BALLYMENA 1914-1918

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Randalstown Old Congregation Presbyterian Church

Men Associated with Randalstown Area

This is a work in progress.  You still might find it useful and may be able to help us.  Some names are already in the Virtual Memorial and others appear here. There are also relevant names in the sections relating to Canadian, Australian and New Zealand soldiers. It is reported that about 250+ men from the area served.

ADAIR, Rifleman George, 2243, 'D' Coy, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, aged 20, died on 16th August 1917.  His name is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial.  He was the son of Mary Adair, of Seacash, British, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, and the late James Adair.

Rifleman William Henry Anderson, Royal Irish Rifles.
Photograph from Ballymena Weekly Times,  Jun 1917 & courtesy of N Henderson
ANDERSON, William Henry, 19376, Rifleman, 11th  Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on July 1st, 1916.  He is buried Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery, Somme. He was born in Broughshane, worked as a clerk at the Old Bleach Linen Factory, Randalstown and he enlisted in Antrim.  He was aged 21 and was the youngest son of James and Mary Anderson, Shane's Cottage, Randalstown. James was then employed by Lord O'Neill.

James Anderson was a former policeman, an ex-RIC Sergeant who had been stationed at Portrush, Ballymoney and Broughshane. All four of his known sons served in the forces during the Great War.  William Henry and his brother Samuel A served in the Royal Irish Rifles. Albert and Robert James Anderson served in the CEF. Albert (Service number 192165), a policeman living in Toronto, was severely wounded in the left shoulder while serving at Vimy Ridge with the 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry and he was eventually returned 'medically unfit' to Canada. 751406 Private Robert James Anderson, a store manager, joined the 118th Battalion and served with the 2nd Pioneers. He lived in London, Ontario with his wife Christina V Anderson.

192165 Private Albert Anderson, 15th Battalion Canadian Infantry, brother of William Henry, Samuel A and Robert James Anderson.
BELL, Rifleman  Andrew, 3735, 11th Royal Irish Rifles died a POW on 15th July 1916 and is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany. He had lived in Ballygrooby, Randalstown and his name is recorded in Randalstown OC listing. The Belfast Weekly Telegraph gives his address as 80 McTier Street.


Brothers Andrew & James Bell, 80 McTier Street Belfast and formerly of Ballygrooby, Randalstown Antrim

Photograph courtesy of N Henderson

BELL, Rifleman James, 924, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, aged 19, died on 29th May 1917 and is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery. He was the son of James Murdoch Bell, Ballybracken, Doagh, Co. Antrim, & late Jane Graham Bell.  He had lived in Ballygrooby, Randalstown and his name is recorded in Randalstown OC listing. The Belfast Weekly Telegraph gives his address as 80 McTier Street.

BELL, Private Robert, 139509, Canadian Infantry, enlisted in Toronto on the 15 July 1915, naming Mrs Mary Jane Linton, Edenduff, Shane's Castle, Milltown, Randalstown as his next of kin.  He joined the 75 Battalion but transferred to the 60th Battalion for service in France.  He served from June 1916 to February 1917, being wounded at the latter date.  Shrapnel tore a gash in his right forearm and he was eventually sent to Canada in September 1917 for further treatment. He recovered.

He died on the 19 August 1944 - See Ballymena Canadians


BELL, Private John Arthur: 3568 Private John Arthur 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 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

BOYD, 140021 Private Matthew enlisted in the 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry on the 23 July 1915 and said he had previously served in a militia, the 9th Mississauga Horse. He said he was originally from Taylorstown, Grange Corner and his mother was Caroline Nicholl-Boyd of Taylorstown, later of Dunturky, Ballynure. He was wounded while attached to the 5th Light Mortar Battery on the 7 November 1917 and died of his wounds at 10 Casualty Clearing Station.
BROWN, Private George, 17678, 108th Company, Machine Gun Corps, died on 1st July 1916 and is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Somme.  He was born near Randalstown, the Randox/Seacash/Killead area.
BRUCE, Private Robert, 24049, 13th Bn The King's (Liverpool Regiment) died on the 16th August 1916.  He is associated with Taylorstown and remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

CAMPBELL, Private John, 84821, 13th king's Liverpool Regiment, died on the 22nd November 1917 and is buried in Favreuil Bt Cemetery, Pas de Calais.  He was born in Randalstown.
CASSIDY, Private Charles, 16794, 2nd Dorsetshire Regiment, aged 2, died on the 19th July 1916 and is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial. He was the son of late C.S.M. Charles Cassidy & Ann Cassidy, of Wareham Rd., Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset.

