Portstewart, County Londonderry
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Portstewart, County Londonderry
Portstewart War Memorial is situated on the Promenade.
The money was raised by public subscription, in honour of thirty men of the town who lost their lives in the Great War. It cost almost £800, and occupies a central position on the promenade.  It consists of a life-size figure in bronze of a soldier in full war kit “on guard.” Standing on an Artistic limestone pedestal and platform of three steps, the whole being eighteen feet high.  There are three polished granite panels, on the pedestal, the front one or which bears the inscription, while on the others the names of the fallen are inscribed.
The inscription on the memorial is:-


“TO THE GLORY TO GOD AND IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF PORTSTEWART WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918.”
“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.”

Robert Bacon

James Boyd

Robert J. Burke

John P. Charles

Thomas J. Finlay

Cecil J. H.Gatchell

John Gray

James Hayes

Thomas Hayes

James Kane

William Kilpatrick

Thomas Kyle

Edward Martin

Alexander C. Montagu

Walter P. Montagu

Daniel Millar

William Millar

David M’Candless

James M’Curdy

Manus M’Fadden

Harry M’Gowan

William M’Guigan

William M’Michael

William J. Reid

Thomas Shields

Samuel Sinclair

William J. Spence

John Taylor

John H. Upson

Alexander Williamson.

The plaques commemorating those who were killed on active service during WW2 are at the front of the Memorial below the main WW1 panel and are inscribed as follows


THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE FOLLOWING
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945

Dallas Boyce

William Stavely Brown

H.C. Caldwell

M.N. Darling

William Herbert Farley

Michael Joseph Kelleher

J.S. Kennedy

William Mcintyre

J.H. Nelson

T.A. Nesbitt

J. Tannahill

William Wilson

Alexander Wilton

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Thanks to Trevor McClean for thumb-nail sketches of the men from Portstewart and District who served in World War One, including those commemorated on the War Memorial, and for WW2 names and information.
PORTSTEWART AND WORLD WAR ONE.
INTRODUCTION.
Portstewart and district are located in the Parish of Agherton, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. At the time of the First World War Portstewart was a small seaside resort and fishing village. The Parish of Agherton comprised the following townlands: Ballygallin, Ballygelagh East, Ballygelagh West, Ballylease (or Ballyleese) North, Ballylease South, Ballylease West Quarter, Ballysally (part), Bellemont More, Bellemont North, Bellemont South, Carnalbanagh, Cappagh Beg, Cappagh More, Carnanee, Craigtown Beg, Craigtown More, Crossreagh East, Crossreagh West, Dooey Beg, Drumslade, Dundooan (part), Galvally, Garborgle, Garrylaban, Glebe, Island Tasserty, Island Vardin, Kiltinny Beg, Kiltinny More, Maddybenny Beg, Maddybenny More, Magheraclay, Mullaghacall North, Mullaghacall South, Nare, Roselick Beg, Roselick More, Tullaghmurry East, and Tullaghmurry West. An adjacent townland of Carnalridge, though not in Agherton, was, nevertheless, in the Parliamentary Polling District of Portstewart.
Use has been made of a range of sources in the preparation of the following compilation. These include contemporary reports in local newspapers (mainly the Coleraine Chronicle and the Northern Constitution), various memorials and rolls of honour, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's 'Debt of Honour' Register; some use has also been made of the Census Returns for 1901 and 1911, and of the Electoral Register for 1915.
This compilation is not meant to be a comprehensive or authoritative account of Portstewart's contribution to World War One. Furthermore, it should be noted that the information herein can not be fully accurate. For example, the identification of a particular individual or his regiment is made difficult in some instances as the newspaper reports and other records contained insufficient detail, errors and even contradictory information.
Trevor McClean
E-Mail Address:
tmccwwone@hotmail.com
December 1999. Updated 4 June 2008


