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.


MAGEE, Robert, 19129, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 22nd March 1917. He was born in Belfast and enlisted in Ballymena. Aged 24, he was the son of David Magee, 60, Queen Street, Ballymena.  He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Left: MAGILL,  James,  41435,  Private,  9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, (North Irish Horse Bn.) was KIA on the 6th June 1918 by friendly fire, a French air raid.  Aged 25, he was the son of Dyas and Catherine Magill, of 25, Springwell St, Ballymena, Co Antrim. He is buried in Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villete, France. His death plaque and medals are now prominently displayed at Ballymena Services Club.


MAGILL, Robert, 6205, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 18, he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Magill, Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Randalstown (Old Congregation Presbyterian) Church.


MAIRS, Alexander, SS/101872, Stoker 1st Class, H.M.S. Hawke, died on 15th October 1914.  Aged 29. He was the son of John and Maggie Mairs, Gracehill, Co. Antrim. He is commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial and in  Kells Presbyterian Church.


MANN,  Robert,  27233, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 27 April 1917. Aged 35, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Samuel Mann, 58, Esmond Street, Belfast. He is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

MARK,  George,  41562, Private, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 2251 North Irish Horse), was KIA on the 4th September 1918.  Aged 22, he was the only son of Sam and Mary J. Mark, 40, Casement Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial,  Belgium and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


MARKS, Robert, 18397, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  Aged 34, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Lisburn. His wife Alice lived at Drumbeg, Lisburn.  He was a Boer War Veteran. He is commemorated on theThiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

MARSHALL, 76737 Driver James, 47th Bde Royal Field Artillery was killed in action in Belgium and aged 22 years on the 20 November 1917 and he is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery.  He was born on the 12 October 1895, the son of James, a railway labourer, and Mary Marshall, nee Dundee, of Douglas Street, Ballymena. The family are recorded at Magheralane, Derraghy, Antrim in the 1901 Irish census and at Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast in 1911.




Left: MARTIN, Jack, 8490, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 18 September 1914. Aged 31, he was the son of the late John and Kathleen Martin of Kinrkinriola. He 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, Joseph,  9014, Lance Corporal, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th March 1915. He was born in Londonderry and was the son of Elizabeth Martin,15, Hope Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


MAWHINNEY,  William,  289182, Petty Officer Stoker on HMS Gaillardia, was killed 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. His 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.


MAWHINNEY, John, 24889, Lance Corporal,  Machine Gun Corps,  died from wounds sustained in WW1 on the 5th June 1920. Aged 26, he was born in Little Ballymena, Ballyclare and was the husband of Sarah Davison (f. Mawhinney), 3, Springwell Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Larne New Cemetery.



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MAWHINNEY,  Samuel,  547, Lance Corporal,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds received on July 1 while a POW on 19th July 1916.  Aged 22, he was born Ahoghill and was the son of Mrs. R. Mawhinney, Bridge View, Kells. He is buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery and commemorated in Kells Presbyterian Church - see 'What's in your Attic?'


Left: MAYBIN (sometimes Mabin), John, 12/6545, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 22nd November 1917. He was born in Broughshane and enlisted in Ballymena shortly after the outbreak of the war. He 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 (or Meban), Richard, 106392, Private, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment), died on the 2nd June 1916. Aged 21 and a farmer, he was the son of Margaret Maybin, Lisnamurrican, Broughshane. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church. The headstone is in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Cemetery.


McALEESE, James, 5848, Corporal, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 24th March 1918 when his unit were overwhelmed in an attack during the German Spring Offensive.  Aged 31, he was born/lived in Rasharkin and was the second of five children of Peter & Catherine McAleese of Rasharkin.  He is buried in Grand Seracourt British Cemetery.




Right: McALEESE, Joseph, 18/816, Rifleman, 9th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 8th June 1917. Aged 20, he was born in Ballymena and was the son of Margaret Gribben (elsewhere Gribbon), 2 Mill Row, Ballymena. He 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. He was aged 42 years at time of death is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Row M, Grave 55.
McALLISTER,  John, 6343, Private, 6th Connaught Rangers, was KIA on the 11th January 1917. Aged 26, he enlisted in Ballymena and lived in Duke Street, Ballymena. He was the son of John and Charlotte McAllister, 11 Emily Street, Belfast. He is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

Left: McAnally/McNally,  6/2795, Lance Corporal,  6th Connaught Rangers, died of wounds in Bellahoustin Military Hospital, Glasgow. Aged 34, he was born, enlisted and lived in Ballymena. His wife Sarah lived at Railway Place, Ballymena and his parents, John and Margaret McAnally, lived in Cullybackey. He is buried in St. Mary's (Aughnahoy) Cemetery,  Ahoghill Road, Portglenone.