CASSIDY, Company Sergeant Major Charles, 7820, Somerset Light Infantry (Depot), aged 60, died on 13th February 1916 and is buried in Taunton (St Mary's) Cemetery.  He ws born in Randalstown and was the husband of Ann Cassidy, of Wareham Rd., Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset.
CLARKE, Robert John, 243, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on September 2nd, 1918, and buried in Nieuwkerke Churchyard, Belgium. He was born in Randalstown enlisted Belfast, and lived Taylorstown. He was the grandson of Mary Ann Underwood, Groggan, Randalstown. He is commemorated in Grange Presbyterian Church.

COLLINS, Private James, 3659, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers, aged 22, died on the 29th December 1915 and is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery.  He was the brother of Harry Collins, of Ballygrooby, Randalstown, Co. Antrim.
COULTER, James, 7263 Rifleman 11th Royal Irish Rifles,  was KIA on July 1st, 1916 and is named on the Thiepval Memorial. Aged 19, he was the son of Robert and Ellen, Drumanaway, Randalstown.

CUNNINGHAM,  Joseph, 81534, Private, 134th Field Ambulance, RAMC, was killed on 28th July 1916 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery.  He was the 31 year old son of James & Rose Cunningham, Randalstown and the husband of E Cunningham, 40, Duncruin Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland.
DEAN(E), Joseph, 3739, Rifleman, 'C' Coy, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, aged 35, died of pneumonia while training at Clandeboye, Co. Down on 3rd March 1915 and he is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.  He was born at Balnamore, Ballymoney in 1880, the son of Joseph and Susan Dean.  He enlisted in Randalstown and his wife Annie lived at 15, Daisy Hill, Randalstown.

DORAN, Private John Philip, 10024, 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, aged 27, died on 7th December 1915 and is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery. He was the son of James and Hessie Doran, of Main St., Randalstown, Co. Antrim. He was apparently a well known pianist and was at one time employed at Toome Railway Station. He had joined the colours at the start of the war.
DRENNAN, Rifleman Robert, 19470,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, aged 23, died on 1st July 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.  He was the son of William Drennan, of Groggan, Randalstown.


Private John Dunn, Irish Guards, Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, March 1916

Photograph courtesy of N Henderson



DUNN(e), Private John T, 2272, 1st Irish Guards, aged 28, died 1st November 1914 and is named on the Ypres Memorial [Menin Gate].  He was the son of Joseph and Mary Dunn and was the husband of Agnes Dunn, of Main St., Randalstown.
Ferguson, T/Captain James McKee, was born at Neillsbrook, Randalstown on the 20 June 1886 and was the son of the Rev. James E Ferguson, B.A., a local Presbyterian Minister, and Rachel Ferguson, of Neillsbrook, Randalstown, Co. Antrim; James Ferguson’s wife Rachel was the daughter of James Glover. 

James McKee Ferguson was educated at Ballymena, and Queen's University, Belfast, where he graduated as a doctor in March 1914 (He is remembered on the Queen’s University War Memorial and in the tablet in Ballymena Academy). Thereafter he was appointed Medical Officer in the Union Infirmary, Belfast, and he accepted a temporary commission as lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 18th December 1914. He was made a temporary captain after one year's service. He went to France in October 1915, and was designated Medical Officer to the 9th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was subsequently transferred and became Medical Officer of the 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers. It was serving with the latter that he was killed in action near St Quentin, Somme on the 22 December 1917.  He was then 31 years old.

The Chaplain sent a letter to the family stating, It was my privilege to live in the mess with him, and, like all the others there, the more I got to know of him the more I liked him. Much as we admire his well-stocked mind, we admired and loved still more his clean, honourable personality. No one of the many - too many- from here, whom we have known and lost, has left a sweeter memory behind him."