'THUMB-NAIL SKETCHES' OF MEN WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR ONE AND WHO WERE FROM OR HAD AN ASSOCIATION WITH PORTSTEWART AND DISTRICT (in alphabetical order).
ALEXANDER, John :- Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Regiment. He was wounded in 1917 and again in 1918 (left leg and foot). His wife lived at Vow, Bendooragh, and formerly at Burnside, Portstewart, and before that in Glasgow.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 01-09-1917; Northern Constitution of 16-11-1918.
ALLAN, Bertie :- Private, 2/7th Battalion, Royal Scots Regiment.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 25-09-1915.
ANDERSON, Samuel :- Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. A native of Coleraine, he and his wife, Kathleen (Kate) Elizabeth (nee Hamilton), lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. Samuel was a bricklayer by trade. He was still living at Coleraine Road when he died on 14 January 1966, aged 80 years; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 19-01-1918, 14-12-1918 & 26-07-1919.
BACON, Alexander (Alex) :- Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 27 years), and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. Before the War he was a fisherman and he lived at Garden Avenue, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Catherine (Kate) McComb Stirling Bacon, lived at Crescent View, Portstewart. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915 & 17-11-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 23-09-1916, 17-03-1917 & 13-07-1918.
BACON, Charles Frederick :-Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 22 years), and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. He was commended for gallantry at sea off Malta during an engagement with an enemy submarine in 1917. Before the War he was a fisherman. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Catherine (Kate) McComb Stirling Bacon, lived at Crescent View, Portstewart. Charles was living at Heathmount, when he died on 24 February 1956; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915 & 08-09-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 23-09-1916.
BACON, Jack :- Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 23 years), and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. Before the War he was a fisherman. His father, Robert (fisherman), and step-mother, Lizzie, lived at Teresa Terrace (Heathmount), Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915, 22-07-1916, 22-06-1918, 21-09-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 23-09-1916, 06-01-1917 & 31-03-1917.
BACON, James (Jim) :- Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 24 years), and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. Before the War he was a fisherman. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Catherine (Kate) McComb Stirling Bacon, lived at Crescent View, Portstewart. James was living at Heathmount when he died on 1 May 1960; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915, 23-02-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 23-09-1916, 23-02-1918 & 14-09-1918.
BACON, Mark :-Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 24 years), and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. Before the War he was a fisherman. His father, Robert (fisherman), and step-mother, Lizzie, lived at Teresa Terrace (Heathmount), Portstewart. Mark was living at Upper Heathmount when he died on 12 November 1959; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915, 22-07-1916 & 23-02-1918; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 23-09-1916, 31-03-1917, 23-02-1918 & 14-09-1918.
BACON, Nathaniel (Nat) :- Aircraftsman. Royal Air Force. He volunteered for active service in the Royal Air Force in 1918 (aged about 24 years). Previously he had been engaged in war work in Messrs. Vicker's Yard, Barrow-in-Furness, England (1915+). Before the War he was employed as a carpenter. His father, Robert (fisherman), and step-mother, Lizzie, lived at Teresa Terrace (Heathmount), Portstewart. He was living at Central Avenue when he died on 24 January 1964; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 22-07-1916 & 06-07-1918; Northern Constitution of 14-09-1918.
BACON, Robert (Bobbie) :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 15303), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Bobbie served in France and was awarded the 'Certificate for Gallantry'. He was killed in action, aged 27 years, on Saturday, 1 July 1916 at Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme. His wife, Maggie (nee Daly), lived at Cross Lane, Coleraine. His father, Robert (fisherman), and step-mother, Lizzie, lived at Teresa Terrace (Heathmount), Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record, & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier 4D, Face 5B.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 22-07-1916, 28-07-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 08-07-1916, 23-09-1916 , 05-05-1917 & 23-11-1918.
BARR, William :- Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans in 1918. His mother lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. A Reference: Northern Constitution of 27-04-1918.
BEATTIE, T.A. :- Private, South African Forces. He was a nephew of Mr. Matthew Browne, a member of Portstewart Urban District Council. A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 02-02-1918.
BLACK, James :- Major, Army Service Corps. He was assistant to the Administrative Area Officer for Ireland. His parents, Mr. Samuel (farmer) and Mrs. Annie Black, lived at Ballylease, Portstewart. Prior to volunteering (about 1915, aged about 33 years) he was a member of the staff of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 21-12-1918; Northern Constitution of 17-04-1915.
BLACK, Herbert James :- Herbert was a dispatch rider in the Army in World War One. His parents, Mr. H.A.G. and Mrs. Black, lived in Portrush, and he lived at Main Street, Portstewart. He was living in Bangor when he died on 5 March 1966, aged 75 years.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
BLACK, William B. :- Corporal, London Irish Regiment. He served in Palestine and was wounded in the leg in 1918. His parents, Mr. H.A.G. and Mrs. Black, lived in Portrush, and his brother, Mr. Herbert Black, lived at Main Street, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 01-06-1918.
BOGGS, William G. :- Cadet, Royal Air Force. He volunteered for active service in September 1918 (aged about 21 years). His mother, Mrs. Matilda Boggs (widow and retired farmer) lived at The Hill, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 21-09-1918; Northern Constitution of 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
BOYCE, James (Jim) Wilson :- Sergeant (Service Number 7579) , 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was called up to the General Reserve in August 1914 (aged about 28 years) and served in Belgium and France. He was wounded in the head in 1915. He was awarded the Mons Star. His parents, Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Bella Boyce, lived at Cappagh, Portstewart. His wife was Elizabeth. After the War he was employed as head porter at Carrickfergus Station and later, for many years, as 'Sergeant' in Coleraine Academical Institution. Jim died on 1 November 1944 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 19-12-1914, 08-05-1915 & 30-10-1915; Northern Constitution of 29-05-1915, 18-09-1915, 11-12-1915 & 05-07-1919.
BOYD, Edmund :- Private (Service Number 15339), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and later Private (Service Number 4983), Royal Irish Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 19 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Edmund was injured in early 1916, and wounded in Autumn 1916, in 1917, and in the arm and both legs in 1918. His parents, Mr. John (fisherman) and Mrs. Sarah Jane Boyd, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 15-05-1915, 03-03-1916, 09-12-1916, 27-07-1918, 21-09-1918, 28-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 14-10-1916, 21-10-1916 & 29-09-1917.
BOYD, James (Jim) :- Gunner (Service Number 43319), 301st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He volunteered for active service in August 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and in France. He was wounded in the back at the Dardanelles, Turkey, in 1915, injured during the Battle of Loos, France (1915), and wounded in the back and right leg in the Summer of 1916. He was killed in action, aged 28 years, on Monday, 7 August 1917 at Maison Ridge, France. He had previously served in the Boer War. His parents, Mr. John (fisherman) and Mrs. Sarah Jane Boyd, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart; he was their eldest son. Jim was married in 1915. Before the War he was employed by Mr. John Frizzell, contractor.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery (Belgium), Plot 1, Row D, Grave 54.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 15-05-1915, 18-08-1917, 27-07-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 05-09-1914, 16-10-1915, 11-12-1915, 14-10-1916 & 23-11-1918.
BOYD, Thomas John :- Private, 10th. Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Thomas served in France and Belgium and was wounded in 1918. Before and after the War he served in the Merchant Navy. His parents, Mr. John (fisherman) and Mrs. Sarah Jane Boyd, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart. He was living at Mullaghacall Cottages, when he died on 2 October 1957, aged 68 years; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 03-04-1915, 15-05-1915, 21-07-1917 & 26-01-1918; Northern Constitution of 16-09-1916.
BOYD, William :- Aircraftsman (mechanic), Royal Air Force; formerly Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was wounded in 1916. William was born about 1890 and his parents were Mr. William (fisherman) and Mrs. Jane Boyd who lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart. Before the War he was a fisherman.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 23-12-1916 & 10-08-1918; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
BRADLEY, Henry(Harry) :- Private (Service Number S/16120), Seaforth Highlanders. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 25 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. His adoptive parents, Mr. John and Mrs. Sarah Connor, lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914 & 01-09-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
BRADLEY, Horace :- Warrant Officer Class 2 (Service Number 85), Rifle Brigade. He served in France and was wounded twice in 1915. He was the son-in-law of Mr. Charles Upson, grocer, 2 Mount Oriel, Portstewart.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-09-1915; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
BRANNON, James (also reported as BRENNAN) :- Private (Service Number 12859), 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was called up to the General Reserve in August 1914; prior to this he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. Not long after he arrived there he was killed in action on Monday, 16 August 1915 on the Kiretch Tepe range of hills, north of Suvla Bay, Turkey. He was born at Portrush, County Antrim, and before the War he worked as a farm labourer in the Portstewart district.
He is commemorated on Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Helles Memorial (Turkey), Panel 178 to 180.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 05-09-1914, 10-10-1914 & 08-01-1916; Northern Constitution of 05-09-1914.
BROWN, Thomas :- Seaman, Royal Navy.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 14-12-1918.
BROWN, William :- Able Seaman, Royal Navy.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
BROWN, William James :- Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in 1915 (aged about 34 years). Before the War he was a farmer. His father, Mr. Samuel Brown (farmer), lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 08-01-1916; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
BURKE, Robert (Bobbie) John :- Aircraftsman (mechanic), Third Class (Service Number 297140), Royal Air Force. He volunteered for active service in September 1918. He died, aged 19 years, of pneumonia on Wednesday, 10 October 1918 in hospital at Blanford Camp, Dorsetshire, England. Before enlisting he was employed as a chauffeur by Mr. Samuel R. Henry, Dun Suivnish, Galvally, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William John (a driver of Portstewart tram) and Mrs. Susan (nee Law) Burke, lived in the Tramway Depot, Main Street, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Agherton Cemetery, Grave K. 12 (454, on North-west boundary).
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 21-09-1918, 05-10-1918, 12-10-1918, 19-10-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
BURKE, William (Billy) :- Private (Service Number 304852), Tank Corps; previously Private (Service Number 41465), Royal Irish Fusiliers and earlier Trooper (Service Number 2310), North Irish Horse. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1916 (aged about 18 years). Before enlisting he was employed as a shop assistant in Mrs. Woods' (stationer) shop. His parents, Mr. William John (a driver of Portstewart tram) and Mrs. Susan (nee Law) Burke, lived in the Tramway Depot, Main Street, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 02-03-1918 & 17-08-1918; Northern Constitution of 25-11-1916, 05-01-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
