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Downpatrick, County Down.
The Downpatrick War Memorial is located at the junction of the Belfast and Strangford Roads adjoining the Downpatrick cricket field. It is 20 feet (6.75m) high, and was designed and executed by Messrs S. and T. Hastings, a local firm. Three broad steps lead to a roomy landing, on which the monument is erected. The massive pedestal and enclosing low walls are of Irish granite with a rock-faced finish. Immediately underneath the inscription panel, carved in relief, are festooned sprays of laurel, symbolising victory. On the pedestal stands the figure of a Rifleman, of heroic size, sculptured in Portland stone by Mr. T. Hastings. [The end of the rifle barrel is missing]
The site for the memorial was presented to the War Memorial Committee by Lord Dunleath, proprietor of Downpatrick and the Demesne of Down.
The memorial was unveiled by Lord Bangor and the Rev. R. M’Elney read the names of the fallen and offered a Prayer of Dedication.
The inscription is:-

In Honour of the Men of Downpatrick who gave their Lives for Others in the Great War,       

James Black

Bernard Blayney

William R.G. Breen

James R. Buchanan

James R. Buchanan

James Carr

Ernest A. Clayton

James Cleland

Joseph Clydesdale

J. A. W. Clydesdale

Guy Duff

Robert J. Elphick

William Fagan

Robert Ferguson

Thomas Fitzpatrick

William R. Gill

James Hanlon

James Henry

Michael Hinds

Hugh Johnston

Alexander Johnston

James Skillen

William M. Lanyon

James Laverty

Samuel A. Love

John Love

George Love

William Love

William J. Lyttle

John Malone

Robert L. Melville

James McAlister

Joseph McBride

Samuel McCoubrey

Francis McCoubrey

Thomas McCormick

Robert McDonald

Robert G. McElney

William J. McIlroy

William McKee

Francis McQuoid

John McQuoid

Charles McWilliam

Thomas J. Moody

Thomas Morgan

Francis Morgan

William Mortimor

Craig Nelson

Robert Nixon

Thomas J. Nixon

William J. Peake

George Pell (see his photo below)

Sydney V. Rea

William H. Roberts

Albert E. Roberts

John Roberts

Samuel R. Smith

John Smith

Patrick Smith

James Thompson

William Tweedy

James Watterson

Henry K. Weir

James Whitelaw

Gamble Wilson

Thomas Wilson

Details of the Fallen including names not on the memorial.

ABRAHAM, SYDNEY, Service No. 16803, Corporal, 1st Batt., Royal Irish Rifles, killed on the Western Front 7th February, 1916. Son of Charlotte Browne (formerly Abraham), of 4, Zetland St., Belfast. Native of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Younger brother of Mrs. James Morrison, Irish-street, Downpatrick.

ALEXANDER, SAMUEL, Service No. Private, Canadian Contingent, Died of wounds at No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station on the 19th August, 1917. Son of Hugh and Agnes Alexander, of Crossgar, Co. Down; husband of Eliza Jane Alexander, of Ballydugan, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Ireland.
BLACK, JAMES, Service No. 23853, Corporal, 7th/10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action on 16th August 1917.  Son of James and Margaret Black, of Vianstown Road, Downpatrick.

BLAYNEY, BERNARD, Service No.4633, Rifleman, 2nd Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Born Downpatrick, Co. Down. Killed in action on 7th July 1916.

BREEN, WILLIAM R. G., (no information available.)

BUCHANAN, JAS. R., (no information available.)

CARR, JAMES, Service No. 6182, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action at the Marne on 26th August, 1914. Son of the late William Carr; husband of Annie Carr. His widow and their four children live at John-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down. One of his brother was killed at Stormberg during the Boer War. Another brother is serving with the 3rd Royal Irish Rifles.