Three other brothers served in the forces. Hugh Reynolds McKay Ferguson, born 3 November 1880,  was also a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919 entry for 1st Randalstown Presbyterian Church states he was serving in West Africa. Charles George Ferguson, born 8 February 1892, and John Hastings Glover Ferguson, born 4 January 1882, served in Canadian units (CEF).

Private William Ferris, 6th Connaught Rangers
photograph courtesy of N Henderson

FERRIS, Private William,  4414, 6th Connaught Rangers, was killed on Sunday, 3rd September 1916,  He was born in Randalstown and lived at 53 Silvio Street, Belfast (BWT).
FOSTER,  Allen, 3749, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of  wounds on 17th March 1916. He was born in Ahoghill and enlisted Randalstown. He was the husband of M. Foster, Cloghogue. He is commemorated in Presbyterian Church In Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919 on the entry for 2nd Randalstown Presbyterian Church, and he is buried Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Somme.
FOSTER, John Barkley, 3734, Lance Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 1st July 1916. He was aged 28. He was born at Drummaul and enlisted in Randalstown. He was the son of William and Betty Anne Foster, Andraid, Randalstown. He is commemorated on  Thiepval Memorial and Randalstown Old Presbyterian Church.

FULTON, John, 412650, Private, 2nd Canadian Infantry ( Eastern Ontario Regiment), killed on the 22nd September 1916, was the 31 year old son of William & Jane Fulton, Garrifgeary, Randalstown. He is buried in 2nd Canadian Cemetery, Sunken Road, Contralmaison.  A labourer by calling and born on 21st March 1886, he served as John Watt.
GALWAY, Rifleman Alexander, 19510,  11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles, aged 21, died on the 17th June 1916 and is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, Extension.  He is associated with Grange, Randalstown and was the son of John and Mary Galway, of Balloo, Antrim.

GILMORE, Hugh, 29168, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on 21st October 1916 and is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.  He was the 23 year old son of Patrick and Mary Gilmore, Staffordstown, Randalstown.
GLENDINNING,  David, 1290, Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA  on 1st July 1916.  Age 22. He was born in Randalstown and enlisted in Lisburn. He was the son of David and Mary Glendinning, Duneany, Glarryford. His wife and child lived at Ballyronan. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GUTHRIE,  George,  10425, Lance Corporal,  2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds 10th April 1918. Aged 21, he was born in Drummaul, Randalstown and enlisted in Pontefract, Yorkshire. His wife and child were at Princes Street, Ballymena.  He was the son of RSM Guthrie, Derby Road, Nottingham. He is buried Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension 1, Somme and commemorated on Ballymena War Memorial.
HAMILL, Corporal Robert Moore, 17778, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed on 1st July 1916.  Born in Randalstown, he is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme.

HAMILTON, James, 1293, Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 10th August 1917. He was aged 20 years.  He was born at Duneane near Randalstown and enlisted in Lisburn. He was the son of John Hamilton of Ballymatoskerty, Toomebridge. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
Military Medal for J C Hamilton, Randalstown

The awarding of the Military Medal for 93681 Lance Corporal John Carson Hamilton, Royal Engineers, is recorded in the Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13128, 20 August 1917, page 1715.

The 1901 Irish census records the Hamilton family at Cloughogue, Randalstown. David, 60 and a grocer, lived with his wife Margaret, then aged 59.  They listed Annie (35), David (18), Thomas (17) and John C (8).

In 1911 David was 70 and an agricultural labourer, his wife Margaret then said to be 71.  Their daughter Annie was 46.

David and Margaret said that they had been married for 50 years by 1911 and that they had had two children.  It seems that John Carson Hamilton was, as it says in the press cutting, David's grandson. He was by the time he won his medal a resident of 48 Copperfield Street, Belfast. The whole area now has been redeveloped and is known as "Tigers Bay".
HANNAN, Sapper Daniel Malachy, 160815, 33rd Signal Company, Royal Engineers, was aged 20 and died on 26th August 1917.  The son of Charles and Mary Hannan, of Main St., Randalstown, he is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium.