BURLEIGH, Andrew(Andy) :-Sergeant (Service Number 27744), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
CAMPBELL, Daniel Reid :- Company-Sergeant-Major, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 27 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Daniel was a member of the Military Recruiting Team which visited the town in October 1914. He served in France and Belgium. Before the War he was employed as a stone mason. He and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, lived at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. Robert (stone mason) and Mrs. Catherine Campbell, lived at the Crescent, Portstewart. Daniel was living at Old Coach Road when he died on 14 September 1955; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 21-07-1917 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 10-06-1916 & 07-09-1918.
CAMPBELL, Edward :- Able Seaman, Royal Navy. He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
CAMPBELL, John :- Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 17 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. John was wounded in 1918. His parents, Mr. William and Margaret Campbell, lived at the Cottages, the Glebe, Portstewart. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 23-02-1918 & 06-04-1918; Northern Constitution of 12-09-1914, 13-03-1915, 11-12-1915, 06-01-1917, 13-01-1917 & 23-02-1918.
CAMPBELL, Thomas :- Sergeant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He may have been the grandson (born about 1891) of Mr. Peter and Mrs. Mary Jane Campbell, Tullaghmurry, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-09-1917.
CAMPBELL, William :- Private, 12th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 17 years) ; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He was seriously wounded in 1916; as a consequence he was discharged from military service on medical grounds (early 1917). He was appointed to take charge of the new recruiting office which opened in Portstewart in September 1918. His parents, Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Maggie Campbell, lived at Burnside, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 24-03-1917 & 17-11-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 27-01-1917 & 07-09-1918.
CHARLES, Havelock C. :- Lieutenant, Royal Irish Regiment. He served in France and in Salonica, Greece. His parents, Professor John James and Mrs. Harrietta Madeline (nee Godfrey) Charles, lived at the Crescent, Portstewart; previously they lived in Cork. Professor Charles and his wife were married in Agherton Parish Church on 1 July 1873.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church; there is also a Family Plaque in the Church.
CHARLES, John James Percival (Dr.) :- Lieutenant/temporary Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 1st/1st Hertfordshire Regiment. He was 'Mentioned in Dispatches' and was awarded the Military Cross. He died on Saturday, 6 October 1917, aged 33 years, of wounds received during the Third Battle of Ypres. His parents, Professor John James and Mrs. Harrietta Madeline (nee Godfrey) Charles, lived at the Crescent, Portstewart; previously they lived in Cork. Professor Charles and his wife were married in Agherton Parish Church on 1 July 1873.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial and a Family Plaque in the Church, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (France), Plot VII, Row A, Grave 29.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 16-03-1918, 03-05-1919 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial).
CONNOR, Henry (Harry) :- Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in August 1914. He served in France and was wounded in the back at Givenchy in 1914 and gassed in 1915.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 24-10-1914 & 08-01-1916; Northern Constitution of 05-09-1914 & 18-09-1915.
COYLE, Thomas :- Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 25-11-1916.
CRAWFORD, Charles William :- Trooper (Service Number 301815), Canadian Forces. Charles enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 18 February 1916 at Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was born on 13 August 1889 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, and as a young man he emigrated to Canada. Prior to joining up he was employed as a commercial traveller in Manitoba. His mother, Mrs. Margaret (Robert) Crawford, lived at Hillside and later Strandview, Portstewart.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 01-04-1916 & 08-12-1917; Library & Archives Canada.
CRAWFORD, Theodore Alexander :- Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. He served in Mesopotamia (Iraq) and contracted malaria in 1917, becoming dangerously ill. He recovered and after the War he completed his medical training at Edinburgh University. He later became a general practitioner in London. He was born about 1896 and his parents were Mr. Alexander Gardiner Crawford, J.P. (merchant), and Mrs. Susan Wylie Crawford who lived at The Hill, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 23-09-1916, 15-12-1917, 29-12-1917 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 05-06-1915, 11-12-1915 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
DALE, John William (Dr.) :- Major, Royal Army Medical Corps. He was 'Mentioned in Dispatches' and was awarded the Military Cross. He was born about 1876 and his parents were Mr. William (leather merchant) and Mrs. Mary Dale who lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 05-10-1918; Northern Constitution of 01-06-1918.
DAVIDSON, George :- Private (Service Number 20113), Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and later Private (Service Number 32551), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in France and was wounded in the face and left hand in 1916. He lived at Heathmount, Portstewart. Prior to volunteering he was employed by Mr. Hugh Caldwell, Main Street, Portstewart. His foster-mother, Mrs. Matilda McIlreavy (boarding-house keeper), lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Northern Constitution of 23-09-1916, 16-02-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
DAVIDSON, James :- Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 and served in France. He lived at the Dooey, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 08-01-1916; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 11-12-1915, 28-04-1917 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
DAVIS, Edward :- Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve. He was born about 1900 and his parents were James and Margaret Davis who lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917 & 12-01-1918.
DAVIS, James (Jim) :- Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in France. He lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 14-07-1917 & 16-02-1918.
DAVIS, Thomas :- Private. Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 14-07-1917.
DOOLE, James :- Private (Service Number 15484), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and later Private (Service Number 05478), Hampshire Regiment. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 19 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. His parents were Mr. John and Mrs. Eliza Doole, Cappagh, Portstewart. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914; Northern Constitution of 12-09-1914, 13-03-1915 & 11-12-1915.
DOOLE, William John :- Private (Service Number 28154), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and later Private (Service Number 34617), Cameron Highlanders. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 17 years) and was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans in 1917. His parents were Mr. John and Mrs. Eliza Doole, Cappagh, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 08-01-1916 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 29-09-1917 & 20-10-1917.
DORAN, David :- Driver (Service Number 20886), Royal Engineers.
David is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
DORAN, Stephen :- Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in France and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916) and again in 1917. He lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart, and formerly at Island Tasserty, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 20-05-1916, 15-07-1916 & 29-12-1917.
DOUGLAS, Daniel :- Private (Service Number 19000), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and later Private (Service Number 223603), Labour Corps. He served in France. He, his wife, Sarah, and family lived at Roselick, Portstewart. Daniel was living at Atlantic Circle when he died on 2 November 1963, aged 82 years; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 23-03-1918; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
DOUGLAS, George :- Lance-Corporal. A Reference: Northern Constitution of 15-02-1919.
ESDALE, Charles :- Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was called up to the General Reserve in August 1914; prior to this he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served in Belgium and France, and was seriously wounded in right arm in November 1914. Formerly he was an employee of the Midland Railway Station, Portstewart and at Kilrea. He lived with his wife at Bellemont, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914; Northern Constitution of 28-11-1914 & 11-12-1915.
FERGUSON, Alexander :- Temporary Major, 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was 'Mentioned in Dispatches' and was awarded the Military Cross. A professional soldier he joined the army in 1886 and had previously served in the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He had fought in the Boer War and had been 'Mentioned in Dispatches', and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, South African Medal, Queen's South African Medal and King's Medal with seven bars. His home was Tasmania House, Victoria Terrace, Portstewart. He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 14-07-1917, 05-01-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
FERRIS, James Valentine :- Private/Drummer (Service Number 2154), Royal Irish Regiment. He volunteered in 1914 and served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. He was wounded at Suvla Bay in 1915 and later that year he was stricken with fever (probably malaria). A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 29-01-1916.
FINLAY, Thomas James :- Private (Service Number 15517), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Thomas served in France and Belgium and was awarded the Military Medal. He was killed in action on Tuesday, 26 June 1917 at Estaverne, Belgium. He was born on 8 November 1893 and his parents, Mr. John and Mrs. Rebecca Finlay, lived at Burnside, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, Wytschaete (Belgium), Plot 1, Row, C, Grave 2.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 20-01-1917, 24-02-1917, 07-07-1917, 21-07-1917, 03-08-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 15-02-1919.
FULTON, William James :- Engineer, Royal Naval Reserve. He was killed, aged 40 years, in April 1917 when the minesweeper, Duchess of Montrose, struck a mine off the coast of Belgium. His relatives lived at the Dooey, Portstewart, and he was a cousin of Private James Davidson.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 28-04-1917.
GATCHELL, Howard V. (Dr.) :- Major, Royal Army Medical Corps. His parents, Rev. Dr. James H. Gatchell, Rector of Earlsgift, County Tyrone, and Mrs. Louisa J. Gatchell had a summer residence at Tullaghmurry, Portstewart. The family later moved to Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 26-07-1919.
GATCHELL, James Harcourt Cecil (Dr.) :- Lieutenant/ temporary Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment and later the Royal West Surrey Regiment; he had served with the Corps since September 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre (France). He was wounded for the second time in the Summer of 1917 and was killed in action on Thursday, 27 September 1917. Prior to enlisting he was a surgeon with the Elder Dempster Shipping Line. His parents, Rev. Dr. James H. Gatchell, Rector of Earlsgift, County Tyrone, and Mrs. Louisa J. Gatchell had a summer residence at Tullaghmurry, Portstewart. The family later moved to Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke (Belgium), Enclosure Number 4, Plot, VI, Row, D, Grave 11.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-08-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-09-1915 & 13-10-1917; Belfast Evening Telegraph of 15-08-1917.
GAUSSEN, Horace A. :- Captain, Local Recruiting Officer. He lived at Rock House, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914 & 11-12-1915.
GILBERT, Joseph :- Corporal (Service Number 15540), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 30 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Joseph served in France and was wounded twice, once during the Battle of Messines (June 1917). He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans in 1918. Before the War he was employed as a plasterer. He lived at Heathmount, Portstewart; his wife died in June 1915. He was a nephew of Mr. William McKergan, Ballylease, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 12-06-1915, 16-06-1917, 02-03-1918, 04-01-1919 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 27-04-1918 & 15-02-1919.
