Brothers Andrew & James Bell, 80 McTier Street Belfast and formerly of Ballygrooby, Randalstown Antrim
(the above text says 'and James was killed'.) This is not 18/924 James Bell (below). The James referred to was the eldest son of William and Sarah Bell and James McDowell Bell was born at 11, Steen Street, Belfast on the 19 November 1893. The other eight children of the family were all born around Randalstown.
James Bell, brother of Andrew, is 4420 James McDowell Bell, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action on the 10th October 1916 and buried at Pond Farm Cemetery. CWGC have him incorrectly listed as J M C D Bell.)
Photograph courtesy of N Henderson
BELL, Private John Arthur: 3568 Private John Arthur (sometimes Arthur John) Bell, Irish Guards, was the son of John Arthur Bell, a carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth, nee Millar, a teacher from Dervock, near Ballymoney. The couple had married on 14 April 1876. John Arthur was born at Shane's Castle, Randalstown on the 10 December 1890 and was one of eight children born of the Bell marriage; four were still alive in 1911.
The report of the 23 year old being a prisoner of war was incorrect and the CWGC list him as being killed on the 1 September 1914. The record shows a search was made for Bell, Arthur J 'soldat 3568 au Irish Guards, 3 Comp, disparu le 1er Sept combat de Compiegues' (soldier 3568 Irish Guards, 3rd Company, disappeared 1st September in combat at Compiegues (sic - probably Compiegne). The outcome appears to have been that there were various men named Bell being held in POW camps but Arthur Bell was not one of them.
The 1901 census return, on which Arthur's name appears, and 1911 census return record the family at Shane's Castle, and the CWGC give the parents' later address as 'Gwenville', Comber, Belfast. John Arthur Bell is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre, Memorial.
Ballymena Weekly Telegraph photograph
COULTER, 267106 Lance Corporal Thomas J , 6th Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch), was killed in action on the 28 May 1918 and he is buried in
Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France.
He was born on the 8 October 1889 at
Crossland Road, Glasgow, the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. Coulter, of Govan, Glasgow.
He enlisted in Glasgow and lived in White Street, Govan (Crookston
Street, Glasgow in 1901). He had married Matilda Wylie on the 31
December 1913 in St Anthony's RC Church, Glasgow and she lived at
Drumsough, Randalstown. See Virtual Memorial
Private John Dunn, Irish Guards, Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, March 1916
Photograph courtesy of N Henderson
Sketch map from Inglefield's History of the Twentieth (Light)
Division illustrating the successful capture of Guillemont by the
Division on 3-4 September 1916 (adapted)
GLENDINNING (sometimes Clendenning), 1290 Corporal David, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He was born on the 9 September 1893 at Ballyscullion and was the son of David, Ballygrooby (Ballygruby sic) and Mary Dennison (Denneston sic), Ballygrooby, near Randalstown. The couple had married in St Matthias's Parish Church, Ballyeglish, Co Londonderry on the 13 May 1891.
The 1901 census lists David as age 7, living with the family at house 9 in Ballyriff, Loop, Moneymore. His father was a labourer. David (Sen.) and Mary list their children as: William James, David, Annie, Thomas, and Minnie.
David Glendinning, soldier from Clandeboye Camp, Co Down and who had enlisted in Lisburn, had married Ellen Smyth of Tullygowan, Randalstown in 2nd Randalstown Presbyterian Church on the 19th March 1915. Ellen and his daughter May lived at the time of his death in The Cottage, Ballyronan, Magherafelt. May had been born in Ballyronan on 4th January 1916.
David and Mary Glendinning, had at one time been associated with Duneany, Glarryford. The Ballymena Weekly Telegraph reported David Glendinning of that Glarryford address as being missing in October 1916 and as having died in August 1917.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
GUTHRIE, 10425 Lance Corporal George, 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds on the 10th
April 1918. He was born at Ballygrooby, Drummaul, Randalstown on the 5 January 1897, the son of RSM
Robert Guthrie, Derby Road, Nottingham.
21 year old Lance Corporal Robert Gutherie, King's Own Yorkshire Light
Infantry, then of Victoria Barracks, Belfast, had married Rebecca Scott (22),
a servant from 7, Hazelfield Street, Belfast, in St Anne's Parish
Church, Belfast on the 10 May 1895. His wife and child later lived at
Princes Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery,
Somme and commemorated on Ballymena War Memorial. See Virtual Memorial for additional detail.