HARDY, Rifleman Louis, A/203741, 18th King's Royal Rifle Corps, formerly AS&H & RASC, aged 29, died a POW on 28th June 1918.  He is buried in Berlin SW Cemetery. He was born in Randalstown, son of Denis and Elizabeth Hardy, of 114, North Hanover St., Glasgow.
HOUSTON, William, 19563, Rifleman, 'C' Coy. 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died as a POW on the 5th August 1917.  He was the 22 year old son of Stewart and Agnes Houston, Feehogue, Randalstown.  He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.

JAMISON, William Andrew, 10/676, Private, Wellington Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionery Force, was KIA on the 8th August 1915 and is buried in Chunuk Bair (NZ) Cemetery, Gallipoli.  He had embarked on the 16th October 1914.  He was single, the 23 year old son of James (dec'd) and Matilda Jamison, Ballely, Randalstown.  He gave his address on enlistment as Gordon Road, Toko, NZ.  He is commemorated in Randalstown Old Congregation Presbyterian Church.
KENNEY,  Hugh,  9722, Private, 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on 26th August 1914. Aged 28, he was the son of late Robert and Jane Kenney, Randalstown. He is commemorated on La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial, France.
Military Medal

At the time of the 1911 Irish census Edward Kidd, an agricultural labourer and an Anglican, and his wife Margaret, both 28, lived at Ballygrooby, Randalstown.  They said they had then been married for eleven years and that six children born of the marriage were still alive.  They listed James (9), Matilda (7), John (5), Edward (4), Annie Dorothy (3) and David (1). James Jenkin, Edward's 66 year old father in law lived with them.

11/6659 Private Edward Kidd's Military Medal is recorded in the Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13022, December 12, 1916, page 2288.

Edward Kidd survived the war.

The photograph is from the Larne Times, November 1916
Photograph courtesy of N Henderson

KING, James,  2894, Lance Corporal, 7th Gordon Highlanders, died on 8th June 1916. He was from Randalstown, Co. Antrim and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France - See Virtual Memorial for additional details.
KNOX, Frank, 19593, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is named on the Thiepval Memorial.  He was the son of Eliza Jane Knox, Ballygrooby, Randalstown.


Private Henry (Harry) Linton,  Royal Irish Rifles

Photograph from Ballymena Observer, Oct 1916 & courtesy of N Henderson

LINTON, Rifleman Henry, 6468, 11th Royal Irish Rifles [CWGC says 16th, but grave records show 11th], died of wounds while a prisoner of war on 14th July 1916.  He was born in Randalstown and buried in St. Souplet British Cemetery.

LINTON, 829281 Private Robert, 8th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), age 36 and born September 16, 1883 died on April 28, 1917. He is remembered on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.  He was the son of Mrs. Mary Jane Linton, of Ballygrooby, Randalstown, Ireland
LYTTLE, 101316 Gunner Arthur enlisted in the 66th Battalion, Canadian Infantry at Edmonton on the 30 September 1915 and was later to serve with the 2nd Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery. He was born on the 13 April 1881.  He indicated that he had previously served in the Royal Irish Constabulary, that he a native of Randalstown, and he nominated his sister Catherine Lyttle, Randalstown as his next of kin. Birth records indicate that he was the son of John Lyttle, a railway labourer, and Margaret, nee Allen, of Ballylurgan, Drummaul. Catherine was an older sister and born on the 12 June 1873.Lyttle was returned to Canada and discharged from the army at Edmonton on the 11 July 1919.
MAGEE, Private Joseph, 10316, 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died on the 27th August 1914.  He was born in Randalstown and is remembered on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.
MAGILL, Rifleman Robert Dobbin, 6205, was 18 and died on 1st July 1916.  He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.  He was born in Randalstown, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Magill, of Craig, Co. Antrim [CWGC] - 1911 Census says Ballytresna, Drumanaway, Co. Antrim.



Private Hector McAndrew, Royal Irish Rifles

The caption on this contemporary photograph is wrong. The image is of Hector McAndrew. John McAndrew was his father. He was a 42 year old Scotman and textile worker, was living at Ballygrooby, Randalstown at the time of the 1911 Irish census with his 38 year old wife of twenty years wife called Sarah.  The couple had had five children and the four still alive, all born in Scotland, were named as Catherine Grey (19), Jane (17), Hector (13) and Sarah Johnston (10).

