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 often refer to an area, e. g. 'Cullybackey' often means 'from the Cullybackey area' rather that from the village itself.

MACLARAN, Captain Frank Nairne, 1st Bn. 9th Gurkha Rifles died on Friday, April 14, 1916 and aged 33. He is named Basra Memorial. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Blayney Maclaran and the husband of Grace Edith Maclaran, nee Savage. She remarried and became Mrs. Edith R. Casement, of Rarkmoyle, Cushendall, Co. Antrim.
MAGEE, 19129 Rifleman Robert, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 22nd March 1917. He was born on the 30 April 1892 at Greenville St, Castlereagh, Belfast and he enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of David Magee (McGee sic) and Margaret Brown. The couple, both from Ballymena, were married on the 22 February 1878 in 2nd Ballymena (High Kirk) Presbyterian Church. They were living at Cupar Street, Belfast in 1901 and were at Queen Street, Ballymena in 1911. They said in 1911 that they had been married for 33 years, that they had had 17 children, that 9 were still alive at the time of the census. CWGC give their address on their record as 60, Queen Street, Ballymena and show that their son is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension. He is also commemorated in 2nd Ballymena (High Kirk) Presbyterian Church.

Left: MAGILL,  41435 Private James,  9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, (North Irish Horse Bn.) was killed in action on the 6th June 1918 by friendly fire, a French air raid.  He was born on the 5 April 1893 and was the son of greengrocer Dyas (Dias) and Catherine (Cassie) Magill, of 25, Springwell St, Ballymena, Co Antrim. Dyas Magill had married housemaid Catherine Dunlop, also of Springwell Street, in All Saints RC Church, Ballymena on the 8 February 1893. James was to be the oldest of their 15 children.

James initially enlisted in the North Irish Horse in November 1915 and 1805 James Magill went to France in summer 1916. The men were transferred to the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers and he became 41435 of 'A' Company.

He was to see a lot of action and to suffer shellshock but met his fate as a consequence of the German Spring Offensive of 1918.  He was part of the retreat from St Quentin and was taken prisoner.  He was held in a compound which was bombed by the French, the airship raid killing over twenty British prisoners. The Germans buried him and he was 'missing' until the bodies were later exhumed and he was identified from his paybook and identity disc. He is now buried in Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villete, France. His death plaque and medals are now prominently displayed at Ballymena Services Club.

MAGILL, 6205 Rifleman Robert Dobbin, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 21 April 1898 at Galgorm Parks, Ballymena and was the son of Robert Magill and Elizabeth Dobbin. Labourer Robert Magill and Lizzie Dobbin, both Galgorm Parks, had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 25 December 1895. They later lived in Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Randalstown OC (Old Congregation) Presbyterian Church.
MAGUIRE, Second Engineer Frank, died on the 18 December 1916 in the sinking of the SS Opal (Glasgow). SS Opal, a coaster, was sunk in the Irish Sea off the Isle of Man by mines laid by submarine U-80 (Commander Alfred von Glasenapp) with the loss of twelve crew including the ship’s master. She was travelling from Llandulas, North Wales on a voyage to Belfast-Glasgow with a cargo of limestone.
Frank Maguire was aged 30 years, the son of Ellen Maguire, nee McKillop, of Martin St., Glenarm, Co. Antrim, and the late James Maguire. He had been born at Glenarm. On the 17th October 1886.
MAIRS, SS/101872 Stoker 1st Class Alexander, H.M.S. Hawke, died on 15th October 1914.  He was born on the 29 March 1885 at Cullybackey and was the son of farmer John Mairs and Maggie Kenny.  The couple had married in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 2 February 1877. CWGC gave their later address as Gracehill, Co. Antrim. He is commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial and in  Kells Presbyterian Church. See separate section on the loss of HMS Hawke.
MANN,  27233 Private Robert, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 27 April 1917. He was born on the 13 February 1883 at Ballymarlow/Ballymarlagh, Ballymena and he enlisted in Belfast. He was the bricklayer son of bricklayer Samuel Mann and Agnes Lamont. The pair had married in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, Ballymena on the 29 December 1871. The family later moved to Belfast and were at Mountainview Street in 1901 and at Snugville Street in 1911.  Samuel was a widower at the latter date and said  he and his deceased wife had had twelve children during their marriage. Eight were still alive at the time of the census. CWGC gives their address on Robert's death record as 58, Esmond Street, Belfast. Robert is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium and remembered in Bethany (Agnes Street) Presbyterian Church and in Woodvale Park Presbyterian Church.

MARK,  41562 Private George, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, formerly 2251 of the North Irish Horse, was killed in action on the 4th September 1918.  He was born on the 3 April 1896 at Alfred Street, Harryville, Ballymena and he was the only son of Samuel and Mary J. Mark, later of 40, Casement Street, Ballymena. The couple, Samuel Mark from Craignageeragh, Ahoghill and Mary Jane Allen, from Ballybeg, Ahoghill, had married in 3rd (Brookside) Presbyterian Church, Ahoghill on the 16 March 1893. They were still  at Ballybeg, Ahoghill and living with the Allen family in 1901 but were at Casement Street, Harryville, Ballymena in 1911.

George was in the North Irish Horse in 1916, with initially with them in France and Flanders in 1917, but like many dismounted NIH personnel he was transferred to the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was slightly wounded in 1917 and then killed in action in 1918 in fighting in southern Belgium, specifically in the area between Ploegsteeert in the south and Wytschaete to the north. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial,  Belgium and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church. The family headstone is in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena.

MARKS, 18397 Rifleman Robert, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.  He was born on the 16 April 1880 at 45, Malcolm Lane, Belfast and enlisted in Lisburn. His parents may have lived in Ballymena at a time but Robert was long associated with Belfast. He had married Alice Kain, 22, Sandy Row, Belfast, in St Anne's Parish Church on the 2 September 1902 and wife Alice later lived at Drumbeg, Lisburn.  The groom had given his address as 7, Hugh Street, Belfast. He was a veteran of the South African Wars. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and in Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church.
MARSHALL, 76737 Driver James, 47th Bde, Royal Field Artillery was killed in action in Belgium. He was born on the 12 October 1880 at Douglas Terrace, Harryville, Ballymena and was the son of railway worker James Marshall and his wife Mary Dundee.  He was killed in action on the 20 November 1917 and he is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery.  The family are recorded at Magheralane, Derraghy, Antrim in the 1901 Irish census.

Left: MARTIN, 8490 Rifleman Jack (John), 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 18 September 1914. He was born on the 24 October 1886 and was the son of the John Martin and Catherine McGahey. Widower John had married Catherine, both Ballymena, in High Kirk (2nd) Presbyterian Church, Ballymena on the 11 August 1894. John died at Albert Street, Ballymena on the 23 November 1898 and aged 63 years, and Catherine at Clonavon, Ballymena on the 21 January 1910 and aged 66 years. The couple had three children listed in 1901 - Lizzie (16 - 11/10/1884), John (14-24/10/1886) and James (12-11/10/1888). Lizzie married Charles Magill, both of Springwell Street, in All Saints RC Church, Ballymena on the 26 December 1905 and in 1911 the couple were living at Coach Entry, off Castle Street. Charles (28) and Elizabeth (25) said they had had four children and one was alive in 1911, a girl called Maggie (1). 

Jack enlisted in Ballymena, though his wife, Margaret Martin, lived at 52 Abercorn Road, Londonderry. He is commemorated on the La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial.

Right: MARTIN, 9014 Lance Corporal Joseph, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 10th March 1915. He was born on the 1 January 1889 at Craigavole, Ballymoney and he was the son of James Dorrens Martin and Elizabeth Gregg. The couple, James from Drumsaragh, Co Londonderry and Elizabeth from Landmore, Co Londonderry, married in 2nd Kilrea Presbyterian Church on the 31 May 1878.  The family lived at Hope Street, Ballymena in 1901 and 1911. They said at the latter date that they had been married for 33 years and that all six of their children were then alive. Joseph Martin was then with the 1 Royal Irish Rifles, a soldier in 'Burmah and the Andaman Islands'.

The 1st Royal Irish Rifles first major action was the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, fought between 10 and 13 March 1915 and it seems that this is where Joseph was killed. A local soldier called Alexander, according to the Ballymena Observer, relayed the news to the parents.

The battalion had gone forward to previously captured German front line positions and helped to secure the village of Neuve-Chapelle. It was then subjected to determined counter-attacks which failed to dislodge them but which caused very heavy battalion casualties, amounting to 18 officers, including their Colonel,  and 440 other ranks.

He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

MAWHINNEY,  289182 Petty Officer Stoker William, HMS Gaillardia, was killed in action when his ship hit by a mine off the Orkneys during the night of the 22nd - 23rd March 1918.  He had  20 years' service, having enlisted as boy sailor.

William Mawhinney was born on the 12 February 1878 at Ballymena and he was the son of Samuel Mawhinney and Jane McMeekin.  The couple had had six children by 1911 and all were then alive. They were living at Edenvale, Shilvodan, near Randalstown in 1901 and 1911.  His stated next of kin was Mr. Thomas McKeen, Bryan Street, Ballymena. He is named Chatham Naval Memorial.

H.M.S. Gaillardia was a Sloop of the Flower class. She was approximately 1250 tons and was built by Blyth SB and launched on the 19th May 1917 as a minesweeper.  Her armament consisted of 2 x 4 inch guns and one 3 pounder AA gun.


There is a family headstone in Connor New Cemetery but William is not named. It reads:

Erected by Samuel Mawhinney, Edenvale.
In loving memory of his wife Jane, died 14th May 1920.
Also their son Samuel, died 8th Aug 1916.
The above Samuel Mawhinney, died 22nd Feb. 1933.
And Mary Lyle. died 9th Nov. 1953
James McMeekin Mawhinney, died 18th April 1969.


MAWHINNEY, 24889 Lance Corporal John,  Machine Gun Corps,  died from wounds sustained in the Great War on the 5th June 1920. He appears to have been born on the 10 January 1893 at Rickamore, Templepatrick, the son of John Mawhinney and Sarah Wiley (also Wylie). He later lived at Little Ballymena, Ballyclare. He was the husband of Sarah Davison (f. Mawhinney), 3, Springwell Street, Ballymena, and he is buried in Larne New Cemetery.
Right: MAWHINNEY, (sometimes Mewhinney or McWhinney) 547 Lance Corporal Samuel,  547, Lance Corporal,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds received on July 1 while a POW on 19th July 1916.  He was born at Ballybeg, Ahoghill on the 19 July 1894 (recorded as McWhinney) and was the son of Rachael or Rachel Mawhinney. She was unmarried and the mother of three children. The family were at Craignageeragh, Ahoghill in 1901 and in nearby Limnaharry, Ahoghill in 1911. At the latter date Rachel was 56 years old and her children are listed as Isaac (21), Samuel (16) and Mary Agnes (11). They later lived around Appletee, Kells and at Bridge View, Kells. He is buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery and commemorated in Kells Presbyterian Church.
He appears to have been wounded in the leg during the opening stage of the Somme battle, was taken prisoner and he died despite medical care being given. His mother posted requests for information in the local press and got some response but official notification came later. The Ballymena  Observer, November 24, 1916, reported that 'Mrs. Mawhinney, Shankbridge, Ballymena, has been notified that her son, Lance Corporal Samuel Mawhinney, Royal Irish Rifles, has died of wounds while a prisoner of war in Germany. Prior to enlisting, he was an employee of the Ballymena Goods Yard in Harryville, where he was most popular.'
Left: MAYBIN (sometimes Mabin or Mayben), 12/6545 Rifleman John, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 22nd November 1917. He was born on the 4 June 1889 at Caugherty, Broughshane and enlisted in Ballymena shortly after the outbreak of the war. He was the son of Patrick Maybin and Rose Mary McQuitty.  The couple had married in West Church (2nd Ballymena) Presbyterian on the 16 January 1885. They had four children before Patrick died at the Cottage Hospital, Ballymena on the 26 December 1902. Widow Rose  Mary (53) listed James (24), John (21) Jeanie (Jane - 20) and Alexander (Sandy - 19) in 1911. 
Rifleman John had been wounded and recovered on two previous occasions. He is buried in Moeuvres Communal Cemetery, Nord, France and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.


MAYBIN, 106392 Private Richard (Meban on headstone & census), 1 Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment) was born on the 16 January 1889 and was originally a farmer, though he appears to have been working as a locomotive fireman at the time of his enlistment at Saskatoon on the 28 December 1914.

Meban or Maybin was from Co. Antrim, from the village of Broughshane.  His mother Margaret was already a widow at the time of the 1901 census.  She was a farmer and listed the following children, though whether they were the entire family is unknown: Maggie (24), Mary (22), John (20), Joseph (18) Agness sic (16) and Richard (12). In 1911 she stated she was 64, a widow and still farming. She listed three offspring: Mary (30), John (28) and Richard (21); all were single and it must have been shortly after this date that Richard went to seek his fortune in Canada.

Richard left Canada aboard the SS Megantic and reached England on 6 June 1915.  His unit was in France on the 22 September 1915.  The 1st CMR was with others manning the 3rd Division front east of Ypres (modern Ieper) in Belgium. An Allied advance was planned and troops moved forward, but the Germans struck on 2 June 1916 before the Allied plan could unfold.

The barrage devastated the forward Canadian positions and killed many, including the division commander, Major-General Malcolm Smith Mercer, the highest ranking Canadian officer to be killed in World War 1. German infantry then took Canadian positions at Mount Sorrel and on the two surrounding hills. A hastily organized counterattack on 3 June failed. Three days later, the Germans captured the village of Hooge. Ypres was at their mercy but the opportunity was not taken, and having lost the first two phases of the battle, the Canadians eventually achieved victory in the final operation.

Richard Meban’s effects were returned to his mother in Broughshane, among them his bagpipes (The Canadian CMR units, 48th Highlanders of Canada,  had a pipe band and Richard was a piper.)  The instrument lay forgotten in an attic for many years but was recently rediscovered. The pipes were restored by Harold Bennett, Dungannon. The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, subsequently decided to participate in a Living Memory project to mark the Battle of the Somme Centenary, and held a Slow Air/Lament Pipe Tune Composer’s Competition in July 2016. It agreed that the tune should be named in memory of Private Richard Meban (Maybin). The winning tune was composed by Iain Bell,  Dumfries, Scotland and was played in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church on 2 November 2016 by Ian Burrows on the pipes that belonged to Private Meban. A framed copy of the tune was presented to George McMullan, Clerk of Session, 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

McALEESE, 5848 Corporal James, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 24th March 1918 when his unit were overwhelmed in an attack during the German Spring Offensive.  He was born on the 11 September 1886 at Church Tamlaght, Rasharkin and he was the eldest of three surviving children of stonemason Peter McAleese, Dreen, Rasharkin and Catherine McMullen, Ballydonnelly, Rasharkin.  His brothers were Patrick and Daniel. The couple had married in Rasharkin RC Chapel on the 24 August 1884. James is buried in Grand Seracourt British Cemetery.


Right: McALEESE, 18/816 Rifleman Joseph, 9th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 8th June 1917. He was born in Ballymena on the 30 July 1897 at Robert Street, Ballymena and was the son of Margaret McAleese. She married pedlar William Griffen on the 22 April 1901 in Armoy Parish Church.  Local press refer to her as Gubbin, Gribben or Gribbon.  Her address was  Mill Row, Ballymena - Mill Row/Mill View led off Robert Street. The couple were at Robert Street in 1911 and said they had ten children but only four had survived. They list Annie (5), Lizzie (2) and infant James.  Joseph McAleese (13) is listed as a relative. Joseph is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.

 

McALISTER, 26480 Private Patrick, 7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was born on the 24 August 1875 at Turnaroan, Culfeightrin, Cushendall and killed in action on the 10th February 1917.  He was the son of Daniel McAlister, a miner of Turnaroan and his wife Anne, nee Jamison.  Daniel was a 54 year old widower and merchant at the time of the 1901 Irish census and is recorded living on Shore Street, Cushendall. Patrick was aged 42 years at time of death is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Row M, Grave 55.
McALLISTER, 12/1727 Private Daniel Joseph, served in the 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment.  He had been working as a wagon driver for Mr E P Paul Mangere in Auckland prior to his enlistment. He was, however, born in Glenarm, Co Antrim and gave two Irish address for his next of kin.  His brother was Mr Joseph McAllister, 54 Glenarm Road, Larne, and his sister Mary was Mrs John McGlade, 110 Ardilea Street, Belfast (previously 22 Ballymena Street, Old Park Rd, Belfast).
Daniel Joseph McAllister was born on 27 April 1887 and was 27 years and 9 months old when he enlisted on 14 December 1914.  He was a 5' 5" tall Roman Catholic who weighed 149 lbs and who had blue eyes and dark brown hair.
He left New Zealand aboard HT Tahiti (14 February 1915 as HMNZT - 18 departed with 3rd Reinforcements NZ Expeditionary Force 1,719 persons all accommodated with two other vessels Maunganui (HMNZT 17) and Aparima (HMNZT 19) on 14 February 1915 and was discharged at Suez, Egypt on the 26 March.  He was admitted to hospital on the 14 August suffering from gastritis, and he was subsequently moved by HS Iconia to Malta and admitted to St Patrick's Hospital there. They then sent him onwards to England aboard HS Scotian on the 10 September and he was admitted 'slightly sick' to 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham on the 19 September. He was discharged from hospital on the 16 October and arrived back at his depot on the 22 October. He did not disembark from HT Briton in Alexandria until the 23 January 1916.
He was taken on strength at Moascar Camp, Ismailia on the day he disembarked. He stayed there until, aboard HT Franconia, he left Port Said, Egypt on the 6 April 1916 bound for France.  No other entries on his record, just the recording of his being killed in action on the 28 September 1916.  This happened on the Somme and he is named on the Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial, Longueval, France.
McALLISTER, 6343 Private John, 6th Connaught Rangers, was killed in action on the 11th January 1917. He was born in Duke Street, Ballymena on the 20 August 1890 and he was the son of John McAllister and Charlotte Forsythe.  The family lived in Duke Street at the time of the 1911 census, and the couple said they had had five children.  All were alive at that date. They later moved to 11 Emily Street, Belfast. John is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
McALLISTER, Fireman John, Mercantile Marine and serving on the SS Kish (Glasgow), died aged 21 on the 17th April 1917.  He was the son of John McAllister, of 62, Fore St., Kilmarnock, and Alice McAllister, nee McKeown, of 10, St. John's Place, Larne, Co. Antrim. He had been born at Deer Park, Glenarm, Co. Antrim on the 20th November 1895. His parents had married in Glenarm Roman Catholic Chapel on the 16th October 1892.
SS Kish had been built by Scott & Co., Greenock in 1902 and was owned at the time of her loss by Clyde Shipping Co. Ltd., Glasgow. On April 17th, 1917, SS Kish was on a voyage from Iquique via Norfolk to Newport with a cargo of nitrate, was torpedoed without warning and sunk by the German submarine U-67 (Commander Hans Nieland), 160 nautical miles (300 km) north west by west of Fastnet Rock. Six crewmen were lost.

Left: McAnally (sometimes McNally),  6/2795 Lance Corporal Hugh,  6th Connaught Rangers, died of wounds in Bellahoustin Military Hospital, Glasgow. He had been slightly wounded in the stomach but remained in the field, though assigned only light duties. His condition deteriorated and he was eventually transferred to hospital in Scotland. A telegram reached Mrs McNally from his commanding officer, this stating that her husband was seriously ill and asking that she go over to see him. She went but may have arrived too late. Lance Corporal Hugh McAnally died of septicaemia on Thursday 23rd March 1916 in Bellahouston Military Hospital, Glasgow.

He had been born on the 13 February 1878 at Cullybackey and he was the son of Margaret McAnally - no father is named, though the 1901 Irish census says 62 year old Margaret McAnalley (sic) was a widow. 22-year-old Hugh is also recoded.

Hugh of Galgorm Street, Ballymena married Sarah McKeown, Coach Entry, off Castle Street, Ballymena in All Saints RC Church, Ballymena on the 17 November 1902; the record says his father was 'not known'. Margaret McAnally died aged 63 on the 9 December 1906 at Galgorm Street, Ballymena, her son's wife Sarah being with her. CWGC say Hugh's wife Sarah lived at Railway Place, Ballymena and that Hugh's parents, John and Margaret McAnally, lived in Cullybackey. He is buried in St. Mary's (Aughnahoy) Cemetery,  Ahoghill Road, Portglenone.

McANDREW, 3738 Rifleman Hector, 'C' Coy. 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 3rd March 1916.  He was aged 18, the son of John and Sarah McAndrew, Glasgow, Scotland, though was living in the Ballygrooby area, Randalstown, Co Antrim in 1901 and 1911. There were four children in the family in 1911, a fifth having died. He is named in Randalstown Old Congregation records.  He is buried in Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France.