GLOVER, Samuel :- Lance-Corporal, Army Service Corps. He served in France. He lived at The Hill, Portstewart.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 17-02-1917 & 16-03-1918.
GRAY, John :- Private (Service Number CH/298(S)), Chatham Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Naval Brigade. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and died, aged about 29 years, on Thursday, 3 June 1915 in hospital in Alexandria, Egypt, of wounds received at the Dardanelles. His parents, Mr. James and Mrs. Sarah Gray, lived at Burnside, Portstewart, and his sister, Mrs. McKee, lived at Donegall Road, Belfast. Before the War he was employed as a tailor in Belfast.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery (Egypt), Row M, Grave 162.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 17-07-1915 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
HAMILTON, Archibald (Archie) :- He may have lived originally at Galvally, Portstewart. He was living at Garden Avenue when he died on 9 May 1963; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
HAMILTON, Henry ( Harry) :- Private/Signaller, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 21 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Harry served in France and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916). He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans in 1918. He contracted pneumonia after being released at the end of the War and recovered fully. His parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Hetty Hamilton, lived at Mullaghacall Cottages, Portstewart. Harry was the agent-in-charge of the L.M.S. Railway Station at Magilligan, County Londonderry, when he died on 12 January 1941, aged 48 years.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 15-07-1916 & 02-09-1916; Northern Constitution of 12-09-1914, 13-03-1915, 21-10-1916, 23-12-1916, 06-10-1917, 27-04-1918, 15-02-1919 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
HAMILTON, Joseph :- Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 18 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Joseph served in France and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, and again in Autumn 1916 and in the Winter of 1917; he was gassed in 1918. His parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Hetty Hamilton, lived at Mullaghacall Cottages, Portstewart. He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 02-09-1916, 05-01-1917, 24-08-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 12-09-1914, 13-03-1915, 08-07-1916, 21-10-1916, 23-12-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
HARBINSON, Isaiah :- Private. He was living at York Avenue, Portstewart, when he died on 15 December 1955.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 15-02-1919.
HAYES, James (Jim) :- Private (Service Number 27599), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Jim served in France, and died on Sunday, 2 July 1916, aged 36 years, of wounds received during the Battle of the Somme. Before the War he was employed as a plasterer. His parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Sarah (nee McGowan)Hayes, lived at the Cottages, Burnside, Portstewart; he was their second son.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery (France), Plot 1, Row B, Grave 15.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 26-08-1916 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 08-07-1916, 29-07-1916, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
HAYES, Thomas (Tom) :- Private/Drummer (Service Number 12870), 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers; he had served previously with the Royal Irish Rifles (Service Number 11839). Thomas volunteered for active service in August 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. Not long after he arrived there he was killed in action, aged 30 years, on Monday, 16 August 1915 on the Kiretch Tepe range of hills, north of Suvla Bay. Before the War he was employed as a tailor. His parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Sarah (nee McGowan) Hayes, lived at the Cottages, Burnside, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Helles Memorial (Turkey), Panel 178 to 180.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 13-11-1915, 08-01-1916, 26-08-1916 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 05-09-1914, 11-12-1915, 08-07-1916, 29-07-1916, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
HENDERSON, Thomas George :- Second-Lieutenant/acting-Captain, Royal Irish Rifles. He volunteered for active service in 1916 and served in France. Prior to joining up he had been principal of Agherton National School, Portstewart. He married Miss May Isabel Anderson of Portstewart in November 1917.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-01-1916, 09-12-1916, 20-10-1917, 01-12-1917, 29-06-1918, 05-10-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 29-01-1916, 26-02-1916 & 14-07-1917.
HENDERSON, William T. (Dr.) :- Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. He volunteered for active service in 1915, and served in Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in Palestine and in France. He was 'Mentioned in Dispatches'. Prior to joining up he was a medical officer in Canterbury Military Hospital. His father, Mr. Archibald Henderson, lived at Atlantic Circle, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 29-06-1918.
HENRY, Samuel Stuart :- Lieutenant, Royal Air Force (formerly Royal Flying Corps). He volunteered for active service in September 1916 and served in France. He was officially reported missing on 15 November 1917 and it was later learnt that he had been taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans; he was repatriated on 27 November 1918. His parents, Mr. Samuel Reid (hotel proprietor & merchant) and Mrs. Jeannie Henry, lived at Dun Suivnish, Galvally, Portstewart; he was their eldest son and was born on 14 December 1897. His father was Chairman of Portstewart Urban District Council. Stuart was still living at Dun Suivnish when he died on 2 November 1965; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 24-11-1917, 15-12-1917, 26-01-1918, 18-05-1918, 07-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 16-09-1916, 29-09-1917, 15-02-1919 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
HUNTER, Hugh :- Gunner (Service Number 1250752), Canadian Field Artillery. Hugh enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 24 April 1917 at Regina, Saskatchewan, and served initially with the 77th Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. He was born on 12 December 1892 in Portstewart and as a young man emigrated to Canada. Prior to joining up he was employed as a traveller for the McDonald and Crawford Company, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. His parents, Mr. Hugh and Mrs. Mary Hunter, lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 20-07-1918; Library & Archives Canada.
JOHNSTON, John A. :- Captain, 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in the Summer of 1915 and served in France and Egypt. He was awarded the Military Cross. Prior to joining up he had been an assistant teacher in the Model School, Coleraine. He lived in Portstewart though his relatives lived in Moy, County Tyrone.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 30-06-1917; Northern Constitution of 21-08-1915, 26-02-1916, 23-12-1916, 15-06-1918 & 01-03-1919.
KANE, James :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 12/17998), 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim Volunteers). He served in France and Belgium, and was killed in action (a shell wound) in France, aged 20 years, on Wednesday, 21 March 1917. His parents, Mr. James and Mrs. Mary Ann Kane lived at Carnalridge Cottages, Portrush (Portstewart Parliamentary Polling District).
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Loker Churchyard (Belgium), Plot 1, Row C, Grave 23.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 31-03-1917, 28-04-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 29-01-1916 & 23-11-1918.
KILPATRICK, William Boyd (also reported as KIRKPATRICK) :- Private (Service Number 4476), 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. He was wounded in the shoulder in 1915 and killed in action, aged 25 years, at Gallipoli on Saturday, 28 August 1915. His parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Eliza (nee Boyd) Kilpatrick, lived at Tullaghmurry, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Helles Memorial (Turkey), Panel 181 to 183.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 13-11-1915, 11-12-1915, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
KYLE, Thomas :- Private (Service Number 19870), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Thomas served in France and was killed in action, aged 21 years, on Thursday, 9 November 1916. His mother, Mrs. Eliza Kyle, lived at Roselick, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church' War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Pond Farm Cemetery (Belgium), Row E, Grave 13.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 13-03-1915, 11-12-1915, 18-11-1916 & 23-11-1918.
LEEKE, Edward :- Sapper (Service Number 263229), Royal Engineers.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
LEIGHTON, William James :- 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He volunteered for active service in September 1914, aged 20 years; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served in France, was wounded on two occasions and was discharged from the Army in August 1918 after losing the sight of an eye. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Leighton, Bellemont, Portstewart. For many years after the War William operated a market garden at Queenora Gardens, Portstewart. He was living in Bangor when he died on 22 April 1971 and was buried in Clandeboye Cemetery, Bangor. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
LESLIE, Samuel :- He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
LEYDEN, John Vincent :- Gunner (Service Number 87614), 276th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He served in France and was killed in action, aged 29 years, on Tuesday, 10 April 1917. His wife (Florence) and child lived at Seaview Cottage, Portstewart. He was formerly employed in the Grand Hotel, Glasgow.
He is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Viller-au-Bois (France), Plot VI, Row J, Grave 17.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 21-04-1917.
LINTON, James :- Private, South African Forces.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
LOGAN, Andrew (junior) :- Corporal (Service Number 15707), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 19 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Andrew served in France and was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans in 1918. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Violet Logan, lived at The Cottages, Coleraine Road, Portstewart. Andrew died on 16 June 1964 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 03-02-1917, 23-02-1918, 28-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 23-10-1915, 11-12-1915, 13-01-1917, 23-02-1918, 27-04-1918, 15-02-1919 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
LOGAN, James (Jim) :- Seaman, Royal Navy. His grandfather, Mr. Andrew Logan (senior), lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart, and Jim was born about 1899.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 21-09-1918.
LOGAN, William :- Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry. He volunteered for active service in 1914 and served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. He was seriously wounded in the chest in 1915 and subsequently discharged from military service on medical grounds in January 1917 (aged about 20 years). After the War he was employed as the postman (rural) for the town. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Violet Logan, lived at The Cottages, Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 01-04-1916 & 03-02-1917; Northern Constitution of 23-10-1915, 11-12-1915, 13-01-1917 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
LYNCH, Robert :- Private, Machine Gun Corps, New Zealand Forces. He was wounded in 1918 (aged about 35 years). His parents were Mr. James and Mrs. Annie (nee Henry) Lynch. His younger brother, Mr. John Henry Lynch, lived at Rockview, Ballygellagh, Portstewart, and his uncle, and Mr. Samuel Reid Henry, lived at Dun Suivnish, Galvally, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917 & 28-12-1918; Northern Constitution of 16-09-1916.
LYONS, James :- Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He served in France. Before the War he was employed as a carpenter. James was born about1876. His parents, James and Jane Lyons, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart, as did his sister, Mrs. Lynn. He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916, 06-10-1917, 26-10-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
