Portaferry, County Down

Portaferry, County Down.
Portaferry does not have a public war memorial.

Anderson, Henry McDonnell, M.C.,Lieutenant Northumberland Fusiliers attd Machine Gun Corps. He was the son of John and Mary Anderson, of 32, Dargle Rd., Drumcondra, Dublin, and a native of Portaferry, Co. Down.

Bailie James, Service Number 18867, Lance-Corporal, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action France, 1st July 1916, born Portaferry. James was the son of John and Anne Bailie, of Portaferry, Co Down.

Berringer or Beringer, Fred, Canadian Grenadier Guards. Mr. Frederick Beringer, High-street, Portaferry, has received information from the War Office that his son, Private Fred Beringer, Canadian Grenadier Guards, reported missing, was killed at the successful attack on Vimy Ridge on 9th April. It was added by the Lieut.-Colonel of his regiment, ‘He met his death bravely, and was a fine example of courage with  the men near him.  He was buried by his comrades on the field of battle, and the place suitably marked by a cross with his name on it.’ In business in the Dominion for about five years, he joined the Canadian forces at the outbreak of war, and has been in the firing line for about 12 months. Another son, William, in the Navy, was lost at the Dardanelles.

Berringer William Ernest, Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy. The Admiralty have notified the relatives of William Berringer, High-street, who was on board H.M.S. Goliath, which has been sunk at the Dardanelles with a loss of 500 lives, that they are sorry that his name does not appear in the list of saved.

Cathcart John, Service Number 9429, Rifleman Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action, France, 1st July 1916, born Portaferry.

Chasty John Norrish, 12207, Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 8th June 1916, born Portaferry. John was the son of James and Clara Lucretia Chasty, of Portaferry, Co. Down, Ireland.

Chasty Richard Christopher, Service Number 9834, Lance Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, died from wounds, 7th September 1915, born Portaferry.

Collins, Michael, Mercantile Marine, First Mate S.S. "Eveleen" (Belfast). Son of the late Owen and Eliza Collins; husband of Jane Collins, (nee McGann), of 61, Corporation St., Belfast. Born at Portaferry.

Corrigan, James J., Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was the son of Mrs. A. Corrigan, of Cottage 662, Tullyboard, Portaferry, Co. Down. He is buried in Kilclief Roman Catholic Churchyard.

Croskery John, Petty Officer Stoker, Royal Navy. Mr. William and Elizabeth Croskery, of Church-street, Portaferry, has been notified by the Admiralty that his son, John Crockery, Royal Navy, was lost at sea in recent operations.

Coulson William, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action, William John Coulson, (Public Schools Batt.,) Royal Fusiliers, Youngest son of Rev. John and Jeanie A. Coulson, Portaferry.

Delaney John, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Mrs. Delaney, Shore-street, Portaferry, has been notified by the War Office that her eldest son, John, Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been killed in action. A member of the Portaferry Irish national Volunteers he joined the Irish Brigade shortly after its formation, and some time ago was wounded.
Diver Redmond Joseph, Black Watch. Sergeant Diver, R.I.C. has been notified by the War Office that his eldest son, Redmond J. Diver, was killed in France on 14th July. He joined the Black Watch after the outbreak of war, and has been at the front for the past 18 months. Latterly he has been acting as interpreter on the staff of the Brigadier General. He was the son of James and Margaret Diver (Served as WHEELER).

Dodds Alexander, Private 10th Rifleman Royal Irish Rifles. Private Alick Dodds, 10th R.I.R., has been killed in France. Rev. J. Mitchell, chaplain, in a letter to Dodds's sisters, Sarah and Lizzie, High-street, says that he was killed on Saturday in a first line trench by a shell, that he died facing the foe, and was buried the same day in a little cemetery at the rear. Engaged on business in Belfast, Dodds, on the formation of the Ulster Division, joined the South Belfast Regiment. There is much sympathy with the Misses Dodds in their bereavement, especially as their mother died since their brother left for France. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Dodds, of Portaferry, Co. Down.

