BALLYMENA 1914-1918

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Ballymena's Fallen A - G

This  record of men from Ballymena and District who fell in the Great War was compiled by John Hoy.

N. B. 'Commemorated' means that he is remembered in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour, 1914-19, on a tablet or plaque in the church named or that his name is on a family headstone in the churchyard.  Place names may refer to an area, e. g. 'Cullybackey' often means 'from the Cullybackey area' rather that from the village itself.

 

ADAMS, James William, 9554, Sergeant, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 2nd December 1917 by a trench mortar. He was born and lived at Garvaghy, Portglenone and enlisted in Ballymena. He was born on the 1 January 1894 and was the son of blacksmith Matthew Adams and his wife Catherine (Kate), nee McCullough (or McCulloch). She remarried after Matthew's death and was Catherine McArthur, of 8, Bellsdyke Place, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

ADRAIN, William Kearns, 2nd Lieutenant, 5th  Royal Irish Regiment (attached 1st Royal Irish. Rifles), born 27th January 1896, was killed in August 24th, 1916.  He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Aged 20, he was the son of Robert and Jane, Ballyclare & 5 Donard Villas, Belfast. He is associated with Barclay & Crawford's shop in Ballymena and named in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church. A former RBAI pupil, he was in Queen's University OTC and lived at 25 University Avenue at the time of his commissioning into the 5th Royal Irish Rifles, soon transferring to the 1st Battalion.


His death is recorded in the War Diary as follows:


In the 'Quarries' Sector. At about 10.50pm, the enemy attempted to enter the 'Northern Crater'. Bombs were thrown opposite Boyau (trench) 98 to distract their attention. A party of between 20 and 30 of the enemy attempted to raid the crater. They were discovered when within 20 yards of the crater, rapid fire was opened and bombs were thrown. The enemy scattered and were seen to carry some of their men back. 2nd Lt Adrain and 1 OR killed, 14 OR wounded. Battalion subsequently withdrawn to brigadier reserve in Curley Crescent.


The family headstone in Ballynure reads as follows:


...William Kearns Adrain, 2nd lieut. 5th Batt. Royal Irish Regiment, killed in action in France, 24 Aug 1916 aged 20 years, third son of Robert Adrain. Jane, wife of Robert Adrain, died 10 Apr 1931 aged 74 years...

AGNEW, 42593 Private John, 12th Highland Light Infantry, formerly 28614 Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action on 11 April, 1917.  He is named on the Arras Memorial, France. He was born in the Cromkill area and he enlisted/lived Glasgow. He appears to have been the son of Robert and Mary Agnew, nee McCartney, who was born at Cromkill, Kells on the 5 March 1896. The Scottish National War Memorial records his birth at Cromkill.
AGNEW, 18/819 Rifleman John, 12 Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action aged 42 on the 22 November 1917 and he is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. He was born on the 16 May  1875 at Kells and in 1901 and 1911 was living at Tannaghmore, Shilvodan.  He was the son of Samuel and Agnes Agnew, nee Crawford.

Right: ALLEN Charles, 1535, Private, 1st Irish Guards, was killed in action on November 18, 1914 and he is listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was born at 39, North Queen Street, Belfast on the 15 August 1884 and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Allen, nee McClean, of Alexander Street, Ballymena. He worked in Liscolman Spinning Mill and had a wife Matilda and three children at Dervock.

 

Charles Allen initially enlisted in Ballymena on 18th November 1902 and spent three years with the colours.  He then spent nine years in the reserves before being called back to his regiment on 5th August 1914.  His unit, mobilized on the 4th August, marched into Belgium on the 20th and reached the Mons area before being forced to retreat on the 26th; this was the famous Retreat from Mons, and for Charles Allen it was a fighting retreat of about 140 miles.  The unit was sent into billets at Hazebrouck in October but was then moved through Ypres and into trenches in Klein Zillebeke in November.  On his second spell of duty in the trenches there - it was snowing and the Germans were shelling them heavily - and he was killed.

Left: ALLEN, William, 59, Rifleman, 12th  Royal Irish Rifles, DOW in France on May 2, 1918, buried Bolougne Eastern Cemetery, France. He was born and lived in Ballymena, enlisted Belfast. He was the 19 year old grandson of Ellen McKee, 1, Toome Road, Ballymena.

William Allen appears to be William Robert Allen, born at Tullynamullan, Kells on the 14 August 1896,  the son of Joseph Allen and his wife Hannah, nee Mckee.  The couple, both from Tullynamullan, had married on the 5 December 1882 in 2nd Antrim Presbyterian Church.

William appears in the 1911 Irish census and he was living in Ballymena with Ellen McKee, then of Ballee, Ballymena.  She is said to be 68 years old and had been married for 40 years.  She said she had had eleven children of her own, nine of whom were still alive in 1911. She listed daughters Aggie (23) and Minnie (21) and William Allen, 12 years old and her grandson. This would have made him 21+ years old at the time of his death. The age given in Soldiers Died in the Great War and by the CWGC is 19 years.


Ellen McKee, recorded as being just 50 years old, was living at Kildrum, Kells with her husband David (55) in 1901.  The census records William (30 and mentally impaired), Bella (Isabella, born 5 Dec 1878 at Appletee. Kells), James (18 and born 27 February 1883 at Appletee, Kells), Andrew (15 and born 9 December 1884 at Appletee, Kells), Agnes (14 and born 14 May 1887 at Appletee, Kells) and Minnie (18 and born  14 February 1889 at Appletee, Kells). Ellen McKee's maiden name was Allen.




Left: ALLEN, William, 6530, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, DOW (He received leg wounds on May 13th, 1916) on 17th May, 1916. He is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery, France. He was born at Dunnyvadden, Ballyclug on the 17 August 1896 and enlisted in Ballymena.  He was the 19 year old son of Samuel and Ellen Allen, nee Montgomery, of Dunnyvadden, Kells.

 




ALLISON, William John, 7864, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, died at home on November 14, 1914. He was born at Slatt Ballymena on the 21 October 1888, the son of Thomas and Agnes Allison, nee Dunseath. He enlisted in Belfast and lived in Drogheda.
ANDERSON, David, 12085, Private, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers, died of wounds at sea on August 8, 1915. He is named on Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was born at Springwell Street, Ballymena on the 21 June 1898 and was the son of George and Mary Jane Anderson, nee Hessen.  The family had moved to Belfast and were at North Street in 1901 and McTier Street in 1911.




Right: ANDERSON, David, 4932, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on July 5, 1916, and he is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme. Aged 39, he was born at Galgorm Parks, Ballymena on the 24 June 1877 and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of Adam and Jane Anderson, nee Higgins.  His sister Martha lived at 9, Bridge Street Place, Ballymena, as he did at the time of the 1901 and 1911 Irish census.


ANDERSON, Edward Douglas, 5936, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on September 20, 1914.  He is named on the La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. Aged 31, he was born on the 11 May 1870 at Carniny, Ballymena. He was a regular soldier and had enlisted in Belfast in 1900. He was the son of the late Adam and Jane Anderson, nee Higgins, and the brother of 4932 rifleman David Anderson. His wife Janet lived at 7, Duncan Street, Pollockshaws, Glasgow.
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 and enlisted in Antrim.  He was aged 21 & the son of James and Mary Anderson, Shane's Cottage, Randalstown.
ANDREWS, Hugh, 7955, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on March 10, 1915. He is named on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.

ANDREWS, Robert, Merchant Marine, was an eighteen year old Wireless Operator on the SS Vienna, a 4,170 grt merchant steamer, when he died on the 11th September 1917, his ship, en route between Brest and New York, being torpedoed by the U49 some 340 miles from Ushant.  Though the vessel belonged to Gow, Harrison and Co., Glasgow and he is listed as the son of Hugh and Agnes Andrews, Kennishead Road, Thornliebank, Renfrew, the family were from the Ballymena area.  They had moved to Scotland some considerable time before the outbreak of the World War One.  They are not mentioned in the 1911 Irish census but appear in that for 1901.  Two year old Robert is there listed as living with his father, a general labourer, and his mother, 47 and 45 respectively, and his brothers and sisters, Maggie (aged 12), Agnes (aged 10), Minnie (aged 8) and brother John (aged 5). Another daughter, Bella Magowan, a 26 year old dressmaker, and her 1 year old son John are also listed as living in the family home.


Robert was indeed born in the Ballymena area. Local records show he was born on the 7 March 1899, the son of Hugh and Agnes Andrews, nee Morton, Cullybackey.


Robert Andrews is named on the Tower Hill Memorial. 

(Thanks to Wesley Wright & friends for their help.)

ANDREWS, William James Morrison, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps and General List, was killed in a flying accident during his training on Salisbury Plain on June 4, 1917.  He was the 26 year old son of Alex Andrews, a tea merchant, formerly of Woodvale, Ballymena. The family are primarily associated with Dungannon. 


William James Morrison Andrews was born at Coolhill, Dungannon on the 6 October 1890, he attended Dungannon Royal School, and his family lived there.  He is buried in Drumcoo Cemetery, Dungannon, but is also commemorated in West Church (Presbyterian), Ballymena. He had studied  engineering in London before joining the RFC.


Alexander and Violet Andrews had four children: William James Morrison Andrews, Annie May Andrews, Arthur Alexander Andrews, Fred Stanley Andrews. The three boys all served in the forces.   Second Lieutenant Arthur Andrews, formerly employed by  the Belfast Banking Company in Coleraine and Belfast, and of Royal Irish Fusiliers, was severely wounded in the thigh on the 1st July 1916 during the fighting on the Somme.  He had received his commission on 23rd August 1915.  Fred Stanley Andrews got his commission in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

APSLEY, Alexander, Deal/10648(S), Private, Royal Marines Labour Corps, was killed in accident on October 28, 1917.  He is buried in Dunkirk Cemetery. He was the second son of the late William and brother of Mrs. Barr, Ballymoney Street, Ballymena.


ARMSTRONG, Alexander, 12958, Private, 1st Canterbury Regiment, NZ Expeditionary Force, was killed in action on December 3, 1917. He had embarked on the 6th May 1916 with the 3rd Reinforcements to the 3rd Battalion, G Company (elsewhere 3rd Reinforcements to the 4th Battalion, H Company).  He is remembered in Buttes New Cemetery Memorial, Belgium, in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Churchyard and on Broughshane War Memorial.


He was a labourer from Fairview, Pollee, Broughshane and had been born the son of James and Margaret Armstrong on the 23 September 1882. See Ballymena New Zealanders.



Left: ARMSTRONG, William, 9196, Private, E Company, 1st Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch), was killed in action on October 29th, 1914. He is named on Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate). He was the son of Robert and Agnes Armstrong, nee Montgomery, of Glenwherry and he had been born on the 30 June 1882. He was the husband of Agnes Armstrong, nee Montgomery, 10 Windsor Terrace, Ballymena. The couple had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 5 March 1910.

 

AUSTIN, Hugh Morrell, 2nd Lieutenant, 12th Highland Light Infantry, MIA (then KIA) on August 13th, 1916. He is buried in Adanac Military Cemetery. He was born on the 9 October 1890 at Killane, Ahoghill, the son of merchant Hugh and wife Elizabeth Austin, nee Knowles. The family later moved to Belfast. They lived at Cedar Avenue, Belfast in 1901, St Jude's Avenue, Belfast in 1911 and were at Cranmore Avenue, Belfast at the time of Hugh's death.  Hugh is remembered in Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
AUSTIN, James, 2nd Lieutenant, 13th Manchester Regiment, died of wounds on June 21, 1917. He is buried in Salonika Military Cemetery. He was the son of Hugh and Elizabeth Austin, nee Knowles, Belfast, though formerly of Ahoghill, Ballymena. he was the brother of Hugh (above).
AYRE, Samuel, 1281, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on August 16th, 1917.  He is named on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. He was born at Bellee, Kirkinriola on the 8 March 1890 (incorrectly recorded as John by Registrar) and was the son of James and Jane Ayre, nee Stirling. They later lived at Glenavy. He had married Rachel Williamson in St Anne's Cathederal, Belfast on the 26 December 1914. He was a soldier at Candeboye Camp, Co Down and she gave her address as 345, Antrim Road, Belfast. The CWGC recorded his widow at Hill Street, Crumlin, Co Antrim.
BAKER, John, G18647, Private, 7th Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  was KIA on 18th November, 1916. He is named on the Thiepval Memorial. Aged 38, he was the son of William and Harriet Baker, Harpole, Northampton and the husband of Ellen Baker, 64 Moat Road, Ballymena.