Local press photograph courtesy of N Henderson

McANDREW, Hector, 3738, Rifleman, 'C' Coy. 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 3rd March 1916.  He was aged 18, the son of John and Sarah McAndrew, Glasgow, Scotland, though he appears to have been living in the Ballygrooby area, Randalstown, Co Antrim just before the war.  He is named in Randalstown Old Congregation records and the family of John & Sarah McAndrew, Ballygrooby, Randalstown appear in the 1911 Census.  He is buried in Mesnil ridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France.

Private William John McAuley, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers
Photograph courtesy of N Henderson and Ballymena Weekly Telegraph

McAULEY, Private William John, 41556, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on 11th April 1918 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.  He was the son of John & Agnes McAuley, of Tamlaght, Randalstown, Co. Antrim.

McBRIDE, Thomas, 19633, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 4th April 1916. Aged 25, he was born in Randalstown and lived in lived in Co. Antrim.  He was the son of John and Ellen McBride of Muckrim, Toome.  He is buried St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen and commemorated in Grange Presbyterian Church.
McCAUGHEY, 2498648 William enlisted in the CEF on the 24 September 1917.  He said his father was James McCauley and gave his address as 13, Fountainwell Street, Springburn, Glasgow, but he said he himself was born at Randalstown, Co. Antrim on the 2 November 1887; local records show he was born at Tamlaght, Randalstown on the 2 November 1888, the son of James and Elizabeth McCauley, nee Herbison - See Ballymena Canadians entry.
McCLURE, Lieutenant Hugh Cecil, 146th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, aged 22, died on 23rd October 1918.  He is buried in Le Cateau Communal Cemetery. He was the son  of the Rev. Dr. J. J. & Mary McClure, Duneane, Randalstown

McCLURE, Captain James Richard Smyth, Royal Engineers, aged 26, died on 29th October 1918 and is buried in Hampstead (St John) Burial Ground. He was the son  of the Rev. Dr. J. J. & Mary McClure, Duneane, Randalstown. He had served in S Africa & SW Africa, and joined Royal Engineers in 1915.  He was Mentioned in Dispatches.
McCORMICK,  Thomas,  20909, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIA on the 24th March 1918. Aged 23, he was born in Randalstown and was the son of John and Sarah McCormick, Railway Street Place, Harryville. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme.
McDONNELL, 222 Sapper John, Canadian Engineers, was living in Ottawa at the time of his enlistment on the 20 January 1915 and the 6’ tall single RC said he was a civil servant, and he named his father as his next of kin. He was Frank McDonnell, 106, Marlborough Ave, Ottawa. He gave 84, Marlborough Ave, Ottawa as his address at demobilisation - See Ballymena Canadians entry.
McDOWELL, 2379918  Lance Corporal William was drafted under the terms of the Military Service Act, 1917.  He was a single man, a Presbyterian farmer, living in Nesbitt, Manitoba. He said his father was Samuel McDowell, his mother Jane, and that they lived at Feehogue, Randalstown, and the place where he had been born on the 17 March 1890. - See Ballymena Canadians entry.
McGROGGAN, Sapper Patrick Joseph, 25253, 77th Field Coy. Royal Engineers, died on 22nd September 1918.  He was born in Randalstown and is buried in Fins New Brit Cemetery. Sorel Le Grand, Somme.
McGUIGAN, Private James, 43172, 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on 9th September 1916.  He came from Duneane, Randalstown and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

McMICHAEL, Private George, 31168, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on the 15th July 1917 and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium.  He was born in Greenock, Scotland but probably lived at Moycraig, Lower, Drumtullagh, Co. Antrim.
McNALLY, Charles, 4609, Private, 6th Connaught Rangers, died on the 18th July 1916 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery.  He was the 38 year old son of Hugh & Sarah McNally, Randalstown.