The funeral on Monday 2nd February, 1920, of Hamilton Carr, John-street, Downpatrick, a discharged soldier, whose health had broken down in the war, was accorded military honours. In 1915 Carr enlisted in the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, and subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. His brother, James, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, fell at the Marne in 1914, and another brother, Thomas, of the 5th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in the South African War.

CLAYTON, WILLIAM ERNEST ARTHUR, 2nd Lieutenant, Cheshire Regiment, Son of the Rev. William John Clayton (Methodist Minister), of Downpatrick, Co. Down. He had been a boarder at Methodist College, Belfast. He entered the Bank of Ireland and was sent to the Donegall-place branch, Belfast, and after two years he was promoted and sent to Portadown. On the declaration of war by Germany he joined the Officers’ Training Corps, Queen’s University, Belfast, through which he received a commission in the army on 11th December, 1914, and was posted to the 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. On the evening of 13th April, 1916, he was seriously wounded by a shell fragment and died from his wounds on 22nd April, 1916.

CLELAND, JAMES, October 27, 1916, at his residence, Fountain-street, Downpatrick, James Cleland, late Regimental Sergeant-Major of the 9th Batt., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Tyrone Volunteers). Like his father, James served in the Munster Fusiliers. Afterwards he was engaged at Strabane as a U.V.F. drill instructor. On the outbreak of hostilities he became sergeant-major in one of the Inniskilling battalions of the Ulster Division. But the hardships endured on the western front last winter broke down his health. He leaves a wife and six children. This is the second time for his wife to be widowed, her former husband, also a soldier, being killed in the Boer war.

CLYDESDALE, JOSEPH, Service No: 17454. Rifleman, 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Missing in action on 1st July, 1916. Son of Joseph and Annie Clydesdale, of Church-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

CLYDESDALE, JOHN ALEXANDER WILSON, Service No: 204, Rifleman, 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action on 22nd November, 1917, aged 19 years. Son of Joseph and Annie Clydesdale, of Church-street/New Bridge-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

CRYMBLE, WILLIAM, Captain, R.A.M.C. died at Alexandria, Egypt of enteric fever. He was the dearly-beloved son of Hugh and Lizzie Crymble, Ballee, Downpatrick.

CUNNINGHAM, JAMES, Service No. 352, Rifleman, 18th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles, succumber to pneumonia in the hospital, Victoria Barracks, Belfast on 21st December, 1915. Husband of Elizabeth Cunningham, of New Bridge-street, Downpatrick. Buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Downpatrick. He leaves a widow, five daughters and a son, Samuel who is in the 13th Royal Irish Rifles.

CURRAN, DAVID, Service No. 2809, Trooper, 2nd Australian Light Horse. Officially reported as having died on June 16th, 1917, whilst a prisoner of war in Turkish hands, from fever in a hospital near Mosul, Mesopotamia. David (No. 45),1st Reinforcements, Australian Flying Corps, twin son of Mrs. Curran and the late Samuel Curran, the Mallard, Downpatrick, County Down.

DUFF, GUY, Captain, Royal Field Artillery. Only son of Mr. Duff, R.M., Captain Guy Duff, was in active service since August, 1914. He was hit by shrapnel in the right shoulder on the 13th July, 1916 and died on 2nd September, 1916. He is buried at St. Andrew’s Eastern Cemetery, Fifeshire, Scotland.

DYER THOMAS A., 13th Royal Irish Rifles. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

ELPHICK, ROBERT J., Service No. 9719, Corporal, 2nd Batt., Royal Irish Rifles on 7th November 1914, in Nottingham general hospital, England, succumbed to wounds received in the trenches at Neave Chapelle. He had spent most of his boyhood in Downpatrick. Son of Colour-sergeant-major Elphick, of the South Downs, he did his training at Downpatrick before joining the 2nd battalion. He was buried with military honours. Having regard to the fact that Elphick’s home was so far away, and to meet the emergencies of the case, the Nottingham Crimean and Indian Mutiny Veteran’s Association placed a grave space at disposal. His parents Robert and Elizabeth Elphick, now live at 143, Dunluce Avenue, Belfast.