BAMBER (also Bammer and Balmer), 27519 Robert, Trench Mortar Battery, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action instantly by a shell on August 16th, 1917 (CWGC says Bammer and 15 Aug 1917).  He is named on Tyne Cot Memorial and remembered in St Patrick's Parish Church, Ballymena. 

He was born at Dreen, Cullybackey, the son of Susan Balmer (sic) and he enlisted in Ballymena. Susanna Bamber, aged 28 and single, was living at the Dreen, Ballyconnelly, Ballymena in 1901, and Robert Balmer, aged 14, was a farm servant employed by William John Agnew and his sister at Limnaharry, Ahoghill in 1911.  Susan was later living at Springwell Street, Ballymena.  His commanding officer wrote: 'He was a good boy and a brave soldier.'


BANKHEAD, Frank John, 424544, Private, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regt.), DOW on October 29th, 1916. He was shot in the head by a sniper while on duty in an Advanced Post. He is buried in St. Catherine Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Born Pretoria, South Africa on the 25 June 1890, he was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Anne, Ballymena. They were at William Street in 1901 and later at High Street. Frank is commemorated in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland, Ballymena.

BARBOUR, 19593 Private John, 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 21 August 1915. He was born at Ballyedward, Glynn on the 7 February 1890, the son of carpenter James and his wife Alice Barbour, nee McKinty, and John lived at Layde, Cushendall, Co Antrim. He is in some locations numbered incorrectly as 19953. He is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.
BARCLAY, James, 9802, Private, 1st Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action on 17 January 1916. He is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was born on the 20 January 1884 at Glenmullion, Antrim and he enlisted in Aberdeen in 1905.  His parents were Robert and Margaret Barclay, nee McCrory. He is commemorated in Connor Presbyterian Church.
BARR, John, 7859, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on July 7th, 1916, and he is named on Thiepval Memorial, Somme. He was the son of Duffin & Harriet Barr, nee O'Neill. They married on the 30 October 1877 in the Ballymena Registrar's Office, and John was born around 1877. Harriet, her name written Harget in records, died on the 16 March 1888 of cervical cancer. John, half-brother of Matthew,  married Ellen McNeice, Tullygarley in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church on the 8 October 1902. His wife and six children lived at 159, Queen Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated in Wellington St. Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.


BARR, Matthew (registered mistakenly as Duffin), 18/1197, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on December 8th, 1916. He is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium. He was born on the 15 May 1897 at Cromkill and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of Duffin and Eliza Barr, nee Dempster, Cromkill. Eliza, Duffin's second wife, married him in High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena on 26 August 1893. Matthew, half-brother of John (Above) is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, Ballymena and the family gravestone is in Kells and Connor New Presbyterian Cemetery, Kells.



Right: BEATTIE, Samuel, 18860, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on March 7th, 1916. He is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Somme. He was born on the 25 May 1882 at Bridewell Court, the son of James and Ann, nee McVeigh, and he enlisted in Ballymena. He had married Maria Sutter in Ballymena Methodist Church on the 30 January 1909; he gave his address as 18, Duke Street, and Maria said she lived at 95, Queen Street. The couple lived at Prospect Place, Ballymena in 1911 and his widow later lived at 91, Queen Street, Ballymena.



 

BELL, David, SS108915, Stoker 1st Class, HMS Hawke, died on 15th October 1914.  He was born on the 24 September 1887 at High Street, Ballymena, the son of Edmund and Jane McClean (or McLean). The couple, both of High Street, had married in St Patrick's Church, Ballymena on the 13 November 1886.  The family moved to Belfast before the war and are associated with Ambleside Street, Belfast in 1901 and had earlier been at 14, Wimbledon Street. David had  married in Trinity Church of Ireland on the 25 January 1908 and his wife was Annie McAuley, 32, Danube Street, Belfast.  He is remembered on Chatham Memorial.
BELL, Frank, 54284, Private, 1st Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), died of pneumonia on December 3rd, 1918. He is buried in Caudry British Cemetery, France.  He was formerly of Newtowncrommelin and the son of John Bell, Gibb's Hill,  Harthill, Lanarkshire, Scotland.



Left: BELL, Joseph, 6168, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on October 27th, 1914. He is named on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais. He was born on 12 June 1878 at Ballymoney Street, Ballymena, the son on William John and Lucinda Elizabeth Bell, nee Craig, and enlisted in the town. His father lived at Greenvale Street in 1901 and at Suffolk Street with his second wife Annie, nee McClurg, in 1911. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
BELL, William, 9955, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on August 16, 1917,and he  is named on the Tyne Cot Memorial. His parents were Alexander Bell, Longmore, Skerry, Broughshane and Catherine Aiken, Tecloy, Broughshane and they had married in Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 16 May 1894. He enlisted in Ballymena.


BELL, William McNiece, 11073, Private, 4th South African Infantry Regiment, died of unspecified causes on March 24th, 1918. He is named on Pozieres Memorial, Somme. He was born on the 13 November 1880 at Ballylesson, Ballyclug, Ballymena, the son of farmers John  and Mary Bell. The family were at Ballyclug in 1901 and at 68, Queen Street, Ballymena in 1911. His wife, Hanna Grace Bell, lived at Cromkill, Ballymena; South African records give her later address as 5 Waring Street, Ballymena and refer to her husband as a farmer. He is commemorated in Harryville Presbyterian Church.


BENNETT, 269426 Engine Room Artificer 1st Class Henry John, died on the 6 August 1914 in the sinking of HMS Amphion. He was the son of Henry Bennett, Torr, Culfeightrim, Ballycastle, a boatman in the Coastguard Service, and Susan, nee Pengalley sic (Pengelly?), and he had been born on the 25 August 1877.  He was a Royal Navy regular and had served in the South African War and he held a medal for long service. He was, as indicated by his date of death, one of the first casualties of the Great War.

 

HMS Amphion was lost in the sinking of the Konigin Luise, a former ferry reworked as a minelayer. She left Emden on the 4th August to lay mines off the Thames Estuary.

 

On the 5th August HMS Amphion and others caught her laying mines and engaged. The Konigin Luise was only lightly armed was quickly sunk. She had been no threat to her attackers but Biermann, the German Captain, had drawn the British ships into a newly laid minefield. At 06.45 on 6th August, HMS Amphion struck a mine which broke the ship’s back. She lost control and struck other mines in the same row. She sank at 07.05 and 151 men were lost. A Ballymena man, Charles George McConachy, was also one of those lost.


BLACK, Robert, 12109, Lance Corporal, 2nd Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action on October 24th, 1914 when his trench was blown up by the Germans. He is named on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate). He was born on the 24 December 1896 at Kirkinriola, Ballymena, the son of labourer Jeremiah and Matilda Black, nee Lowery, and he enlisted in Paisley, Scotland. Local press says the family had family at Ballygarvey, Kirkinriola, Ballymena. He was the brother of William.


Widower Jeremy (sic), a farmer of Rokeel/Rathkeel, Broughshane had married Matilda Lowery, Ballygelly, Broughshane in Buckna Presbyterian Church on 19 December 1879.  In 1911 they said they had been married for 29 years and all of their 8 offspring were then alive.




BLACK, William James (brother of Robert above) 11302, Lance Corporal,  2nd Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action on November 14th, 1914. He is named on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate). He was born at Craigywarren, Ballymena, the son of labourer (Surfaceman) Jeremiah and Matilda Black, nee Lowery, and he enlisted in Scotland. Local press says the family lived at Ballygarvey, Kirkinriola, Ballymena.

BLAIR, James, 108392, Sapper, Royal Engineers, died of unspecified causes  in East Africa on the September 16, 1916, and he is named on the Nairobi British and Indian Memorial. He was born in Drumramer, Ahoghill and was the son of James and Martha Blair, nee Dickey. Widower James Blair, Drumramer, had married Martha Dickey, Ballybollen, Ahoghill in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 27 January 1872. He enlisted Litchfield and his wife Isabella, nee Graham and whom he had married in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast on the 1 December 1909, later lived at 6, Copperfield Street, Belfast. At the time of the marriage carpenter James lived at St Aubyn Street, Belfast and his bride gave her address as 195, York Road, Belfast.
BLAIR, James, 69, Rifleman,  12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed on July 1, 1916, and he is named on Thiepval Memorial, Somme. He was born at Ardymagh (probably Ballyalbanagh), Ballycor, Ballyclare on the 29 October 1895, the son of labourer William and his wife Minnie, nee Robinson. The couple, both of Ballyalbanagh, Ballycor, Ballyclare, had married in Larne Register Office on the 3 May 1895. The family lived at Glenhead, Glenwherry in 1901, but were back at Ballycor, Ballyclare in 1911 and it was in Ballyclare that he enlisted. CWGC say he was the son of William Blair, Millvale, Ballyclare.
BLAIR, William, 10938, Lance Corporal, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on 8 March 1917, and he is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. He was born at Prospect Place (off North street), Ballymena on the 28 June 1896, his mother being Lizzie Blair. He enlisted in Ballymena. He was the grandson of Mary Blair, later 7, Galgorm Street, Ballymena and he is commemorated in 2nd Ballymena (High Kirk) Presbyterian Church.
The 1901 Irish census records the family at Prospect Place.  Mary, a 50 year old widow, listed daughters Agnes (30), Eliza (28) and Sarah (22) and grandchildren Mary Rogers and William McKinlay.  They were still there in 1911. Widow Mary (68) listed daughters Agnes (40), Lizzie (38), Sarah (34), grandson William, 14 and an apprentice in a solicitor's office, Thomas Erwin, her 28 year old stonemason  son in law, his wife Mary (22) and grandchildren Evelyn (4) and William James (2).
BLEAKLY, James Alexander, 624781, Private, 10th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), was killed in action on April 28th, 1917. He was the fifth son of Robert John and Sara Jane Bleakly, nee McKay, of Seacon, Ballymoney.  He became a teacher and was a former Principal of Tardree and Cushybracken National Schools - these are near Ballymena - before he emigrated to Canada.  There he was Secretary and Treasurer of Two Hills School, and he was a merchant.  He enlisted in Vegreville, Alberta in February 1916 sometime after the death of his wife.  He left Halifax on the SS California on the 3rd October 1916 and landed in Liverpool ten days later. He arrived in France in November and was part of the 10th Battalion after 13 November 1916.  He was moved to the 1st Entrenching Battalion, a reserve pool of troops, and then attached to a Canadian Corps Pioneer Company for a time.  He rejoined the 10th Battalion on the 18th April and was killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on the 28th April.  He is named on Vimy Memorial.



Left: BOAL, James Spence, 2nd Lieutenant, 109th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died of wounds on January 29th, 1917.   He is buried at Dernaucourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. He was born on the 20 May 1889 at Tullygarley and was the son of John and Margaret Boal, nee Carson, Tullygarley. He is commemorated in Wellington St. Presbyterian Church and in Ballymena Academy.


BOAL, John Kirk, Captain, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, KIA on May 3rd, 1917, Roeux, France. Aged 20, he was the son of John and Sophia Boal, Antrim House. The other soldier mentioned on the memorial stone is Private James Coleman Kirk, 437056 of the 3rd Canadian MGC, aged 36, who was killed on 27th September 1918.  He was the son of John and Sophia Kirk, Antrim House.  J K Boal's father was 33 in 1901 Census, his mother 29; James Coleman Kirk's  father was 53, his mother 56, in the same census and he had three brothers then listed: Martin Harper (20), Robert James (24) and Norman (17).

Editor: John Kirk Boal, as seen in the original photograph above, was identified as being from Ballymena.  This now seems a mistake, but I will leave his details here.

