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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
 

737143 Private William Douglas
113th Bn. Canadian Infantry

Died 21st December 1918
Aged 35

poem

Born: Coleraine 6th July 1883
Son of William & Margaret Jane Douglas, Lodge Road
Husband of Cora 1 child
Lived: Cayley, Alberta, Canada
Enlisted: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Interred in Calgary Union Cemetery
Commemorated in Coleraine Congregational Church
 

20942 Private William Davis
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 376958 Labour Corps

Died 13th February 1919
Aged 23

 

Born: Coleraine 1895
Son of James & Annie Davis, 6 Blindgate Street, Coleraine
Husband of Annie McAfee, Millbrook, Larne
Lived: Coleraine

Interred in St. John's Church of Ireland Churchyard, Coleraine

 

84757 Private William McGowan
459th Protection Company Royal Defence Corps formerly 29051 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died 19th February 1919
Aged 32

 

Born Coleraine
Son of John & Mrs. McGowan, Ferryquay Street, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in St. John's RC Churchyard, Coleraine

 

2nd Lieut. William James McKay
Royal Irish Rifles Transferred Labour Corps

Died 29th September 1919
Aged 38

 

Son of Archibald & Mary McKay, Killowen Street

Interred in St. John's Parish Church, Killowen

Commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

23248 Private James Wilson
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 24th June 1917
Aged 30

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of James & Mrs. Wilson, Newmills, Coleraine
Married with 1 child
Lived: Bushmills
Enlisted: Enniskillen

Interred in Messines Ridge Cemetery Plot 6, Row B, Grave 20

 

20380 Private David Dornan
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 22nd March 1918
Aged 27

 

Son of Samuel & Mrs. Dornan, Spittal Hill, Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated in Ballyrashane Orange Hall
Commemorated in Pozieres Memorial

20219 Private Frank Peacock
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 21
Born: Coleraine
Son of John & Maria (Moore) Peacock
Lived: Ballindreen
Enlisted: Donegal

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Commemorated in Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church

26884 Private Robert John Peacock
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918

Born: Kildollagh
Son of John & Maria Peacock
Lived: Ballindreen
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

Ten Days Leave

To-morrow I shall pluck Excalibur
From Fate's strong hand, and turn me to the fight.

For I have had my holiday from war
My ten days leave to live, my brief respite from fear.

How simple are my wants become
To sleep, to eat, to live, is wealth of bliss
No ancient Sybarite of Tarantum
Has tasted luxury alike to this.

Aye, here's the core of joy - to be a chick
Escaping from the eye of falcon Death
Beneath a Mother-wing, securely quick,
Savouring the warmth of life with easeful breath.

Now I know why men, under Fear's duress
Hunger for Heaven's utter peace, no less.

42422 Private Robert Clinton
10/11th Bn. Highland Light Infantry

Killed in Action 24th April 1917
Aged 31
Born: Coleraine 11th November 1873
Son of William & Jane (Campbell) Clinton, Pullans, Coleraine
Lived: Pullans
Enlisted: Ayr

No known grave

Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 8 and Kildollagh Parish Church, Loughan

Peaceful by they rest, dear brother
'Tis sweet to breathe thy name
In life I loved you very dear
In death I do the same.

He was a brother truly fond
A friend both kind and true
A better brother never lived
His equals were so few.

We sit and think of days gone by
When we were all together
A shadow o'er our life is cast
Our dear one gone for ever.

 

26954 Private Alexander Tosh
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 6th April 1916

 

Born: Glasgow
Son of Alexander & Eliza Ann Tosh, Dunboe then Ballyrashane
Lived: Glasgow
Enlisted: Glasgow November 1915

Interred in Philosophe Cemetery Plot 1, Row C, Grave 28

 

4329 Rifleman William Alexander Leighton
7th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 19th May 1916
Aged 17

 

Born: Ballyclabber 1899
Son of James & Rosie Leighton, Islandeffrick, Coleraine
Lived: Ballyclabber
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Dud Corner Cemetery Plot 2, Row G, Grave 12
Commemorated in Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church

23201 Private Samuel Hugh Cox
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 19
Born: Londonderry
Son of William James & Mrs. Cox, Maddybenny, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Kilrea

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

64461 Sapper Charles William Martin
150th Field Co. Royal Engineers

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 23
Lived: Belfast
Son of William & Lena Martin, Liswatty, Cloyfin, Coleraine
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

15781 L/Cpl. Albert Murphy
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Born: Kilrea
Son of James & Mrs. Murphy, Knockintern, Coleraine
Enlisted: Donegal