Right: McATEER, 10187 Private Adam, 'D' Coy. 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  was killed in action on the 22nd May 1915.  He was born on the 23 August 1893 at Railway Street, Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Archibald McAteer and Jane McCaughey, later of 26 Waring Street, Ballymena. Farmer Archibald McAteer, Ballyloughan, Ballymena married Jenny (sic) McCaughey of Killyflugh, Ballymena in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 8 March 1878. Adam is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli and in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church. He was the brother of Nathaniel (below).


McATEER, 10093DA James Kennedy, Deck Hand, Royal Naval Reserve, was killed in action aged 23 years when HM Trawler Rose II struck a mine laid by submarine UC 66 and sank on the 23 April 1917.  He was the son of John and Lizzie McAteer, nee Kennedy, and he had been born at Gloonan, Ahoghill on the 7 September 1893.  The family were still at Lisnafillon, Ahoghill in 1901 but by the time of the 1911 cenus they were at Hope Street, Larne. The CWGC recorded the parent's address in 1917 as Fleet Street, Larne. He is remembered on the Larne war memorial and in Gardenmore Presbyterian Church.
McATEER, 51802 Private Nathaniel McMichael, 11th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry),  formerly 2747 Dragoon Guards, was killed in action on the 1st December 1917. He was born on the 28 August 1887 at Ballyloughan, Ballymena and was the son of Archibald McAteer and the late Jane McCaughey, later of 26 Waring Street, Ballymena. He lived in Ballymena, the family being at Railway Place in 1901 and Waring Street in 1911. He was the brother of Adam (above) and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France and in  1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
Left: McCAUGHERN (or McAughern),  William John,  41344, Rifleman, 4th Bn. New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on the 21st August 1917 near Ypres (Ieper).  He was born on the 28 December 1880 at Church Tamlaght, Rasharkin but had emigrated to New Zealand in 1913.  He owned a large sheep farm at Porangahau, near Napier, on the North Island.  He enlisted in Napier in November 1916 and he embarked with Reinforcement H Company on the Ruapehu on the 14th March 1917.  He joined his battalion in the field on the 9th August 1917. His short war ended when he was killed in the area around the trenches at Ration Farm.  He was the son of Andrew McCaughern and Hannah Carson, later of 'The Cottage', Kells. Widower and farmer Andrew had married Hannah in Cullybackey Presbyterian Church on the 23 December 1875. He is buried in La Plus Douve Cemetery, Belgium. Memorabilia associated with this soldier on display at Ballymena Services Club.
McBRIDE, Alexander, Merchant Marine, Trimmer and Fireman aboard the SS Glenfruin (Glasgow), was killed in action aged 41 years on the 26 January 1918. The vessel, carrying a cargo of iron ore, was sunk in the Irish Sea by the U 103 and all hands were lost. McBride is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial.
Alexander McBride was the son of James and Ann Jane McBride, nee Frew, and he had been born on the 30 January 1876 at Ballygarvey, Kirkinriola, Ballymena. 30 year old sailor Alexander of 8, Weaver Street, Belfast had married 23 year old Cassie (Catherine) Campbell of 7, Milewater Street, Belfast in St Joseph's RC Chapel on the 3 February 1906. Catherine still lived at 7 Milewater Street/Road, Belfast at the time of his death.
McBRIDE, Moses, 29802, Private, 2nd Otago Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was 2nd  killed in action on the 7th June 1917 at Messines. He had embarked on the vessel Willochra on the 16th October 1916 with the 18th Reinforcement Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company. He was the labourer son of John McBride and Sarah Paul, later of Coreen, Broughshane, Co. Antrim, Ireland. The pair, John from Connor and Sarah from Lisbreen, had married in West Church, Ballymena on the 22 January 1883. Moses is buried Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium and commemorated in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

Right: McBRIDE, 11/19633 Rifleman Thomas, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 4th April 1916. He was born on the 15 July 1889 at Kilknock, Drummaul and lived at Muckrim.  He was the son of farmer and widower John McBride, Muckrim, Duneane and Ellen Nicholl, Kilknock, Drummaul, two townlands close to Randalstown.  The pair had married in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church (Trinity) on the 19 January 1889.  The couple had a large family, though two perished in childhood - Thomas McBride (born 15th July 1889), Robert McBride (born 6th September 1891), Agnes McBride (born 28th April 1894, died 27th October 1902), David McBride (born 10th August 1896), Samuel McBride (born 11th November 1899), George McBride (born 24th January 1902, died 30th January 1902), Ellen McBride (born 21st November 1902), Maggie McBride (born 1st January 1907).

Thomas's death was noted in the Belfast Newsletter of the 13th April 1916. It said : Mr John McBride of Muckrim, Toomebridge, has received official intimation that his eldest son, Private Thomas McBride, Royal Irish Rifles, has been killed in action. The deceased, who was 25 years of age and most popular in the Toome district, enlisted in the Ulster Division in September 1914.

His will left his effects to his sister Margaret at Muckrim, Toomebridge.

He is buried St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen and commemorated in Grange Presbyterian Church.

Left: McCALLUM or McCOLLUM (McCollam or CWGC 370 Thomas McCallum), 18/370 Lance Corporal Thomas, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916, though originally deemed missing in action. He was born 17 April 1895 at Carniny, Ballymena, and he was the son of Matthew McCollam sic and Annie Smyth, both of Teeshan, Ballymena. The couple had married on the 18 November 1887 in Cullybackey UP Church. They eventually had seven children, all of whom were alive in 1911. Thomas, their youngest son, enlisted in Ballymena.  The family lived at Carniny in 1901 but Thomas's parents were later at Parkhead, Ballymena. He is commemorated in West Church (2nd Ballymena) Presbyterian Church. The family headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road reads as follows: McCallum - In loving memory of our dear father and mother Matthew, died 9th April 1930. Annie, died 1st May 1944. Also their son Rfm. Tom McCallum, killed in action at the Somme 1st July 1916.
McCALMONT, 305 Rifleman David, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 11 January 1893 at Kinnegalliagh, Glenwherry and enlisted in Ballyclare. He was the son of farmer Samuel McCalmont, Glenwhirry and  Sarah Rea, Shoptown, Glenwhirry. The couple had married in Glenwhirry Presbyterian Church on the 17 June 1887. David (21) had married Sarah Heaney (21), in Christ Church Parish Church, Ballynure on the 26 July 1913. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


McCANN, Bertie, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Patrick (Bertie), 18th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 14th November 1916. He was born on the 1 September 1895 and he was the son of then builder Hugh McCann and Ellen (Nelly) Ryan, Woodvale Ballymena. Hugh, 26 and a publican, had married milliner Ellen Ryan (24) in Ballymena RC Chapel on the 11 February 1877. They lived at Flixton Place in 1901 and at the Broughshane Road in 1911, and were later living at Galgorm Road, Ballymena. 'Bertie' is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery and commemorated in Crebilly RC burying ground.


McCann Grave Marker, Crebilly RC Cemetery



McCAREY (McCarry, CWGC McCarrey), W/958 Private Henry, 13th Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action on the 15th May 1916. He was born on the 19 June 1889 at Clogher, Kirkinriola, Ballymena and he was the son of John McCarey and Jane Carroll. She was a widow living at Warden Street, Ballymena in 1901 and 1911, and Mrs Jane McCarey was still at 7, Warden Street, Ballymena when he was killed. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

McCART (Ross), John,  818 Rifleman John, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 27 February 1896 at Mill Row (sometimes Mill View, ran between Robert Street and George's Street), Ballymena, and he was the son of watchmaker George Ross and Margaret McCart. The couple had married in High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena on the 13 January 1893. The family were living at George's Street in 1901 and at Coach Entry, just off Castle Street, in 1911. Widow Margaret Ross was still at Castle Street, Ballymena when John was killed; George had died on 31 March 1905 at George's Street, Ballymena.

CWGC have him listed as John McCart, as shown on the newspaper photograph, but he was actually John McCart Ross and he was the brother of 17896 George Ross, also killed. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in St Patrick's Parish Church, Ballymena.

McCARTNEY, 12733, Private Andrew,  8th Welsh Regiment, was killed in action on the 30th September 1915.  He was aged 50, and he was born on the 23 May 1865 at Portglenone, the son of Robert McCartney, Townhill, Portglenone and Margaret Nelson. He lived in Carmarthen, Wales and was the husband of Maggie. Andrew McCartney, Bracknamuckley, Portglenone had married Maggie Ross, Drumraw, Portglenone in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 1 September 1896.  He is buried Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Right: McCARTNEY 19092, Lance Corporal Andrew, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 15th August 1917. He was born on the 3 July 1894 and was the son of  millworker Samuel McCartney and Mary Todd, Henry Street, Ballymena. They had married in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 6 November 1893. They were still living on Henry Street, Harryville in 1901 and 1911. CWGC gives the parents' address as 35, Henry Street, Harryville, Ballymena. Andrew is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.

Left: McCARTNEY, 2729 Trooper James,  Household Cavalry, died of wounds on the 24th November 1917.  He was born on the 15 August 1894 and was the son of James McCartney and Martha Johnston, Legagrane, Cargan, Newtowncrommelin. The couple had married in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church on the 3 September 1890. James enlisted in Falkirk and lived Antrim. He was the brother of William (see below) and John. He is buried in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Churchyard. The headstone is almost illegible.



McCartney Grave, Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Churchyard.


In loving memory of James McCartney Jnr. Died 29th November, 1917, aged 23 years.

"He made the supreme sacrifice, for God, King and country."

Also his brother William, died 29th September, 1918, aged 22 years, whose body lies in France.

Also their father James McCartney, died 22nd Jan. 1926, aged 63 years.

Martha Johnston McCartney, wife of the above named James McCartney, died 25th October 1934, aged 74 years.

McCARTNEY, 17848 Private John, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He was born on the 18 September 1894 at Henry Street, Harryville, Ballymena, the son of Hugh McCartney, Cromkill, Kells and Jane Murray, Ballycowan, Kells.  The couple had married in Ballymena RC Church (All Saints) on the 14 July 1888. Widow Jane, Hugh having died on the 14 August 1893, was living at Alfred Street, Harryville in 1901, and she listed four children. John (11), Patrick (9), Daniel (7), and infant Victor are noted. The last was registered as Victor Winton McCartney, born on the 10 August 1900 at Alfred Street, Harryville; no father is named. Widow Jane Murray (38) married labourer William Dunseath (45) in Ballymena RC Chapel on the 20 May 1910, the pair giving their address as 29, Alfred Street, Ballymena.  John enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
McCARTNEY, 6357 Rifleman Robert, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born in the USA, enlisted in Ballymena and lived at Hillmount, Dunminning, Craigs, Cullybackey. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church.
The 1901 census records widower Thomas McCartney (65) of Dunminning, Craigs, recorded his daughters Eliza (30) and Martha (22), and his sons Robert (20) and William (16). He also records grandson Robert Reid (7) and born in 'New Burg, America'. It seems,  though it cannot be proven, that the Robert McCartney killed in 1916 was Robert Reid, that he may have adopted the McCartney name.
The family were still at the address in 1911 and Thomas (76) recorded Eliza (36),  Hugh (32), Samuel (30) and Robert (19); he also said he had had ten children and that eight were alive in 1911.
6357 Robert named two aunts, Eliza and Lily, as his beneficiaries in his will.


McCARTNEY,  29746 Private William, 12th Highland Light Infantry, formerly S/10215 Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action on the 28th September 1918. He was born on the 1 May 1896 at Legagrane, Newtowncrommelin and was the brother of James (DOW) and John (wounded and discharged), and the son of James McCartney and Martha Johnston, Legagrane, Glenravel. He enlisted in Kilsyth, Scotland.  He is commemorated in Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium and in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church.

Right: McCLEAN,  18/727 Rifleman Alexander Hinds, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 29th May 1917. He was born on the 13 June 1898 was the third son of Hugh McClean and Ann Surgenor, Bracknamuckley, Portglenone. The couple, Hugh (McLean sic) from Mullinsallagh, Portglenone and Ann from Gortfad, Portglenone, had married in 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian Church on the 5 December 1884.

Alexander is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium and commemorated in 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian Church.

McCLEAN (often McLEAN), John, 11/2216, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was  killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Kirkinriola, Ballymena and enlisted in Lisburn. He was born the son on James and Jane McClean, nee Bones, on the 31 May 1895 at Magheramully near Broughshane, and the census returns of 1901 and 1911 place him at Coreen, Broughshane. His wife was called Diana and his will associates her with 4, Antrim Place, Lisburn. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
McCLEAN (or McLean, birth recorded as McClain), 19654 Rifleman William, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 15th April 1918. He was born at Ballycowan, Kells on the 17 October 1891 and he lived in Kells village. He was the son of Samuel McClean and Matilda Swan, Kells.  The couple had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 12 July 1890. They were in the village of Kells at the time of the 1901 and 1911 census recordings and employed members of the family were involved in the factory production of woollen cloth. There were two children of the marriage, William and Rachel. William is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium and in Kells Presbyterian Church.

McCLEARY, Andrew, 12428, Guardsman, 1st Scots Guards, was killed in action on the 25th January 1915. Aged 31, he was born at Clough, Co Antrim and enlisted Bo'ness. He was the husband of Annie McCleary, 27, Murrayfield Terrace, West Lothian, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

He was possibly/probably Andrew McCleary, son of miner John McCleary and his wife Elizabeth Young of Skerry East, near Clough. There is no record of the family in Ireland in 1901 or 1911 and they may well have emigrated to Scotland long before the Great War.


McCLELLAND, 23765 Private Daniel,  7/8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 20th November 1917. He was supposedly born in Larne and enlisted in Carrickfergus. This now appears wrong.  Daniel McClelland was born in Bushmills on the 19 July 1890 and was the son of James McClelland and Mary McDonald. He was 10 and living in Bushmills with his family in 1901 and in 1911 was 19 and and a farm servant in the household of the McCluney family of Dunsilly, Antrim. He married Elizabeth McCloskey in Antrim RC Church on the 13 April 1914 and the couple lived at Brecart, Toomebridge. Brecart, Toomebridge is the address on his will (above).
McCLENAGHAN, 22878 Private Thomas,  9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.  He was born in at Garfield Place, off Broughshane Street, Ballymena on the 29 December 1887, and he was the son of Samuel McClenaghan and Susanna Kirk.  The couple, widower Samuel from Caddy, Drummaul and Susanna from nearby Tamlaght, had married in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 22 September 1877. Thomas and enlisted and lived in Belfast. The family were living at Osborne Street in 1901 and his mother died at 2, Edenderry Street from TB on the 30 March 1906.  The family were still living at Edenderry Street in 1911. Thomas is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
Left: McCLINTOCK, 13/16731 Rifleman David, 12th Royal Irish Rifles,  was killed in action on the 12th April 1918.  He was born in on the 8 November 1888 at Kinbally, Broughshane, the son of David McClintock and Sarah Austin.  The couple, both from Ballygarvey, had married in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church on the 7 January 1881. 41-year-old iron miner David was living at Carncoagh by 1901 with Sarah and five children (Six children had been born of the marriage but Austin McClintock, born 6 December 1893 at Carncoagh, died on the 20 January 1896). In 1911 Engine Driver David and Sarah, both 51 years old, were living at Carnkeenan, Broughshane and son David, then 18, is said to be a footman. He was later butler to the O'Neills of Tullymore House, Broughshane.  David enlisted in Belfast and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.



Right: McCLINTOCK, 7300 Rifleman David, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 26th August 1914. He was born on the 2 May 1884 at Broughshane Street, Ballymena and he was the son of Patrick McClintock and Sarah Elder. The couple had married in St Patrick's Parish Church, Ballymena on the 11 April 1883.  The family were at Coach Entry, Castle Street, Ballymena in 1901 and at Mitchell's Entry (off Coach Entry, Castle Street?) in 1911. Twelve children were born of the marriage but only three boys survived, namely Patrick. John and Robert; the last daughter, Matilda of Tilda, died at James Street, Harryville in 1902. He was the brother of 6322 Robert - see below.  He is commemorated on the La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial, France.


McCLINTOCK, 3622 Private Robert, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, formerly 5766 Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action on the 11th April 1917. He was was born on the 18 November 1897 at Coach Entry, Castle Street, Ballymena, and he enlisted and lived in Ballymena. He was the son of Patrick McClintock and Sarah Elder. The couple had married in St Patrick's Parish Church, Ballymena on the 11 April 1883. He was the brother of 7300 David (above).  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.
McCLOY, 3097 Corporal George Sterrett, 35th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F, died aged 33 on the 8th August 1918. He was the son of John and Sarah McCloy, both teachers living in Glenarm. They had married in Glenarm Church of Ireland Church on the 11th August 1886. George Sterrett McCloy was born at Glenarm on the 22nd May 1890 and he was later the husband of E. M. McCloy, of 33, Trafalgar St., Stanmore, New South Wales -See Ballymena Australians.
McCOLLEN (also McCollam or McCollum), 17/655 Rifleman Andrew,  8th Royal Irish Rifles, was MIA after the 1st July 1916 and the date of his death given as 2nd July 1916.  He was born at Craigs, Cullybackey on the 22 October 1891 and was the son of Andrew McCollam (sic) and Mary Stewart.  Andrew and enlisted in Ballymena. Andrew McCollum sic (30) of Finkiltagh, Portglenone had married Mary Stewart (23), Tullynahinnion, Portglenone in Ballymena Register Office on the 20 March 1874. The family lived on Main Street, Cullybackey in 1901 and 1911. Seven children were born of the marriage but  only four survived until 1911. Andrew is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Cullybackey UF Church.
McCOLLUM (McColm, McColmn, sic), 21927 Private William, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died the 14th October 1918. He was the son of James McCollum and Esther Miller and had been born at Ballyligpatrick, Broughshane on the 4 May 1890.  The couple, James of Buckna and Esther of Broughshane town, had married in Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 30 November 1875. They said they had had eight children by 1911 and that all were then still alive. William was married and living in Scotland, his wife Mary's address later given as 9,Thistle Street, Dundee. The parents remained at Blacktown, Ballyligpatrick, Broughshane. He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial and in Buckna Presbyterian Church.

Right: McCONACHY, (also McConaghy and McConaghie) 234602 Able Seaman Charles George (Birth register says George Charles), H.M.S. Amphion, was lost as the result of  mine explosion on the 6th August 1914.  He was born on the 9 July 1889 at 9, Pacific Avenue, Belfast and he was the son of David McConachy sic and Margaret Anderson. The couple, a 30-year-old clerk, and Margaret Anderson, a cook from Dungiven, Co Londonderry, had been married by Father John Walsh of Dungiven at 7, Butcher Street, Londonderry. They were living at Kentullagh Terrace, Cullybackey Road, Ballymena in 1901. David, 44 and a widower,  listed four children - Maggie (13), Charles George (11), James A (9) and Ethel F (7). David and his family were then Presbyterians and he was then attending Ballymena Academy. His mother had died at 24, Eglington Street, Belfast and aged 32 on the 21 May 1895. CWGC give the family address as Strath House, Dungiven, Londonderry. He is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial.


HMS Amphion was the first Royal Navy ship to be sunk in WW1. On the 5th August 1914 HMS Amphion sank the German vessel Konigin Luise but next day at 6.30 am she hit a mine off the Thames Estuary.  Almost immediately all the forward parts of the were on fire and it proved impossible to flood the fore magazine. The ship's back appeared to be broken and by the time other destroyers closed in it was clearly time to abandon ship. Three minutes later the vessel exploded, debris falling on the rescue boats.  One of the Amphion's shells burst on the deck of a destroyer killing two of the men and a German prisoner rescued from the cruiser. After 15 minutes the Amphion had disappeared. 151 lives were lost, together with those of 19 German sailors who had been rescued from the Konigin Luise.

