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Bushmills Heroes
1914 - 1918
Robert Thompson

Part One     Part Two (this page)

1805 - 1806 - 1807 - 1808 - 1819 - 1843 - 1852 - 1861 - 1868 - 1877 - 1880 - 1890 - 1894
1901 - 1907 - 1908 - 1909 - 1910 - 1912 - 1918 - 1924 - 1932 - 1939 - 1943 - 1951 - 1960
1913 Tel. directory    1824 Pigots (Belfast)  &  (Bangor)   1894 Waterford Directory
1898 Newry Directory      Bangor Spectator Directory 1970


Robert Thompson

on this page are listed 97 men mainly from Bushmills from the book by Robert Thompson, painstakingly and lovingly compiled..

It has been a very moving experience and one I shall not easily forget...
...Robert Thompson

The tablet in Billy Parish Church commemorates men from two districts, Bushmills and Dervock, and rather than make a difference between them, I decided to include them all........R. Thompson

Bushmills and the First World War

Bushmills and the surrounding district suffered heavily in the 1914-1918 war.  In the early stages of the war in 1914 and 1915 heavy fighting took place in France and Belgium and in Gallipoli.  But it was the Battle of the Somme in July of 1916 which really brought grief home to Bushmills.

Twenty-three Bushmills boys were killed or missing on the 1st of July 1916 with a further ten killed before the battle finished in November because of the terrible weather conditions when neither food for the men nor ammunition for the guns could be got forward.  Men had to stay out in the open in all weather with only the scantiest of shelter and move around in the trenches ankle deep in French mud.

Of those twenty-three, only six have a known grave, the others all being commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval.

From then until the end of the war there was a steady toll on the Bushmills lads and they lie in cemeteries from Calais all the way down the Western Front to Bazentin.  Everywhere you go in Northern France and Belgium there are cemeteries with row after row of white headstones and neatly kept lawns and roses and flowers of all descriptions.

During my research a number of names have turned up which do not appear on the Bushmills War Memorial, but hopefully we can have that put right in the near future.

Rifleman Isaac Bell McAllister 1775
'D' Company 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Died of Wounds 14th July 1916
Aged 20

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church

Buried in Dunluce Presbyterian Church, Bushmills

Enlisted: Belfast
Born: Bushmills on 18/3/1896
Son of Daniel and Martha McAllister


Yes, we'll meet again in the morning,
In the dawn of a fairer day,
When the night of watching and waiting,
With its darkness, has passed away;
Where no shadows veil the sunshine,
Over there in the Heavenly land,
And the crystal waves of the river
Ever flow o'er the golden sand.
Where our precious one now is dwelling,
Free from toil and from every fear,
With his garment spotless and shining,
Like the robes that the angels wear.
When our footsteps no longer roam,
By the pearly gates gladly waiting,
He will give us a welcome home.
"Awaiting the reunion"
Mother and Tom, Church Street, Bushmills

Private Johnston Kane 5324
7th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers

Died of Dysentery 22nd August 1916 in Greek Macedonia
Aged 23

Born: Billy, Bushmills on 7/9/1893
Resided: Billy, Bushmills
Son of Daniel and Sarah Kane (nee Nicholl), of Billy, Bushmills
Twice wounded
Son of Daniel & Sarah Kane who married in Billy Parish Church on 16th November 1883
Son of a family of four serving sons
Leslie, Sandy, Taylor and Johnston
Leslie, Sandy and Taylor all surviving the war and serving in Scottish Regiments.

Commemorated in Billy Parish Church

Lambet Road Military Cemetery, Salonika, Greece, Grave 322

2nd Lieutenant John Wm. McVicker
13th Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

Killed in Action 14th July 1916
Aged 21

Enlisted: 1914
Born: Craignamaddy 15/4/1895
Resided: Craignamaddy
Son of James and Matilda Ann McVicker of Craignamaddy

Commemorated in Toberkeigh Presbyterian Church

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier 1-8, Face D. B. & C.

John is commemorated on a lovely brass plaque in the Memorial Hall at Inst in Coleraine and at Edinburgh University

The three McVicker brothers, Sam, Dan and John William

Lance Corporal Robert Galbraith A/20161
'A' Coy, 16th Battalion Manitoba Regiment

Killed in Action 4th-7th September 1916
Aged 37

Enlisted: Winnipeg, Canada
Born: Bushmills on 2/6/1879 - 2/1/1882
Resided: Winnipeg, Canada
Son of Samuel Galbraith and Mrs. Galbraith of Main Street, Bushmills
Husband of Ann Jane Galbraith

Commemorated in Bushmills Presbyterian Church

Vimy Memorial, France

Lieutenant Henry Stewart-Moore
6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 10th September 1916
Aged 30

Born: Ballydivity on 26/11/1885
Son of James Stewart-Moore, D.L. and Elizabeth F. Stewart-Moore of Ballydivity, Dervock, who had a family of 4 sons and 3 daughters
The family was in Australia and it was there that the news of Harry's death reached them.

Buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece, Plot 5, Row C, Grave 13


Rifleman David McGregor 24/1138
2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Killed in Action 15th September 1916
Aged 31


Born: Prolisk 4th July 1885  -  3/6/1885
Lived: New Zealand
Enlisted: Christchurch
Son of John and Mary (Morgan) McGregor

Commemorated on Caterpillar Valley Memorial, Longueval, France

Private Daniel McGregor 41279
13th Battalion Royal Scots, Formerly Royal Scots Fusiliers


Killed in Action 23rd April 1917
Aged 37

Enlisted: Greenock
Born: Prolisk 14/5/1881
Resided: Gourock, Glasgow
Son of John and Mary (Morgan) McGregor

Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 1 and 2

2nd Lieutenant William James Dunlop
Royal Field Artillery

Killed in Action 21st September 1916
Aged 26

Born: Straidkillen 25/10/1889
Resided: Straidkillen
Son of Dr. Joseph and Elizabeth Dunlop

Commemorated in Toberkeigh Presbyterian Church

Buried in Albert Communal Cemetery, France, Plot 1, Row O, Grave 11


Two of Lieut. Dunlop's Uncles were also killed, Lieut. W. J. McKenney in shooting accident at Deal in Kent and Lieut. E. R. McKenney was KIA at Le Cateau on 18/10/1918 and is buried in France.

Driver William Hill Chambers 42287
9th Battalion Canadian Field Artillery

Killed in Action 26th September 1916

Enlisted: Canada
Born: Clones, Co. Monaghan 16/3/1893
Resided: Canada
Son of William and Mary Chambers
William Chambers, Post Office Clerk, Clones, Co. Monaghan, son of James Chambers (Farmer) married Mary McNeill, Post Office Clerk, Bushmills, daughter of Hugh McNeill (Spirit Merchant) in Dunluce Parish Church on 4/12/1889, Mary Chambers died 11/5/1900 aged 34.

photo of Canadians at Training Camp

18th Royal Irish Rifles

Lance-Corporal Thomas Chambers
only brother of W. H. Chambers

Born: 11/7/1896
Enlisted: 30th  January 1915 aged 19
Survived the war but was injured in 1918, he married in 1920 and spent his life in Belfast and Holywood

Rifleman Alexander Taylor 1785
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 3rd October 1916
Aged 21

Enlisted: Belfast
Born: Dunluce
Son of Louisa Jamison, Long Commons, Coleraine

Taylor - In loving remembrance of Corporal Alexander Taylor and Private Samuel Taylor (brothers), Bushmills, both of the Royal Irish Rifles (Ulster Division) formerly of the North Antrim Regiment and Bushmills Company Ulster Volunteer Force killed in action - Corpora Taylor 3rd October 1916 and Private Samuel Taylor on the 9th March 1917


Rifleman Daniel Hunter 13787
44th Battalion Machine Gun Corps

Died of Wounds 21st October 1916
Aged 21

Born: Bushmills on 9/1/1896
Son of Daniel and Mary Hunter of Klondyke Terrace, Bushmills

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church, Bushmills

Interred in Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery, Row D, Grave 8

This photo is of John Hunter 23/1/1883 (Daniel's brother) as no photo of Daniel exists.

Able Seaman William McBride 178862
H.M.S. Jupiter
Died 4th November 1916
Aged 39

Died of heart failure on board H.M.S. Jupiter

Born: Bushmills on 4/6/1877
Son of William and Jane McBride (nee Stewart)

Commemorated in Bushmills Presbyterian Church


Seaman Arthur McCullagh 3/2165
Drowned 10th December 1916
Aged 24

Buried at Sea

Born: 30/11/1892
Son of Patrick and Mary Jane McCullagh of Bushmills

Washed overboard in North Sea

S.S. Menapian

To The Ulster Volunteers
J. Thompson, Cullycapple - January 1916

Ye brave, brave sons of Ulster, who rallied to the call,
Left your friends and peaceful homes and sacrificed your all,
to meet and fight - and put to flight - that grasping cruel foe
Who has caused grim desolation, and heart-ache, pain and woe.
Courage, boys, courage!-
Be this your daily cry;
but don't forget to "trust in God,
And keep your powder dry."

