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The Diamond, COLERAINE, Co. Londonderry.
The Names of the FALLEN.
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Acheson, Robert, Private, Durham Light Infantry.
Adams, John Wilson, Royal Navy.
Adams, William H., Corporal. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Allen, David, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Allen, James, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
Allen, Joseph, Private, Machine Gun Corps.
Armstrong, George D., Lance-Corporal, Royal Irish Rifles.
Bell, Alfred, Private, Australian Expeditionary Force.
Bell, William James Knox, MC., Second-Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Bittles, George Henry,
Black, Harry O., Sergeant,
Blair, Charles Stewart, Private, Royal Lancashire Fusiliers.
Boone, John A. T.,
Boyce, William A.,
Boylan, Bernard, Private, Royal Irish Regiment.
Brennan, Arthur, Private, Machine Gun Corps.
Brennan, James, Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Campbell, William J., Private, Australian Expeditionary Force.
Carlin, Hugh, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Cassidy, Patrick, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
Chambers, Henry D.,
Clarke, James H.,
Conolly, John H., Second-Lieutenant, Royal Irish Rifles.
Corbett, David Bertram, Second Lieutenant, Royal Irish Rifles.
Dallas, Edward Reid,
Doherty, Patrick, Stoker, Royal Navy.
Doherty, Robert, Stoker, Royal Navy.
Dunlop, William J.,
Dunlop, William J.,
Dimond, James Ritchie, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Dysart, James, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Dysart, John, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Elkin, William James, Royal Navy.
Elkin, William James, Royal Navy.
Elliott, James Dinsmore, Second-Lieutenant, Cheshire Regiment.
Eyre, Charles Joseph,
Fillis, William, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Fulton, James Anderson, Sgt., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Gamble, Thomas, Royal Navy.
Gilmour, Robert Wallace, Second-Lieutenant Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Gribbon, J. Stewart, Lieutenant, Rifle Brigade.
Hanson, William, (jun.), Ptivate, Canadian Exped. Force.
Henry, James, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Henry, James Alfred, Private, Black Watch.
Henry, James Wallace,
Horner, John, Private, Black Watch.
Hosier, Ernest Edward, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Hutchinson, John, Lance-Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Hutchinson, William, Lance-Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Huston, George E., Lance-Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Hutton, Millar, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Innes, James D., Second-Lieutenant, Tyneside Irish.
Kelly, Edward, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Kelly, Henry M., Private, Black Watch,
Kennedy, W. R. Gardiner,
Kirby, Michael, Private, Royal Irish Rifles.
Kydd, Chester Bishop, Second-Lieutenant, Royal Bedfordshire Regiment.
Magowan, Samuel Henry,
Martin, William Henry,
Millar, William, Corporal, Machine Gun Corp.
Moody, Thomas J., Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
Mullen, Hugh, Sergeant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
M’Cann, James, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
M’Gaughan, Daniel, Private, Machine Gun Corps.
M’Cormick, Robert, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Grath, David, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
M’Grath, John, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
M’Grath, William, Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
M’Ilhatton, John St. Clair, Signaller, Black Watch,
M’Ilree, Richard, Lance-Corporal, Seaforth Highlanders.
M’Intyre, George, Corporal, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
M’Kay, William James,
M’Kenney, William James, Second-Lieutenant, H.L.I.
M’Kenney, Edward Richard,
M’Laughlin, James Bernard,
M’Laughlin, Edmund C., Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Laughlin, Thomas D.,
M’Lean, John, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
M’Sheffrey, Samuel, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
O’Brien, Robert, Private, Highland Light Infantry.
O’Neill, William, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Parke, Robert, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Parke, Samuel, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Patterson, David T.,
Paul, Robert, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Roche, Henry, Private, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Roche, Martin, Private, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Sadlier, Francis Arthur,
Shirley, Robert J.,
Simpson, Robert, Guardsman, Scots Guards.
Smyth, John Millar,
Stuart James, Royal Flying Corps.
Templeton, William, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Todd, Arnold Wilkinson, Private, Black Watch.
Torrens, John, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
Willis, Samuel, Captain, Royal Irish Rifles.
Wilson, James, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Wilson, George D. H., Private, Royal Marines.
Wilson, William Andrew (Rev), Presbyterian Padre.
Wright, John S.,
Wright, Thomas, Second-Lieutenant, Royal Innis. Fusiliers.
‘Provided at a cost of £1,800 the memorial stands on the Diamond facing east, and perpetuates in an exceedingly appropriate form the splendid part which the manhood of Coleraine played in the Great War. Coleraine contributed no less than 1,000 men, equal to almost thirteen per cent, of the population to land, sea and air forces.’
