Henry Topping (above) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported MIA on the Somme on the 16.7.16 and wounded in September 1916, the Standard for 31.8.17 noted that, “it is unofficially reported that he was seen to fall” in the attack at Langemarck. He was subsequently reported as KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17, the same day as his nephew Henry, aged 45. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the husband of Annie Topping of 27 or 44 Millbrook Road, Low Road, Lisburn.

TOTTEN, Rifleman William. Born in Belfast, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in A Company 11 RIR (6407) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. Reported MIA on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on 1.7.16 aged 19, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of John Totten of Lisburn.

TOTTON, Rifleman James. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 1 RIR (8418). An article in the Lisburn Standard on the 25.2.16 records that he and Samuel Troughton (below) took part in a concert in a dug-out. Totten’s contribution was “Where are the boys of Antrim Lane?” while Troughton did a duet, “When I get back to Lisburn town” with Rifleman J. McGann. Neither Totton nor Troughton were to get back to Lisburn. He DoW on the Somme on the 3.7.16 aged 30 and is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, France, plot 1, row B, grave 23. He was the son of Alexander and Mary Jane Totton of Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

TREANOR, Private Charles. He enlisted at Belfast and served in CR (2407) or the RIrF before transferring to the 197th LC (513933). KIA in France on the 19.5.18, he is buried in Blargies Communal Cemetery and Extension, France, plot 1, row E, grave 2.

TREANOR, James. His death is commemorated on Hilden War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

TROUGHTON, Rifleman Samuel. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 1 RIR (1122). An article in the Lisburn Standard on the 25.2.16 records that he and James Totton (above) took part in a concert in a dug-out. Totten’s contribution was “Where are the boys of Antrim Lane?” while Troughton did a duet “When I get back to Lisburn town” with rifleman J. McGann. Neither Totton nor Troughton were to get back to Lisburn. He was KIA on the Somme on the 27.6.16 and is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, France, row B, grave 39. There is no headstone inscription.

TROUSDALE, Private Frederick H. Born in Dromara Co. Down, he lived in Dromara, and Gransha, enlisted at Clandeboye, and served in 13 RIR (18/608). He was KIA or died in hospital in France on the 13.3.16 age 25 and is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France, plot 1, row N, grave 8. He was the son of James and Matilda Hamilton Trousdale.

TROUTEN, Rifleman Adam. Born and living in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 11 RIR (1035). Possibly taken prisoner, he was KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and Face 15 A and B.

TURLEY, Rifleman John. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived in Belfast, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 1 RIR (3932). KIA in Belgium on the 31.7.17 aged 34, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 40. He was the husband of Annie Turley of 107 Cyprus Street, Belfast.

TURNER, Rifleman George. Born in Ballinamore, Co. Down, he lived at Mossview, Lisnatrunk, Lisburn, enlisted at Belfast and served in 10 RIR (1652) attached to the 21st entrenching battalion. This unit was defending a bridge crossing on the Somme canal near the village of Pithon, just east of Ham, when the Germans launched their Spring offensive on the 21st March 1918. They seized it in early morning mists on the 23rd. George Turner was KIA in France on the 21.3.18 and his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France, panels 74-6. He was the son of Robert Turner of 2 Moss View, Lisnatrunk, Lisburn.

UPRICHARD, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (75). KIA in Belgium on the 6.9.18 age 33, his death is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, panel 9. He was the son of William and Jane Uprichard of Moira, Co. Down, and husband of Margaret Uprichard of 24 Templemore Street, Belfast. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in St. John’s Parish church graveyard, Moira. His wife Margaret died on the 15.5.1933.

VERNER, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he lived at the Maze, Hillsborough, Co. Down, enlisted at Lisburn and embarked for France with B Company 11 RIR in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (19238). He DoW in France on the 28.10.18 aged 27 and is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, France, plot 6, row D, grave 55. The headstone inscription reads, “One of the unreturned, one of the noble dead, faithful unto death”. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Verner of Halftown, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

VERSCHURE A.J. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

VINT, Rifleman William John. Born and living in Dromore, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (1399). KIA in Belgium on the 13.8.17 age 19, his death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memoria, Belgium, panel 40. He was the son of Robert Vint of Tullyniskey, Dromara, Co. Down, and the late Isabella Jane Vint.