Adapted from the Ballymena Observer,  21st August 1914

McCONNELL, 48905 Daniel White, Airman Mechanic 2nd Class, 37th Reserve Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, died of pneumonia at Lily Lane Military Hospital, Manchester on the 9 February 1917 and he is buried in plot 448 (Near South-East Boundary) in Ballymena Old Churchyard, Church Street; the headstone has now disappeared. He was born on the 13 October 1893 at Academy Place, Ballymena and he was the son of merchant William McConnell and his wife, merchant's daughter Jane Tomb (or Toome) White. Both were from Ballymena and had married in 2nd Antrim Presbyterian Church on the 29 December 1892.  They were later said to be of Colleen, Broughshane; this is an error. The Ulster Town Directory, 1910  lists William McConnell, a boot and shoe manufacturer of 9, Mill Street, Ballymena, and it gives his home address as 'Cooleen, Broughshane Road, Ballymena'. Colleen or Cooleen appears to be the name of the house. Daniel White McConnell is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
McCONNELL, 984 Private James, 8 Platoon, 'B' Coy. 11th Battalion Australian Infantry, was killed in action aged 29 on the 19th May 1915. He was born in Sydney, Australia, raised in Ballymena and attended Ballymena Academy. The 28 year old RC was an engineer's machinist and lived at Bay Road, North Freemantle, Western Australia. He had enlisted on the 10th September 1914 and had left Australia on HMAT Ascanius from Freemantle on the 2nd November 1914.  His uncle, Mr Charles McConnell, Brookville, Galgorm Road, Ballymena,  was given as his next of kin. Charles McConnell, J.P., lived at Brookville, Galgorm Road, now site of the town's police station. He was a prominent businessman, a partner in the firm C & M McConnell.  They had a wholesale wine and spirit business at 79, Church Street, Ballymena and other wine and spirit outlets at 14, Bridge Street and at 23, William Street, Ballymena. James named Margaret McKinney, Broughshane Street, Ballymena, a nurse, as main beneficiary of his will. Later, however, it emerged he had a half-sister, Miss Rose McConnell (Box 161, GPO Sydney) who allegedly learned of his death in 1922 from a newspaper, though he had apparently visited her before he left Australia. He was buried near Anzac Cove but his remains were later removed and now he is buried in Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli. His name appears on at least one listing of soldiers associated with All Saints RC Church, Ballymena.
McCONNELL, 10695 Corporal John, 5th Connaught Rangers, was killed in action on 21st June 1917.  He was born in Ballymoney, lived at Rasharkin and enlisted in Glasgow. He had fought at Gallipoli and was later moved to Salonika, Greece.  He was killed near the town of Lahana and is buried in the Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece.

Left: McCORD, 3450 Private William, 1/8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was  killed in action on the 13th November 1916.  He was born on the 13 July 1898 at Cullybackey and he was the second son of Thomas McCord and Elizabeth Adger. The couple, labourer Thomas from Corbally and Elizabeth from Moneydollagh, had married in Ballymena Register Office on the 5 October 1894.  They were living in Cullybackey village in 1901 and 1911 and said at the latter date that they had had nine children; seven were alive in 1911 - Joseph (16), William (13), Emily Fleming (12), Elizabeth (10), John (6), Robert (5) and James (1). William had worked for William Young of Finaghy but he had moved to Larne with his parents before the Great War.  He was employed at Drumalis House and was one of the Dowager Lady Smiley's staff when he enlisted.  CWGC give his parents' address was 17, Newingtown Avenue, Larne. His will of July 1916 leaves his effects to his mother at 19 Herbert Avenue, Larne.

William is buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery, France and commemorated in the Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey and in Gardenmore Presbyterian Church, Larne.

McCORMICK, 20909 Private Thomas, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 24th March 1918. He had been born 20 October 1895 at Drummaul, Randalsworn and was the son of John McCormick (McCormack on 1901 census return) and Sarah Campbell. Labourer and farmer's son John from Artresnahan, Randalstown had married Sarah in Randalstown RC Chapel on the 26 October 1893. The couple and their four children were living at Shane Street, Randalstown in 1901 and were at Ballygrooby, Randalstown in 1911.  The pair said at the latter date that they had had eight children and that seven were alive in 1911.  They listed Thomas (15), Catherine/Katie (14), Margaret/Maggie (12), James (9) Jane (8), John (6) and Elizabeth (4). The parents and the two eldest children were then employed in the textile industry and it may have been for that reason that they moved to Ballymena sometime after the 1911 census. They were living at Railway Street Place, Harryville at the time their son was killed. Thomas is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme.


McCOSH, 781211, Private Samuel James, 46th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt), was killed in action on the 2nd September 1918. He lived in Briercrest, Saskatchewan and was a farmer.  He was born on the 14 March 1889 at Knockboy, Broughshane and he was the son of David McCosh and Lydia Speers. The pair, David from Knockboy, Broughshane and Lydia from Rathkenny, had married in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church on the 3 October 1878. The 1901 census shows them at Carncoagh, Glenravel and the 1911 census records them living at Knockboy, Broughshane. The pair said in 1911 that they had had eleven children and that ten were alive in 1911.  They had in 1901 recorded Agnes & John (21), Annie (17), Samuel (11), Martha & Margaret (9) David (7), Robert (5), Lizzie (3) and Isabella (infant).

Samuel James McCosh is buried in Dury Crucifix Cemetery, France. See Ballymena Canadians

McCRACKEN, 9035 Lance Corporal David, 2nd Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action on the 25th September 1915.  He was born on the 24 July 1887 at Unshinagh, Dunloy, Co. Antrim. He was the son of James McCracken and Sarah Jane Templeton and he was one of fourteen children. James McCracken of Garryduff, Ballymoney had married Sarah Jane Templeton of Dunloy in Dunloy Presbyterian Church on the 8 July 1878.  He lived in Uddingston, Lanarkshire and he was a coal miner. He enlisted at Hamilton.  He was killed in an action at Givenchy, north of Arras and he is named on the Loos Memorial. 

McCRACKEN (McCrackin), 487 Rifleman Robert 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He was living with his grandfather Griffen McCracken, Bottom, Ballymena in 1901 and with his aunt, Isabella McCracken, at Ballyclosh, Ballymena in 1911.

Tailor Robert McCracken had married linen weaver Mary Magill, Harryville in High Kirk Presbyterian Church on the 31 March 1902, and the record says his father was Robert McCracken, possibly an error. Mary died at Moat Road in Harryville, Ballymena on the 20 September 1906. She was 24 years old and her mother Eliza was present at her death.  The 1901 census shows widow Elizabeth Magill living at Moat Road with her carpenter son Richard (32), and daughters Martha (20), Mary (18) and Lizzie (15).

Widower and tailor Robert was living at Ballyclosh, Ballymena in 1911 in the household of widow Isabella McCracken (60). Daughter Martha McCracken (27), nephew Robert McCracken (28) and nephew James Getty (32) were the others listed. 

Robert married a second time on the 29 April 1911 in the Cuningham Memoral Presbyterian Church, his new wife being Martha McCracken, Ballymena; his father's name was recorded as John. It was to her that he left his possessions in his will and she was then living at Station Road, Cullybackey. Robert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memoiral, Somme and in the Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.

McCREADY, Ship’s Master William, Mercantile Marine, died on the 20th June 1917 aged 31 years. He was son of James and Catherine McCready, of Glenarm, Co. Antrim and husband of Delia Murphy McCready, of Clarecastle, Co. Clare.

McCRORY, Private Samuel, 109th Machine Gun Battery, 28th Division, US Expeditionary Force, died at the Amercian Base Hospital on the 22nd January 1919. The image above, taken from Soldiers of the Great War, Vol. III, Soldiers Record Publishing Association, Washington DC, 1920, is annotated DD on the bottom right (Died of Disease) and it would suggest he died in the influenza epidemic at the end of the Great War. He had been born on the 16 June 1884 at Dunnygarran, Cullybackey and he was the son of Samuel McCrory, farmer of Ballyclosh, Cullybackey and Eliza Jane Given (Giffen on Samuel's birth registration. Given is a Cullybackey name, one local poet being Thomas Given.), Cullybackey. The couple had married in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 3 July 1882. Eliza Jane was 60 and a widow in 1911 and she lived at Dunnygarran, Cullybackey with her farmer son Robert G McCrory. She said she had had four children and that three were still alive in 1911. She was a widow in 1901and listed three children - James (17), Samuel (16) and Robert G (10). James is said to have been born in Philadelphia and this may explain why Samuel went there to live. He is commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church.
McCRORY, 7501 Serjeant William, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 25th September 1915. He was born on the 15 April 1892 at Tamnaderry, Duneane, Randalstown and he enlisted in Belfast. He was the eldest son of William John McCrory, Ballycloghan, Duneane and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hutchinson, Staffordstown, Randalstown.  The couple had married in 1st Antrim Presbyterian Church on the 27 November 1889. They had had eleven children by 1911 and all were then alive. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.
Left: McCULLY (also McCulley), 12607 Guardsman Thomas, 2nd Scots Guards, was killed in action on the 17th October 1915.  He had enlisted in Linlithgow. He was born on the 16 June 1879 at Kirkinriola, Ballymena and was the son of William McCully and Ellen Ritchie. William of Harryville had married Ellen Jane Ritchie, Ballymena in St Patrick's Parish Church, Kilconriola and Ballyclug, Ballymena on the 18 May 1872. The marriage is incorrectly recorded as that of William McCullough and Ellen Ritchie.
Thomas was married and his wife Sarah McCully lived at 115 Greendykes Road, Broxburn. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. 

McCURDY, 793 Private William James, 'C' Company, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds as a prisoner of war on the 3rd April 1918. He was born at Crushybracken, near Ballymena on the 23 March 1896 and was the son of Alexander McCurdy and Anne (or Anna) Maria Dysart. The couple, Alexander from Artnacross and Anna from Crushybracken, had married in Finvoy Presbyterian Church, near Rasharkin on the 23 November 1888. The family later lived at Artnacross, Rasharkin.
William had been taken by the Germans during their 1918 Spring Offensive.

Right: McDONALD, 257 and 18/257 (The 18/ refers to the 18th RIR, a training battalion) Rifleman Albert, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 29th April 1918. He was born at Greenvale Street, Ballymena on the 21 July 1899 and he was the youngest son of butcher and cattle dealer David McDonald and Sarah O'Neill, Greenvale Street, off Broughshane Street, Ballymena. They were there in 1901 and 1911. The couple, both of Ballymena, had married in High Kirk (2nd Ballymena) Presbyterian Church on the 7 January 1876. They said in 1911 that they had had sixteen children and that eleven were still alive in 1911.

Albert had enlisted aged 16 in 1915 and had been at the front for only three months when he was killed after having volunteered to assist a wiring party.

He is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


McDONALD, 14286 Private David or Donald, 5th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died, but who he was and when he died is unclear. Local reports say 14286 David McDonald died suddenly on the 15/16th November 1918. His sister apparently lived at 12 Ballymoney Street, Ballymena and he was the son of Lachlan and Catherine McDonald, 8 Union Street, Glasgow. CWGC say 14286 Donald McDonald, with the same parent and wife, died on the 9 March 1919 when aged 35 years old.  He is not found in the website records of the Scottish National War Memorial. He is buried in Kilbowie Cemetery, Dumbartonshire, Scotland.

McDONALD, 67686 Gunner Thomas,  101st Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery, died of wounds on the 7th July 1916 of wounds received on the 2nd July 1916. He was born on the 17 July 1896 and was the son of carpenter Robert James McDonald and Lila McLaughlin, both of Ballymena. The couple had married in Ballymena RC Chapel on the 7 November 1885. The family are listed at Larne Street, Ballymena in 1911 and they said they had had nine children.  All were alive in 1911 and all had been born at James Street, just off Larne Street.  The children were as follows: Robert Emmet (1886), Henry (1888), William (1890), Edward (1894), Thomas (1896), Clara 1898), Charles (1898), Joseph Patrick (1899) and Annie (1902).

Thomas had been in the army for nine months when he was killed. The family then lived at 7, Larne Street, Ballymena.  He is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, France.

McDONNELL, Ship's Cook Archibald, Mercantile Marine, was lost at sea on the 18th December 1916 in the sinking of the S.S. Opal. He was born on the 25 February 1867 at Falmacrilly, and he was the son of Patrick and Ellen McDonnell, Falmacrilly, Cushendall. He was also the husband of Ellen McDonnell, nee McKeegan. The couple had married in Cushendall RC Chapel on the 20 January 1897. He was then a sailor living at Eshery (Eshra sic) and Ellen was from Falmacrilly. He is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London.

SS Opal, a coaster, was sunk in the Irish Sea off the Isle of Man by mines laid by submarine U-80 (Commander Alfred von Glasenapp) with the loss of twelve crew including the ship’s master. She was travelling from Llandulas, North Wales on a voyage to Belfast-Glasgow with a cargo of limestone.

McDONNELL, The Honourable Sir Schomberg Kerr, GCVO, KCB, Major, 5th Cameron Highlanders, DOW received in action on 23rd November 1915.  The 54 year old was the 5th son of the 5th Earl of Antrim and Jane his wife of Glenarm, Co Antrim. He had held the office of Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Lord Salisbury between 1888 and 1902, fought in the Boer War in South Africa and was Chief Intelligence Officer of the London District between 1914 and 1915. He is remembered in St Patrick's Church of Ireland (Tickmacrevan), Glenarm, Co. Antrim and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. 

McDOWELL, 13882 Private/Drummer Hugh, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died of wounds in No.2 Stationary Hospital,  Abbeville, France on the 26th May 1916.

He was born on the 27 July 1893 at Moat Road, Ballymena and was the son of the late Hugh McDowell, Ballymena and his wife Mary Chambers. The couple had married in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church on the 22 July 1890. The family were at Kinhilt Street, Clonavon, Ballymena in 1911 and they were living with John Chambers (73) and his wife Margaret (72). The house was also home to daughters Maggie J D Chambers (38) and Sarah Chambers (33) and six grandchildren.  They were Hugh McDowell (18), Maggie McDowell (14), Sarah McDowell (12), Mary McDowell (9), Jessie Chambers (18) and Elsie Coulter (6). Maggie, Sarah and Mary were all born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland. Had the children returned to Ballymena to live with their grandparents after the death of their parent/parents?

His death was documented in local press.  The Ballymena Observer, June 2, 1916 reported: A fortnight ago we intimated in this column that Drummer Hugh McDowell of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Ulster Division) has been seriously wounded by shrapnel on the shoulder, muscles of the arms and knee, while serving in the trenches and we regret this week to record his death as the result of his wounds which took place on Friday evening last in No.2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville France. 

The sad news was contained in a telegram which reached his relatives who reside at Kinhilt Street, Ballymena on Monday morning. A letter from a nurse in the hospital received on Tuesday stated that his position became worse and he died somewhat suddenly at 9.45 pm and that he was such a good patient and seldom complained of pain. 

Drummer McDowell enlisted in September 1914 and after training in Ireland and England he proceeded to the front with the Ulster Division. Prior to his enlistment he was employed in the dressing shop of the Phoenix Weaving Factory, Ballymena and he was a popular member of the Young Conquerors Flute Band. He was a member of Wellington Street Presbyterian Church and was a prominent figure in the choir. 

He had kin at 1, Windsor Terrace, Clonavon, Ballymena and in Canada, and CWGC record him as the son of the late Mr and Mrs Hugh McDowell.

He is buried in Abbeville Military Cemetery and commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

McDOWELL, John Chambers, Canadian Forces, was the brother of Hugh (above). He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland and had served in the Royal Irish Rifles. He listed his occupation as 'ministry', presumably therefore a Presbyterian minister, and gave his next of kin as Maggie McDowell, 1, Windsor Terrace, Ballymena. 
The Ballymena Observer recorded that  'Private J.C. McDowell of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has written home to his relatives who reside at Windsor Terrace, Ballymena,  from the 2nd Field Hospital, stating that he had been wounded on the right hand and that he is improving'.
He survived the war.
See Ballymena Canadians.
McELROY (born McIlroy), 679139 Private Thomas, 47th Bn Canadian Infantry, was killed in action aged 30 years old on the 28 September 1918 and he is buried in Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.  He was born on the 21 January 1888 (the original is dated 3 January but there is an amendment in the margin), the illegitimate son of Rachael McIlroy (sic), referred to on his Canadian record as Rachael Coulter McElroy, Tullygowan, Gracehill, near Ahoghill. Rachel McIlroy, Corbally, had married widower and textile worker Alexander Coulter, also Corbally, Galgorm, in Ballymena Register Office on the 12 July 1893. The couple, Alexander (50) and Rachel (40), were living at Corbally in 1901 with his son Thomas Coulter (16) and her son Thomas McIlroy (16). Alexander died from TB aged 47 at Corbally on the 19 January 1906.
Thomas is associated with Clifford Street, Toronto.  See Ballymena Canadians
McERLAINE (CWGC says McErleane, elsewhere McErlain, McErlane & McErlean), 24820 Private John, 8th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in action on the Somme on the 9th September 1916. He was born on the 17 September 1879 at Aghavary, Ballyscullion, near Toome, Co. Antrim, and he was the son of Peter McErlane (sic) of Moneyglass and Anne Laverty of Ballyscullion. The couple had married in Bellaghy RC Chapel on the 31 December 1872.  They were living at Aghavary, Ballyscullion in 1901(his wife is recorded as Nancy, a form of Agnes) and in 1911. Peter was a widower by the latter date but said he had been married for 35 years and that he had had six children; they were all alive in 1911.
John was apparently a boarder and tea traveller living at Bridge Street, Ballymena in 1901, but he married on the 22 November 1909 in Glenarm RC Church. John was then living at Harphall, Carnlough. His bride, Miss Catherine McAuley, a servant of Bellair, Glenarm, said her father was Charles McAuley. The 1911 census records 31 year old labourer John living at Toberwine Street, Glenarm with 27 year old wife Katie and their infant daughter Annie. John McErlean's will (sic) left his effects to Katie McErlean, Main Street, Glenarm.
John is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

Right: McFADDEN, 234899 Able Seaman Andrew, Royal Navy, was washed overboard from HMS Foresight on the 15th December 1915.  He was a former employee of the Braidwater Spinning Mill had been in the Royal Navy for about eleven years by the time of the tragedy.  He, son of William McFadden of Duneany, Glarryford and Nancy Wright of Craigs, Cullybackey, had been born on the 15 December 1887 at Duneany. The couple had married in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Cullybackey on the 2 January 1886.

The family were at Dunclug, Kirkinriola in 1901 and Nancy (48) listed four children - Ellin sic (21), Andrew (13), Maggie (10) and Samuel (8). The parents lived at James Street, Harryville, Ballymena in 1911, and his sister Maggie was Mrs Thomas Russell of Newington Ave, Larne. He is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial.

HMS Foresight was built by Fairfield.  She was laid down in October 1903 and finally finished in 1905.  She survived the war and was scrapped in 1920.  She was one of a class of ships which, though capable of speeds of 25 knots, was not highly regarded.  Her career was as follows: 1914 - 8th Destroyer Flotilla Dover Patrol; May 1915 - Temporarily attached 6th Light Cruiser Squadron Humber; 1915 - Mediterranean; July 1916 - Aegean.

772240 Samuel McFadden  (below) was his brother.

Left: McFADDEN (birth recorded as McFaddin), 772240 Private Samuel, 1st Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regt), died of wounds on the 4th April 1917.  He was born on the 25 May 1891 at Crushybracken, near Glarryford and was the son of William McFadden and Nancy Wright. He was living at Dunclug, Kirkinriola, Ballymena in 1901 and he was a boarder at Newington Avenue, Larne in 1911. This was in the household of labourer Thomas Russell (24), husband of his sister Maggie (21). The couple had a one year old daughter called Annie.

Canadian papers give the parental address as 27 Herbert Street, Larne. Samuel is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi, France. His brother was Andrew McFadden (above).