McAULEY, Alexander (Alex) (also reported as MACAULEY) :- Acting Lance-Corporal (Service Number 13420), 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and later Private (Service Number 417526), Labour Corps. He was wounded for the third time in Autumn 1916. His grandfather, Mr. Alexander McAuley, was caretaker of and lived in the Cromie Institute, Portstewart, until he retired in 1916.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 28-10-1916.
McAULEY, Archibald :- Private (Service Number 11695A), 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. He served in France and Belgium, and was killed in action, aged 29 years, on Tuesday, 9 October 1917. He was born in Ballycastle; his father, Mr. J. McAuley, lived at Church Street, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge (Belgium), Plot VII, Row D, Grave 10.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 17-11-1917.
McCANDLESS, David :- Corporal(Service Number 2998), 31st Battalion, 5th Reinforcements, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Prior to the War David had served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers for about 8 years and spent a further 4 years in the Reserve. He emigrated to Australia where he worked as a farmer and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney, New South Wales, on 5 February 1916. On 14 March 1916 he was appointed E.D.P. Sergeant in the 31st Battalion and embarked from Sydney on H.M.A.T. "Anchises". David arrived in Egypt on 16 April 1916 where he reverted to the rank of Private. He was again appointed E.D.P. Sergeant on 4 May 1916. However he was admonished on 17 May 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir for "conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline" after creating a disturbance after "lights out" by talking in a loud voice. On 18 May 1916 he again reverted to Private. He embarked on H.M.T. "Franconia" at Alexandria, Egypt, on 6 June 1916, arrived at Plymouth, England, on 16 June 1916 and proceeded on to Etaples, France. He was promoted to the substantive ranks of Lance-Corporal (3 October 1916), Corporal (16 January 1917) and then to Sergeant (23 January 1917). David was in hospital and then convalescing in France for about 10 weeks during the Summer of 1917 suffering from abscesses in the throat and abdomen. Then on 13 September 1917 a Field General Courts Martial found him guilty of the charge that "he at Harfleur on 2 September 1917, when in charge of a Guard, permitted to escape" a prisoner "committed to his charge". He was sentenced to be reduced in rank to Corporal. During action on 26 September 1917 he received a shrapnel wound in his back and he spent about 18 weeks in hospital and convalescing in France. He returned to the Line on 16 September 1918 but sadly on Sunday, 29 September 1918 he was wounded in the head by a machine gun bullet during operations on the outskirts of Bellicourt, France. He was rendered unconscious and immediately removed to a Dressing Station where died of his wounds. His parents, Mr. David (retired farmer) and Mrs. Nancy McCandless, lived at Warren Cottages, Chimney Hills, Portstewart; he was their third son and was born about 1877.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (France).
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 09-06-1917, 26-10-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 07-09-1918, 14-09-1918, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour); National Archives of Australia.
McCLUSKEY, Samuel John :- Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was taken prisoner by the Germans near the end of the War. He was a founder member of the local Branch of the Royal British Legion. He and his wife, Annie Fleming McCluskey, lived at Main Street; he died on 4 May 1976, aged 83 years, and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 15-02-1919.
McCREADY, James :- Sergeant (Service Number 152843), Canadian Forces. James enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 24 February 1916 at Carberry, Manitoba, and he served with the 79th Overseas Battalion. He was born on 3 February 1886 in Portstewart and as a young man emigrated to Canada. Prior to joining up he was employed as a labourer in Carberry. His parents were Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Mary Jane McCready who lived at Burnside, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 24-11-1917; Northern Constitution of 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour); Library & Archives Canada.
McCREADY, William :- Sergeant (Service Number 424409), Canadian Forces. William enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 2 January 1915 at Brandon, Manitoba, and served with the 45th Overseas Battalion. He was wounded in the knee in the Spring of 1916 on the Western Front in France. He was born on 5 December 1888 in Portstewart and as a young man he emigrated to Canada. Prior to joining up he was employed as a signal fitter in Manitoba. His parents were Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Mary Jane McCready who lived at Burnside, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 08-01-1916 & 24-11-1917; Northern Constitution of 22-04-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour); Library & Archives Canada.
McCURDY, Henry :- Private (Service Number S2/SR/03811), Army Service Corps. He was born about 1889 and his parents were Mr. James and Mrs. Mary McCurdy who lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
McCURDY, James :- Private/acting-Lance-Corporal (Service Number 28182), 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 and served in France. He was killed in action, aged 31 years, on Friday, 29 March 1918. Before the War he was employed as a stone mason. His parents, Mr. James and Mrs. Mary McCurdy, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Pozieres Memorial (France), Panel 38 to 40.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 08-01-1916, 20-04-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
McCURDY, James (junior) :- Trooper, North Irish Horse. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 21 years). He was in hospital for some time in 1917 suffering from severe frostbite. Before the War he was employed as a shoemaker. His parents, Mr. John (shoemaker) and Mrs. Lizzie McCurdy, lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. His wife was Annie. James died on 6 March 1942 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916, 02-06-1917 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
McCURDY, Robert (Bob) :- Corporal, New Zealand Forces. He served in France and was wounded for the second time in August 1918 (aged about 25 years), so seriously that he was discharged from military service on medical grounds. His father, Mr. Robert McCurdy, lived at Church Hill, Portstewart.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 05-10-1918 & 25-01-1919; Northern Constitution of 29-09-1917.
McFADDEN, Manus :- Private (Service Number 7344), 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers. He served in France and was wounded in the Winter of 1915. He was killed in action, aged 17 years, on Tuesday, 20 November 1917. Formerly he had been employed by Mr. William Margey, J.P., as a barman in his hotel, Main Street, Portstewart. He was a cousin of Mr. Edward McCaffrey, Coleraine Road, Portstewart. He was born in Kilmacrennan, County Donegal.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Croisilles Railway Cemetery (France), Plot 1, Row D, Grave 18.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-12-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 13-01-1917, 17-02-1917 & 23-11-1918.
McGOWAN, Andrew :-Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve.He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 24 years), and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. Before the War he was a fisherman. His parents, Mr. Daniel (fisherman) and Mrs. Hannah McGowan, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915, 11-12-1915, 24-03-1917, 28-04-1917 & 01-12-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 08-07-1916, 23-09-1916, 06-01-1917 & 13-07-1918.
McGOWAN, Angus :- Signaller/Private (Service Number 19157), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in 1914 (aged about 33 years). The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Angus served in France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded in 1917 and again in 1918. He was awarded the Military Medal. Before the War he was a fisherman. He, his wife, Jane (Jeannie) Elizabeth, and family lived at Church Lane, Portstewart; and his parents, Mr. Daniel (fisherman) and Mrs. Hannah McGowan, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart. Angus was living at Enterprise Avenue when he died on 7 December 1958; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 11-12-1915, 17-06-1916, 07-07-1917, 08-09-1917, 05-01-1918, 31-08-1918 & 12-10-1918; Northern Constitution of 02-01-1915, 11-12-1915, 08-07-1916, 23-09-1916, 03-02-1917 & 15-02-1919.
McGOWAN, Henry (Harry) :- Private (Service Number PLY/17670), Plymouth Contingent, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Naval Division. He volunteered for active service in November 1914, and served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in 1915 and later in France. He was killed in action, aged 17 years, in France on Wednesday, 21 June 1916. His parents, Mr. Daniel (fisherman) and Mrs. Hannah McGowan, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Bois-de-Noulette British Cemetery, Aix-Noulette (France), Plot 1, Row D, Grave 10.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 05-06-1915, 11-12-1915, 25-08-1917, 17-11-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 02-01-1915, 09-10-1915, 11-12-1915, 08-07-1916 & 23-09-1916.
McGOWAN, Robert (Bob/Bobbie) :- Private (Service Number 12884), Royal Irish Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in August 1914 (aged about 17 years) ; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and in France. He was wounded at Suvla Bay, Turkey, in 1915 and later that year contracted malaria; he was also wounded in France in the Summer of 1917. His parents, Mr. Daniel (fisherman) and Mrs. Hannah McGowan, lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 25-08-1917 & 17-11-1917; Northern Constitution of 05-09-1914, 02-01-1915, 09-10-1915, 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916, 08-07-1916 & 23-09-1916.
MacGREGOR, Vivian (Rev.) :- Chaplain, Army Chaplains' Department. He volunteered for active service in 1915. His aunt, Mrs. Eleanor Ussher, lived at The Hill, Portstewart. He was formerly a curate in Scone, Western Australia.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 23-01-1915.
McGUCKIN, R. :- Corporal (Service Number 2982), Leinster Regiment. He served 4 years in France and was wounded once. He was awarded the Military Medal. Prior to enlisting he was an assistant to Mr. S.J. McFadden (Engineer), Coleraine. He lived with his wife and child at Coleraine Road, Portstewart, after the War.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 31-05-1919.
McGUGAN, William John :- Private/acting-Lance-Corporal (Service Number 7911), 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was called up to General Reserve in August 1914. Prior to this he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium and France. He took part in the Battles of Mons (1914), and of the Rivers Marne (1914) and Aisne (1914); and was wounded in the foot during the Battle of River Aisne. He was awarded the Mons Star. He was killed in action (gassed) on Thursday, 2 August 1917, aged 33 years. His young wife Adelaide Bruce(nee Hutchinson) died tragically in March 1915 and his 2 very young children also predeceased him. Prior to being called up he was employed as a signalman/ticket collector/porter at Portstewart Railway Station, and prior to that he was a rural postman in the area. He lived at the Gate Lodge, Cromore, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William (sexton of Aghadowey Parish Church) and Mrs. Mary (nee McQuilkin) McGugan lived in Aghadowey.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (France), Plot IV, Row A, Grave 52.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 26-09-1914, 10-10-1914, 31-10-1914, 03-04-1915, 11-08-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 23-11-1918.
McGUGAN, William James :- Private (Service Number 18542), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 19 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. William was wounded during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916) and again on 27 March 1918 when it was necessary to amputate his right leg. His parents, Mr. Andrew (a driver of Portstewart Tram) and Mrs. Margaret (nee Harkin) McGugan, lived on Main Street, Portstewart. Private William John McGugan was his uncle. William died in October 1968 and was buried in the churchyard of St. Guaire's Parish Church, Aghadowey.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 03-04-1915 & 26-10-1918; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 19-06-1915, 11-12-1915 & 09-09-1916.
McHUGH, Hugh :- Private, American Forces. He served in France and was killed in action on 16 October 1918. His father, Mr. Patrick McHugh, lived at Blacklion, County Cavan, and his brother, Mr. John McHugh, Enfield Terrace, Portstewart, was teacher-in-charge of the National (Roman Catholic) School, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 28-12-1918.