BONNAR, John 6293, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 1st July 1916, and he is named Thiepval Memorial, Somme. He was born/had kin at Racavan, Broughshane. He enlisted in Ballymena and lived in Ballyclare. He is commemorated in Buckna Presbyterian Church. Local press at the time said:

Information has been received by his sister that Rifleman John Bonnar 12th Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrims) has been killed in action on July 1. Rifleman Bonnar enlisted in May 1915 prior to which he was in the employment of Mr. James Curie, Rocavan. Rifleman Bonnar who was only 18 years of age, was a son of the late Mr. James Bonnar, Rocavan.

John Bonnar was probably born on the 8 February 1898, the son of farmer James Bonnar and his wife Margaret McGahon of Carnstrone, now usually Carnstroan, Racavan, Broughshane. His mother died on the 22 April 1900 and widower James married Agnes Shaw, Carnstroan, Racavan on the 20 April 1901. The family appear in the 1901 and 1911 Irish census returns. James was 48 in 1901 and a widower. Annie (9), William (11), James (5) and John (3) are also listed. In 1911 James was 60, new wife Annie was 42, and some children from both marriages are listed.  Annie (18) and John (13) are listed alongside Samuel (6), Joseph (5), Agnes (3) and Daniel (1).

James Bonnar died on the 16 November 1911, hence the reference in 1916 to the 'late Mr.James Bonnar'.

BOVILLE, 724650, James, 20th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, died on the 5 April 1917.  The 30 year old, born 18 July 1884, was the son of James and Margaret Boville, Belfast, and husband of Margaret, 21, Cambridge Avenue, Toronto.  James Boville  of Ahoghill, a grocer, had married Margaret Close, Gloonan, on the 10 July 1876 and their son James was born in Ahoghill.
BOVILLE, 163291, Robert, A Company, 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, died on the  18 November 1916.  The 36 year old, born 27 April 1880, was the son of James and Margaret Boville, 7, Leroy Street, Ballysillan, Belfast, and husband of Sarah, 295, Ashdale Avenue, Toronto.  James Boville  of Ahoghill, a linen manufacturer, had married Margaret Close, Gloonan, on the 10 July 1876 and their son James was born in Ahoghill.


Right: BOWDEN, John, 18880, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of illness at Newtownards Camp on April 1st, 1915.  Aged 19, he was the son of David and Margaret Bowden of Slatt, Ballymena. He enlisted in Ballymena, was given a military funeral in his home town and he is buried in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

See Weekly War 1915 for photograph of the funeral.

BOORMAN, James, 8364 Private, 2nd Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), died of wounds on 20th November 1915, aged circa 41 years.  He was born the son of John and Margaret Boorman, nee Kelly, on the 10 January 1875 at Glenbuck near the village of Dunloy, Co Antrim,  though family seems to have lived in Belfast at the time of WW1.  He enlisted in Dunfermline, Scotland.  His unit took part in a diversionary attack north of the La Bassee Canal, part of the Battle of Loos, and then remained in the general area.  He was seriously injured in a November attack at Laventie and taken to the hospital at Sailly-sur-Lys. It was there that he died.  He was the brother of Mrs Maggie McCartney, 57, Melrose Street, Belfast.

BOYD, Robert James, 32932, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  was killed in action at Festubert on May 16th, 1915. He is named Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais. He was born on the 18 February 1895 at Ballyalbanagh, Ballyclare, the son of Willian and Mary Boyd, nee Scullion. He enlisted in Belfast. William and Mary Boyd later lived at Millquarter, Ballyscullion, Toomebridge.
BOYD, William, 11894, Rifleman,  15th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on July 1 1916. He is named on the Thiepval Memorial. He was born in Drummaul, Co. Antrim and enlisted in Belfast.  He was the husband of A. Hoy (formerly Boyd), Drummaragh, Doagh.
BOYLE, Daniel, 829213, Private, 44th Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regt.), died of shrapnel wounds to the abdomen in No. 44 CCS on October 29th, 1917.  He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium. He was the son on the 7 June 1890 (He said 7 June 1894 on his Canadian papers) and was the son of William James and Katherine Boyle, Drumcrow, Broughshane. See Ballymena Canadians

BOYLE, William, 424218, Private, Labour Corps (formerly 9472 Royal Irish Rifles), died at sea on the 3rd August, 1918. He is named on Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.

William Boyle cannot be positively identified but he appears to have been William James Alexander Boyle, born 20 July 1893 and the son of unmarried Agnes Boyle, William Street, Ballymena; Ellen Boyle was present at the birth. William and Ellen Boyle, both 50, listed William (8) as their grandson in 1901. In 1911 the same family was at Springwell Street, Ballymena and 18 year old William was working in a linen mill.

Ellen may be the key. William left his effects to his guardian, a woman called Nellie Boyle.  Nellie is a variant form of Ellen and Ellen had always been his 'mother' and guardian.

BRADY, Patrick, 28735, Private, 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on October 7th, 1918 and he is buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery, France. He was said to be aged 33 and to be born at Killyfast, the son of John of Portlee/Ballynamullan. His wife Margaret lived at Staffordstown, Randalstown.
The Irish census of 1911 shows Patrick Brady, 35 and a farmer, and his wife Margaret (37) living at Gillistown, Ballyscullion  with their four children: James Henry, 9 and born in the USA, Hugh Francis, 7 and born in  the USA, Rose Ann, 4 and born in the USA, and Mary Ellen, 2 and born in Co. Antrim.
Ballynamullan, Portlee, Killyfast, Gillistown and Staffordstown are all adjacent townlands near Randalstown and just north of Lough Neagh.
BRIZZLE (often Brizzell, sometimes Brizzel) Samuel, 116648, Pioneer, 5th Labour Bn. Royal Engineers, died on 20 October 1915 and he is buried in Divisional Cemetery, Dickebusch Road, Ypres. He was born at Coach Entry, off Castle Street, Ballymena on the 25 September 1867 and he enlisted in London.
Samuel Brizzle had moved to Belfast in the 19th century and earned his living as a carter.  He married Martha Jane Dougherty in Agnes Street Presbyterian Church on the 17 February 1891, and both gave their address as 8, Lancaster Street, Belfast.
In 1901 Samuel (30) and Martha Jane (31), still Lancaster Strret, listed three children: Sarah Jane was 9 and born 17 January 1892, William was 6 and born 1 January 1895, and Margaret was 4 and born 12 June 1896.  Agnes, born 1 June 1893, had died  aged 3 months of 'debility from birth'. The couple had two lodgers.
In 1911 Samuel (44) and Martha (41) were living at Henry Street, Belfast. William was 16, Margaret 14, and Sarah Jane (19) had married John Gibson (19) in Clifton Street Presbyterian Church on the 24 October? (illegible) 1910. They lived with Samuel and his wife, as did five boarders.
Martha also lost her 20 year old son, 11416 Rifleman William Brizzell, 'D' Coy, 6th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles, on 11th August 1915, just two month before she lost her husband. He was killed in the Gallipoli operations and is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.
Widow Martha Jane Brizzle later lived at 12, Trafalgar Street, Belfast.
BROOKS, Andrew, 19550, Private, 167th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Inf),  formerly 17/960 Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 11th June, 1916, and he is buried in Authuille Military Cemetery, Somme. He was born at Knockboy, Broughshane on the 15 February 1889 and he was the son of John and Margaret Brooks, nee Spence. He lived at 53, Hooker Street, Crumlin Road, Belfast and he enlisted in Belfast. His wife was Margaret Allen. He had married Margaret of 40, Keswick Street, Belfast on the 25 December 1909 in the People's Hall, Dock Street, Belfast.  He was the brother of Robert (below).
BROOKS, Robert, 3356, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on February 27th, 1918, and he is buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium. He was born at Knowehead, Broughshane on the 7 November 1891, the son of John and Margaret Brooks. He enlisted in Enniskillen and lived with wife Margaret at 53, Hooker Street, Crumlin Road, Belfast.
BROWN, Alexander, 79, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on March 21st, 1918, and he is named on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme. He was born on the 10 February 1896 at Ballygallagh, Ballylinney, Ballyclare, enlisted in Ballyclare and lived in Glasgow. He was the son of James and Margaret Brown, nee McAuley. The couple from Kells, Ballymena had married in Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 19 November 1875.
BROWN, George, 17678, Private. 108th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Inf) and formerly 19404 11 Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on July 1st, 1916. He is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Somme. He cannot be positively identified but is remembered in Dundrod Presbyterian Church and was probably born on the 18 May 1896, the son of Robert and Agnes Brown, nee Harper, Randox, Killead, Co Antrim.
BROWN, Hutchinson, 15200, Private, 11th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), was killed in action on October 20th, 1915. He is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He was born at  Kilcurry, Ahoghill, enlisted in Glasgow, and lived at Busby, Glasgow. A local registration of his birth cannot be found and the issue of who he was is further complicated by the entry in this old record of regimental casualties - 'A' could be have originally been a badly written 'H'. The record also omits place of birth and age on his entry, which is duplicated. The date of death is also different. It is possible he was 'A Hutchinson Brown', that 'Hutchinson' was his mother's maiden name. (The Scottish National War Memorial says 'Hutchison')



Left: BROWN, Joseph, 830415, Private, 44th Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment), died of wounds on 28th September, 1918 and was buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux.  He lived at lived 304 Laura Street, Winnipeg. He was born at Aughavary, Ahoghill on the 1 August 1892 and his parents were James  and Jane Brown, nee Hollinger, Aughavary, Ahoghill, Co. Antrim.

BROWN, William, 7905, Rifleman, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on July 1, 1916. He is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Somme. He was born near Portglenone and the 1901 and 1911 cenus returns show the family at Casheltown and Culnafay respectively.  Both townlands lie between Ahoghill and Portglenone, the latter a little closer to Lough Beg. He enlisted in Ballymena. His wife and daughter lived at Culnafay, Portglenone at the time of his death.
BROWNLEE (Brownlie), Robert Logan, 21990, Private, 1st Cameronians, died of wounds on May 13th, 1918, and he is buried in Arneke British Cemetery, France. He was the son of James and Agnes Brownlee, nee Logan, Dunnygarron, Cullybackey and was born on the 16 December 1894 (recorded as Brownlees).  His mother was later Agnes Wilkie (f. Brownlie) 13, Kinning  Street, Glasgow.
BRUCE, Robert, 24049, Private, 13th King's Liverpool Regiment, was killed in action on the 16 August 1916, and he is named on the Thiepval Memorial. He was born at Cloghogue, Duneane (There are two townlands named Cloghogue. Cloghogue, Duneane is near Toome/Toomebridge and Cloghogue, Drummaul is near Ahoghill) on the 8 February 1882, the son of farmer William and carpenter's daughter Sarah Ann Bruce, nee Stewart, both of Cloghogue, Duneane. The family were at Cloghogue in 1901 and 1911. Local press said Taylorstown, contiguous or the same place, and he enlisted in Manchester.