No known grave

Commemorated in Killultagh Parish Church, Loughan

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

 

28485 Private William Irwin
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 29th September 1918

 

Born: Drumachee, Co. Londonderry
Enlisted: Limavady

No known grave

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Panels 70-72

2nd Lieut. Alexander Hunter Witherow
17th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Died of Wounds 3rd July 1916
Aged 21
Born: Londonderry 21st October 1894
Son of Alex. and Margaret Witherow
Lived: Kincull House, Claudy

Buried in Puchevillers Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 29

Commemorated in Bannagher Presbyterian Church, Coleraine Academical Institution and on Ballyrashane War Memorial

 

see photo below

2nd Lieut. John Thomas Witherow
9th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Died of Wounds 5th August 1917
Aged 26
Born: Co. Londonderry 13th March 1891
Son of Alex. and Margaret Witherow
Lived: Kincull House, Claudy

Interred in Brandhoek Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 3, Row C, Grave 14

Commemorated in Ballyrashane War Memorial and Bannagher Presbyterian Church

 

 

see photo below

 


McCrea Magee Hockey Team (Session) 1911-12
T. A. Speer,  W. Ferguson,  W. Lytle,  J. K. Swann,  H. A. S. Irvine,  J. Steen
T. McKinney,  A. H. Witherow,  J. T. Witherow (Capt.),  J. L. McFadden,  F. W. C. Wallace
 

15522 Private Robert Freeman
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th August 1917

 

Born: Loughan
Son of James & Mrs. Freeman
Lived: Loughan
Enlisted: Finner Camp

Interred in New Irish Farm Cemetery Plot 5, Row F, Grave 7
Commemorated in Kildollagh Parish Church War Memorial

 

15288 Rifleman John Deane
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 13th September 1916

 

Born: Loughan
Lived: Balnamore
Enlisted: Ballymoney

Interred in Vermelles British Cemetery, France, Plot 2, Row D, Grave 24

 

2379037 Private Herbert R. Hamill
78th Bn. Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment

Killed in Action 2nd September 1918

 

 

Interred in Dury Mill Cemetery Plot 1, Row B, Grave 31

Commemorated on Ballyrashane War Memorial

 

250142 Private William Keenan
58th Bn. Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment

Killed in Action 28th August 1918
Aged 22

 

Son of James & Annie (Hamill) Keenan, Toronto, Canada

Commemorated on Vimy Memorial

19065 Private William John McIntyre
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th August 1917
Aged 23
Born: Ballyrashane
Son of William John & Margaret McIntyre, Articrunnagh, Ballyrashane
Lived: Ballyrashane
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Menin Gate, Panel 22

Commemorated in Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church

27523 Private John Campbell McMullan
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 29th March 1918
Aged 19
Born: Ballylaggan
Son of John & Sarah Jane
Lived: Islandmore
Enlisted: Portrush 1915

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush. also Ballyrashane War Memorial

 

19567 Private James McAfee
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918

 

Born: Londonderry
Son of Joseph & ? (Murdock) McAfee
Lived: Knockinkeeragh
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial Panels 38-40

 

28577 L/Cpl. Edward McCurley
Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 29th March 1918
Aged 21

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Mrs. M. A. McCurley
Lived: Boghill
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial Panels 38-40

FORMER PUPILS OF COLERAINE ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION
 

Norman H. Alderdice

49 Prospect Terrace, Belfast

 

Born: 20th November 1878

No known grave

Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 2

 

Harold I. Curran
24th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

Killed in Action

1 York Crescent, North Parade
Born: 4th April 1889

Interred in Tranche de Meckless Cemetery, Row C, Grave 10

William V. Edwards
Royal Irish Fusiliers

Killed in Action 29th December 1917
Aged 30
Born: 17th October 1887
Son of Mr. Alfred Edwards, The Laurels, Belmont, Belfast

Interred in Jerusalem War Cemetery

Lee Maxwell Anderson

Died 1st September 1915
Born: 22nd June 1875

2 Windsor Terrace, Armagh

Interred in Armagh (St. Mark) Cemetery

J. Lynn Bamford

Coleraine
Born 1st October 1881

106180 N. Davidson
1st Bn. Canadian Mounted Rifles

Killed in Action 5th June 1916
Menin Gate Memorial

Rex Breen (WRG)
12736 Pte. 6th Bn. KOSB

Died of Wounds 10th October 1915
Aged 35
Born: 19th June 1893

Son of Owen and Anne Breen, Ireland

Germiston, Transvaal

Interred in Le Treport Cemetery, Plot 1, Row K, Grave 2a

Sam McD. Campbell

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 33
Born: 16th October 1882, Dungiven
Son of Robert M Campbell