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



Right: McATEER, Adam,  10187, Private, D' Coy. 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  was MIA/KIA on the 22nd May 1915.  Aged 21, he was born in Cullybackey and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Archibald and Jane McAteer, 26 Waring Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli and in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


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, Nathaniel,  51802, Private, 11th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry),  formerly 2747, Dragoon Guards, was KIA on the 1st December 1917. Aged 28, he was the son of Archibald and the late Jane McAteer, 26 Waring Street, Ballymena. He lived in Ballymena. 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 KIA on the 21st August 1917 near Ypres (Ieper).  Aged 37, he was born in Crushybracken, 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 and Hannah McCaughern, 'The Cottage', Kells. 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 Anne Jane McBride, nee Frew, and he had been born on the 30 January 1876 at Ballygarvey, Kirkinriola, Ballymena. His wife was called Catherine and she lived at Milewater Road, Belfast.

Right: McBRIDE, Thomas, 19633, Rifleman,11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 4th April 1916. Aged 25, he was born in Randalstown and lived in lived Antrim.  He was the son of John and Ellen McBride of Muckrim, Toome.  He is buried St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen and commemorated in Grange Presbyterian Church.

 

McBRIDE, Moses, 29802, Private, 2nd Otago Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was 2nd  KIA on the 7th June 1917 at Messines. He was aged 28 and 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 and Sarah Paul McBride, of Coreen, Broughshane, Co. Antrim, Ireland. He is buried Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium and commemorated in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

 

McCALMONT, David, 305, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born in Glenwherry and enlisted in Ballyclare. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.




McCANN, Bertie Joseph, 2nd Lieutenant,  18th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 14th November 1916. Aged 22, he was the son of Hugh and Ellen McCann, Galgorm Road, Ballymena. He is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery and commemorated in Crebilly burying ground.


McCann Grave Marker, Crebilly RC Cemetery




McCARRY (McCarey), Harry, W/958, Private, 13th Cheshire Regiment, was KIA on the 15th May 1916. Aged 25, he was the son of Jane McCarey, 7, Warden Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.


McCART (Ross), John,  818, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 20, he was the son of George and Margaret, 14, Castle Street, Ballymena, and he was the brother of 17896 George Ross, also killed. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


McCARTNEY, Andrew, 12733, Private,  8th Welsh Regiment, died on the 30th September 1915.  Aged 50, he was born in Ballymena. He was the son of Robert McCartney, Townhill, Portglenone and the husband of Maggie Ross McCartney.  He is buried Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.




Right: McCARTNEY, Andrew, 19092, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 15th August 1917. Aged 23, he was the son of  Sam McCartney, Henry Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.

Left: McCARTNEY,  James, 2729, Trooper,  Houshold Cavalry,  died of wounds on the 24th November 1917.  Aged 23, son of James and Martha McCartney, Cargan. He enlisted in Falkirk and lived Antrim. He was the brother of William and John (see below). He is buried in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Churchyard. The headstone is almost illegible. 


McCARTNEY, John, 17848, Private, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on 1st July 1916. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. His kin resided at 11, Alfred Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


McCartney Grave, Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Churchyard.





McCARTNEY,  Robert,  6357, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born in the USA, enlisted in Ballymena and lived at Hillmount, Cullybackey. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church.


McCARTNEY, William,  29746, Private, 12th Highland Light Infantry (formerly S/10215 Gordon Highlanders), was KIA on the 28th September 1918. Aged 22, he was the brother of James (DOW) and John (discharged), and the son of James and Martha McCartney, Legagrane, Glenravel. He enlisted in Kilsyth, Scotland.  He is commemorated in Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium and in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church.

Right: McCLEAN,  Alexander,  18/727, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 29th May 1917. Aged 19, he was the third son of Hugh and Ann McClean, Bracknamuckley, Portglenone. He is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium and commemorated in 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian Church.


McCLEAN (sometimes McLean), John, 11/2216, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA 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, and the census returns of 1901 and 1911 place him at Coreen, Broughshane.  His wife was called Diana and his will associates her with Antrim Place, Lisburn. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


McCLEAN, William,  19654, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 15th April 1918. Aged 26, he was born and lived Ballymena area. He was the son of Samuel and Matilda McClean, Kells.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium and in Kells Presbyterian Church.


McCLEARY, Andrew, 12428, Guardsman, 1st Scots Guards, was KIA 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.


McCLELLAND,  Daniel,  23765, Private,  7/8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIA on the 20th November 1917. He was born in Larne, enlisted in Carrickfergus and lived at Brecart, Toomebridge.


McCLENAGHAN,  Thomas,  22878, Private,  9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted/lived Belfast. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.



Left: McCLINTOCK, David, 16731, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles,  was KIA on the 12th April 1918.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He lived at Carncairn, Broughshane and was butler to the O'Neills of Tullymore House (Tollymore House Hotel before its demolition), Broughshane.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

Right: McCLINTOCK, David, 7300, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 26th August 1914. Aged 28, he was born/enlisted Ballymena.  He was the son of Pat and Sarah McClintock, Parkhead, Ballymena and brother of Robert - see below.  He is commemorated on the La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial, France.


McCLINTOCK,  Robert,  3622, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 5766 Royal Garrison Artillery) was KIA on the 11th April 1917. Aged 19, he was born, enlisted and lived Ballymena. He was the son of late Patrick and Sarah and brother of David (above).  He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.