ENNIS, JOHN, Service No. 531830, Private, London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles). Killed in action in Palestine on 29th March 1918. Fifth son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ennis, Carrawbane (Carrabane), Downpatrick.

FAGAN, WILLIAM, (no information available.)

FERGUSON, ROBERT (Bob), Rifleman, Service No. 782, 13th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Missing in action 1st July, 1916. Youngest son of James and the late Elinor E. Ferguson, Irish-street, Downpatrick, and brother of Miss Hannah Ferguson, of Irish St., Downpatrick, Co. Down.

FIELD JOHN W., Captain, 1st Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 20th September, 1915. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 431.

FITZPATRICK, THOMAS, Service No. 91463, Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died at his father’-in-law’s residence, Bridge-street, Downpatrick on 14th February, 1919, and was interred in Downpatrick Cathedral Old Cemetery. Son of William and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, 61, Verner-street, Belfast.

GILL, WILLIAM R., (no information available.)

GORDON, WILLIAM JAMES, Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, lost at sea when H.M.S. "Aboukir" was torpedoed on 22nd September, 1914.

HANLON, JAMES, Service No. 5303, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles. His wife at lives John-street, Downpatrick.

HAYES, JOHN, Service No. 7869, Rifleman, 1st Batt., Royal Irish Rifles, who fell in action 31st October, 1916. Son of Samuel and Annie Hayes, of Rann Cottages, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

HENRY, JAMES, Service No. 6954, Corporal, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action on 26th October, 1914. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Henry, of Downpatrick, Co. Down.

HINDS, MICHAEL, Service No. 4695, Private 6th Batt., Connaught Rangers. Killed in action in France on 20th November 1917. Youngest son of John Hinds, Ballyrolly.

JOHNSTON ALEX., 2nd Royal Irish Rifles. He was a member of Orange Lodge 339.

JOHNSTON, HUGH, Service No. 538, Rifleman, 16th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 11th August, 1917. Youngest son of Alexandra and Mary Johnston, Saul-street, Downpatrick.

KANE, PATRICK, Service No. 18163, Private 2nd Batt., Leinster Regiment. Died of wounds received in action on 9th November, 1918. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. D. Kane, of Portloughan, Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

KEATING, ARTHUR, Service No. 6289, Private, 2nd Batt., Irish Guards, killed in action on 28th September, 1915. Son of Mary A. Keating, of "Rathdune", 138, Connaught St., Dublin, and the late Peter Keating ex- Royal Irish Constabulary. Educated at Blackrock College, Dublin, Private Keating left the R.I.C., and joined the Irish Guards at the outbreak of the war.

KILLOPS, JOHN, Rifleman, 12th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles, Killed in action 1st July, 1916.

LANYON, WILLIAM MORTIMER, Captain Royal Irish Rifles, Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Lanyon; husband of Helen Baird (formerly Lanyon, nee Blizard), c/o The Westminster Bank, Canterbury. His wife and their two young children live at The Villas, Downpatrick. Shortly before his death he was Adjutant of the 5th R.I.R., and on the 15th March, 1915, he took out a draft to the front. He entered the Rifles’ trench about midnight on Easter Sunday and early the following morning, [5th April, 1915] as he was standing against the parapet, he was hit in the head by a sniper’s bullet, and killed instantly.

LAVERTY, JAMES, (no information available.)