BRUCE, Robert, 124459, Private, 24th Bn. (Quebec Regiment) Canadian Infantry, missing, later presumed killed in action, on the 18 September 1916, is named on the Vimy Memorial.  He was the son of Mrs. Isabella Bruce, of 7215, Barton Street East, Hamilton, Ontario.
Robert said on his Canadian papers that he was born in Lanark, Scotland on 22nd October 1893, and the family probably did live in Ireland at one time.  The 1901 Irish census records 40 year old Donald, a ship modelmaker, and  his wife Isabella and six children living in Glasgow Street, Belfast. All were born in Scotland.
The 1911 census lists Donald, now said to be 59 and a ship joiner, and Isabella (43) still at Glasgow Street. They said they had been married 24 years and that they had had 9 children, all of whom were alive in 1911.  Adam, 23 and a marine engineeer, John, 21 and a ship rigger, Agnes, 20 and a flax doffer, Donald, 18 and an apprentice marine engineer, Robert, 16 and a spinning mill worker, Davina, 13 and a spinning mill worker, Bella (9), William (7) and David (4) are recorded.  The first six were born in Scotland.
Members of the family had moved to the USA and Canada before the Great War but we do not know if it was all or just some of the group. Robert was living at 30 Cameron Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America before enlistment in Canada at Windsor, Ontario on the 26 October 1915. and he was as a dye repairer. He nominated his mother, who was living at 66 Oak Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, as his next of kin.
It is immediately obvious that there is no evidence to support the Mid Ulster Mail assertion that his father was living at Duneane, Toomebridge, or that any of the family had ever lived there.  William Bruce, Duneane, Toomebridge appears to be the father of  24049 Private Robert Bruce, 13th King's Liverpool Regiment, who was killed in action at around the same time on the 16 August 1916.  It seems we are dealing with an error made by local press at the time.
BUCHANAN, 5568 Lance Corporal James, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action at Grugies, France on 21 March 1918, and he is named on the Pozeieres Memorial, Somme. He had enlisted in Motherwell, Scotland. He was born at Wellington Street, Ballymena on the 22 March 1893, and he was the son of watchmaker Andrew Buchanan and his wife Ellen, nee Stewart. The couple, both of Wellington Street, had married in Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 2 September 1889. They were at Church Street at the  time of the 1901 census but by 1911 they were living at Broughshane Road.  CWGC give their address as 'Ralphena', Broughshane Road, Ballymena.
BUCHANAN, 10638 Corporal John, 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 10 August 1915 at Gallipoli, and he is named on the Helles Memorial. He was born on the 26 September 1893 at Clogher, Kirkinriola and he was the son of cattle dealer Thomas Buchanan and his wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) Penney (Penny). The couple, from Harryville and Clogher respectively, had married in West Church, Ballymena on the 7 August 1893. John enlisted in Ballymena - the family were at Queen Street in 1901 and Clarence Street in 1911, though Thomas, described as a butcher, had died aged 31 at Queen Street - but he lived in Belfast.

The family headstone in St Patrick's Church of Ireland, Ballymarlow reads as follows:
1898
Thy will be done
Erected by Thomas Buchanan in loving memory of his daughter Isabella Buchanan, Harryville, died 17th January 1898
Also his beloved wife Jenny Duncan died 1st May 1899
And his beloved son Thomas died 21st January 1900
And his beloved son John died 13th June 1905
The above Thomas Buchanan died 15th June 1906
Also his grandson David Duncan Buchanan died 15th September 1927
Also his beloved daughter Mary died 7th November 1940
Also his son David Buchanan died 21st April 1941
BURBY (or Busby) William, S/5140, Private, 11th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on August 21st, 1916.  He is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. He was born at Craigs, Cullybackey & is remembered in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.
CAIRNS, John, 302942, Private, 1/8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on April 9th, 1917. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt, France. Aged 18, he was born in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo . His parents lived on Alexander Street and his wife lived at 8, James Street, Ballymena.
CALDWELL, James 2863, Private, 1st Otago Regiment, NZEF, was, having embarked on the 9th October 1915, KIA on July 27th, 1916. He was single and gave his enlistment address as Occidental Hotel, Dunedin.  He is buried in Cite Bonjean Cemetery, Armetieres, France. Aged 35, he was the son of James Caldwell, 1, Clonavon Road and had kin at Monaghan, Ballymena.
CALDWELL, John, 6958, Rifleman, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, DOW in a hospital in Bailleul on the 29th June 1917.  He was born in Rasharkin and lived there.  He enlisted in Belfast.  He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.




Right: CALDWELL (Calwell), Samuel Coleman, 17396, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on July 3, 1916. He is buried in Puchevillers Cemetery, Somme. Son of Robert Torrens Calwell and Mary Elizabeth Calwell, of Ross Lodge, Kells, Co. Antrim. Enlisted Ballyclare. Commemorated Kells Presbyterian Church.

 

CAMERON, Robert Hugh, 48701, Rifleman, 3rd Bn. NZ Rifle Brigade, was KIA on October 12th, 1917. He is buried in Poelcapelle Cemetery, Belgium. He listed his next of kin as his sister, a Mrs C Smith, Alfredton, Eketahuna, NZ,  when he embarked on Tofua with the Reinforcements J Company on the 26th April 1917.  Aged 42 and a carpenter, he was the son of John and Sarah Anne Cameron, Ballycloughan, Broughshane. He is commemorated in the Congregational Church.
CAMERON, David, 25101, Private, 7th Royal Irish Regiment (formerly 3151 South Irish Horse), died of wounds December 17th, 1917. Buried Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme. Aged 26, eldest son of Wm. and Margaret Cameron, Cardonaghy, Galgorm. Enlisted Antrim, Commemorated 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


CAMERON James (MM) 160496, Sergeant, 50th Regiment, Canadian Infantry , died of wounds on June 5th, 1917. Buried Barlin Communal Cemetery, France. Aged 25, son of James and Sarah of 52 Brookhill Avenue, Belfast, formerly of Ballymena.

CAMPBELL, 10556 Private Andrew McBride, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles and Glenarm, was killed in action on the 8 August 1917 when he was aged 18 years old. He had previously served as 5/19111, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. The CWGC record of his death says he was the son of David Campbell, Aughareamlagh, Carnlough.

David Campbell, Rosherry (sic but actually ‘Rathsherry’) married Martha McCreedy, Knockanully on the 14 November 1882 in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church.  They were both 19 years old. The couple had had 11 children by the time of the 1911 Irish census and all were alive at that time. David was then 47 and a caretaker living at Stony Hill, Glencloy, the townland being between Glenarm and Carnlough. His wife was also 47.  They listed the following children: Charles (21), Robert (19), Andrew (12), Martha (10), Maggie (8) and Esther (sic Easter & 7).

They appear in the 1901 Irish Census also. The family were living at Clonetrace, Broughshane and David was a 38-year-old farm labourer. His wife was also 38.  They listed their family thus: John (17), Aggie (13), Charles (11), Robert (9), Thomas (7), Andrew (2), Mary (4), and Martha (infant).

Soldiers Died in the Great War records Andrew as being born in Dumbarton, and he may have been living there at a time and certainly served in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, but his birth registration says he was Andrew Hutchinson McBride Campbell and born on the 25 August 1898 at Coreen, Broughshane. Indeed, the family are strongly connected with the area, e.g. Charles was born on 25 December 1889 at Killygore, Robert was born on the 17 December 1891 at Killygore, Thomas was born at Legnagooly on the 19 May 1894, and Mary Elizabeth at Coreen on the 19 August 1896. Moreover, the family headstone is in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Churchyard. It reads:
1940
Erected by David Campbell Carnlough,
to the memory of his beloved wife Martha Campbell who died 10th April 1940 aged 76 years
Also the above named David Campbell who died 21st Dec 1948 aged 85 years
And their son Andrew Campbell who fell in action, in France, August 1917 aged 18 years
Also their son John Campbell died 22nd Feb 1964
CAMPBELL, David, 47268, Private, 1st. Bn. Otago Regiment, NZEF, 23rd October 1918 - Vertigneul and Romeries were both taken by the 1st Otago Regiment, the 2nd Canterbury Regiment and the 8th Lancashire Fusiliers on 23 October 1918.   He had left NZ on Willochra on the 9th June 1917 as one of the 26th Reinforcement Otago Infantry, D Company.  He was a farmer, the the son of Margaret Campbell, Gillistown, Toomebridge, Co Antrim.  He is buried in Vertigneul Churchyard, Romeries, Nord, France.



Right: CAMPBELL, Robert Alexander, 18961, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on 1st July 1916. He is named on the Thiepval Memorial. He was born in the Connor/Galdanagh area of Kells, enlisted Belfast & lived Maryhill, Glasgow.

 

CAMPBELL, William John, 17356, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on July 1st, 1916 & buried Ancre British Cemetery, Somme. Born Kells, husband of Margaret Jane, 36 Waterloo Road, Larne.

CAMPBELL, William John, 17356, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on July 1st, 1916 & buried Ancre British Cemetery, Somme. Born Kells, husband of Margaret Jane, 36 Waterloo Road, Larne.



CAMPBELL, Robert, S/8176, Private, 7th Seaforth Highlanders, KIA on July 10th, 1916. He is named on Thiepval Memorial. He was from Fernagh, Rasharkin, though he had worked as a miner in the coalmines near Glasgow before the war and it was in Glasgow that he enlisted on 24th April 1915.  He was the son of Alexander and Liza Campbell and his sister was Mrs. William Kirkpatrick, 12 Albert Place, Ballymena.

CAREY, Charles, 27608, Private, 7/8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, DOW on November 21st, 1917. Buried Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Born Omerbane, enlisted Bathgate, lived Omerbane, Cloughmills.
CAREY, John, 23154, Private, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, died of wounds on April 27th, 1916. He is named on the Loos Memorial. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.


CAREY (Sometimes incorrectly Cary, M'Cary), Rondaine Tristram 17359, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died in Ballymena Workhouse Infirmary of measles on February 27, 1915. He was then 19 years old. He was born in Liverpool and was the son of Henry Stevenson and Wilhelmina Margretta Carey.  He is buried in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road.


Original 'Dog Tag' - Identity Disc




Right: CARLETON (Carlton) David, 12/19245, Rifleman,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, DOW on November 10th, 1916 in France & Flanders.  Buried La Plus Douve Cemetery. Born Ahoghill, enlisted Belfast. Lived with wife Mary at Tullygown, Gracehill.

CARLISLE, Thomas, 306911, Private, 1/8th The King's Liverpool Regiment, KIA on September 11th, 1916. Named on Thiepval Memorial. Born Ballytresna, Randalstown, enlisted and lived Liverpool.
CARMICHAEL Robert, S/7056, Lance Corporal, 2nd Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch),  died of wounds on January 9th, 1916. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Born Ballymena, enlisted Kirkintilloch, Scotland. Aunt at Tannybrake, Kells.


CARROLL, Robert, 4051, Private, 1st Royal Irish Regiment, died of wounds on August 7th, 1919. He is buried at Crebilly Burying Ground .  He was 45 years old.  His wife Sarah lived at Broughshane Street, Ballymena.


CARSON, John, Private, 315th Infantry Regiment, US Army,  DOW on 5/6 November, 1918. He was killed near Sedan, France. He is buried in the Meuse Argonne cemetery.  He lived in Philadelphia and was the third son of John and Margaret Carson, (Drumcon) Craigs, Cullybackey. He is commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Church, Cullybackey and named on marker in the Pound Cemetery, Cullybackey.





Left: CARUTH, James Gordon, 2 Lieutenant, 5th Royal Irish Rifles (attached 2nd Royal Irish Rifles), KIA on September 25, 1915. Named on Menin Gate, Belgium. Aged 19, son of J.D. and Constance Helen Caruth, Hugomont, Ballymena. Commemorated West Church Presbyterian Church.

CATHCART, John, Private, 2nd Scots Guards, died after being gassed, September 26th, 1918. Buried Terlincthun British Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Aged 30, son of William and Mary, Tullygarley. Commemorated 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
CATHCART, Robert, K/6681, Stoker First Class, HMS Anchusa, Royal Navy. Died on July 16, 1918. Named Plymouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth. Aged 24, son of David and Agnes, Tullygarley. Commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

CATHCART, William Rea, 7716, Private, 16th Australian Infantry, died at No3 NZ Military Hospital, England. Aged 30, he was the son of Thomas Cathcart, Windsor Terrace, Ballymena and also linked with Kinhilt Street. He is buried in Codford St Mary New Cemetery, Wiltshire, England and named in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road.


Cathcart, single, almost 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 lbs weight, was a bookkeeper by trade.  He lived in Perth, Western Australia and enlisted there on 27th May 1917.  He sailed from Sydney on HMAT Medic on the 1st August 1917, landed in Liverpool on 3rd October 1917,  but died of disease on the 25th November 1917.  He was initially admitted to Australian Group Hospital on the 9th November with gastritis but transferred to the NZ hospital where he subsequently died from diabetes.


