BALLYMENA 1914-1918

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


NEELY, Samuel,  44376, Corporal,  12th North Staffordshire Regiment, died of chest wounds at No.1 Australian CCS on the 12th September 1918.  Aged 32, he was the son of Matthew and Margaret Neely, Ballyclose, Cullybackey, Co. Antrim and husband of Margaret Neely, of Parkhead, Ballymena. He is buried in La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Left: NEESON,  Charles, 48698, Sergeant, 7/8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (formerly 2550 6th Connaught Rangers), was KIA on the 11th October 1918. He was the son of John & Elizabeth (Burns) Neeson of Ballymena and he enlisted and lived in Belfast. He is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3, Ypres. His brothers, Patrick and James, also served.


NEESON, James, 5308, Private, 7th Royal Munster Fusiliers, was KIA on the 16th August 1915. Aged 23, he was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He was the son of Thomas and Ellen Neeson of Ballylummin, Ahoghill. He died in Gallipoli and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Right: NELSON, Joseph Henry, 201688 or 201868, Private, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Central Ontario Regt.), died on the 23rd April 1917. He was almost 5' 11" tall and a teamster.  He had emigrated to Canada in 1913 and lived at 110, Parliament Street, Toronto. He was the 30 year old son of Joseph and Sarah Nelson of Kildrum, Shankbridge, Ballymena.  He nominated his mother as his next of kin, giving her address as Shankbridge Post Office. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, France.


NELSON, Samuel, 8180, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 12th December 1914. Aged 30, he was the son of Sam and Catherine Nelson, formerly of Castle Street, Ballymena. He enlisted in Belfast and lived at 8, North Ann Street. He is buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.


NEVIN, William, 15696, Company Sergeant Major, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 16th August 1917. He was 22 and originally from Clonavon, Ballymena. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Nevin, Finaghy Park, Belfast. His wife lived at Mill Street, Ballymena. He is  commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


NEVIN, William James, 7910, Private, 4th Highland Light Infantry,  drowned while swimming near Fort Rennie and after becoming entangled in seaweed on 17th September 1914. He was aged 17.  He was born in Ahoghill and was the son of William Nevin,  8, Cedar Avenue, Ballydollaghan, Newtownbreda. He is buried Hooe (St. John) Churchyard Extension.


NEWELL, Robert Mitchell, 2046241or 204624, Corporal, 1/4th Northumberland Fusiliers, was  KIA on the 26th October 1917. His father James Newell lived at Craignageeragh, Ahoghill. His wife and three children were also at Ahoghill. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.




NICHOLL, Hugh, 40941, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 18th April 1917. Aged 25, he was the husband of Ellen Nicholl, 16, Bridge Street Place, Ballymena. He had three children. He was the eldest son of John Nicholl, 18, Jubilee Street, Larne.  He is buried in St. Quentin Military Cemetery, France and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

Right: NIXON, James, 8313, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 9th May 1915. Service. He was born in Ballymena.  He had been 13 years in the forces and had fought at Mons and Neuve Chapelle. His wife lived at 11, Parkhead, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. 


O'CONNOR (CWGC says CONNORS), Patrick, 11239, Guardsman, 2nd Grenadier Guards, died of wounds on the 22nd May 1915. He was born Ballymena and lived in Bristol. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery,  France.

Left: O'DORNAN, Samuel, 4301, Private,  6th Connaught Rangers, died of wounds on the 11th September 1916. He was born in the Braid, the area around Broughshane.  He was a member of Irish Volunteers and enlisted in the British Army in May 1915. His wife and two children lived at 11, William Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme.


O'HARE, Hugh, 19713, Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  He had enlisted in Glasgow but he lived at Carmegrim near Portglenone, Co Antrim.  He had enlisted early in the war, his service being noted in the Ballymena Observer Supplement of the 7th May 1915. he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.


O'NEILL, Joseph, 9134, Rifleman, 1/8th London (Irish Rifles) Regt, was KIA on the 6th September 1918. He was the son of David O'Neill, Springwell Street, Ballymena. His brother served in the David in Royal Irish Rifles, and another brother, John, was discharged unfit for further service. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.


O'NEILL, Luke, 22128, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, was KIA on the 12th October 1916. Aged 22, he was the son of Roderick and Mary Ann O'Neill, Gortgole, Portglenone.  He enlisted in Coatsbridge and lived at Rasharkin. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


CAPTAIN ARTHUR E. B. O'NEILL, MP, 2nd  LIFE GUARDS

This statue of Erin mourning for her fallen sons was presented to Lord and Lady O'Neill (circa1922), a memorial for their son who had died in the Great War. It stands beside the family's vault in Shane's Castle, Randalstown.


O'NEILL, Arthur E. B., Captain, 2nd Life Guards, was KIA on the 4th November 1914. He was aged 38 and was the 2nd son of Baron O'Neill of Shane's Castle, Randalstown. He was the MP for Mid-Antrim and was the first MP to die in the war. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.


O'RAWE, Felix, 23248, Private,  2nd Royal Scots, was KIA on the 22nd July 1916. He was born in Glenravel and lived in Bathgate, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.


ORR, Frederick J. A., S/15921, Sergeant, 5th Cameron Highlanders, was KIA  on the 21st March 1918.  He was the son of James Orr, Drumbare, Cloughmills. He is buried in Fins New Cemetery, Somme and commemorated in Clough Presbyterian Church.


Orr's Grave - Then and Now


ORR, Robert Clifford, Captain, 3rd  Somerset Light Infantry, was KIA on the 19th December 1914. He was aged 34.  He lived at Masoe, Ballymena and was the son of Robert Harrison and Cassandra Marchaise Orr, 1, Lombard St., Belfast.  He was Adjutant to the North Antrim UVF. He is buried in Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium.  A brass plate recording his death is held in Ballymena Museum.

Right: ORR, David, 12/19161, Rifleman, 'A' Coy. 13th Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 17th December 1916 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast of illness contracted at the front.  He was aged 18, the son of the late William and Annie Orr, 24, Queen Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Ballymena New Cemetery.


OSBORNE, William, 2248, Lance Corporal, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 16th August 1917 and he is named on the Tynecot Memorial.  Aged 30, he was the son of the late Martha Osborne, Craigmore, Randalstown. He is named on the Congregational Roll of Honour for 2nd Randalstown Presbyterian Church.



OWENS, Robert, 10716, Private, 2nd Highland Light Infantry, was MIA/later KIA on the 30th July 1916. He was the 26 year old son of William and Jane Owens, and the husband of Elizabeth Owens, Broughshane Street, Ballymena, He enlisted in Glasgow and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. 

Right: PARK, John James, 22890, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Machine Gun Section), was MIA/later KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was aged 24 and the son of John and Elizabeth Park of Carnlea, Ballymena. He enlisted in Glasgow.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Killymurris Presbyterian Church, Glarryford.


PARKE, David, 10204, Private, 2nd Scots Guards, died on the 16th May 1915. He was aged 30 and the son of Moore and Lizzie Parke of Glarryford. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais and in Killymurris Presbyterian Church.


PARRY, William, 127, Rifleman,15th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 31st October 1916. He was aged 27 and had been born in Ballymena.  He enlisted Belfast and his brother was John Parry, 105, Upper Canning Street, Belfast.

Left: PATTON, Archibald, 18689, Rifleman, 1st Bn., 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was KIA on the 12th October 1917. He was aged 33 and had embarked on the 26th July 1916 with the 9th Reinforcements to 2nd Battalion, F Company.  He was the son of John and Sarah Patton of Tyanee, Portglenone. He is buried Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres. He is commemorated in 1st Portglenone Presbyterian Church.


PATTON, Samuel, 8854, Lance Corporal, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 19th May 1917.  He was lost when 29th Division positions were obliterated in a failed German advance. He was born in Loughguille, lived at Ballyweaney, Cloughmills, enlisted in Ballymoney and is commemorated in Kilraughts Presbyterian Church and on the Arras Memorial.