McCOLLEN (or McCollam),  Andrew,  655, Rifleman,  8th Royal Irish Rifles, was MIA after the 1st July 1916 (date of death given as 2nd July).  He was born at Craigs, Cullybackey and enlisted in Ballymena. He lived on Main Street, Cullybackey. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Cullybackey UF Church.


McCOLLUM (McColm sic),   William,  21927, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died the 14th October 1918. He was the son of James and Esther McCollum of Blacktown, Ballyligpatrick, Broughshane. He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial and in Buckna Presbyterian Church.



Left: McCOLLUM (McCallum),  Thomas, 370, Lance Corporal, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916, though originally deemed missing in action. He was born at Carnmoney and enlisted in Ballymena. His mother lived at 16 Parkhead, Ballymena. He is commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Right: McCONACHY, Charles George, 234602, Able Seaman, H.M.S. Amphion, was lost as the result of  mine explosion on the 6th August 1914.  Aged 25, he was the son of David and Margaret McConachy, of Strath House, Dungiven, Londonderry. A native of Belfast, he attended Ballymena Academy. 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, Daniel White, 48905, Airman 2nd Class, 37th Reserve Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps,  died of pneumonia on the 9th February 1917. He was the son of William McConnell of Colleen, Broughshane and is buried Ballymena Old Churchyard; the headstone has recently disappeared. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


McCONNELL, James, 984, Private, 8 Platoon, B Coy. 11th Bn Australian Infantry, was KIA on the 19th May 1915. He was born in Australia, raised in Ballymena and attended Ballymena Academy. The 28 year old RC was an engineer's machinist and lived at Bay Rd, 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, and 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.


McCONNELL, John, 10695, Corporal, 5th Connaught Rangers, was KIA 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,  William,  3450, Private, 1/8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was  KIA on the 13th November 1916.  Aged 18, he was the second son of Thomas and Lizzy McCord of 17, Newington Avenue (some sources say Herbert Avenue), Larne. He was a native of Cullybackey and had worked for William Young of Finaghy but he had moved to Larne with his parents.  He was employed at Drumalis House and was one of the Dowager Lady Smiley's staff when he enlisted.  He is buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery,  France and commemorated in the Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church., Cullybackey.


McCORMICK,  Thomas,  20909, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIA on the 24th March 1918. Aged 23, he was born in Randalstown and was the son of John and Sarah McCormick, Railway Street Place, Harryville. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme.


McCOSH, Samuel James, 781211, Private, 46th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt), was KIA on the 2nd September 1918. Aged 30, he lived in Briercrest, Saskatchewan and was a farmer.  He was the son of David and Lydia McCosh, Knockboy, Broughshane. He is buried in Dury Crucifix Cemetery, France.


McCRACKEN, David, 9035, Lance Corporal, 2nd Highland Light Infantry, KIA on 25th September 1915.  He was born in Dunloy, Co. Antrim but lived in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, and it was in Scotland that he enlisted at Hamilton.  He had been a coal miner.  He was killed in an action at Givenchy, north of Arras and he is named on the Loos Memorial.  He was the son of James and Sarah (nee Templeton) McCracken and one of fourteen children.


McCRACKEN (McCrackin), Robert, 487, Rifleman 13th Royal Irish Rifles,  KIA on 1st July 1916. He was the son of Mrs. R. McCracken, Station Road, Cullybackey. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memoiral, Somme and in the Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.


McCRORY, Samuel, Private, 109th Machine Gun Battery, US Expeditionary Force, died at the Amercian Base Hospital on the 22nd January 1919. He was born in Dunnygarron, Cullybackey and is commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church.


McCRORY, William, 7501, Sergeant, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 25th September 1915. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.

Right: McCULLOUGH, James Alexander, 162, Sergeant, 42nd Australian Infantry (Machine Gun Section), A.I.F, was  KIA near Zonnebeke, Belgium on the 4th October 1917.  He was the second son of Robert and Isabell McCullough, of Rocky Creek, Millmerran, Queensland and formerly of Kilgad Cottages, Kells. The family had emigrated when James was just 10 years old and he lived at Punch's Creek, Millmerran, Queensland.  He was single, 21 years old, just 144 lbs, and was 6 feet tall. He enlisted on the 11th November 1915 in Toowoomba and sailed to Europe on HMAT Borda on the 5th June 1916. 


HMAT Borda left Sydney on the 5th June, reached Southampton on 23rd July and James landed in France on 26th November 1916.  He was accidentally wounded, a shot in the left leg, and only returned to duty on the 16th July 1917.


He had two brothers in Australian forces.  3593 Pte Robert McCullough, 5 feet & eleven inches tall and 30 years old, enlisted in February 1916. He travelled from Brisbane to Plymouth on 'Boorara' and onward to Etaples, France on board the 'Golden Eagle' from Folkestone.  He joined his unit on the 26th December 1916. He was wounded in the left shoulder and right foot in autumn 1917.  He was treated in Reading War Hospital and later returned to Australia aboard' Osterley'.  He was discharged on 16th May 1918.  


The 6 Feet 3 inches tall Private John McCullough, 238, joined the army on 11th December 1915 and served in 'A' Coy, 41st Bn after 22nd February 1916.  He won the Military Medal on 28th September 1917.  He was gassed on 26th May 1918 and was subsequently discharged from the army.