Left: CATHCART, David Andrew, 2nd Lieutenant, 7th Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  DOW on July 15th, 1916 at Malcourt, France.  Aged 33, brother John at Alfred Street, Ballymena and father, late James of Slatt, sister at Slatt. Commemorated 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

 

 


CAULFIELD, Samuel James, 678241, Lance Sergeant, 116th Bn (Central Ontario Regiment), Canadians, died 20th December 1917.  Linked with 62 Greenwood Avenue/113 Pape's Avenue, Toronto, son of Samuel and Annie, 12 Luttrell Ave, Toronto, native of Ballymena, Co Antrim - See Ballymena Canadians.
CLARK (Clarke) William 31310, Private, 2 Royal Scots, KIA on September 26th, 1917. Named Tyne Cot. Aged 20, enlisted and lived Glasgow. Son of George and Margaret, Garvaghy, Portglenone. Commemorated 1st Portglenone Presbyterian, Church.
CLARKE, Robert John, 243, Private, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on September 2nd, 1918, buried Nieuwkerke Churchyard, Belgium. Born Randalstown enlisted Belfast, lived Taylorstown. Grandson of Mary Ann Underwood, Groggan, Randalstown. Commemorated Grange Presbyterian Church.
CLARKE, James, Private, Canadians, KIA, Commemorated in  1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


CLARKE (Clark) Henry, 21929, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, DOW on March 26th, 1918, buried St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. Enlisted Harthill, lived Lanark, West Lothian.  Aged 25. Family at 45 Springwell Street, Ballymena. Commemorated Buckna Presbyterian Church.

CLARKE, R. S, (Military Cross), 2nd Lieutenant,  47 Btn. Machine Gun Corps,  KIA on October 4/5th,  1918. Buried at Vielle Chapelle New Military Cemetery. Son of Dr. Thomas Clarke, Liverpool, formerly Ahoghill.



Right: CLARKE, John, Captain, 1st/2nd Welsh Field Ambulance, KIA on September 9th, 1915. Buried at Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli. Aged 32, son of William and Mary Anne (White), High Street, Ballymena. MD in Aberbargoed, Wales. Commemorated Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

CLOSE, John, 4258, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds as POW, September 23rd, 1918. Buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Aged 23, son of John and Matila Close of 115 Cambrai Street, Belfast, formerly of Galgorm, Ballymena.
COCHRANE, John Harvey, 18891, Sergeant, 12th  Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on March 24th, 1918 at St. Quentin. He is named Pozieres Memorial, Somme. Aged 33, he was born at Craigs, Cullybackey, and his wife Jeannie lived at 32, Harperstown, Cullybackey. He was the brother of Thomas and Hugh (Canadian Forces)- see Ballymena Canadian entry.

John Harvey Cochrane's Death - Reported in Ballymena Observer, 10 May1918

John Harvey's Cochrane, Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, 1st April 1922


Family Grave, Craigs Parish Church

COCHRANE Thomas Hill, 59175, Lance Corporal, 21st Bn. (East Ontario Regiment), Canadians, was shot in the chest by a sniper while trying to recover a wounded colleague, on November 11th, 1915. He is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was the son of John and Margaret Cochrane, Craigs, Cullybackey and brother of John above. He had emigrated to Canada in 1910 and had married Bertha McDonald in 1912.  The couple lived in Bowmanville, Ontario.

 

The third serving brother was Lieutenant Hugh Henry Cochrane, Canadian forces.  He was born on 15th April 1879 and was married to Mary Florence Cochrane. The couple lived in Athabasca, Alberta and he served in the Royal North West Mounted Police.  He had previously spent 15 years in the Scottish Yeomanry and had served in the South African Constabulary.


COLGAN, Thomas (Snr.) 19418, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, DOW on October 22nd, 1916. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Aged 45, husband of Catherine, Galgorm Street, Ballymena. He left eight children.


COLGAN, Thomas (Jnr.) 4291, Private, 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders, DOW from wounds received on July 30th, 1916. Buried Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. Aged 19, son of Thomas (above) and Catherine of Galgorm Street, Ballymena.



Right: CONWAY, Andrew, 50587, Private, 10th Cheshire Regiment, DOW on July 23rd, 1917. He is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Belgium. Aged 27, born Dersertmartin, enlisted Oakham, Rutland. Wife Elizabeth at Galgorm Street, Ballymena.

CONWAY, Peter, 40345, Gunner, "V" 8th Trench Mortar Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery, died (how unknown) 27th April 1918 and is named on Tyne Cot Memorial.  Aged 25, he was the only son of Elizabeth Conway, Aughacarnaghan, Toomebridge, Co Antrim.



Left: COOKE, Thomas Haslett, 19441, Lance Corporal,  12th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on July 1st, 1916. Thiepval Memorial. Aged 19, born Ballymena, enlisted Belfast. Son of Alex, 22 Larne Street. Commemorated 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

COOPER, Robert, 18917, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on July 1st, 1916 (having been MIA from that date, body found in 1917). Buried Ancre British cemetery, Somme. Aged 22, born Kellswater, enlisted Ballymena. Son of James Cooper, Tullynamullan, Kells. Commemorated in Kells Presbyterian Church.
COULTER, James, 7263, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on July 1st, 1916. Named Thiepval Memorial. Aged 19, he was the son of Robert and Ellen, Drumanaway, Randalstown.
COULTER, Robert, 14250, Private, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, KIA on July 1st, 1916. Born Aughlurch, Co. Fermanagh and lived Ballymena.


COULTER, Thomas J, 267106, Lance Corporal, 6th Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch),  KIA on May 28th, 1918. Buried Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France. Born Govan, enlisted Glasgow, husband of Mrs. Coulter, Drumsough, Randalstown.

 

COULTER, Alexander, 3473, Private, 2nd Irish Guards, KIA on July 21st, 1917. Buried Canada Farm Cemetery. He came from Tullynahinnion/Drumraw, Cullybackey and is commemorated at 1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church.

 

COULTER Thomas, 13869, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, KIA on July 1st, 1916. Thiepval Memorial. Born Ballymena, lived Moat Road. Commemorated in Wellington St. Presbyterian Church.


Right: COURTNEY, Robert, 20/40, Private, 20th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds in Belfast (He had been wounded July 1st, 1917) on November 13, 1917. He is buried in 3rd Ahoghill (Brook Street) Presbyterian Church. Aged 21, he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Courtney, High Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated in West Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.


COWAN, Adam E., Lieutenant, 82nd Field Company, Royal Engineers, KIA on November 18th, 1916. Buried Connaught Cemetery, Somme. Aged 25, only son of John of 'Rathcavan', Broughshane Street, Ballymena. Commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church, family grave Rocavan (sometimes Rathcavan) Cemetery.


CRAIG, David Barkley, 24125, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, KIA on October 14th, 1918. Buried Dadizeele New British Cemetery. Aged 25, born Ballymena, enlisted Carrickfergus. Father, brothers and sisters lived in 13 Newington Avenue, Larne.

Left: CRAIG, Adam, 4934, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on August 15th, 1917. Named Menin Gate. Aged 35, born Ahoghill, enlisted Ballymena. Son of Adam and Elizabeth, wife Jane and family of five at Bridge End, Galgorm. Commemorated Cullybackey UF Church.

 

CRAIG, Daniel, 3/6483, Private, 8/10th Gordon Highlanders, KIA on July 30th, 1916. Named Thiepval Memorial. Born James Street (?) and enlisted Leith, Scotland.

 

CRAIG John, Private, Canadians (1st Ahoghill list) - (see John Craig of Royal Scots Fusiliers), KIA, lived Killybegs.

 

CRAIG, John, 13674, Private, 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers,  KIA on September 26th, 1915. Named Loos Memorial. Aged 23, son of Mary J. Craig, Ballee. Commemorated in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

 

CRAIG, Robert, C, Private, Borden's Motor Machine Gun Battalion, Canadians, was KIA by shellfire on 27th September 1916. Service No. 114556. He was born at Gracehill, and his mother Elizabeth Craig lived at Gracehill, Ballymena. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial.

 

CRAWFORD, Alexander, Private,  2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, died 16th October 1917 from Malaria in No. 42 General Hospital, Salonika. Service no. 7821. Born Ahoghill, enlisted Ballymena, wife Elizabeth, Dunaird/Roughan, Broughshane. Buried Mikla British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.

CRAWFORD, James, 3852, Rifleman,  2nd Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 16th July 1916.  Born Ballymena, enlisted Ballykinlar, lived Belfast. Buried Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.
CRAWFORD, 7/1673, Rifleman John, died of pulmonary tuberculosis and aged 25 years on the 24 December 1918.  This son of labourer James McCauley, Broughshane had married Margaret McCauley, a millworker and daughter of labourer Robert, Broughshane, in St Patrick's Church of Ireland, Broughshane on the 20 October 1917.
CRAWFORD Samuel, Rifleman, 17378, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 1st July 1916. He was born at Lisnafillan, Ahoghill and enlisted in Larne. His father Archie lived at Lisnafillan, Ballymena. His wife and son Samuel lived at Circular Road, Larne. He is buried in Ancre British Cemetery and commemorated in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.

CRAWFORD, Thomas, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (formerly 6068 3rd Royal Irish Rifles), died of wounds on 9th August 1917. Service no. 27488. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, France. Born and lived Ahoghill, enlisted Ballymena. Commemorated Ahoghill Church of Ireland.


CRAWFORD, 681631, Private Thomas, 15th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment),  was killed in action on 2 September 1918 in an attack on the Drocourt-Queant Line, part of the follow-up to Allied success at the Battle of Amiens and the start of efforts to reach and destroy the Hindenburg Line (Siegfriedstellung or Siegfried Position). The Drocourt-Quéant Line was itself an in-depth system consisting of a front line system and a support line system, each part employing two lines of trenches. The system additionally incorporated numerous concrete bunkers, machine gun posts and concentrated belts of barbed wire. Aged 34, he was , born on the 20 February 1884 at Loughconnolly, Broughshane, the son of Thomas and Agnes Crawford, Tullymore, Broughshane. Thomas Crawford (Snr.), Skerry, Broughshane had married Agnes Crawford, Toreagh, Raloo on the 22 February 1882.  Thomas (Jnr) is buried in Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-Les-Cagnicourt, France and commemorated in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church. The family headstone (above) in Broughshane proudly records details of the action in which he died.

CREIGHTON, John, 18617, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, KIA on 28th March 1918. Born Ballymena, enlisted Glasgow, lived at Whiteinch, Scotland.
CROWTHERS, David, 20889, Rifleman,  2nd Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 6th September 1918. Named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. Aged 18, born Clogher, Ballymena, son of William and Margaret Crothers, 136 Disraeli St. Belfast.
CROMWELL, Henry James . See Devlin, Samuel C.
CROWE, Agnew, 794, Lance Corporal, 14th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles,  killed in action on 16 August 1917, the first day of the Battle of Langemarck, part of the Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele.  He was the 19 year old son of Patrick and Margaret Crowe, Glenhead, Glenwherry.  Patrick Crowe, Ballyboley, married Margaret Rowney (incorrectly Roney on Agnew Crowe's birth registration) on the 28 June 1884 in Ballymena. Agnew Crowe, born the 20 July 1898 at Glenhead, Glenwherrry,  enlisted in Belfast and  is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial and in Glenwherry Presbyterian Church.
CULL, Daniel, 8923, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on 10th August 1917. Born Kirkinriola, enlisted Ballymena. Commemorated on Menin Gate, Belgium.

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.

CUPPLES, David, 2138287, Private,  31st Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment),  KIA on 11th October 1918. Aged 25, son of David Cupples, Kells, Ballymena.  Buried Queant Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Commemorated in Kells Presbyterian Church.


Right: CURRIE, W. H,  2nd Lieutenant, 55th Squadron, RAF,  was KIA on 16th July 1918. His wife lived at Drumrankin, Cullybackey. He is buried at Charmes Military Cemetery, Vosges, France.

 

CURRIE, John,  3154, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  was KIA on 16th May 1915. He is named on the Le Touret Memorial, France. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. His sister lived at 8 Patrick Place, Harryville, Ballymena.

Left: CURRIE, Samuel, 319, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on 24th November 1917. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted there. His sister lived at 8 Patrick Place, Ballymena. He is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, France and commemorated in West Church, Ballymena.