McFADDEN, 2250 Lance Corporal William,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 25th November 1916. He was born at Dunminning, Glarryford, on the 25 November 1894, and he was the son of James McFadden and Margaret Armstrong. The couple, 30 year old beetler James of Dunminning and Margaret Armstrong (28) of Craigs, Cullybackey, had married in Craigs Parish Church on the 11 November 1893. The couple had had six children by 1911 and all were then alive.
The family were at Suffolk, Ballygomartin in 1901 and at Moylena Banks, Muckamore in 1911. The beetling mill at the latter location was worked by families that lived in mill property, now demolished, that once stood on Moylena Banks, and this was presumably the McFadden home. All McFadden's of working age were employed in the textile industry, beetling being the trade of the males. The locations given for the birthplace of children shows they moved from mill to mill to find work. William was later to enlist in nearby Randalstown and to serve with the 11th Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrims).
William is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.
McFALL,  Daniel, 626,  Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 2nd July 1916. He had been born on the 6 June 1888 at Craigywarren, near Ballymena, the son of James McFall and Rachel Gardner (also Gardiner). The couple, both of Craigywarren, had married in Ballymena Register Office on the 21 March 1885 and in 1911 they said they had had eleven children.  Eight offspring were alive in 1911. Daniel was the husband of Matilda McFall, William Street Square, Ballymena. The couple, Daniel from Dunfane and Tillie (Matilda) Dorman from Garfield Place, had married in West Church Presbyterian Church on the 13 March 1912.
Daniel died on the Somme. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.
McFALL, 10276 Rifleman Daniel, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 10th July 1915. He was born on the 28 February 1896 at Craigywarren, Ballymena and was the son of Thomas McFall and Rosetta Gardner (also Gardiner). The couple, both of Craigywarren, had married in St Patrick's Parish Church, Ballymena on the 20 June 1890. The family were living at Craigywarren in 1901 but were at Ballycloghan, near Broughshane in 1911. Rosetta and her eight children were living in the household of widow Rachael Gardiner (76) and her son Robert (50). Another grandchild, Lizzie McColl, born 'America', also lived there. This arose because agricultural labourer Thomas McFall had died of pneumonia on the 29 January 1911. Daniel's will shows they had later settled at 38 Garfield Place, Ballymena.
Daniel McFall was a cousin of 17/626 Daniel McFall and 10277 James McFall. 10276 Daniel McFall is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.
McFALL, 10277 Rifleman James, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 8th May 1915. He was born on the 25 March 1896, and he was the son of the late James McFall and Rachel Gardner (also Gardiner), the brother of 626 Daniel McFall, and the cousin of 10276 Daniel McFall. The numbers suggest the cousins enlisted together. James and Rachel, both of Craigywarren, had married in Ballymena Register Office on the 21 March 1885 and in 1911 they said they had had eleven children.  Eight offspring were alive in 1911. James was born at Craigywarren and was with the rest of the family at Craigywarren in 1901 and at Dunfane in 1911. He had kin at Garfield Place, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).
McFALL, 682 Lance Corporal James, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds in the UK on 8th July 1916. He was  born on the 22 August 1895 at Galgorm Parks, Ballymena, the son of unmarried mother Annie McFall of Galgorm Parks. In 1901 he was aged 5 and living with Jane McGuigan (70), presumably as his mother was out working, and in 1911 Annie McFall (36) listed her children living with her at Galgorm Parks as mill worker William Henry (21), stable boy James (16), mill worker Mary (15) and Rose (11). Annie McFall married labourer James Moore (25) of Ahoghill in St Mary's RC Church in Ahoghill on the 26 October 1914, hence James's will leaving his effects to his mother Annie Moore.
16/682 Lance Corporal James McFall is buried in Kensal Green (St. Mary's) RC Cemetery, London.

McFARLAND, 7518 Rifleman George, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 14th January 1915. He was born on the 8 November 1886 at Moat Road, Ballymena and he was the son of Robert McFarland and his second wife Margaret Watt; she was to die on the 17 January 1900. The couple, both from Ballymena, had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 6 February 1886.

George was living at Glenwood Street, Belfast in 1901 and his widow Agnes lived at 7 Roseberry Street, Belfast. George McFarland and Agnes Patterson had married in Belmont Presbyterian Church on the 7 September 1911.

George enlisted in Ballykinlar. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial  (Menin Gate) and on a gravestone at Ballymarlow & Ballyclug Church of Ireland.  It states he was killed in action at La Bassee.

McFARLAND, 18728 Private James, 10th Machine Gun Corps, was  killed in action on the Somme  on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Bridge Street, Ballymena on the 29 January 1879 and he was the son of Robert McFarland and his first wife Margaret (Maggie) Hunter. The couple, both from Ballymena had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 31 October 1876. She died aged just 27 years at Larne Street, Ballymena on the 5 January 1881.
James is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and named on a gravestone in Ballymarlow & Ballyclug Church of Ireland.


McGALL, DCM,  3/10823 Private James, actually William James, Durham Light Infantry (Depot),  died on the 1st November 1918 of influenza and pneumonia. He was born on the 7 April 1884 at Portglenone and was the son of Johnston McGall and Lizzie Gourley, Portglenone. The couple, Johnston from Tyanee,  and Elisa from Portglenone village, had married in Portglenone Parish Church on the 20 February 1879. James worked in Newcastle on Tyne and enlisted in Gateshead. His wife Sarah Jane, nee Scott, lived at Portglenone. In 1911 she was 29 and living in her family home at Portglenone with her parents Hugh and Sarah Scott, two brothers and a nephew, and she listed two children, Agnes (4) and Sarah (2).

James is buried in Heworth (St Mary's) Churchyard, Co Durham.

Photograph courtesy of Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : memorial page for PVT Bernard Mcgarry (unknown–29 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55994934, citing Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France.

McGARRY, Private Bernard, 315th US Infantry, 79th Division died on the 29 September 1918 and is buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, France. He was born on the 29 August 1891 at Killygarn, Portglenone and was the son of John McGarry and Jane McGill (also Magill). The couple, John from Kilcurry and Jane from Killygarn, had married in St Mary's RC Chapel, Aughnahoy, Portglenone on the 15 February 1884. The family lived at Kilcurry, Ahoghill at the time of the census recording in 1901 and 1911.  The family grave is in Portglenone (St Mary's, Aughnahoy) RC Churchyard and reads as follows:

I.H.S.

Erected in loving memory of John McGarry Kilcurry who died 13th February 1922, Aged 56 years

Also his son Bernard of the American Army who was Killed in France 29th September 1918, Aged 25 years

...

Also his wife Jane who died 14th March 1941, Aged 77 years

McGARVEY, 17/1803 Rifleman James, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 30th September 1918. He was born on the 7 August 1888 at Cross, Ballyclug, Ballymena, the son of unmarried mother Catherine McGarvey. He enlisted in Belfast. He is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium.

McGAUGHIN (sometimes McGaughan), 4/6829 Rifleman Samuel, 7th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action aged 23 years old on the 16 August 1917 and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belguim. He had been born on the 28 July 1894, the son of Aiken and Sarah McGaughin, nee McMullan, of Ballynafie, Portglenone. The couple had married in Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 7 April 1886, and there were said to be thirteen surviving children at the time of the 1911 census. Samuel was then a 16 year old servant in the household of brother and sister Robert and Jane Magill, Corbally, Ballyconnelly.
McGILL (or Magill), 6584 Private Thomas, 6th Connaught Rangers,  died on the 2nd December 1918 after release from a POW camp. He was born on the 30 August 1888 at Carnstrone, Broughshane, and was the son of farmer Thomas Magill (sic) and Margaret Ann Hamill.  The couple, Thomas from Kilnacolpagh, Racavan and Ann from Ballyligpatrick, had married in Braid RC Chapel on the 6 February 1883. They were at William Street, Ballymena at the time of the 1901 census and listed children Patrick John (4), Thomas (2) and infant Margaret. Thomas Snr. said he was a carpenter and publican. They were at Ballyligpatrick, Broughshane in 1911 and widow Margaret (34) listed her children as Patrick John (14), Thomas (12), James (8) and Henry (3).  It was at Ballyligpatrick that carpenter Thomas, aged 46, had died on the 9 December 1907.  CWGC give his mother's address as 110, South Franklin Street, Wilmington, Delaware,  USA. Thomas is buried in Cambrai East Military Cemetery.
Left: McGOWAN, 4550 Private James, 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action on the 17th September 1916.  He was the eldest son of James McGowan and Maggie Jane Turtle and he was born at Craigs, Cullybackey on the 19 July 1898.  The couple, James of Hillmount and Margaret Jane of Broughdone, had married in Cullybackey Presbyterian Church on the 29 October 1898.
James was living in Dunminning in 1901 and 1911. He is the 2 year old nephew of James McGowan (48) and Catherine (also Katherine), nee Grant (43).  The couple had married in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 6 November 1873.
He was still with the family in 1911 and still designated a nephew. William (22) was the head of the household and he lived with nephew James (12), his three unmarried sisters, and the Frew family.  William's sister Jane had married James Frew in Cullybackey Presbyterian on the 13 July 1906.  They had two children, Kathleen (3) and infant Lavinia.
James enlisted in Belfast and had previously worked in the Hillmount works of Frazer & Haughton. He was well-known in local circles for his musical talents and was an accomplished violinist. He is buried in Cite Bonjean Cemetery, Armentieres, France.  He is commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian and Cullybackey UF Church

McGOWAN, 6190 Rifleman James, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of William McGowan (also Magowan) and Jane Gray; the information comes from the registration of his brother John's birth.  The parents, both from Drumfin, near Ballymena, had married in Ballymena Register Office on the 5 December 1893. Some reports say he  was  born in Bushmills but this seems unlikely. The family appear in the 1901 and 1911 census returns, present at Drumfin in 1901 and at Coach Entry, Castle Street, Ballymena in 1911. They said in 1911 that they had had seven children, all of them alive at the time of the census. All registered births relate to the Ballymena area. Hugh was born at Drumfin in 1894, John at Drumfin in 1896, Hannah at Drumfin in 1900, Sarah at nearby Bellee in 1902, William at Pound Cottages, Ballymena in 1905 and Samuel at Portglenone in 1907. James's birth registration is missing but we know he was two years younger than John. CWGC say James was the son of Jane McGowan, 4, King Street, Ballymena and that he is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, Somme.




McGOWAN, 12/19687 Rifleman John,  12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Drumfin, Kirkinriola, near Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of William McGowan and Jane Gray, and in 1916 they lived at 4, King Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, Somme. He was the brother of James (above) and full details of the family can be found above.

McGUIGAN, 4979 Lance Corporal Samuel, 1st Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on the 11 November 1914 and he is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.
Samuel McGuigan was born on the 29 July 1884 at Cullybackey (register: Samuel McGuegan) and he was the son of Alexander McGuigan and Peggy (Margaret) Ann Russell. The couple, weaver Alexander from Cardonaghy, Ahoghill and Peggy (Margaret) Ann from contiguous Moneydollog, Ahoghill,  had married in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 17 February 1873.
Samuel is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery.
McILREE, 13191 Rifleman Henry, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 25th October 1918. He was born on the 23 May 1893 at Tullynamullan, Connor, and he was the son of William McIlree (McIlrea on registration) and Martha McCartney, both from Tullynamullan, Connor. The couple had married in Ballymena's Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 5 May 1892.
Henry enlisted in Belfast, the place where the family was then living.  They are shown living at Oldforge, Malone in 1901, the family listed being Willliam (29), Martha (29),  Henry (7), Jane (3) and Sarah (1). They cannot be found in the 1911 census return but the 1910 Belfast Street Directory records labourer William at 88, Dundella Street; that of 1912 shows him at 80, Dundella Street. CWGC records the parents address as 60, Dundella Street, Strandtown, Belfast.
Henry is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.

Right: McILROY, 23187 Private Henry (Harry), 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action when a dugout was shelled or mined on the 16th August 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Langemarck, an early phase of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).  Aged 25 and a former member of the UVF, he had been born on the 27 August 1892, the son of Henry McIlroy and Jane Neilly. Henry McIlroy of Mossside, Scotland had married Jane Neely (sic) of Fenagh, Galgorm in Cullybackey (Cuningham Memorial) Presbyterian Church on the 15 July 1891.

Henry McIlroy enlisted in Glasgow. CWGC record him as the son of Mrs. Taylor, of Fenagh Cottage, Ballymena. Henry (Snr) had died in 1894 and aged 36 years.  Jane Neilly/McIlroy thereafter married William Taylor of Fenagh in Ballymena Register Office on the 3 March 1896. Henry and Samuel McIlroy were stepsons living with his mother's new family at Fenagh in 1901 and Henry was again recorded there in 1911.

He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

McILROY, 162 Rifleman Henry, 11th Royal Irish Rifles (SWGC say 8/9th Bn), died of wounds on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Rooghan, Broughshane on the 2 November 1883 and he was the son of Robert McIlroy and Maria McCartney. His mother died of complications arising from childbirth at Ballee, Ballymena on the 18 March 1898. Robert then married Eliza Jane Steenson of Loughmagarry, Ballymena in Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 12 July 1898. Henry was living at Park Head in the restructured family in 1901.
He was living on Ballymoney Street, Ballymena in 1911.  Butcher Harry of Park Head had married laundress Annie McClean (or McLean) on the 9 November 1904 in Ballyclug (St Patrick's) Parish Church. They had had four children by 1911 but only two survived at that date, Lilly sic (4) and Harry (2). His widow later lived at 29, Springwell Street, Ballymena.
He enlisted in Holywood, died on the Somme and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

Left: McILROY 11929 Private John, 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers,  was deemed MIA/KIA at Loos on the 26th September 1915. He was born on the 22 December 1889 at Ballyclosh, Cullybackey, the son of Robert McIlroy and Ann Erwin.   Robert from Ballyclosh and Anne from Dunnygarran had married in West Church Presbyterian Church, Ballymena on the 19 June 1886.

The family were living at Ballyclosh in 1901 and at Dunnygarran, Cullybackey in 1911.  However, John McIlroy was later living in Howwood, Scotland and was employed by Midtonfield Bleaching, Dyeing and Finishing Works, Howwood. 

He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, High Kirk (2nd) Presbyterian Church, Ballymena and in Cullybackey's Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church. He is also named on the Howwood memorial.

McILROY, 17614 & 63215 Acting Sergeant Samuel, 9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) died of pulmonary tuberculosis aged 25 years on the 18 February 1920 and is not recorded as a war fatality by the CWGC. He had been discharged from the army on the 22 September 1919.  He is remembered in High Kirk (2nd Ballymena) Presbyterian Church, there mistakenly said to have been killed in action while serving with the 4th Battalion Cameronians.
He had been born on the 10 July 1894 at Fenagh, Craigs, Cullybackey and was the son of Henry McIlroy and Jane Neilly (also Neely).  He is recorded there in the census returns of 1901, but he and his brother Henry are stepsons in the household of William Taylor and his wife Jane; the family were still there in 1911 and Samuel McIlroy appears to have been a farm servant working for the Simpson family, Ballyloughan, Ballymena.
His brother, 23187 Private Henry (Harry) McIlroy, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  was killed in 1917 - see 23187 Henry McIlroy for full details of the family.
McILVEEN (McIveen sic), 6140 Private William, 1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on the 1st September 1918. He was allegedly born in Ballymena circa 1883 and was the son of Joseph and Esther McIlveen. He enlisted in Belfast and it seems the family had left Ballymena for the city long before the Great War.  
The 1911 census records Private William McIlveen (28), Royal Irish Fusiliers, with his wife Jane (28) and daughter Margaret (1) living at Tobergill Street, Belfast. Joseph McIlveen, 63-year-old carter and widower, lived with them. Carter William McIlveen (27), son of Joseph, and of 36, Northbrook Street, Belfast had married Jane Finlay (26), then in the workhouse, of 16, Haddington Street, in St Anne's Parish Church on the 12 July 1908.
Joseph's wife Esther had died on 18 March 1899 at 107, Crimea Street, Belfast and her daughter Jane McWhirter had been present. She lived then at nearby Glenfarne Street.
Edward James McWhirter (21), Maryville Street, Belfast had married Jane McIlveen (19) of Crimea Street, Belfast on the 19 November 1896 at St Mary's Parish Church, Belfast. The 1901 census records them living at Edinburgh Street, Belfast. Edward James McWhirter (24) recorded his wife Jane (23) and two children, Robert William (2) and Edward James (1). Carter Joseph McIlveen (48) lived with them.
William is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany and was therefore a POW at the time of his death.


McILVENNA, 809001 Private William,  50th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt), was killed in action on the 3rd June 1917.  He was a farmer, and a resident of Hanna, Canada for about 12 years. He was the 5' 11" son of William McIlvenna and Rose Nicholl, Cloghogue, Gracehill, Ballymena.  Widower William McIlvenna of Andraid, Drummaul had married servant Rose Nicholl in Ballymena Register Office on the 2 June 1884. The couple were recorded as McIlvena in 1911 and were living at Cloghogue, Drummaul, Ahoghill. William was then 56 and a agricultural labourer. Rose (56) was recorded, as were Lizzie 12 and Samuel J (8). It was recorded that they had had five children and all were alive in 1911. It appears, however, that six children had been born - in addition to William, Lizzie and Samuel J, these already noted, there was William's twin Rose (7/1/1885), Annie (24/12/1886) and Margaret (1/6/1889). All recorded children were born at Cloghogue.

William is buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, France.

McILVENNAN (original name McILVENNA),  238211 Private William, 54th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt.), died of wounds on the 9th August 1918. A mechanical engineer by trade, he lived at 113 East-168th Street, New York, USA, but he enlisted in Toronto. He sailed to England on the SS Saxonia in March/April 1917. He was with the 2nd Reserve Battalion and the 125th  Battalion for a time but the 5' 5" McIlvennan went to the field with the 54th Battalion. He was with his unit after 4 March 1918. He sustained wounds on head, the left thigh and left arm on the 8th August 1918 and was evacuated by ambulance to No 48 CCS, but died there the next day.
He was the son of William B McIlvenna or McIlvenna and Mary Ann McCurdy. The marriage record and William's birth record cannot be found but the family were undoubtedly always from Ballymena. The records found are for the births of David McIlvenna at Castle Street on 24 October 1873, Elizabeth McElvenna (sic) at Meeting House Lane on 13 January 1876 (Elizabeth McIlvennan (sic) died 4 September 1885 at Bryan Street), Sarah Remington McIlvenna at Duke Street on 24 March 1878, Mary McIlvennan (sic) at Bryan Street on the 28 December 1881 (Mary died at Bryan Street on the 2 December 1883), Roberta McElvennan (sic) at Bryan Street on the 24 October 1883, Edmond or Edmund James McIlvenna at Bryan Street on the 19 June 1885, Robert Hugh (recorded as Robert Stewart on the 1901 census return) McIlvenna at Bryan Street on the 28 July 1887, and Edward McIlvenna at Bryan Street on the 30 April 1889.
The 1901 census return records the family at Bryan Street, Ballymena and at Mount Street, Ballymena in 1911.  At the latter date the couple said they had had eleven children and that seven were alive in 1911. The also said they had been married for forty-five years, this suggesting their marriage occurred in 1866. CWGC say the family lived at 27, Mount St., Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland.
William is buried Villiers-Bretonneaux Military Cemetery.


Above: McILWAINE,  10261 Rifleman Anderson, 'A' Company, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds received at Ypres on the 2nd December 1914. He was aged just 17.  He at  was born on the 14 October 1897 at Dunfane, near Ballymena, the son of baker Robert McIlwaine and his wife Jane Anderson. Robert from Ballygarvey had married Jane from Ballymena in West Church Presbyterian Church on the 5 July 1884. The family lived at Dunfane, Kirkinriola, Ballymena.

The Ballymena Observer reported on January 1, 1915 that 'Mr. Robert McIlwaine, Dunfane, Ballymena, has been notified by the War Office that his son, Private Anderson McIlwaine of the 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Rifles, has died from wounds received at the Battle of Ypres on December 2, 1914.  Private McIlwaine, who is only 17 years of age, joined the army in November 1913 and was sent to the front with a draft of the Rifles last month. Mr. McIlwaine has two others sons serving with the colours.'

Anderson is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.  He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church and on a headstone in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church. See Weekly War 1914 for other detail.


1145 Private Joseph Hughes McIlwaine, 8th Bn, AIF
photo courtesy of Nigel Henderson
McILWAINE, 1145 Private Joseph Hughes, 'B' Company, 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, died on the 13 May 1915 of wounds received at Dardanelles/Gallipoli while aboard HS Royal George and was interred in Egypt.  The family lived in Leongatha, Victoria, Australia but the 24 year old was born on the 20 March 1891 at Castlegore, Connor.  He was the son of John McIlwaine and Sarah Hughes, the couple, both 24 years old and from Carnmoney, near Belfast, had married in Belfast Register Office on the 6 June 1890. They are recorded in the 1901 census and living at Castlegore. Sarah was 34 and listed eldest son Joseph (10), William (9), Catherine (Cathern sic) and infant Sarah. They are not found in 1911 and were no doubt in Australia by that date.

McKANE (or McKean), 29286 Sergeant Adam, 16th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), died on the 23rd April 1915.  He was the draughtman carpenter  and  husband (former husband: he describes himself as 'widower' on his attestation papers) of Mary E. McKane, 6, Century Street, Belfast. Adam McKane was born on the 13 September 1874 at Fernacushog, Clough, the son of Archibald McKane and Nancy Herbison. He was living at Erdlingham Street, Belfast in 1901. He was then 26, his wife Mary Ellen was 27 and he had three children, Maggie (2), Mary Eleanor (1) and infant Adam. Adam McKane, 112, Dee Street had married Mary Officer of 43, Thistle Street in Eglington Presbyterian Church on the 1 September 1897. Mary Ellen McKane (38) was living at Daisyfield Street in 1911 with her children Margaret (12), Mary Eleanor (11), Adam (10), Albert Edward (8) and John (7).   Adam's widow was later living at 6, Century Street, Belfast.

He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Clough Presbyterian Church.