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



Left: McCULLY, Thomas,  12607, Guardsman, 2nd Scots Guards, was KIA on the 17th October 1915.  Aged 36, he enlisted in Linlithgow and was the son of William McCully, Kirkinriola, Ballymena. His wife Sarah McCully lived at 115 Greendykes Road, Broxburn. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. 




McCURDY, William, 793, Private, 'C' Company, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds as a prisoner of war on the 3rd April 1918. He was 23 and had been taken by the Germans during their 1918 Spring Offensive.  He was the son of Alexander and the late Annie (or Anna, nee Dysart) McCurdy of Artnagross, Kilrea. William, however, was born at Crushybracken in the Ballymena area on the 23 March 1896.

Right: McDONALD, Albert, 257, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 29th April 1918. Aged 19, he was born in Ballymena and was the youngest son of David and Sarah McDonald, Broughshane Street, Ballymena. He enlisted at 16. He is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


McDONALD,  David,  14286, Private, 5th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died suddenly on the 15/16th November 1918. His sister lived at 12 Ballymoney Street, Ballymena and he was the son of Lachlan and Catherine McDonald, 8 Union Street, Glasgow. He is buried in Kilbowie Cemetery, Dumbartonshire, Scotland.



McDONALD,  Thomas,  67686, Gunner,  101st Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery, died of wounds on the 7th July 1916 of wounds received on the 2nd July 1916. Aged 19, he had been in the army for nine months.  He was the son of Mrs. Lila McDonald, of 7, Larne St, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. 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 age 49, and was the son of Patrick and Ellen McDonnell, Falmacrilly, Cushendall. He was also the husband of Ellen, nee McKeegan, McDonnell. 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, Hugh, 13882, Private/Drummer, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers,  died of wounds in No.2 Stationary Hospital,  Abbeville, France on the 26th May 1916. Age 24.  He had kin at 1 Windsor Terrace, Ballymena. He was the son of the late Hugh McDowell, Ballymena and he is buried in Abbeville Military Cemetery and commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.




McDOWELL, John Chambers, Canadian Forces, was his brother. 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.  He survived the war.

McELROY, 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 3 January 1888, the illegitimate son of Rachael McIlroy (sic), referred to on his Canadian record as Rachael Coulter McElroy, Tullygowan, Gracehill/Ahoghill. Thomas is associated with Clifford Street, Toronto.
McERLAINE (CWGC says McErleane),  John, 24820, Private, 8th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was KIA on the 9th September 1916. He was born in Moneyglass, Toome, Co. Antrim. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
McFADDEN, William, 2250, Lance Corporal,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 25th November 1916. He was born at Glarryford, Ballymena and enlisted in Randalstown. He was the son of James and Margaret McFadden, Moylena Banks, Muckamore. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.




Left: McFADDEN, Samuel, 772240, Private, 1st Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regt), died of wounds on the 4th April 1917.  Aged 25, son of William and Nancy McFadden, 27 Herbert Street,  Larne. He lived at James Street, Ballymena before emigration. He is buried Ecoivres in Military Cemetery, France.

Right: McFADDEN, Andrew,  234899, Able Seaman, Royal Navy, was washed overboard from HMS Foresight on the 15th December 1915.  He was then aged 28 and the 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 and Nancy McFadden, had lived at James Street, Harryville, Ballymena, and his sister was Mrs Russell of 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.



McFALL,  Daniel, 626,  Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 2nd July 1916. Aged 28, he was born in Ballymena and had kin at Garfield Place. He was the husband of Matilda McFall, William Street Square, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.




McFALL, Daniel, 10276, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th July 1915. He was the son of Thomas and Rosetta McFall and had kin at 38 Garfield Place, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.


McFALL, James,  682, Rifleman, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds at home 8th July 1916. Aged 20, he was the son of Annie Moore of Galgorm Parks. He is buried in Kensal Green (St. Mary's) RC Cemetery, London.


McFALL,  James, 10277, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 8th May 1915. He was the son of the late James (brother of Daniel, 626, above; cousin of Daniel 10276 above). He was born at Craigywarren and had kin at Garfield Place, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).

McFARLAND, George, 7518, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 14th January 1915. Aged 28, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Ballykinlar. His wife Agnes lived at 7 Roseberry Street, Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial  (Menin Gate) and on a gravestone at Ballymarlow & Ballyclug Church of Ireland.  It states he was KIA at La Bassee.


McFARLAND, James,  18728, Private, 10th Machine Gun Corps, was  KIA on the 1st July 1916. Though he was born in Shankhill, Belfast, the family were from Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and named on a gravestone in Ballymarlow & Ballyclug Church of Ireland.


McGALL (DCM), James,  3/10823, Private,   Durham Light Infantry (Depot),  died on the 1st November 1918. Aged 35, he was the son of Johnston and Lizzie McGall, Portglenone. He enlisted in Gateshead and his wife Sarah Jane lived at Portglenone. He is buried in Heworth 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 aged 27 on the 29 September 1918 and is buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, France. He was born on the 29 August 1891 at Killlygarn, Portglenone and was the son of John & Jane McGarry, nee McGill. The family lived at Kilcurry, Ahoghill at the time of the census recording in 1901 and 1911.  The family grave is in Portglenone (Aughnahoy) RC Churchyard.