McVEIGH, Private John, 4753, 1st Connaught Rangers, aged 23, died on 22nd October 1916 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. He was born in Randalstown, the son of James and Catherine McVeigh, Craigstown/Ballygrooby, Randalstown
McVEIGH, Private Patrick, 3667, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, aged 23, died while a POW on 14th June 1918 and is buried in Berlin S W Cemetery.  He was the son of James and Catherine McVeigh, of Ballygrooby, Randalstown, Co. Antrim

MILLAR,  David George, 1474, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the15th April 1918. Aged 18.  He was the son of William and Catherine, Bailey Cottage, Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
MILLAR, Thomas, 6862, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 18, he was born at Drummaul, Randalstown and enlisted in Clandeboye, Bangor. He was the son of James and Sarah Millar of Caddy, Randalstown. He is commemorated in Randalstown (Old Congregation) Presbyterian Church and on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
MOORE, Henry, 221, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is buried in the AIF Burial Ground, Flers.  He was the 21 year old son of Henry & Martha Moore, Maghereagh, Randalstown.
MOORE, William Alfred, 7295, Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th July 1916. Aged 18, he was born and lived in Randalstown, the son of Joseph & Elizabeth, Randalstown . He is buried in St. Soulet British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Distinguished Conduct Medal for 4744 Regimental Sergeant Major, P Mulholland, Royal Irish Rifles and Randalstown
Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13120, July 30th, 1917, page 1552
O'KANE, Private Francis, S/3488, served with the 8th Seaforth Highlanders and was killed on 27th August 1917.  He was a native of Randalstown and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
O'NEILL, Private Bernard, 4966, 1st Irish Guards, died on 31st March 1918.  He was born in Randalstown and remembered on the Arras Memorial, France.
Randalstown Military Cross - Captain Samuel Ernest Picken, RAMC

Samuel Ernest Picken, born at Ballytresna on the 29 August 1890,  was the son of James and Anna Picken (nee Craig) and the family appear in the 1901 Irish census, their home being in 'Hazelbank', Ballytresna, Randalstown.  James was 52 and a GP but he had also trained as a surgeon, though he didn't practice.  The couple listed three children: Andrew was 15, James Craig was 12 and Samuel Ernest was 10.  Martha Holden, a sister, and three servants lived with them.

The family were at 7 Richmond Crescent, Antrim Road, Duncairn, Belfast by the time of the 1911 census.  Anna Craig Picken was a widow - James had died on the 9 June 1902 at Ballytresna - and she listed three children: Andrew was 25 and a 'student of chemical teacher', James was 23 and an apprentice in the linen business and Samuel Ernest was a medical student. The family had one servant.

Dr Picken survived the war.

Citation in London Gazette, 17 September 1917, Issue 30287, page 9581
POLLARD, Private Patrick, 12195, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on 11th April 1917.  He was born in Randalstown and is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Rouex, Pas de Calais.

POLLARD, Private Thomas, 6733, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on 18th October 1914.  He was born in Randalstown and is remembered on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

POLLOCK, Alexander, 16942, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Caddy and lived at Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
RAINEY, 622046 Private James, had been born on the 8 October 1890, his parents being James and Margaret Rainey of Leitrim, Randalstown. He enlisted on the 22 December 1914 in Winnipeg and served with the 44th and 52nd Battalions, Canadian Infantry.  He was killed in action while serving with the latter in the trenches west of Courcelette on the 17 September 1916. He is one of those remembered on the Vimy Memorial - See entry in Ballymena Canadians.
RAMSAY, Private James, 9669, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on 21st May 1915.  He was born in Randalstown and is buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey.

ROBB, Lance Corporal Terence, 20908, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on 4th September 1916.  He was born in Randalstown.
ROBINSON, 101542 William Ross,  served with the 66th and 49th Battalions, Canadian Infantry and with the 2nd Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers.  He was born on the 9 March 1894 and registration of birth registers show that he was the son of James Robinson, a farmer of Mossview, Moneynick, Duneane and Catherine Robinson, nee Ross, also of Moneynick, Randalstown. He was a labourer and single when he enlisted on the 22 November 1915 at Edmonton. William Ross Robinson was eventually discharged in London on the 11 July 1919. See Ballymena Canadians entry.
622364 SCOTT, Private Archie (actually Arthur Scott and referred to as such once in his military record) enlisted in the 44th Battalion, CEF at Winnipeg on the 14 May 1915. His parents Thomas and Ellen Scott, nee Baxter, lived at Aghaboy, Drumanaway, Randalstown. He was wounded by shrapnel while serving with the 27th Battalion and discharged as medically unfit on the 31 January 1918.  See Ballymena Canadians entry.
SCOTT (MM), Acting Serjeant John, 202841, 1/5 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died on 23rd July 1918 and is buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire.  Born in Randalstown, he was the son of Rose McIlvenna Scott, of 36, Crescent St., Greenock, and the late John Scott.