PEDLOW, William (MC), Captain, 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was KIA on the 12th October 1918. He was aged 24,  had been a student at Trinity College, Dublin,  and he entered the army from Sandhurst.  The family had close links with Ballymena and may have lived at Broughshane Road at one time. His father William was a senior inspector of National Schools, Dublin. Parents William and Marianne Pedlow lived at 59, Anglesea Road, Dublin. He is buried in Honnechy British Cemetery, Nord, France.


Above: PENNY (Pennie), William, 460819, Private, 19th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt), was KIA on the 8th September 1916. He was aged 28.  He was a farm labourer and the son of James and Martha Pennie, Ballygarvey, Ballymena. He is buried Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He is commemorated on a headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery.


PERRY, James, 2275, Private, 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers,  died of wounds on the 29th march 1915. He was born in Ahoghill, enlisted in Cavan and lived in Belfast. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.


PETERKIN, John James, Guardsman, 1st Scots Guards, was KIA on the 27th September 1915. He was aged 30.  He was born in Ballymena and was the son of Alex Peterkin, Leith, Scotland.  He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.


PETERS, Joseph, 7897, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 30th August 1916. He was aged 27 and the son of John and Anne Peters, Tullymore, Broughshane. He is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Somme. He is commemorated in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.

Captain Thomas McCann Phillips 

Photo courtesy of David Power, Our Heroes


PHILLIPS, Thomas McCann,  Captain, RAMC, attached Major Hayes Ambulance,  died of wounds on the 4th November 1914 after being struck by a shell. He was aged 24 and had been Mentioned in Dispatches.  He was formerly of Ahoghill and the son of Reverend J.G. and Mrs. Anne Phillips. He is buried in Poperinge Communal Cemetery, Belgium.


PICKERING, John Cecil, SPTS/3223, Lance Corporal, 'B' Coy., 24th Royal Fusiliers, was KIA on the13th November 1916. He was aged 22 and was the only son of John and Cecilia of Cork. He had previously lived in Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland, Ballymena.


PITT, James, 36239,  Private, 5/6th Scottish Rifles (Cameronians),  died of wounds on the 23rd September 1918. He was born in Ballymena, enlisted Hamilton and lived at Busby. He is buried in Thilloy Road Cemetery, Beaulencourt, France.


POLLOCK, Alexander, 16942, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born at Caddy and lived at Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


PORTER, Archibald, 28611, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 27th January 1917. He was born in Ballymena, enlisted in Kilsyth and lived in Glasgow. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. 


PORTER, James, S/2015, Private, 7th Seaforth Highlanders, was KIA on the 25th September 1915. He was born at Ballybeg, Ahoghill and lived in Belfast. His brothers were Hugh Porter (MM), RAMC and Lance Corporal William Porter, Seaforth Highlanders.  He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.


PORTER, William, 8522, Corporal, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 17th May, 1915. He was born in Ballymena and was the husband of Mary Porter, Whitewell, Belfast. He is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium.

Above: POWER,  Joyce, 308879, Leading Stoker HMS Hawke. His ship was sunk by U-Boat on the 15th October 1914. He was aged 33 and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Power, Ahoghill. He was the husband of Maggie Power, Waring Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.  There is also a headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road.



QUAITE (Quate),  Robert,  Royal Irish Rifles, died at home on the16th May 1918. Mrs. Quaite lived at Parkmore, Glenariff, Co Antrim. He is commemorated in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church but is not on Commonwealth War Caves Commission record.


RAE (sometimes REA), James Hoy, 15973, Private, 12th Royal Scots (Lothian Regt), was KIA on the 28th September 1915. He was aged 29 and the son of James and Sarah, 12 Waveney Avenue, Ballymena.  His wife Agnes Logan Rae lived at 148, Institution Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. 778267 Lance Corporal David Rea of No. 2 Canadian Railway Troops was his brother.

RAE (Sometimes REA), Richard, 15910, Private, 12th  Royal Scots (Lothian Regt), was KIA on the 15th or 18th July 1916. He was the son of James and Sarah Rae, 12 Waveney Avenue, Ballymena. His wife resided in Newtownards. He is buried in Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme. 778267 Lance Corporal David Rea of No. 2 Canadian Railway Troops was his brother.

RAINEY, J G, 290563, Private, 1/8th Scottish Rifles (Cameronians), died on the 29th July 1918. He was aged 27 and the son of John and Hannah Rainey, Aughnahoy, Portglenone.  He is buried Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire, France.


RAINEY, James, 622046, Private, 52nd Bn, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), was killed in action on the 17th September 1916 and he is remembered on the Vimy Memorial.  Born on the 6th August 1890, he was single, the 24 year old son of James Rainey, Leitrim, Randalstown.  He worked as a checker on the Canadian Pacific Railway.  His brother, labourer John Rainey, A20451, also served in the Canadian Army.


RAMSAY (Ramsey), Robert, 18672, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 23rd August 1916. He was aged 21 and before the war he had worked as a linen lapper in Clarke's Mill at Upperlands.  He was shot in the head by a sniper when in a careless moment during action he stood up to reload his rifle.  He was the son of Daniel and Ellen Ramsay, Culmore, Rasharkin. He is buried in Ration Farm Annexe, Belgium.


Photograph courtesy of Nigel Henderson, Ulster History Hub


REA, James, 3/8834, Lance Corporal, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 16th August 1917. He was aged 20 and the son of Matthew and Hanna Rea, Drumcrow, Carnalbanagh. He is buried in Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and commemorated in Carnalbanagh Presbyterian Church.


REA, James H., 7828, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 23rd October 1916. He was aged 20 and the son of John and Susannah Rea, Carnalbanagh and he is commemorated in Carnalbanagh Presbyterian Church. He enlisted in Paisley, Scotland. He is buried in Longueval Road Cemetery, Somme.


REA, James, 11302, Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 2nd September 1916. He was born in Ballymena and was the son of James and Elizabeth Rea, 187, Beersbridge Road, Belfast.


REA (or RAE),  William,  4915, Private, 58th Australian Infantry, died of wounds received in action on the 14th August 1916. He was the son of William and Joyce Rae (Rea on headstone, Rae on his enlistment papers) of Tullygarley, though he had been living in Australia since his 18th birthday. He was aged 51 (Age given as 47 yrs on CWGC/Australian records. He gives his age as 43 years & 7 months at his enlistment.) and he was a baker, his address being Leura Villas, St Alban's Rd, East Geelong, Victoria. He enlisted on the 28th July 1915 and sailed from Melbourne on HMAT Wiltshire on 7th March 1916. He joined the 58th Battalion at Etaples, France on 22 July 1916 and he was wounded on 14th August 1916.  These wounds were described as a compound fracture of the skull and a fracture of the knee, and the record shows he died of gunshot wounds at 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station.  He is buried in Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, and commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church and in Ballyclug Old Cemetery.


REID, Alexander, M/344918, Private,  MT Depot, Royal Army Service Corps (MT means Motor Transport), died of illness contracted on active service on the 12th November 1918. He was the son of John and Maggie Reid, 27 Springwell Street, Ballymena. He is buried Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road..


REID,  Robert, 42883, Private, 8th Yorkshire Regiment, was KIA on the 20th August 1917. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted Yorkshire. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


REID, Thomas, 8360, Sergeant, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917.  He was aged 31 and was the son of James Knox Reid and Grace Reid of Knockboy, Broughshane. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.


REID, Thomas, 11741, Serjeant,  15th Bn, Royal Irish Rifles, born in Ballymena, was KIA on 20th October 1918 and is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.


RICE, William Blaney, 27692 Private, 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He lived at Craigs, Cullybackey and enlisted Ballymena. His parents lived at 29, Glu Street, Paisley. He is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Somme.

Left: RICHARDSON, Joseph, 8068, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 24th October 1914 . Born in Ahoghill and aged 30, he was the son of James and Isabella Richardson of 7, Alfred Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and Harryville Presbyterian Church.