McGARVEY,  James, 1803, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 13th September 1918. He was born in Ballymena and 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; 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),  Thomas,  6584, Private, 6th Connaught Rangers,  died on the 2nd December 1918 after release from a POW camp. Aged 20, he was born in Broughshane, enlisted in Galway and lived at Buckna, Broughshane. His mother lived in Delaware,  USA. He is buried in Cambrai East Military Cemetery.




Left: McGOWAN,  James,  4550, Private, 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders, was KIA on the 17th September 1916.  He was the eldest son of James and Maggie Jane McGowan (nee Margaret Jane Turtle, Broughdone),  Hillmount, Cullybackey. He 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 Churches.





McGOWAN, James, 6190, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 18 he was  born in Bushmills and was the son of Jane McGowan, 4, King Street, Ballymena (brother of John) is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, Somme.


McGOWAN,  John, 19687, Rifleman,  12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 20, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Jane McGowan, 4, King Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, Somme.



McILREE, Henry, 13191, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 25th October 1918. Aged 25, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.

Right: McILROY, Henry (Harry), 23187, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA when a dugout was shelled or mined on the 16th August 1917.  Aged 25 and a former member of the UVF, he enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Mrs. Taylor, of Fenagh Cottage, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


McILROY, Henry, 162, Rifleman, 8/9th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 1st July 1916. He was born in Broughshane and enlisted in Holywood. He was the son of Robert McIlroy of Parkhead, Ballymena. His wife Annie lived at 29, Springwell Street,   He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.



Left: McILROY, John, 11929, Private, 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers,  MIA/KIA at Loos on the 26th September 1915. Aged 25, he was born in Dunnygarron, Cullybackey, the son of Robert and Anne McIlroy.  He lived at Howwood and was employed by Midtonfield Bleaching, Dyeing and Finishing Works, Howwood.  He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church and 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 and Jane McIlroy, nee Neilly. 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 above.
McILVEEN (McIveen (sic)), William, 6140, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on the 1st September 1918. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.  He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany and was therefore a POW at the time of his death.


McILVENNA, William, 809001, Private,  50th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt), was killed in action on the 3rd June 1917.  Aged 31, a farmer, and a resident of Canada for about 12 years, he was the 5' 11" son of William and Rose McIlvenna, Cloghogue, Gracehill, Ballymena.  He is buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, France. 


McILVENNAN, William,  238211, Private, 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 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 and Mary McIlvennan, of 27, Mount St., Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland. He is buried Villiers-Bretonneaux Military Cemetery.


Above: McILWAINE,  Anderson, 10261, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds received at Ypres on the 2nd December 1914. He was aged just 17.  He lived Dunfane, Ballymena and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.  He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church and on a headstone in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.


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 Australia but the 24 year old was born at Castlegore, Connor.  He was the son of John McIlwaine, born Carnmoney, and Sarah Jane McIlwaine, nee Hughes. The family lived Leongatha, Victoria, Australia.

McKANE (or McKean), Adam, 29286, Sergeant, 16th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), died on the 23rd April 1915.  He was the draughtman carpenter  and  husband (former husband: he describes himself as a widower on his attestation papers) of Mary E. McKane, 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.

Aged 38, he was the son of Margaret McKay, of Back St., Carnlough, Co. Antrim, and of the late Charles McKay.
McKAY, William, 12356, Rifleman,  15th  Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 2nd November 1917. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in 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, William, 22246, Private, 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers, was MIA, later declared dead, on the 23rd July 1916. He was born in Connor/Tannybrake, Kells and 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),  Bernard Hugh, 71665, Acting Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery, died Mirzapur, India on the12th May 1916. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Allahsbad, India.


McKENDRY, William, 2815, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 23rd March 1918. Aged 24, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted Belfast. He was the son of Maragret McKendry, 125, Bellevue Street, Belfast. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.


McKENDRY (or McKenzie), Daniel, 18/754, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 19th May 1916.  He came from Upper Buckna, Broughshane. He is buried in Authille Military Cemetery,  Somme.

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, Private Charles, 30621, Canterbury Regiment, NZEF was KIA on the 18th October 1917.  He was the 27 year old son of Felix and Late Mary McKeown, 18 Herbert Street, Carnlough.  His sister was  Mrs C Carter, 10 Wingfield Street, Wellington.

McKEOWN, 7632 Guardsman James, 2nd Irish Guards, died on the 2 July 1921 and he is buried in Linlithgow Cemetery, EWest Lothian, Scotland.  He was born on the 2 April 1870, the son of James and Hannah McKeown, nee Boyd, at Ballyminstra, Ahoghill, the family was still listed there in the 1901 and 1911 census returns. James was mrried, his wife being Annie Coyne.
McKEOWN, John, 5722, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th June 1915. Aged 22, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Douglas McKeown, 59, Conlon Street, Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.
McKILLOP, 8810 Rifleman Bernard (CWGC McKillops), 2nd Bn. 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.

