This page contains five images, the names of THE FALLEN 1939-1945 and a report on the first unveiling and dedication ceremony.

Cregagh Unveiling image

The Colony, Cregagh, Belfast.

Cregagh WW 1
Thiepval Cregagh 2

The “Colony” was the name given to a development by the Irish Soldiers and Sailors Land Trust in 1925 to provide homes for returning heroes (ex-servicemen) and their families.

The development was built on a green field site. The streets were named after Great War battles, Bapaume Avenue, Picardy Avenue, Thiepval Avenue, Hamel Drive, Albert Drive, Somme Drive.

There is a Great War memorial without names. This memorial was unveiled and dedicated twice. Report on second unveiling to follow.

                                                                                                A CELTIC CROSS.

Unveiled at Cregagh by Rt. Hon. J. M. Andrew.

A Celtic Cross in Thiepval Avenue, Cregagh, which is the war memorial of Cregagh district, was unveiled on Armistice eve by Rt, Hon. J. M. Andrews. D.L., M.P.                                           Thiepval Avenue is in the centre of an ex-Servicemens colony which is situated nearly at the end of the Cregagh tram lines. The avenue is named in memory of one of Ulster’s greatest fights in the war and the Cross is in simple yet solemn memory of those who gave their lives for Ulster and the Empire,

At the ceremony were about 2,000 sympathetic spectators, many of them wearing medals.

All units taking part in the proceedings, assembled at a suitable point nearby and under the orders of Major C. Blakiston-Housion who had Mr.D. McCullough and Sergeant Dixon to assist him.  On parade were Sea Scouts, Boys’ Brigade boys, Girl Guides and detachments of ex-Servicemen. They were inspected by the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava and after the in­spection, headed by two bands, they marched to Thiepval Avenue and formed up at the war memorial.

The ceremony was of the conventional type and included a short religious service in which Rev. J. Howe. Rev. C. W. A. Houston, M.A., and Rev. D. Stewart took part. The “two minutes silence,” preceded and followed by the “Last Post” and the “Reveille” was observed. Afterwards there was the laying on of wreaths.

Rt. Hon. J. M. Andrews performed the cere­mony of unveiling, and in a voice which could be heard far and wide pronounced the appropriate words: ‘”To the sacred memory of those men of Cregagh and district who made the supreme sacrifice.” Lord Dufferin laid the first wreath in position.

Captain the Right Hon. Herbert Dixon, D.L., M.P., who presided, thanked Lord Dufferin for his interest and his presence there. “ The Marquis,” he said, has an    unfailing interest in ex-Servicemen and tries to help them in every   way he can.” Of any part of Ulster which deserves to have a memorial, be continued, there was no part which sent more men to the front and none more worthy to have such a memorial than Cregagh district.  “ They very men of Ulster,” be pointed out, “who went to the front were the men who collected to defend Ulster when they thought there was a    grievance against the Mother Country.  But when the Mother Country was in need of them they fought and died for her. This memorial will be remembered for the men who died as well as for the men who lived to serve after the war when Ulster was in diffi­culty.”  Captain Dixon concluded with a special word of thanks to Mr. McCullough, who organised the ceremony

Rev. John Redmond. M.A., Hon. C.F., gave an appropriate address, and the singing of the National Anthem concluded an impressive ceremony.     

Amongst those present were Sir William Turner, D.L., and Lady Turner, Captain Creighton (British Legion), Mr. George Gray, J.P., and Mrs. Coleman.

THE FOLLOWING RESIDENTS OF THIS “COLONY” WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

HAMILTON, W. Royal Ulster Rifles

HUTCHINSON, N. Royal Ulster Rifles

McMILLEN, R. Royal Ulster Rifles

STEVENSON, E. Royal Ulster Rifles

BELSHAW, A.  Royal Air Force

NEWTON, J. L. Royal Air Force

KELLY, P. Royal Air Force

MARTIN, W. Royal Navy

PROUDFOOT, A. Royal Navy

CASSIDY, J. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

STEWART, A. Merchant Navy

O’NEILL, J. Irish Guards

SPRINKS, E. Irish Guards

CRAIG, W. 2nd, A.I.F.

KELLY, CHARLES PHILIP, SERGEANT, FLIGHT ENGINEER.

Service No. 2204866

Son of Charles and Margaret Kelly, Somme Drive, Cregagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The following information is courtesy of Philip Doms, [centre in image below] one of a small group of people who raised a monument to the dead crew near the crash site.

‘Charles Philip Kelly, from 6 Somme Drive, Belfast, was a Flight Engineer with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. The Lancaster bomber in which he was flying was shot down over Belgium on the night of 25/04/1944. There were no survivors.

On the 50th anniversary of the crash a memorial was erected in the local village to the crew.

Recently [2010] the crash site area has received planning permission for development.

During the clearing of some trees pieces of aluminium appeared. The owner and also developer of the site, granted permission for further investigations.

Since then, other parts including an engine have been found.

‘The proposed plans are to excavate further and to make from the found pieces a symbol for the fallen. It will be placed at a special place at the site, a place for remembrance and reflection nearby the crash site. The new buildings and the two new streets on the building site will be named after the crew members.’

The memorial is located on the border of Sint-Katelijne-Waver and Mechelen. The event will take place on 25th April 2014, 70 years on from the day the crew lost their lives

C Kelly Mmem

Philip Doms, one of the small group who organized and undertook the erection of the memorial, is in the centre of the image. Charles Kelly’s image is top right.

        VETERANS’ BRIDGE

The surrounding area has strong local links to war veterans of both the First and Second World Wars. Many of the nearby homes housed ex-servicemen and World War veterans. Street names such as Picardly Avenue and Hamel Drive are named after World War 1 battles and road names search Alanbrooke Road and Montgomery Road are named in honour of World War Two field marshals.
This sign is located in the green area on Alexander Road, opposite the entrance to Castlereagh Police Station.

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