RITCHIE, David Lynn, 376, Sergeant,  9th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  Aged 46, he was the son of Charles Ritchie of Ballylig, Broughshane and husband of Jane Ritchie, Carncairn, Broughshane. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.



RITCHIE, John, 23/2078, Private, 2nd Bn. Wellington Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, was KIA on the 15th September 1916. Aged 45, he was a labourer and the son of John and Hannah J. Ritchie, of Carncoagh, Rathkenny, Co. Antrim, Ireland. He listed his uncle Thomas Ritchie, Rathkenny as his next of kin when he embarked on the 4th March 1916 with the 4th Reinforcements 1st Battalion, E Company.  He is commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley Memorial, Somme and in Clough Cemetery and Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.
ROBERTSON, 18196 Private Charles, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 16 May 1915. He is named on the Le Touret Memorial, France.  He came from Cushendun and enlisted in Ballymoney.  He is incorrectly named as Charles Robinson on the Cushendall entry in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919.

Right: ROBINSON, James  A, 719, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 1st September 1916. Aged 24 and a father of two young children, he was born in Ahoghill and was the son of Robert and Martha Robinson, 49, James Street, Ballymena and husband of Jane Robinson, 2, James Street, Ballymena.  He is buried in Ration Farm Annexe, Ploegsteert, Belgium.

 

ROBINSON, Daniel, 8262, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 25th October 1914. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He in commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

ROBINSON,  David, 40140, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers,  formerly  24784 of the Hussars, was KIA on the 11th April 1917. He was born and lived Ballynacaird, Broughshane and enlisted in Ballymena. He is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais. He is commemorated in Buckna Presbyterian Church.

 

ROBINSON, Edward, Rifleman, 3745, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was born at the Grange and lived at Taylorstown. He was the son of John Robinson of Kilvillis, Toomebridge. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Grange Presbyterian Church.

 

ROBINSON, Robert, 13551, Private, 10th Scottish Rifles (Cameronians), died of wounds on the 17th October 1915. Aged 20, he was born in Ballymena and lived at Stanley Grove, Manchester. He was the son of Mrs. M J. Robinson, 196, Northumberland Road, Southampton. He is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France.

 

ROBINSON (DCM), William John, 40839, Lance Corporal, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 16th August 1917.  He was the son of Joseph Robinson of Rathkeel, Broughshane. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.


Rev. Francis Cavendish Roche 

photograph courtesy of David Power, Our Heroes




ROCHE, Reverend Francis Cavendish, Padre,  died of enteric fever at 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt on the 14th November 1915. He was a former curate of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland, Ballymena. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery, Egypt.


ROCK, Hugh Morrison, 18/1289, Rifleman, 11th  Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 8th June 1917. Aged 22, he was the postman son, part of a family of ten, of George and Agnes Rock of Ballylig, Killagan. He was a native of Carabeg/Carnbeg, Cloughmills and enlisted in Ballymoney. He had been asked to deliver dispatches around the trenches during the Battle of Messines Ridge and it was while engaged in this work that he was shot by a sniper.  He is buried in Spanbroekmolen Cemetery, Belgium.

ROSS, George, 17896, Lance Corporal, 62nd Btn. Machine Gun Corps, attached Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 21st July 1918. Aged 26,  he was the son of George and Margaret Ross, Castle Street, Ballymena. 

His brother is John McCart (Ross) who died on the 1st July 1916. George is buried in St. Imoges Churchyard, France.

Right: RUTHERFORD, Thomas George, Lieutenant, 10th Canadian Infantry, died of wounds on the 12th October 1916. Born on the 20th April 1880 in Newcastle, Co. Down and aged 36 at the time of his death,  he was the the son of the Rev. Thomas and Margaret Rutherford of Hollywood, Co. Down. He lived at 283, Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg and his wife was E Margaret Rutherford, Hilliers, Vancouver Island, Canada. He was a pharmacist (Druggist). He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery and commemorated in Ballymena New Cemetery.


SCOTT, John, 71780, Private, Household Cavalry (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal Hussars), was KIA on the 8th October 1918. He was aged 21 and enlisted and lived in Ballymena. He was the son of Mary A. Scott of Parkmore Row, Parkmore. He is buried Bisgny Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.


SCOTT, Robert Henry, 74281, Private,  28th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt), was KIA on the 15th September 1916. He was aged 42.  He was born in Ballymena, though his mother lived in Kyle Street, Dungannon at the time of his death.  His father was the late William,  and his brother, J.B. Scott, was headmaster of Model School, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.


SCULLION, Hugh, 3918, 8th  Bn. Australian Imperial Force, died 29th May 1920, aged 40,  and is buried in Brighton General Cemetery, Victoria.  He was born in Ballymena, Co Antrim, the son of Hugh and Maria/Mary (Kennedy) Scullion.  He enlisted on the 9th July 1915 in Melbourne, Victoria, aged 32 years & 4 months, and described himself a labourer.  He gave his next of kin as Mr Lewis Scullion, Butler Street, Belfast.  He was a widower and had no other family in Australia.  His service record gives his mother as Mrs Scullion, 30, Brookfield Street, Belfast. Agnes, Lewis, Bernard and Elizabeth appear to be the other Scullion children.  


Hugh is listed in CWGC records and his death is war related.  He had travelled via Alexandria and Marseilles to join his unit in France on the 29th July 1916, and he was almost immediately wounded in action on the 18th August 1916.  He was transferred to England and seems to have spent the remainder of his war there before being medically discharged.


SEMPEY, James, 19751, Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th February 1916. He was aged 29 years.  He was born in Ballymena and was the son of Hugh and Isabella Sempey. He lived Ballyclare and his wife, Sarah McNeill (formerly Sempey), lived at Main Street, Ballyclare. He is buried in Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Somme.


SEYMOUR, John, 23735, Private, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on the 28th March 1918.  Aged 22, he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Seymour, Randalstown and he is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Rouen, France.


SHANNON, Robert, 2842, Private, 4th Australian Infantry Battalion, was killed in action on the 6th May 1917 in France and is remembered on the Villers-Bretonneau Memorial.  Aged 36, he was the son on Samuel and Agnes Shannon (nee Henry), Montalto, Newtowncrommelin and he was the second of seven children.  He was five feet six inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.  He was educated at Tullybane School, Cloughmills, worked in Turner's shop in Cloughmills, emigrating to Australia when about 25 years old; two of the Turners also emigrated to Australia and Robert died in WW1 - see list.  His eldest sister, Sarah, lived in Narrabri, New South Wales and worked as a draper in a clothes shop. 


According to Thompson (Ballymoney Heroes, 1914-18), he enlisted in 1915 but his arrival in the fighting zone was delayed because he contracted mumps and required prolonged medical attention.  He finally arrived at Marseilles on the 30th March 1916. On 24th July 1916, he sustained bullet wounds to the head and left foot and he was taken to 44th Casualty Clearing Station and immediately transferred to No 19 Ambulance Train. In July he arrived in hospital at Rouen. After three days here he was moved to Le Havre and taken on board the H.S.  "Marami" and to hospital in Newport, Monmouthshire. He arrived there on the 30th July and was there until the 17th October, when he was moved to Wandsworth where he spent another week before being granted two weeks leave. On 13th December he embarked on S.S."Arundel" at Folkestone and landed next day at Etaples and on 20th December re-joined the 4th battalion. He was killed in action on 6th May 1917 and a report states that he was buried in the vicinity of Bullecourt.


He is commemorated in Killagan Parish Church, Cloughmills.  He gave only his mother's name as next of kin when he enlisted. His sister Sarah wrote to the AIF as follows: 'his mother is still alive. But considering her state of health and what the news of his death caused her. I think it advisable that she receives no medal as it could only revive the past and give her more pain and suffering than pleasure.' (Sic)'Sarah took the medals.  Her words remind us of the  pain WW1 caused, that these were real people.


SHAW, James, 39, Rifleman, 11/13th Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action on 28th March 1918, son of Robert & Esther Shaw (nee Dunbar), Killygore, Martinstown, Co. Antrim.  He is listed in Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour, 1914 - 1919 under Cloughwater Church and he is named on the Pozieres Memorial.


