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Coleraine Heroes
1914-1918

by
Robert Thompson

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Introduction

     For a number of years I have been working towards researching Coleraine War Memorial.  This was the town where the newspapers of the period were based and where the information should be available.  Strangely enough that information in a number of cases was not there and in some instances it was inordinately difficult to find.  At first glance some of the names on the War Memorial did not fit into the district.  Some of them came from Fermanagh or Tyrone and it took time to work out the criteria used for including them on Coleraine War Memorial.  It did seem strange at first that if you were born in Fermanagh and working in Coleraine when you enlisted, your name could be inscribed on the memorial, but if you were born in Castleroe it couldn't.  Two men were responsible for the list of names we now see on Coleraine War Memorial, the Town Clerk of the time, Mr. William Henry and Mr. J. G. Kydd, the Dentist from Lodge Road.  Together, they did a marvellous job.  They appear to have taken the line that if you were born in Coleraine or worked there your name could be inscribed on the war memorial, but if you were born outside the town it couldn't.  Hence the war memorials at Ballyrashane and at the Loughan.  In spite of the two war memorials just mentioned a huge number of men from the outlying districts of Castleroe, Macosquin, Articlave and Castlerock have no place of commemoration.  They are the forgotten men of Coleraine.  I have included some of them as they came to light in general research while gathering information on others.

 

Email: Robert Thompson for more information robert@riversideroad.freeserve.co.uk

How to buy the books

     Robert Thompson kindly sent me his books so I could include the men of the 1914-1918 War on my site, I am only including a brief biography of each man, the books include in most cases a thorough biography and can also include other family photos, letters and documents, if you have found a relative or if you simply find this and the other pages fascinating then Roberts books are a must have, here is a list of all the books Robert has put his heart in to:-

Ballycastle Heroes 1914-1918 10.00  postage 2.00

Bushmills Heroes 1914-18  10.00  postage 2.00

Ballymoney Heroes 1914-18  10.00 postage 3.00

Coleraine Heroes 1914-18   12.00  postage 3.00

Portrush Heroes 1914-18   5.00  postage 2.00

Portstewart Heroes 1914-18   5.00  postage 2.00


Inishowen Heroes 1914-18   10.00   postage 2.00

Garvagh & Aghadowey Heroes 10.00 postage 2.00

Gladys Crane's Autograph Book WW1  3 plus 2
all postage UK only

Kilrea Heroes 1914-18    sold out

     When Coleraine War Memorial was erected in the years immediately following the end of the Great War the names of the fallen were inscribed on the sides of the memorial, starting at the top and coming most of the way down.  It was only after the Second World War had finished and it was found that a new list of names would have to be added that the plates that we see to-day were made and erected.  One name on the memorial has eluded me.  James Barraghan can not be found.  He is not named on the Commonwealth War Graves site, nor is he named in Soldiers Died.  I believe that James was severely wounded and discharged from the army in the early years of the war and being discharged the Commonwealth War Graves Commission would have no further responsibility for his commemoration.  It is sad that this one man can not be found and properly commemorated but there is nothing more I can do about it.  At least his name is on the war memorial and I am sure someone will be tempted to delve further in an attempt to find something.

     Many of the families have been very helpful and simply couldn't do enough for me.  One of them, when I told them about a memorial to their relative in Belfast, immediately set about going to see it and bringing me back a photograph.  I have been helped by many people, not least of them, Joyce Martin.  Sadly Joyce died before she could see the results of her help and it remains my deepest disappointment that this had to happen when it did.  She was such a good friend.

     A number of Coleraine men won great distinction for their courage in face of adversity and some of the stories are very poignant.  Some of the men named on the memorial had won the Military Cross or the Military Medal and a few had the Distinguished Conduct Medal or been Mentioned in Despatches.  All of them gave their lives for their country and it is only right that we should not forget.  Some of the men named here had brought in wounded comrades or given their lives in the attempt and I believe that it is only right that these stories should be brought to light and honour given where it is due.  I hope that the stories contained in this book will be a source of comfort and pride to the families concerned.

