BALLYCASTLE, Co ANTRIM.
“To the Glory of God, and in memory of the brave men who gave their lives for freedom and justice.”
THE FALLEN 1914-1918
Black, Harold, Private, Canadian Army
Blackmore, H., (M.M.), Private, Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Rifles.
Blackmore, William, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Campbell, P., Private, U.S.A.
Carruthers, J., Private, Highland Light Infantry.
Cochrane, George, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Collins, T., Stoker, Royal Navy.
Davis, H. M. C. Lieutenant, Indian Army.
Dillon, Harry, Private, Black Watch.
Dixon, Alexander, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Douthart, John, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Forsythe, Joseph, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Gage, John, Lieutenant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Gallagher, John, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Gallagher, Thomas, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Gillen, Joseph, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Haughey, John, Mercantile Marine.
Jennings, James, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Kiernan, John, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Kilpatrick, R., Private, Connaught Rangers,
Laverty, James, Private, New Zealand Rifles.
Laverty, Patrick, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Auley, Hugh, Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
M’Bride, Neal, Private, Royal Scots Regiment.
M’Cafferty, George, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Cafferty, J., Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.
M’Cormick, George, Lance-Corporal, Canadian Army.
M’Gahey, James, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
M’Gildowney, William, Major, D.S.O., Royal Field Artillery.
M’Gowan, John, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Intosh, Daniel, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Kendry, Hugh, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Larty, Frank, Croix De Guerre, M.M., Private
M’Laughlin, Patrick, Private Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Lean, James, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Lean, John, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Lean. Nathaniel, Private, U.S.A.
M’Michael, Patrick, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
M’Mullan, William, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
McLean, John, Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Rifles.
Mitchell, R., Private, U.S.A.
Mooney, Daniel, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Murphy, Robert, Private, Leinster Regiment.
Norton, James, Lieutenant, Royal Irish Rifles.
O’Kane, Paul, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Parkhill, James, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Private W. J. Dunlop, W. J., Private, Royal Field Artillery.
Reed, Talbot, Captain, Indian Army.
Rennie, David, Private, Australian Forces.
Ross, William, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Simpson, Hugh, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Simpson, John, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Spence, Hugh, Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Rifles.
THE FALLEN 1939-1945
Anketell R. M. Major, Royal Artillery.
Campbell, A.R.C., 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, 12-4-45
Colcan, J. Royal Artillery
Duffin, P., Petty Office, Royal Naval
Freeland, A.E.R., Private, Army Catering Corp. 9-5-45
Humphreys, T. V., C. Engineer, Merchant Navy (Royal Mail Lines)
Millikin, Lance-Corporal, North Irish Horse
Murphy, Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Richardson, R., Sergeant A/C, Royal Air Force
Stewart, Lance-Corporal, Royal Ulster Rifles
Traynor, P. Private, Pioneer Corps. 5-11-42
White, Jas., Merchant Navy
WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED.
After ten eventful years, since the roar of the guns ceased, Ballycastle has awakened to the sense of duty and honour, and raised a fitting memorial to perpetuate the memory of those gallant men from the town and district who gave their lives for King and country.
The memorial is situated on a square, opposite the Manor House, adjacent to the seafront and within sound of the waters of the [River] Moyle. It takes the form of an obelisk, of first quality Cecilian marble with a spire, seven feet high, on which is graven a wreath. On the memorial is the inscription; “To the Glory of God; and in memory of the brave men who gave their lives for freedom and justice.” The memorial was designed and constructed by Mr. B. M. O’Connor, an ex-serviceman and vice-chairman of Ballycastle Urban Council, and is in itself a memorial to his skill and workmanship.
That the effort to erect a memorial was brought to a successful fruition was mainly due to the energetic and whole-hearted work of the memorial committee, composed of Captain S. J. Lyle, M.C., J.P. (chairman), Mrs. M’Clarty, Mrs. Greer, Miss Stewart, Rev. John Jackson, D.D., Messrs. S. J. Gilmour, B.A., D. J., M’Michael, R.A. Young, W. J. M’Clarty and E. Molloy, with Mr. J. A. M’Cullagh, Northern Bank, hon secretary, and Mr. A. S. M’Vicker, who has rendered yeoman service in the cause of the ex-servicemen, as hon. secretary.