The LOVE family.
Mr. R.J. Love, of Scotch-street, Downpatrick, has lost the fourth of his eight soldier sons-William, who as a sergeant in the 1st Royal Irish Rifles suffered in the early stages of the war wounds that undermined his health. He died at the family residence on Tuesday. He was interred in Down Cathedral New Cemetery. The other sons, George, Samuel, and John, fell in action.
LOVE, GEORGE, Sergeant, Service No: 7245, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, died from wounds received in action in No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station, France on September 30, 1916. He was the third son of Robert James and Rachel Love, of Scotch-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down.
LOVE, JOHN, Sergeant, Service No: 18106, 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action on 1st July, 1916. Fourth son of Robert James and Rachel Love, of Scotch-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down.
LOVE, SAMUEL ABIAH, Sapper, Service No: 28462, Royal Engineers, 26th Field Company. Killed in action 8th April, 1915 when hit by shell-shrapnel. Seventh son of Robert James and Rachel Love, of Scotch-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1464.
LOVE, WILLIAM, Service No. 6672, Sergeant, 1st Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. He went out from Southampton on 14th August, 1914 and was in the hard fighting from Mons to the Aisne. On 25th October 1914, in the trenches at Neuve Chapalle, a bullet passed through his knitted cap. Then a sniper’s bullet cut through his upper lip, and carried away two teeth. He was sent to Cambridge hospital for treatment. Subsequently he returned to his unit. He died on 13th May, 1919 from the effects of a disablement received in France. Fifth son of Robert James and Rachel Love, of Scotch-street., Downpatrick. Interred in Down Cathedral New Cemetery.

Corporal went out from Southampton on 14th August, 1914 and was in the hard fighting from Mons to the Aisne.

LYTTLE, WILLIAM JOHN, Private, Service No: 69290, Royal Army Medical Corps. He died at Cheltenham on July 13th 1917 from wounds received in action on 23rd April 1917. Son of William and Grace Lyttle, of Scotch-street, Downpatrick. He was buried in Down Cathedral Cemetery on 18th July, 1917.

McALLISTER, JAMES, Rifleman, Service No: 7583, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Died 27th October, 1914. Son of the late Clr. Serjt. J. and Mrs. Elizabeth McAllister, of South Down's, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

McBRIDE, JOSEPH, Major, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on 23rd April, 1917. Son of Mr. M. C. McBride; husband of Mary McBride, of 35, New Rd., Ballymaconnell, Bangor, Co. Down. Born at Downpatrick, Co. Down.

McCORMICK, THOMAS, 1st Class Stoker, Service Number SS/113432, Royal Navy, lost his life aged 22 years, in the sinking of the H.M.T.B. Eden, by a night collision in the Channel on 17th June, 1916. He was the son of James and Catherine McCormick, who resided in a cottage beside the Killough-road cemetery, Downpatrick.

McCOUBREY, FRANCIS, Rifleman, Service No: 5201, 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  Killed in action at Hulloch on 30th July 1916. He was the son of Francis and Annie McCoubrey, of Bridge-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down; husband of Agnes McCoubrey, and father of William Herbert, and Robert James, of Derryneil, Clough, Co. Down.

McCOUBREY, SAMUEL, Rifleman, Service No: 71, 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Husband of Catherine McCoubrey, and brother of Elizabeth McKelvey, Bridge-street, Downpatrick. Died in King Georges Hospital, London, on 24th August, 1916, from wounds received in action in France. Buried in Down Cathedral New Cemetery, Downpatrick. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1898.


McELNEY, ROBERT GERALD, (M.C.) Captain, 77th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 21st March, 1918. Son of the Rev. R. and Mary Elizabeth McElney, of The Manse, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

McILROY, JAMES, Corporal 6th Royal Irish Rifles died from wounds received in action at Gallipoli. He was a son of Mr. J. and Mrs. S. McIlroy, of Bridge-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down. Before the war he was a rural postman. He was an ex-reservist 5th Royal Irish Rifles when the call came last year to re-enlist. He was an only son and the main support of an aged father, who, with his wife is in feeble health. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

McKEE, WILLIAM,. Corporal,(Sergeant?) Service No: 4885, 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Youngest son of Capt. Hugh and Mrs. Charlotte McKee, of Saul-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down. Killed in action in France, on 30th August, 1916.