SHAW,  Thomas, 724, Rifleman, 1st  Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 29th November 1916. He was aged 30 and was the son of John and Mary Shaw, Clough. He is buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.

Left: SIMPSON, Alexander, 79354, Gunner, 9th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action near Dikkebus, Belgium on the 21 July 1917.  He was the son of James and Annie Simpson, Firview Farm, Ballymaconnelly, Rasharkin.  He had studied Art in London and was a noted athlete and footballer, and for some time prior to his enlistment he had been living in Kilbride, Scotland. He is incorrectly listed as James Simpson in the Ballymena Observer, 14 September 1917.


SIMPSON, Christy R, 20/86 Rifleman, 15th Royal Irish Rifles, was a POW and died of influenza on the 24th October 1918.  He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, Germany.  His grandmother lived at Aughafattan Post Office, Broughshane.


SINCLAIR, William B.,  41416, Private, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, was KIA on the 30th July 1918. He was born in Ballymena but had been living in Bellshill, Scotland. He is buried in Meteren Cemetery, Nord, France.


SLOAN, Albert Edward, 21191, CQMS, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 2340 Connaught Rangers), was KIA on the 5th September 1916. He was born in Craigs, Co. Antrim and enlisted in Belfast. He was the husband of  Catherine Sloan, Leeson Street, Falls Road, Belfast.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

SMALL, Robert, 3082253, Private, 14th Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.), died in accident at Ballymena Railway Station on the 23rd December 1918.  He was aged 24, the son of Sam Small of Ballyminstra, Straid, Ahoghill. He is buried in 2nd Ahoghill Presbyterian Churchyard.


SMITH, Samuel Lyle, 28326, Gunner, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, AIF, died of wounds on the 23rd May 1918. Smith was said to be aged almost 26 (actually born 26 June 1890 at Tollymore, Broughshane) and was just over 6 feet in height, and he joined the army on 29th May 1915.  He travelled from Melbourne to Plymouth on 'Ulysses', arriving in England on 28th December 1916. He was almost immediately admitted to hospital with influenza and was not released for duty until 14th February 1917.  He then travelled to France via Folkestone and was finally 'taken on strength' on the 20th June 1917.  He was admitted to No.5 General Hospital on the 9th May 1918 with gunshot wounds to the left hip and the right leg and died there in Rouen on the 23rd May.


He was formerly of Tullymore Cottage, Broughshane. He appears to have had sisters, Mary Elizabeth Lyle Smith and Susan are mentioned in connection with 19, Wolsey Street, Belfast. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France and commemorated in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.


SMITH, Roberta S,  US Army Nursing Corps, formerly of Broughshane, is remembered in 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church.  She was born on the 15 May 1885 and was the daughter of Samuel Smith, a timber merchant, and his wife Margaret, nee

Stevenson.  The family are recorded on the 1901 Irish census living at Tullymore. Samuel was 51 and a widower and he lived with his mother Mary, 79 and a widow, and daughters Susan (21), Mary E (19), Roberta (15), and son Robert L (10). Their servant was Catherine Erwine. Roberta was the sister of Australian soldier Samuel Lyle Smith above. Her full name was Roberta Kathleen Martha Stevenson Smith.


SMITH, Samuel, 14926, Sergeant, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 16th August 1917. He was born at Toome and enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


SMITH (Smyth), Thomas McIntyre, S/1943, Private, 1st Seaforth Highlanders, was KIA on the 16th August 1915. He was born in Dungall, Clough and enlisted in Johnstone, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.


Robert Smylie 

Smylie's Jacket and Personal Effects (Note torn shoulder)

 

SMYLIE, Robert Stewart, Lieutenant, 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers, attached 1st Btn., was KIA on the 14th July 1916. He was raised at Linenhall Street, Ballymena by mother and sister and is linked with Bridgend, Galgorm. He was headmaster of County Grammar School, Sudbury. He is buried in Flatiron Copse, Mametz, Somme.

 

SMYTH, Alfred John, 49714, Private 14th Durham Light Infantry, was  KIA on the 6th March 1917.  He was born in Rasharkin and lived in Streatham, London. He was the son of Thomas and Margretta Smyth, Rasharkin, Co. Antrim. His wife Edith C. Negus (formerly Smyth) lived at Sea Bank South, Bognor, Sussex. He is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France and commemorated in Finvoy Presbyterian Church.

 

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

 

SMYTH, John, 41205, Private,  9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (formerly 1435 North Irish Horse), died of wounds on the1st December 1917. He was born in Tamlaght O'Crilly, Co. Londonderry and was living in Portadown, but he was the son of John Smyth, Sprucebank, Portglenone. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.

 

SMYTH, James, 19211, Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of John Smyth, Craigs, Cullybackey and he lived in the area. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Right: SMYTH, 2nd Lieutenant John,  9th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on the 22/23rd November 1917. He was aged 26 and was the son of William and Margretta Smyth, the Curragh, Monaghan, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, France and in Cloughwater and 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Churches. Local press reported: Lieutenant J Smith, Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action on the 22nd November, was the son of Mr William Smith, The Curragh, Ballymena, Principal of Monaghan National School, Ballymena. Prior to the war, Lieutenant Smith was Principal of Craigwarren National School. He was promoted to commissioned rank six months ago.

The Weekly Irish Times, February 9, 1918.

SMYTH,  55633, Rifleman, John Robinson,1st Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, was killed in action near Ypres (Ieper), Belgium on the 7th December 1917.  He had lived at lived Methven, Canterbury, NZ for about six years, but he was the son of John and Elizabeth Smyth, Aughafatten, Broughshane. He had only been with his unit in the field for just over a month before he was killed.  He is buried in Polygon Wood Cemetery, Belgium.


Frederick Robert SMYTH (Smith)

SMYTH (Smith), Frederick Robert, 74122, Private, 28th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt) was KIA on the 28th September 1916. He was aged 30 and lived in Winnipeg, Canada; he worked in the Post Office.  He was born in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh but had lived at 8, Atlantic Avenue in Portrush before emigrating.  He was the son of Robert Smith, Portrush.  His father is buried in Kirkinriola Cemetery, Ballymena and the deceased is named on stone (now fallen & broken). His brother was Edward Smith, 688, Strathcona Street, Winnipeg; he worked for R J Whitlock & Co, Winnipeg. F R Smyth was hit by shrapnel from trench mortars and never regained consciousness.  He is buried in Locre Cemetery, Belgium.


Smyth Brothers Archibald and Hugh


SMYTH (Smythe), Archie, 340, Sergeant, 10th Australian Light Horse, B Squadron, died of disease on the 27th December 1918, according to CWGC. 


Smythe was 5 feet 8 inches tall and aged 23 years and 6 months when he enlisted on 20th October 1914, and he gave his next of kin as Robert Smythe, Ballymena; this was later overwritten to read c/o Mr A Watt, Bridge Street, Ballymena.  He was sent to Gallipoli in October 1916 and left Australia on HMAT Mashobra.  He sustained gunshot wounds to his right leg on the 20th April 1917 and was in No. 14 Australian General Hospital until June 2nd.  He recovered to a degree but was often sick and he ended up in No.88 General Hospital in Cairo, Egypt in 1918. He died of pneumonia on 2nd January 1919 - according to his medical records.


He was aged 27 and unmarried, though apparently engaged to Miss N Bowden, 405 Bulwer Street, Perth, W.A.  He was the labourer son of Robert and Catherine Smyth, Crumkill, Ballymena; this spelling and address was given by his father when he certified receipt of his son's effects. 


His brothers were Robert Smyth (MM & DCM) and Hugh Smyth, wounded. He is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. 



SMYTH, Thomas, Private 1st Class, 361 Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, US Forces, was killed in action on the 9th October 1918.  He was born on the 15th August 1892 and came from the Caddy, Randalstown.  He is listed in the Congregational Roll of Honour for 2nd Randalstown Presbyterian Church.  He enlisted in Washington and he is buried in Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, France.  The church listing suggests (Unconfirmed) that he had two brothers, R J and WJ, who also served in the US Army.