WALKER, Lieutenant Claud Arthur Leonard. Lived at Hillsborough and was educated at B.R.A. He joined the Public Schools’ Corps in September 1914 and shortly afterwards was nominated to a cadetship in the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He received his commission in the 2 RInF in May 1915 and two months later, on July 12th, left to join his battalion in France. He was KIA on the 10.7.16 aged 21 and is buried in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery extension, France, plot 1, row B, grave 2. The headstone inscription reads, “Underneath are the everlasting arms”. He was the second son of the Rev. Dr. R. Walker LL.D., rector of St. Matthew's, Shankill, Belfast, and Mrs. L.J.T. Walker of Belfast.

WALKER, Lance corporal G.F. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

WALKER, Lance corporal George F. Born at Blaris, Co. Antrim, before the war he kept goal for Ashmount F.C., was a member of LOL 207 and of the UVF. He enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (2193) embarking with them as a rifleman for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 30, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15A or B. He was the husband of Lizzie Walker of Quay Street, Black Lane and Sloan Street, Lisburn, and son of Thomas and brother of Sarah, Maggie, Thomas and Charles Walker of 42 Wesley Street, Low Road, Lisburn. His brothers were on active service.

WALKER, Private Henry. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Coatbridge and served in 1 Cameronians SR (B/7175). KIA in France on the 21.4.16, he is buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, row E, grave 20. He was the son of Ellen Walker of Muninabane, Dromara, Co. Down, and the late George Walker.

WALKER J. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

WALLACE, Lance Corporal James. Served in the RIR and lived in Dunmurry. Reported missing, there is no further trace so far.

WALSH, Corporal D. Commemorated on Lisburn and possibly Hilden War Memorials, there is no positive trace so far.

WALSH Lance corporal David. Born in Blaris Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RIR (5205). He died in France on the 10.4.15 aged 22 and is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row C, grave 2. He was the son of David and Jane Walsh of Lisburn.

WALSH, Rifleman John Herbert. Born in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (1840). KIA in Belgium on the 4.8.17, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 40.

WALSH, Rifleman Thomas. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in 7 RIR (5414). KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 20, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-40. He was the son of Mrs. Jane Walsh of 21 Hill Street, Lisburn, and brother of Rifleman William Walsh, below.

WALSH, Rifleman W. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

WALSH, Rifleman William. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RIR (9266). KIA in France on on the 20.3.16 aged 28, he is buried in Rue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France, plot 1, row E, grave 40. The headstone inscription reads, “We mourn the loss of those so dear our hearts are sad today. Their loving mother”. He was the son of David and Jane Walsh of 21 Hill Street, Lisburn, and brother of Rifleman Thomas Walsh, above.

WARD, Rifleman/Bugler Samuel (Sam). Born in and living at 8 Sandymead, Longstone Street, Lisburn, he was a member of the Church Lads Brigade F.C. He enlisted at Lisburn, and served in A Company 11 RIR (19292) with whom he embarking for France from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded in June or early July 1916, he DoW from gas in Belgium on the 1.9.16 aged 19 and is buried in Ration Farm, La Plus Douve Cemetery Annex, Ploegsteert, Belgium, plot 2, row C, grave 25 beside Riflemen T.J. McClure and W. Lamont, of 11 RIR. McClure was killed by gas on the same day. The headstone inscription reads, “We shall go to him but he shall not return to us. 2 Sam. Ch. 2 V. 23”. He was the son of Matthew and Mary Ward of 8 Sandymead, Longstone Street, Lisburn who inserted a poem in the Standard on the 22 September 1916 mourning his death. Two brothers Sergeant James and Rifleman Thomas Ward also served. Thomas from Longstone Street, was reported wounded in July 1916. One of his brothers and sister-in-law lived at 43 Church Street, Lisburn.

WARING, Rifleman James. Born and living in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (19290) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Reported wounded in the Belfast News Letter on the 5.7.16 he DoW on the Somme on the 30.6.16 age 24 and is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France, plot 1, row A, grave 10. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Anne Waring of Dunmurry, Co. Antrim.

WARING, Lance Corporal James Banks. Born and living in Dunmurry, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (19285) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 23.5.17 age 20, he is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium row N, grave 10. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Waring of 6 Church View, Dunmurry.