For many years the Germans had been making deep their plans;
Had worshipped militarism, had drilled their every man.
While other peaceful nations thought them cultured, honest, true,
The Germans forced this awful war like startling "bolt from blue."
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

Then gallant little Belgium had first to face the foe;
Her land was devastated, her precious shrines laid low.
What cruel, sad atrocities, were daily practised there
By the Germans, in their bitter hate - ah! the thought is hard to bear.
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

But Britain, to the rescue, came - France, Russia, Italy too;
Supported by our Colonies - brave-hearted, leal and true.
To conquer wrong, uphold the right, and make the weak ones strong -
With this as glorious motive, may great power to them belong.
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

Our Ulster Volunteers set out; with ready pluck and vim
They joined the Empire's army, to fight for home and King,
To show to all the world they were patriots, staunch and true,
And to uphold the grand old flag of red and white and blue.
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

Brave boys from Aghadowey, we've a special word for you,
We have known you from your childhood, we have seen each in his pew
Listening to the Word of Life, joining in prayer and praise;
And now we pray that God may give "strength equal to your days."
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

And when the strife has ended, and fearful war is o'er,
You'll have a warm, glad welcome back to your native shore,
You'll tread once more the valleys where the little shamrock grows,
And gain new health and vigour 'mid Ulster's calm repose.
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

We mourn those noble soldiers who'll return, alas! no more.
They've "crossed the bar," and landed upon the other shore.
But if Christ has been their Captain, they inherit full reward,
And their dust will rest in foreign land, as in the old Churchyard.
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

We thank our noble army, we thank our navy, too;
But, more than they, we thank our God, to Whom all praise is due,
That He kept the heartless Germans, despite their craft and guile,
From invading and destroying our own beloved Green Isle.
Courage, boys, courage, etc.

The Bushmills Heroes
Northern Constitution 15/7/1916

Beside the pleasant River Bush whose waters gently flow
To join the ocean's rolling tide, the village nestles low,
'Tis sure a calm and sweet retreat, and many, pressed with care,
Seek out this healthful, quiet spot, and find a haven there.

What meaneth, then, this wailing sound, that reads the summer air;
The sobs and cries that seem to mar the face of Nature fair?
Alas! alas! the battle's din has reached this peaceful shore,
And several of its loved ones lie asleep - to wake no more.

When in their country's hour of need, they marched to meet the foe,
We cheered them on their onward way, yet wept to see them go,
They came from cottage and from hall, united for the fray,
For class distinction melts before a common enemy.

A gallant charge they made and wrote their name in history's page
They shed their blood, but left behind a glorious heritage.
The tale of their heroic deeds, Our inmost being thrills;
They fought with valour and upheld the honour of Bushmills.

But louder than the cannon's roar, the orphan's cry is hear,
And found the lonely, sad hearth-stone, the widow's grief is shared.
The empty castle mourns an heir - His life-work just begun -
In double grief, a mother mourns a noble-hearted son.

One thought amid our sorrow comes, 'Twill comfort us to tell
To generations yet to come "They did their duty well"
And when we read in future days from the historian's pen,
The brightest page for us will be "Sir Harry and his men."

God help the wounded in the fight, and heal their grievous pain;
The "missing" guard, and bring them back safe to their homes again.
From strife of nations on the field Grant us a glad release,
And speed the day when we shall dwell in universal peace.



A mother's heart is aching for the sons she loved so well;
They gave their lives for their country in honours cause they fell.
As dawn crept o'er the trenches, they fell 'midst shot and shell;
Our only grief, we were not there to bid a last farewell.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on his gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershaded, sweetly their souls shall rest.
They were brothers truly fond, they were friends both kind an true;
Better brothers never lived, their equals were but few.

We never knew the pains they bore, we never saw them die,
We only know they passed away and never said good-bye.
Sisters' heart are aching for the brothers they loved so well;
They gave their lives for their country, In honours cause they fell.

We can picture the happy gathering round the fireside long ago,
And we think of the tearful parting when you left us just four month ago.
Too far away your graves to see, But not too far to think on thee,
When days are dark and friends are few, Dear Samuel and Alex, how we long for you.

Sleep on, dear brothers and take your rest; For God has called when he thought best.

Private John McGrattan 10482
1st Battalion Irish Guards

Died of Wounds 6th January 1917
Aged 24

Enlisted: Portrush
Born: Portrush 29/12/1893
Resided: Portrush
Son of Captain Hugh and Mrs. Mary McGrattan of Portrush

Captain Hugh McGrattan and his ship were lost at sea in 1916

La Neuville Comm. Cemetery, France, Row B, Grave 50

His sister Isabella died of TB in 1916, aged 16

John and his brother James both contracted and died of Pneumonia.