McKAY, Fireman Charles, Mercantile Marine, was lost at sea on the 18 December 1916 in the sinking of the SS Opal, a coaster that struck a mine laid by submarine U-80 off the coast of the Isle of Man. Twelve crew were lost in the incident, including the ship’s master. The vessel was travelling from Llandulas, North Wales on a voyage to Belfast-Glasgow with a cargo of limestone.
He was the 38-year-old son of Margaret McKay, nee McNeill, of Back St., Carnlough, Co. Antrim, and of the late Charles McKay. The couple's son had been born at Drumnaho sic (Drumahoe, Glenarm Upper) on the 9 September 1878.
McKAY, 12356 Rifleman William,  15th  Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 2nd November 1917. He was born in Ballymena but he cannot be positively identified.
William McKay enlisted in Belfast and in his will he left his effects to Maggie McKay, 52, Cosgrave Street, Belfast. He is buried in Metz en Couture Communal Cemetery, France.
McKAY, Boatswain Patrick, Mercantile Marine, died at sea on the 16th November 1917 when he was 34 years old and when his ship, the SS Garron Head, sank 40 miles east northeast from Bayonne. He was the son of the late Patrick, a farmer of Bellair, Glenarm and Ann McKay. Patrick had married Anne Mooney, Doory, Glenarm in the RC Chapel at Glenariff on the 25 March 1884. He had died at age 57 of pneumonia at Bellair, Glenarm on the 19 November 1896.
The ship, a 1,933-ton steamer built in 1913 by Irvine’s SB. & DD. Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool and operated by the Ulster Steamship Co., Ltd. (G. Heyn & Sons), Belfast, was originally thought to have struck a mine while on voyage from Bilbao to Barrow with a cargo of iron ore, but it is now confirmed that she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-103 (Commander Claus Rucker). Twenty-eight crew were killed, Ship's Master E. Suffern amongst them.
U-103 completed five tours of duty under Captain Claus Rucker and sank eight ships but on the 12 May 1918 as she prepared to sink the Olympic, Titanic's sister ship, then a troopship en route to France with US troops on board, the submarine was sighted on the surface and gunners opened fire as Olympic herself turned to ram the frail craft. A crash dive and evasive action did not save the submarine.  She was struck, her pressure hull ruptured. Nine of the crew perished immediately and the troop-laden HMT Olympic, for fear of further attacks, continued to Cherbourg and did not stop. The USS Davis subsequently found and took to Queenstown 35 German survivors.

Left: McKEE, 22246 Private William, 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers, was MIA, later declared killed, on the 23rd July 1916. He was born on the 11 November 1890 at in Connor and he was the son of John McKee and Sarah Allen. The couple, John from Connor and Sarah from Kells, had married in Ballymena's West Church Presbyterian on the 21 November 1879. They appear at Connor in the 1901 and 1911 census record, and at the latter date the couple said they had had  thirteen children. Nine were then alive.

William married on the 2 April 1915 in Glenwherry Presbyterian Church, his bride being Mary Hamilton Francy (1911 census - Francey) of Ross, Kells.

William is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Kells Presbyterian Church.

McKEEGAN, Ordinary Seaman Alexander, S.S. Hartdale, was aged 24 when he was killed in action on the 13th March 1915. He was the son of John and Mary McKeegan, Tavnaghan, Cushendall. The couple had married in Cushendall RC Chapel on the 25 January 1888. John was a 40 year old widower from Tavnaghan and Mary, nee McCambridge, was just 21 and from the townland of Laney.
SS Hartdale, built at Stockton in 1910, was a British steamer of 3839 tons and was on a voyage from Glasgow to Alexandria, Egypt with a cargo of coal or stone when it was sunk near South Rock, Irish Channel at 6am on 13 March 1915 by the German submarine U-27 (Bernd Wegener). Only 2 of the 31 crew were lost, but Alexander McKeegan was one of them. He was apparently drowned rather than killed in the initial explosion. The 29 survivors were picked up by the Swedish steamer Heimdal and put ashore at Bangor.
McKeegan is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial in London.
E27 was later sunk by the Q-Ship (armed and disguised merchant ship) HMS Baralong, then commanded by Lieutenant Godfrey Herbert RN.
McKEEGAN, Hugh, was lost 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 born at Lubitavish, Cushendall on the 24th July 1887 and was the son of Hugh McKeegan, a shoemaker, and Mary McKeegan, nee McKeegan, Falmacrilly, Cushendall. He was the brother of James, the ship’s master, and was 27 years old at the time of his death.
McKEEGAN, Captain James, was lost 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 born at Lubitavish, Cushendall on the 23rd March 1896 at 7.00 pm and was the twin brother of Patrick, born 11.00 p.m. They were sons of Hugh McKeegan, a shoemaker,  and Mary McKeegan, nee McKeegan, Falmacrilly, Cushendall.
McKEEVER (McKeivor or McIvor),  71665 Acting Serjeant Bernard Hugh, Royal Garrison Artillery (Supply and Transport Section), died, possibly of heatstroke on the 12 May 1916 in Iraq and he is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.  He was born on the 25 June 1882 at Broughshane Street, Ballymena, the son of Bernard McKeever and Catherine McAuley. His brothers John and Alexander, born 15 September 1877 and 29 January 1880 respectively, had been born at Crebilly, Ballyclug, Ballymena. Later known births were all in Belfast. Hugh Henry was born on the 18 April 1885 at Shore Street, Mary Josephina Catherine on the 2 March 1888 at 18, Plevna Street, and Joseph on the 13 August 1890 at 44, Canning Street. Bernard resided in Mirzapur, India and enlisted in Allahsbad, India.

McKENDRY (or McKenzie), 18/754 Rifleman Daniel, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 19th May 1916.  He was born on the 27 December 1880 at Knockanully, Martinstown, Ballymena, apparently the son of William McKendry and Margaret Duffin. He was married, later called himself McKenzie, and his wife Margaret McKenzie lived at North Street, Ballyclare and was the recipient of his will. He is buried in Authille Military Cemetery,  Somme.

McKENDRY, Mate Donald, Mercantile Marine, died aged 29 years in the sinking of SS Braefield (Dublin), on Friday, March 30, 1917 and he is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial. He was the son of Mrs. McKendry, of 18, Croft Rd., Carnlough, Co. Antrim, though he had been born at Glasgow.
SS Braefield, on a voyage from Cork to Cardiff in ballast, was sunk on March 30th/31st, 1917 by the German submarine U-57 (Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg), in St George´s Channel off Milford. She was initially posted as missing. Ten men were killed.
McKENDRY, 2815 Private William, 'D' Company, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 23rd March 1918. He was born on the 26 December 1893 at Ballygarvey, near Ballymena and enlisted Belfast. He was the son of unmarried mother Margaret McKendry. He left his effects to his mother and his will sattes she lived at 125, Bellevue Street,  off Shankill Road, Belfast. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
McKENTY, Able Seaman Patrick, Mercantile Marine, died on the 18 June 1918 when he was 20 years old and on the occasion of the sinking of the S.S. Norfolk Coast (Liverpool). The 782 ton coaster, built by W. Harkess & Son, Ltd., Middlesbrough in 1910 and operated by Coast Lines, Ltd., Liverpool, was torpedoed in the North Sea about 23 miles south east of Flamborough Head, Yorkshire by submarine U-30 and eight crew were lost.
He was the son of Patrick McKenty, a farmer of Creggan, Carnlough and Mrs. Mary McKenty, nee McBride, of Carnlough. The couple had married in St John’s RC Chapel, Carnlough on the 11 July 1897. Mary was living at of 26, Harbour Rd., Carnlough, at the time of her son’s death.
U-30, commissioned on the 16 March 1916, had four different captains during her short career. The U-boat was commanded by Rudolf Stier, her last commander, on the occasion of this attack. She was eventually responsible for the sinking of 18 ships, a total haul of 19,650 tons, and the damage 2 more. She was depth charged off East coast of UK and sunk on the 13 Aug 1918 with the loss of her entire 26-man crew.

McKEOWN, 30621 Private Charles (Joseph), 3rd Canterbury Regiment, NZEF was killed in action on the 18th October 1917.  He was born on the 21 September 1891 at Kilnacolpagh, Racavan, the son of Felix McKeown and Late Mary McAllister (also McCallister), later of 18 Herbert Street, Carnlough.  The couple, Felix (20) and Mary (30) and both of McKeownstown, probably a clachan, married in Braid RC Chapel on the 23 October 1890.

His sister was  Mrs C Carter, 10 Wingfield Street, Wellington and also 2, Fleet Street, Aukland.  His father was said onhis NZ papers to be F McKeown, c/o Charles Hutchison, 52, Northfield Avenue, Ayr, Scotland. See Ballymena New Zealanders.

McKEOWN, 63554 Private Frank (Francis), 15th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, died of wounds on the last day of the Great War, on Monday, November 11, 1918. He was aged 19 years, and he is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. He was the son of John McKeown and Mary Anne McCollum, later of 183, Clarkston Rd., Cathcart, Glasgow. The parent couple had married on 18 April 1894 in Cushendall Roman Catholic Church. John said he was a sailor from Cushendall, and Mary Anne McCollum gave her address as Shore Street, Cushendall.
McKEOWN, 7632 Guardsman James, 2nd Irish Guards, died on the 2 July 1921 and he is buried in Linlithgow Cemetery, West Lothian, Scotland.  He was born on the 2 April 1870, the son of James McKeown and Hannah Boyd, at Ballyminstra, Ahoghill. The family was still listed there in the 1901, labourer James (64) and Hannah (55) listing children Rose Ann (15) and Michael (12). They lived at Aughterclooney, Ahoghill in 1911. James (72) and Hannah (65) also listed son Henry (30). They said then that they had had ten children and all were alive at the time of the census. Guardsman James McKeown was married, his wife being Annie Coyne.
McKEOWN, 5722 Rifleman John, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 16th June 1915. He was born on the 14 May 1890 at Water Street, Ballymena and he was the son of Douglas McKeown and Margaret McCart. The family moved to Belfast and in 1901 widower Douglas (45) was at Bracken Street and listed Felix (21), Douglas (17), James (15), John (12), Johnston (8) and Maggie (6). In 1911 they were at Antigua Street and Douglas recorded John (20), Johnston (18) and Mary (16).
John, a cabinet maker and of 5, Conlig Street, married Ellen Armstrong, 59, Conlon Street, in St Anne's Parish Church on the 22 February 1915. John is recorded a Private John, 5th Royal Irish Rifles.
CWGC records him as the son of Douglas McKeown, 9 Conlig (Corlig sic) Street, Belfast and husband of Ellen McKeown, 59, Conlon Street, Belfast.
John had enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.
McKILLOP, 8810 Rifleman Bernard (CWGC McKillops), 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 16th November 1914 when aged 30 – the early date suggests he was a professional soldier.  He had been born on the 9 November 1879 at Agola (now Agolagh), Cushendall,  and he was the son of James, a coachman, and Maria McKillop, nee Sheridan, of Shore Street, Cushendall. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, panel 40.
Photograph from Larne Times, October 1918, courtesy of N Henderson.

McKILLOP, 20420 Rifleman Thomas, 15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles and formerly 2619 North Irish Horse, died on Saturday, September 14, 1918 and he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial. The date suggests he was killed in action near Hill 63 in the Ypres Sector. He was born at Deer Park, Glenarm on the 14 January 1896 and he was the son of Thomas and Margaret McKillop, nee Aicken, of Aughareamlaugh (Aughareamlagh), Carnlough, Co. Antrim.

McKINNEY, James, 3742, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 16th August 1917. He was raised in the Ballymena Union workhouse and 'boarded out' with the Hollingers of Ahoghill.  He is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium and commemorated in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.

McKIRGAN (also McKirken and McKernan), 30/119, Private John, 24th Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish), was killed in action on the 19th November 1916. He was born on the 9 February 1892 at Mill Row, Ballymena. He was the son of plasterer James McKirgan and his wife Jane Louden (often Lowden). He enlisted in Middlesbrough. 
The 1901 Irish census shows the family at Park Street, Larne.  James (38) listed his wife Jane (34) and two children, B John (9) and Mary Josephine (5). John's sister Mary was born at Springwell Street, Ballymena on the 28 September 1894.  Two other siblings are known. Twins Jane and Alice were born at Springwell Street, Ballymena on the 16 March 1897.
The family moved to England and CWGC gave John's details as son of James and Jane McKirgan, 46, Upper Branch Street, South Bank, Yorkshire.  
John is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension. He is listed as McKernan on Middlesborough's memorial.




Right: McLAUGHLIN, 192631 Gunner Peter, 'B' Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on the 25th April 1917. His grandfather was Francis McKeever of Kilcurry, Ahoghill and his parents lived in Dumbarton, Scotland.  He is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France and remembered on the war memorial in Dumbarton, Scotland, his name inscribed there as Peter McLaughlan.

McLAUGHLIN, Fireman Robert, Mercantile Marine and serving on the SS Kenmare (Cork), died on the 2nd March 1918 and aged 34 years. SS Kenmare, a defensively-armed British merchant steamer built in 1895 by Wigham Richardson, Low Walker, Newcastle, England for the City of Cork Steam Packet Co. Ltd, Cork, was on a voyage from Liverpool to Cork with general cargo when she was sunk without warning by the German submarine U-104 (Commander Kurt Bernis), 25 miles north west from the Skerries, Anglesey. McLaughlin was one was one of 29 persons lost.
He was on the 22nd September 1883 at Glenarm, the son of Robert and Alicia (or Alice) McLaughlin, nee McCambridge, of Mark St., Glenarm, Co. Antrim.

McLAUGHLIN, 18136 Private Thomas, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 22nd July 1915.  He was aged 36.  He was born on the 15 April 1878 at Racavan, Broughshane, and he was the son of John McLaughlin and Mary Ann Brooks, though his father had died at Aughafatten/Aghafatten on the 13 December 1883.
Thomas McLaughlin and two brothers volunteered in Londonderry in November 1914, though the family still lived at Broughshane, Ballymena. The 1901 census records his widowed mother Mary Ann (53) at Broughshane Upper and she was living with her daughter, also Mary Ann, an 18 year old textile weaver in a local woollen factory. Thomas, however, was working in the Derry Shipyard and had probably been in the city for some time as he had married Annie Quigley, a baker's daughter, in the city on the 24 December 1904. His wife Annie lived at 24 Orchard Row, Londonderry.
Thomas had gone to the Western Front only a couple of months before his death. He is buried in Hinges Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais and the family grave is in Glendermott Parish Church Cemetery.

Left: McLOUGHLIN (sometimes McLaughlin), 14530 Lance Sergeant William, 'C' Company, 10th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, was killed in action on the 5th July 1916. He was born on the 22 January 1889 at John Street, Ballymena and he was the son of the William McLaughlin and Lizzie Sands, later of 15, Springwell Street, Ballymena. They were at Springwell Street at the time of the 1901 census and, confusingly, the children Agnes (18), Ellen J (16), Robert (14) and William (12) are all said to be grandchildren. There is also a daughter, Agnes (23). A William McLaughlin died there aged 76 years on the 24 September 1914, and 76 year old Eliza McLaughlin also died there on the 1 November 1919, her 'daughter' Ellen McNeill being with her. Ellen June McGlaughlin (sic) had been born at John Street on 2 February 1885; Ellen McLoughlin of Springwell Street married Thomas Ramsay McNeill of Gracehill in St Patrick's Parish Church, Ballymena on the 17 December 1892.

William enlisted in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He left his effects to his grandmother Elizabeth, as so identified on the 1901 census return, his sister Aggie McIlveen (Agnes married Thomas McIlveen of Tullygarley in Wellington Presbyterian Church on the 30 April 1904) and his brother Robert; Robert McLaughlin had been born on the 27 January 1887 at John Street. CWGC give his details as Robert McLoughlin, 45, Newry Street, Belfast.

He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Ballymena's St Patrick's Parish Church.

McLEAN (The Scottish National War Memorial website says McLean, local contemporary press said McLean, CWGC says McClean), 6902 Lance Corporal Alexander, 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was killed in action on the 21st October 1914. He was born in Ballymena, enlisted in Coatbridge and lived in Edinburgh. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He cannot be positively identified currently as age, parents, etc cannot be given by any party.

Right: McMANUS, 3093 Private Charles, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died in England of wounds on 24th July 1916.  He was born on the 1 June 1890 at Coach Entry, off Castle Street, Ballymena, the son of John McManus and Mary Ann O'Hare. The couple, John McManus and Mary Ann O'Hara (sic), had married in Ballymena's All Saints RC Chapel on the 25 April 1885.  They both lived at John Street, Ballymena.

In 1901 they lived at Robert Street, Ballymena. Horse dealer John was 40, as was his wife Mary Ann, a hawker. John (14) was also a hawker and Charles (11) and Alexander (2) were still scholars.

Dealer and Pedlar John was a widower in 1911 and was boarding with Thomas Devlin (27) and his wife Lizzie (26) and their daughter Kate (1) in Mill Row, Ballymena. Son John (22) was still in Ballymena in 1911 and living at Flag Lane, off Broughshane Road.  John had married Mary Gilmer, both of John Street, on the 27 February 1910 and they had a one year old daughter called Lizzie. Charles and Alexander were no longer in Ballymena.

Charles left his effects to his brothers John and Alexander. John had been born on the 15 January 1886 at Sydney Lane, off John Street. Alexander had been born on the 19 August 1898 at Mill Row, Ballymena.

Charles McManus is buried in Crebilly RC Churchyard. See Weekly War 1916 (The local press in Weekly War referred to Robert Street and Alexander Street. Robert Street was adjacent to Mill Row, and Flag Lane was directly opposite Alexander Street, on the other side of Broughshane Street.)

McMASTER 19481 Private Alexander, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 19th September 1917. He was, as reported in local press (See Weekly War 1916), the son of the late Samuel.  Alexander McMaster, Killyless, Cullybackey, was therefore the son of Samuel McMaster, Killyless and Rachel Leith, Drumrankin, Cullybackey, the couple having married in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church on the 6 March 1872. Their son was born on 6 April 1873.
Alexander enlisted in January 1915 in Paisley, Scotland; he had been working at Walkinshaw Pit. He was wounded in the fighting in the Dardanelles/Gallipoli, recovered and was subsequently posted to France and Flanders.
His widow, Isabella Craig McMaster and six children lived at 1, Ralston Square, Paisley. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium.
McMASTER, 19754 Private James, 10th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt.), was killed in action on the 21st May 1915.  He was born on the 10 July 1879 at Ballygelly and was  the son of Thomas Alexander McMaster and Mary Hall of Ballygelly, Racavan, Broughshane.
The Irish census of 1901 records Thomas A McMaster, a 58-year-old farmer, and his wife Mary, aged 57, and six of their children: Mary (30), Alexander (26), Agnes (24), Lizzie (21), Annie (17), and Robert Hugh (12).
The 1911 census records 68-year-old Mary as a widow; she says she had been married for 49 years and had had ten children, all of whom were alive in 1911. Four of them are listed: Alexander (34), Lizzie (27), Annie (24) and Robert Hugh (23).  A grand daughter called Winnie (7) is also named, as are two visitors from Canada, Thomas Henry Seymour, a 39 year old clerk, and Agnes Seymour (29).
His parents were both dead by the outbreak of the Great War, as this grave inscription in Racavan Burying Ground, Broughshane indicates:
1881
Erected in memory of  ... Thomas Alexander McMaster died 17th April 1901 aged 59 years
Also his wife Mary McMaster who died 20th June 1911 aged 67 years.
And their grandson Alexander McMaster who died 17th November 1910 aged 12 Years.

James McMaster had sailed from Quebec aboard the SS Scandinavian with his unit on the 3-4th October 1914.  He had almost no military record but it is noted that he was presumed to have died on or since the 21 May 1915. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.                                      See Ballymena Canadians

Left: McMASTER, 19626 Rifleman Samuel, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was aged 21. He was born in Ballymena and his wife and one child lived at Railway Street, Ballymena.

Samuel Stewart McMaster, Ballymena married Martha Lorimer (Lormer sic) in 2nd Ahoghill (Trinity) Presbyterian Church on the 19 November 1913. The 1911 census records Martha living in the family home at Railway Street. Her father David, a carter aged 41, listed his wife Mary (40) and four children - Martha (18), Maggie (11), William (9) and David (6).

Samuel McMaster had been born at Galgorm Street, Ballymena on the 17 November 1894 and was the son of tailor and widower Samuel McMaster and Agnes Barkley. Agnes was widow Agnes McClure who had married Samuel in West Church Presbyterian Church on the 10 August 1894. They were living at Galgorm Street in 1901. Widow Rose Barkley (70), Sam (40) and Agnes (45) McMaster, McMaster children Samuel (6), William (4) and Agnes  (2), Agnes's children George (17) and Kerr McClure (16), and a boarder all shared the house.

They were in Belfast in 1911 and living on Oldpark Avenue. Rose Barkley (80), Samuel (46), Agnes (50), Samuel (16), William (13), Agnes (12) and Kerr McClure (24) all lived together. Samuel McMaster must have returned to Ballymena after that date and local press refers to the enlistment by 1915 of Samuel McMaster, James Street, Ballymena; this is near Railway Street.