     During research I have discovered that the man who was Town Clerk of Coleraine at the time of the Great War, William Henry, and who helped to put the names on the war memorial, collapsed and died very suddenly while on holiday in Llandudno, Wales, on 30th June 1932.  His death, like all those that he helped to put on the memorial, was a disaster to his devastated family.  To-day the grief to a great extent has gone, but the sadness and the gratitude of many of the families lingers on.  Many of these families lost two sons and this was especially hard to take, when as in many cases, the parents were already elderly.

     In June of 1925 a huge German Howitzer was presented to Coleraine and mounted on a concrete base in Anderson Park.  Like almost all of it's predecessors it has disappeared, probably as scrap for the war effort of 1939-45.  I have written to Coleraine Borough Council to point out that in the intervening years since the Great War the three Oak trees planted by the Council in memory of the men who fell on the first day of the Somme appear to have been felled, the old Russian gun has disappeared, the old German Howitzer has disappeared, and to ask if some small memorial could be placed in Anderson Park in memory of the men who gave so much for our freedom while the park is being renovated.

     In the early 1920's it was agreed to erect a War Memorial in Coleraine in memory of the men from the town who had given their lives in the quest for peace.  A Committee was set up and it took that committee two years to get everything together and to settle for a site and to get a list of names.  This same committee then published the list of names and asked the Coleraine public to add a name if they thought one was missing.  They allowed the Coleraine people only two weeks in which to have this done although it was known that many of the families would not be able to afford the luxury of a newspaper every week.  Six names were eventually put forward and I leave it to the reader to judge if all of the names should have been accepted.

Edward Ernest Hosier
James Dunsmore Elliott
George Henry Bittles
Henry Davis Chambers
William James McKay
William McGowan

     Following a telephone conversation with Robert McClelland it has become known that his father, Joseph Kerr McClelland, was a brick layer who had served in the Great War and that he was certainly one of those who actually built the War Memorial.  It appears that at the last minute everything wasn't finished and Joseph had to work all night to get the memorial ready for dedication the following day.  Having spent a cold night outdoors working Joseph developed pneumonia and was extremely ill for a considerable time.  He eventually recovered and lived for many years in his native Coleraine.

The following are the names elected to serve on the War Memorial Committee.

Mrs. Crofts
Rev. W. H. Bradley, M.A.
Messrs. H. T. Barrie, D.L.
Richard Hunter, J.P.
H. B. Gribbon
C. L. Boddie, C.E.
Hugh Eccles, J.P.
Joseph Wilson, U.D.C.
James Tomb, U.D.C.
W. W. Hill, U.D.C.
Miss Woodburn
Rev. G. W. D. Rea, B.A.
R. F. McCartney, J.P.
Andrew Clarke
J. B. McLeese
W. J. Given, C.E.
John Shannon
J. W. Crawford
W. R. Selfridge, U.D.C.
James Henry
Rev. J. G. Paton
Rev. W. H. Giles, B.A.
T. G. Houston, M.A., J.P.
William Henry
Dan Maclaughlin
J. A. Kydd, D.S.
Oliver Paul, J.P.
Andrew McFeeter, J.P.
S. T. Alexander, U.D.C.
Thomas Bell
S40444 Private James Alfred Henry
2652
8th Bn. Black Watch

Killed in Action 26th March 1918
Aged 24
Born: Coleraine 8th March 1894
Son of James & Annie Henry, Nursery Avenue, Coleraine.
Lived: Nursery Avenue, Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine and New Row Presbyterian Church

Commemorated on a brass plaque in Bann Rowing Club Boathouse.

Jimmy Henry and Arnold Todd were best friends and enlisted together

 

2653 Arnold Wilkinson Todd
6th Bn. Black Watch

Killed in Action 13th November 1916
Aged 21
Born: Belfast 1895
Son of Hamilton & Sarah Todd, Park House, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Mailly Wood Cemetery Plot 1, Row F, Grave 8

Commemorated on a plaque in Bann Rowing Club's Boathouse

Commemorated in 1st Coleraine Presbyterian Church

BANN ROWING CLUB UNBEATEN JUNIOR EIGHT OF 1914

Back row: J. C. McElwee, G. Kennedy, Jack Lecky, Seymoor Chubb, A. W. Todd, J. K. Bennett, W. W. Irwin, F. G. McElwee
Front row: D. G. Christie (Captain), T. Glenn (Cox)
25601 Private Edward Reid Dallas
10th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Killed in Action 13th November 1916
Aged 29
Born: Coleraine 31st June 1887
Son of John and Euphemia Dallas, Church Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine January 1916