McILREAVY, Alexander (Sandy) :- Private (Service Number 7502), Army Cyclist Corps. His parents were Mr. Daniel (carpenter) and Mrs. Margaret (nee Hamilton) McIlreavy and they lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart. Later the family moved to Ethel Street, Belfast. His aunt, Mrs. William A. Frizzell, lived at the Post Office, Main Street, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-08-1918; Northern Constitution of 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
McILREAVY, Hugh :- Seaman, Royal Navy. His parents were Mr. Daniel (carpenter) and Mrs. Margaret (nee Hamilton) McIlreavy and they lived at Mullaghacall, Portstewart. Later the family moved to Ethel Street, Belfast. His aunt, Mrs. William A. Frizzell, lived at the Post Office, Main Street, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Northern Constitution of 02-12-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
McINTYRE, Andrew :- Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in 1914 .
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 28-11-1914.
McINTYRE, William James :- Gunner (Service Number 115695), Royal Garrison Artillery. He was gassed in 1918. His parents were Mr. James and Mrs. Mary McIntyre, Warren Cottages, Chimney Hill, Portstewart, and he was born about 1875. William died on 11 September 1937 and was buried in the old church at Agherton cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 02-02-1918.
McKILLEN, Daniel :- Private, Royal Field Artillery. He lived at Maddybenny, Portstewart.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 01-07-1916.
McKINNEY, Joseph (Joe) Clarke :- Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and Royal Irish Fusiliers (1918). He volunteered for active service in August 1914 (aged about 21 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Joe served in France; he was wounded in 1916/17 and was seriously ill with a fever in 1918. He was discharged on medical grounds in 1918 but re-enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers under his mother's maiden name (Clarke). He was awarded the Military Medal (as Private Clarke). He lived at Church Street, Portstewart and his parents, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Margaret McKinney, lived at the Cottages, Mullaghacall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 16-06-1917, 26-01-1918, 23-02-1918, 28-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 05-09-1914, 11-12-1915, 24-06-1916, 23-02-1918, 01-02-1919 & 15-02-1919.
McKIRGAN, Robert :- Royal Navy. He was born about 1898 and was a son of Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Ellen McKirgan, The Cottages, Coleraine Road, Portstewart. Robert died in 1919 from complications due to pyorrhoea.
McKIRGAN, William John :- Private (Service Number 19162), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was born about 1895 and his parents were Mr. James and Mrs. Lizzie McKirgan, The Cottages, Coleraine Road, Portstewart. William is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
McLAUGHLIN, John :- Private, Royal Irish Rifles. He served in France and was wounded in 1917. His father, Mr. Michael McLaughlin, lived formerly at Railway Road, Coleraine, and his aunt, Mrs. George Gilloway, at Main Street, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 13-10-1917.
McLAUGHLIN, Tommy :- Chief Petty Officer (Service Number Clyde Z/245), Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Brigade and later Royal Naval Division, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action, aged 27 years, on Tuesday, 28 December 1915 at Achi Baba, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. His father, Mr. James McLaughlin, lived in Glasgow, having previously lived in Coleraine; and his uncle and aunt, Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Kathleen Millar, lived in the Orange Hall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Helles Memorial (Turkey), Panel 8 to 15.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 19-06-1915; Northern Constitution of 29-01-1916.
McMICHAEL, William :- Private (Service Number 6070), 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards. He volunteered for active service in 1914. He served in France and was injured in the neck in the Winter of 1915 and wounded again in the Autumn of 1916. He died of wounds, aged 26 years, in hospital in Paisley, Scotland, on Wednesday, 31 January 1917. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Mr. Daniel Reid, contractor. His mother lived at Cromore, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Paisley (Hawkhead) Cemetery, Row G, Grave 3.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 24-12-1915, 05-02-1916, 04-11-1916, 03-02-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 06-01-1917, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
McMULLAN, John :- Private. A Reference: Northern Constitution of 15-02-1919.
McPEAKE, William John :- Acting Lance-Corporal (Service Number 15898), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and later Sapper (Service Number 346600), Royal Engineers. He volunteered for active service in September 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. William served in France and was seriously wounded in 1917. His wife lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 13-05-1916, 31-03-1917 & 02-06-1917.
McVICKER, Aaron Huston :- Private (Service Number 28080), 12th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 and was wounded in the Summer of 1917. Before the War he was employed as a carpenter by Mr. M. Reid and Son, contractors. He was born on 27 September 1881 and his parents, Mr. Aaron and Mrs. Sophia (nee Townsend) McVicker, lived at Castle Gate House, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915, 18-08-1917, 14-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 06-10-1917.
MANN, Leslie Ellis :- Private (Service Number 6543), 1st Battalion, Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Leslie enlisted at Cootamundra, New South Wales, on 20 May 1916. He embarked on the "Ceramic" at Sydney on 7 October 1916 and arrived at Plymouth, England, on 21 November 1916. Later he proceeded to France, arriving at Etaples on 11 April 1917 and was taken on the strength of the 1st Battalion, 21st Reinforcements, on 2 May 1917. Leslie was killed in action on Thursday, 4 October 1917, near Ypres, Belgium. He was born about January 1888 in Castledawson, County Londonderry, and emigrated to Australia about 1915 where he worked as a farmer prior to enlistment. His father, Mr. Henry Church Mann, lived in Castledawson; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Hanson Mann, moved to Victoria Terrace, Portstewart, after her husband died; and his sister, Mrs. D.H. Christie, lived at Mountpleasant, Coleraine.
He is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Belgium), Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 29 - 31.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917; National Archives of Australia.
MARTIN, Allan :- Private (Service Number 27598), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He was wounded in 1918. He lived on Church Lane, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William and Mrs. Mary Martin, lived at Carnalbanagh, Portstewart. Allan was living at Coleraine Road when he died on 9 December 1961, aged 78 years; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917, 28-09-1918, 14-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
MARTIN, Edward (Teddy) :- Private/Bugler (Service Number 3886), Australian Imperial Force. Teddy enlisted on 27 November 1915 in Sydney, New South Wales; he gave his age as 24 years although he was actually 31 years old. Initially he was appointed to 9/19th Battalion (18-12-1915), then to 60th Battalion (15-03-1916), to 57th Battalion (04-01-1917), and finally to 5th Divisional Salvage Company (27-01-1917). He served in Egypt mainly at Tel El Kebir (15-03-1916 to 02-08-1916), and in France mainly in the Etaples and Rouen areas (31-12-1916 to 24-03-1917). He became seriously ill with pleurisy and bronchitis in May 1916 but was able to return to duty in July 1916. His illnesses recurred in March 1917 and he was in hospital in France and England for over 4 months. He was returned to Australia and discharged as medically unfit on 30 October 1917. He re-enlisted (Service Number 92966) in Sydney on 20 July 1918 and joined D Company, Recruits, but was discharged in September 1918 as medically and permanently unfit for further military service. Teddy was born on 20 April 1884. He had emigrated to Australia before the War and had been employed as a lift attendant. His parents were Mr. William Martin (farmer) and Mrs. Mary Clara Martin (nee Samuels), Millbank House, Portstewart. His brother, Mr. Frank Martin, also lived at Millbank House and later became the Town Clerk of Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial & the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 30-12-1916, 07-07-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); National Archives of Australia.
MARTIN, Samuel Small :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 802801), Canadian Forces. Samuel enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 24 January 1916 in London, Ontario, and he served with the 135th Overseas Battalion. He was born on 23 August 1895 in Coleraine and as a young man he emigrated to Canada. Prior to joining up he was a farmer in the Broughdale area, near London, Ontario. His parents, Mr. Arthur (farmer) and Mrs. Annie Martin, lived at Drumslade, Portstewart, and his uncle, Mr. Thomas Martin, was a solicitor in Coleraine.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 22-06-1918; Northern Constitution of 16-09-1916; Library & Archives Canada.
MARTIN, Thomas :- Sergeant, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He served in France and Belgium, and was wounded in June 1917 during the Battle of Messines. Thomas was born about 1889 and his parents were Mr. William and Mrs. Mary Martin who lived at Bellemont, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 16-06-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
MILLAR, Alexander (Alex) (also recorded as MILLER) :- Gunner/Stoker, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 30 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. Ships served on included H.M.S. Majestic in the Dardanelles, Turkey. This ship was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine, U21, on 26 May 1915 and Alex survived the action. Before the War he was a pilot of Coleraine Harbour Company. He lived with his wife, Annie, at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William and Mrs. Jane Millar, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart, and his uncle, Mr. Thomas Millar, lived at the Orange Hall, Portstewart. Alexander was drowned off Portstewart on 6 January 1923 while working as a pilot and was buried inside the old church at Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 06-03-1915, 27-03-1915, 05-06-1915, 19-06-1915, 19-01-1918 & 02-02-1918; Northern Constitution of 30-03-1918 & 13-07-1918.
MILLAR, Daniel (Dan) Martin (also recorded as MILLER) :- Gunner (Service Number 339201), 68th and later 35th Battery, 10th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. He enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 23 August 1916 at Vancouver, British Columbia, and embarked for England in January 1917. Dan was sent to France in May 1917 and was posted to the 10th Brigade. He was seriously injured by a gas shell on 9 March 1918 at Vimy, near Arras, and died of gas poisoning on Thursday, 14 March 1918 at Number 3, Australian General Hospital, Abbeville. Before World War One Dan had emigrated initially to Philadelphia, America, and then to Canada. Prior to enlisting he and his wife, Hilma Amanda, lived in the North Lonsdale area of North Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was a grocer. He was born on 15 March 1885 and his parents, Mr. William and Mrs. Jane Millar, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart. His uncle, Mr. Thomas Millar, lived at the Orange Hall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (France), Plot III, Row G, Grave 24.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 24-03-1917, 02-02-1918, 23-03-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 30-03-1918; Library & Archives Canada.
MILLAR, Thomas :- Private (Service Number 19096), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He served in France and Belgium. He was born on 20 January 1892 at Kiltinny More, Portstewart. His parents were Knox and Margaret (nee McCunn) Millar who had been employed formerly as servants at Flowerfield, Portstewart. The family moved to Coleraine and in 1912 Thomas married Agnes Davis. Thomas had been employed in the Foundry at Brook Street and later in Bengers Milk Processing Plant at Millburn Road, Coleraine. He was a first cousin of Alex, Dan and Billy Millar, and his uncle, Mr. Thomas Millar, lived at the Orange Hall, Portstewart. He died on 10 September 1960 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
[Source - James Millar, a grandson of Thomas Millar.]
