BALLYMENA 1914-1918

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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.

HALE, Sarah Rachel Orr Hale, known as ‘Sadie’, was born at Bridge Street, Ballymena, County Antrim, on the 17 December 1885, the daughter of John F. and Matilda J. Hale. Her father John is described as a ‘Gas Manager’ on the birth registration document, which does not record Sadie’s forename, and it would seem he was manager of the plant on Bridge Street that produced and stored the town’s gas; her mother was Matilda Jane, nee Hamill, of William Street, Ballymena. Her father was a grocer on William Street and, most unusually, the couple, Episcopalians, were married by special licence at the family home. His father John was a farmer; son John was 49 and a widower and Matilda was 26.

In 1909 Sadie Hale, was employed by the Cunard Steamship Company as a typist on the transatlantic steamers, and between voyages she worked in the Cunard offices in Liverpool. In 1915, around the time when the Lusitania was sunk by the German submarine U-20 on 7 May 1915, Sadie Hale lived at Mildway House, Blackburne Place, Liverpool, England.

Sarah Rachel Orr Hale’s body was one of those recovered from the sea, but before it was positively identified it was given the reference number 127 in one of Queenstown’s makeshift mortuaries.. However, following identification her corpse, it was sent to Belfast on 12 May 1915 and it was buried the next day in the family grave in the City Cemetery in Belfast. The family home at the time of her death was at Ierne, Cranmore Gardens, Belfast.

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission originally and mistakenly listed her as being missing at sea, so she is also commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. The error was only corrected after 1996, as the letter below shows.
HALL, Francis, 68330, Private, 1st Bn Wellington Regt. NZEF, was killed in action on the 4th November 1918.  Born on the 22nd January 1879 near Ballymena, he was the son of Andrew & Lydia Hall.  His sister was Mrs S Crawford, Ballybogie (Ballybogy), Clough, Co Antrim.  He is buried in Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, France.


HAMILL, Thomas, 19531, Rifleman, 9th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 1st July 1916.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


HAMILL, Samuel George, 584, Rifleman, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 6th July 1916. Aged 21, he was born Connor and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of Margaret and late William John of Legland Street, Belfast.


HAMILL,  Shepherd, 3795, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of heart failure in the Military Hospital, Belfast on the 3rd September 1915. He was aged 19.  He was the son of John and Nancy Hamill of Taylorstown, Toome. He is buried in Grange Corner Presbyterian Church Cemetery and commemorated there. His brother was Alexander Hamill, Royal Irish Rifles and another brother, Robert George Hamill, served in Canadian Forces - see relevant section.


Hamill Family Grave in Grange Presbyterian Church: Shepherd and Alexander are Listed


HAMILL, Alexander, 3736, Rifleman, 20th Royal Irish Rifles, died in the Military Hospital, Belfast of pneumonia on 21st April, 1916. He was the son of John and Nancy Hamill, Taylorstown, brother of Shepherd. He is buried in Grange Corner Presbyterian Church Cemetery and commemorated there. His brother Robert George Hamill served in Canadian forces- see relevant section.


HAMILTON, Daniel, PLY/16877, Private, 1st Royal Marine Bn., Royal Marine Light Infantry, was killed in action on 17th February 1917. He is buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy (FR 514).  He enlisted in Belfast on 13/8/14. A labourer, he was born in Ballymena on the  28/8/1894.  His sister, Mrs. Maggie S. Quigg, lived 128 Sugarfield St., Belfast, later 28 Kendal St. Belfast. His brother was Mr. F.A. Hamilton.


HAMILTON, Robert, S/7727, Private 12th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, KIA on the 19th September 1918 at Salonika. He was 26.  He is associated with associated with Craigywarren and was the son on of John and Martha Hamilton of Alfred Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece. He is commemorated in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.


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


HAMILTON, John Stanley,  13655, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on the 1st August 1916. He was 22.  He was born Ballymena and enlisted at Finner Camp.  His aunt was  Mrs. Ellen Whitelock, of Lake View Cottage, Caledon, Co. Tyrone.


HAMILTON,  John,  10827, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles (formerly 6919 A&SH),  KIA on the10th August 1917. He was born in Glenravel and enlisted in Glasgow. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).

HAMILTON, 9202, Private John Steen, died on the 8 October 1916 while serving with 'C' Company, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  He was born on the 29th August 1892 and was the son of John Steen Hamilton, a hotel servant, and Margaret Hamilton (nee McCullough), Princes Street, Ballymena.
HAMILTON Thomas, Royal Irish Rifles, Kirkinriola, Cloughwater - seems to be Thomas Hamill, 19531, 9th Royal Irish Rifles (see above).  Hamill is name given in records other than Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919.

HARBISON, John James, 23538, Private, Royal Army Medical Corps,  died 14th July 1916. Aged 37, he was born in Ballymena, enlisted Croydon, and lived in Winnipeg, Canada. He was the brother of Sam Harbison, Cabragh, Ballymena. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq and commemorated in West Church Memorial and Kirkinriola Cemetery.