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Interred in Ancre Valley Cemetery

Commemorated in New Row Presbyterian Church

Edward Reid Dallas and William McGrath (right) were best friends

25602 Private William McGrath
10th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 14th November 1916
Aged 26
Born: Coleraine 1890
Son of Daniel & Margaret McGrath, New Row, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine January 1916

Interred in Etaples Cemetery Plot 12, Row D, Grave 2a

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Commemorated in St. Patrick's Parish Church

 

Z/4951 O.S.  A.B. Thomas Gamble
Anson Bn. R.N.V.R.

Killed in Action 13th November 1916

 

Born: 18th June 1896
Lived: 22 Second Avenue, Clydebank, Glasgow

Interred in Cayeux Military Cemetery, France Plot 3, Row C, Grave 2

 

2855 Rifleman John Torrens
7th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 8th March 1917
Aged 40

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of John & Catherine Torrens, Ferryquay Street, Coleraine
Husband of Edith Torrens, Greystone Hall, Limavady
Lived: Limavady
Enlisted: Belfast

Interred in Kemmell Chateau Cemetery

15628 Private Millar Hutton
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 17th February 1917
Aged 21
Born: Ballyhargon, Londonderry
Son of Essie and Joseph Hutton, Stone Row Upper, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp September 1914

Interred in Bailleul Cemetery

Commemorated in First Coleraine Presbyterian Church

S16752 Private Samuel Mearns
9th Bn. Black Watch

Died 26th March 1917 - Aged 19
Born: Coleraine 1898
Son of Michael & Margaret Mearns, No. 5 Long Commons, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Greenock July 1916

Interred in Avesnes-le-Comte Plot 3, Row C, Grave 21

688244 Private Joseph Pollock
47th Bn. Canadian Infantry

Killed in Action 31st March 1917
Aged 30
Born: Coleraine
Son of Joseph & Rachel Pollock, Dunalis, Dunboe, Coleraine
Lived: Vancouver, B.C.
Enlisted: Sicamous, B.C. 18th May 1916

Interred in Villers Station Cemetery

Commemorated in First Coleraine Presbyterian Church

862344 Sergeant Samuel Henry MacGowan
75th Bn. Canadian Infantry Central Ontario Regiment

Killed in Action 9th April 1917
Aged 29
Born: Coleraine 22nd April 1888
Son of James & Mary MacGowan, Captain Street
Lived: Toronto, Canada
Enlisted: Toronto, Canada 15th February 1916

Interred in Canadian No. 2 Cemetery at Vimy Ridge

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Commemorated in St. John's Parish Church

 

7917 Private Alexander McLean
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 1st April 1917
Aged 31

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of William McLean, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1904

Interred in Savy Cemetery Plot 1, Row D, Grave24

 

18523 Private Hugh Carlin
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 20th may 1917
Aged 22

 

Born: Coleraine

Son of Hugh & Mary Carlin, Long Commons, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1914

Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 6

Captain James Stuart
59th Bn. Royal Flying Corps

Killed in Action 13th April 1917
Aged 20
Born: Queensland, Australia 1896
Son of Annie M. & James Stuart, Somerset, Coleraine
Lived: Somerset, Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on the Arras Flying Memorial

Commemorated in Macosquin Parish Church

2nd Lieut. Chester Bishop Kydd
7th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment

Killed in Action 3rd May 1917
Aged 19
Born: Leavenworth. Kansas, U.S.A. 31st May 1897
Son of John George Alexander & Jessie de Mott Bishop Kydd, Dunreeva, 9 Lodge Road, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine

Commemorated on the Arras Memorial Bay 5

Memorial in Larne Grammar School

In Honoured Memory of the Masters and Old  Boys of this School who gave their lives on the Two World Wars

1914-1918
P. Bodelle  -  A. A. Gault  -  T. Moore - H. W. Carson - J. Griffiths - A. McClellan - J. A. Carson - C. Kidd - W. McCluggage - H. H. Dunwoody - H. T. F. Magill - R. J. Pullin - J. Foster - A. S. Mitchell - J. Walker
1939-1945
H. W. Adams - J. Hilditch - E. McCluggage - M. Crawford - W. A. Law - T. McFaul - N. H. Crawford - H. G. Montgomery - W. J. McKay - J. Evans - D. McAuley - J. McKinstry - D. L. Frazer - G. McAuley - W. Rusk - F. Gamble - J. T. Smyth