Interred in Beaumont Hamel Cemetery, Row B, Grave 52

Commemorated on ROH of Northern Bank in Donegal Square West, Belfast

Lieut. Robert Davison MC
Kings Liverpool Regiment

Killed in Action 8th October 1916
Aged 20
Son of Dr. John Robert & Lizzie Davison, Romanov, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Interred in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Plot 1, Row O, Grave 4

2nd Lieut. Fred R. Franklin
Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 9th December 1917
Aged 19
Born: 15th January 1899

Son of F. T. Franklin, 113 Morehampton Road, Dublin

Father was Bank of Ireland Official in Coleraine

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, also commemorated in R.B.A.I.

2nd Lieut. Gilbert T. Gordon
8th Bn. Gordon Highlanders

Died of Wounds 28th September 1915
Born: St. John's, Newfoundland 27th June 1877

Interred in Choques Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 4

 

Vernon Spencer Bridges Hall
41st Bn. Australian Infantry

Killed in Action 5th October 1917
Aged 31

 

Born: 23rd September 1885
Son of John Carey & Agnes Hall
Husband of Ethel Hall, Walarol, Margaret Street, Strathfield, N.S.W. 

British Consulate, Kobe, Japan

Interred in Dochy Farm Cemetery, Plot 8, Row C, Grave 15

 

Walter Henry Johnston
2nd Bn. Queens Royal West Surrey Regt.

Killed in Action 16th May 1915

 

Born: 11th September 1884

Carnowen Cross, Omagh

No known grave

Le Touret Memorial, Panel 4 & 5

 

Wm. H. Johnston

Market Street, Magherafelt

Born: 15th June 1877

 

Lieut. Robert McCahon
Royal Engineers
Killed in Action 30th March 1918
Aged 29

Interred in Doullens Cemetery Plot 6, Row A, Grave 9
Regent St., Kilrea, Born 7th July 1888
Listed in Kilrea Heroes (out of print)

2nd Lieut. Charles D. McCammon
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed in Action 3rd July 1916
Aged 24

Interred in Ovillers Cemetery, Plot 5, Row H, Grave 4
Drumgooland, Seaforde, Co. Down
Born 25th March 1891

2nd Lieut. Barry E. McGusty
Leinster Regt.
Killed in Action 15th May 1918

Interred in Mount Jerome Cemetery, 25. 15246
The Bank, Navan
Son of John McGusty, Skerries, Co. Dublin
fathers name should be William

Charles Ewen Kerr
Black Watch

Killed in Action 18th September 1916
Born: 27th August 1895

37 Needham Street, Newry

Interred in Cite Bonjean Cemetery, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 15

Jas. Coleman Kirk
Canadian M.G.C.

Killed in Action 27th September 1918
Aged 36
Born: 22nd November 1882
Son of John & Sophia Kirk, Antrim.
Potter's Walls, Antrim

No known grave

Vimy Memorial

2nd Lieut. John Lecky
18th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 16th July 1916
Aged 25
Born: 4th February 1892
Son of Rev. Alexander Gourley & Mary McKinley Lecky, Freddyglass, Raphoe, Co. Donegal

Thiepval Memorial

Wm. F. Pelly

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Son of Rev. C. H. Pelly, M.A.

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

 

Robert H. Lees
H.M.S. Arabis

16th December 1915

 

Born: 5th October 189

Castletoothery, Coleraine
Interred in Coleraine Cemetery
Commemorated Terrace Row Presbyterian Church
Committed suicide having previously killed his wife, Belfast.

 

John Connell Fletcher Lowry

Died 16th April 1919

 

Son of James & Norma Elizabeth Lowry

Waverley Terrace, Coleraine

Commemorated in Bann Rowing Club Boathouse

 

Campbell E. McLaughlin

Born: 30th August 1883

Coleraine

 

Captain Vernon L. Porter
45th Squadron Royal Flying Corps

Born: 12th May 1881
Cullion, Londonderry

Commemorated on Arras Flying Memorial

Robert Thompson

Stone Row, Coleraine

There is a Robert Thompson living in Stone Row in the 1911 Census aged 68 with his wife Eliza 69, this would appear to be the parents of the pupil at C.A.I.