HARBISON, James, 17891, Lance Corporal,  2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  KIA on the 3rd July 1916. Aged 19, he was the son of Robert Harbison, Main Street, Cullybackey. He enlisted Glasgow and lived in lived Antrim. He is buried Connaught Cemetery,  Somme. He is commemorated in the Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.

HARKNESS, Alexander: 29 years old Alexander Harkness, Ply/11869, Royal Marine Light Infantry, was the son of the late John and Mary J. Harkness, of Knockboy, Broughshane, Co. Antrim, and he was a native of Ballygarvey, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. The family had long left the Ballymena district by the time of WW1 and were associated with 95 Leopold Street, Belfast. Private Alexander Harkness was killed in action on the 13th May 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign, one of those lost when HMS Goliath was sunk.

HARKNESS, George 8252, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 3rd December 1914. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted there. He is buried in Le Mans West Cemetery, Sarthe, France (The CWGC have 8252 Harkness listed as D Harkness. St. Matthew's Parish Church, Glenavy lists H Harkness as the casualty of December 1914, as does the press photograph above.  St. Matthew's Parish Church magazine says in a 1915 issue that Hugh Harkness, Pte, RIR, died December 4th at Stationary Hospital, Le Mons (sic), the result of a railway accident. No. 5 Stationary Hospital was at Le Mans from Sept. 1914 - Dec. 1914, hence burial in Le Mans West Cemetery. George is probably incorrect.). Hugh was the brother of Alexander who died. George probably served in the Royal Engineers and survived the war. If you can clarify the issue, please contact the site.

 

HARPER, James, 3252, Rifleman, 15th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916. He was born in Ballycraigy, enlisted in Belfast and lived at Templepatrick. His sister at Ticloy, Aughafatten.

 

HARPER, Joseph,  880, Rifleman,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born Carnmoney. His sister lived at Ticloy, Aughafatten.

 

HARRIS, Hugh, 720, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the  9th August 1917. He was born in Ahoghill and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the only son of Robert Harris of Craigs, Cullybackey.  He is buried in Wieltje Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. He is commemorated at Cullybackey UF Church.


Left: HASLETT (MC), Thomas Sinclair,  Lieutenant,  10th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 22nd November 1917. Aged 20, he was the son of the Rev. Thomas Haslett, Galgorm Road, Ballymena. He is commemorated on Cambrai Memorial and in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


HAUGHNEY, James, 22406, Private, 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was  KIA on the 20th May 1916.  Aged 26, he was born in Ballymena and lived in lived Belfast. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.


HAUGHTON, Thomas Greenwood,  Lieutenant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 25, he was the son of Thomas Wilfred & Catherine Isabel Haughton, Hillmount, Cullybackey. He is buried in Hamel Military Cemetery, Somme.


Thomas Greenwood Haughton (Above and Below - First photograph courtesy of Our Heroes, South Dublin Libraries)

HEFFRON, Patrick, 3812, Private, 5th Connaught Rangers, was KIA on 22nd August 1915. Aged 21, he was born in Ballymena, the son of the late Patrick and Mary Ann Heffron. He lived in  Liverpool. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.

HEGGARTY, DM2/22849, Private Thomas Joseph Aloysius, 596 Company, Royal Army Service Corps, died of malaria aged 34 on the 6 July 1919 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.  He was born on the 7 June 1885, the son of John of Duneane, Toomebridge, though he is later associated with Clonlee Villa, Larne and is named on the Larne War Memorial.  His mother was Saraj Jane Heggary, nee Campbell.


HENRY, Hugh, 17794, Rifleman, 'C' Coy. 13th Royal Irish Rifles, aged 42, died at home on the 22nd July 1916. He was born in Ahoghill and enlisted in Ballyclare. His wife was Agnes Henry, Lee, Ballyclare and he is buried in  Ballyclare New Cemetery.


HENRY,  Patrick,  30697, Private, 7/8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 9th October 1917. He was born in Antrim but is associated with Cloghogue, Toome.


HENRY, Thomas, 8779, Lance Corporal, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was reported  MIA since March 1st 1915. The date of his death is given as 10th March 1915. He was born at the Glenhugh Rd. Ahoghill, but enlisted in Glasgow and lived at Moneyglass. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France.

Right: HERBISON, Robert, 19026, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 27th August 1916. He was born at Clonavon, Ballymena and enlisted in Ballymena. He is buried at Ration Farm Cemetery Annexe, Ploegsteert, Belgium. He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.





HIGHFIELD, Thomas, 11540, Corporal, 'C' Coy. 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 9th August 1915 at the Dardanelles.  The 32 year old was the son of John and Sarah Highfield, Lawton, Stoke on Trent and he was house steward for the late Lord Antrim, Glenarm, Co Antrim.  He is remembered in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland  (Tickmacrevan), Glenarm on a brass adjacent to the choir, of which he was a member.