WARING, Rifleman John. Born in Blaris, he lived in Linenhall Street, Lisburn, enlisted in the town and served in D Company 11 RIR (2255) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. He DoW in Millicent Southerland Hospital, France on the 26.10.16 aged 38 and is buried in Calais Southern Cemetery, France, plot F, row 1, grave 9. He was the brother of Mary Waring of Donaghadee, Co. Down.

WARING, Rifleman William Boomer. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn in August 1914, he served in 11 RIR (19286) and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 12 RIR (19286) when 11 and 11/13 RIR were disbanded in 1917, he was KIA at Kemel Hill, Belgium on the 13.4.18 aged 20, and was still reported as missing presumed dead on the 10.5.18. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 138-140. He was the son of James, who died on the 31.10.18, and Margaret Christian Boomer Waring who died on the 10.12.30. The parents, from Liswyn, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, are buried in Derriaghy parish church graveyard along with their other children, John, who died on the 3.9.17, Christiana who died on the 8.7.64 and Elizabeth Christian Waring who died on the 15.12.70.

WATERHOUSE, Private Albert Victor. Served in the 4th. or 46th. CI, SasR (911918). He died in France on the 2.9.18 aged 30 and is buried in Dury Crucifix Cemetery, France, plot 1, row A, grave 18. He was the son of Abraham and Sophia Waterhouse of Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

WATSON, Corporal David. Served in the 78 CI MtbaR (148366). KIA in France on the 9.4.17 age 28, his death is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of the late Anthony Watson and of Mary Watson of Magheralave, Lisburn.

WATSON, Corporal George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the 111th Heavy Battery RGA (21555). KIA in Belgium on the 20.6.17 aged 30, he is buried in Vormezeele Enclosure No. 3, Belgium, plot 13, row D, grave 14. The headstone inscription reads, “He fought the good fight and finished his course”. This is the same inscription as that for William Thomas Watson, below. Could they have been related? The next of kin details are different, William Thomas’ are his parents, George Watson’s is his wife, but they might still have been brothers. He was the husband of Mary Watson of 11 Schomberg Street, Belfast.

WATSON, Private John. Served in the RIR and is commemorated on the War Memorial in Dunmurry (St. Colman’s) Parish Church. No further positive trace so far.

WATSON, Rifleman Joseph. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he lived at Glenavy, Co. Antrim, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 11 RIR (1284) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Reported MIA and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 19, he is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France, plot 10, row H, grave 7. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of Joseph and Margaret Watson of Belfast Road, Glenavy, Co. Antrim. A letter from his parents requesting information about him appeared in the Standard on the 29.9.16.

WATSON, Private Thomas. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 RMF (7551). KIA in Gallipoli on the 5.7.15, his death is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, panel 21.

WATSON, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Belfast, he lived in Culcavey, enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (13824). KIA on the Somme on the 21.3.18, his death is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France panels 74 and 76.

WATSON, Lance corporal William. Born in Ballymacarrett, Co. Down, he lived at Culcavey, enlisted at Belfast and served in the Hussars (13796) before transferring to 2 RIrR (8492). KIA on the Somme on the 3.9.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 3, face A.

WATSON, Rifleman William. Born in Derriaghy, Co. Antrim, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (11/19301) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 8.6.17 aged 36, he is buried in Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery, Belgium, row B, grave 5. The headstone inscription reads, “Jesus said, Come unto me and I will give you rest”. He was the son of James and Ellen Watson of Leymore, Dunmurry.

WATSON, Private William John. Born and living in Hillsborough, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn in 11 RIR (4779), embarking with them as a rifleman for France from Bordon camp in October 1915. Subsequently transferred to 2 RIrF (51833) he DoW in Palestine on the 22.9.18 and is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Palestine, row L, grave 99. He was the husband of Mary Jane Watson of Ballykeel, Endenagonnell, Hillsborough, Co. Down and possibly the son of James Watson of Ballykeel, Endenagonnel, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

WATSON, Sergeant William Thomas. Born in the Maze, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 RIR (19/140). KIA in Belgium on the 7.6.17 aged 33, he is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Spanbroekmolen, Belgium, plot 1, row B, grave 14. The headstone inscription reads, “In loving memory. He fought the good fight and finished his course”. This is the same inscription as that for George Watson, above. He was the son of Samuel John and Isabella Watson of 4 and 6 Maxwell Street, Sandy Row, Belfast. In July 1997 when the Cemetery was visited a small bunch of poppies had been left with a faded note, "[From] your son Frank (or less likely Fred) and his wife". Lone Tree Cemetery lies just below the Spanbroekmolen mine crater and contains the remains of many of those from the 36th and 16th Divisions killed by the fall-out from the mine which was blown 15 minutes late at the start of the attack on the Messines Ridge in June 1917.