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


SPENCE,  Thomas, 9385, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 7th May 1915. He was aged 23 and had been born in Ballymena, though he lived in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial(Menin Gate).


SPENCE, William John, 22351, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 1st/2nd April 1919 from pneumonia while on active service (Occupation Duties)  in Berlin .  He was born at Craigs, Cullybackey and lived in Ballymena. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Spence, 38, James Street, Harryville. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany and commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


SPENCE, Alexander Reverend,  Padre 36th Dept. Army Chaplains, died of wounds as POW on the 31st March 1918. His father Alexander Spence of Brookfield, Portglenone. He is buried Roye New British Cemetery, Somme. He is commemorated in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.


STEELE, George, 8832, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died in Germany on the 3rd December 1918. He was born in Carnalbana and lived at Moat Road, Harryville, Ballymena.  He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany. He is commemorated in Carnalbanagh Presbyterian Church.


STERLING,  James, 22025, Rifleman, 4th Royal Irish Rifles,  died of wounds as the result of a grenade accident on the 28th October 1918. His friend John Frater - see listings - died in the same incident.  He was born in Glasgow, enlisted in Ballymena and lived in  Cullybackey.  He is buried in Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire.



STEVELEY, ERNEST,  43963, Private,  15th Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry),  was KIA on the 30th October 1918. He was the son of Hugh and Jane Steveley, Station House, Cullybackey. He is buried in Guignies Communal Cemetery, Brunehaut, Belgium.



STEVELY, Samuel, 1757, Rifleman, 1st Royal Irish Rifles,  was KIA on the 21st August 1918. He was aged 18 and the foster son of Mrs. Rachel Boyd of Gloonan, Ahoghill. He is buried in Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre, Nord, France. He is commemorated in 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.

Left: STEVENSON, William, 19204, Rifleman 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was wounded on the 1st July and a POW at Lazarette Hospital, Minden. He died on the 20th November 1918. He was born in Crumkill and lived 18, Railway Street, Ballymena. He is buried Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.


STEWART, James, 1488, Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA 7th June 1917. He is buried Wulverghem Lindenhoek Military Cemetery.  He was aged 22 and was born in Portglenone.  He was the son of James and late Nancy Stewart and he lived in Cullybackey.


STEWART, James Andrew, 19861, Rifleman, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 15th February 1917.  He was aged 24 and born in Ballymena, he was the son of James and Jane Stewart, Virginia Street, Belfast. He is buried in Bailleul Military Cemetery Extension, France.


STEWART, James, 7275, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 8th August 1917.  He was aged 18 and was the son of Robert and Jane Stewart, Main Street, Randalstown. He is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres and is commemorated in Randalstown Old Congregation Presbyterian Church.


STEWART,  Andrew, S/11266, Lance Corporal, 6/7th Gordon Highlanders, was KIA on the 14th October 1918. He was born in Ballymena and  lived in Airdrie, Scotland. He is buried in Iwuy Cemetery, Nord,  France.


STEWART, John, S/697, Private, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, was KIA on the 11th  March 1915. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Dumfries, Scotland. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France.


STEWART, Samuel, 12440, Rifleman, 15th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 10 January 1917. He was aged 34 and was the son of Matthew and Catherine Stewart of Ballymena. He was the husband of Annie Stewart, Lower Urney Street, Belfast. He is buried in Quentin Military Cemetery.


STEWART, William, 7240, Company Sergeant Major, 12th Highland Light Infantry, died of wounds on the 27th  March 1918.  He was born in Ballymena and lived in Glasgow.  He is buried in Warloy Baillon Cemetery, Somme.

Above: STUART (MC),  William Bruce George,  Captain,  12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA at Moeuvres on 22nd November 1917. Aged 24, he was the son of William & Barbara Frances Stuart of  Mount Earl, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial and in Derrykeighan Churchyard.

Other members of the family served in the forces. One brother, Lieutenant Leslie Jon Stuart, was in the army, another, Lt. Charles Gage Stuart, in the Royal Navy, perhaps because he was  a nephew of Rear Admiral Leslie Stuart CMG.


Lieutenant Leslie Jon Stuart was born in 1888 in Toronto, Canada, and was educated at Monkton Combe School, Bath, between 1901-06. When the war began Stuart was farming sheep in Australia. He returned home to Ballymena and in November 1915 applied for a commission in the North Irish Horse. Appointed a 2nd Lieutenant, he embarked for France on 26 August 1916, and there joined the 1st Regiment North Irish Horse. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July 1917 and in March 1918 transferred to the Machine Gun Base Depot at Camiers. He was subsequently posted to the 19th Hussars and, after about one month, to the 8th Hussars in 1918. He contracted 'colitis' at Arras in August  and was  in the UK until October 1918. He returned to Australia after the war, where he managed his uncle George's 50,000 acre sheep station, Goolgumbla, in the Riverina country of NSW.


Lt. Charles Gage Stuart had served on the China Station during the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05, and when the WW1 broke out he was on the cruiser HMS Glasgow, patrolling the south-east coast of South America. He was in the action with Von Spee's squadron on 1st November  1914.  Von Spee outclassed Cradock's squadron and sank the British cruisers HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth off the coast of Chile at Coronel (Battle of the Coronel). HMS Glasgow got away damaged.  It joined Sturdee's fleet in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, and with battlecruisers, HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible, and with cruisers HMS Carnarvon, HMS Cornwall, HMS Kent, and HMS Bristol, went on to inflict a serious defeat of the Germans.  Six German ships including Spee's own flagship, SMS Scharnhorst, were sunk, with some 2,200 sailors drowned, amongst them von Spee and his two sons. The Dresden escaped but was sunk a little later and Lt. Stuart had the satisfaction of being on board his ship in the engagement. It was for his role in this latter action that he 'was presented on Wednesday, by the King, at Buckingham Palace, with the Distinguished Service Cross for 'meritorious service in connection with the sinking of the German Cruiser 'Dresden' on March 14th, 1915.'


The London Gazette of 17th September 1917 
SURGENOR, James, S/10912, Private, 6th Cameron Highlanders, was KIA on the 26th September 1915. He was born in Bridge End, Ahoghill and lived at 52, Main Street, Thornleybank, Glasgow with his wife and three children. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.


Wounded in Action: George, James and Alexander Surgenor, Bridge End, Galgorm


SURGENOR, James, 2539, Company Sergeant Major,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, was gassed on the 1st September and died of wounds on the 3rd September 1916. He was born in Ahoghill and lived at the Grange. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension and commemorated in Grange Presbyterian Church.


SURGENOR, Ernest Glover, 177850, Private, 81st Machine Gun Company, died on the 4th November 1918. He was born in Ballymena and was the son of John and Catherine of Glasgow. He is buried in Kirechkoi Hortakoi Cemetery, Greece.


SWANN, Samuel, 17697, Private, 152nd Machine Gun Company, formerly 19785 Royal Irish Rifles,  died on the 13th May 1917. He was the son of Joseph and Agnes Swann, Lisnevenagh, Kells. He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. He is commemorated in Kells Presbyterian Church.


TAGGART,  Robert, 21392, Private, 7th Royal Irish Fusiliers, died of gas and wounds on the 2nd May 1916.  His father lived at 42, James Street, Ballymena.  He is buried Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.


TAGGART, Thomas, 1636, Rifleman 14th Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 3rd August 1917. He was the 37 year old son of William John and Hanna Taggart, Queen Street, Ballymena and husband of Martha Taggart 31, Alfred Street, Ballymena. He is named on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.


TAGGART,  William James, A/201981, Rifleman,  King's Royal Rifle Corps, was KIA on the 2nd September 1918.  He was born at Tardree and had  family at Craigywarren, Ballymena. He is buried in Dury Crucifix Cemetery,  France and commemorated in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.