 

12278 Private Robert O'Brien
2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry

Died of Wounds 9th June 1917
Aged 19

 

Born: Coleraine 1898
Son of Jeannie & John O'Brien, Killowen Street, Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Dundee (Balgay) Cemetery Plot BB, Row 4, Grave 631d

 

M 16998 Charles Magee Thompson
H.M.S. Vanguard

Killed in Action 9th July 1917
Aged 23

 

Born: Ballymena 13th February 1894
Son of James & Mary Jane Thompson, Gracehill, Ballymena.
Husband of Annie
Joined R. N. 12th November 1915
24603 Gunner Thomas James Campbell
154th Siege Battery, R.G.A.

Killed in Action 15th June 1917
Aged 27
Born: Coleraine 1890
Son of Andrew & E. J. M. Campbell, Brook Street, Coleraine
Married and living at 2 Bandon Street, Belfast
Lived: Belfast
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Vlamertinghe New British Cemetery, West of Ypres, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 10

16438 John Wilson Adams
H.M.S. Vanguard

Killed in 9th July 1917
Aged 33
Born: Coleraine10th April 1888
Son of Alexander & Margaret Ann Adams, Spittal Hill, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Joined R.N. 12th November 1915

No known grave

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Commemorated on the Chatham Memorial and in New Row Presbyterian Church

29001 Private Daniel McCaughan
Machine Gun Corps

Killed in Action 31st July 1917
Aged 21
Born: Dunseverick
Son of Alexander & Matilda McCaughan, Craigs, Dunseverick
Lived: Dunseverick
Enlisted: Coleraine

Commemorated in Dunseverick Parish Church

Commemorated on Bushmills and Coleraine War Memorial

 

2nd Lieut. James David Innes
24th Bn. Tyneside Irish, Northumberland Fus.

Died of Wounds 5th August 1917
Aged 20
Born: Bilbao, Spain 15th October 1896
Son of James & Manuela Innes

Interred in Tincourt New British Cemetery Plot 1, Row C, Grave14

Commemorated in New Row Presbyterian Church

 

40635 Corporal William Hanna Adams
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 8th August 1917
Aged 30

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of John Adams, Strandtown, Belfast
Married with 4 children
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Antrim June 1915

No known grave
Commemorated on Menin Gate
Commemorated in Coleraine Congregational Church

 

15624 Private John Hutchinson
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th August 1917
Aged 33

 

Born: Coleraine 1892
Son of John & Sarah Hutchinson, Bellhouse, Lane
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine and New Row Presbyterian Church

15687 Private James Leighton
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 8th August 1917
Aged 24
Born: Coleraine 1891
Son of Henry & Elizabeth Leighton, Kyle's Brae, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Donegal

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Interred in Mendinghem Cemetery, Plot 4, Row B, Grave 7.

Commemorated in St. John's Parish Church, Killowen

3709 L/Cpl. Thomas Wright
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 20th September 1917
Aged 19
Born: Drumcoon, Coleraine 1898
Son of James & Margaret Wright, Cross Lane, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 3, Row J, Grave 27

 

15851 Private David McGrath
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th August 1917
Aged 20

 

Born: Coleraine 1897
Son of Robert & Sarah McGrath, Killowen Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp September 1914
No known grave
Commemorated on Menin Gate and in St. John's Parish Church, Coleraine
 

19122 Private John McGrath
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916

 

Born: Killowen 1892
Son of Robert & Sarah McGrath, Killowen Street, Coleraine
Lived: Killowen
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
Commemorated in St. John's Parish Church, Coleraine

 

25083 Private James McCann
8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 29

 

Born: Ballymoney
Son of Joseph & Elizabeth McCann
Husband of Minnie
Lived: Long Commons, Coleraine
Enlisted: Portrush

No known grave
Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial

 

27764 L/Sgt. Hugh Mullen
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 22

 

Born: Belfast
Son of Alfred Mullen, Castlerock
Raised by his aunt & uncle Emma & John Caldwell, Cross Glebe, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1915
Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial and in Coleraine First Presbyterian
 