Another brother Patrick served through both World Wars and survived.

Private James McGrattan 22957
7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 26th July 1917
Aged 26

Enlisted: Randalstown
Born: Bushmills 25/2/1891 - 25/1/1891
Resided: Portrush
Son of Captain Hugh and Mrs. Mary McGrattan of Portrush

Captain Hugh McGrattan and his ship were lost at sea in 1916

Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 53

His sister Isabella died of TB in 1916, aged 16

James and his brother John both contracted and died of Pneumonia.

Another brother Patrick served through both World Wars and survived.


Private David Elliott 22428
1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Killed in Action 9th January 1917
Aged 33

No Known grave, Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panels 35-64

Enlisted: Glasgow
Born: Drumnagee, Bushmills 21/6/1883
Resided: Glasgow
Son of James and Jane Elliott
The family appears to have moved to Glasgow as no further trace of them remains at Dunseverick

Private James McKay 6087
2nd Battalion Irish Guards
Killed in Action 15th September 1916

Enlisted: Glasgow
Born: Billy, Bushmills
Resided: Magherintendry

Commemorated in Toberkeigh Presbyterian Church

Thiepval Memorial France, Pier 7, Face D

Rifleman Gordon Brown 17324
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 6th March 1917
Aged 26

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Portballintrae 2/3/1889
Resided: Portballintrae
Son of James and Mary Brown (nee Cochrane)

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church

Buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Wulvergem, Belgium, Plot 2, Row B, Grave 6

Sergeant Peter Kane 5985
12th Battalion Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 18th May 1917
Aged 28

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Lisnagunagh 24/2/1890
Resided: Stranocum
Son of Peter and Jane (McNeill) Kane
Husband of Caroline (Hutchinson) Kane of Stranocum
Father of Walter Kane of Mosside and Mollie
Grandfather of Carol, Peter and Valerie

Commemorated in Dunseverick Parish Church

Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France, Plot 3, Row B, Grave 151

Private William Boyle 472868
46th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)
Killed in Action 15th May 1917
Aged 26

Buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Ext., France, Plot 3, Row B, Grave 29

Enlisted: Canada 22/12/1915
Born: Lisnagunogue,  4/10/1889
Son of Daniel and Agnes (Nancy?) Boyle of Daisy Hill, Bushmills

Commemorated in Dunseverick Parish Church

A nephew Jim Boyle was KIA at the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 and is buried in Cambrin Churchyard Cemetery

Private David McNabb 829411
44th Battalion Canadians
Died of Wounds 25th June 1917 at 30th General Hospital
Aged 39

Calais Southern Cemetery, France, Plot 4, Row G., Grave 15

Born: Ballyhome on 18/8/1877
Resided: Ballymacrae, Portrush
Son of James and Anne Jane McNabb of Ballymacrae

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church


Rifleman Samuel Mitchell 1771
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Died 14th June 1917
Aged 25

Enlisted: Belfast
Born: Bushmills 12/7/1891
Resided: Bushmills
Son of Edward and Margaret Mitchell

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church

Buried at Dunluce Presbyterian Church, Bushmills

Thanks are due to Sammy McClelland of Portballintrae for the photograph of Samuel Mitchell.

Private John Liken 32572
15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly Royal Field Artillery

Killed in Action 11th July 1917
Aged 19

Born: Bushmills 2/7/1898
Resided: Bushmills
Son of Samuel and Nancy Liken of Bushmills

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church

Commemorated on the Nieuport Memorial, Belgium

Rifleman William McKeague 660
'D' Company 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 13th February 1917
Aged 24

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Dunluce
Resided: Bushmills
Son of Thomas and Mary McKeague of Bushmills

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church

St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Wulvergem, Belgium, Plot 2, Row A, Grave 5

 Private Samuel J. Peden 183994
of Clintagh, Macosquin
7th Battalion Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
Killed in Action 9th April 1917
Aged 30

Son of William Peden, of Clintagh, Macosquin, Coleraine, Ireland

brother-in-law of  James and John McGrattan (above)

Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt
I. B. 32.