Right: TAYLOR, David, 520, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles,  died as POW on the 19th June 1918.  He was aged 23 and was the son of James and Annie Taylor, Galgorm Parks, Ballymena. He is buried in Plaine National Cemetery, Bas Rhin, France. He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


TAYLOR,  Robert Gordon, 532376, Private, 46th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment),  DOW  on the 10th July 1918 . He was 38, originally from 35, Queen Street, Harryville, Ballymena.  That was still the address of his father/next of kin at the time of his enlistment.   He lived at 570, Ross Avenue, Winnipeg and was an iron worker by trade.  He had previously served for 4 years in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery,  France.


TELFORD, William, 4262, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.   He was the son of Mrs. John Telford, Alexander Street, Ballymena and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


He had been involved in heavy fighting in the Dardanelles area before transferring to France. His brother James was also wounded in the Somme fighting.




TEMPLETON, James, 7613, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was  killed in action on the 26th August 1914.  He was aged 29 and was the son of George and Agnes Templeton, Moat Road, Ballymena, though he lived in Belfast.  He is commemorated on the La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial,  France.



TEMPLETON, Robert Miller, 5555, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 18th July 1916. He was the 34 year old son of George and Agnes Miller Templeton, Moat Road, Ballymena and brother of James (above).   He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery.

TENNANT, Thomas,  Lieutenant,  5th Coy. Australian Machine Gun Corps , was killed by a shell while leading an attack.   He was 26 years and 7 months old when he enlisted on 12th March 1915 in Port Kembla, New South Wales, and he sailed from Australia on HMAT Ceramic on the 25th June 1915.  He was rapidly promoted from Private (12/3/15 - 16/5/15) to Sergeant (17/5/15 - 10/3/16) and then to 2nd Lieutenant (10/3/16 - 4/9/16) and Lieutenant (4/9/16 - KIA); this may have been helped by the fact that he had previously served for 4 years in the Royal Marines Artillery.  He was KIA on the 14th November 1916 while serving with the 19th Bn, 5th Machine Gun Coy; he was initially posted MIA but his body was found and it was identified by Captain Hamilton on the 27th February 1917.  Tennant had seen service in German New Guinea, Gallipoli and the Western Front.


He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Tennant, 3 Francis Street, Ballymena, and  husband of M. Tennant, of 4, Lothair Avenue, Belfast, Ireland. In Australia prior to enlistment his address was C/O Mrs James, Port Kembla, NSW.   He was buried 1 mile east of Le Sars, 3 miles SW of Bapaume but was later reinterred in Warlencourt Military Cemetery, France.

THOMPSON, Charles Magee, M/16998, Carpenter's Crew, H.M.S.Vanguard, was killed on the 9th July 1917.  He was born on the 13th February 1894 near Ballymena, County Antrim, son of James and Mary Jane Thompson and husband of Annie Thompson, Gracehill, Co. Antrim. He was a Moravian.


He lived at Lisnafillan, Gracehill and had worked for the Lisnafillan Bleaching and Finishing Company, but he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1913. He served in Castledawson and Coleraine before enlisting in the Royal Navy on the 12th November 1915. He married Annie Gillen about Oct-Dec 1916; she still lived at Gracehill at the time of his death. He is commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial and in Gracehill Moravian Churchyard.


HMS Vanguard was a St Vincent class battleship, an enhancement of the "Dreadnought" design built by Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness, and she spent her life in the British Home Fleet. At the outbreak of World War I, Vanguard joined the First Battle Squadron at Scapa Flow, and fought in the Battle of Jutland as part of the Fourth Battle Squadron. She was a part of the action from beginning to end, but did not suffer any damage or casualties.


However, just before midnight on Monday, July 9, 1917, Vanguard suffered an explosion, probably caused by an unnoticed stokehold fire heating cordite stored against an adjacent bulkhead in one of the two magazines which served the amidships turrets P and Q. She sank almost instantly, killing an estimated 843 men; there were only two survivors. In terms of loss of life, the destruction of the Vanguard remains the most catastrophic accidental explosion in the history of the UK, and one of the worst accidental losses of the Royal Navy.


THOMPSON, James, 19226, Corporal, 'A' Coy. 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 8th March 1917.  He was born at Cromkill, Kells and was the 20 year old son of Mrs. Jane Thompson, Ballee, Ballymena.  He is buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery and commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


THOMPSON, John, 4601, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles,  was KIA on the 16th June 1915. He was the 27 year old son of Isabella Thompson, Cromkill, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Kells Presbyterian Church.

Right: THOMPSON,  John (Jack), 12/19228, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, a POW since the 21st March 1918, died of pneumonia at Freiburg, Germany on the 13th May 1918. He had joined the Ulster Division at the time of its formation and had previously been wounded on the Somme on the 1st July 1916.  He was the 19 year old son of Thomas and Rachel Thompson, Kintullagh Terrace, Ballymena (also associated with Clarence Street). Prior to the war he had worked for Messrs Smith & Co, Ballymena.  He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.


His brother Robert served in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.


THOMPSON,  Scott, 4935, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917. He was aged 35 years and was the son of James and Mary Jane Thompson, Lisnafillan, Ballymena and brother of Charles Thompson (above). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial and in Gracehill Moravian Cemetery, Ballymena.


THOMPSON, James, 19231, Rifleman, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was aged 20 and a native of Ballymena, though he lived at Kircubbin, Co. Down.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.


TILNEY, John, 7201, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 2nd June 1915.  He was born in Ballymena and lived in Belfast. He is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium.

Above: Todd Grave Marker, Old Presbyterian Cemetery, Church Street, Ballymena

Right: Todd Family Grave Marker, Carnmoney Cemetery, Belfast

Left: TODD,  Hugh,  Engineering Commander, Royal Navy Reserve,  died of wounds in Inverness Hospital on the 3rd July 1915.  He was from Harryville, Ballymena and is buried in Carmoney Cemetery, Co. Antrim, but he is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church and in Ballymena Old Cemetery, Church Street, Ballymena.


TORBITT, William, 12684, Private, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers, was  KIA on the 15th August 1915.  He was born in Ahoghill and lived in Belfast. He was the son of  Arthur & Agnes, 46, Sumner Street, Belfast. He is buried in Helles Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.


TORBITT, William, 18840, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was born in Ballymena and lived in Larne with his father, mother, brother and sister at 153 Greenland Terrace, Old Glenarm Road.  He was the Bandmaster of Sir John Smiley's Flute Band and a member of Gardenmore Presbyterian Church. Larne. 


His family was described on 12 December 1914 in the Larne Times and Weekly Telegraph as follows:


'The family of Mr and Mrs Torbitt, Old Glenarm Road, Larne,  have shown their patriotism in an unmistakable manner. The sons, Robert, William and Thomas, have enlisted in the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim Volunteers) and the daughter Miss Mary Torbitt is a member of the Factory District Nursing Corps, Larne. All were employed by the Larne Weaving Company'.


He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


TRAINOR (MM & bar), Thomas,  1121, Lance Corporal, 99th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, died on the 26th July 1917.  He was born in Ballymena and lived in Belfast. He is buried Oissy Churchyard, Somme.


TURNER,  Thomas, 7188, Rifleman, 8th Royal Irish rifles,  died on the 20th June 1917 of wounds sustained in the fighting around the Messines Ridge. He had enlisted in Belfast and he was aged 21 when he died.  He was the son of Alexander and Rose Turner of Cloughmills, the parents of five children, three boys and two girls. They owned a shop in Cloughmills and Robert Shannon, a local boy, had worked in it for five years before going to Australia.  He - 2842, 4th Bn. Australian Infantry, son of Samuel & Agnes, Montalto, Newtowncrommelin - had been killed on the 6th May 1917.  Thomas is buried in Cabin Hill Cemetery, Wytschaete, Belgium and commemorated in Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church. Another son was Robert Turner of the Australian Infantry.