16051 Private William Templeton
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 25

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Fanny Templeton
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Donegal
No known grave
Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine and Tyne Cot Memorial, also St. Patrick's Parish Church
 

43989 Private John Kerr
3rd Bn. Canterbury Regiment

Killed in Action 4th October 1917
Aged 36

 

Born: Coleraine 12th July 1881
Son of Robert & Mrs. Kerr, Castletoothery, Coleraine
Lived: Lauriston, N. Z.
Enlisted: Ashburton, N. Z. 12th October 1916
Interred in Tyne Cot Cemetery
Commemorated in St. John's Parish Church
21262 Corporal George McIntyre
1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 6th October 1917
Aged 39
Born: 1895
Son of James & Margaret McIntyre, Brook Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Londonderry

Interred in Dozinghem Cemetery, Plot 5, Row H, Grave 4

Commemorated in St. Patrick's Parish Church

16354 Guardsman Robert Simpson
2nd Bn. Scots Guards

Died of Wounds 19th October 1917
Aged 25
Born: Coleraine
Son of Robert & Ellen Simpson, 3 Hawthorn Terrace, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine and Glasgow
Enlisted: Greenock

Interred in Mendinghem Cemetery, Plot 6, Row D, Grave 22

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine and in St. Patrick's Parish Church, Coleraine, also on Broomhill War Memorial, Greenock

 

724652 Private Harry Roche
109th Battalion Canadian Infantry

Died of Wounds 20th October 1917
Aged 36

 

Born: Coleraine 22nd March 1881
Lived: Toronto
Enlisted: Lindsay, Ontario 3rd December 1915

Interred in Nine Elms Cemetery, Plot 6, Row F, Grave 17

 

2nd Lieut. James Dunsmore Elliott
16th Bn. Cheshire Regiment

Killed in Action 22nd October 1917

 

Born: Paisley, Scotland
Son of Mr. J. Elliott, Paisley
Married
Lived: Park View

No known grave

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial Panels 61-63

 

404106 Private William Hanson
3rd Bn. Canadian Infantry

Died 22nd October 1917
Aged 22

 

Born: Belfast 1st March 1895
Husband to Martha Jane Park, Coleraine
Lived: Toronto, Canada
Enlisted: Toronto, Canada 12th April 1915

Interred in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery
Commemorated in St. John's Parish Church

 

9620 Private William O'Neill
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 5th December 1917
Aged 32

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Henry & Mary Ann O'Neill, Kyles Brae, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Abbeville Cemetery, Plot 3, Row F, Grave 1

 

Ply. 9192 Private George D. H. Wilson
H.M.S. Carysfort, Royal Marines

Died 13th December 1917
Aged 36

 

Born: Bridgnorth, Salop 1st February 1879
Son of John Wilson, Mount Street, Coleraine
Married to Annie Wilson
Lived: Plymouth
Enlisted: Walsall 31st May 1898

Interred in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent, Plot 26, Grave 1359

 

2nd Lieut. Robert Wallace Gilmour
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 21st March 1918

 

Born: 1st July 1885
Son of William & Margaret Johnston Wallace Gilmour, Diamond, Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, panels 38-40, also New Row Pres. Ch.

 

22018 Private David Allen
7/8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 5th March 1918
Aged 20

 

Born: Londonderry 1898
Son of Joseph & Mary Ellen, 4 Strand Terrace, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Villers Faucon British Cemetery, Plot 3, Row F, Grave 10
Commemorated in New Row Pres. Ch.

 

73228 Private Joseph Allen
34th Bn. Machine Gun Corps

Died of Wounds 20th April 1918
Aged 22

 

Born: Glasgow 1896
Son of Joseph & Mary Allen, Strand Terrace, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Etaples Cemetery
Commemorated in New Row Pres. Ch.

Rev. William Andrew Wilson
New Row Presbyterian Church

Died 20th March 1918
Born: May 1869 Minterburn Manse
Husband of Evelyn Forsythe, 3 sons

Died in France

24265 Private William J. Fillis MM
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 21st March 1918
Aged 19
Born: Coleraine 1899
Son of Robert & Sarah Fillis, 3 Jubilee Terrace, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1914

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

Commemorated in Coleraine Methodist Church

 

21076 Private David Gault
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 21st March 1918
Aged 17

 

Born: Glenleary, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1916

Interred in Grand Seraucourt Cemetery

Commemorated in Macosquin Pres. Ch.