Private Daniel McCaughan 29001
24th Company, Machine Gun Corps

Killed in Action 31st July 1917
Aged 21

Enlisted: Coleraine
Born: The Craig, Bushmills 12/5/1894
Resided: The Craig, Bushmills
Son of Matilda (Todd) McCaughan of The Craig, Bushmills and the late Alexander.
No known grave

Commemorated in Dunseverick Parish Church

Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 56

Lieutenant Thomas Lamont McFall, M.M.
9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 7th August 1917
Aged 22

Son of John and Elizabeth McFall of Magherintendry, Bushmills

Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 2, Row C, Grave 27

Thomas is commemorated in the HQ of the now Northern Bank in Belfast by a memorial window and on a bronze plaque in the same building.

Photo of Thomas' sister Aggie McFall (nurse)

another photo of his sister

photo of Thomas's father and 2 of his brothers


I never will forget you, dear Alex,
Nor your happy smiling face;
You died for your King and country,
And the honour of your race.
I may grudge the sacrifice,
But this I know full well,
He helped to keep the flag afloat,
And like a soldier fell.
Jesus called him, he was ready
For that home so bright and far,
Up among the happy angels,
He is waiting for me there.
We have lost the dearest brothers,
And we mourn their absence sore:
Their loving form and kindly smile
We will see on earth no more.
The hardest part is yet to come,
When the heroes all return,
And I missing among the cheering crows
The faces of my darling sons.
'Tis hard to feel the bitter loss
Of ones we loved so dear;
It is hard to say, Thy will be done,
And not shed many a tear.
But it is sweet to know we'll meet again,
When parting is no more,
And that the ones we dearly loved
Are only gone before.


On the ground we softly laid him,
Thinking he no more will wake,
When with eyelids widely open,
Pointing upwards, thus he spake,
"Comrades, listen don't you hear it
Hear the roll-call there on high;
Hark! my name the Saviour's calling;
Jesus, Captain, here am I."

Oh! from many a field of battle
Earnest prayer has gone to God
From the lips of dying soldiers
As their life-blood drenched the sod,
And to many came the whisper,
"Son, thy sins are all forgiven,"
And their lips with joy responded
When the roll was called in Heaven.

Asleep in Jesus - blessed sleep
From which none ever wake to weep.


Inserted by his loving father and cousins, Jim and Elizabeth McNabb, Ballymacrae, Portrush


I little Thought when I said Good-bye
It would be the last parting between you and I;
I loved you in life, you are dear to me still,
But in grief I must bow to God's holy will.

In the bloom of life death claimed him;
IN the pride of his manhood days;
None knew him but to love him,
None mentioned his name but with praise.

Friends may forget him, but mother will never;
He will dwell in my heart till life's journey is done;
Lord, teach me to live when my days are ended
I will be met at the gated by my dear hero son.


Deeply regretted by his heart-broken mother, sister and brothers


Why was he taken so young and so fair?
Cut down in the midst of his bloom;
Yet his memory will live with us always,
Though he lies in a far distant tomb.
We never thought when we did part
He would no more return;
Now he lies in a soldier's grave,
And we are left to mourn.
Could I, his mother, have clasped his hand,
The son I loved so well;
To kiss his brow when death was night,
And whispered, "Dan, farewell."

Inserted by his loving father, mother, sisters and brother, The Park, Priestland

The day brings back to our memory dear
A dear one who has gone to rest,
And those who think of him to-night
Are those who loved him best.

Inserted by his loving grandmother, aunt and cousins

Canadians at Training Camp, probably in South of England

Private John McNabb 16369
9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 8th August 1917
Aged 23

Enlisted: Coleraine
Born: Islandcarragh, Bushmills 22/2/1895
Resided: Islandcarragh, Bushmills
Son of the late John McNabb (Tailor) and Mary McNabb nee Boyle who had a family of 3 sons and 6 daughters and were Sally (emigrated to America), Johnnie, Robert, James, Madge (Mrs. McAuley), Winnie (Mrs. Glass), Rachel, Marie (Mrs. Bowie) and Maud (Mrs. Chestnutt)

Commemorated in Ballywatt Presbyterian Church

Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 22


Corporal R. McNabb R.I.R.
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 22nd November 1917
Aged 21

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Islandcarragh, Bushmills 12/7/1896
Resided: Islandcarragh, Bushmills
No known grave
Son of the late John McNabb and Mary McNabb

Commemorated in Ballywatt Presbyterian Church

Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France

Digging potatoes on the farm of Samuel Quigg at Islandcarragh.
Extreme left: S. McQuigg; Centre: Mrs. McNabb with her sons, Robert and John McNabb, both killed in action 1917

Rifleman Samuel Brown 7906
2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in Action 10th August 1917
Aged 24

Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 40

Enlisted: Mosside
Born: Toberkeigh 30/12/1892
Resided: Toberkeigh
Son of John & Eliza (McAllister) Brown
No known grave

Commemorated in Toberkeigh Presbyterian Church

Rifleman Andrew McGahey 982
11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Died of Wounds 22nd August 1917
Aged 20

Etaples Military Cemetery, Plot 22, Row G, Grave 15a

Enlisted: Bushmills
Born: Ballinamore
Son of Henry and Nancy McGahey of Bushmills

Sgt. John McGahey killed in the 2nd World Wart and named on the Bushmills Memorial was probably his brother.