McKINNEY, James, 3742, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA 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.


McKIRKEN (McKirgan), John, 30/119, Private 24th Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish), was KIA on the 19th November 1916. Aged 25, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Middlesbrough. He was the son of James and Jane, 46, Upper Branch Street, South Bank, Yorks.  He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.He is listed as McKernan on Middlesborough's memorial.

Right: McLAUGHLIN, Peter, 192631, Gunner, 'B' Battery, 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was KIA 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.


McLAUGHLIN, Thomas, 18136, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 22nd July 1915.  Aged 36.  He was born Skerry, Newtowncrommelin, enlisted in Londonderry and lived in Broughshane. He was the son of John and Mary Ann McLaughlin and his wife Annie went to live at 24 Orchard Row, Londonderry. He is buried in Hinges Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

Left: McLAUGHLIN, William, 14530, Lance Sergeant, 10th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, was KIA on the 5th July 1916. He was the son of the late William McLaughlin, 15, Springwell Street, Ballymena. He enlisted in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


McLEAN, Alexander, 6902, Lance Corporal, 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA 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.


Right: McMANUS, Charles, 3093, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on 24th July 1916.  Aged 25.  He lived at Robert Street, Ballymena and is buried in Crebilly RC Churchyard.


McMASTER, James, 19754, Private, 10th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt.), was KIA on the 21st May 1915.  Aged 36.  He was the son of Thomas A. and Mary McMaster of Ballygelly, Broughshane. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

Left: McMASTER, Samuel, 19626, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 21. He was born in Ballymena and his wife and one child lived at Railway Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.


McMASTER, William, 939, Rifleman, 9th Royal Irish Rifles. was KIA on the 7th August 1917.  Aged 20.  He was born in Portglenone and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the youngest son of William and Mary Jane, McMaster, Cullybackey.   He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Cullybackey UF Church.


McMASTER, Alexander, 19481, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 19th September 1917. Aged 39, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Paisley, Scotland. His wife lived at 1, Ralston Square, Paisley. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium.


McMEEKIN, Thomas, 4912, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 9th May 1915. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.



McMICHAEL,  Joseph, 11689, Private, 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 and had been in Belfast for a long time. He and his 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 Hugh, 10720, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 28th April 1915. He was the son of James McMichael, Linenhall Street, Ballymena.  Mrs Mulholland, 26, Mountcollyer Road, Belfast was his sister. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.


Left: McMULLAN,  Hugh, 19118, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 21st March 1918. He was born at Brocklamont, Ballymena and was the son of Hugh McMullan, Carniny.  His brother was George. He received Italian Bronze Medal for gallantry. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.


McMULLAN, George, 12/19119, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 8th March 1917.  Aged 21.  He was the son of Hugh McMullan of Carniny.  He is buried in St. Quentin Military Cemetery.



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 in Rasharkin and had family at Rosnashane. He was the elder son of Daniel & Sarah McMullan, Killans, Ballymoney.  He is buried in  Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Left: McMULLAN, William John , 19657, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 1st July 1916. Aged 27, he was the son of Daniel and Margaret McMullan,  Queen Street, Ballymena. Buried Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme.


McMULLEN, John, 22400, Private, 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was KIA 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.  He was born in Dunloy, lived at Swatragh and enlisted in Coatbridge, Scotland.  He is named on the Thiepval Memorial.


McMULLEN, Joseph Patrick, 6151, Private, 1st Connaught Rangers, was KIA on 11th July 1917.  He was born in Rasharkin and the family are associated with Glenbuck, Dunloy, though Joseph lived in Kilrea and enlisted in Londonderry.  He was allegedly part of the forces attached to Lawrence of Arabia.  He is named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.


McMURRAY, George, 19120, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born and lived at Tannybrake, Kells and enlisted in Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Connor Presbyterian Church.


McNALLY, Charles, 4609, Private, 6th Connaught Rangers, died on the 18th July 1916 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery.  He was the 38 year old son of Hugh & Sarah McNally, Randalstown.

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 (or MacNeice on CWGC), Archibald, 20650, Private,  10th Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regt.), died of wounds at No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station on the 10th November 1917. Aged 27.  He was the son of Archie and Agnes McNeice,  21, Queen Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium and is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


McNEICE, Robert John, 461500, Private, 8th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment (Transport)) was KIA on the 26th September 1916. A 5' 11" tall farrier, he lived at 294 Inkster Avenue, Winnipeg with his mother. He was the son of Mrs. Sam McNiece (formerly) of 5, Toome Road, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


McNEICE, Samuel, 150166, Private, 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.


McNEICE, William John, 12/4869, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 23 years, he was born and lived in Ballymena and was the son of Wm. John and Maggie McNeice, Tullygarley. His wife of Jeannie lived at 64, Moat Road, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in  1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.




Left: McNEICE, Daniel, 19627, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of John McNiece, Queen Street, Harryville, Ballymena. He left three daughters, eldest of which was 10 in 1916. His sister Sarah was the wife of James Thompson who was also KIA. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.