 

CURRIE, 251217, James, Sergeant, 1/6th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died of wounds in a casualty clearing station (gassed) on 30th October 1917. Aged 43, he was the son of William and Mary Currie. He enlisted in Paisley, Scotland. His sister lived at 8 Patrick Place, Ballymena. He is buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

 

CUTHBERT, Robert, 14479, Lance Corporal, 2nd Scots Guards, died of wounds on 29th March 1918. Aged 33 years, of Cloneytrace, Broughshane. Buried St. Hilaire Cemetery, France.


DARRAGH, James Robinson,  Lieutenant, 1/6th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, died of wounds received on June 24, 1917 on the 5th July 1917. He was aged born on the 13 November 1890 and was the son of late Samuel and Jane Darragh, nee Sterrat, Ballycraigy, Ballymena. He is buried Choques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais and commemorated 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Right: DARRAGH, Matthew Sloan,  2nd Lieutenant, 6th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, KIA leading patrol on 20th March 1917. Born on the 5 December 1882, he was the son of late Samuel and Jane Darragh (nee Sterrat), Ballycraigy, Ballymena. He is named on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

 

DARRAGH, 128 Trooper John McClelland Cromie, 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, died on 24th December 1916. Local press reports, including the Ballymena Observer, Jan 1917, said he had been killed in action but he actually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; whether this was accidential or intentional is not known.  Aged 34, he was the son of late Samuel and Jane Darragh, nee Sterrat, Ballycraigy, Ballymena. He is buried St. Riquier British Cemetery, Somme and is commemorated 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

 

DARRAGH, Thomas, 44434, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (formerly 8720 Royal Irish Rifles), died of wounds on 19th October 1918. He was born, enlisted and lived in the Ballymena area. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

 

DAVIDSON, Andrew, S/3716,  Private, 8th Seaforth Highlanders, KIA on 25th October 1915. Aged 33, born Ballymena. Son of Mr. Davidson, Mid Shirva Farm, Twechar. Wife and two children at Tintock, Scotland. Named Loos Memorial.

 

DAVIS, John, 2379239, Corporal,  1st (Depot) Bn. Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment.) Died in service on 30th July 1918. Aged 27, son of Archibald and late Margaret Ann, Ballynulto, Broughshane. Buried Winnipeg Cemetery, Manitoba.

Left: DAVISON, Andrew Dinsmore,  17714, Private,  108th Company Machine Gun Corps, formerly 18942 of  Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916. Born and lived/son of Sam and Elizabeth Davison, Bridge End, Galgorm. Enlisted Ballymena. Buried Mesnil Communal Cemetery, Somme. Commemorated Ahoghill Church of Ireland.

 

DAVISON, Andrew,  11/7288, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles,  died 19th March 1919.  Formerly of Galgorm, buried at Bothwell Cemetery, Bellshill, Scotland.

 

DAWSON, Samuel,  14860, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 1st July 1916. Born Portglenone, enlisted Belfast, lived Glasgow. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.


DAWSON, Eveline Maud, Matron, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service, drowned in sinking of hospital ship 'Salta' on 10th April 1917. She had been a missionary and had worked for eight years in St. Catherine's Hospital, Cawnpore, India. On the outbreak of war, and being on leave in Ballymena, she had decided to help with the war effort and had spent two years and eight months on nursing duties. She had intended to return to India after the war.  She is buried Etaples Military Cemetery, France. She was aged 49 years and was the 3rd daughter of Albert Dawson, Ballymena. Her sister resided at 27 Queen's Road, Bromley, Kent.

 

DEAN(E), Joseph, 3739, Rifleman, 'C' Coy, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of pneumonia while training at Clandeboy, Co. Down on 3rd March 1915 and he is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.  He was born at Balnamore, Ballymoney, the son of Joseph and Susan Dean.  He enlisted in Randalstown and his wife Annie lived at 15, Daisy Hill, Randalstown.

Right: DEMPSEY, Isaac,  27520, Private,  9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds in No. 62 Casualty Clearing Station, Arneke, France on the 29th July 1918. These wounds were received at Bonnegues earlier in the day. He was the son of William Dempsey,  farmer,  of Artiferal, Dunloy. His wife Mary and children,  Isaac, Rose, Hannah and Maud, lived at Dunboy, Dunloy. Commemorated in Killymurris Presbyterian Church.


DEMPSTER, John (MM), 4606, Private, 58th Machine Gun Corps (Inf, formerly S/13801 of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders),  died of wounds on 7/8th July 1916. Aged 28, he was the son of Francis and Margaret, Stuartfield, Broxburn, Scotland. His father was formerly of Broughshane, and his wife Isabella lived at 84 Springwell Street, Ballymena. (Later Isabella Lee, formerly Dempster, 7 Alexander Street, Ballymena). He is buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Somme and commemorated in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.  
DEMPSTER, DCM, 16632, Private William, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 9001 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) was killed in action on the Somme on the 5 November 1916.  His widow Mary resided at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was from Broughshane, his parents being John and Margaret Dempster.  He is commemorated in the 2nd Broughshanne Presbyterian Church.

DEVLIN, Samuel Cromwell - there is NO RECORD of a Samuel Cromwell Devlin being killed on the date in question. It is highly likely that he served as Henry James Cromwell.

 

DICKSON, John, 972, Rifleman, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, died 7th July 1916.  Born and lived Ballymena, 3rd son of George Dickson, Craigywarren. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial and Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.

 

DILLON, John Patrick, 23042, Private, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, died of wounds in a Bethune hospital on 28th May 1916, aged 19 years. He was born in Ballinaloob, Dunloy and enlisted in Ballymoney.  He was the eldest son of John and Annie (nee Heron, born near Letterkenny, Co Donegal) of Ballymacaldrick, Dunloy, the remaining children being Elizabeth, Charles and Francis.

DOBSON, 2nd Lieutenant John, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, died of wounds and aged 25 years on the 4 May 1917 and he is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. He was born at Connor near Ballymena and was raised in Belfast, Glenfarne Street (1901 census) and Roe Street (1911 census).  His father was William Dobson, his mother Jane Dobson, nee Cooper.  He was married to Mary Georgina Hooper in Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church on the 10 May 1916, and his widow was said to live at 'Oaklands', Chichester Park, Belfast. He is commemorated in Agnes Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
DONNELLY, Arthur, 6450, Guardsman,  Scots Guards, KIA at Gheluvelt near Ypres, Belgium on the 26th October 1914.  Aged 36, he was 6' tall and had brown hair and blue eyes.  He was a regular soldier who had joined the Scots Guards on 2nd March 1906.  He was trnsferred to the reserve after three years but was then recalled to the colours on the 6th August 1914.  He was born in Cloughmills, enlisted in Middlesborough, England and lived in Magherefelt.  He was the son of the late Arthur Donnelly.
DONNELLY, Thomas, 5298, Private, 1st Irish Guards, KIA by shellfire while carrying wounded, 17th October 1916. Born Ahoghill, enlisted Edinburgh, lived at Craignageeragh, Ahoghill. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial.
DOOLE, Isaac, 19467, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on 15th October 1918. Aged 24, born Kellswater, enlisted Belfast. Son of Robert and Agnes Doole, Islandbawn, Muckamore. Buried Godewaersveld British Cemetery, Belgium.
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.

DORNAN, James, 55634, Private,  198th Coy. Machine Gun Corps, formerly 34542 of Royal Scots, KIA on 20th October 1917. Aged 23, son of James and Elizabeth Dornan, Newtowncrommelin. Enlisted Glasgow. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial.

 

DRENNAN, Robert, 19470, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed on the 1st July 1916 and is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.  Aged 23, he was the son of William Drennan, Groggan, Randalstown.

DUFFIN, 1547 Private Patrick, 7th Leinster Regiment, died of wounds on the 5 September 1916 and is buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France.  He was 41 and had been born at Ardnaglass, Ballyscullion on the 18 March 1875, the son of James and Sarah, nee Bonnar.  He lived at Varna Street, Belfast and had married Jane O'Neill in Ballyclare RC Church on the 22 December 1898.
DUNBAR,  Daniel,  256, Lance Corporal,  10th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on  22nd November 1917.  Born and lived Broughshane, enlisted Belfast. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial.

Right: DUNCAN, Andrew Warwick (MC), Lieutenant, 38th Bn. Canadian Infantry (East Ontario Regiment),  KIA on 9th April 1917. Aged 25 son of Archibald and Margaret, Carnearney, Kells. Buried Villers Station Cemetery, Viller au Bois, Pas de Calais. Commemorated Connor Presbyterian Church. See section on Canadian soldiers.

 

DUNLOP, David Lynn, First Engineer, SS Essonite. The ship was torpedoed and he drowned 1st February 1917. He was the eldest son of James and Mary Dunlop, Carnlough. He was born at Carncairn, Broughshane.


DUNLOP, Nathaniel, 5700, Rifleman, 7th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 16th August 1917 (Note the date on the family headstone, 1st July 1916). Aged 20. Born Craigs, Cullybackey, enlisted Ballymena. Son of John Dunlop, Loan, Cullybackey. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial and Cullybackey UF Church.

 

DUNN, Thomas, 2323,  Private 44th Bn. Australian Infantry, died of pneumonia on 7th February 1917 (Australian record says 1919!). Aged about 44, he was the son of Charles and Margaret Dunn, Ballymena. He had been educated at Edenderry National School and had emigrated to Australia when 22 years old.  He was a bush worker and gave his address as East Narrogin, Western Australia.  He enlisted on the 9th May 1916 at Belmont, left Freemantle on HMAT Macquarie on the 13th October 916 but died of pneumonia on the 7th February 1917. He is buried Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire.


ELLIOTT, Thomas, Private, 62nd Coy. Machine Gun Corps (formerly 7657 of Connaught Rangers), KIA 26th March 1918. Aged 34. Born Ahoghill, son of John and Margaret Elliott, Ahoghill. Enlisted Glasgow. Boxing champion. Buried Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Commemorated at Ahoghill Roman Catholic Cemetery.

 

ELLIS, Samuel, 19472, Lance Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916.  Born Mossend, Scotland, enlisted Antrim, lived Toomebridge. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial.

 

ELLIS, William, 4612, Corporal, 11th  Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st September 1916. Born Grangetown, Yorkshire, enlisted Clandeboye, lived Creagh, Toomebridge. Commemorated Menin Gate.

 

ERVINE, Samuel,  43831, Private,  1st Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment, formerly M/372233 of Royal Army Service Corps, KIA on 23rd October 1918. Born and lived Ahoghill, enlisted Ballymena, buried Ovillers New Communal Cemetery, France. Commemorated in 3rd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

Left: ERWIN (Ervine) , James,  10621, Private,  2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds received 10th June 1916 on 19th June 1916. Aged 20, son of John, born and lived at Ballygarvey, enlisted Ballymena. Buried Puchevillers British Cemetery, France.

 

EWART, James,  48042, Private,  8th Royal Scots Fusiliers, died 19th September 1918 in Balkans theatre. Born Ballymena, enlisted Glasgow. Husband of Margaret Fulton Ewart, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock. Commemorated Doiran Memorial, Greece.  

 

FALLS, James,  4792, Private,  51st Bn. Australian Infantry, KIA on 3rd September 1916 at Mouquet Farm.  He arrived in Australia aged 18 and was employed as a motor driver.  He gave his address as c/o Grave & Dwyer, 919 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia. He was single, aged 22, just 5 feet 6 inches tall and 163 lbs when he enlisted on 28th October 1915 in Perth.; their parents dead, he gave his brother as next of kin; he was Mr J Falls, Gibbletts, Coast Road, Manjimup, Western Australia.  James left Freemantle on HMAT Ulysses on the 1st April 1916, trained with 3rd Training Bn at Tel-el-Kebir after landing at Alexandria, Egypt on 25th April 1916, and then went to Marseilles, France on HMAT Huntspill.  He joined his unit on 21st August 1916 and was initially posted as wounded and missing on the 3rd September 1916; he was deemed KIA on that date on 24th April 1917. He was the son of John and Maggie Falls, formerly of Ballymena. His body found in 1925, he was buried Villiers Brettonneaux Cemetery, Somme.