Lance Corporal Robert Paul 18626
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 13th August 1917
Aged 25

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Drumnagee, Bushmills 8/12/1892
Resided: Islandranny
Son of John and Isabella Paul

Commemorated on Drumtullagh Parish Church

Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 40

Rifleman William Hatty 17850
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 15th August 1917
Aged 25

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Resided: Bushmills
Nephew of Maggy Hatty of Bushmills

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church

Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 40

Copy of the badge of R.I.R. made by William

Rifleman Hugh Patton 18623
12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 23

Enlisted: Ballymoney
Born: Ballymoney 21/9/1894
Resided: Bushmills
Son of Samuel and Eliza Patton

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 138 -140

Second Lieutenant Hugh McAllister
7th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment

Died 17th September 1917
Aged 40

Born: Cosies 9/1/1877
Resided: Cosies but emigrated to S. Africa
Son of William and Margaret McAllister of Cosies, Bushmills

Commemorated in Toberkeigh Presbyterian Church

Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, Plot 5, Row A, Grave 6

Sergeant Donald Gordon Douglas 5304
South African Scottish Regiment
Killed in Action 20th September 1917
Aged 31

Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, Panels 16 & 16a

Born: Portballintrae 21/5/1886
Resided: Bayhead House, Portballintrae
Son of Richard M. Douglas and Julie Douglas, Portballintrae
No known grave

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church

Private William Steele Thompson 1018242
5th Battalion Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment
Killed in Action 10th November 1917
Aged 32

Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 18

Enlisted: Wilkie, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: Ballyliken, Bushmills
Resided: Wilkie, Saskatchewan
No known grave
Son of Mrs. John Thompson, of Wilkie, Saskatchewan
Married Nettie Stevenson, one son, John, who died in WW2

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church

Lieutenant James Acheson McLean M.C. Royal Field Artillery

Killed in Action 30th September 1917
Aged 31

Enlisted: September 1914
Born: Park, Bushmills
Resided: The Park, Priestland
Son of John and Martha Anne McLean

Commemorated in Dunluce Presbyterian Church

Buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Kemmel Village, Belgium

Rifleman Daniel Hugh Christie 18/1682
15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Died of Wounds 26th November 1917
Aged 21

Enlisted: Coleraine, February 1917
Born: Bushmills 9/7/1896
Resided: Priestland, Bushmills
Son of Hugh and Kate Christie, Priestland, Bushmills who had a family of 3 girls and 2 boys

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church

Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery, Manancourt, France, Plot 5, Row A, Grave 19


The Heroes of Portballintrae
A Forecast by F. Barber Wells

Four heros brave from 'Ballintrae
Responded to "the call"
They were James Adair, McMullan, G.,
And plucky Johnnie Faull,
And when to join the valliant three
Was added Gordon Brown,
There ne'er was one but did agree
The four would win renown.

The doctor took tape to each,
And found each hero strong,
Though from his feet up to his breech
He found McMullan long.
And James Adair he did exhort
To quit him like a man,
For James was just a trifle short,
Though a brave waterman.

Six Shillings down to every man
To do with as they please;
And off these four bold heros ran,
Brought up by Antrim's seas.
Some hurried home to bid "good-bye",
And knew no fear nor funk;
While one his oath did fortify
By nearly getting -.

The months rolled on - on foreign shore
These heroes bore their parts;
The shrapnel burst around and o'er,
Yet spared their heads and hearts;
McMullan kept his legs apart,
And bullets whistled under,
That otherwise had found his heart
Or torn his "breeks" asunder.   >>

And then we heard that Jim Adair
Has charged a corps of Huns,
And never one did Jimmy Spare,
But captured all their guns.
The other three out flanking went
Under a lucky star,
And caught the Kaiser in his tent
And finished up the war.

Young Brown is made a General
And still dwells by the sea,
And Jimmy he's a Marechal -
Marshall of 'Ballintrae;
McMullan George and Johnnie Faull
Had had enough of battle,
The one dwells in a lordly hall,
The other in a castle.

If e'er you go to 'Ballintrae
You'll see in Jim's backyard
The Kaiser chained close by the sea,
And the Marshall mounting guard;
Sometimes he acts the "Chancellor",
And charges quite a lot
To let you see the Emperor
Do the "German goosey trot".