He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

McMASTER, William, 18/939, Rifleman, 9th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 7th August 1917.  He was born at Mullinsallagh, Portglenone on the 13 November 1897, the son of William McMaster and Mary Jane Sands. Miner and widower William of Killyless had married Mary McMaster, Ballyconnelly in Cullybackey United Presbyterian Church on the 10 June 1893.
The family are listed in the 1901 and 1911 census returns. Agricultural labourer William (40) and his wife Mary Jane (47) lived in 1901 at Tullynahinnion, Lisnagarran with their children James (6) and William (3). Frank, William's Scottish-born 11 year old son from his first marriage, lived with them.
They were living at Ballyconnelly, Cullybackey in 1911. William (50) and  Mary Jane (58) lived with James (16) and William (13).  William said he had had two children during this second marriage.
Son William had enlisted in Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Cullybackey UF Church.
McMEEKIN, 4912 Rifleman Thomas, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 9th May 1915. He was born on the 11 June 1871 at Galgorm, Ballymena and was the son of weaver Thomas McMeekin and Mary Jemison (sic). He enlisted in Belfast. He appears to have been a regular soldier and in 1911 his address is given as Citadel Barracks, Western Heights, Dover. He left his effects to his brother David and five nephews and neices. David, son of linen lapper Thomas and Mary Jamison (sic) had been born at Ballykeel, Ballyclug, Ballymena on the 24 January 1865.
He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.



McMICHAEL, 11689 Private Joseph, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on the 26th February 1917. He may have come from Linenhall Street, Ballymena, but connections with the town are tenuous.  He was born around Ballymoney but had been in Belfast for a long time. He and his sister Hessie were in the 1901 Irish census recorded as residents of the Balmoral Industrial Schools, set up after 1868 to care for "neglected, orphaned and abandoned children". Hessie later lived in the city at 35 Upper Meadow Street.


He is buried in Fouquescourt British Cemetery.




Balmoral Industrial School was set up in West End (now Musgrave) Park, Balmoral and was to accommodate 100 boys. Joseph McMichael passed through its portals, though his name does not occur on the institution's Roll of Honour (PRONI)

McMICHAEL, 10720 Private Hugh, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 28th April 1915. He was the son of blacksmith James McMichael and Mary Adrain. James McMighel (sic) of Glenmanus, Portrush had married Mary Drain (sic) of Carnalridge, Portrush in Ballywillin (now Ballywillan) Presbyterian Church on the 16 October 1873. They were to have at least thirteen children. The first, William James (13-10-1873) was born at Glenmanus, Portrush,  the next ten were all born at Springhill, Portrush. They were Margaret (16-10-75), Sarah (30-12-77), Mary Anne (6-12-79), Susan Huston (26-1-82), Jane (9-5-83), Georgina (14-5-85), Daniel (10-6-87), Annie (2-10-89), Charles Henry Stronge (5-11-90) and Lydia (10-5-92).  Hugh (24-8-96) and Samuel Scott (26-2-99) were born at Park Street, Ballymena. In many cases the mother is recorded as Drain rather than Adrain.
The 1901 census records the family at Park Strret, Ballymena and blacksmith James listed eleven of their children on the census day.
James and Mary Jane, both 62, were at Springwell Street, Ballymena in 1911 but shared their house with six boarders only. The family were gone and in 1911. The death of Mary McMichael (52) of cancer in the Royal Victoria Hospital on the 15 March 1907 is recorded and the entry also records that daughter Sarah was by her side.  The address given is 14, Edlingham Street, Belfast. Widower James McMichael had married widow Mary Jane Young, formerly McCurdy, in Ballymena Register Office on the 15 December 1909. Both gave their address as Springwell Street, Ballymena.
Hugh was living at Gracehill Street, Belfast with his married sister Georgina (26) and her husband, house painter Joseph Nelson (27 and born Greenock, Scotland), and her two children, Janetta (3) and Joseph (1). James (25), Henderson's Avenue had married Georgina, 14, Edlingham Street in St Anne's Parish Church on the 6 May 1907. Hugh, according to local press, had also lived at Linenhall Street, Ballymena at some time. 
Hugh left his effects to Mrs Mulholland, 26, Mountcollyer Road, Belfast, his sister. Annie McMichael of 85, Lilliput Street, Belfast had married joiner Robert Mulholland, 6, Lurgan Street in Duncairn Gardens Methodist Church on the 3 September 1913. The 1911 census return had shown Annie (20) and her brother Samuel (10) as boarders at 86, Lilliput Street.
He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

Right: McMULLAN, Daniel, 8444,  Guardsman, 2nd Irish Guards and a former member of the Irish National Volunteers, was killed on the 29th September 1916 while making tea. He had lit a fire and was waiting for the water to boil when there was an explosion; it is thought that an unexploded munition was detonated by the heat of the fire. He was born on 4 June 1891 at Rosnashane, Finvoy, near Rasharkin. He was the elder son of Daniel McMullan and Sarah Kearney, Killans, Ballymoney. The couple, Daniel McMullen, 23, (sic) from Finvoy and Sara (sic), 18, from Slavney, had married in Rasharkin RC Chapel on the 2 June 1887. They lived at Killans North, Vow in 1901.
Daniel is buried in  Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
McMULLAN, (sometimes McMullen) 12/19119,  Lance Corporal George, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was  killed in action on the 8th March 1917.  He was born on the 15 May 1895 at Brocklamont, Ballymena and he was the son of blacksmith Hugh McMullan and Margaret Gore. Hugh of Bridge Street, Ballymena had married Margaret of Galgorm Parks in Ballymena's St Patrick's Parish Church on the 8 October 1881. They lived at Brocklamont in 1901 and were at Galgorm Parks in 1911.  They said in 1911 that they had had  nine children and that seven were still alive at that time. They listed tailor John (26) gardener Hugh (20), apprentice painter George (15), Ellen (12), Robert (9) and Thomas (6).
George is buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery.



Left: McMULLAN, 19118 Lance Corporal Hugh, brother of 19119 Lance Corporal George (above), 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 21st March 1918. He was born on the 2 June 1890 at Brocklamont, Ballymena and was the son of Hugh McMullan and Margaret Gore.  He received Italian Bronze Medal for gallantry.

Hugh is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

McMULLAN (also McMullen), 22400 Private John, 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in action at the Somme on 1st July 1916.  He had served with the 29th Division in Turkey, his unit taking part in the murderous Cape Helles landing of 25th April 1915. 

The unit had returned from Gallipoli for the Somme batttle.  On the morning of the 1st July 1916 they were in the support trenches. They left their trenches shortly before 8am but found the German wire mostly uncut and machine-gun fire from the Beaucourt Ridge cut them down.

John McMullan was the son of then grocer Hugh McMullan and Catherine McFarland and he was born at Tullaghans, Dunloy on the 10 January 1891. The couple, Hugh from 'The Craigs' and Catherine from Tullaghans, had married on 1st July 1884 in Dunloy RC Chapel.

In 1901 the family were at Knockans, Dirraw, County Antrim. Labourer Hugh (40) and Catherine (40) listed Mary (born 20th August 1884), Maggie (born about 1887, America), Thomas (born about 1889, America), John (born 10th January 1891), Elizabeth or Lizzie (born 22nd March 1893), Patrick (born 21st March 1895), Ellen (born 24th January 1900), Joseph (born 1st March 1903).

In 1911 the family was at Mullans, Dirraw, County Antrim. The parents said they had had nine children during their marriage and that eight were alive at that time. John was a twenty-year-old tailor. He subsequently went on to live in Swatragh and later enlisted in Coatbridge, Scotland.

Private John McMullan is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and on Ballymoney War Memorial.  The CWGC record John as the son Hugh and Catherine McMullan, Drumagamer, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry.

Left: McMULLAN, William John, 19657 Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He was born on the 6 March 1889 at Lismurnaghan, Ahoghill was the son of Daniel McMullan and Margaret Jane Thompson. Weaver Daniel of Ballylummin, Ahoghill had married Margaret Jane Thompson, Glebe, Ahoghill in 3rd Presbyterian Meeting House on the 14th January 1882. The family later transferred to Harryville, Ballymena.

CWGC name his parents as Daniel and Margaret McMullin, 82, Queen Street, Ballymena and he is listed as William John McMullin. He is buried, actually 'buried near this spot', in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme.


McMULLEN, 6151 Private Joseph Patrick, 1st Connaught Rangers, was killed in action on 11th July 1917. He was born on an unknown date at Glenbuck, near Rasharkin. The parents cannot be positively identified.
Joseph lived in Kilrea and enlisted in Londonderry.  He was allegedly part of the forces attached to Lawrence of Arabia but no proof of this exists.  He is named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq and remembered on the Ballymoney War Memorial.
McMURRAY, 19120 Lance Corporal George, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 13 October 1894 at Carnaghts, Kells and was the son of Samuel McMurray and Martha Johnston. The couple, both from Tanaghmore, had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 10 October 1891. 
They were living at Tannybrake, Kells in 1911 and 43 year old farmer Samuel and his 41-year-old wife Martha said they had had eleven children by census date; all were then alive.
George enlisted in Ballymena, as did his brothers, Thomas Johnston, born 8 July 1892 at Carnaghts, Kells, and James, born 17 July 1893 at Carnaghts, Kells. Thomas is believed to have served in the Royal Inniskilling Dragoons, initially going from North Irish Horse (1336) to the Corps of Hussars (71342), and James in the 12th Royal Irish Rifles. George is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Connor Presbyterian Church.
McNALLY, 4609 Private Charles, 6th Connaught Rangers, died on the 18th July 1916 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery. He was born on the 13 July 1879 at Drumsough, Randalstown and he was the son of Hugh McNally and Sarah McLarnon, Randalstown.
McNAUGHTON, Able Seaman James Hugh,  (birth recorded as ‘McNaughten’) was lost 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 aged 22 and was the son of Alexander McNaughton, then of Falmacrilly, and Mary McNaughton, nee McDonnell, and he had been born on the 20th December 1892 at Eshery, Layde. The parents lived at Lubitavish, Cushendall at the time of the sinking. Brother of Hugh.

Right: McNEICE (McNiece, or MacNeice on CWGC), 20650 Private Archibald,  10th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt.), died of wounds at No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station on the 10th November 1917. He was born on the 6 December 1889 at Railway Cottages, Ballymena, and he was the son of railway porter Archie McNeice and Agnes McKelvey, later of  21, Queen Street, Ballymena. The couple, Archy McNeice from Cromkill, Kells had married Nancy McElvey (sic) in Wellington Street, Presbyterian Church on the 31 August 1898.

The family (McNiece) were at Railway Place in 1901 and at (McNeice) Queen Street in 1911. On the latter date the couple said they had been married for thirty two years and that they had had seven children, six of whom were alive at that date. Archie was then a 21 year old carpenter.

He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium and is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

Left: McNEICE, 19627 Rifleman Daniel, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of John McNiece and Elizabeth Jane Creelman. The couple, both from Cromkill, Kells, had married in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 29 April 1871. Their son Daniel was born at Cromkill on the 22 May 1881. He was living with his family at Queen Street, Ballymena in 1901 but he had married Annie McKeen of Ballymena on the 30th September 1905 in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church. Local press states the Daniel McVeice had 'enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war' and that he 'was formerly in the employ of Kane Bros'. He was said to have been 'a member of the UVF and of Ballykeel LOL'.
The 1911 census return shows elements of the family still at Queen Street. John and Eliza Jane, both 63, were living with daughter Elizabeth (28) and her husband Samuel Speers (28)  and their two children, Adam Speers (2) and infant Elizabeth Jane. Samuel Speers of Ballykeel, Ballymena had married Elizabeth McNeice in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 19 January 1909.
Widower James Thompson (36), former husband of Agnes McNeice, lived with them, as did his children. They were Lily Ann Thompson (10), Rosetta Thompson (9), Elizabeth Jane Thompson (7) and James Thompson (6). James, a farmer's son from Drummuck, Broughshane had married Agnes McNeice in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on 28th September 1900, but she died aged 26 after childbirth on the 9 June 1906 at Queen Street.
Daniel left a widow and left three daughters. Six children had been born: Elizabeth Jane (11/1/06, Queen St), Agnes 7/4/07, Queen St, died 9/4/14 at Queen St), Mary Sloan (5/6/08, Antrim Rd), Sarah (22/2/10, James St), Charlotte (3/3/12, died 27/3/14 at Queen St) and Lily Ann (26/4/13, Queen Street, died 9/6/13 at Ballee).
Daniel McNeice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.
McNEICE, Robert John, 461500, Private, 8th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment (Transport)) was killed in action on the 26th September 1916. A 5' 11" tall farrier, he lived at 294 Inkster Avenue, Winnipeg with his mother. He was supposedly born on the 23 November 1890 but a record of his birth cannot be found. He was the son of Samuel McNeice, a farmer from Crumkill, Kells who had married Margaret Hamilton in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 20th April 1871.
The 1901 Irish census shows his family at Tullygarley (sometimes Tullaghgarley), near Ballymena.  His father Samuel was 60 years old and a labourer, and Margaret A was his 50-year-old wife. They list four children: Bella was 27 and a weaver, William was 25 and a labourer, James was 14 and Robert J was 11.
The 1911 census shows 61-year-old Margaret Ann McNeice, a widow, living on Queen Street, Harryville.  She said she had been married for 39 years and that 7 of her 10 children were still alive in 1911.  She was living with her daughters Isabella (Bella), 36 and a linen weaver, and Nellie, now 27 and Mrs Barr. The latter had had 4 children during her the 8-year marriage and they are listed as Samuel (7), John (6), William (4) and Robert (1).
461499 John Hamilton McNeice, 8th Bn Canadian Infantry, was his brother.
Local press linked the family to 5, Toome Road, Ballymena, though Canadian sources say some members of the family were associated with 93, Queen Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.
McNEICE, 150166 Private Samuel, 79th Canadian Infantry, died on the 28th June 1919 after two years' illness at sister's house. His sister was Ellen Barr, Antrim Road, Ballymena. He was the 5' 11" tall fireman son of Margaret McNeice, Toome Road, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the UK War Memorial 1914-18, Brockwood.
Samuel was the brother of Robert John McNeice and John Hamilton McNeice of the Canadian Infantry. Margaret had lived in Canada in Winnipeg with her son Robert John (He named her his next of kin and gave her address, the same as his. Her 64-year-old husband Samuel had died at Tullygarley, Ballmena on the 1 May 1902.) but she had returned at some point to Ballymena to live with her daughter; another son, John Hamilton McNeice, was married to Jennie and also lived in Winnipeg. He returned to Canada at the end of the war. Samuel too lived in Canada but returned to Ireland after he developed TB. He had married Margaret (Maggie) Thompson in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 28 June 1898. She pleaded with the Canadians to let him return to her.

It was his sister Ellen (Nellie) Barr who was with him when he died at Antrim Road, Ballymena on the 26 June 1919. He was said to be 40 years old. The Archive Death Card states that his next of kin was his another of his sisters, Isabella Coulter of 5 Foome (Actually Toome Road) Rd, Ballymena. 5 Toome Road, still there, is several paces from the junction of Toome Road and Antrim Road.
McNEICE (also McNiece), 12/4869 Rifleman William John, 'C' Coy, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 20 April 1893 at Tullygarley, Ballymena and was the son of William John McNeice and Margaret Jane Millar. The couple, William John from Crumkill and Margaret Jane from Tullygarley, had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 12 January 1887. The family were living in Tullygarley in 1901 and were at Railway Street, Ballymena in 1911.
Son William John McNeice, then of Irvine, Scotland, married Jeanie Bolan of Tullygarley in High Kirk (2nd Ballymena) Presbyterian Church on the 11 July 1913.  His wife of Jeannie lived at 64, Moat Road, Ballymena.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in  1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
McNEILL, 24042 Private Alexander, 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died on the 1 July 1916. He had been born at Craigs, Cullybackey, on the 31 October 1887. He was the eldest son of William McNeill and Eliza Workman, the couple, both of Craigs, having married in Ballymena Register Office on the 6 January 1885. William was the son of James McNeill, and Eliza was the daughter of Robert and Hannah McNeill. They were at Dunminning, Craigs, Cullybackey in 1901 but were living at Waterloo Road, Larne in 1911. Only their youngest child Sarah, then 6 and born 14 November 1904, had been born at Waterloo Road, Larne; the other five of their children were all born at the Craigs. Six children had been born of the marriage and all survived. The remainder were Mary McCalmont (25/6/85), Alexander (31/10/87), Thomas (30/4/93), William (15/9/96) and Lizzie (11/4/1902).

Left: McNEILL, Hugh, PO/10353, Lance Corporal,  Royal Marine Light Infantry, was killed in action when a U-boat torpedoed the SS Montebello at Ushant on the 21st June 1918 and the 4,324 ton vessel, built in 1911 for the Ellerman Wilson Line, went down with the loss of 41 lives.

He was born in Belfast on the 5 January 1881 and he enlisted in Belfast in 1899, serving thereafter until 1912. He was one of those who served in China during the Boxer Rebellion and also aboard HMS Goliath. He worked in the Imperial Hotel, Belfast after discharge and was then, as a reservist, recalled on outbreak of war.  He served with the Royal Navy units in the defence of Antwerp and saw his friend, Private Deane of London, probably PO/10349 Private C E Deane, RMLI, killed in action on the 4 October 1914, his 'head blown off' by a German shell. He was wounded by shrapnel in the left leg and right knee during the withdrawal, probably in the fighting that followed the blowing up the train in which he was travelling.

He was the husband of Annie McNeill, nee Harland, 11, James Street, Harryville, Ballymena. He is commemorated on a list for All Saints Church (RC) in Ballymena and on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

McNEILL, 6681 Private James, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 18th October 1914 at the Battle of the Marne. He came from Ahoghill, near Ballymena, Co Antrim.  The Ballymena Observer, 4 December 1914, noted that 'Much regret is felt in the Ahoghill and Broughshane District over the death of Private James McNeill of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (sic), which sad event took place at the Battle of the Marne. The deceased was a native of Ahoghill and was for the past four years the faithful servant of Mr. John Martin of Roughan, Broughshane. The deceased was held in high esteem by all who knew him'. There is regrettably no further information about him currently available and he cannot be positively identified in the cenus returns. The best fit is that he is the son of James McNeill of Drumrankin and his wife Mary Leitch. If so, he was born on the 22 December 1883 and the twin brother of Rebecca.

He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

McNEILL, 25944 Private Samuel, 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 9th September 1916, probably in 16th Division attacks around Guillemont. He was the son of James & Mary McNeill, Drumcon, Rasharkin and he enlisted in Londonderry. The family were at Drumcon in 1901 and 1911, and at the latter date James said he had been married for forty-five years and that nine of the eleven children born of the marriage were alive at that date. Samuel was listed in 1901 and was said to be 13 years old, but no record of his birth can be found.

Other children are listed in 1901, a few in 1911, though not all of the nine survivors of the eleven born of the marriage. Four of the named can be traced. Mary was born on the 2 September 1872 at Maboy, Sarah on the 23 April 1874 at Maboy, Annie on the 13 June 1880 at Maboy, and Maggie on the 5 November 1884 at Fernagh, Rasharkin. Two further names can be added, though they do not appear on the census returns. Elizabeth McNeill was born on the 31 October 1868 at Gortaheran, and John McNeill was born on the 5 June 1870 at Gortaheran. Gortaheran, Drumcon, Maboy and Fernagh are all touching townlands, and in all cases James McNeill is the children's father and Mary Wright their mother.

Samuel is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Rasharkin Presbyterian Church.


McNEILLY, S/43179 Private Duncan, 8th Seaforth Highlanders, died on the 6th May 1918 in London of wounds received July 1917. He was aged 20. He was born Renfrew, near Glasgow and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of Samuel McNeilly and Mary McLaughlin, the couple both being from Renfrew, Scotland. They listed eight children in 1901 and five had been born in Scotland. The family are recorded at Liminary in 1901 and 1911, and in 1901 mother-in-law Sarah McLaughlin (76) lived with them. 
Duncan is buried Kells and Connor New Cemetery.  He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church (wrongly designated AIF), as is his brother.

His brother was Sgt. Samuel McNeilly, born Millport, Bute, Scotland, but living in Australia and serving with the 36th Bn. Australian Imperial Force. He was severely wounded in the 'right buttock' in October 1917 and eventually repatriated on HMAT Gaika.  He failed a medical in February 1919 and was deemed discharged from the AIF on 31 December 1918. A letter of 1940 gives his address as 37, Susan Street, Auburn, Sydney, NSW.