Donaldson Andrew, Lance Corporal Royal Irish Rifles. Mrs. Donaldson, Thomastown, Portaferry, has just been informed that her husband, Andrew Donaldson, was killed in action in France on the 16th August. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and eight surviving children of the deceased soldier. Andy Donaldson was one of the brave Ulster Volunteers who enlisted in the Ulster Rifles at the outbreak of hostilities. He was the son of Samuel and Ellen Donaldson, of Thomastown, Co. Down.

Donnan William J., The Royal Fusiliers, 23rd Batt., (formally 5th Lancers Regiment). Mr. Hugh Donnan, of Kearney, Portaferry, who himself was only recently invalided out of the R.N.V.R., after having served over two years mine-trawling in the North Sea, was notified by the War Office on the 26th ult. that his son, Private William J. Donnan, Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on 1st December, 1917. He joined the Army after the outbreak of war, and was 18 months in France.

Dorrian Hugh, 29513, Pte., Royal Dublin Fusiliers, killed in action France, 5th August 1917, born Portaferry. He was the son of John and Eliza Jane Dorrian, of Knocknagow, Portaferry, Co. Down.

Emerson Thomas, Service Number 11473, Pte., Irish Guards 1st Batt., killed in action France 10th October 1917, born Ballyphilip, County Down.

Fisher George, Private, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Private George Fisher, of the Canadians, formerly of Portaferry, has died of wounds. He was the husband of Elizabeth Fisher, of 67, Lord St., Belfast.

Fisher Hugh, Stoker, Royal Navy. Son of Jane Berry (formerly Fisher), the late George Fisher of Ballyfounder, Portaferry, Co. Down. Mrs. J. Berry, has been notified that her son, Stoker Hugh Fisher, was lost in H.M.S. Vanguard. His eldest brother, Private George Fisher, Canadians, died of wounds receive in action about six months ago.

Fitzsimons or Fitzsimmons, James, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers). James was the son of George and Mary Fitzsimmons of Portaferry, and husband of Catherine Fitzsimmons, of Knocknagow, Portaferry, Co. Down.

Guiney Thomas, Private, Royal Irish Regiment. Official intimation has reached Portaferry that Private Thomas Guiney, R.I.R., was killed on the 9th inst. He joined the Irish Brigade shortly after its formation, and previously had been a member of the Irish Nationalist Volunteers here. Thomas was the son of Thomas Guiney, and Eliza Jane Guiney, of Portaferry, Co. Down. He was born at Ballyphilip, County Down.

Hanna William, Sergeant, Royal Irish Rifles. Mrs. Hanna, Shore-street, has been notified by the War Office that her husband, Sergeant Wm. Hanna, Royal Irish Rifles was killed in action on 9th May. Sergeant Hanna was invalided home some time ago wounded, after spending eight weeks in hospital in England and France. He was wounded by a bullet passing through his left arm. and went out again with a fresh draft of men. A son born to Sergeant Hanna while he was in the fighting line appropriately received the Christian name of Kitchener.

Hogan, John, Leading Boatman, Royal Navy, Tara War Signal Station. John was the son of John and Ellen Hogan, and husband of Catherine Hogan, of Derry Cottages, Portaferry. He is buried in Portaferry Roman Catholic Churchyard

Kerr Bernard, Corporal, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Mrs. Bella Kerr, High-street, Portaferry, has just received intimation that her husband Corporal Bernard Kerr, R I.F., was killed in action on 10th April. Initially he had been reported missing.

Kinlay, James Aloysius, Private, South African Infantry. Died of wounds. He was the son of the late James and Catherine Kinlay, of 37, Synge St., Dublin, Ireland, late of Portaferry, Co. Down.