TURNER , Robert,  1842, Private,  54 Bn. Australian Infantry, was  KIA near Ypres on the 25th September 1917.  He had initially left Australia on HMAT Argyllshire on 25th June 1915. The 5 foot 8 inch draper had suffered much illness prior to his death: he was returned to Australia because the healing after an operation for appendicitis went badly, on his return to duty he contracted a skin disease that kept him in hospital for 37 days, and he then had his foot badly injured by a ration wagon.  Aged 26, he a draper and gave his address as C/o Mr Cunningham, N Gardiner & Co, York Street, Sydney, NSW. He was the son of Alexander and Rose of Cloughmills. He is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery,  Belgium, about five miles away from his brother.


TURTLE,  John (P), 19572, Corporal,  62 Bn. Machine Gun Corps, formerly 12161 Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 20th July 1918. He was aged 22 and was born in Ballymena, though he lived in lived Belfast.  He is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, France.


WADDELL, William, 22446, Private, 8th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was KIA on the 9th September 1916.  He was born in Edinburgh and lived at Cullybackey. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.




WALKER, Robert, 371, Rifleman, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action when on a night patrol on the 17th August 1916.  The 21 year old was hit in the spine by a machine gun bullet.  He was born at the Craigs, Cullybackey and was the son of Robert and Margaret Walker, Parkhead, Ballymena.  He is buried in Ration Farm, La Plus Douve Cemetery.


WALLACE, Alexander, 19242, Rifleman,12th Royal Irish Rifles was killed in action on the 1st July 1916.  He was the 26 year old husband of Amy Wallace, 5, Gilmore Street, Ballymena and father of two children.  He was a good footballer and had played for two local teams, Foundry Thistle and Summerfield Strollers.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
WALLACE,  Samuel, 2684, Private, 34th Infantry, Australian Imperial Force, was MIA/KIA on the 12th October 1917. He was a 27 years and 9 months old labourer when he enlisted on 21st September 1916, though at some point he said he had served 2 years of an apprenticeship as a tailor. The 5 feet 3 inch tall soldier had travelled to war on the SS Napier from Sydney, arriving in Devonport in November 1916. He left Folkestone for France and arrived at Etaples on 4th May 1917.  He was wounded in action on the 7th June by gas but returned to duty on the 12 June 1917.  He was KIA on the 12th October 1917 and buried about half a mile east of Hooge. He is now buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery,  Belgium and commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.  He was the son of Samuel Wallace, Crumkill, kells, Ballymena.  His brother David of the Irish Guards was severely wounded during WW1 and discharged.

WALLACE, James F, 1575, Lance Corporal, 1st Irish Guards, was KIA on the 26th October 1914.  He was aged 32 and the son of John and Isabella Wallace, Railway Cottages, Ballymena. His wife Clara lived in London.  He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.


WALLACE, Robert Hugh, 5619, Company Sergeant Major, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 18th August 1918.  He was born in Ballymena and lived in lived Dublin.


Additional information: 5619 CSM Robert H Wallace, 'C' Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, a veteran of the South African Campaign, was the son of Robert and Mary Wallace, Mount Street, Ballymena.  He was wounded on the 16 August 1917 and died two days later at Calais. Calais was where No 6 Base Supply Depot was established in April 1915 - Calais was closer to the fighting zone than either Le Havre or Rouen and it served to take the pressure off Boulogne. It became the home of a number of hospitals, notably the 30th 35th, 38th General Hospitals, No 9 British Red Cross Hospital and No 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital.  Burials from these were made in Calais Southern Cemetery from 1915 to 1918, and it is there that CSM Wallace is buried.


WALSHE (or Walsh), Patrick, 9424, Private, 1st Cheshire Regiment, was KIA on the 29th April, 1915. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).


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

WATERMAN,  Ronald, 210, Lance Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 1st July 1916.  He was aged 19 years and was born at Ballywatermoy, Craigs, Cullybackey, Ballymena (Irish Memorial Record has him listed incorrectly as being from Ballywater, Moy, Co. Tyrone) and he lived in Belfast. He was the son of Samuel and Elsie Waterman, 8, Glencollyer Street, Belfast. 


He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Craigs Parish Church, Cullybackey.


Waterman Family Grave, Craigs Parish Church, Cullybackey.



WATSON, James, 19297, Corporal, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of the late Andrew Watson, Broughshane Street, Ballymena.  William John and Charles Watson, his cousins, were also also wounded on same day.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.


WATSON,  William John, 19298, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 16th August 1917.  He was the only son of Robert Watson, 7, Alexander Street, Ballymena and brother of Mrs. Sarah Russell of 6, Henry Street, Harryville, Ballymena. He was the cousin of James (above).  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


WATT, Robert John, 19818, Rifleman,  11th Royal Irish Rifles,  died on the 29th February 1916.   He was killed almost instantaneously by shrapnel while out gathering wood for a fire and while in billets behind the lines. He was aged 30 and the son of Agnes Watt, Garvaghy, Portglenone. He was the husband of Elizabeth Ann Watt, Portglenone, Co. Antrim, and a cousin of Mrs Johnston McGall, Fair Hill Lane, Ballymena. He was buried in Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Somme, the funeral service conducted by the the battalion chaplain, the Rev. Mr Manning. Col. Pakenham and Lt. G O Young, the latter soon to be killed himself, were at the funeral.


WATT, William,  25010, Private, 13th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.),  died as a POW on the 12th May 1915.  He was aged 20, an engineer, and was the son of Mrs. W. Watt, Frosses, Cloughmills, Ballymena. He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery,  Germany.  He is commemorated in Clough Presbyterian Church.


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





WEIR,  Hugh, S/40159, Private, 1/8 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on the 21st March 1918.  He was aged 25 and was the second son of Hugh and Mary Weir, Straid, Gracehill. He was the brother of David (below).  He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme.



WEIR (DCM), David,  703A, Private, 7th Bn. Australian Infantry, was KIA on the 4th October 1917. He had been in Australia for about six years when he enlisted on 24th February 1916 and had left Australia on HMAT Runic on the 20th June 1916. He was a labourer, aged 27, and was the son of Hugh and Mary Ellen Weir, Straid, Gracehill. He was the husband of Sarah Weir, Lisnafillan, Gracehill, Ballymena, formerly C/O Swan Hill P O, Victoria. He enlisted in Swan Hill, Victoria. He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate) and in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.




WHITE, Joseph, 19819, Rifleman, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of John White, 7, Galgorm Road, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Left: WHITE, William, 8192, Private, 1st Irish Guards, was KIA on the 15th September 1916. He was the son of Samuel White, Knockboy, Broughshane and brother of Robert White (below). He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.


WHITE, Robert, 7896, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 10th August 1917.  He was the son of Samuel White, Knockboy, Broughshane.  He is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).


WHITESIDE, William, 1638, Rifleman, 14th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 3rd August 1917. He was the son of John Whiteside, Eglish, Clough, Ballymena and he lived at Glenleslie, Clough.  He is buried  in Vlamertinghe Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. He is commemorated in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church.


WHITESIDE, Samuel, 17701, 59th Coy Machine Gun Corps (inf) and formerly of the 11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on 30th November 1917.  He was the 24 year old son of James (Dec'd) and Emma Whiteside, Ballytresna, Randalstown. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial and in Randalstown Old Congregation Presbyterian Church.


WHITESIDE,  John, 17724, Gunner, 6th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, was KIA on the 20th July 1917.  He was 45.  He had been born in Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow.  He was the son of John and Esther Whiteside.  He is buried Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.

Right: WILSON,  William,  6444, Company Sergeant Major,  7/8 Royal  Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on 16th September 1918. Aged 37, he was born in Ballymena. He was the son of John Wilson, Drumcon, Rasharkin and he enlisted in Glasgow.  His wife Jeannie lived at Henry Street, Enniskillen. He is buried La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck Nord, France. He is commemorated in  Rasharkin Presbyterian Church.