Private John Seymour, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Local press photograph courtesy of N Henderson

SEYMOUR, Private John, 23735, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 22 years old, died of wounds on 28th March 1918 and is buried in St Saver Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.  He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Seymour, of Ballytresna, Randalstown.

SMYTH, James, 501, Lance Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was aged 19 and the son of Thomas and Margaret, Caddy, near Randalstown.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919 entry for 2nd Randalstown Presbyterian Church.

501 James Smyth and US soldier Thomas Smyth (Below) appear to be brothers. Indeed, James, a stonemason, and his wife Margaret, married for 25 years by the time of the 1911 census and having 12 children, had probably five sons in the forces, this suggested by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919 entry for 2nd Randalstown Presbyterian Church, though there is some apparent error in the listing of initials. A Smyth (Alexander) served in the Gordon Highlanders and James, mistakenly listed as T Smyth, died while serving in the 11th Royal Irish Rifles. William John, Robert Gibson (incorrectly listed as R J) and Thomas all served with the US Army, Thomas being killed. Alexander, James, William John, Thomas and Robert Gibson Smyth all appear in the listings of the 1901 and 1911 Irish census, though not all on the same one.


SMYTH, Thomas, Private First Class, 361st Infantry, 91st Division, US Army, born 15 August 1892, died on the 9th October 1918.  He is buried in the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. He was a native of Caddy, Randalstown and enlisted in Washington, USA.

The 361st was part of the 181st Brigade and was serving with the 1st & 32nd Divisions in the Meuse Argonne. On October 9th the 1st was attacking around Cote 269 the 181st was supposed to be holding a line from Hill 255 to Cote 269. When it was discovered the Brigade was not occupying this line, they advanced to do so. This was near the Bois du Chene Sec.


SPEEDIE, Harry, 14572, Sergeant, Royal Canadian Dragoons, died on the 30th March 1918 and is named on the Vimy Memorial.  Aged 30, he was the son of the late Henry & Mrs Margaret Speedie, Clover Hill, Randalstown.  He is named in the Congregational Roll of Honour for 1st Randalstown Presbyterian Church.  His brothers, T J Speedie of the 12th RIR & Captain W Speedie of the RAMC, are also listed.  He was 5' 8.75" tall and had light brown hair and grey eyes.  He was single, one of seven siblings brought up on a farm, and was working in Canada as a commercial salesman at the time of his enlistment on the 24th September 1914.

L-R: Alfie, Thompson, Robert & William Speedie

Sergeant t Harry Speedie, Royal Canadian Dragoons, B. Squadron was killed on the 30th March at the Battle-of-Moreuil-Wood, as a letter to the family explained -

Sir

Sgt Speedy was killed on 30th March in the wood just North of Castel - East of Amiens after the squadron had charged upon the enemy which resulted in our taking the wood. He fought a ground battle against a number of Germans after his horse had been shot but later on was shot dead. After the infantry took over from us they lost the wood but later the French retook it. He is a great loss to my squadron. My sincerest sympathies in your sad loss.

Yours sincerely
RS Timmis, Major
Thanks to Chris Speedy for the photographs and letter.