HILL,  Alexander,  65453, Gunner,  HQ staff, 93 Bde. Royal Field Artillery, was KIA on 16th March 1916. Aged 24, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted Glasgow. He was the son of William and Jane Hill, Kilbride Road, Doagh. He is buried in Ferme Olivier Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.


HILL,  Daniel Coulter,  234835, Private, 52nd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.), was KIA on the 22nd August 1917, just three months after he joined his unit in France.  Aged 37 years, he was the one of the nine children of John Clarke and his wife Mary Hill.  He was the husband of Jane Hill of MacDowall, Saskatchewan, Canada. He had relatives at Kellans Post Office, Rasharkin and he visited them in February 1917. He had served in the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War before he emigrated to Canada.  He enlisted in the Canadian Infantry at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on the 25th April 1916. He is buried in Aix-Noulette Cemetery Extension in France.

HILL, 12/796, Rifleman John, 12 Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action aged 25 years on the 1 July 1916, is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. He, then 20 and of Ballyrickard, Larne, and his wife Katherine/Catherine, usually Cassie, then 21 and born at Glenwherry, were living at Kinneygallagh, Glenwherry at the time of the 1911 census. The couple had married on the 13 May 1910 in Glenwherry Presbyterian Church. Both fathers, David and Robert respectively, were labourers, as was John. 
HILL,  Matthew John, 9877, Rifleman,  7th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the  8th August 1917.  Aged 21, he was the son of Matthew and Lizzie Hill of Broughshane. He is commemorated on Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.
Left: HODGES, Henry Burden, Second Lieutenant, 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was KIA on the 18th April 1915.  Aged 19, he was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F.W. Hodges, JP, of Glenravel House, Glenravel, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. He had attended Sherbourne Public School in Dorset and was a noted athelete; in his last year at school he was the public school boxing champion (lightweight).  He played 'football' for the 1st XV (rugby), was a fine golfer, swimmer and lifesaver. 

His brother was Captain J F Hodges, MC, 2 Royal Irish Fusiliers; he had been wounded at St. Eloi but survived the war. H B Hodges is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and on the family headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena.

Right: HOLMES (MM), Arthur,  A/21026, Private , 16th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.) was KIA on the 30th April 1917. He was the second son of David and Jane Holmes, Hugomont Villas, Ballymena and brother of David..  He is buried Orchard Dump Cemetery, Vimy Ridge. He is commemorated on the family headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena.


Private Holmes, a farm labourer, began a new life in Canada just before the war. On April 9, 1917, during the famous attack at Vimy Ridge, Arthur won the Military Medal while serving as a company stretcher bearer.  The particular act of bravery which brought the award was described as follows:


This man went forward as a company stretcher bearer. He displayed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in dressing wounded men under shell fire. This work was so remarkably done that the most serious cases did not require a second dressing at the aid post.


Just a few days after his exploits, Arthur Holmes was killed in action whilst tending more wounded men.


The Holmes family later received a letter from Captain J. P. S. Cathcart, Medical Officer to the unit.   It stated: 


Dear Mr. Holmes, 


you have no doubt before this received notice of your son Arthur's death. He was killed during the operations of April 28th while at his duty tending to the wounded. We had his body removed and buried along with some of his comrades in the left of a small village. His grave is marked and I think as soon as they receive the particulars the Record Office will inform you of the map location ...


Arthur was without doubt the best boy in my medical section. It may be of interest to you to know that he was recommended for a decoration for his wonderful work under heavy fire in the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9th. Unfortunately he was killed before he received it. We all feel his loss keenly and I myself feel as if his position cannot be filled. I extend to you my heartfelt sympathy in your sad bereavement and also that of my section.


A letter from a soldier friend stated that Private Holmes had been killed in action by shell fire.


We did all we could for him but he only lived a few minutes. It is very sad news but it is my duty to inform you of his death. We all feel the loss of him very much and God help you to bear the sad news.


He had been previously wounded and on three occasions had been buried by shells. His last leave was spent at home 12 months before his death. His brother Private David Holmes was also killed on active service at the front with the Ulster Division - see below.


Holmes Family Grave, Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road.



Left: HOLMES, David, 167, Lance Corporal,  1st Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 20th July 1918. Aged 21, he was the son of David and Jane Holmes, Hugomont Villas, Ballymena, and brother of Arthur. He is buried in Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre, Nord, France. He is commemorated on the family headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena.

HOUSTON, Leslie, 7378, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died of wounds on 31st October 1914. Born in Ahoghill, he enlisted in Ballymena and  lived at Queen Street/Salisbury Square, Harryville, Ballymena. He was a noted footballer and his brother Johnny played for Everton.  He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. He is commemorated in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church and in Harryville Presbyterian Church.


Right: HOUSTON, David, 28883, Private, 2nd Canterbury Bn. New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was  KIA on the 29th March 1917 near Messines. He was a farmer,  the son of Thomas and Sarah Houston of Carmacmoin, Ahoghill. He had worked and lived at Hinds and is commemorated in Cambridge, NZ. He embarked with the 18th Reinforcements aboard Tofua on the 11th October 1916 and he gave as his next of kin his brother, W(illiam) Houston, Rotoorangi, Cambridge, NZ. He is buried in Berkshire Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Belgium. He is commemorated in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.