 

FARANGHAM , 22655, Thomas Henry, Sergeant, 23rd Manchester Regiment, KIA on 20th July 1916. Born Cullybackey, enlisted Manchester, lived Oldham. Son of W.J. Farangham, Chadderton, Oldham. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial.

 

FAULKNER, Thomas, 1885, Private,  1st Irish Guards, KIA on 18th May 1915. Aged 33, son of Alex and Annie Faulkner, Ahoghill. Wife Sarah lived at 10 Somerset Street, Belfast. Commemorated Le Touret Memorial, France.

Right: FENTON, James, 17629, Lance Corporal,  12th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on 1st July 1916. Born third of a family of six, he lived near Dunloy, the son of Samuel and Margaret Fenton. His sister Maggie married Richard McKendry in 1919, a boy whose brother William (1777, 12th Royal Irish Rifles) had been killed on the Somme the same day as James. Maggie died a few years later and Richard McKendry married Sarah McCracken.  Her brother David (9035, 2nd HLI) had been killed at Loos in September 1915.  James, who was just 19, is commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

FERGUSON, James McKee, Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps (attached 6th Bn. Connaught Rangers), died on the 22nd December 1917 and buried in Ronssoy Communal Cemetery.  Aged 31, he was the son of the Rev. James E & Rachel Ferguson (nee Glover), Randalstown, Co. Antrim.

FERRIS, 6784 Private James, 2nd Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers, was killed in action on the 17th March 1915. He was then aged 34, and was the son of Peter and Mashern Ferris, Cushendall. CWGC says had previously served in the South African Campaign, this suggesting he was a professional soldier. He is buried in Spoilbank Military Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 2.

FERRIS, William, 8362, Corporal, 2nd Royal Irish Regiment, KIA on 8th May 1915. Aged 29 (family say he was born on the 6/4/1889 and was aged 26+ at the time of his death - great uncle of J Patton, Liverpool), born Ballymena. Son of Frank and Martha Ferris, 69 Cindy Road, Custom House, London. Commemorated on Menin Gate.

 

FINLAY, Samuel Hanna,  829240, Private,  8th Bn.Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.),  killed by shellfire on 15th February 1918.  Son of Mrs. Mary J. Finlay, of 142, Queen St., Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland. Buried A. 2. Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery extension. Commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

 

FINLAY, Thomas, S/5965, Private,  10th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders,  KIA on 25th September 1915. Aged 20, son of Thomas, Skeagh, Carnalbana. Commemorated on Loos Memorial and at Carnalbana Presbyterian Church.

 

FISHER, David,  12258, Rifleman,  8th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on 5th August 1917/8/1917. Born Ballymena, enlisted Belfast. Commemorated on Ypres Memorial, Menin Gate.

FISHER, Hugh, 13907, Private, 1st Royal Scots, died of wounds on 30th September 1916.   Aged 22, son of Sam and Margaret, Old Green, Kells. Enlisted Glasgow, buried Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Commemorated Kells Presbyterian Church.

 

FLANAGAN, Hugh Edmond, 41229, Lance Corporal,  9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 1508 North Irish Horse), KIA on 22nd November 1917. Aged 21.  Born Ballymena, enlisted Antrim. Son of R.H. and Martha Flanagan of 129 Dunluce Avenue, Belfast. Commemorated Cambrai Memorial.

 

FLYNN, William George Acheson, 18981, Rifleman, 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles,  died 11th August 1917.  Aged 22, born Co. Down, lived Londonderry, father was manager of Lisnafillan Bleaching Works, Galgorm. Commemorated Menin Gate and in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.

 

FORBES, John, 41453, Private,  9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 1924 NIH), KIA on 29th March 1918.   Born Dungall, Clough and enlisted in Antrim. Son of George Forbes, Moneydollagh, Ahoghill. Commemorated on  Pozieres Memorial, Somme and 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


Forster's Headstone in the Layde Cemetery

FORSTER, 64439 Sapper Edward John, Royal Engineers, was born on the 20 November 1893 at Cushendall and died aged 24 on the 22nd November 1917. He was the son of James, born Ballygally and working as a coastguard, and Maria Foster, nee O’Connor, Cushendall. He was the husband of Elizabeth, Provost Road, Dundee.  He is buried in Layde Church of Ireland Churchyard, Cushendall.

FORSYTHE, John, 1077, Guardsman, 2nd Coy. 4th Bn. Irish Guards Machine Gun Regiment, KIA on 9th October 1917.  Aged 26. Born, enlisted and lived Ballymena.  He was the youngest son of James and Maria Jane Forsythe of the Fire Station, Castle Street, Ballymena.  Commemorated on a headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Rd.

 

FOSTER,  Allen, 3749, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of  wounds on 17th March 1916. Born Ahoghill, enlisted Randalstown. Husband of. M. Foster, Cloghogue. Buried Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Somme.

Left: FOSTER,  David, J/36501, Able Seaman on HMS Ariel. He died after a mine explosion sank HMS Ariel in the North Sea on 2nd August 1918. HMS Ariel was an Acheron Class destroyer which was converted to mine laying in 1917. Her main claim to fame was that she, together with HMS Attack and HMS Acheron, rammed and sank the U12 off Aberdeen.  He was 20 and the eldest son of David and Elizabeth Foster, Ballycraigy, Ballymena. Commemorated on  Plymouth Naval Memorial and in Harryville/Connor Presbyterian Churches.

 

FOSTER, John Barkley, 3734, Lance Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916. Aged 28, Born Drummaul near Randalstown and enlisted in Randalstown. He was the son of William and Betty Anne Foster, Randalstown. He is commemorated on  Thiepval Memorial and Randalstown Old Presbyterian Church.

Right: FOSTER, Robert, 5412, Rifleman, 7th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 7th September 1916. Born Ballyclug, enlisted Ballymena. Son of Mrs. Margaret Foster, Ballymarlow, Ballymena. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.

 

FOSTER, Robert, 11356, Private, 3 Bn Scots Guards, , born in Ballymena, died at home at the age of 45 and is buried in Glasgow Eastern Necropolis.  He was the son of William & Margaret, and the husband of Jessie Jamieson Foster, 35, Braemar Street, Langside, Glasgow.

 

FOSTER, Vernon Burnett, 15366,  Private, 2nd Dorsetshire Regiment, KIA on 31st December 1916. Born Ballymena, enlisted Bareilly, India, lived Ongerup, Western Australia. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq.

 

FRANCEY, William, 17697, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 1st July 1916. Born Ballymena, enlisted Hamilton. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial and in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Left: FRANCEY, George, 404342, Private, 14th Bn.Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.),  KIA between 12th June 1916 and 13th June 1916.  Aged 25, formerly of Kells, son of John Francey. Buried Bedford House Cemetery and commemorated Connor Presbyterian Church.

 

FRANCEY, James, 17487, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 22nd July 1915. Aged 38, son of William and Ellen Jane, 88 Queen Street, Ballymena, enlisted Hamilton, lived Queenstown. Buried Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Commemorated 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

 

FRANCEY,  Thomas,  8061, Private,  2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 16th May 1915. Aged 29, born Ballymena, husband of Mary Jane Francey, 117 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. Named Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais.

 

FRATER (Foster on Scottish National War Memorial and Soldiers Died in the Great War), John, 21818, Rifleman,  4th Royal Irish Rifles, killed in accident on Salisbury Plain on 28th October 1918. Aged 17, born at Milton of Campsie, Glasgow, enlisted Ballymena, son of William and Margaret Frater, Main Street, Cullybackey.  He is buried Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire and commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church.  

From South Wiltshire Coroner’s Inquests into death of Riflemen James Sterling & John Frater – courtesy of Salisbury Inquests

The County Coroner (Mr F H Trethowan) held an inquest on Wednesday evening concerning the deaths of two young riflemen, John Frater, aged 17, and James Stirling, aged 18, of the 4th Royal Irish Rifles, who were killed as a result of an accidental explosion of a bomb on Normanton Downs, near Stonehenge, on Monday.

They were walking over the downs, as it was officially stated they were entitled to do, whilst bombing practise was proceeding, as no red flag was shown at the time. A witness said he saw one of the men kick at “something,” which turned out to be a 16lb unexploded bomb, which upon impact exploded and killed both Frater and Stirling.

It was stated by a military officer that the ground is periodically searched for unexploded bombs but no record was kept from which it could be stated definitely that all unexploded bombs had been found.

A verdict was recorded that the two men died from injuries caused by the accidental explosion of a bomb, and the military authorities intimated that an enquiry would be held with a view to effecting precautions against the recurrence of similar accidents.

A death for James Stirling, aged 18, was registered in the December quarter, 1918 in the district of Amesbury, Wiltshire, England.

Right: FULLERTON, George Edmond, 20/58, Rifleman,  13th Royal Irish Rifles, died at home on the 19th March 1917 from an illness caught at the front. Aged 21, son of Ellen, 9 Clonavon Road, Ballymena. Buried 1st Ahoghill Pres. Church. (photo courtesy of N Henderson, Great War Ulster Newspaper Archive)


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.


FULTON,  W A,  418938, Private,  42nd Bn. Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.), died of wounds in accidental rifle discharge on 4th February 1917. His mother resided at Casement Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France and commemorated in Harryville Presbyterian Church.



FURGROVE, William, 6362, Lance Corporal 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916. he was born at Moneymore, enlisted in Ballymena, and was the only son of William Furgrove of Main Street, Cullybackey. He is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Somme and commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.

Right: GALBRAITH, Robert, 15160, Private, Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. (2nd Bn.), died of wounds in 13th General Hospital Boulogne of wounds received on his first day in trenches (15th November 1916); he passed away 8th December 1916. Aged 25, he was the son of Alex and Elizabeth Galbraith, Carnlea, Ballymena. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Commemorated Clough Presbyterian Church.

 

GALLAGHER,  John, 5702,  Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on 29th October 1917. Aged 23,  born Ramoan, enlisted Belfast, lived Ballymena. Son of John Gallagher. Buried Pont-d'Achelles Military Cemetery.

GALLOWAY, 19510, Rifleman Alexander, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was 21 when he died of wounds on the 17 June 1915.  He is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension.  He was born on the 6 April 1894 at Grange, near Randalstown and is later associated with Taylorstown, Ballyscullion and Antrim town.  He was the son of John and Mary, nee Murray.

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.

Left: GAMBLE,  Frank, 18993, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916. 7/1916.  Aged 21, born Connor, enlisted Ballymena, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gamble, The Moat, Kells. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial and in Connor Presbyterian Church.

 

GAMBLE, John, 17890, Lance Corporal,  2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 23rd November 1916. He was born at Craigs, Cullybackey (Ballymoney Heroes by Rt. Thompson says on weak evidence that he came from the Craigs, Finvoy.  John Gamble is listed on the Ballymena War Memorial & his photograph appears in the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph of 20th January 1917.)  and enlisted Glasgow. His father lived at 16, Queenshill Street, Glasgow. He is buried Waggon Road Cemetery Somme.

 

GARRETT,  James Millar,  10554, Rifleman,  7th Royal Irish Rifles (formerly S/19159 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) KIA on 16th August 1917. Enlisted Paisley. From Tamneybrack. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial and Buckna Presbyterian Church.

GASTON, James (MC),  Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps,  attached Suffolk Regiment,  wounded 3rd September 1916 and died from those wounds on 5th November 1918. Aged 36, son of Andrew and Marianne, Carnbeg (sometimes Carabeg), Cloughmills. He was educated at Ballymena Academy and Queen's University, Belfast and had been a doctor in Washington, Co. Durham before the war - he is named on the war memorial there. He joined the army, landed at Le Havre on the 9th November 1914 and was commissioned in January 1915.  He saw much action and won the Military Cross for attending 'the wounded of five other units besides his own throughout the day' and for, on the following day, 'leading a party out in front to recover twelve more wounded'. He is buried Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt, Pas de Calais. Commemorated Killymurris Presbyterian Church. His brother was Captain Andrew Gaston, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Left: GETTY (or Gettis),  Robert, 6444, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 27th October 1914. Aged 24, enlisted Ballykinlar, husband of Ellen Sinclair Getty, James Street, Ballymena. Commemorated Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais.