WATTERS, Riflemen William. Born in Aghalee, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 9 RIR (16086). He died at “home” on the 18.3.15 age 43 and is buried in Aghalee (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Soldierstown Road, grave 177. The headstone inscription reads, “Marvel not that I said unto thee Ye must be born again. St. John 3.7”. He was the husband of Margaret Watters of 57 Prince Street, Lurgan.

WATTERSON, Private Joseph. Born in Shankill, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 6 RInF (4640). He DoW in France on the 11.11.18 and is buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France, plot 2, row B, grave 30.

WEBB, Lance corporal Joseph. Born and living in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in B Company 11 RIR (559) with whom he embarked as a rifleman from Bordon in October 1915. Wounded on the Somme on the 1.7.16, he was subsequently KIA in Belgium on the 30.9.16 aged 21. He is buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Belgium, plot 2, row B, grave 26 beside Captain Arthur Samuels who was killed six days earlier. It was on Samuels’ diaries that “With the Ulster Division in France” the history of 11 RIR, was based. There is no headstone inscription. He was the son of John Webb and the late Annie Webb of 2 Richardson's Row, Hilden, Lisburn.

WEIR, Private Joseph. Born in Belfast and living at Shaw’s Bridge, he enlisted at Carlisle, Cumbria and served in 11 BR (25397). KIA on the Somme on the 18.11.16 age 31, he is buried in Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France, row B, grave 1. He was the son of Joseph and Annie Maria Weir of “River View”, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.

WEIR, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Maralin, Co. Down, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 11 RIR (6073) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 age 32, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 70-2. He was the husband of Elizabeth Weir of Ballyskeagh, Lambeg, Lisburn.

WELCH, Rifleman Alexander Colvin. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Market Place or 13 Dublin Road, in the town. Employed at Glenmore, he was a member of he UVF. He enlisting at Belfast he served in B Company 11 RIR (1013) and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 aged 24, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, faces A/B. He was the son of the late Thomas and Catherine Walch of 13 Dublin Road, Lisburn, and a cousin of Private W. Bingham of Antrim Street, Lisburn who was slightly wounded and shell shocked on the 29 June 1916. His parents inserted a notice of his death in the Standard for 28 July along with a poem to express their grief.

WELLS, Rifleman Samuel. Lived at Lougheran, Lisburn, enlisted at Lisburn and served in 14 RIR (4901). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. Possibly a brother of Thomas Wells, below. They both came from Lougheran, served in the same battalion and had consecutive service numbers.

WELLS, Rifleman Thomas. Born in Magheralin, Co. Down, he lived at Lougheran, Lisburn, enlisted at Lisburn, and served in 14 RIR (4902). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. Possibly a brother of Samuel Wells, above. They both came from Lougheran, served in the same battalion and had consecutive service numbers.

WETHERS, Rifleman Samuel James. Born in Maralin Co. Down, he lived at Ballymagarahan, Co. Down, enlisted at Lurgan and served in 16 RIR (650). KIA in Belgium on the 10.4.17 age 20, he is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium, plot 11, row C, grave 36A. He was the son of George and Martha Wethers of Ballymagarahan, Moira, Co. Down. Ballymagarahan is south east of Moira.

WHEELWRIGHT, Sergeant Charles Joseph. Born in Stepney, East Middlesex, he lived in Dunmurry, enlisted at Woolwich and served in 1 RIrF (8877). KIA in France on the 26.6.17, he is buried in Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, plot 6, row D, grave 18.

WHITE, Private William. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Tandragee, enlisted at Belfast and served in 8 Line of Communication Supply Company, RASC (T4.071991). He died at “home” on the 18.12.16 age 26 and is buried in Tandragee (Meeting House) Presbyterian Churchyard, Co. Armagh. He was the son of Alexander and Sarah Jane White of Church Street, Tandragee.

WHITTLE, Rifleman John. Born in Portadown, he lived at Markethill, Co. Armagh. An employee of the Lambeg Damask Linen Company, he enlisted at Belfast at the outbreak of the war and served in 1 RIR (7521). KIA in Belgium on the 31.7.17 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial, Belgium, panel 13. He was the son of Richard Whittle of Lambeg, and husband of Elizabeth Whittle of Kilmachugh, Mohan, Co. Armagh.