MILLAR, William (Billy) (also recorded as MILLER) :- Corporal (Service Number 18638), 109th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly of 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Billy served in France and was killed in action, aged 27 years, on Monday, 8 May 1916. Prior to the War he was employed by Mr. Hamilton Todd, Circular Road, Coleraine. His wife (nee Maguire) lived at Park Street, Coleraine. His parents, Mr. William and Mrs. Jane Millar, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart; Billy was their sixth son. His uncle, Mr. Thomas Millar, lived in the Orange Hall, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, Somme (France), Row D, Grave 57.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 20-05-1916, 27-05-1916, 17-06-1916, 02-02-1918, 19-01-1918, 23-03-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 30-03-1918.
MONCRIEFF, Frederick Edwin :- He was born about 1888 and his parents were Rev. Edward Russell Moncrieff (Rector of Agherton Parish Church) and Mrs. Emilie Moncrieff who lived at the Glebe, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
MONTAGU, Alexander Cyril :- Lieutenant, Royal Navy. He was killed in an accidental explosion on H.M.S. Bulwark, off Sherness Harbour, Kent, England, on Thursday, 26 November 1914. He was born on 17 September 1890 and his parents, Mr. Robert Acheson Cromie Montagu, J.P., and Mrs. Annie Margaret Montagu (nee McMicking), lived at Cromore, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 1.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 05-12-1914 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 09-11-1918 & 23-11-1918.
MONTAGU, George Frederick (Fred) :- Royal Navy. He served on H.M.S. Shannon. He was born on 12 March 1883 and his parents, Mr. Robert Acheson Cromie Montagu, J.P., and Mrs. Annie Margaret Montagu (nee McMicking), lived at Cromore, Portstewart.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
MONTAGU, Walter Philip (S.J.) :- Chaplain (Roman Catholic), Fourth Class (Captain), Army Chaplains' Department, attached to 22nd Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery. He volunteered for active service in April 1918 and served in France. He died on Thursday, 31 October 1918 at 45th Casualty Clearing Station, France, of wounds received. He was born on 7 May 1886 and his parents, Mr. Robert Acheson Cromie Montagu, J.P., and Mrs. Annie Margaret Montagu (nee McMicking), lived at Cromore, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Awoingt British Cemetery (France), Plot III, Row A, Grave 1.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-05-1918, 02-11-1918 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 09-11-1918 & 23-11-1918.
MOORE, T.J. :- Lance-Corporal, Canadian Forces. He lived in Alberta, Canada; his aunt, Mrs. Margaret Wilton, lived at Garden Avenue, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 28-12-1918.
MOORE, William :- Engine Room Artificer, Royal Naval Reserve. His father, Mr. Samuel Moore, lived at Main Street, Portstewart.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 17-11-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
MORELAND, George :- Trooper (Service Numner 1881), North Irish Horse and later Private (Service Number 21613), Corps of Hussars. He was born about 1899 and his parents were Mr. George (gardener) and Mrs. Margaret Moreland who lived at Garylaban, Portstewart. He emigrated to America (New York) after the War.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 29-12-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916, 16-09-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
MURPHY, Robert (Dr.) :- Royal Army Medical Corps. He volunteered for active service in 1914; and was formerly in Government service in Middlesborough, Yorkshire, England. His aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Neale, lived at Gorse Bank, Portstewart.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 23-01-1915.
NELSON, William John :- Private (Service Number 7493), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, then Private (Service Number L/521), Royal Irish Regiment and later Private (Service Number 108961), Labour Corps. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans in 1918. William John and his wife, Jeanie, lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. He was born about 1885 and came originally from Aghadowey, County Londonderry. He died on 9 February 1957 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 02-03-1918 & 04-05-1918; Northern Constitution of 15-02-1919.
O'HARA, Henry Desmond :- Lieutenant/acting-Captain, 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. The 29th Division, which included the First Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was decimated in the First Battle of Krithia. By the end of day on 28 April 1915 the Fusiliers were down to only 374 men and one officer, Lieutenant O'Hara; for his bravery and leadership during the battle, Lieutenant O'Hara was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He was killed in action, aged 23 years, on Monday, 30 August 1915. He was the only son of Mr. William T. O'Hara, R.M., Oriel House, Ballincollig, County Cork, and the Castle, Portstewart; the grandson of Rev. James Dunn O'Hara, of the Castle, Portstewart, and O'Harabrook, Ballymoney; and the nephew of Dr. O'Hara (Lord Bishop of Cashel).
He is commemorated on Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Gibraltar, North Front/Garrison Cemetery, Row C, Grave 3065.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 01-01-1916; Northern Constitution of 11-09-1915.
OLIVER, Alexander :- He may have lived at Island Vardin, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
PURDY, William J. :- Private.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 15-02-1919.
RAFFERTY, Arthur :- Private/Acting Lance-Corporal (Service Number 15283), Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He served in France and was wounded during the battle of Messines in June 1917. At some later stage he transferred to the Railway Operating Division, Royal Engineers (Service Numbers WR/201953 and 355105). His parents were Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Rafferty; some years prior to the War they had lived in Garvagh where Mrs. Rafferty had a grocers' shop and Mr. Rafferty was a schoolmaster in the national school at Boleran. During the War Mr. Rafferty lived at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart .
Arthur is commemorated om Garvagh's War Memorial.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-08-1917; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 22-01-1916, 29-07-1916 & 20-01-1917.
RAFFERTY, John :- Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. His parents were Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Rafferty; some years prior to the War they had lived in Garvagh where Mrs. Rafferty had a grocers' shop and Mr. Rafferty was a schoolmaster in the national school at Boleran. During the War Mr. Rafferty lived at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart.
John is commemorated on Garvagh's War Memorial.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 22-01-1916 & 29-07-1916.
RAFFERTY, Thomas Martin :- Private, Trench Mortar Battery, 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in France, and was wounded in 1917 and again in 1918. His parents were Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Mary Rafferty; some years prior to the War they had lived in Garvagh where Mrs. Rafferty had a grocers' shop and Mr. Rafferty was a schoolmaster in the national school at Boleran. During the War Mr. Rafferty lived at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart.
Thomas is commemorated on Garvagh's War Memorial.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 20-04-1918; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 01-01-1916, 22-01-1916, 29-07-1916, 20-01-1917 & 20-10-1917.
RAWLE, Douglas William. :- Warrant Officer Class 2 (Service Number 64046), Royal Engineers. He and his wife, Dinah, lived at Tullaghmurry, Portstewart. Douglas died on 17 December 1952 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 01-01-1916.
READE, J. :- Lieutenant, Canadian Highlanders. He was a son of Mr. William Reade, New London, Ontario, Canada, and a nephew of Mr. Adam Reade, principal, Portstewart (Presbyterian) National School.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 02-02-1918.
REID, Daniel (Dan) (junior) :- Aircraftsman, Royal Air Force. He volunteered for active service in September 1918. Dan (jun) was born on 30 August 1899 and his parents, Mr. Daniel (building contractor) and Mrs. Margaret Ann (nee McIlreavy) Reid, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart. He was one of the first secretaries of the local branch of the Royal British Legion and was awarded the Gold Badge of the Legion about 1965. In 1940 he was appointed Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Portstewart. Dan (junior) was living at Heathmount when he died on 3 February 1967 and he was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 21-09-1918.
REID, William (Billy) James :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 40838), 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, and formerly of the North Irish Horse. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 and served in France and Belgium. He contracted enteric (typhoid) fever early in 1917. He was killed in action on Tuesday, 15 October 1918 at Menin, Belgium. Billy was born on 26 July 1892 and his parents, Mr. Daniel (building contractor) and Mrs. Margaret Ann (nee McIlreavy) Reid, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart. He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery (Belgium), Plot 1, Row D, Grave 17.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 08-01-1916 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 17-02-1917, 16-11-1918, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
RICHARDSON, S.R. (Dr.) :- Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. He volunteered early in 1915 and served in France. His father, Mr. James Richardson, lived at Seafield, Tullaghmurry, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 27-11-1915 & 11-12-1915.
ROSS, Hedley William Brownrigg :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 15984), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and later Corporal/Acting-Sergeant (Service Number 634602), Labour Corps. He volunteered for active service in September 1914, aged about 23 years. Before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Hedley was wounded in the arm and leg in the Summer of 1917 and wounded again in 1918. Before the War he was employed as a letter carrier. He was born on 17 March 1891 and his parents, Mr. James (fisherman and volunteer coastwatcher) and Mrs. Agnes Ross, lived at Crescent View, Heathmount, Portstewart. In the late 1920s Hedley became a civil servant (Inland Revenue) in Coleraine. He was living at Central Avenue when he died on 31 July 1967 and he was buried in Agherton Cemetery
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 18-08-1917, 29-12-1917 & 28-12-1918; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 19-08-1916 & 13-07-1918.
ROSS, James (Jim) S. :- Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve. He was born about 1900 and his parents were Mr. James (fisherman and volunteer coastwatcher) and Mrs. Agnes Ross who lived at Crescent View, Heathmount, Portstewart.
Jim is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917, 02-03-1918 & 14-12-1918; Northern Constitution of 14-09-1918.
SCOTT, Edmund (Eddie) :- Warrant Officer Class 2/Acting Second-Lieutenant (Service Number 16010), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 26 years). The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Eddie served in France and Belgium and was 'Mentioned in Dispatches'. Before enlisting he was half-company commander of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. Before the War he was employed as a plasterer. His parents, Mr. George (greengrocer & confectioner) and Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, lived at Main Street, Portstewart.
Eddie died on 6 April 1945 and was buried in Agherton cemetery. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 30-12-1916, 20-01-1917, 21-07-1917, 08-06-1918, 05-07-1919 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 13-03-1915, 11-12-1915, 29-09-1917 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
SHAW, Samuel Henry :- Sergeant, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 18 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Samuel served in France, and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916), in the arm in early 1917 and in 1918. Before the War he was employed as a ironmonger's assistant. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Martha Shaw, lived at Shorncliffe, The Harbour, Portstewart. Samuel died on 8 December 1967 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 15-07-1916, 24-03-1917, 02-03-1918, 12-10-1918, 28-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 13-03-1915, 11-12-1915 & 20-01-1917.
SHAW, William :- Gunner, Royal Naval Reserve.He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 (aged about 22 years) and ships served on included H.M.S. Albemarle, a battle cruiser. Before the War he was a fisherman. His parents, Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Martha Shaw, lived at Shorncliffe, The Harbour, Portstewart. William died on 29 July 1934 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-11-1915, 08-09-1917 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 23-09-1916.