The Stewart Brothers
Local press photograph courtesy of N Henderson

STEWART, Rifleman James, 11th RIR, aged 18, died on 8th August 1917 and is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium.  He was the son of Robert and Jane Stewart, Main Street, Randalstown. STEWART, Rifleman William, Royal Irish Rifles, was reported a POW.  He lived on Main Street, Randalstown [BWT]

The Storey Family, Randalstown - David, William, Robert James C and Joseph
Local press photograph courtesy of N Henderson

STOREY, Rifleman David, 19781, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, 24 years old and the youngest son of the family, died on the 30th September 1918 and he is buried in Dadizeele British Cemetery.  He was the son of Joseph (Deceased) and Isabella Storey, Feehogue, Randalstown.
THOMPSON, Rifleman John, 2246, of the 11th RIR died 1st July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.  He came from, Ballygrooby, Randalstown.

WARDEN, John, 56883, Private, New Zealand Reinforcements, died on the 24th September 1917 and is buried in Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, England.  He was the 33 year old son of Samuel & Sara Warden (nee McAuley) of Artlone, Randalstown, Co. Antrim and was a farmer.

Warden was killed in a tragic accident in Devon, England. Reinforcements H Company for the NZ Rifle Brigade had left Wellington on HMNZT 90, Ulimaroa, and had only just arrived in England. They left Friary Station, Plymouth at 3pm. Ten privates were killed while on their way to join their comrades on Salisbury Plain for preliminary training.

At 3.50 pm the train approached Bere Ferrers. The soldiers hadn't eaten since breakfast at 6 am. They had been told the train would stop at Exeter, and that two men from each carriage would carry provisions from the brake-van, actually cups of tea and buns provided by the Mayoress' Comforts Fund. When the train made an unscheduled stop at Bere Ferrers, men in the rear section of the train decided that this must be Exeter, and breaking the rule of two from each carriage, jumped down. Some of them spilled onto the down-line track, just as the Waterloo -to- Plymouth Express rounded the sharp curve on its entry into Bere Ferrers. Although the fireman shouted a warning, and the train driver applied the brakes, the train pulled up about 400m beyond the station. Nine soldiers died instantly and another died the following morning in Tavistock Hospital. The inquest revealed that the men had got out of the train on the wrong side simply because they had assumed the door of entry was the correct door to exit by.

WARWICK, Corporal William Neville, 592, 10th Royal Irish Rifles, died on 6th August 1917.  He was born in Randalstown and is remembered on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).

WEBB,  Oswald Brooke,  Captain,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 3rd July 1916 from wounds received in 1st July - the record says he was hit 'the very moment our men slipped over parapet.'  He was aged 37 and the son of late Charles J. Webb, Old Bleach Linen Company, Randalstown. He is buried in Waroy Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme.

WEIR, Rifleman William James, 19311, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 10th August 1917 and is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium.  He was born in Randalstown and lived with his wife Nora at 20, Mill brae, Larne.

WHTESIDE, Private Samuel, 17701, 59th Company, Machine Gun Corps [formerly Royal Irish Rifles], aged 24, died 30th November 1917 and is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial.  He was the son of Emma Whiteside and the late James Whiteside, Ballytresna, Randalstown.
Rifleman Samuel Woods 

WOODS, Rifleman Samuel, 19831, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, age 25, died 2nd  September 1918.  He is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Rd Military Cemetery.  He was the son of William John and Jane Woods (nee Richardson), of Daisy Hill, Feehogue, Randalstown. His brother also served.

Lt George Neville Patrick Young, MC

YOUNG (MC), George Patrick Neville,  Lieutenant, 2nd Leinster Regiment, died on 25th July in Boulogne Hospital of wounds received earlier in July 1915.  He was the 23 year old son of  George Lawrence & Annie Young, Culdaff House, Donegal & of Millmount, Randalstown.

George Young was wounded on the night of the 10/11 July 1915. His friend Dennis Barnett reported to his mother that Young "got a shrapnel bullet nicely through the shoulder, and insisted on walking round the line to say good-bye to everyone before starting for the dressing station. There was no despondency there. He'll get a good holiday which he's earned if anyone did." Regrettably, he died from gangrene.

Samuels, Dorothy Gage (nee Young, married in 1913), Millmount, Randalstown was the wife of Captain Arthur Purefoy Irwin Samuels and she was also a sister of fellow 11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles officer Guy Owen Lawrence Young and of George Neville Patrick Young (MC), Lieutenant, 2nd Leinster Regiment, who died on 25th July in Boulogne Hospital of wounds received on the 12th July 1915.