Left: HOUSTON (Huston), P/5516, Joseph, Acting Lance Corporal, Mounted Branch,  Corps Military Police (Formerly 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards), died on active service of pneumonia on the 14th February 1919. He was born in Kirkinriola and enlisted in Belfast. His wife Annie lived at Fountain Place, Ballymena. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

 

HOUSTON, William, 19563, Rifleman, 'C' Coy. 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died as a POW on the 5th August 1917.  He was the 22 year old son of Stewart and Agnes Houston, Feehogue, Randalstown.  He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.


Photograph from Ballymena Observer, June 1916 & courtesy Nigel Henderson

HUMPHREYS, 1478 Private Denis, was killed in action while serving with the 8th Royal Irish Rifles and died in No 6 Stationary Hospital, Le Havre on the 24 March 1916.  He came from Layde, Cushendall and was the son of Duncan and Jane Humphreys (nee McLarty or McClarty), farmers of Layde. He was the brother of Canadian soldier 413050 Private John Humphreys, who  was killed on the 12 May 1916.




Right: HUGHES (MM), James,  2727, Private, 6th Connaught Rangers, was killed on 21st March 1918.  He was the son of the late Michael and Bridget Hughes (stepmother), of 7, Suffolk Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.  he is buried in Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers Faucon, France.


IRELAND,  George, 295561, Private, 12th Royal Scots Fusiliers, was KIA on the 19th August 1918. He was born at Loughconnelly, Broughshane, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ireland, Netherburn, Lanarkshire. He is buried in Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, France.

Left: IRELAND,  George, 17923, Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, a former member of the Larne UVF, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.  He was the third son of James Ireland  of  Ballygarvey, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church. 


His 30 year old brother, a carpenter by trade, was 237767 John Ireland of the Canadian Infantry.  He lived at 5, Condor Ave, Toronto.




IRONS, John, Craneman, SS Garmoyle (Glasgow) died on the 10th July 1917 when his ship, a 1,229 ton defensively armed vessel, was torpedoed without warning by the U57 some 14 miles off Mine Head, near Waterford, S E Ireland.  He was 67 and one of 20 men who died that day.  This group includes the ship's master, 39 year old Hugh MacDonald, whose name appears on the Iona war memorial.


Irons was born in Ballymena, the son of the late Samuel and Agnes Irons, and married a local girl called Margaret Strain on the 29th January 1876, but John Irons had long left Ballymena by the time WW1 began.  He was living at 7, Sheuchan Street, Stranraer in 1881 and was then a labourer.  Some 10 years later he was a spirits salesman and was living at 107, Rose Street, Govan, Glasgow; by the turn of the century he was ships stoker and was living at 27, Caledonia Road, Govan, Glasgow.  His last employer was the Clyde Shipping Company and it was on their ship that he died in 1917.  The family then resided at 264, Thistle Street, Govan, Glasgow, and Mrs Irons appears to have remained there until her death at about 65 years on 23rd November 1918. Relatives now live in Australia.


U57 was built by A G Weser, Bremen (Werk 212).  She was ordered in October 1914, laid down in August 1915 and launched in August 1916.  Her captain at the time of the sinking of the SS Garmoyle was Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg.  She survived the war and surrendered to the French in November 1918.  She was scrapped at Cherbourg in 1921.

Right: JAMISON, David, 657, Rifleman, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917. He was the son of Robert Jamison of Greenvale Street, Ballymena. He is named on Tyne Cot Memorial and commemorated in Harryville Presbyterian Church.


JAMISON, William Andrew, 10/676, Private, Wellington Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionery Force, was KIA on the 8th August 1915 and is buried in Chunuk Bair (NZ) Cemetery, Gallipoli.  He had embarked on the 16th October 1914.  He was single, the 23 year old son of James (dec'd) and Matilda Jamison, Ballely, Randalstown.  He gave his address on enlistment as Gordon Road, Toko, NZ.  He is commemorated in Randalstown Old Congregation Presbyterian Church.


JENKINS, James, 2020, Private 10/11th Highland Light Infantry, KIA on the 31st October 1916. Aged 19, he was born in Ballymena.   He lived in Lanarkshire and enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


JOHNSTON, Thomas, 40881, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, formerly 2186 of the North Irish Horse, was KIA on the 24th March 1918. He was from Ballyreagh, Clough. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme and at Clough Presbyterian Church.


JOHNSTON, William Robert,  8166, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on the 11th December 1915.  Aged 31, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. he was the son of the late Alexander and Sarah Johnston, Ballymena. He is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery,  Somme.


JOHNSTON,  David,  21527, Private, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers,  KIA at Loos on 2nd June 1916.  Age 18. He was born in Broughshane, lived at Mounthamilton, Cloughmills and he enlisted in Larne.  This Larne enlistment may have been because he was underage.  He was the son of the late Hugh Johnston of Mounthamilton, Cloughmills. He is buried St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos, France. He is remembered in Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church, Cloughmills.