2nd Lt. Cecil V. Wilson
1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in Action 31st July 1916
Aged 32

Son of W. Moffett Wilson, 3 College Green, Dublin.
Interred in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Officers, Plot A. Row 5. Grave1.

Lieut. John Pollock
13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 23
Born: 10th May 1893

Ardeen, Holywood

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Captain Alex (O) Schneider
2/21 Punjabis

Died 29th June 1921
Born: 29th March 1896

Lindores, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Commemorated on Dehli Memorial

 

2nd Lieut. Francis Lyttleton Lloyd Rogers
R.F.A.

Killed in Action 7th January 1916

Born: Coleraine 4th February 1895
Son of Francis William Lyttleton & Hessie May Rogers, 11 Merrion Square, Dublin
Enlisted: October 1914

Buried in Pont Du Hem Cemetery near Neuve Chapelle

 

2nd Lieut. Richard Henry Lyster Rogers
R.F.A.

Killed in Action 4th October 1917

Born: Coleraine 18th September 1896
Brother of Francis Lyttleton Lloyd Rogers (left)

Interred in Dragoon Camp Cemetery

Thomas H. Shaw

Killed in Action
Born: 28th February 1895

Son of Isobel G Pollock & David Shaw, Sunnybank, Strandtown

No known grave

Commemorated on Menin Gate panel 22

Walter Lattery Small
Royal Scots Fusiliers

Killed in Action
Aged 22
Born: 7th April 1894

Son of William & Sarah Small, Markethill

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Ernest Kenwick Smylie
Liverpool Regt.

Killed in Action 29th September 1918
Interred in Orival Wood Cemetery Plot 1, Row B, Grave 21
 

2nd Lieut. Joseph Stewart
4th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 26

Born: 1st June 1891, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone

Son of Robert & E. M. Stewart, Flour Mills, Coalisland

No known grave
Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial Panels 144-145

 

Herbert Jas. Stewart

Died 5th July 1918
Aged 23
Born: 2nd March 1895

Son of J. A. & Catherine F. Stewart, Coleraine

Interred in Etaples Cemetery, LXVII Row F, Grave 28

Captain Cornwall Nathaniel Brownlow Walker
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 19
Born: 8th February 1898

Son of Adeline C. & Cornwall Walker, 103 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast

Carrick, Co. Donegal

Tyne Cot Memorial panels 70-72

David S. Wilkinson
Cameron Highlanders & Royal Flying Corps.

Died P.O.W. 26th August 1917
Born: 28th July, 1888

Son of John Wilkinson

Greenoge, Strandtown, Belfast

Interred in Kortrijk (St. Jan) Comm Cemetery C. 44

2nd Lieut. Arthur H. Tottenham
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 27th June 1916
Born: Roscommon, 8th June 1896
Son of L. C. L. & Isabella Tottenham, The Grange, Moy, Co. Tyrone
Enlisted: September 1914

Red House, Coleraine

Interred in Bouzincourt Cemetery Plot 2, Row A, Grave 6

Ed Lowry Tottenham M.M.
8th Loyal North Lancs. Regiment

Killed in Action
Born: 18th September 1894
Red House, Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq

brother of Arthur H. Tottenham (left) ?

The following names are of men who turned up in general research and who were not commemorated on Coleraine War Memorial when it was erected.  They come mainly from Castleroe, Macosquin, Articlave and Castlerock areas where no memorial records their names.
 

222507 Private Thomas J. Ritchie
85th Bn. Canadian Infantry

Killed in Action 28th October 1917
Aged 30

 

Son of James Ritchie, Cashel, Macosquin
Married

Interred in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery Plot 1, Row D, Grave 21

Commemorated in Ringsend Presbyterian Church

 

291491 Private Robert Millar
1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Killed in Action 15th September 1918
Aged 22

 

Son of R. K. Millar, Greenbridge, Manitoba, Canada
Enlisted February 1915

Interred in Vis-en-Artois Cemetery Plot 1, Row D, Grave 32

150790 Sergeant William Bartley
52nd Bn. Canadian Infantry

Died of Wounds 16th October 1918
Aged 24

Son of late Rev. John Robert Bartley, LL.B., The Manse, Tralee

 

Interred in Tralee New cemetery

 

 

Captain William Henry David Bennett
13th Bn. Canadian Infantry

Killed in Action 15th August 1917
Aged 27

 

Son of W. S. Bennett, Castlecaulfield, Dungannon
Husband of Ida Kathleen, Knockmult House, Macosquin

Interred in Mazingarbhe Cemetery Plot 2, Row E, Grave 2

 

Captain Edward Buckley
York and Lancaster Regt.