WILSON,  Thomas, 19826, Rifleman,12th Royal Irish Rifles,  died a POW in Germany on the 3rd October 1918.  He was aged 20, was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast.  He lived in the Ballymena area and was the son of James and Mary Agnes Wilson, Killyfleugh, Ballymena. He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany and commemorated in 2nd Ballymena Presbyterian Church.


WILSON,  Matthew, 49783, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, formerly 1003 Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 21st October 1918. He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Belfast. He is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.


WILSON,  John H., 19327, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916, having been last seen 'half way across German lines'.  He was the son of Mary Wilson, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, and he lived on Church Street, Ahoghill. He was a marathon runner of note and played for Ahoghill Football Club.  He is commemorated in Ahoghill Church of Ireland.


His mother Mary received a letter from the Rev. Andrew Gibson, Presbyterian Chaplain, at the time her son had been reported officially as missing in action. He said, ‘I wrote to offer you our deepest sympathy in your suspense and anxiety and to express the hope that you may have heard of him from some reliable quarter. It is to be feared that many of the missing have laid down their lives on the field of battle. Today there are many homes in Ulster where sorrow is, and many hearts prostrate with grief. Ulster’s sons fought a great fight and covered her name with glory. We are confident that you at home will meet these losses bravely and will walk the hard path with unwavering faith as those who have fallen would wish us to do.’




WILSON, Andrew, 571, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was  KIA on the 18th March 1916.  He was aged 32 and was the son of Jane and the late Andrew, Prospect Place, Ballymena.  He is buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme and commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.

WILSON,  John Hugh, 162865, Gunner,  Royal Field Artillery (and 373550 Irish Command Labour Centre), died at home on the 12th February 1919.  He is buried in Dunluce Presbyterian Churchyard and commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church.  He was the brother of William Oliver Wilson who is named in the same church and headstone and who died on the 20th February 1917.  


William Oliver Wilson cannot be traced on CWGC records, though, according to his mother, the two brothers 'both fought in the Great War, 1914-19, and died for justice, home and liberty'.   His name appears on Queen's University war memorial and he is 'Captain, Medical Officer, Natal Carabineers', and his date of death is given as 20th February 1917.  Their father was manager of a Northern Bank branch in Ballymena. 


Queen's site says he was born on the 21st July 1885 at Cavanaleck, Co Fermanagh, that he lived as a child in Ballymena, attended Ballymena Academy, and resided at the Northern Bank, George Street, Ballymena; the Irish census confirms he was the son of John Wilson, bank manager and J.P. and Mrs Margaret Malcolm Orr Wilson. His sister, not named on the headstone, was Margaret Isabel Dalzell Wilson. He got his BA from QUB in 1907, his MB, B. Ch. and BAO in 1912; in short, he was a doctor, as was another brother Malcom. He had joined the Queen's University Officer Training Corps on the 21st November 1908. During his time at Queen's University Belfast he lived at 44, University Avenue, Belfast.


This entry from the Ballymena Observer, 7th May 1915, confirms that he and his brother Malcolm served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and another of the 10th December 1915 indicates that William was serving in the campaign to capture German colonies in South West Africa.  An article of the 9 March 1917 in  the Northern Whig newspaper says he was in the South African Medical Corps and that he had been attached to the Natal Carabineers.

He came home to Ireland and married Miss Dora Burnett in St Andrew's Church, Blackrock, Dublin on the 22 December 1915, but he died suddenly in 1917.  The reports of his death in Johannesburg do not suggest he was killed in action and it appears that he simply died, hence the absence of his name from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record. His family view that he 'died for justice, home and liberty' might suggest his death was linked to some disease originally contracted during service.

Thanks to Nigel Henderson for his invaluable help and additional material.


Old Northern Bank, George Street, Ballymena


WILSON, Robert, 10/3127, Private, 1st Wellington Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, died of wounds on the 25th September 1916.  He was aged 34 and was the son of James and Sarah Anne Wilson, Ballymena. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.


Private Robert Wilson, 58104, 20th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

WILSON, Robert, 58104, Private,  20th Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment),  died of wounds on the 5th April 1916. He was aged 35 and the son of Samuel and Eliza Kennedy Wilson, Main Street, Cullybackey. He had lived at 537, Logan Avenue, Toronto, Canada.  He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,  Belgium and commemorated in the Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey. 


WILSON, Thomas, 604, Rifleman,  11th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was aged 21.  He was born at Duneaney, Glarryford and he enlisted in Ballymena. He was the son of John and Lena, Duneaney, Glarryford. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Killymurris Presbyterian Church.




Left: WILSON, George, S/18523, Private, 1/8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on the 1st August 1917.  He was the son of John Wilson, Laymore, Ballymena. He is buried Artillery Wood Cemetery, Ypres.



Right: WISENER (Wisner),  John, 42380, Private, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, KIA on 23rd October 1918. Aged 36, he was the son of Daniel and Jane, husband of Annie Shaw Wisener, Ballycregagh, Cloughmills. Dan Wisner had four sons and three, Robert, John and Hugh, all served in WW1, as did their father; Francis, the remaining son,  was only 12 years old. John Wisener is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery and commemorated in Killymurris Presbyterian Church & Killagan Parish Church.


WORKMAN,  John,  46955, Gunner,  115th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, was KIA on the 1st November 1917.   He was born in Ballymena and enlisted Belfast. He is buried in Minty Farm Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium.


WORKMAN, Robert, S/6099, Private, 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was KIA on the 27th October 1915.  He was born in Ballymena enlisted in Greenock, Scotland, and his wife Jane lived at 5, Mile Street, Greenock. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

WRIGHT, David, 1403, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 22nd November 1917 (note date discrepancy).  He was aged 19 (actually 24, according to birth certificate above) and was the son of John and Agnes (also known as Nancy, as on CWGC) Wright, Laymore, Ballymena. He is named Cambrai Memorial and at Kirkinriola Cemetery, Bally Road, Ballymena


WYLIE,  Archie, 23197, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on the 2nd October 1918.  He was aged 24 and was the son of Mrs. M. Wylie, Ballywatermoy, Craigs, Cullybackey. He is buried in Haringhe Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium and commemorated in Killymurris Presbyterian Church, Glarryford.


Right: WYLIE, Alexander, 41583, Private, 2nd Manchester Regiment, died on the 18th November 1916. He was the husband of Annie Wylie, 17, Rope Street, Oldham and the 27 year old son of Alex Wylie of Harperstown, Cullybackey.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


WYLIE, John, 13837, Private, 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the the 24th or 28th January 1918.  He was aged 34 and had been  born in Ballymena.  He enlisted Belfast.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.


WYLIE,  Robert,  331411, Pioneer, Inland Waterways and Docks,  Royal Engineers, died at home on the 29th January 1918.  He is associated with Gilmore Street and Fairhill Lane, Ballymena and he is buried Ballymena Old Churchyard, Church Street, Ballymena.


WYLIE, Thomas, 22467, Private, 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was born lived in Ballywatermoy, Cullybackey, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.


WYLIE, William, 4402, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916.  He was the son of William and the late Ellen Wylie, Tullygrawley, Glarryford. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Killymurris Presbyterian Church.


WYLIE,  David,  20446, Lance Sergeant, 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died of wounds on the  5th April 1916.  He was born in Ballymena and enlisted in Glasgow. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France.


Lieutenant George Patrick Neville Young (MC) 

photograph courtesy of Our heroes, South Dublin Libraries 


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


Lieutenant Young was wounded on the night of the 10/11 July 1915. His friend Dennis Barnett reported to his mother that Young 'got a shrapnel bullet nicely through the shoulder, and insisted on walking round the line to say good-bye to everyone before starting for the dressing station. There was no despondency there. He'll get a good holiday which he's earned if anyone did.'
Regrettably, he died from gangrene two weeks later on 25 July.


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


YOUNG, Thomas, 2674, Lance Sergeant, 6th Royal Irish Regiment, was KIA on the 3rd September 1916.  He was aged 43, probably a professional soldier, and the son of John and Elizabeth Young.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and remembered in Killagan Parish Church, Glarryford.