 

GIBSON, David, 1004, Rifleman, 14th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on 1st July 1916. Born and lived Kellswater, enlisted Ballymena. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial and 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.




Right: GIFFIN, William,  36034, Private, 2nd/5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment,  died of wounds on 28th October 1917.  Lived 3 Mackenzie Street, Greenock. Eldest son of Frank, 42 Mount Street, Ballymena.  Buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. Commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

GILDEA, James, 64253, Sergeant,  122 Field Coy. Royal Engineers, having enlisted in Belfast where he was living in 1914, was KIA on 27th March 1918.  He was born Ballymena and was married to Margaret (Maggie) McCaughrin. The 1911 Census and other sources suggest he was an 18 year old carpenter, the son of William & Ellen (nee Douglas), and that the family lived on 15, (later 50) Springwell Street, Ballymena. He had two brothers, George (born 1871) and Robert (born 12 July 1891).  He is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France.


GILLEN,  James,  6480, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 31st July 1915. Aged 33, next of kin Mary Killen, Glenbuck, Dunloy, formerly instructor to Dunloy Irish National Volunteers.  Named Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.


GILLESPIE, Hugh, S/4812, Private, 8th Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action on 12th December 1915.  Aged 30, he was the son of Hugh & Ellen Gillespie, Glenravel, Ballymena.  He was the husband of Margaret Gillespie, of 17, Archibald Place, Musselburgh, Midlothian.


GILLESPIE, James, 41266, Private, 2nd Scottish Rifles (Cameronians),  formerly Glasgow Yeomanry, KIA on 24th March 1918. Born Carmegrim, Ahoghill. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France and 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


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.


GLASS, Robert, 18998, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds as a POW on 28th June 1918.  Aged 29, born and lived Cullybackey. Son of James and Eliza, Ballyconnelly, enlisted Ballymena. Buried Aulnoye Communal Cemetery, France. Commemorated 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

Right: 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.

 

GLENHOLMES, John, 1418, Rifleman,  8th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds  on 7th June 1917.  He was from the Ballycowan, Kells/Connor area and enlisted in Ballymena. He is buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Commemorated in Connor Presbyterian Church.

 

GLENHOLMES, James, 442, Lance Sergeant,  15th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds as POW on 20th September 1918 at Niederzwehren. He was from Ballycowan, Kells and enlisted in Ballymena. He is buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.  He was the son of William & Matilda Glenholmes.

GORDON, Charles, 11232, Private, 4th Bn Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.), died 8th October 1916. Aged 23.  He was the son of William and Martha Gordon, Ballymarlow. Ballymena,  Commemorated on Vimy Memorial and in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Left: GORDON,  James, 3747, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on the 15th November 1916. Age 24, he was the son of Wilson Gordon and Agnes Gordon,  Straid, Gracehill, Ballymena. He is buried La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium and is commemorated in Ahoghill (St Colmanell's) Church of Ireland.

 

GORDON James, 799154, Private, 15th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.), died  on 2nd March 1917.  Age 23.  He was the son of William and Martha Gordon, Ballymarlow, Ballymena, and he is buried in Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.




GORDON,  Robert,  6218, Corporal,  1st Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regt.) was reported missing and believed killed at Givenchy on the 15th June 1915. He was aged 24 and he was the son of Wilson and Agnes, Straid, Gracehill. He had been in Canada at the outbreak of war and was before enlistment employed by the Grand Trunk Railway. He was the brother of Private James Gordon, also killed while serving with the  11th Royal Irish Rifles. Robert is commemorated on Vimy Memorial and in Ahoghill (St Colmanell's) Church of Ireland.

Right: GORDON, Robert James, 26091, Rifleman, 4th Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed in action in Belgium on the 7th June 1917. He was the son of Mrs. T Gordon, Lislea, Portglenone and he listed his brother in law, a Mr J T Kyle, Waipukurau, New Zealand, as his next of kin.  He was a farm labourer and had left New Zealand on 25th September 1916 with the 11th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company aboard the troopship Devon. He is remembered on the Messines Ridge (NZ) Memorial.

GORDON, Thomas, 3192, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 16th May 1915. Aged 28, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.  He was the son of Thomas and Jeannie 129, Mervue Street, Belfast. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France.

Left: GORDON, William, 862164, Private, 4th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.) KIA by a shell at 10.30 a.m. as he stood in his own line at Vimy Ridge on 3rd (4th?) May 1917. He was the son of Smyth & Nancy Gordon, Killybegs, Slatt, Ballymena. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial.

GORDON,  William,  13447, Acting Corporal, 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA by shell in the start trench on 8th August 1917. He was born in Broughshane and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of David and Matilda Gordon, Ottawa Street, Belfast. He is commemorated at Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).

GORDON-KIDD, DSO, Arthur Lionel,  Captain, 19th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps  (Secondary Regiment was 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards), died of wounds on the 27th August 1917. He was the son of the late Captain James Gordon-Kidd, Broughshane Street, Ballymena, a soldier who had served in the Indian Army. His cousin was the Reverend T J Forsythe of Randalstown.

 

A L Gordon-Kidd was in England training to join the Indian police when the war broke out.  He enlisted and was wounded while serving with an Indian regiment in France.  He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and won a DSO for a bombing attack on a German ammunition train.  He dived his aircraft from 7500 feet and, just 900 feet above the ground, he released a bomb that devastated both train and track.  His plane was rocked by the upwards force of the explosion. Major-General Trenchard wanted a VC for him and Haig in a letter of 7th July 1916 agreed, though he wanted 'corroborative evidence'.  This was not provided and the DSO was awarded.

 

A L Gordon-Kidd was shot down by Werner Voss, the Hun's 4th ranked ace, on the 23rd August 1917 at 10.10 am.  He managed to crash land his aircraft at 23 Squadron's airfield south west of Diksmuide but died of his wounds. He had become the 38th victim in this man's 48 kill career while flying B3528, a Spad VII of 19th Squadron, RFC.  He is buried Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.


Viknor Graves on Rathlin Island, North Antrim 

Left: GOURLEY, Samuel Mooney , Clyde 3/2177, Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. "Viknor."  He died on the 13th January 1915. (HMS Viknor was an armed merchant cruiser of 10th Cruiser Squadron and was under the command of E O Ballantyne.  She had been a ship of the Blue Star Line before being requisitioned and modified by the Royal Navy.  Her crew, 22 Officers and 273 Men, were all lost when she struck a mine off Tory Island.  25 men, of whom Gourley was probably one, came from the Newfoundland Division of Royal Navy Reserves.  All crew were lost and, though some bodies did wash ashore and are buried in Ballintoy, Rathlin, etc, most crew have no known grave.)  He was aged 21 and was the son of James Gourley, Portglenone. He is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

 

GOURLEY (or Gourlay), Thomas Chesney,  17742, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was MIA and then KIA on 1st July 1916. He was born in Ahoghill but had emigrated to Canada.  He returned shortly before the war to his parents' home in Larne and then enlisted in Larne with a brother. He was the fifth son of James and Elizabeth Gourlay, 3, Waterloo Road, Larne. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


GRAHAM, Andrew Greer, 11524, Private, 2nd Irish Guards, died of wounds on 1st May 1918.  Born Craigs, enlisted in Ballymena and was son of Wilson and Maggie Graham, Ballyreagh, Clough.  Buried Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

 

GRAHAM, Nathaniel, 152774, Private, 13th Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment), died of pneumonia at No. 8 Stationary Hospital, France on 12th February 1919 and is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, France.  He was the 28 year old son of David & Agnes Graham, Blacktown, Ballyligpatrick, husband of Annie, Teenis, Broughshane.


GRAHAM, Samuel, S/342597, Chief Shipwright, HMS Victory, died of wounds on 23rd October 1918 and is buried in Kells & Connor New Presbyterian Cemetery.  He was the son of William & Eliza Graham of Connor.

GRAHAM, William, Fireman, Merchant Marine, died on the 25th December 1914 when S.S. Gem struck a mine at 6.15 p.m. on the 25th December 1914, broke in two, and sank in the North Sea 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km) south east by east of Scarborough. He was the son of late Francis and Mary Graham, nee McClintock, and he was born at Buckna, Racavan on the 20th January 1871. He was the husband of Sarah Graham, Springhill, Glenarm. He is commemorated on   Tower Hill Memorial.

GRAHAM, William John Lilley,  S/3674, Private,  2nd Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action on the1st July 1916.  He was aged 25 years.  He was born in Broughshane and was the son of Sarah, 131 Watsonville, Motherwell.

 

GRAHAMSLAW, Alexander McDougal, 19940, Private, 7/8th King's Own Scottish Borderers, died on 23rd July 1918. He came from Broughshane. He is buried in Vauxbuin Cemetery, France and is commemorated in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church and on village war memorial.




Right: GRANT,  12/19005, Rifleman John, 12th Royal Irish Rifles,  born 14 January 1885, was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He came from Galgorm Parks, Galgorm and was the son of John and Nancy, nee Laverty. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial and in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

GRANT, William, 19003, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916. He was born at Galgorm and enlisted in Ballymena.  He lived at Railway Cottages, Ballymena. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

 

GRAY, David,   10449, Private, 'B' Company, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on 28th January 1917. Aged 21, he was the youngest son of Robert  and Mary Gray of William Street, Ballymena. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme and Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

 

GRAYSON, John Henry, Lieutenant, 6th Royal Irish Regiment, KIA on 20th November 1917. Aged 20.  He was a former pupil of Ballymena Academy and was residing in Malahide at time of enlistment. He was the son of John J. and Margaret E. Grayson, of Delmaine, Malahide, Co. Dublin.   He is buried Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

 

GREENWOOD, William, 19426, Private, 12th (S) Highland Light Infantry, died of wounds on 31st July 1917. Aged 27.  He was born in Ballymena and was the son of John and Isabella Greenwood of Broughdone, Cullybackey. Enlisted Coatbridge, lived Airdrie. Buried Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, Ypres. Commemorated in Cullybackey UF Church.

 

GREER, Joseph,  S/13953, Lance Corporal, 1st Gordon Highlanders, died of wounds on 5th June 1918.  Aged 23 and the son of M. Greer, Sprucebank, Portglenone. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.

 

GREER, William, 17770, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died 10th August 1917.  He is commemorated on Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.


Right: GREER, William, 2429, Rifleman, 'C' Coy. 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles (Machine Gun Company), killed in action on 12th August 1917. He was the 32 year old son of James and Margaret Greer, New Row,  Ahoghill. Buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery. Commemorated 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


GREGG, Charles, 476832, Gunner,  2nd Division Ammunition Column, Canadian Field Artillery, killed on 1st January 1917. Aged 32, he was the son of John and Rose Gregg, of Ballymena, Ireland. Buried Barlin Military Cemetery, France.



Left: GRIBBEN, Robert, 23/1393, Rifleman, 1st Bn. N.Z. Rifle Brigade, died of wounds on 17th June, 1916.  Aged 28, he was the son of James Gribben, of The Race Course, Lower Broughshane, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord. France. Commemorated 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

GRIBBEN, 1571 Private Hugh, 7th Bn. Leinster Regiment, died of wounds on the 3rd May 1916. He was born in Cushendun, Co Antrim. He is buried in Longuenesse (St. Omer), Souvenir Cemetery, Plot 3, Row B, Grave 9.

Right: GRIBBEN, Samuel, 19419, Corporal, 11th Highland Light Infantry, died in Lincoln Hospital on 29th February 1916 of wounds received at Loos.  Aged 31 & the son of James Gribben of The Race Course, Broughshane. Enlisted Coatsbridge, husband of Agnes of Ronald Road, Coatbridge. Buried Lincoln Newport Cemetery.  Commemorated 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

 

GUTHRIE,  George,  10425, Lance Corporal,  2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds 10th April 1918. Aged 21, born Drummaul, Randalstown, enlisted Pontefract, Yorkshire. Wife and child at Princes Street, Ballymena.  Son of RSM Guthrie, Derby Road, Nottingham. Buried Doullens Communal Cemetery, Somme. Commemorated on Ballymena War Memorial.