Killed in Action 30th September 1917
Aged 30

 

Born: 1887
Son of J. R. & Mrs. Buckley, Riby, near Grimsby.

Interred in Loos Cemetery Plot 20, Row F, Grave 5

 

Lieut. Roy Buckley

Died of Wounds 9th January 1917
Aged 22

 

Brother of Captain Edward Buckley

Interred in Varennes Cemetery Plot 1, Row C, Grave 29

 

1006 Sgt. Hamilton Howard Wilson MM
1st Bde. Australian Field Artillery

Killed in Action 4th October 1917
Aged 22

 

Born: Leopold, Victoria 1895
Son of Thomas Heron & Bessie Wilson, 8 Williams Road, Victoria, Australia
Lived: Victoria, Australia

Interred in Reninghelst Military Cemetery Plot 4, Row C, Grave 6

 

Private Ben Warke
3rd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died about 1st March 1916

 

Interred in an unmarked grave in Articlave
 

T8746 Driver David Cook
Royal Army Service Corps 17th HT Coy.

Died 10th April 1921
Aged 31

 

Son of David & Jane Cook
Husband of Ellen, Killowen Street, Coleraine

Interred in Greenwich Shooters Cemetery, Woolwich B. 3, C 538

 

20124 Rifleman Alexander McNeilly
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 27th March 1918

 

Born: Glasgow
Son of Alex. McNeilly, Elderslie Street, Glasgow
Enlisted: Glasgow November 1917

Interred in St. Sever Cemetery P, VII, D, 11b

 

201910 Private Robert McBride
2nd Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Killed in Action 11th April 1918
Aged 18

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Robert McBride, Glengush, Co. Tyrone
Lived and Enlisted: Glasgow

No known grave

Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 5

 

187104 Sergeant David Kennedy Mayrs MM
8th Bn. Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment

Killed in Action 29th September 1918
Aged 26

 

Son of John & Margaret B. Mayrs, Crosscandley, Coleraine

Interred in Sancourt British Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 40

Commemorated in Crossgar Presbyterian Church

 

25218 Private David Adams
10th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Killed in Action 31st August 1916
Aged 23

 

Born: Macosquin
Son of William John & Martha Jane Adams, Camus
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Dublin

Interred in Bully-Grenay Cemetery Plot 2, Row B, Grave 4

 

18035 Gunner Robert Alexander Stevenson Smith
3rd Bde. New Zealand Field Art

Died 16th November 1918
Aged 29

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Isobel & Samuel Smith, Adelaide Avenue, Coleraine
Lived: Dunedin
Enlisted: New Zealand

Interred in Brookwood Military Cemetery Plot 2, Row E, Grave 3

115219 Sgt. Herbert James Stewart
Canadian Corporation Gas Services

Died 5th July 1918
Aged 23
Son of J. A., B.A. & Catherine F. Stewart, Coleraine

Interred in Etaples LXVII, F, 28

5393 Private Robert Keith
1st Bn. Irish Guards

Killed in Action 10th October 1917
Born: Coleraine
Husband of Millie Hull, Glasgow
Enlisted: Glasgow

No known grave

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial

 

Rev. Alex. Stuart
Army Chaplains Department

Died 24th October 1917
Aged 24

 

Son of Rev. J. C. Stuart, Clare near Tandragee

Interred in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery Row F, Grave 5

 

30900 Private John McLaughlin
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 17th February 1918
Aged 23

 

Born: 1895
Son of Edward McLaughlin, Dunboe
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Omagh

Interred in Grand Seraucourt Cemetery Plot 1, Row A, Grave 16

 

9240 Private Thomas Hampsey
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 19th June 1915
Aged 25

 

Born: Articlave 16th December 1889
Son of William & Elizabeth Hampsey, Fairview, Articlave, Co. Londonderry
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Lancashire Landing Cemetery Row C, Grave 48

 

16305 Rifleman Samuel Henry
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 10th March 1915
Aged 17

 

Born: Macosquin
Son of William & Annie Henry, Upper Camus, Macosquin
Lived: Macosquin
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial

 

12158 Private Daniel Canny
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918

 

Born: Greenock
Enlisted: Strabane

No known grave

Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial

 

3571 Private Daniel McLaughlin
6th Bn. Royal Irish Regiment

Killed in Action 15th April 1916
Aged 19

 

Born: Irish Houses, Coleraine
Son of Charles & Mrs. McLaughlin, Quilly, Macosquin
Enlisted: Coleraine May 1915

Interred in Bois-Carre Cemetery Row E, Grave 7

 

7769 Private John Allan
2nd Bn. Argylle and Sutherland Highlanders

Killed in Action 10th November 1914
Aged 31

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Samuel & Catherine Cameron Allan, Ballycairn, Coleraine
Married 3 children
Lived: Port Glasgow
Enlisted: Greenock

No known grave

Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial

 

Z245 CPO Thomas McLaughlin
Clyde Battalion Royal Naval Div.