Left: KANE, Joseph Edward Adams, 46355, Lance Corporal, 2nd Auckland Regiment, NZEF,  was killed in action near Bapaume, France on the 30 August 1918.  He was the nearly 29 year old contractor and the son of Elizabeth Adams (formerly Kane) & the late James Kane, of Ballymena, Co Antrim; NZ records record him as the son of Mrs E Kane, 14 New Bond Street, Kingsland, Auckland, NZ.  He left NZ on the 26th April 1917 with the 25th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company and travelled to Europe on the troopship Tofua.  He is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery.  


His brother Alexander Millar Kane was also killed.  He appears to have been 22 year old plumber 16894, Private Alexander Millar KANE of the 3 Bn. Canterbury Regiment, NZEF who was killed in action at Messines on 19th December 1917 and is buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.  He had left NZ on the 7 December 1916 with the 20th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company aboard the troopship Port Lyttelton.  He is listed by the CWGC as the son of James & Elizabeth Adams Kane, Paerata, Auckland; NZ records show his mother as Mrs E Kane, 14 New Bond Street, Glenmore, Auckland, NZ.


KEENAN, William,  250142, Private,  58th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment),  KIA on the 28th August 1918. He was just over 5' 6" tall and had grey blue eyes and fair hair.  He was single, was aged 22 and was the employee of a telephone company in Toronto.  He was formerly of Cullybackey and was the son of James and Annie Keenan, 27 Robina Street, Toronto. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.


KELLY, William, 996, Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 11th July 1916.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


KENNEDY,  Alexander, 3794, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 8th August 1917. Aged 32, he was the son of James and Eliza Kennedy, Cullybackey Road, Ahoghill. He lived in Buick Row, Ahoghill.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate and in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.




KENNEDY, Arthur, 815, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917. Aged 27, he was the son of James and Jane Kennedy, Broughdone, Craigs, Cullybackey.  Four of the brothers served in the Great War. Arthur's brother Robert had been killed the previous year on 1 July 1916 on the Somme. George and Joseph survived the war. He is commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial and in Cullybackey United Free Church.

Left: KENNEDY,  Ferguson,  738, Rifleman, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 19th August 1916.  Aged 23, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Mary Ann Kennedy of Slatt, Ballymena. He is buried in Berks Military Cemetery,  Ploegsteert, Belgium.


KENNEDY,  James,  9048, Private, 1st Cameronians, was KIA on 3rd September 1916. He was born in Connor and enlisted in Glasgow.   He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France.


KENNEDY, Joseph,  2829, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on 21st August 1915.  Aged 20, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Isabella, 6 Disraeli Street, Belfast.  He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.






KENNEDY,  Peter, 1836U, Chief Stoker HMS Queen Mary, lost in the sinking of his ship at the Battle of Jutland.  Aged 33.  His wife Jane Kennedy lived at 23, Ritchie Street, Belfast. He was the son of the late Frank and Jane Kennedy of Larne Road, Ballymena. He is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial and in Harryville Presbyterian Church.

Left: KENNEDY, Robert James, 630, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, brother of Arthur (above) died on the 1st July 1916. He was aged 28. He was the son of James and Jane Kennedy, Broughdone, Craigs, Cullybackey. His brothers George and Joseph also served and survived the war. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Cullybackey United Free Church.


KENNEDY, Samuel, 11168, Private, 10th Cameronians, KIA on the 19th July 1917. He was born in Connor and enlisted in Glasgow. He is buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.


KENNEY,  Hugh,  9722, Private, 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on 26th August 1914. Aged 28, he was the son of late Robert and Jane Kenney, Randalstown. He is commemorated on La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial, France.

KEARNEY, 218553 (PO), Leading Boatswain Thomas Edwin, HM Coastguard and Raffney Head Station, died aged 35 of unspecified causes on the 1 January 1921 and is buried in Aberdeen (Trinity) Cemetery. He was born at Agola/Agolagh, Cushendall and his parents, William and Isabella Jane,  lived at 128, Old Park Avenue, Belfast. His wife was Lilly Maud Kearney, nee White, and the couple had married at Listowel, Co Kerry on the 5 February 1920.

KERNOHAN (Kernaghan), David, 11661, Private, 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on the  4th May 1918. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Hamilton. He lived High Blantyre. He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.


KERNOHAN, Robert, 263003, Private, 5th Seaforth Highlanders, was KIA on 30th July 1917. Aged 28.  His parents lived at 150 Queen Street, Harryville, though he was born in Renfrew, Scotland. He is buried in No Man's Cemetery, Boesinge, Ypres. He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.





Right: KERR, Isaac,  276045, Private, 7th Royal Scots, was KIA on the 19th April 1917. Aged 27, he was born Glenravel and enlisted in Edinburgh. He was employed in coal mining and was a piper in the colliery band. His parents were Alex and Sarah Kerr, Skerry East, Newtowncrommelin. He is buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. He is commemorated in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church.