Mason Roland, Corporal, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Mr. and Mrs James and Catherine Mason, Tieveshilly, has been notified by the War Office that his son, Corporal Roland H. A. Mason, R.I.F., died on the 7th inst. in France from spinal fever. Before joining the army Mason was employed by Mr. J. Lawson, Portaferry, and was held in the highest esteem by the community.
McCluskey, William, Private, Royal Irish Rifles. It is with much regret we have to announce the death of the above young Volunteer, which took place on Sunday last at his home in Ballycalm. William was the son of James and Ellen McCluskey, and was born at Ballycam.  His demise, at an early age (21) came as a sad surprise to his comrades in Camp “C” Clandeboye and Portaferry, and evoked countless expressions of sympathy and regret with his parents on their irreparable loss.  He passed away peacefully, surrounded and comforted by Christian nurses, members of the Portaferry branch of the Medical Nursing Staff, in full assurance that those who sleep in Jesus shall rise triumphant at the resurrection of the just. The deceased was one of the brave lads who offered his services to his King and country over six months ago. A member of the Portaferry company U.V.F. prior to joining the Ulster Division, Private Wm. M’Cluskey, home on leave from Clandeboye, got a cold, which developed into pneumonia, and he died on Sunday morning, to the deep regret of his many friends. He was given a military funeral on Tuesday, a firing party with band attending from Clandeboye. The members of Portaferry Orange Lodge and U.V.F. marched in processional order after the coffin to Ballymanish burial-ground. Rev. J. K. Cronne officiated.

McDonald Mark William, Second Lieutenant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. On Monday afternoon as two officers named Lieutenant Wycomb and Lieutenant McDonald, belonging to the 4th Batt, Inniskilling Fusiliers, were bathing in Tullagh Bay, near Binion, Lieutenant McDonald was seized with cramp. On seeing that he was in difficulties his companion made with all haste towards him, but before he could reach him Lieutenant McDonald was swept into an outgoing current and drowned. Lieutenant Wycomb instantly raised the alarm, and military, constabulary, and civilians rushed to the spot with the hope that the body would be recovered before being swept out to sea. A Tullagh boat, manned by six sturdy fishermen in company with Sergeant Golden, R.I.C., Clonmany scoured the bay with drag-nets for hours, they pursued an unsuccessful search until late at night. They again commenced their grappling operations about five o'clock on Tuesday morning; and after about half an hour's search they raised the body of the drowned man to the surface and conveyed it ashore. It was subsequently conveyed to the military the surface and conveyed it ashore. It was subsequently conveyed to the military camp.
Second-Lieutenant Mark Willaim McDonald, who was only nineteen years of age, was the only surviving son of Dr. Mark and May McDonald, Portaferry, He was a member of the Officers' Training Corps at Campbell College for three years, and was also connected with the Ulster Volunteer Force. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, last autumn, being a junior exhibitioner and prizeman and first honours man in mathematics. He joined the Trinity College O.T.C, and obtained a commission in the 4th Battalion.
At an intercessory service held in Ardkeen Parish Church on Sunday the rector (Rev J. H. H. Scott) referred to the death, from accidental drowning, of Lieutenant McDonald, who was a member of his church, and expressed sympathy with his parents. Deceased he said, was a young man of much promise, and had laid the foundation of what would have been a very brilliant career. His was truly a noble character, in which was found every virtue that belonged to a godly Christian. A regular communicant of his church, a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father adorned his life. He had a very high sense of honour and justice. Though young he was old in wisdom and prudence, and in good counsel, he was admired by those of maturer years.  His thought of others I was wonderful  He loved to set forth the good in others whom the world condemned.  His unassuming and gentle manner won the hearts of many, and the weak had in him a tower of strength, the aged and infirm a source of joy and comfort. From a high sense of duty for his King and country he exchanged the pen for the sword. He had not long obtained his commission, and he had no hesitation in saying that their army has lost a splendid young officer. They sorrowed to-day, but not without hope. The cloud was dark, but the silver lining was in the knowledge that his life was simple but complete, possessing so many good, qualities which made him a gallant, courteous Christian gentleman. The funeral took place at Glenarm New Cemetery.