 

6987 Rifleman Michael James Kirby
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 24th March 1918

 

Born: Coleraine 1895
Son of Michael & Catherine Kirby, Bellhouse Lane, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine
No known grave
Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial
S43044 Private John Horner
8th Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918
Aged 22
Born: Coleraine 1896
Son of James & Margaret Horner, Society Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Londonderry 1915

No known grave

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

...I found the following few lines in The Chronicle of 1916  R. Thompson

Killed in Action

"Twas to me she gave the letter, an' the hands of her were shakin'.
"It's you that has the schoolin', might you read it out" says she,
Och! I read the evil tidin's, wid the heart within me breakin',
For it's hard to tell a mother that her son is dead, you see.

The senses seemed to leave her, when she heard what they had written,
She didn't fall a-weepin'  -- oh, an' better if she had,
I left her white, and silent, beside the fireside sittin'.
You see, he was the only wan, an' she takes it cruel bad.

Now, you'll hear her sayin'. "Denis", an' it's to the dead she's talkin',
"It's nearly time for chapel, an', boy, ye're never dressed,"
White at other times she's croonin', wid her body softly rockin',
She be thinking he's a baby, and she holds him to her breast.

A Muir in "New Days"

15438 L/Cpl. Joseph Creelman
21st Entrenching Bn.

Killed in Action 24th March 1918
Aged 24
Born: Windyhall, Coleraine 10th February 1894
Son of John & Sarah Jane Creelman
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

Commemorated in Terrace Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine

9185 L/Cpl. George Doherty Armstrong
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 25th March 1918
Aged 23

Born: Ramelton, Co. Donegal
Son of William & Elizabeth Armstrong, Limavady Road, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted:
Belfast

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Panel 74-76

Commemorated in First Coleraine Pres. Church

15608 Ernest E. Hosier
6th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 29th March 1918
Aged 23
Born: Kentish Town, Middlesex
Son of Philip & Rose Hosier, 5 Craddock Street, Haverstock Hill, London
Married to Sarah J. Murdock
Lived: Kentish Town and Coleraine
Enlisted: Londonderry

No known grave

Commemorated in Pozieres Memorial

15619 L/Cpl. George Edward Huston
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 25th October 1916
Aged 19
Born: Clones, Co. Monaghan 1898
Son of Inspector Archibald & Annie Huston, 3 Abbey Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp September 1914

Interred in Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium

Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

Commemorated in St. Patrick's Parish Church

 

39134 Private Robert Acheson
19th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

 

Died of Wounds 27th March 1918
Aged 40

 

Born: Coleraine 10th March 1878
Son of Hugh & Elizabeth (McConaghy) Acheson, 1 Reids Terrace, Coleraine
Married with 6 children
Lived: Sunderland

Interred in Doullens Cemetery
Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine

 

26 Rifleman Samuel McSheffrey
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 27th March 1918

 

Born: Macosquin, Coleraine
Son of the late James McSheffrey and Sarah Margaret Pollock McSheffrey, Enfield Terrace, Coleraine
Husband of Mary McLaughlin, 5 children
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp

No known grave
Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Coleraine, Killowen Orange Hall and Pozieres Memorial

 

Captain Montague Claude Gribbon
Indian Army

Died 9th December 1915
Aged 31

 

Born: May 1884
Son of Lt. Col. G. C. Gribbon, 128 Inverness Terrace, London, also Cousin of John Stewart Gribbon (right)

No known grave

Commemorated on Basra Memorial

 

Lieut. John Stewart Gribbon
7th Bn. K.O.Y.L.I. Attd 2nd Bn. Rifle Brigade

Killed in Action 27th May 1918
Aged 26

 

Born: Coleraine 4th March 1892 (1890)?
Son of John & Jemima Gribbon, Kenvarra, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, also on St. Patrick's Parish Church.

71365 Cpl. John Simpson Campbell
27th Bn. Canadian Infantry

Died of Wounds 27th September 1916
Aged 27
Born: Coleraine 7th June 1889
Son of John & Sarah Jane Campbell, Knockintern, Coleraine
Lived: Winnipeg, Canada
Enlisted: Winnipeg

Interred in Contay British Cemetery Plot 2, Row D, Grave 4.