Killed in Action 28th December 1915
Aged 27

 

Born: Coleraine 28th November 1888
Lived: Glasgow
Enlisted: 17th September 1914

No known grave

Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

 

13/981 Trooper James King
Auckland Mounted Rifles

Killed in Action 28th August 1915

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of James & Mrs. King, Gorticavan, Dunboe
Lived: New Zealand
Enlisted: New Zealand

Interred in Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey
Commemorated in First Dunboe Presbyterian Church

 

11736 Private George Moore
9th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Killed in Action 27th September 1915
Aged 20

 

Born: Greenock
Son of Elizabeth Sproule, Cross Lane, Coleraine
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Wishaw

Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Panels 57-59

 

2nd Lieut. James Maxwell Adair Hannan
9th Bn. Tank Corps

Killed in Action 23rd July 1918
Aged 19

 

Son of Lieut. E. C. W. & M. B. Hannan, 19 Lawn Road, Hampstead, London
Grandson of Mr. & Mrs. Adair, Salem Lodge, Coleraine

Interred in Roye New British Cemetery Plot 3, Row F, Grave 12

 

303107 Private Thomas Conley
1/8th Argylle and Sutherland Highlanders

Died of Wounds 16th May 1917
Aged 21

 

Son of Joseph & Mary Cameron Conley, 15 French Street, Dalmuir, Dumbarton
Enlisted: Dumbarton

Interred in Athies Military Cemetery Row K, Grave 15

 

15908 Private Thomas Neely
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 1st July 1916

 

Born: Castleroe
Enlisted: Donegal September 1914

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial and Macosquin Parish Church

 

3156 Private Robert McGuire
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 7th March 1915
Aged 18

 

Born: Ballybay, Co. Monaghan
Enlisted: Ballybay

Interred in Bailleul Cemetery J 19

 

27328 Private Arthur McQuilken
2nd Bn. Canterbury Regiment

Killed in Action 7th June 1917
Aged 21

 

Born: Ballinteer
Son of Mary Jane & John McQuilken
Lived: New Zealand
Enlisted: New Zealand

Interred in Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Plot 4, Row A, Grave 6

 

24675 Private George Madden
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th August 1917
Aged 32

 

Born: Londonderry
Son of Andrew & Annie Madden, Blakes, Articlave
Husband of Martha McCallion, 2 children
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave
Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Panel 22, also Castlerock Parish Church

 

15285 Private Alex Anderson
6th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 25

 

Born: Castleroe
Son of Robert & Bella Anderson
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Finner Camp

Interred in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium Plot 4, Row A, Grave 10
Commemorated in Crossgar Presbyterian Church

 

29663 Private William Sweeney
7/8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 6th September 1917
Aged 19

 

Born: Magilligan
Son of John & Sarah Sweeney
Lived: Magilligan
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Croisilles British Cemetery Plot 2, Row C, Grave 1

 

269 Rifleman James Mitchell
9th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Died of Wounds 23rd October 1917

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Allan Mitchell
Enlisted: Belfast

Interred in Rocquigny-Ecquancourt British Cemetery Plot 1, Row C, Grave 22

 

42897 Private John Mitchell
2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry

Died of Wounds 4th May 1917
Aged 27

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Robert J. Mitchell, 18 Serpentine Walk, Greenock
Married & 3 children
Lived: Greenock
Enlisted: Greenock

Interred in Etaples Cemetery Plot 18, Row H, Grave 9

 

2nd Lieut. Denis George Wyldbore Hewitt V.C.
2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment

Killed in Action 31st July 1917
Aged 19

 

Son of George & The Hon Mrs. G. Hewitt, Field House, Harsley, Winchester, formerly of Ballyarton House, Coleraine

Commemorated Menin Gate, Panel 35

 

12/26785 Private Robert Millen
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 8th May 1916

 

Born: Ringsend
Son of Robert John & Susanna Millen.
Lived: Ringsend
Enlisted: Coleraine October 1915

Interred in Authuille Cemetery Row D, Grave 35


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