Right: McNIECE, John Alexander,  45107, Private, 3rd Bn, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was  KIA on the 15th October 1917.  Aged 30.  He was the son of John and Esther McNiece, Ballymatoskerty, Toome, Co. Antrim, Ireland. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Left: McNEILL, Hugh, PO/10353, Lance Corporal,  Royal Marine Light Infantry, was KIA 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, James, 6681, Private, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, was KIA on the 18th October 1914 He came from Ahoghill, near Ballymena, Co Antrim.  He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

McNEILL, Samuel, 25444, Private, 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA 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. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and in Rasharkin Presbyterian Church.


McNEILLY, Thomas, 380, Rifleman, 'C' Coy. 18th Royal Irish Rifles,  died on the 24 January 1919. Aged 23, he was the son of William and Elizabeth McNeilly, Braetown, Glenwherry. He is buried in Ballyclare New Cemetery.

McNEILLY,  Duncan, S/43179, Private, 8th Seaforth Highlanders, died of wounds received July 1917 on 6th May 1918. Aged 20. He was born near Glasgow and enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of Samuel and Mary McNeilly, Liminary, Ballymena. He died in London and 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. AIF. 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.


McREYNOLDS, Patrick, 7865, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 31st July 1917. Aged 21.  He was the son of John McReynolds, Killylane, Glenwherry and the late Jane McReynolds. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.


McSHANE, John, 12403, Private, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIA on the 8th August 1915. He was born in Ahoghill, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.


McVEIGH, John, 4753, Private, 1st Connaught Rangers, died on the 22nd October 1916 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.  He was aged 23, the son of James & Catherine McVeigh, Craigtown, Randalstown, Co Antrim. Brother of Patrick.


McVEIGH, Patrick, 3667, 1st Bn, Royal Irish Fusiliers, age 23, died as a POW on 14th June 1918.  He is buried in Berlin South West Cemetery.  He was the son of James and Catherine, Ballygrooby, Randalstown. Brother of John.


McWHIRTER (or Mewhirter), William, 8798, Private, 2 Scottish Rifles (Cameronians), was KIA between the 20/24 July 1916. He was born in the Craigs, Cullybackey and enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland.  He lived in Motherwell.  He is buried in Chambrin Churchyard Extension,  Pas de Calais, France. He is commemorated in Cullybackey Unitrd Free Church.


McWILLIAMS, Herbert, 17/1344, Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th February 1916. Aged 19.  He was born in Ahoghill and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Ellen McWilliams, 9 Abingdon Street, Belfast.  He is buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery,  Somme.


Right: MEEKE, Samuel, 42492, Private, 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 9849 Royal Irish Rifles), died of wounds on the 6th October 1918. He was born in Ahoghill and was the son of John & Margaret Meeke, Slatt, Ballymena. He is buried Haringe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium 


MELLIN (Mellon), Samuel, 389, Rifleman, 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 in Ahoghill and enlisted in Belfast.  He lived in Larne where he was employed at the Aluminium Works and where he attended Gardenmore Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of Larne UVF   His wife Jeannie and mother lived at 17, Point Street, Larne. Mellin's baby daughter died on 3 June 1916.  He is buried Serre Road Cemetery No. 2,  Somme.


MENELLY (Meneely), Thomas, 8733, Lance Corporal, 3rd Royal Fusiliers, died of wounds on the 25th May, 1915. Aged 35.  He was the son of William John of Burnside Cottage, Kells. He lived in London and is buried in Bailleul Cemetery, Nord, France.

Left: MEWHINNEY (Mawhinnie), William James, 15841, Private, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, was KIA on the 29th September 1915. He was born at Ballynafie, Portglenone.  He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).


MILLAR, Patrick, 10462 or O/0462, Private,  17th Coy., Royal Army Ordnance Corps,  died on the 27th November 1918. He was born Ballymena and is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.


MILLAR, John, 1574, Battery Quartermaster Sergeant Major, Royal Field Artillery, Indian Contingent, died of heatstroke on the 29th June 1916.  Aged 38.  He was born in Ballymena, the elder son of late Samuel Millar. He enlisted Belfast and his wife Annie lived at 26, Parkmount Street, Belfast. He is buried Mesopotamia Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.


MILLAR, Thomas, 6862, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. Aged 18.  He was born at Drumaul, Randalstown and enlisted in Clandeboye. He was the son of James and Sarah Millar of Caddy, Randalstown. He is commemorated in Randalstown (Old Congregation) Presbyterian Church and on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


MILLAR,  David George, 1474, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 15th April 1918. Aged 18.  He was the son of William and Catherine, Bailey Cottage, Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


MILLAR, Benjamin, 18/627, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 21st May 1918.  Aged 24.  He was the son of Samuel and Alice J. Millar, Harperstown, Cullybackey.  He is buried New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium. He is commemorated in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.

Right: MILLAR, Samuel, 240, Lance Corporal, 11th Royal Irish  Rifles, died of wounds on the 1st July 1916. Aged 27. He was the son of Alexander and Mary Millar of 32, Larne Street, Ballymena. His wife Jeannie lived at Castle Lodge, Harryville, Ballymena.  He is buried Forceville Communal Cemetery, Somme and commemorated in Harryville Presbyterian Church. His brother, Lockhart Gamble Millar, was also on active service.