Left: KERR, William , 352450, Private, 9th Royal Scots, KIA on  the 21st April 1917. Aged 30, he was born at Ballyweaney, Cloughmills and enlisted in Edinburgh. He was employed in coal mining and was a piper in the colliery band. His parents were Alex and Sarah at Skerry East (see above).  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, France and in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church.


KERR, David,1271, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of illness in France on the 17th December 1916. Aged 36. He came from Greenmount Terrace, Ballymena and was the son of David and Mary Ann Kerr, Islandmagee. He is buried in Wimereux Military Cemetery,  France.


KERR, Henry, 452004, Private, 58th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.) was KIA on the 20th September 1916.  He was just over 5' 7"  tall, had red hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion, and he worked as a conductor.  He was the son of Henry Kerr, Craigs, Cullybackey.  He is buried Courcelette British Cemetery, France and commemorated at Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.


KERR,  John,  19883, Private, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was  KIA on the 23rd October 1915 at the Dardanelles. He was formerly of Patrick Place, Ballymena. His brothers, Robert & George, were  also in forces.  He is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

KIDD, J/7487(Dev), Thomas, Royal Navy, died on the 24th October 1918. The was the 24 year old son of William John and Mary Jane Kidd, Toomebridge, Co Antrim.

KILLOUGH, George, 20989, Royal Irish Regiment (formerly 2363 North Irish Horse, later posted to the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, 10th Irish Division, and subsequently to the Royal Irish Regiment, May 1918), died of disease, either dysentry or pneumonia, in Palestine on the 24th October 1918.  He was 27.  He was the husband of Annie Lavinia Killough, nee Wilson, of Granagh, Cullybackey; the couple had married in Killymurris Presbyterian Church on the 3rd April 1917.  He is commemorated in Rasharkin Presbyterian Church and is buried in Deir-el-Belah War Cemetery, Israel.


KILPATRICK, William, 53433 (NA says 33433), Driver, 76 Bty. Royal Field Artillery, died on the 31st July 1916.  Aged 27, he enlisted in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was the son of William and Jane Kerr of Tullynahinion, Portglenone. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. He is commemorated in 1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church.


Photograph courtesy of N Henderson

KING, James,  2894, Lance Corporal, 7th Gordon Highlanders, died on 8th June 1916. He was from Randalstown, Co. Antrim and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.

The Larne Times, 19 August 1916, has the above photograph of 2894, Lance Corporal Jim King, Gordon Highlanders, who died on the 8th June 1916, and the caption says that he had prior to the Great War worked at Breda Nurseries and that he came from Randalstown. The Northern Whig of 24 July 1916, a Belfast newspaper, notes "Sergeant Jim Beaton and Corporal Jim King, killed, were formerly in the employment of Mr J. T. Lindsay, Breda Nursery. Deceased who were both serving in the Gordon Highlanders, enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war. Beaton was a native of Banchory, Scotland (2789 James Beaton, 1/7 Gordon Highlanders, was indeed killed on 6 July 1916 and he had been born in Banchory.) and King belonged to Randalstown."


The 1911 Irish census records James Beaton, gardener, aged 20, born in Scotland and James King, a gardener and aged 18, born in County Antrim, living with two other gardeners in a cottage at Breda, Knockbreda, Ballybrogan, County Down. It would appear that James Beaton, probably senior gardener, enlisted in the 7th Gordon Highlanders and James King followed his example.

KING, James, 19046, Rifleman,  12th Royal Irish Rifles was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born in Carnmoney but lived and enlisted in Ballymena. His wife Magge King resided at 10 Springwell Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


KIRKPATRICK, David, 12739, Lance Corporal, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on the 20th October 1918. He was aged 29 years and was born Ballymena.  He enlisted and lived in Belfast. He was the son of David and Mary Kirkpatrick, Cosgrave Street, Belfast. He is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.


KIRKPATRICK (or Kilpatrick), Charles,  3/3667, Private, 1st Seaforth Highlanders, was KIA on the 6th November 1917.  He was aged 25 and the son of James and Susan Kilpatrick, Dreen, Cullybackey.  He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.


KIRKPATRICK, Leslie, 86799, Private, 5 Canadian Field Artillery, was killed in action on the 1st October 1918 and is buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery.  He was the son of Alexander & Matilda Kirkpatrick, Ballymaconnelly, Rasharkin.  Leslie, 21 years & 9 months old when he enlisted in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, had emigrated to Canada in 1911 and worked as a clerk.  He had 3 brothers, two of whom died, and one sister.  His surviving brother, John, also lived in Canada.


Right: KIRKWOOD,  Robert,  19049, Lance Corporal,  'C' Coy. 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds at Southwark Military Hospital on the 21st March 1916. He was aged 24 years.  He was born in Kells and was the son of Nathaniel and Maggie Jane Kirkwood, Kells. He is buried in All Saints Cemetery, Nunhead. He is commemorated Connor Presbyterian Church.