McNEILLY, 380 Rifleman Thomas, 'C' Coy. 18th Royal Irish Rifles,  died on the 24 January 1919. He was born on the 7 February 1894, the son of  farmer William McNeilly and Elizabeth Smith, Braetown, Glenwherry. William McNeilly married Elizabeth Smyth (sic), both of Braetown, Glenwherry (also Glenwhirry), in Ballymena Register Office on the 23 August 1893. She was a widow and formerly Beggs, her father being James Owens Beggs.
Thomas McNeilly is buried in Ballyclare New Cemetery.


Right: McNIECE (also McNeice), 45107 Private John Alexander, 3rd Bn, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was  killed in action on the 15th October 1917.  He had arrived in France and been posted to 'C' Company of his unit on the 8 October 1917 and died one week later from wounds to his right leg while being tended by No 2 New Zealand Field Ambulance.
He had been born on 3rd November 1887 in Ballymatoskerty, the second son of farmer John McNeice of Ballymatoskery and Esther Morrow of Groggan, Drummaul, Randalstown. They had married in 1st Randalstown Presbyterian Church on the 18th April 1885. They lived at Ballymatoskerty, Toome, Co. Antrim and are listed in the 1901 and 1911 census returns.
John McNiece emigrated to New Zealand about 1909/1910, and before enlisting in Invercargill, South Island, John McNiece was a constable with the New Zealand Police Force in Invercargill.  He gave as his last address the Police Station in Invercargill, and he listed his brother Samuel McNiece, Pongakawa, Bay of Plenty, as his next of kin.

McREYNOLDS, 7865 Rifleman Patrick, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 31st July 1917. Aged 21.  He was the son of John McReynolds, Killylane, Glenwherry and Jane McReynolds - Jane died at Glenhead, Glenwhirry on the 5 April 1918 and aged 56 years. The familty were  recorded in 1911 at Killylane and John (49) and Jane (49) then said that they had been married for 26 years and that they had had seven children. They were all then alive and they listed Susan (25), Maggie (20), Patrick (15), John (12) and Willie (9).

Patrick is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.

McSHANE, 12403 Private John, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 8th August 1915. He was born on the 16 December 1872 in Ahoghill, Ballymena, the son of John McShane and Catherine McVeigh. John (jnr) married Catherine Hughes He was a minor, a soldier of 112, Reglan Street, Belfast and she lived at 97, Balkan Street, and they wed in St Peter's RC Church, Belfast. They lived at Elliott's Back Row, Falls Road, Belfast in 1901 and at Malcolson Street, Falls Road in 1911.At the latter date they confirmed they had been married for nineteen years and that they had had nine children. Eight were still alive in 1911. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.
McVEIGH, 4753 Private John, 1st Connaught Rangers, died on the 22nd October 1916 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. He was born on the 1 November 1893 in Randalstown and he was the son of James McVeigh and Catherine (Kate) O'Hara, Ballygrooby, Randalstown, Co Antrim. The couple had married in Randalstown RC Chapel on the 3 October 1891. He was living in the family home at Ballygrooby in 1901 and 1911. In 1901 James was 31, Catherine (30). They listed John (7), Patrick (6), Alexander (4), Joseph (2) and infant Catherine. In 1911 James (19) and Jane (9) were new children named. The parents said in 1911 that they had had seven children and one had died - Joseph had died on the 2 April 2005 at the age of six. John was the brother of 3667 Patrick McVeigh (below).
McVEIGH, 3667 Private Patrick, 1st Bn, Royal Irish Fusiliers, died as a POW on 14th June 1918.  He is buried in Berlin South West Cemetery.  He was born on the 19 November 1894 at Ballygrooby, Randalstown and he was the son of James McVeigh and Catherine O'Hara, Ballygrooby, Randalstown. He was the brother of John (above).

McWHIRTER (or Mewhirter), 8798 Private William, 2 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), was killed in action between the 20/24 July 1916, later deemed to have been killed on the 24th July. He was said to be born in the Craigs, Cullybackey (Local press & see Scottish National War Memorial record) and he enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland.  He lived in Motherwell. 

Without a record of his age or the names of his parents he is impossible to trace with absolute certainty. There are three William McWhirters, some possibly related, who are contenders; none can be positively identified as our William McWhirter. Two, however, are 'best fit' for different reasons.

William's will said he was leaving his effects to 'my sister Jeanie McWhirter or Workman, Craigs, Co Antrim'. Samuel Workman of the Craigs, Cullybackey married Jane McWhirter in Cullybackey Presbyterian Church on the 9 September 1887. Her father is named as John and local records show that John McWhirter, Craigs had married Ellen Campbell, Craigs in Cullybackey Presbyterian Church on the 22nd July 1885. Ellen McWhirter (Mewhirter sic) was a grocer and 35 year old widow living in the Craigs in 1901; John McWhirter (30) had died at Craigs on the 23 June 1893. She listed four children, Elizabeth (14), Sarah (13), John (11) and Ellen (9). We do not know if she had other children, specifically a William and Jane (Jeanie), possibly born in Scotland, but Elizabeth being 14 in 1901 would seem to exclude the possibility of earlier births.

The other candidate is William John McWhirter, Ballyclose (also Ballyclosh), Cullybackey, born on the 6 July 1888, the son of James McWhirter and Eliza Simpson. The couple, James (25) from the Craigs and Eliza (25) of Drumrankin, Cullybackey had married in Cullybackey Reformed Presbyterian Church on the 24 December 1872. The family appear in the 1901 and 1911 census returns. James was 55 and Eliza 54 in 1901.  They listed Jane (22 - born 24/9/1878, Craigs), Agnes (20 - born 25/12/80, Craigs), Thomas J (17 - born 14/4/83, Craigs), Lizzie (15 - born 6/7/85, Craigs), William J (12 - born 6/7/88, Ballyclose) and Samuel (9 - born 8/1/91, Ballyclose). Two other children are known: William John, born 22/3/76 at Craigs, presumably deceased) and Robert (born 31/7/74, Drumrankin, Cullybackey). Here we have a William and a Jane but no evidence that Jane or Jeanie married someone called Workman or a Scottish link. We do know that Samuel is 312875 Gunner Samuel McWhirter who enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery in Toronto on the 22 November 1915, and his Canadian record makes clear that his brother Thomas James was a teacher at Balnamore National School, Ballymoney; he is listed as a teacher in both the 1901 and 1911 census returns.

In 1911 Elizabeth was a 68 year old widow. She listed Agnes (30), Thomas J (28), Elizabeth (25), William J (22) and Samuel (20).

William McWhirter is buried in Chambrin Churchyard Extension,  Pas de Calais, France, and he is commemorated in Cullybackey United Free Church.

McWILLIAMS, 17/1344 Rifleman Herbert, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 10th February 1916.  He was born on the 16 June 1896 at Gloonan, Ahoghill. Tailor Thomas McWilliams and Ellen Ervine, both minors and both from Ahoghill, has married in 3rd Presbyterian Meeting House on the 29 April 1891.The family had moved to Belfast by 1901 and were living at Abington Street. Thomas (30) and Ellen (30) listed Elizabeth Roberts sic (6), Herbert (4), Norman Thomas (1) and infant Gladys. They were still there in 1911. Ellen was a 40 year old widow. She said she had been married for twenty years and that she had had five children. All were alive in 1911, and on census day she listed John (18), Elizabeth Roberta (16), Herbert (14) and Gladys (10). 
Herbert McWilliams enlisted in Belfast and CWGC say he was the son of Ellen McWilliams, 9 Abingdon Street, Belfast.  He is buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery,  Somme.

Right: MEEKE, 42492 Private Samuel, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 9849 Royal Irish Rifles), died of wounds on the 6th October 1918. He was born at Craignageeragh, Ahoghill and was the son of John Meek or Meeke and Margaret Craig. Farmer John Meek, Craignageeragh, Ahoghill had married Margaret Jane Craig, Aughterclooney, Ahoghill in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church. The family were at Craignageeragh in 1901 and at Ballykennedy in 1911.  In 1901 John (45) and Margaret (39) listed John (6), Martha (3) and Samuel (1). In 1911 John (58) and Margaret (49) listed James (18), John (16), Martha (13), Samuel (11) and William Robert (9). Another child had died. The family later lived at Slatt, Ballymena.

Samuel is buried Haringe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.

MELLIN (Mellon and Mellan), 12/389 or 389 Rifleman Samuel, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was missing after the 1st July 1916 and a plea for information concerning his whereabouts uncovering nothing (28 Oct), Rifleman Samuel Mellin was presumed killed on that date. He was born on the 17 November 1888 at Gloonan, Ahoghill, the son of Samuel Mellon and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kernohan. Samuel Mellan (sic), Ahoghill, had married Lizzie Kernohan of Lisnafillon in High Kirk (2nd Ballymena) Presbyterian Church on the 4 July 1887.
Samuel Mellin enlisted in Belfast.  He lived in Larne and was employed at the Aluminium Works there. He was a member of Larne UVF.   He had married eighteen year old Mary Jane (Jeannie) Logan of Cross Street, Larne in Gardenmore Presbyterian Church on the 26 September 1913. He was then living at Pound Street, Larne and it was later said his wife Jeannie and mother lived at 17, Point Street, Larne. Mellin's baby daughter died on 3 June 1916. 
Samuel Mellin is buried Serre Road Cemetery No. 2,  Somme.

MENEELY (also Menelly & McNeely), 8733 Lance Corporal Thomas, 3rd Royal Fusiliers, died of wounds on the 25th May, 1915. He was born on the 21 December 1883 at Bridge Street, Ballymena, and he was the son of William John and Christina Meneely. The couple, cabinetmaker William John from Fernisky, Kells had married Christina Henderson, Church Street, Ballymena, daughter of a woollen draper, in Ballymena Gospel Hall on the 12 November 1877; his father Jeremiah was the preacher there. They later lived at Burnside Cottage, Kells.
Thomas lived at Lancaster Gate,  London and enlisted there.  He is buried in Bailleul Cemetery Communal Extension, Nord, France.

Left: MEWHINNEY (CWGC says Mawhinnie,  but also appears as McWhinnie & Mawhinney), 15841 Private William James, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 29th September 1915. William James Mawhinney (sic) was born on the 24 January 1890 at Culnafay, Ballyscullion, the son of John and Agnes (Nancy) Mawhinney. Weaver John Mawhinney (sic) had married Nancy Fawcett (Fossitt on marriage record) in Grange Parish Church, Ballyscullion on the 25 September 1876. The family were living at Culnafay in 1901 and 1911. John (41) was still a linen weaver and he listed his wife Nancy (42) and children Mary (14), William J (10), Maggie (5) and Andy (3).  In 1911 John and Nancy, 53 & 55 respectively, said they had been married for twenty-six years and that they had had eleven children. Only six had survived to 1911 and on census day they listed only Andrew (12). The family later moved to Ballynafie, a townland between Ahoghill and Portglenone.

William James McWhinnie was living in Port Glasgow, Scotland prior to the war and he enlisted in Greenock. He was married and his wife Sarah, nee Aitken, and family are associated with 14, McKenzie Street, Greenock.

William James  is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate). His death was reported, though with errors of detail, in the Ballymena Observer in October 1915 and his demise was also noted in the Belfast Newsletter, 13 October 1915. He is commemorated in Grange Church of Ireland, Toomebridge.

MILLAR, 18/627 Rifleman Benjamin, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action  on the 21st May 1918. He was born on the 31 October 1891 at Craigs, Cullybackey and was the son of Samuel and Alice J. Millar, Harperstown, Cullybackey.  Beetler Samuel Millar, Craigs, had married Alice Jane Magee in Craigs Parish Church on the 30 January 1879. The family were living at Dunminning, Craigs in 1901 and 1911. Alice, referred to as Annie in Ben's military will, was a widow in 1901 and 1911, and at the latter date she said she had had seven children. Only four had survived George Herbert, Benjamin, Elizabeth Jane and Mary. Mary. Her husband Samuel had died aged 48 at the Craigs on the 15 November 1899, and daughter Mary had married Alexander Thomas Millar, Craigs, in Ballymena's West Church on the 30 October 1903. Mary, her beetler husband and their two children, John (7) and George Herbert (2), lived in family home.
Ben is buried New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium and he is commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.

Harperstown, Dunminning, Craigs, Cullybackey: The Last Days of the Settlement

Many of the Cullybackey soldiers, not just Ben Millar, are associated with this little hamlet.

(Photographs courtesy of Cullybackey and District Historical Society)

Below: Harperstown As It Once Appeared
MILLAR, 1474 Lance Corporal David George, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 15th April 1918.  He was born on the 31 May 1899 at Shane's Castle Park, Randalstown and he was the son of shepherd William Millar and Catherine (sometimes Kathleen) Whittlet, both born in Perthshire, Scotland. The family were at Shane's Castle Park in 1901 and 1911, and at the latter date William and Catherine said they had been married for 29 years. They had had nine children and eight were still alive in 1911. They later lived at Bailey Cottage, Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
MILLAR, 1574 Battery Quartermaster Saddler John, 13th Brigade Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, Indian Contingent, died of heatstroke on the 29th June 1916.  He was born on the 29 January 1877 at Alfred Street, Harryville, Ballymena, the elder son of late Samuel Millar. Samuel Millar of Drummuck, Broughshane had married Sarah Millar of Ballygelly, Broughshane in Ballymena's West Church on the 29 January 1875. He enlisted Belfast and his wife Annie lived at 26, Parkmount Street, Belfast. The couple had married in Donegall Square Methodist Church on the 17 August 1915.
John Millar is buried in Mesopotamia, in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
MILLAR, O/0462 Private Patrick,  17th Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps,  died on the 27th November 1918. He was born on the 27 November 1887 at Fountain Place, Ballymena and he was the son of shoemaker Patrick Millar and his wife Margaret (Maggie). Patrick Millar had married Maggie McAlister (sic) in Ballymena RC Chapel on the 10 September 1884. They were living at Mill Row, Ballymena in 1901 and 1911.
Patrick is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

Right: MILLAR, 240 Lance Corporal Samuel, 'C' Company,11th Royal Irish  Rifles, died of wounds on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 22 August 1888 at Cross, Ballyclug, Ballymena and he was the son of Alexander and Mary Millar, later of 52, Larne Street, Ballymena. Engineman (probably refers to a beetling engine used in linen finishing) Alexander Millar had married Mary Gamble, both from Kells, in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 11 February 1882.

The family lived at Cross in 1901 but were in Larne Street, Ballymena in 1911. The parents said in 1911 that they had had seven children and that six were still alive at the time of the census.

Soldier Samuel Millar married Jeanne E Elliott of Ballymena in Clough Presbyterian Church on the 31 May 1916. His wife Jeannie lived at Castle Lodge, Harryville, Ballymena.  He is buried Forceville Communal Cemetery & Extension, Somme and commemorated in Harryville Presbyterian Church.

His brother, Lockhart Gamble Millar, was also on active service.

MILLAR, 6862 Rifleman Thomas, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.  He was born on the 27 August 1898 at Drumanaway, Drummaul, Randalstown and was the only son of James and Sarah Millar. Labourer James Millar, Groggan, had married Sarah Stewart, domestic servant in Drummaul Parish Church manse, in Drummaul Parish Church on the 22 November 1897.

Sarah Millar was living at Aghaboy, Drumanaway with Thomas (55) and Mary (54) Stewart, presumably her parents. She was 31 and her son Thomas (2) was with her on census day.

Thomas (77) and Mary (72) Stewart were at Caddy, Drummaul in 1901. Sarah (41) lived with them and she listed her daughters, Elizabeth (8) and Mary Agnes (4). She also said she and her husband had had four children and three were still alive on census day.  Thomas (12) was a visitor in the household of the Reverend Joseph McKinstry. He was presumably visiting the minister's domestic servant, Mary Agnes Stewart (32), also listed.

Thomas enlisted in Clandeboye. He is commemorated in Randalstown OC (Old Congregation) Presbyterian Church and on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

MILLS, 6523 Private Alfred, 1st Connaught Rangers, died in Egypt on the  20th October 1918.  He was born on the 19 March 1895 and was the illegitimate son of Matilda (Tilda) Mills, Ballynacaird, Broughshane.  Alfred (5) was living at Ballycraigy (Ballycraggy sic) in 1901 in the household of David and Anne Jane Mills, both 60. Tilda (Matilda) (20), Lizzie (16), Ellen (14), and Annie & David (7) lived there too. In 1911 Matilda (40) and David (17) were living in the household of Ann Jane Mills (84) at Crebilly, Ballyclug, Ballymena. Lizzie was a farm servant on a farm at Glenhead, Glenwherry, and Alfred was a farm servant working for the Wright family of Ballyvaddy, neat Glenarm. Ellen, David and Annie were the illegitimate children of Sarah Mills.
Alfred enlisted in Clydebank. He died while on service in Israel and Palestine and he is buried in Haifa War Cemetery,  Israel.
MILLS, 139 Rifleman David, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 16th August 1917. He was born on the 24 October 1893 and was the illegitimate son of Sarah Mills, Ballynacaird, Broughshane. His mother appears to have been the sister of Matilda (Tilda), mother of Alfred Mills (above|).
David (7) was living at Ballycraigy (Ballycraggy sic) in 1901 in the household of David and Anne Jane Mills, both 60. Tilda (Matilda) (20), Lizzie (16), Ellen (14), Annie (7, David's twin) and Alfred (5) lived there too.
In 1911 Matilda (40) and David (17) were living in the household of Ann Jane Mills (84) at Crebilly, Ballyclug, Ballymena. Lizzie was a farm servant on a farm at Glenhead, Glenwherry. Ellen, David and Annie were the illegitimate children of Sarah Mills.
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
MITCHELL, 5088 (Medal Index Card 3/5085) Rifleman Robert, 'D' Company, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, formerly 4550 of the 12th Lancers, was killed in action on the 25th September 1915.  He was born on the 13 October 1893 at Queen Street, Ballymena and he enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Richard Mitchell and Mary Christie (born 22 March 1874 at Slatt), the couple having married in Ballymena's High Kirk Presbyterian Church on the 6 January 1893. The family were living at Queen Street, Harryville, Ballymena in 1901, and at Garfield Place in 1911.  Richard and Mary, the latter wrongly entered on the 1911 census return as Matilda, said they had been married for eighteen years and that they had had eight children. They were all alive in 1911.
CWGC say Richard and Mary Christie Mitchell were living at Clarence Street, Ballymena. 
Robert is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium. He was the older brother of William (below).
MITCHELL, 59642 Private William, 17th Royal Scots, was killed in action on the 28th October 1918.  He was born on the 27 January 1899 at Queen Street, Ballymena and he was the son of Richard and Mary Christie Mitchell, later of Clarence Street, Ballymena. The family were at Queen Street in 1901 and William (12) was still living with them at Garfield Place, Broughshane Road, Ballymena in 1911. He was the brother of Robert (above) and had formerly served as 238134 of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
William lived in Moss End, Lanarkshire, Scotland and he is buried in Heestert Military Cemetery, Belgium.
MOFFETT (CWGC say Moffatt), 92720 Driver Robert, 'C' Battery, 79th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds on the 31st October 1918. He was aged 30.
Robert Moffett is commemorated in Grange Church of Ireland, Toomebridge.

Right: MONTGOMERY, 850 Rifleman Alexander, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Alfred Street, Harryville, Ballymena on the 27 October 1877 and was the son of Robert Montgomery and Margaret Jane Brownlees.  The couple, both from Ballymena, had married in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church on the 10 June 1876.

Alexander Montgomery, then of Belfast, married Jane Swann in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church on the 3 April 1899.

He was living with John Swann (59) and his wife Mary (57) in 1901. They listed two children, William (20) and Alexander (15). Alexander Montgomery (23) and his wife Jane (23) were also present at the time of the census, as was Joseph Montgomery (10), a visitor.

Alexander Montgomery (33) and his wife Jane (33) were living at Casement Street in 1911. They said they had had five children and that all were alive at that date. They listed Robert (7), Mary Swann (6), Maggie (5), Sarah Jane (3) and infant John. Joseph Montgomery (20) was also a visitor.

CWGC say widow Jane was the son of Robert and Margaret Montgomery, of Patrick Place, Harryville, Ballymena and husband of Jane Montgomery, of 4, Princes St., Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Local sources say Jane lived at 13, Hope Street, Ballymena; Hope Street is a cul de sac off Prince's Street.

Alexander is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Harryville Presbyterian Church. He is seen here wearing a Royal Black Preceptory sash.