Commemorated in Irish Society School, Coleraine

 

4765A Private William J. Campbell
22nd Bn. Australian Infantry

Killed in Action 10th April 1918
Aged 30

brother of John Simpson Campbell (left)

Born: Knockintern, Coleraine 7th May 1887
Son of John & Sarah Jane Campbell
Lived: Melbourne, Australia
Enlisted: Melbourne, Australia 8th February 1915

Interred in Dernancourt Cemetery
Commemorated in the Irish Society School

 

10/50 Sergeant Harry Osborne Black
2nd Bn. Wellington Regt.

 

Died of Wounds 29th March 1918
Aged 22

 

Born: Coleraine 8th September 1895 (9.9.96)?
Son of John Henry & Mary (Glenn) Black
Lived: Canterbury, New Zealand
Enlisted: New Zealand 16th December 1915
Interred in Doullens Cemetery
Commemorated in the Irish Society School, Terrace Row Presbyterian Church and Coleraine Academical Institution.
 

24330 L/Cpl. William Hutchinson
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Died of Wounds 27th May 1918
Aged 33

 

Born: Dunboe, Coleraine
Son of John & Mrs. Hutchinson, Pate's Lane, Coleraine
Married with 4 children
Lived: Glenboig
Enlisted: Coatbridge

Interred in Esquelbecq Cemetery Plot 2, Row D, Grave 27
Commemorated in 2nd Dunboe Presbyterian Church,
Articlave

 

47145 Private Charles Stewart Blair
15th Bn. Royal Lancashire Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 20th August 1918
Aged 27

 

Born: Corrstown, Portrush 1891 (1890)?
Son of John & Annie Forsythe Blair
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Abbeville Comm Cemetery, Plot 4, Row D, Grave 4
Commemorated in the Irish Society School and New Row Presbyterian Church

 

4432 Private Robert Paul
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 30th August 1918
Aged 18

 

Born: Coleraine 1899
Son of Robert & Kate Paul, Circular Road, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial and in St. Patrick's Parish Church

2nd Lieut. William James Knox Bell M.C.
9th Siege Bty. R.G.A.

Killed in Action 5th April 1918
Aged 28
Born: Scotland 1890
Son of James & Fanny Jane Bell, Ashbrook, Upper Captain Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine 1914

Interred in Bertrancourt Cemetery, Plot 2, Row B, Grave 14

Commemorated in Coleraine Academical Institution

6954 Private John Alfred Rudolph Bell
49th Bn. Australian Infantry

Died of Wounds 10th April 1918
Aged 25
Born: Macosquin, Coleraine 17th May 1892
Son of Charlotte Catherine & William John Bell, Castleroe
Lived: Queensland, Australia
Enlisted: Cloncurry, Queensland 7th October 1916

Interred in Etaples Cemetery, Plot 33, Row G, Grave 18

Commemorated in Coleraine Presbyterian Church

 

Corporal William A. Boyce
19th Engineer Regt., American Army

 

Killed in Action 31st August 1918

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of William & Annie (Archibald) Boyce, Desert, Coleraine
Lived: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Enlisted: Pennsylvania

Interred in Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France, Plot C, Row 25, Grave 1
Commemorated in the Irish Society School and New Row Presbyterian Church

 

19110 L/Cpl. Joseph Allen
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 30th September 1918
Aged 22

 

Born: Glasgow
Son of John & Helen Allen
Lived: Castleroe, Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1914

Interred in Haringhe British Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 3, Row C, Grave 60

238234 Edmond Charles McLaughlin
Royal Air Force

Died 24th September 1918
Born: Coleraine 13th September 1896
Son of Patrick & Kate McLaughlin, Waterside, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: 19th September, 1917 R.N.A.S.