KNOX, Frank, 19593, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is named on the Thiepval Memorial.  He was the son of Eliza Jane Knox, Ballygrooby, Randalstown.


Left: KNOX, JOHN,  641, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 8th April 1916.  He was aged 20, was born Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Hugh and Jane Knox of 19 Greenvale Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

LAMONT,  John,  2nd Lieutenant,  7th King's Own Scottish Borderers, was KIA on the 12th May 1916. Aged 26, he was the son of John and Lillie Ann Lamont, Skerry West, Newtowncrommelin. He is buried Vermelles Military Cemetery,  France. He is commemorated in Clough Cemetery.


LATIMER, James, 13011, Company Sergeant Major,  15th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the  21st March 1918. He was born Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme.


LAVERTY, John, 17499, Private,  2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIAon the 20th April 1915.  Aged 23, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted Ballymoney. He was the son of James and Margaret Laverty, 2 Alexander Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.




Left: LAVERTY, Arthur, 19470, Private, 11th (S) Highland Light Infantry, born 6 August 1894, was KIA on the 25th September 1915. He was born near Ballymena and enlisted Coatbridge, Scotland. He was the son of Alex & Margaret Laverty (nee Ferris), Hillmount, Craigs, Cullybackey. He was originally billed as missing but enquiries led to Private J Brennan, 'A' Company, 11th HLI, then in the Scottish General Hospital, Craigleith, Edinburgh, reporting that 'On September 25, at Cambrai, I saw Laverty shot through the body and killed instantaneously; it was in a charge. This occurred about 8 or 9 am'. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church.


As indicated in the newspaper cutting below, elements of the family fought and suffered in both world wars. QMS Samuel Laverty fought in WW1 and won the Military Medal. Two brothers, William (3779794, 7th Bn. Oxford & Bucks. Light Infantry, died 20/09/1944, son of Alexander and Agnes Laverty, of Cullybackey, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.) and Albert fought in WW2, William being killed. Agnes Laverty, nee Dempsey, married Alexander Laverty on the 20 April 1908 and was his 2nd wife. Margaret Laverty, aged 34, had died on the 4 September 1907 at Dreen, Cullybackey.

LAVERTY,  Arthur, 6840, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, born 24 February 1897, was killed in action on the 13th October 1918. He was born at Drumrankin, Craigs, Cullybackey, the son of Samuel and Mary Laverty (nee Steele), enlisted in Ballymena, and lived Cullybackey. His wife was Mrs. M. E. Frame (formerly Laverty), of 8, Roxburgh St., Belfast.  He is buried in Dadizeele British Cemetery, Belgium.


LAVERTY, Alexander, 410343, Private, 38th Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.), born 1 November 1890, died of wounds on the 22nd December 1916.  He was the son of Arthur & Elizabeth Laverty (nee Marrs) of Hillmount, Cullybackey. He worked as a carpenter in Canada and his wife Bessie lived at 478, Logan Avenue, Toronto.  He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen and commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.


LAVERTY, Rifleman William, 7551, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, aged 23,  died on 2nd June 1916 and is buried in Etaples Cemetery, France.  He was the son of Patrick & Rose Laverty (nee O'Neill), Mill Quarter, Toomebridge. His recorded birth date is 5 December 1898.


LAW, William, 19767, Private, 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 17th October 1918.  Aged 41, he was the son of James Law of Gortaheron, Portglenone. His wife Nancy resided at Killycoogan, Portglenone. He is buried in Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France and commemorated in 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian Church.



Right: LEETCH, James, 9423, Guardsman, 1st Scots Guards, went missing, later believed killed, on the 25th January, 1915. He was aged 22.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in  Glasgow. He was the son of Robert and Mary Jane, Galgorm. He is named on Le Touret Memorial, France and commemorated in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.

LENNOX,  James,  1925, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the  22nd August 1916. Aged 24,  he was born Ballymena and enlisted in Clandeboye. He was the son of James and Sarah Lennox, Edward Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Etretat Churchyard, Seine Maritime, France. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


LENNOX, Andrew, 17333, Private,  10/11th Highland Light Infantry, was KIA on the 23rd May, 1916.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Lanark. See separate page for his stiry.


LETTERS/LETTRES, William, 19057, Rifleman, 19th Royal Irish Rifles, died at home on the 23rd December 1916.  Aged 51, he enlisted in  Ballymena and was the son of William and Ellen of Bridge Street Place, Ballymena. He is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.


LINDSAY, William James, 23/811, Rifleman, 1st Bn, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on 19th September 1916.  He was the 31 year old son of George Lindsay, Glenarm, Co. Antrim and he is buried in Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, France. He is remembered in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland  (Tickmacrevan), Glenarm.