WILLIAMSON, Rifleman Andrew. Born in Crumlin, and a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Crumlin and served in D Company 11 RIR (5947) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Reported missing on the 16.7.16 and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

WILLIAMS, Corporal David Albert. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 12 Battery 35 Brigade RFA (60836). KIA in Belgium on the 22.10.17 aged 28, he is buried in the Huts Cemetery, Dickebusch, Belgium, plot 13, row D, grave 9. A number of burials either side were from the RFA and the same battery. The dates are either the 21st or 22nd. The headstone inscription reads, “Gone but not forgotten”. He was the son of Richard and Mary A. Williams of 164 Ravenhill Road, Belfast. The Huts Cemetery was near gun positions and nearly 2/3's of the soldiers in it are gunners. Its name comes from the fact that there was a long line of huts along the road which were used from July to November 1917 for the accommodation of field ambulances.

WILLIAMSON, Rifleman Frederick. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Muckamore, enlisted at Antrim and served in 14 RIR (19823). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B.

WILLIAMSON, Rifleman Samuel. Born and living in Crumlin, Co. Antrim, he was a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, enlisted at Antrim and served in 11 RIR (19804) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA in France on the 1.9.16, he is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France, plot 2, row F, grave 200.

WILLIAMSON, Corporal William John. Born in Crumlin, and a member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he enlisted at Antrim and served in 11 RIR (19803) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

WILLIS, Rifleman George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 15 RIR (13866). KIA on the Somme on the 11.6.16, he is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, France, plot 1, row D, grave 31. There is no headstone inscription.

WILLIS, Private (Lance corporal) William. Born in Lambeg, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in the Hussars (13890) before transferring to 2 RIrR (8641). KIA in France on the 14.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 3, face A.

WILLS, Private Robert John. Born in Dublin, he enlisted at Lisburn and served in 2 RInF (11601). KIA in France on the 16.5.15 aged 23, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panel 15. He was the son of John and Annie Wills of 45 Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn.

WILLS, Rifleman Samuel. Born in Glasgow, he lived in Lambeg, enlisted at Lisburn and served in B Company 11 RIR (19343) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon in October 1915. MIA on the Somme on the 16.7.16 and reported as captured in late September, early October 1916, he had in fact DoW as a PoW in Germany on the 14.7.16. He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf, Germany, plot 5, row C, grave 2.

WILSON, Bombadier J. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

WILSON, Lance Corporal(1) David James. Lived at Ballykeel and served in 2 CMR BCR (107615). He DoW in hospital in Boulogne, France on the 7.6.16 age 36 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France, plot 8, row B, grave 91. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Wilson of Ballykeel, Dromore, Co. Down.

WILSON, Private James. Lived at Stubby Hill, Cargycreevy and served in 31 CI, AR (883754). He was KIA in France on the 21.8.17 age 34 and is buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas De Calais, France, plot 3, row D, grave 30. He was the son of Joseph and Ann Jane Wilson of Stubby Hill (just west of Baileysmill) and Ballykeel, Co. Down. His death is also commemorated on the family headstone in Cargycreevy Presbyterian churchyard. His father Joseph died on the 7.2.18 and his mother Ann Jane on the 27.1.29. There was also a John Wilson from Stubby Hill in the 8th Canadian Battalion. He was wounded.

WILSON, Sergeant James. Born in Lisburn, he lived at Burnbank, Lanarkshire, enlisted at Bordon, Hants and served in 10/11 HLI (19630). He DoW in Belgium on the 3.8.17 and is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 2, Vlamertinghe, Belgium, plot 3, row B, grave 13. There is no headstone inscription. He is buried in the next grave but one to Captain Chavasse V.C. and bar, M.C.

WILSON, Private John. Born in Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Glenavy and served in RIrR (3383) before transferring to 7/8 RInF (48327). KIA in Belgium on the 16.9.18, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium, panels 70-72.

WILSON, Lance Corporal T. Served in 2 RIR (1527). He died in Mesopotamia on the 1.7.21 age 22 and is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq, plot 3, row B, grave 7. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson of Kilmakee, Dunmurry.