At times he takes him on a lead,
As others take a bear,
For 'tis a part of Jimmy's creed
To give him "change of air",
But over all the song of glee,
The song sung near and far,
Was how the boys of 'Ballintrae
Had finished up the war.

The Gallant Thirty-Three
A Forecast by F. Barber Wells

Did I ever tell you the tale, boys,
That belongs to the plains and the hills,
Of the gallant Thirty-three, boys,
That hailed from the town of Bushmills?
At least some came from the town, boys,
and some came from the sea;
But glory sat on every crown
Of the gallant Thirty-three.

The King had sent it round, boys -
He wanted some more men;
"The call to arms: - the trumpet's sound,
Had rung from hill to glen:
From Causeway's shore to 'Ballintrae,
Where the Bush flows from the hills,
By every farm, round every bay,
And echoed in Bushmills.

And here it was the Thirty-three
Enlisted to a man,
Their country's call their only plea
To fight the Kaiser-man.
And some had wives to leave behind,
And little kids to kiss,
While some left "gals" to love inclined
That they would sorely miss.

And first they went to camp, boys,
To learn war's P's and Q's.
And many a march and weary tramp
Proclaimed their grit and thews;
Till now the Sergeant spoke, Says he -
"Of all the men with guns.
Let me but lead these Thirty-three
Against the Kaiser's Huns."   >>

On foreign plain we next did hear
These boys were thick in battle;
Nor ever one fought in the rear
'Mid all the cannon's rattle.
In trench, on plain, where fight was free,
There, 'midst the roar of guns,
Were seen the gallant Thirty-three
Just mowing down the Huns.

Yet onward came the ruthless foe
In numbers ten to one,
And may a thousand men lay low
To stiffen or to groan;
Till now, whence twenty British guns
Their shot and shell had rained,
Of all the gunner champions,
No one alive remained.

"Fall back, retreat" - the bugle call,
Then sounded o'er the plain,
Yet like a living human wall
The foe came on again.
And all save thirty-three obeyed.
With eyes and hearts frimfull,
No call to them had been conveyed -
They'd stuffed their ears with wool!

"The guns, the guns" - their battle cry,
And knew no fear nor dread;
With charmed lives one saw them fly
'Mid all the hail of lead.
"What ho!" as now they laid about
Amongst the coward Huns:
"What ho, what ho!" - as from the rout
They brought away the guns.

In old Bushmills just once a year,
The town is bright and gay,
And business quite put out of gear,
For 'tis a holiday.
The sun shines bright about the town,
No word of business losses,
When three and thirty men sit down
Decked with "Victoria Crosses".

Private Archibald Weir 87850
123rd Coy Machine Gun Corps
click to go to photo
Killed in Action 27th September 1917
Aged 20

Interred in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 43

Enlisted: Portrush
Born: Portballintrae 6/9/1897
Resided: Portballintrae
Son of Robert and Rachael Weir (Fisherman) of Portballintrae, Bushmills

Commemorated in Dunluce Parish Church

Private Allan Mills McCulla 3524
'C' Company, 6th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment
Died of Wounds 24th November 1917
Aged 21

St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France, Div. 62, Plot 1, Row K, Grave 10

Enlisted: Londonderry
Born: Bushmills 19/6/1896
Resided: Bushmills
Son of Patrick and Mary Jane McCulla of Bushmills
Thought to have been shot by a sniper on his way home on leave

Archie Weir front row, extreme right

Aggie McFall (front left) with her brother James Nevin McFall and thought to be Tillie McNeill (Bushmills)

Front centre Aggie McFall and front right Tillie McNeill

Thomas's father and two of his three brothers
Left to right: James, their father John and Robert


Rifleman Wm. M. Stuart Walker

Rifleman Walker, who was recently home on furlough, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry display in the field. He kept up communication between two lines of trenches during a very heavy fire. Rifleman Walker has been through some heavy fighting. He was one of the first to join the Ulster Division in September, 1914. He is a grandson of Mr. Stuart Walker, Castlecatt, and of Mr. William Purdy, Ballinstraid, Ballintoy.

Victoria Cross - Private Robert Quigg

Private Quigg's parents photographed outside their home at Bushmills

Gunner D. Weir 96893

Awarded Military Medal

Notification of the award to Gunner Weir was published in the London Gazette supplement dated 24th January 1919, an extract of which reads as follows:

"His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned Warrant Officer, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men.