M’Gee William, Private, Borderer Regiment. Late of Anne-street, Portaferry. He is buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery.

McMath, John, Master, Mercantile Marine, S.S. Manitou. He is buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery.

M’Mullan Edward, 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers. Mrs. Richard M’Mullan, Shore-street, has been notified that her son, Private Edward M’Mullan 8th Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been killed in action. It is only a few weeks ago since Private M’MuIlan sent home a certificate on vellum, signed by Major General Hickey, commander of the 10th Irish Division, certifying his gallant conduct and devotion to duty on the field on the 10th ult. Before the war he was an active member of the Portaferry Irish National Volunteers.

M'Mullan John, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Official intimation has reached Portaferry that Private John M'Mullan, R.I.F, was killed on the 6th inst. He joined the Irish Brigade shortly after its formation, and previously had been a member of the Nationalist Volunteers here. He was the son of James and Rebbecca McMullan, of The Lane, Portaferry, County Down.
M’Nally Hugh Francis, Surgeon, Royal Navy. Mr and Mrs Nicholas and Elizabeth McNally, of “The Shore,” Shore-street, Portaferry, have been notified that their eldest son, Dr. Hugh F. M’Nally, surgeon on the cruiser, Hampshire, was lost in the disaster off the Orkney Islands. A native of Portaferry, Mr. M'Nally himself was formerly a school teacher in Belfast, and after his retirement some time ago returned to live here. The Admiralty announce that the Hampshire was struck by a mine. She was accompanied by two destroyers until the captain was compelled to detach them at 7 o'clock on Monday evening on account of the very heavy seas. Just before 8 o'clock there was an explosion, and the Hampshire sank within 10 minutes. The Admiralty have given up hope of there being any more survivors.

Menown or Manoun, William, Corporal, Canadian Infantry. Mr. John, Menown, Church-street, has been notified by the War Office that his youngest son William, of the Canadian, in France since last April, has been killed in action. About four years ago he emigrated to Canada, and engage in farming. Deceased, who was 26 years of age, was in Vancouver when he volunteered for service shortly after the outbreak of war. He is survived by his young wife. He was a quiet, inoffensive, sober and steady young man. To his parents, brothers and sister we extend our condolences.

Orr Samuel, Private Royal Engineers. Mr. Samuel Orr, Church-street, Portaferry, whose son, Private Sam Orr, Royal Engineers, was reported wounded in France last week, has been notified by the War Office that he has died in the base hospital, Havre. Only on Tuesday before the sad news came, there was a letter from Private Orr himself saying that he was setting on well. He was wounded by a shrapnel in the head, left shoulder, arm, and legs. Private Orr, a young man with promising projects, enlisted over 12 months ago, with his brethren of the U.V.F. His death is lamented by young and old in this town and neighbourhood. The deceased soldier, being the child of pious parents, was possessed of virtuous principles. From infancy he was a regular attender at church and Sabbath-school and was looked upon as one of the really good young men of Portaferry. For the admonition and encouragement of young men of the age of this gallant and fearless soldier we are happy to be in a position to state no improper word or unseemly language ever escaped his lips. A true soldier of his King and of his Saviour, poor Sam is no more.

Scott, Herbert Vesey, Rifle Brigade. A staff officer, Captain H. V. Scott, Rifle Brigade, whose has died of wounds at Wimereux hospital, France, was born at Portaferry, and was a brother of Captain Scott, Crossdoney, prominently identified with the U.V.F., movement in County Cavan. Deceased was educated at Eton and elsewhere in England. He served in the South African war, and in the present campaign was mentioned by General French in his despatch of January 14. A keen sportsman, Captain Scott particularly excelled at polo, at which his teams won various trophies In India His regimental career was spent in the Rifle Brigade, in which he received his captaincy in 1912.