The Larne Times, 19 August 1916, has the above photograph
of 2894, Lance Corporal Jim King, Gordon Highlanders, who died on the 8th June 1916, and the caption says that he had
prior to the Great War worked at Breda Nurseries and that he came from
Randalstown. The Northern Whig of 24 July 1916, a Belfast newspaper, notes "Sergeant
Jim Beaton and Corporal Jim King, killed, were formerly in the employment of Mr
J. T. Lindsay, Breda Nursery. Deceased who were both serving in the Gordon
Highlanders, enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war. Beaton was a native of
Banchory, Scotland (2789 James Beaton, 1/7 Gordon Highlanders, was indeed
killed on 6 July 1916 and he had been born in Banchory.) and King belonged to
Private Henry (Harry) Linton, Royal Irish Rifles
Photograph from Ballymena Observer, Oct 1916 & courtesy of N Henderson
6862 Rifleman Thomas, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on
the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 27 August 1898 at Drumanaway,
Drummaul, Randalstown and was the only son of James and Sarah Millar.
Labourer James Millar, Groggan, had married Sarah Stewart, domestic servant in Drummaul Parish Church manse, in Drummaul Parish Church on the 22 November 1897.
Sarah Millar was living at Aghaboy, Drumanaway with Thomas (55) and Mary (54) Stewart, presumably her parents. She was 31 and her son Thomas (2) was with her on census day.
Thomas (77) and Mary (72) Stewart
were at Caddy, Drummaul in 1901. Sarah (41) lived with them and she
listed her daughters, Elizabeth (8) and Mary Agnes (4). She also said
she and her husband had had four children and three were still alive on
census day. Thomas (12) was a visitor in the household of the Reverend
Joseph McKinstry. He was presumably visiting the minister's domestic
servant, Mary Agnes Stewart (32), also listed.
MOORE, 221 Rifleman Hugh, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 on the Somme and is buried in the AIF Burial Ground, Flers. He was the son of farmer Henry Moore and Martha O'Neill, of Maghereagh, Randalstown. The family are recorded at Maghereagh in 1901 and 1911.
In 1901 Henry (60) and Martha (40) listed Harry (5), James (3) and Hugh (1).
In 1911 the couple said they had been married for sixteen years and that they had had six children. They were all alive at the time of the census. They listed themselves, 69 and 44 respectively, and Henry (15), Mary Jane (14 - 2/12/1896 at Maghereagh), Hugh (11 - born 1/1/1900 at Maghereagh), Catherine (8 - born 11/5/02 at Maghereagh) and Elizabeth (6 - 29/1/05 at Maghereagh). James (born 26/7/98 at Ballygrooby) was not present in 1911, and no record of Harry's birth can be found.
WEIR, 12/19310 Rifleman Matthew, 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds aged 27 years at home on the 12 January 1919 and he is buried in Larne New Cemetery.
He was born on the 16 June 1892 at Drummaul, Randalstown and was the son of labourer William from Caddy and Charlotte Morgan from Drummaul. They had married in Randalstown's OC Presbyterian Church on the 31 March 1886.
The couple had moved to Larne before 1911. Mrs Charlotte Weir lived at 9, Coronation Terrace, Glynn Rd., Larne. Matthew was the brother of William James Weir and the consecutive numbers mean they enlisted together.
Survived the Great War - 18/913 or 913 Rifleman David Logan, 'B' Coy, 3rd Bn Royal Irish Rifles
David Logan was the eldest son of farm labourer William John Logan and his wife Eliza. William John Logan, son of David and from Forsythe, Randalstown, married Eliza McIlvenna, daughter of Samuel of Drummaul, Randalstown in Randalstown OC Presbyterian Church on the 4th July 1895.
The family are living at Caddy, Drummaul in the census returns of 1901 and 1911, and at the latter date the couple said they had been married for sixteen years and that they had had seven children, all of whom were alive at the time. They listed David (15 & a linen weaver, born 10th December 1895), Samuel J (13), Robert (11), Mary (9), William J (6), Anna Matilda (4) and Susan (2). Another daughter called Maggie was later born on 8th July 1916.
David enlisted in the 18th Battalion on the 6th November 1915, and was designated 18/913. The unit was formed in Holywood in April 1915 as a Reserve Battalion, and it moved to Clandeboye in July 1915. It transferred to England in April 1918, going to Larkhill Camp where it was subsequently absorbed by 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. David wrote home at that time and gave his address as 913 Rfm. D. Logan, No. 12 Hut, 'B' Coy, 3rd RIR, No 10 Camp, Durrington, Salisbury Plain, Wilts.
913 or 18/913 left his regiment on the 17th September 1918, prior to the end of the war. His Medal Index Card reads ‘392/xvi/KR W.’ 392 is the paragraph number, xvi the subsection - ‘No longer physically fit for war service’, KR is ‘King’s Regulations’. The ‘w’ means ‘wounded’, hence wounded sufficiently to be no longer fit for military service.