Included in the list of names is that of No. 96893 Gunner D. Weir, 276th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

Military Cross

Lieutenant James A. McLean
Temp. Captain Daniel McVicker

Military Medal

Gunner Dan Weir
Rifleman Stuart Walker
Rifleman Robert Magee
Private Charles Hughes
Denis Creith
Sgt. R. McKinney
Signaller J. Bennett


David McKay

D.C.M. and French Croix de Guerre

Sergeant John Dean


Rifleman John Kane 265
Royal Irish Rifles

Enlisted: 5/10/1914
Born: Billy 13/4/1890
Resided: Bushmills
Honourably Discharged: 17/9/1918
Trade: Tailor

Private John Kane, Royal Irish Rifles, who was wounded in the Cambrai push, was last week discharged from the army. Before enlisting he was employed as a tailor with Messrs. Torrens & Son, but owing to the nature of his wound, he will be unable to follow his former occupation.

Private A. Johnston
2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Resided: Bushmills

Private R. Colvin
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Resided: Bushmills

The Deane Brothers of Bushmills
(photos found and supplied by Donna Leary, Thank you Donna)
The six soldier sons of Mr. James Deane, formerly of Bushmills and now of Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, who ALL survived the war

from left the names are:- Sergt. James, R.I.R., wounded; Corpl. Malcolm, R.I.R., Rifleman Matthew, R.I.R.; Corporal Edward, North Irish Horse; Private Allan, Royal Marine Light Infantry; and Petty Officer Samuel, Royal Naval Air Service

Private John McGowan
2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers

Resided: Bushmills

Wounded Soldier at Bushmills

Much excitement was caused in Bushmills on Tuesday morning when it became known that private John McGowan, of the 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers was coming home severely wounded from the front.  At 3.30 a crowd of considerable dimensions gathered at the tram station to await the arrival of the Bushmills hero. Private McGowan had to be lifted from the tram to the ground, when he walked home with the aid of sticks. McGowan states that he received five wounds from the bursting of a shrapnel shell at the battle of Mons.  His right arm was almost blown off and a piece of the shell went through his thighs, a piece hit him over the left eye and his knee was almost blown to bits, the knee-cap having to be stitched on. He was wounded in the famous retreat from Mons., when his regiment was ordered to charge with the bayonet, and while he was getting out of the trench a shell burst and inflicted the injuries described.

He lay for 3 hours on the battlefield, as he could not be reached owing to the heavy shell fire. He was through Belgium and once when on out-post duty he was fired at three times but a German "sniper", who failed to shoot him.  He gives the french people great praise and says they were exceedingly kind to him, gave him fruit, tobacco, cigarettes, beer and wine and everything they could think of. In one action he states that he was firing so quickly that his rifle got red hot and he had to throw it down and pick up a dead comrade's rifle.

Out of his battalion only 75 remained after the bayonet charge. He was taken to a hospital at Boulogne, where he remained for three weeks, when he was sent to Cambridge, where he went through two operations, and remained until now. Private McGowan has got 14 days' leave, but he is sorry to think that he may not be able to go back to  the firing line.

Petty Officer Harry Chambers
R.N. Air Service

Son of Robert Henry and Eliza Jane Chambers

Born: 6/8/1897

Harry's father was representative of the Old Bushmills Distillery

F. Barber Wells, 28th September 1914

And now, my boys, 'twere scarcely fair,
Now you're with glory crowned,
To leave forgotten one affair
That e'er will stand renowned.

For with the gallant Thirty-three
That left fair Antrim's shore,
A nurse set forth from 'Ballintrae,
Which made them thirty-four.

'Twas when the stars their vigil keep
In a secluded spot,
She found the Kaiser's staff asleep.
And chloroformed the lot.

And after that, in many a fight,
She won undying fame,
Till now, by many a camp-fire's light,
You hear, *Nurse Walker's name.

*Miss Walker was housekeeper to Mr. William A. Traill, C.E., Portballintrae, she belonged to the Leeds (Yeomanry) St. John's Ambulance Corps and volunteered, and is now at "the front".


Mrs. Dorothy Arthur, Edinburgh
for family history dates

Mr. Keith Beattie
for the photograph of Braidwater Spinning Mil (in book)

Mrs. Loughrey, Aird
for photographs and addresses of people I needed

Mr. Alex. Martin of Mays Road, Teddington, Middlesex
for much information

Mr. Hugh McGrattan of Portrush
for publishing appeals for photographs

Mrs. McQuigg, Islandcarragh
for photographs and information

Mr. David Speers
for all his help

Steven Lockerbie

and to my good friend
Jimmy Rodgers
for going with me to France and Belgium

................Robert Thompson