McKEE, HUGH, Sergeant, Service No: 3475, 8th Batt. formerly 13th Batt. Battalion Royal Irish Regiment. Died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in German hands, at the Chief Dressing Station, Vertingham, France, on 6th September, 1918.  Son of Charlotte McKee, of Saul-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, and the late Hugh McKee. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge 1464.

The McKINLEY family.
Mr. William McKinley, of Loughmoney, and his wife are to be sympathised with in their losses in the war. Of four sons in the Army, only one, now in India, survives. James a lance-corporal in the City of London Fusiliers, was killed in September, 1917; Samuel, a corporal in the Royal Field Artillery, in October 1918; and John, a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles, missing since 24th March 1918, is believed to have died of wounds in a German Prison camp.
McKINLEY, JAMES, Service No. 295090, Lance-Corporal, 2/4 City of London Fusiliers. Killed in action, 20th September, 1917. Son of William and Christina McKinley, of Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down; husband of Sarah McKinley, of Roughfort, Mallusk, Co. Antrim.
McKINLEY, JOHN, Rifleman, Service No 9147, Royal Irish Rifles. Died of wounds in a German Prison Camp 20th March 1918. Son of William and Christina McKinley, of Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down.
McKINLEY, SAMUEL, Service No. 70829, Corporal, Royal Field Artillery, 115 Bty, 25th Bde., Death 18th October 1918. Son of William and Christina McKinley, of Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

McMULLAN, ALBERT V., Service No. J/6196, Leading Seaman, “H.M.S. Vivid,”  Royal Navy died on 12th May, 1920. Son of Alexander McMullan, of Irish-street, Downpatrick; husband of the late Margaret McMullan, of Irish-street, Downpatrick. Buried in Down Cathedral New Cemetery.

McMULLAN, JOHN, Service No. 214958, Able Seaman, H.M.S. Monmouth lost in action off the Chilean coast, 1st November, 1914.  Son of George and Rose McMullan, Irish-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down and brother of Alex., McMullan, Albert V., McMullan, Petty Officer H.M.S. Watchman; Frank M. McMullan, P.C. Re-mount Depot (late R.E.,) Alex McMullan, jun., Re-mount Depot, Ormskirk, Liverpool (late Royal Irish Rifles); Wm. G. McMullan, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles.

McMULLAN, THOMAS, Service No. 340, Rifleman, 15th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Died at 62 Casualty Clearing Station, France, on 18th August, 1918, from wounds received on 14th, August, 1918. Second son of Thomas and Sarah McMullan; husband of Letitia McMullan, of Pikestone, Downpatrick, Co. Down, and second brother of Mrs. Tate, Cotterhill, Inch, Downpatrick.

McMURRAY, F.W., Service No. 16511, Sergeant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action on 9th March, 1916. Fourth son of Mr. W. J. McMurray, of Carnacaw, Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

McQUOID, JOHN, Rifleman, Service No: 5/5462, 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Son of James and Sarah Jane McQuoid, of Ballyvange, Downpatrick; husband of Maggie Jane McQuoid, of Fountain-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

M’WILLIAMS, CHARLES, 13th Royal Irish Rifles. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

MALONE, JOHN, Sapper, Service No: 64005, 121st Field Company, Royal Engineers, 36th Ulster Division. Killed in action on May 23, 1916. Son of William Henry and Margaret Malone, of Church-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1464.

MAJURY WILLIAM J. Sergeant, 1st Batt. Royal Irish Rifles. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1464.

MASON, WILLIAM JOSEPH, Service No. 1104, Rifleman, 14th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Died on 7th December 1917 from wounds received in action. Son of James and Rachel Mason, of 60, Delhi St., Ormeau Rd., Belfast, also Irish-street, Downpatrick.