Armistice Day dawned grey and sunless and rain fell pitilessly, but fortunately there was a respite during the unveiling ceremony, which took place in the afternoon. The scene was a most impressive and memorable one. The ex-servicemen of the town and district, augmented by a large contingent from Ballymena, and representatives from Portrush and Dervock, in charge of Captain Lyle, were drawn up facing the platform, and flanked by H.M. coastguards, under district officer Richard Down, R.N.; Girl Guides, commanded by Miss Boyd; Boys’ Brigade, with Mr. G. H. Scarlett, J.P., in charge, and R.U.C., in command of Sergeant D. Smith. The choirs of the Presbyterian, Ramoan, and Ballycastle churches were stationed at the rear, and there was a very large attendance of the public.
Mrs. Greer, widow of the late Senator T. M. Greer, D.L., Ballycastle, who performed the unveiling ceremony, made an inspection of the ex-servicemen and other units, being: accompanied by Captain J. Casement, D.S.O., R.N., President of the Ballycastle Branch of the British Legion, and Captain Lyle.
Captain Casement presided, and the platform party comprised :—Mrs. Greer, Mrs. Coates, Mrs.M’Clarty. Rev. J. Jackson, D.D., Rev. T. C. Topley, Rev. F. W. Davis, Colonel D. Coates, Captain Lyle, Messrs. W, H. Belford, J.P., P.C., A. Markey. J. A. M’Cullagh, S. J. Gilmour, B. H. O’Connor, A. S. M’Vicker, and J. Bartholomew (Ballymena).
THE ROLL OF FAME.
The opening prayer having been offered by the Rev. Mr. Topley, and the 100th Psalm sung, Captain Lyle read the names of the fallen from the parishes of Ramoan and Culfeightrim, which numbered fifty-five and are as follows : –
Royal Irish Rifles – Lance-Corporal H. Blackmore, M.M., Private William
Blackmore, Private George Cochrane, Private Alexander Dixon, Private John Douthart, Private Thomas Gallagher; Private John Gallagher, Private Patrick Laverty, Private George M’Cafferty, Private Hugh M’Kendry, Private Patrick M’Laughlin, Private William M’Mullan, Private John M’Lean, Private James M’Lean, Private Daniel M’Intosh, Private John M’Gowan, Private John McLean, Lance-Corporal Frank M’Larty, Croix De Guerre, M.M., Private James Norton, Lieutenant Paul O’Kane, Private James Parkhill, Private Hugh Simpson, Private John Simpson, Lance-Corporal Hugh Spence.
Indian Army- Captain Talbot Reed, Lieutenant H. M. C. Davis.
Leinster Regiment-Private Robert Murphy.
Mercantile Marine- John Haughey.
New Zealand Rifles- Private James Laverty.
Royal Scots Regiment-Private Neal M’Bride.
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers-Private Joseph Forsythe, Private Joseph Gillen, Lieutenant John Gage, Private James Jennings, Private Daniel Mooney.
Royal Irish Fusiliers-Lance-Corporal Hugh M’Auley, Private John Kiernan, Private Patrick M’Michael, Private James M’Gahey, Private Wm. Ross.
R.F.A.- Gunner J. M’Cafferty, Major Wm. M’Gildowney, D.S.O., Private W. J. Dunlop.
U.S.A.- Private R. Mitchell, Private P. Campbell, Private Nathaniel M’Lean.
Canadian Army- Lance-Corporal George M’Cormick, Private Harold Black.
Australian Forces- Private David Rennie.
Black Watch- Private Harry Dillon.
H.L.I.- Private J. Carruthers.
Connaught Rangers- Private R. Kilpatrick.
Royal Navy – Stoker T. Collins.
Captain Casement said it was a great honour and pleasure for him to preside on that memorable occasion, the unveiling of a memorial to the officers and men of that district who gave their lives in the great war. He thought the committee had made a very good choice indeed in asking Mrs. Greer to unveil the memorial. Mrs. Greer had the affection and esteem of every person in Ballycastle and district, and so had her late husband and son. He would now ask Mrs. Greer to unveil the memorial.
Mr. O’Connor then presented silver scissors to Mrs. Greer, who said that this stone of remembrance was set up as a permanent memorial to the valiant men, who at the call of King and Country went out on the outbreak of war to fight for them. They went out and endured untold hardships all day and night and through those desperate years. Some of them came back, but many also passed out of the sight of men, dying on the field of honour. On this stone they celebrated the name and fame of all those men from Ballycastle who answered the call of their country.
The “Last Post” having been sounded by Mr. M’Mullan, Mrs. Greer unveiled the memorial, which was then dedicated by Rev. Dr. Jackson.