LINTON,  David, 6186, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, KIA on 1st July 1916.  He was aged 19 years.  He was the second son of Robert John and Mary Linton, farmers,  of Artnacrea, Clough, Co. Antrim. There were eight in the family, six boys and two girls (Samuel, David, Robert, Joseph, James [emigrated to NZ], Andrew, Maggie and Mary [died young], and three of the boys served in the war.  Samuel, the eldest, a Corporal in the Royal Field Artillery and a recipient of the MM, was gassed but survived the war,  and Robert John, the third son, only sixteen, enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery.  David died, probably by shellfire that destroyed his body,  in the opening on the Somme attack that killed so many of the 12th and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He is remembered in Clough Presbyterian Church.



Right: LITTLE, Robert, 22849, Lance Corporal, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on the 12th December 1918 from injuries received while a POW.  He was born in Limavady, Co. Londonderry and lived and enlisted in Ballymena. His wife and five children resided at Millview Place, Ballymena. He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

LOGAN, David, 169528, Private (2nd Class), 155 Squadron, RAF, was killed in an acciental explosion aged 37 on the 8 November 1918 and he was buried in Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney, France. He had been born the son of James and  Ellen Logan, nee Shaw, on the 5 October 1881 at Carncoagh, Skerry, Broughshane and he appears in the 1901 Irish census living at Galgorm Parks, Galgorm, Ballymena. He had married Mary Ellen McBride at the United Free Church, George Street, Renfrew, Scotland on the 12 July 1902. He was named on the now lost Galgorm & District War Memorial.
LOGAN, 38442, Private John, 12 Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) was killed im action aged 33 years on the 15 October 1918 and is buried in Duhallow ADS Cemetery, France. He was the son of James and Ellen, nee Shaw, and he had been born on the 25 October 1884 at Galgorm Parks, Galgorm, Ballymena. He was married to Margaret and lived at Prestonkirk, East Lothian, Scotland. He was named on the now lost Galgorm & District War Memorial.
LOGAN, Joseph, 18103, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born in Ballymena, lived at Thorndale Avenue, Larne and enlisted in Larne. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Gardenmore Presbyterian Church, Larne.
LOGAN, Joseph, 17/786, Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 5th April 1917. Aged 20, he was born in Cullybackey and enlisted Ballymena.  He was the son of James and Mary Logan of Station Road, Cullybackey. He is buried Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium and commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.

LOGAN, Samuel, 18605, Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was posted as missing on the 22nd November 1917. He was, as stated in a Ballymena Weekly Telegraph article of the 29 March 1919, subsequently deemed to have been killed on that date.


He was born in Ballymena and lived with his father James and the rest of the family at Edward Street, Harryville, and he was employed in the Braidwater Spinning Mill before enlistment in Belfast early in the war. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial and in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

LOGAN, 678621, Private William, 116th  Battalion, Canadian Infantry, died of wounds received in action at 7 Casualty Clearing Station when aged 31 on the 26 December 1917 and he is buried in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, France.  He had been born in Ballymena and lived at 129, Beverley Street, Toronto, Canada. He had named Miss Martha Kinley, a relative in Toronto, as his next of kin.

LONGMORE, James, 15332, Private,  8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIA on the 6th September 1916. Aged 34, he was born in Ballymena and was the son of Hirave or Hiram and Sarah Longmore.  He enlisted in Tipperary and lived in Belfast.

LONGMORE, Wilson, 2700, Lance Sergeant, 1st Irish Guards, was killed in action at Ypres on the 19th November 1914.  Aged 26, he was born in Ballymena and was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Longmore, formerly Bridge Street, Ballymena & later 18 Jocelyn St, Belfast.  He enlisted in Belfast and was formerly in the Royal Irish Constabulary.  

His brother was Captain George M B Longmore, British Army Mauritius Labour Battalion.

Left: LOVE, David, 26/1632, Lance Corporal, 2nd. Bn, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on the Somme on 2 April 1918.  Aged 32 and a labourer, he was the son of David & Hannah Jane Love, Kilcreen, Glarryford and he listed his next of kin as his brother, a Mr Asher Love, Woodville, New Zealand.    He had left New Zealand on the 1 April 1916 with the 2nd Reinforcements 4th Battalion, H Company.  He is remembered on the Grevillers (NZ) Memorial.


LOWRY, James, 891, Rifleman, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917. Aged 19. He was born in Ahoghill and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of Thomas Lowry, Fenagh, Cullybackey. He is commemorated on theTyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


LUKE,  Alexander, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds (received 1st July) at No. 9 Clearing Hospital, Rouen on the 8th August 1916. He was 23, the son of James and Mary Luke, Ahoghill. He enlisted Ballymena.  His wife Agnes lived at 37 Springwell Street, Ballymena. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, France and commemorated in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


LYNAS,  William John, 17/1552, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died while POW on the 29th June 1918.  Aged 21, he was the son of William and Mary Lynas, Cambrai Street, Belfast. He is named on a headstone in Ballymena Old Cemetery, Church Street.  He is buried in Premont British Cemetery, Aisne, France.


LYNCH,  Michael James,  3/6872, Private, 1st Somerset Light Infantry, was KIA on the 9th August 1916.  He was born in Belfast, enlisted in Cardiff and lived in Ballymena. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,  Belgium .