MELVILLE, ROBERT LOVE, Sapper, Service No: 57634, Royal Engineers. Died from a bullet wound on 11th April, 1915. He was the son of William and Eliza Jane Melville, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, and cousin of John, Samuel, George and William Love. (see above).

MOODY, THOMAS J., Service No. Lance-Corporal, 9th Royal Irish Rifles. He died on 13th November, 1916 at his residence Irish-street, Downpatrick. Husband of Jeanie Moody, of Irish-street, Downpatrick, and eldest son of Matthew Moody, Queen-street, Coleraine. A native of Coleraine, he was employed at Messrs. Hastings’s monumental works, [who made the Downpatrick War Memorial] when, in July, 1915, he enlisted. After training at Newcastle, he was sent to France with a draft, but fourteen months' campaigning undermined his health. He was buried at Down Cathedral Old Cemetery.

MORGAN, (FRANCIS) FRANK, Service No. 10112, Corporal, 2nd Batt., Royal Irish Fusiliers, son of Mr and Mrs Patrick Morgan, Scotch-street, Downpatrick was killed at Neuve Chapelle on 14th March, 1915.

MORTIMER, WILLIAM, (no information available.)

NELSON, CRAIG, Captain, 3rd Brahmans, 1st Bn. attd. 69th Punjabis. Killed in action on 25th September, 1915. Son of the late Surgeon Maj. Edwin Field Nelson; husband of Irene Nelson, of 16, The Close, Norwich. Served in the South African Campaign. Captain Nelson was educated at Armagh Royal School, and became a subaltern in the 5th Royal Irish Rifles, of which his father is surgeon-major, and with the 2nd R.I.R., went through the South African campaign [Boer War]. Afterwards he joined the Indian Army. On the outbreak of the war he went to Egypt, and then to the western front. He married Miss Irene Sawyer, daughter of Colonel Sawyer, Indian Army. He leaves two young sons.

NIXON, ROBERT, (no information available.)

NIXON, THOMAS JAMES (Jim), Service No: 12280, Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died on May 7th 1918, at the residence of his uncle William McCalister, New Bridge-street, Downpatrick. Son of William James and Ellen Nixon, Downpatrick. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 359.

NIXON, WILLIAM HENRY, Service No. 19822, Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth Nixon, of 251, Woodstock Rd., Belfast, formerly of Downpatrick, Co. Down.

ORR, SAMMY, Service No. No. 79540, 31st Canadian Battalion, died of wounds on April 8, 1916. Third son of William and Mary Orr, of Old Race Course, Downpatrick, Co. Down. Remembered by his Father, Mother, and Brothers, Gerald, Willie, and Tom, the latter on active service.

PEAKE, WILLIAM JOHN, (M.M.) Service No. 19168, 13th Royal Irish Rifles. Eldest son of Mr. John and Elizabeth Peake, Ballywalter, and nephew of Mr. W. Peake, Downpatrick. He was a member of Orange Lodge No. 1076 and Royal Black Preceptory, Lodge 130, Downpatrick. He was awarded the Military Medal for his excellent conduct on 26th and 27th June, 1916 ‘when he commanded a blocking party in the German trench, and searched several dug-outs, getting two prisoners. When he returned to the sunken road he displayed great coolness under shell-fire, and successfully led back his own party to our lines independently.’ Corporal Peake was reported to have been wounded about 20 yards from the German front line during the advance on 1st July 1916. He was subsequently reported killed in action 1st July, 1916. His name is listed on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

PELL, GEORGE W., Service No. 120404, Corporal, Royal Army Medical Corps. Corporal Pell of Bridge-street, Downpatrick, died on Wednesday 26th June 1918, in hospital at Ballymena from pneumonia. Pell, a time-expired soldier, re-joined at the outbreak of war, and served in France with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.  On breakdown of health he was discharged, but subsequently accepted in the R.A.M.C. On the week of his death there reached his home the King’s certificate; ‘Served with honour and was disabled in the Great War.’ Honourable discharged.’