WILSON, Rifleman William. Born in Moira, he lived in Maralin Co. Down, enlisted at Banbridge and served in 13 RIR (545). KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A and B.

WILSON, Lieutenant William Alderdice. Served in the RIR and was attached to the 1/7 King's African Rifles. He died of malaria in hospital in Nairobi on the 6.4.19 aged 27 and is buried in Nairobi South Cemetery, Kenya, plot 3, row B, grave 5. He was the son of William Richard and Thomasina Wilson of Tintern or Fintern, and of Lisburn.

WOODS, Private J. His death is commemorated on Lisburn War Memorial, however, there is no positive trace so far.

WOODS, Rifleman James. Born in Blaris, he lived on the Belsize Road, Lisburn, enlisted at Clandeboye and served in B Company 11 RIR (7273) with whom he embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Listed as wounded and missing, and subsequently KIA on the Somme on the 1.7.16 age 21, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 15 A/B. He was the son of Thomas and Sara Woods of 6 Low Road, Lisburn.

WOODS, Private John Mearns. Born in and enlisted at Lisburn, he served in RIR (19349) and may have embarked with 11 RIR for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915. Transferred to 108th. MGC(I) (17704), he was KIA in Belgium on the 16.8.17 aged 21. His death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 154-159. He was the son of Theresa M. Woods of Dublin Road, Lisburn, and the late Mr. I.C. Woods.

WOODS, Rifleman Robert Samuel. Born in Hillsborough, he lived at Lisidian, Hillsborough, enlisted at Belfast and served in 12 RIR (921). KIA in Belgium on the 16.10.16 aged 22, he is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium, plot 4, row A, grave 10. He was the son of Joseph and Marie Woods of Lisadian, Hillsborough.

WORTH, Lance corporal Arthur. Born in Hillsborough, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RInF (7764). KIA in Belgium on the 9.12.17, his death is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 70-2. He was the husband of Elizabeth Worth of 51 Pine Street, Donegall Pass, Belfast.

WRIGHT, Captain Alexander Allen. MC. Born in Belfast on the 13.8.1887, he was an Old Scholar of Friends’ School, Lisburn and served in 4 RLR (Territorial Force). KIA on the Somme on the 8.8.16 aged 29, his death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, panel 21.

WRIGHT, Private John. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Motherwell and served in 6 (Cameronians) SR (2071). KIA in France on the 15.6.15 aged 18, his death is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, panel 7. He was the son of Annie Wright Banks of 16 Orbiston Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire.

WRIGHT, Private Robert. Born in Stoneyford, Co. Antrim, he enlisted at Liverpool and served in the Royal West Surrey Regiment (42992) before transferring to 23 NF (Tyneside Scottish) (59079). He died in France on the 20.3.18 aged 28 and his death is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France, bays 2 or 3. He was the son of Joseph and Alice Wright of 14 Cadmus Street, Everton, Liverpool.

YARR, Private William John. Served in 31 CI AR (696100). A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy, he died in Belgium on the 6.11.17 aged 36. His death is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panels 24-28-30. He was the husband of Annie Yarr of 1 Nook Cottages, Crumlin, Co. Antrim. There is a Yarr family headstone in Portmore Burial ground. Jane Yarr died on the 18.12.10 aged 46. Her husband William R. died on the 5.9.1924 aged 63. However, there is no reference to William John and the connection, if any, is not obvious.

YOUNG, Rifleman George. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 2 RIR (5323). He DoW at Le Havre in France on the 1.2.16 and is buried in St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, div[ision] 19, row Q, grave 1. He was the son of Mrs. Young of Back Barracks, Lisburn. At the time that Mrs. Young received notification of her son’s death, she was a patient in the Workhouse Infirmary.

YOUNG, Private Joseph. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Boyle, Roscommon and served in 6 RInF (17951). He DoW while a PoW in Bulgaria on the 14.3.16 and is buried in Sophia War Cemetery, Bulgaria, plot 1, row B, grave 3. Sofia War Cemetery contains the graves of servicemen who died as prisoners of war or with the occupying forces following the Bulgarian capitulation in September 1918. The original cemetery contained 62 war burials, most of which were brought in from Dubnitza Cemetery, Radomir Cemetery and Military Cemetery, and Sofia Town Cemetery. Further graves were brought in from Varna Protestant Cemetery in 1955 and from Ruschuk British and Jewish Cemeteries in 1960.



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