MILLS, David, 139, Rifleman, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the16th August 1917. He was born at Ballymarlow and enlistd in Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


MILLS, Alfred, 6523, Private, 1st Connaught Rangers, died in Egypt on the  20th October 1918 . Aged 23.  He was born at Crebilly, Ballymena and enlisted in Clydebank. He was the son of Matilda Mills, Lisnamurrican, Broughshane. He is buried in Haifa War Cemetery,  Israel.


MITCHELL, William, 59642, Private, 17th Royal Scots, was KIA on the 28th October 1918. Aged 19.  De was the son of Richard and Mary C. Mitchell, Clarence Street, Ballymena. He lived in Scotland and is buried in Heestert Military Cemetery, Belgium.


MITCHELL, Robert, 5088, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 25th September 1915.  Aged 22 years.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Richard and Mary C. Mitchell of Clarence Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.


MONTGOMERY, William Longmore, 11753, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was wounded in Gallipoli, Turkey and died in Birmingham Hospital on the 29th June 1915. Aged 18.  He was born at Upperlands, Co. Londonderry and was the son of Robert and Agnes Montgomery, Lisnafillon, Gracehill, Ballymena. He is buried in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

 

MONTGOMERY, Simpson, 112, Rifleman,  11th/13th Royal Irish Rifles, was MIA/later KIA on the 23rd March 1918. He was the son of James G. Montgomery,  Cullybackey. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial and in Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey.



MONTGOMERY, Allan, 15634, Lance Corporal, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917. Aged 24.  He was the son of Robert and Annie Montgomery of The Cottage, Castle Street, Ballymena.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

Right: MONTGOMERY, Alexander, 580, Rifleman, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 1st July 1916. He lived at 13, Hope Street, Ballymena. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. He is seen here wearing a Royal Black Preceptory sash.


MONTGOMERY, Charles, 8608, Guardsman, 1st Scots Guards, was KIA on the 11th November 1914. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow. He was the son of Robert and Agnes Montgomery of Killymoon Street, Cookstown. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.


MONTGOMERY, Henry (Harry), 317697, Private, 2nd Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch) was MIA/later KIA on the 22nd April 1916. He was born at Killyfleugh, Ballymena and lived in Broxburn, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq and in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Left: MONTGOMERY, James, 23351, Private, 13th Royal Scots, KIA on the 25th November 1915. Aged 21.  He was born Ballymena and was the son of Margaret Montgomery,10, Fountain Place, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.


MONTGOMERY, John, 486, Sergeant,  2nd Gordon Highlanders, was KIA on the 29th October 1914.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Hamilton, Scotland.  He was the son of Sarah Montgomery, 94, Main Street, Calderbank, Airdrie. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial.


MONTGOMERY, Robert, 19499, Private, 107th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Inf.), was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Moorfields, Ballymena and enlisted Belfast. He is commemorated on theThiepval Memorial, Somme.


MOONEY, Patrick, 43495, Private, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, formerly 20644 Cameron Highlanders, was KIA on the 28th March 1917 while fighting with the 7th Division in an attack at Longatte.  He was born in Dunloy, though he lived in Glasgow and enlisted in Inverness, Scotland. 


MOORE, Hugh, 221, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is buried in the AIF Burial Ground, Flers.  He was the 21 year old son of Henry & Martha Moore, Maghereagh, Randalstown.


MOORE, William Alfred, 7295, Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th July 1916. Aged 18.  He was born and lived in Randalstown. He is buried in St. Soulet British Cemetery, Nord, France.


MOORE,  William John,  2577, Rifleman, 6th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 15th September 1916. Aged 18.  He was the son of Margaret and late Andrew, 18, Clonavon Road, Ballymena. He died in Salonika and is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. He is commemorated on a headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery.


MOORE, Robert, 6598, Guardsman,  2nd Scots Guards, KIA on the 16th May 1915. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.


MORRELL, Robert, 666, Rifleman, 16th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 4th July 1916. He was  born in Ballymena and enlisted in Lurgan.  He lived in Belfast and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


MULGREW, George, 163583, Pioneer, 12th Labour Coy., Royal Engineers, died at sea on the 23rd August 1916. He was born in Dungannon and lived in Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Dorian Memorial, Greece.


MULLAN, David Waldo, 5120, Private, 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers (Formerly 13694 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  He had served at Gallipoli and been wounded there.) was MIA/later KIA on the 10th November 1917. He was the only son of the late Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Helen Mullan, Wellington Street, Ballymena.  He and his mother lived in the Dhu Varren area of Portrush and he 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, John Joseph, 21178, Private, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers (Formerly 2399 Connaught Rangers), died of wounds on the 7th September 1916. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is buried in Dive Copse Cemetery, 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, Patrick Joseph, G/18524, Private, 11th Royal Sussex Regiment,  was KIA on the 24th September 1917. Aged 16.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Murray, 12, Colin Street, Falls Road, Belfast. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.