He was buried at Downpatrick Cathedral Cemetery.

Photo courtesy of his granddaughter J. McCurry.


REA, SYDNEY VICTOR, Service No. 202660, Private, 1st London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died from wounds at 49th Casualty Clearing Stations, France on May 23rd, 1917. Youngest son of the late David Rea, His Majesty’s Inland Revenue and Mrs. Rea. Nephew of Samuel Rea, late Asylum clerk, Downpatrick.

RICHEY, ROBERT EDWIN, Service No. 675965, Private, 2nd Batt. Canadian Infantry. Killed on 5th May, 1915. Eldest son of the late William Richey and Mrs Richey, Hollymount, Ballydugan, Co. Down.

The Roberts family.
the Orange Hall, Downpatrick, lost three sons in the war, EDDIE ROBERTS, JACK ROBERTS, and WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTS.
[Edward], Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Racoon. 9th January, 1918. During a blizzard in the early hours of January 9th, 1918, H.M.S Racoon struck rocks at the Garvan Isles Co. Donegal, and sank with the loss of all hands. She has a crew of 91 seamen.
ROBERTS, JACK, Service No. 71027, Private, North Irish Horse. Killed in action on 21st August, 1918. Second youngest son of Mrs. Nixon, the Orange Hall, Downpatrick.
ROBERTS, WILLIAM HENRY, Service No. 34392, Gunner, 107th Bty. 23rd Bde., Royal Field Artillery, killed in action

ROBINSON, HUGH, Service No. 782432, Private, 49th Batt., Canadian Infantry. Died from wounded in the stomach and back at a Canadian field ambulance on October 24th 1917. Private Robinson, who emigrated in 1912, enlisted in May, 1916, and had been eleven months in France, was the third son of Hugh and Margaret Robinson, of Tobercorn, Ballykilbeg, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Ireland.

SKILLEN, WILLIAM JAMES, Rifleman, Service No: 143, 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. He was reported missing on 1st July, 1916. Son of Robert and Mary Skillen, of Asylum Rd., Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

SMITH, SAMUEL R., Service No. 6219, Private, 2nd Batt., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action 21st October, 1914. He had been through the South African campaign, and was following his vocation as a tailor when, as a reservist, he was called to the colours at the outbreak of war. He married a little over three years ago, and his widow has the care of two small children. They live in Fountain-street, Downpatrick.
SMITH, JOHN, (no information available.)

SMITH PATRICK, Rifleman, 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, eldest son of Mr. John Smith, Tobermoney, Downpatrick. Before the war Patrick was discharged from the Munster Fusiliers as medically unfit. Then he joined the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, He was invalided home from Gallipoli suffering from dysentery. After convalescence, he was sent to France.

STEWART, THOMAS ERNEST, Service No. 110534, Lance-Corporal Canadian Rifles, killed on the 2nd October 1916. He served in the Ulster Bank Downpatrick for six months before going to the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Montreal, in May 1913. Son of William John and Sarah Stewart, of The Manor House, Castlefinn, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

THOMPSON, JAMES, (M.M.) Service No. 11167, Lance-Corporal, 7/8 Royal Irish Fusiliers. Son of James Thompson, of The Green, Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was one of the original Expeditionary Force. In the winter of 1916, he received recognition for carrying a wounded officer under fire. On another occasion he was one of a party of six that dealt with a German at Arras. Four of the six were killed outright. For his share in this exploit he got the Military Medal. He was posted as ‘wounded and missing’ on 3rd November, 1917.  He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

TWEEDIE, WILLIAM, Service No. 107, Rifleman, 13th Royal Irish Rifles. Missing since 1st July, 1916. Subsequently buried at Tincourt New British Cementry. Son of Alexander and Mary Tweedie, Bridge-street, Downpatrick. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

VALENTINE, ROBERT, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers. He died on April 12, 1920, at the County Infirmary, Downpatrick, from wounds received at the Somme July, 1917, age 22 years. Interred in Loughinisland on 14th April, 1920.