SHERIDAN, Peter :- Driver (Service Number 2515), 2nd Field Company, Engineers, 12th Reinforcements, Australian Imperial Force. He enlisted on 20 September 1915 at Bendigo, Victoria. Peter embarked for active service abroad on 11 December 1915. He served in Egypt and was based at Serapeum (near Alexandria) from March 1916 to December 1916 and in France from January 1917 to about March 1919. He was sent to England and was hospitalised but was discharged from the 39th General Hospital on 23 March 1919. Peter was granted leave to work on a farm in Shropshire from April to July 1919. He embarked on the H.M.A.T "Anchises" for return to Australia on 22 August 1919 and disembarked on 8 October 1919 at Melbourne. He was medically discharged at Melbourne on 30 November 1919. Before the War Peter worked as a butcher on the White Star and other ships. Prior to emigrating to Australia he and his wife had a grocer's shop on Main Street, Portstewart. His wife, Alice Margaret (nee Leslie), and their daughter, also called Alice Margaret, remained in the town during the War and lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart; Alice continued to operate the shop. Peter was born about February 1887 in Newtownstewart, Scotland, and died in Australia in September 1938.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 28-12-1918; Northern Constitution of 24-06-1916, 04-08-1917 & 07-09-1918; National Archives of Australia.
SHIELDS, James :- Sergeant, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. He served in France and was wounded in October 1916, subsequently having his left arm amputated; he was commended for gallantry. His parents Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ellen Shields, lived at Carnalbanagh, Portstewart, but the family moved to North Boundary Street, Belfast, on the death of his father. His aunt, Mrs. Thomas McKierahan, lived at Home Bank, Portstewart. James died on 12 October 1979 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-11-1916.
SHIELDS, John :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 9726), Connaught Rangers. He was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans during the Battle of Mons in 1914. His parents Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ellen Shields, lived at Carnalbanagh, Portstewart, but the family moved to North Boundary Street, Belfast, on the death of his father. His aunt, Mrs. Thomas McKierahan, lived at Home Bank, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-11-1916.
SHIELDS, Thomas (Tom) Orr Simpson :- Acting-Sergeant/2nd Corporal (Service Number 23171), 49th Air Line Section, Royal Engineers. He served in France and East Africa and was commended for gallantry. He died, aged 25 years, from influenza on Sunday, 8 December 1918 at Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa. His parents Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ellen Shields, lived at Carnalbanagh, Portstewart; he was their fourth son. Later the family moved to North Boundary Street, Belfast, on the death of his father. His aunt, Mrs. Thomas McKierahan, lived at Home Bank, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Dar-es-Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery (East Africa), Plot VII, Row D, Grave 3.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-11-1916 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial).
SHIELDS, ?? :- He served in France. His parents Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ellen Shields, lived at Carnalbanagh, Portstewart, but the family moved to North Boundary Street, Belfast, on the death of his father. His aunt, Mrs. Thomas McKierahan, lived at Home Bank, Portstewart.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-11-1916.
SINCLAIR, John :-Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). His parents, Mr. William James and Mrs. Ellen Sinclair, lived at Cappagh, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Northern Constitution of 01-01-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
SINCLAIR, Samuel :- Private (Service Number 19074), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He served in France and was killed in action, aged 21 years, on Wednesday, 5 December 1917 at Cambrai. He lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William James and Mrs. Ellen Sinclair, lived at Cappagh, Portstewart .
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral (France), Panel 5 and 6.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 29-12-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 12-08-1916, 23-11-1918 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
SINCLAIR, William James :- Private (service Number 19670), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and later Private (Service Number 426674), Labour Corps. His parents, Mr. William James and Mrs. Ellen Sinclair, lived at Cappagh, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church's Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Northern Constitution of 01-01-1916 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church's Memorial & Roll of Honour).
SMYTH, John :- Sergeant, Royal Irish Rifles. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 and prior to enlisting was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served in France. His wife lived in Portrush. His father, Mr. William Smyth, lived at Bellemont, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 27-10-1917.
SMYTH, Samuel :- Lance-Corporal (Service Number 57548), 150th Field Company, Royal Engineers. He served in France and died of wounds received, aged 32 years, on Friday, 26 May 1916. His wife, Annie, lived at 105 Causeway Street, Portrush, and his father, Mr. William Smyth, lived at Bellemont, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Authuille Military Cemetery, Somme (France), Row D, Grave 33.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 27-10-1917.
SPENCE, Daniel Clarke :- Sergeant, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Daniel served in France and was wounded during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916) and in 1918. He was born on 14 February 1885 and his parents were Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Sarah (nee Clarke) Spence who lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 02-11-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 03-10-1914, 11-12-1915, 21-10-1916 & 16-03-1918.
SPENCE, Robert James :- Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in France. Before the War he was a fisherman. He and his wife, Annie, lived at The Cottages, Tullaghmurry, Portstewart. He was born on 21 January 1875 and his parents were Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Sarah (nee Clarke) Spence who lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. Robert died on 7 June 1953 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 14-12-1918; Northern Constitution of 08-12-1917.
SPENCE, William (Bill) John :- Private (Service Number 13775), 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Before enlisting he was a member of the Young Citizen Volunteers. He arrived at the Western Front in October 1915 and served in France and was killed in action at Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme on Sunday, 2 July 1916. He and his wife lived at Keswick Street, Belfast. He was born on 13 March 1881 and his parents were Mr. James (fisherman) and Mrs. Sarah (nee Clarke) Spence who lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval (France), Plot 1, Row B, Grave 32.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-07-1916, 22-07-1916 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 14-10-1916 & 21-10-1916.
TAYLOR, John :- Private (Service Number S/43162), 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, formerly of the Black Watch. He served in France. He was wounded during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916); confined to in hospital in 1917 suffering from a severe case of 'trench feet'; and was wounded in the right arm in 1918. He died, age 25 years, on Sunday, 3 November 1918 of wounds received. His parents, Mr. James and Mrs. Mary Taylor, lived at Island Vardin, Portstewart; in the 1920s his mother, brother and sisters lived at York Avenue, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was buried in Awoingt British Cemetery (France), Plot II, Row C, Grave 6.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 15-07-1915, 15-09-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 27-04-1918, 16-11-1918 & 23-11-1918.
TILBERT, J. :- He volunteered for active service in September 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914.
TURNER, James :- Sergeant, Royal Irish Rifles. He was awarded the Military Medal. He lived at Annadale Street, Belfast and his uncle, Mr. John Bailie, was the stationmaster at Portstewart Railway Station.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 16-02-1918.
TURNER, William :- Senior Signalman, Royal Navy. He volunteered for active service in August 1914; before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. He served on H.M.S. Illustrious and saw action at Heligoland Bight (North Sea, off the coast of Germany). He was injured in 1915. His wife lived at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 10-10-1914, 06-02-1915 & 12-06-1915; Northern Constitution of 17-07-1915 & 11-12-1915.
UPSON, Henry (Harry) Clifton :- Rifleman, 2nd/18th Battalion, London Regiment. He served in France and Palestine and was wounded in the neck in the Autumn of 1916. He was born on 28 April 1888 and his parents were Mr. Charles (grocer) and Mrs. Sarah Upson; they lived at 2 Mount Oriel, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
Some References: Northern Constitution of 11-11-1916 & 27-07-1918.
UPSON, John Hyland :- Sergeant (Service Number 14240), 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, and was killed in action on Monday, 16 August 1915 on the Kiretch Tepe range of hills, north of Suvla Bay. He had also served in the Boer War and held 2 medals and 5 clasps from that war. He was born on 6 June 1880 and his parents were Mr. Charles (grocer) and Mrs. Sarah Upson; they lived at 2 Mount Oriel, Portstewart; John was their second son. John's wife lived in Douglas, Isle of Man.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial, Agherton Parish Church's War Memorial, the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church & Ireland's Memorial Record & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Helles Memorial (Turkey), Panel 97 to 101.
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 18-09-1915 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial); Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915, 11-11-1916 & 23-11-1918
WALDRON, Edward :- Sergeant, Royal Military Police. He served in France. His brother-in-law, Mr. C.W. Pope, was the professional at Portstewart Golf Club.
A Reference: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917.
WILLIAMSON, Alexander :- Deck Hand (4819DA), Royal Naval Reserve. He enlisted in 1914 and in 1917 was serving on H.M.S. Prize, a three-masted topsail schooner of 200 tons, which was one of the (then) highly secret 'Q' or 'mystery' ships. These ships were disguised as harmless merchant vessels, with concealed armament, and they acted as decoys to trap and destroy German U-boats. On 30 April 1917 H.M.S. Prize successfully deceived and severely damaged U93. As a result of this action her captain, Lieutenant Sanders, a New Zealander, was awarded the Victoria Cross. However, H.M.S. Prize's luck ran out in the early morning of Tuesday 14 August 1917 when she engaged U48 in the Atlantic, north-west of Ireland, and was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of her captain and all hands, including Alexander Williamson, aged 21 years. His parents, Mr. Alexander and Mrs. Susan Williamson lived on Harmony Row, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland; his grandfather, Mr. Andrew Logan (senior), lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
He is commemorated on Portstewart's War Memorial & by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He has no known grave but his name was engraved on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 28.
Some References :- Coleraine Chronicle of 25-08-1917 & 15-11-1924 (Unveiling War Memorial).
WINCHESTER, Walter :-
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 .
WILTON, Alexander (Alex) :- Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve. His parents, Private John A. and Mrs. Margaret Wilton, lived at Garden Avenue, Portstewart. During the Second World War he served in North Africa as a Gunner (Service Number 1471621) with 6th Independent Light Anti-aircraft Batttery, Royal Artillery; he died of a fever on 12 December 1941, aged 39 years, and was buried in Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery (Egypt), Plot 3, Row G, Grave 10.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church (and Portstewart's War Memorial for World War 2).
Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 27-10-1917 & 02-03-1918; Northern Constitution of 14-09-1918.
WILTON, John Alexander :- Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He was born about 1875 and he and his wife, Margaret, lived at Garden Avenue, Portstewart. John died on 11 June 1940.
He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
A Reference: Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915.
 

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