With the “Reveille” sounded, the hymn “O God Our Help in Ages Past” was sung with great fervour, and a portion of scripture was read by the Rev. F. W. Davis.
The laying on of wreaths was then proceeded with, the first being by Mrs M’Glarty-
“From the wives, mothers and sisters-In proud memory”; followed by Mr. James Blair – “ From Ballycastle Branch of British Legion – In loving memory of our fallen comrades”; Mr Down – “ From Ballycastle District Naval officers and men – In memory of fallen shipmates” ; Captain Lyle – From some Officers of North Antrim Company 12th (S.) Battalion R.I.R.”; Mr. A. Hunter – “ From R. Ulster ‘B’ Special Constabulary, Ballycastle” ; Mrs. Lyle – “From the V.A.D.”; Mr. Belford – “In grateful remembrance-From Ballycastle Urban Council”; Mr. W. Boyd – “From hon. members British Legion, Ballycastle Branch”; Mr. John Jamison, J.P. _ “In loving memory – From subscribers Ballintoy district” ; Miss E. Jamison – “From the Rangers, Guides, and Brownies of First Ballycastle Company”; Mr. G. H. Scarlett, J.P.. – “ From Ballycastle Company Boys’ Brigade” ; Mr. R. Caulfield – “From the officers and members of L.O.L. No. 1458-In Remembrance”; Mr. J. M. Gregor – “In grateful remembrance of our glorious dead-From Ballycastle Presbyterian Church Choir”; Mr. Bartholomew – “ In memory of fallen comrades-From Ballycastle Branch British Legion”; Mrs. G. H. Scarlett, – “In loving memory of Harold”; Mrs. Greer “Kenneth and Talbot. In proud remembrance” ; Mrs. A. Dixon – “In loving memory of Private Alexander Dixon, 12th R.I.R. – From his loving father, mother, and sisters, Castle Street, Ballycastle”; Colonel Coates – “From Colonel and Mrs. Coates”; Miss D. Coates – !In Remembrance.” Other wreaths were :- “In loving remembrance of Sergeant T. A. Morris and Private D. Morris”; Ellen Johnstone – “In loving memory of her nephew. Frank.”
The Chairman formally handed over the Memorial to Mr. Belford. Chairman of Ballycastle Urban Council, to the Council’s care and keeping.
Mr. Belford said that on behalf of Ballycastle Urban Council, the ratepayers and residents, he had pleasure in taking over this memorial, with the hope and belief
That it would be looked after in a manner worthy of those for whom it was erected.
VOTES OF THANKS.
Mr. M’Cullagh proposing a vote of thanks to Mrs. Greer, said they all knew the very deep interest this lady took in everything connected with the well-being of ex-servicemen, and that she gave of her best in the cause of King and country. They were deeply indebted to her for her kindness in coming there that day.
In seconding, Mr. Telford said Mrs. Greer had always show her willingness to give of her best to any good cause, especially the cause of the ex-serviceman. Ballycastle owed her another debt for coming there and performing the noble act which she had done so gracefully.
Moving a vote of thanks to Miss Boyd, the donor of the site, Mr. Markey said that on behalf of the members of the Ballycastle Branch of the British Legion and the War Memorial Committee, he desired to heartily and cordially thank Miss Boyd for her kindness. The site was an ideal one, lying under the shadow of Ben-more.
Miss Boyd, in reply, said she did not need any thanks for the gift of the site. In fact all they owed to these men was more than any of them could ever hope to repay.
Mr. M’Vicker, tendering thanks to Mr. O’Connor, thought they would all agree that the obelisk was a memorial in itself to Mr. O’Connor. The design as they saw it was his own. They thanked him very much for the great care, skill, and workmanship with which he completed this stone. He also coupled the name of Mr. Robinson, Town Engineer, who gave his services free, and thanked him on behalf of the War Memorial Committee.
Mr. John Jamison, J.P., seconding, said the Memorial spoke for itself; both the design and workmanship seemed to be perfect. Certainly nothing would be too good for the gallant men who fought and bled and died for King and Country and for them.
Mr. O’Connor thanked the subscribers who made it possible for him to carry out the work, and hoped he had satisfied everybody. He hoped also that the general public would have the same spirit as the War Memorial Committee by giving a trial to an ex-serviceman before going elsewhere.
The Benediction having been pronounced, the proceedings terminated with the singing of the National Anthem.
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