WATTERSON, JAMES (Jim), Service No. 19305, 13th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action on 16th August, 1917. Son of the late John and Eliza A. Watterson, Church-street, Downpatrick. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1464.

WEIR, HENRY KEITH CRICHTON, 2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He was the eldest on of Henry Crichton Weir, LL.B., solicitor, and Elizabeth Singer O'Neill Weir, of Iniscora, Downpatrick.  He was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, and before the outbreak of war he held an appointment in the Convoy woollen mills. He was wounded at the Dardanelles on 15th October, 1915, and was invalided to Netley hospital where it was found necessary to amputate his right leg in February last. He succumbed on the 3rd May, 1916, at the age of 23. He was a member of Orange Lodge 431. He is buried at Down Cathedral New Cemetery.

WHITESIDE, ALEXANDER FORRESTER, Captain, Canadian Infantry, son of the late Mr. G. Whiteside, Downpatrick, was killed in action on the 28th March, 1916. He served with the Belfast Imperial Yeomanry in the South African war, for which he held the Queen's and King's medals. He also took part in the Zulu expedition of 1906, for which he held King Edward's medal. Subsequently he went to Canada, where he joined for the present campaign.

WILSON, JAMES GAMBLE, Service No. 32696, Private, South Staffordshire Regiment, formally Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Killed in action on 29th September, 1918. Son of James and Harriett Wilson, Irish-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

WILSON THOMAS, Service No: 11660, Corporal, 47th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action while working his gun on 9th September 1916.   Son of William and Margaret Wilson, of Bridge-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down; husband of Mary Wilson, of Shore Cottage, Killyleagh, Co. Down. A native of Downpatrick, he was a member of L.O.L. No. 1464 and the Royal Archpurple Chapter, and was attached in 1914 to the Downpatrick Company of the East Down Battalion U.V.F. A time-expired man of the 5th Royal Irish Rifles, he enrolled when war broke out, and left Downpatrick with the battalion in August, 1914.   He was wounded in France, and after a spell in hospital was sent out again. He came from fighting stock. An uncle and two cousins have also made the supreme sacrifice.



BERRY, ALBERT EDWARD, Fusilier, Service No: 5108831, 4th Bn., Royal Welch Fusiliers. Son of William Albert and Clara Ann Berry; husband of Rosena Berry, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Borza Ettore,
Corry Amelia
Corry Samuel D.
Craig William S.
Cunningham Edward
Flight Sergeant, Service No: 552181, Royal Air Force. Son of Thomas and Mary A. Donaldson, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Doyle Leonard F.
Fitzsimons James
Glendinning James
Hanna Joseph
Sergeant (Air Gnr.), Service No: 1043669, 83 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Son of John Alan and Evelyn Lancaster Campbell Jaye, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland..
Johnston William
Kelly Henry
Love David
Pilot Officer, Service No: 155803, 630 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Husband of Lilian Matthews, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Maxwell William E.,
Private, Service No: 2197555, 109 Coy., Pioneer Corps. Son of William John and Rachel Mary McBride, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
McCausland James M.,
McElney, W. Harper
Fusilier, Service No: 3130321, 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. Son of James and Susan McGrath, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
McIlroy Margaret
McIlwaine John P.,
Sergeant, Service No: 628246, 269 Sqdn., Royal Air Force. Son of Hugh and Sarah McNabb, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
McQueen Terence J.,
Sapper, Service No: 1902693, 713 Gen. Constr. Coy., Royal Engineer. Son of John Coulter Moore and Jane Sarah Moore, of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
O’Hara Edward J.,
Paxton Arthur V.,
Poots Charles
Porter Henry W.,
Porter William J.,
Skillings George
Smyth Patrick B.,
Telford Charles
William Georg



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