MONTGOMERY, 15634 Lance Corporal Allan (Allen), 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 16th August 1917.  He was born 2 December 1892 at Freemanstown, Connor and was the son of Robert Montgomery and Annie Allen, later of The Cottage, Castle Street, Ballymena.  Robert of Artnagullian, Connor had married Annie Eliza Allen of Browndod, Donegore, Connor in Eskylane Reformed Presbyterian Church, Kells on the 22 April 1880.
He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.
MONTGOMERY, Charles, 8608 Guardsman Charles, 1st Scots Guards, was killed in action on the 11th November 1914. He was born on thr 23 May 1888 at James Street, Harryville,  Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Robert Montgomery and Agnes Middleton, later of Killymoon Street, Cookstown.
Robert James Montgomery, variously described as a factor, yarn merchant, mill worker and linen winding master, of Ballymena and son of Charles Montgomery married Agnes (Nancy) Middleton of Ballymena, daughter of blacksmith John Middleton, on the 23 September 1883 in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
The couple were living at Killymoon Street, Cookstown in 1901 and 1911. They said in 1911 that they had had five children and that all were alive. They named them as David, born 14 February 1884 at Galgorm Street, Ballymena, John, born 7 March 1886 at James Street, Harryville, Ballymena, Charles, born 23 May 1888 at James Street, Robert James, born 8 July 1890 at Cookstown, Co Tyrone, and William, born 20 November 1892 at Killymoon Street, Cookstown. The CWGC entry gives '10, Killymoon Street'
as the parental address.
Charles is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium and he is listed in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour, 1914-1919 under the entry for 3rd Cookstown Presbyterian Church. The family headstone in Cookstown Cemetery includes the following line: 'also their son, Pte Charles Montgomery, 1st Batt. Scots Guards, killed in action 1914'.
MONTGOMERY, 317697 Private Harry (Henry), 2nd Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch) was MIA/later KIA on the 22nd April 1916. He was born on the 14 December 1888 at Killyflugh, Kirkinriola, Ballymena, the son of John Montgomery of Bally and Jane Wasson, also Bally. The couple had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 5 May 1874.
The family were in Kirkinriola in 1901 and 1911. Jane was a widow (50) in 1901 and listed Annie (19), Henry (12) and Annie's illegitimate son Matthew, then an infant born 26 May 1900.
The Killyflugh family listed Jane (67), Henry (22) and Matthew (10) in 1911. Jane said she had been married for 36 years and had seven children, six of whom were alive at the time of the cenus.
Harry was living in Broxburn, Scotland and enlisted there. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq and in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Left: MONTGOMERY, 23351 Private James, 13th Royal Scots, killed in action on the 25th November 1915. He was born at Alexander Street, Ballymena on the 1 September 1895 and was the son of James Montgomery and Margaret McCrea.

The family were at Alexander Street in 1901. James (40) and his wife Margaret (30) listed James (13) and Lizzie (12), stepchildren, and James (5)

In 1901 Margaret (42) was a widow living on Springwell Street, Ballymena and said she had been married for twenty three years. She stated she had had six children and that all were alive at the time of the census. She listed James (22), Lizzie (19), Joseph (8), Margaret (6) and Agnes (4). The family also had a lodger.

CWGC later gave Margaret's  address as 10, Fountain Place, Ballymena.

James is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

MONTGOMERY, 486 Serjeant John,  2nd Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action on the 29th October 1914.  He was born on the 21 January 1881 at Dungall, Kirkinriola, Ballymena and enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland.  He was the son of William Montgomery and Sarah Wright. John, originally from Glasgow but then living in Monaghan, Kirkinriola, married Sarah Wright of Dungall in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on the 2 October 1880.
John  was a regular soldier and had served in the South African Campaign and he held the Delhi Durbar Medal. CWGC record his parents address as 94, Main Street, Calderbank, Airdrie.
Serjeant John Montgomery is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
MONTGOMERY, 19499 Private Robert, 107th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. He was born on the 14 December 1892 at Cross, Ballyclug, Ballymena and he enlisted Belfast. His father, Robert Montgomery, a farmer from Carnlea, Rashee, had married Margaret Mawhinney of Dunsilly in Doagh Reformed Presbyterian Meeting House on the 10 December 1883.
The family are noted on the 1901 census return and they were living at Beech Park Street, Belfast. They listed eight children at that date. Those who can be traced and born before 1892, Joice (sic), Samuel, James, Maggie, Susan and Robert, were all born at Cross, Ballyclug, Ballymena. Susan and Robert were twins but are listed as being 8 years and 6 years respectively on the return.The last two children were probably both born in Belfast. William (4) cannot be traced but Martha (2) was born at 19, Ballymoney Street, Belfast. The family cannot be identified amongst the 1911 census returns.
Robert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Ormiston Presbyterian Church, Belfast. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour, 1914-1919 under the entry for Ormiston Presbyterian Church says he was in the 9th Royal Irsh Rifles and we know from his Medal Index Card that he was 15632 of the Royal Irish Rifles before he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Moreover, his brother William is also listed and said to be serving with the North Irish Horse. Two William Montgomerys served in the NIH. 1449 transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers and became 41257, the other, 1522,  became 71418 of the Corps of Hussars. Which one was Robert's brother is unknown, though both survived the war. The address given for both brothers is 15, Sinclair Street, Belfast, as on the newspaper image.
Image courtesy of N Henderson
MONTGOMERY, 112 Rifleman Simpson Hall,  22 Entrenching Battalion and formerly 11th/13th Royal Irish Rifles, was MIA/later KIA on the 23rd March 1918. He was born on the 26 July 1892 at Galgorm Parks, Ballymena and he later enlisted in Belfast. James Gore Montgomery, then a farmer at Killane, Ahoghill, had married Maggie Haire of Galgorm Parks, Ballymena in Cullybackey Presbyterian Church on the 11 July 1887.
The family appear in the 1901 and 1911 census records. They were at Galgorm Parks in 1901 but at Cullybackey village on the later date. James Gore Montgomery, 50 and then a carpenter, and Maggie (44) said they had been married for 23 years by 1911 and that they had had seven children. All were alive in 1911 and they were James Patrick (22), William (20), Simpson (18), Sarah Haire (16), John (13), Annie J G (Jane Gore), 11 and Duncan (10). They were all born at Galgorm Parks.
Simpson Hall Montgomery is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial and in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.


MONTGOMERY, 11753 Private William Longmore, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was wounded in Gallipoli, Turkey and died in Birmingham Hospital on the 29th June 1915. He was was the son of Robert and Agnes Montgomery. Millwright Robert had married Agnes McClintock, both of Lisnafillon, Gracehill, Ballymena, in 2nd Ahoghill (Trinity) Presbyterian Church on the 14 December 1894. William was born on the 22 May 1897 at Whitewell, Belfast.

The family were at Upperlands, Co. Londonderry in 1901 and 1911. Robert (53) and Agnes (40) said in 1911 that they had had eight children during their marriage and that all were still alive. William Longmore was their second child and then aged 14 years.

William was employed before the Great War as an apprentice tenter in Clarke's weaving factory in Upperlands and,  a member of the Upperlands Company of the Ulster Volunteer Force, he was amongst the first from the district to enlist.

Private Montgomery's unit, posted to the Dardanelles-Gallipoli sector, landed at X Beach, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915. He was  wounded, shot twice in the head, possibly by a sniper. Though gravely wounded he survived evacuation by ship and transfer to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road Section, Birmingham. It was there he died. The news of his passing came as a shock  as previous telegrams had suggested he was recovering.

It was his mother Agnes and her nephew, possibly the nephew Robert McClintock who was living with the family in 1901 and 1911, who went to Birmingham to organise the return of his body. His remains, carried in a coffin draped with a Union Jack, his bullet-scarred helmet on top, were eventually interred in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Churchyard. 


11753 Private William Longmore Montgomery, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

MOONEY, S/43495 Private Patrick, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, formerly 20644 Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on the 28th March 1917 while fighting with the 7th Division in an attack at Longatte.  He was born on the 16 April 1892 at Kilcreen (also Killycreen), a townland that lies between Glarryford and Dunloy,  the son of labourer Patrick Mooney and Lizzie Ross. The family cannot be found in the 1901 or 1911 census and may have moved to Scotland well before the Great War. Patrick lived in Glasgow and enlisted in Inverness, Scotland.
MOORE, 221 Rifleman Henry (Harry), 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is buried in the AIF Burial Ground, Flers.  He was the son of farmer Henry Moore and Martha O'Neill, of Maghereagh, Randalstown. The family are recorded at Maghereagh in 1901 and 1911.
In 1901 Henry (60) and Martha (40) listed Harry (5), James (3) and Hugh (1).
In 1911 the couple said they had been married for sixteen years and that they had had six children. They were all alive at the time of the census. They listed themselves, 69 and 44 respectively, and Henry (15), Mary Jane (14 - 2/12/1896 at Maghereagh), Hugh (11 - born 1/1/1900 at Maghereagh), Catherine (8 - born 11/5/02 at Maghereagh) and Elizabeth (6 - 29/1/05 at Maghereagh). James (born 26/7/98 at Ballygrooby) was not present in 1911, and no record of Harry's birth can be found.
Henry's name is recorded on the tablet in Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown.
MOORE, 6598 Guardsman Robert,  2nd Scots Guards, was killed in action on the 16th May 1915. He was born on the 18 December 1893 at Glenwherry, near Ballymena and he was the son of  James Moore and Sarah Beattie (sometimes Beatty). The couple, James Moore from 'East Ballymena' (sic) and Sarah Beattie from Park Hall, Antrim, had married in 2nd Donegore Presbyterian Church on the 30 March 1883.
The family appear in the 1911 and 1911 census record, on both occasions at Glenwherry. James (70) and (47) listed Jane (27), James (25), Lizzie (20), Sarah Bryson (19), Robert (17), Maggie Agnes (15), John (13) and Ellen (9) are listed in 1911. The couple also indicated at that date that they had been married for 28 years and that they had had ten children. Eight were alive in 1911. One son, William, appears on the 1901 record but not in the 1911 return.
Robert enlisted in Glasgow and his will indicates that he wished his property to go to his mother, Mrs Sarah Donnachie, 160, Westmuir Street, Parkhead, Glasgow.
Guardsman Robert Moore was killed at the Battle of Festubert, 15 - 25 May 1915. The Battle of Festubert opened on the 15th May 1915. All units of the attacking battalions were in position at 10.00 am and the first troops went 'over the top' at 11.30 am. There was fierce fighting but some success and initial attacks were followed by others. Moore's Brigade was on the 16th May allotted the task of breaking the line at two points, the Border Regiment from P5 to Princes Road, some 150 yards distant, and the 2nd Scots Guards from Princes Road to a point 150 yards further right.
The first platoons of the 20th Brigade, these led by 2nd Scots Guards and 2nd Border Regiment, left their front line smartly, their aim to reach the German line before the barrage lifted. Considerable casualties were sustained because they advanced too far and were exposed to friendly fire, British shells. They withdrew a short distance because of this, also because of German fire from Adalbert Alley. They subsequently had to throw back a German counter-attack. They then made further futile attempts to advance, but the assault ground to a halt. The men in the most advanced positions near the Orchard and along the Northern Breastwork were being subjected to intensive German artillery attack.
Some Scots Guardsmen had lost touch with their battalion during this whirlwind of shot and shell.  " F " Company, lost contact and had all vanished into the German trenches. Some days later when the final British advance came closer to Ferme Cour d'Avoue a large number of dead Scots Guardsmen were found in a rough circle, 'surrounded by German corpses, having evidently been counter-attacked in force and overwhelmed.'
Sometimes these 'F' Company men are referred to as the 'The Immortal Eighty'. Scots Guardsman Isaac Reid was executed for desertion following the action at Neuve Chapelle, 10 -13 March, 1915. The story told is that Reid's Company, 'F' Company, swore never to surrender in future actions. That was allegedly why 'F' Company bodies were found amid a mass of dead Germans. They fought to the bitter end.
Moore may or may not have been in 'F' Company but he was certainly caught up in this intense fighting and perished.
One author has said, 'The significance of Festubert in May 1915 was that the 2nd Battalion did well in their attack, in fact too well. Those to their left were not so successful and that meant that the 2nd Battalion's flank was heavily exposed.'
Robert Moore, the farmer's son from Glenwherry, is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial with many others of his mauled battalion.
MOORE, 7295 Corporal William Alfred, 'A' Company, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 10th July 1916. He was born on the 1 April 1898 at Randalstown and he was the son of Joseph Moore and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Sheridan. The couple were living at Main Street, Randalstown in 1901. Joseph, 47 and in 'charge of bleach works' and Lizzie (41) listed three children, Joseph Henry (4 - but actually born 22 January 1894 and recorded as 'unknown' child of Joseph Moore and Elizabeth Sheridan), William Alfred (3) and Susan Elizabeth (infant - born 10 July 1900 at Randalstown). The family do not appear in the 1911census record.
William Alfred Moore is buried in St. Soulet British Cemetery, Nord, France and he is commemorated in Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown.


MOORE,  6/2577 Rifleman William John, Rifleman, 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 15th September 1916. He was born on the 20 January 1898 the son of Andrew Moore and Margaret McMullan. They were then living at Alexander Street, Ballymena.

The family appear in the 1901 and 1911 census papers. In 1901 coachsmith Andrew was aged 78 and Margaret was 40. They listed Lizzie (17), Andrew (15), Mary (13 - died 26/11/1907), Bobbie (11), Maggie (7) Charles (5) and William (2).

Maggie was a widow and aged 48 in 1911; Andrew died on the 19 May 1907 and aged 80 years. She listed Robert (20), Charles (15), Willie (14) and Jannie (9).

William had worked in the Braidwater Spinning Mill prior to the war and had been in the UVF. His brother Robert was employed by Morton & Simpson, 'Grocers, Bakers, Seed Merchants , and Provision Curers', 62-63, Church Street, Ballymena.

Margaret lived at 18, Clonavon Road, Ballymena at the time of the CWGC recording her son William's death and details. He had been on active service for about sixteen months before he was killed in Salonika. He is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.

He is commemorated on a headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery.

MORELL (sometimes Morrell) 666 or 16/666 Rifleman Robert, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 4th July 1916. He was  born on the 7 March 1892 at Linenhall Street, Ballymena and he was the son of James Morell and Lily (Lilly) Anne Young. The couple, Robert from Ballymena and Lilly sic Anne from Dunclug, Kirkinriola, had married in the Ballymena Registrar's Office on the 29 April 1876.

Robert lived in Belfast and was at Craigavad Street in 1901 and at Rowan Street in 1911. Indeed, labourer Robert Morell (21) of 36, Rowan Street, Belfast married Isabella Murphy (21) of North Thomas Street in St Anne's Parish Church on the 23 December 1911.

Robert enlisted in Lurgan.  He  died on the Somme and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

MORROW, PLY/13542 Private Adam, H.M.S. Monmouth, Royal Marine Light Infantry, died Sunday, November 1, 1914. He is named on Plymouth Naval Memorial.
He was born at Beaghs, Cushendall on the 16 May 1886 the son of gamekeeper James Morrow and his wife Margaret Douglas, later of Issbawn, Cushendall, Co. Antrim. The pair had married in Cushendun Presbyterian Church on the 22 November 1876. His father said he was a gamekeeper living at Aura Lodge, Cushendall and Margaret said she came from Glenanne, Layde, Cushendall.
MULGREW, 163583 Pioneer George, 12th Labour Company, Royal Engineers, died at sea on the 23rd August 1916. He was born on the 2 October 1883 at Brackaville, near Coalisland, County Tyrone, the son of blacksmith George Mulgrew and his wife Catherine Daly.  The couple, George (20) blacksmith of Dungannon, had married Kate Daly (25) of Coalisland in Stewartstown RC Chapel on the 9 August 1877.
George (jnr) was said to have been living in Ballymena prior to the Great War, but the connection is tenuous and definitive proof cannot be found.
George Mulgrew is commemorated on the Dorian Memorial, Greece.


MULLAN, 5120 Private David Henry Waldo, 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers and formerly 13694, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was MIA and later deemed killed in action on the 10 November 1917.  He had served at Gallipoli and been wounded there, but he was to died during the Battle of Third Ypres (Passchendaele) and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was the only son of the late Dr. Andrew Mullan and Helen Wood.

Dr Andrew Mullan of Wellington Street, Ballymena married Helen Wood, daughter of a mill owner, in Holywood Presbyterian Church on the 2 December 1872. The family spent most of their lives at Wellington Street, Ballymena, though Andrew died at Benavista Terrace, Larne on the 19 September 1907 and David and his mother later lived in the Dhu Varren area of Portrush.

David is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in Ballymena New Cemetery.

MULVENNA, Able Seaman John, Mercantile Marine, died on the 26 June 1918 when he was aged 27 years. He was killed when the S.S. Wimmera (Melbourne) hit a German mine north of Cape Maria van Diemen, New Zealand, killing 26 passengers and crew.
He was the son of Alexander, a carpenter, and Martha Mulvenna, nee McKenty, of Mark St., Glenarm, Co. Antrim and he had been born on the 13 April 1891.

Postcard of SS Wimmera
State Library Victoria - out of copyright

SS Wimmera was a passenger steamship built in 1904 by Caird & Company in Greenock, Scotland, for Huddart Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia. At 10:00 am on 25 June 1918 the vessel left Auckland, New Zealand, en route for Sydney, Australia. She carried 76 passengers and 75 crew, fewer than the vessel would have had aboard at peak times. At 5:15 a.m. on 26 June 1918 her stern section struck a mine laid by the German merchant raider Wolf. Within 30 minutes the Wimmera went down, taking 26 lives including the Captain, the Chief Officer, and the Chief Steward.
The Evening Post on 1 July 1918 printed an article that first surfaced in Auckland on 29th June. It described how, at about 5.30 am, one of those in lifeboats ‘saw her silhouetted against the moon'. The passenger said, It was a beautiful sight. She was lying right down, her yellow funnel showing .... She seemed to right herself some few minutes later, and then took a heave by the stern, and the bow stood right on end out of the water, and then went down in showers of sparks, presumably from the fires.
125 crew and passengers got away in the lifeboats, and these were landed at Tom Bowling Bay, Taemaro, East of Mangonui, and at Kaiamou Beach, on the afternoon of the next day.
The 16 Australian merchant seamen who were killed are commemorated by the Australian Merchant Seamen's Memorial at the Australian War Memorial.
MURRAY, 21178 Private John Joseph, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers and formerly 2399 Connaught Rangers, died of wounds on the 7th September 1916. He was born on the 1 August 1899 and was the son of Patrick and Mary Murray, then of 26, Sultan Street, Belfast. He was the brother of G/18524 Patrick (see below).
The family appear on the 1901 census at Robert Street, Ballymena and on the 1911 census at Colin Street, Belfast. Mary was aged 35 and her two surviving children are named as John  (12) and Patrick (11); a third child had died. She indicated on that occasion that she had been born near Dunloy, Co Antrim, that John was born in Belfast and Patrick in Ballymena.
He enlisted in Belfast. He is buried in Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-Le-Sac, Somme.
MURRAY, Second Engineer John, Mercantile Marine, died on the 25 February 1916 when the S.S. Southford (Glasgow), a coaster, struck a mine and sank in the North Sea about 4 miles east south east of Southwold, Suffolk with the loss of four of her crew. He was said to be 38 years old but appears to have been born on the 1 June 1883. He was the son of Patrick, aged 24 and a blacksmith of Forriffs, Waterfoot, and Rose Murray, aged 25 and nee McBride, also of Forriffs, Waterfoot, Glenariff, Co. Antrim. The couple had married in Cushendall RC Chapel on the 4 June 1883.
MURRAY, Ordinary Seaman John James, Mercantile Marine, aged circa 17 years, died in the sinking of the SS Opal (Glasgow) on Monday, December 18, 1916. The coaster struck a mine laid by submarine U-80 and sank off the coast of the Isle of Man; twelve crew were lost in the incident, including the ship’s master. The vessel was travelling from Llandulas, North Wales on a voyage to Belfast-Glasgow with a cargo of limestone.
John James murray is remembered on Tower Hill Memorial, London. He was the son of Neil (or Neal) and Rosetta Murray, of Back St., Carnlough, Co. Antrim. He was born at Kirkintilloch, Scotland.

MURRAY, G/18524 Private Patrick Joseph, 11th Royal Sussex Regiment, was killed in action on the 24th September 1917. He was born on the 2 January 1901 at Mill Row in Ballymena, and he was the son of Patrick Murray and Mary O'Neill. The parents, Patrick a labourer from Ballymena, married Mary, a servant girl then working in Ballygowan, in Ballymena RC Chapel on the 17 July 1898.

The family appear on the 1901 census at Robert Street, Ballymena and on the 1911 census at Colin Street, Belfast. Mary was aged 35 and her two surviving children are named as John  (12) and Patrick (11). She indicated on that occasion that she had been born near Dunloy, Co Antrim, that John was born in Belfast and Patrick in Ballymena.

Patrick enlisted in Belfast. CWGC record him as the son of Mrs. Mary Murray, 12, Colin Street, Falls Road, Belfast and brother of John Murray (above). He  was not yet 17 when he was killed and must have been one of the youngest Ballymena soldiers killed. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.