Interred in Southend-on-Sea (Leigh-on-Sea) Cemetery, Essex

Commemorated in Coleraine Academical Institution

374105 Private Thomas D. McLaughlin
108th Machine Gun Bn., American Forces

Killed in Action 27th September 1918
Aged 28
Born: Coleraine 9th February 1890
Son of Patrick & Catherine McLaughlin, Waterside, Coleraine
Lived: America
Enlisted: America

Interred in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot E, Row 14, Grave 18

19114 Private James Stewart Dysart
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 29th September 1918
Aged 30
Born: Coleraine
Son of Hugh & Sarah Dysart, Killowen, Coleraine
Husband of Mary, Shuttle Hill
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium

464875 Private John Dysart
Labour Corps, Formerly 19787 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Lost at Sea 10th October 1918
Aged 37

Born: Coleraine
Son of Hugh & Sarah Dysart, Killowen, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted:
Belfast

Interred in Grangegorman Cemetery, Dublin

Commemorated on ROH at Killowen Orange Hall

 

15527 Sergeant James Anderson Fulton
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 2nd October 1918
Aged 31

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of William & Alice Fulton, Strand Road
Husband of Ellen, 2 children
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp September 1914
Interred in Terlingthun Cemetery, Plot 5, Row C, Grave 28
Commemorated in St. Patrick's Parish Church, Orange Order Hall, Irish Society School, Coleraine Methodist Church
 

Private Thomas Logue D.S.C.
119th Battery Field Artillery 32nd Infantry Division, American Army

Killed in Action 10th October 1918

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Daniel & Mrs. Logue, Mount Street
Lived: New York
Enlisted: Michigan

Interred in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Plot G, Row 30, Grave 15
Commemorated in the Irish Society School and in New Row Presbyterian Church

 

S1742 L/Cpl. Richard McIlree
1/5th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

 

Killed in Action 13th October 1918

 

Born: Limavady
Son of Mrs. McNabb (remarried), Brook Street, Coleraine
Husband of Mary Smith, Glasgow
Lived: Coleraine & Glasgow
Enlisted: Glasgow

Interred in Avesnes-le-Sec Cemetery, Row C, Grave 5
Commemorated in the Irish Society School

 

19889 Private James Watton
Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 7th December 1917
Aged 45

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of John & Mary Ann Watton, Coleraine
Married
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Donegal

No known grave
Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval

 

2nd Lieut. Francis Arthur Sadlier
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 14th October 1918
Aged 21

 

Son of F. A. & Katie Sadlier, 3 Sedan Terrace, Enniskillen
Enlisted: March 1917

Interred in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Plot 2, Row B, Grave 24

Commemorated on Coleraine War Memorial

 

18 Rifleman James Hegarty
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Died of Wounds 15th October 1918
Aged 41

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of William Hegarty, Killowen Street, Coleraine
Husband of Maggie McAlary, 8 children
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Duhallow A. D. S. Cemetery, Plot 4, Row F, Grave 19
Commemorated in Killowen Orange Hall

Corporal Stormonth Pollock
315th Bn. American Infantry

Died of Wounds 17th October 1918
Aged 26
Born: Coleraine
Son of Thomas & Rachel Pollock, Cross Glebe, Coleraine
Lived: Philadelphia
Enlisted: Philadelphia October 1917

Interred in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Commemorated in New Row Presbyterian Church

Petty Officer Henry Douglas Chambers
Royal Engineers

Died 4th May 1922
Aged 23
Born: 1898
Son of Robert Henry & Eliza Jane Chambers, Belfast formerly Clifton Terrace, Coleraine
Enlisted: R.N.A.S.

Interred in Ballintoy Cemetery

 

136717 Private Arthur Brennan
29th Bn. Machine-Gun Corps

Killed in Action 22nd October 1918
Aged 18

brother of James Brennan (right)

Born: Coleraine 1900 (1901)?
Son of Patrick & Mary Brennan, Long Commons
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine 1916

Interred in Harlebeke Cemetery

 

12859 Private James Brennan
6th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers formerly 11841 Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 15th August 1915

 

Born: Portrush
Son of Patrick and Mary Brennan, Long Commons, Coleraine.
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated on the Helles Memorial

 

84766 Private Martin Roche
Northumberland Fusiliers

Died 1st November 1918

 

Born: Coleraine
Married Mary, 4 children
Lived: Coleraine

Interred in St. John's RC Churchyard, Coleraine

 

21849 Private James Henry
6th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 8th November 1918
Aged 26

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Alexander & Annabella Henry, Taylor's Row, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp January 1915

Interred in Dourlers Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 3
Commemorated in St. Patrick's Parish Church and Macosquin Parish Church


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