Shiels John Joseph, Petty Officer, Royal Navy. An inquest has been held at St. Pancras on John Joseph Shiels, 42, of Portaferry, a first-class petty officer in the Navy. On 19th January 1917, he got leave for the purpose of visiting his home at Portaferry. On Saturday whilst walking along Euston Road he was seen to stagger and fall, striking his head on the pavement. He was removed to hospital, where he became unconscious, and died in a couple of hours from effusion of blood on the brain. The funeral took place at Portaferry yesterday with naval honours.

Smuthright Donald, Lieutenant Black Watch. News has reached Portaferry that Lieutenant Donald Smuthright, Black Watch, nephew of Mr. Thomas Warnock, J.P„ has been killed in action. He was just 19 years of age, and left for the front only three weeks ago.

Sumner John D., Chief Gunner Royal Navy. He was the commander of torpedo boat No. 96, which as officially reported on Tuesday, has been sunk in the Straits of Gibraltar, after collision, is a native of Portaferry. In the early morning of 1st November, while patrolling the Straits of Gibraltar in torpedo boat number 96, an auxiliary cruiser collided with and sank the torpedo boat. It was pitch dark at the time and neither vessel carried lights.   Only eight men of the torpedo boat were saved. Commander Sumner married in 1907, Jane, youngest daughter of the late John Rutherford, Portaferry. The Admiralty states that two officers and nine men ate were drowned. John D. Sumner entered the Navy as a boy at 14 years of years and up till the time of his death had served 28 years in it. He was well known in the Portaferry district. He belonged to naval families both by his father's side and his mother's side of the house. Two of his maternal uncles were captains in the Navy, namely, the late Captain James M’Cullen, R.N., and the late Contain Frank M'Cullen, R.N.,. both of Portaferry. His only surviving maternal uncle is Mr. C. A. E. M’Cullen. R.N., chief officer coastguards, retired. Commander Sumner’s father was also a Navy man. Hence, it might be said that ‘the service’ was in his blood.
A handsome monument has recently been placed in Ballyphilip churchyard to the memory of Mr. John David Sumner, R.N.  Chief gunner in command of a torpedo boat, he was drowned in a collision off Gibraltar on 1st November. He belonged to naval families both by his father’s side and his mother’s side of the house. Two of his maternal uncles were captains in the Navy, namely, the late Captain James M’Cullen, R.N. and the late Captain Frank M'Cullen, R.N., both of Portaferry. His only surviving maternal uncle is Mr. C. A. E. M’Cullen, R.N., chief officer coastguards, retired. Commander Sumner’s father was also a Navy man. The memorial is an oblong slab of polished grey granite, chamfered on the sides and ends, resting on a strong supporting plinthing of patent axed granite, with broad projection splays. It bears the following inscription in block letters, deeply incised and finished with gold : ‘In loving memory of John David Sumner, R.N. who gave his life for his King and country while in command of H.M. torpedo boat at Gibraltar. He entered the higher life and service on the lst November, 1915, aged 42. Dulce et decorum est propatria mori.’  ‘God is love.’ The memorial was designed and executed by Messrs, S. and T. Hastings, sculptors, Downpatrick.
Taylor William, Royal Irish Rifles. Reportedly from Portaferry.
Tumelty Patrick, Mr. Notification has been received that Mr. Patrick Tumelty, son of Mrs. Tumelty, High-street, Portaferry, has been killed at sea.

Wilson Charles H. P. Canadian, Army Service Corps. Mr. C. H.  P. Wilson, son of the late Samuel and Annie Wilson, of The Square, Portaferry, Co. Down, Ireland was killed in action.  Formerly an engineer in Messrs. Barber & Combe’s foundry, Belfast. At the outbreak of war he left his fruit farm in British Columbia, and joined the Army Service Corps.



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