‘It is columnar in form, and is built on a grey granite base and step, on which rises a shaft of fine Portland Stone to a height of fifteen feet. Surmounting this pedestal is a bronze, statue of a solder in full fighting kit, making the total height of the memorial 21 feet 6 inches. On the sides and back of the pedestal are cut the names of the 171 men who died in the war, and on the front there is the following inscription; –
Tributes to Heroic Dead
Memorial Unveiled by Sir James Craig
A Splendid Patriotic Record
Now, with triumphal palms, they stand
Before the throne on high,
And serve the God they love, amidst
The glories of the sky.
His presence fills each heart with joy,
Tunes ev’ry mouth to sing:
By day, by night, the sacred courts
With glad hosannahs ring.
And for all the bereaved there was comfort in the beautiful thought portrayed in the concluding words of the fine old Paraphrase –
And God the Lord from every eye
Shall wipe off ev’ry tear.
Mr. R. F. McCartney, ex-chairman of the War Memorial Committee, said he had been asked by that committee, now that the work entrusted to them by the subscribers has been completed by the erection of the beautiful and appropriate memorial, to hand it over to the Urban District Council. He was sure that the Urban Council would care for and cherish the memorial; that it would be to them and to all the townspeople a reminder and incentive – a reminder not only of the brave men who had laid down their lives and whose names were recorded on it, but of all the men who went out from their midst, and who were also honoured and esteemed. It would be an incentive to all who came after them that should a similar occasion arise and a call be made to their manhood, they would be reminded by that memorial of what Coleraine men did in the great war. Before handing over the memorial he wished on behalf of the committee to publicly acknowledge the great service rendered by the secretaries – Dr J G Kydd and Mr W Henry. (Applause.) They gave their service freely and willingly, and they work was fully appreciated by the committee. He had great pleasure in asking Mr Christie, as Chairman of the Urban District Council, to take over the custody of that war memorial. (Applause.)
The Chairman, on behalf of the Council, said he gladly accepted the custody of the memorial, and was sure he spoke for all his colleagues when he gave the assurance that the memorial would always be cared for with the reverence which it justly deserved. He joined in Mr McCartney’s tribute to the work of Dr Kydd and Mr Henry as secretaries to the committee.
Mr. T.G. Houston’s Fine Speech: Plea for Peace and Goodwill
Mr T G Houston, MA, JP, proposed a vote of thanks to the Prime Minister for the signal favour he had conferred on Coleraine that day. “Before discharging that duty,” continued Mr Houston, “I should like to express the great pleasure which it gives me to look on this admirable result of the efforts of the Coleraine War Memorial Committee. I am delighted to find that after due consideration they decided to erect a war memorial which should be a war memorial, and nothing else whatever. They allowed no distracting Utilitarian element to confuse he tribute which was to the paid to our glorious dead. This beautiful and touching monument is just the outward and visible sign of the feelings which arise within us when we think of the brave men who gave their lives that we might live. It is a sentiment in bronze, the mingled sentiment of high honour, of deep and lasting regret, of undying and grateful love. We are deeply indebted to the distinguished sculptor, Mr Pomeroy, for the truth and beauty with which he has embodied that sentiment. Our committee are also to be warmly congratulated on their choice of a site for our memorial. Here it stands for all time as the central feature of the good town of Coleraine.
“It was most befitting that this memorial to our soldiers should for the first time be given to public view by the first citizen of our province, by a man who had been himself a soldier, who in his youth played a distinguished part in one of our Empire’s wars, and who came home not to rest upon his laurels, but to throw himself heart and soul into the service of his country. (Cheers.) I need not remind you of the part played by Sir James Craig in the long and hard struggle for the freedom of Ulster. In the political arena he was a great fighter, but always a clean fighter. He never struck below the belt, and never came of a fight leaving behind him a personal enemy. We must, however, never forget that he is no longer the leader of a party. He had been, so to speak, promoted from the Bar to the Bench, from the position of an advocate to that of a judge. He is now the head of a great State, knowing nothing of parties, but bound to do justice to all the people under his care, ‘without fear or favour, ill-will or affection.’ In all his administration for so far there has been nothing more admirable than the sincere and hearty way in which he has held out the right hand of brotherhood to those who were formerly his political opponents. Most earnestly he has entreated all his fellow-citizens, regardless of creed or party, to join his efforts for the good of their country. On the answer that is made to that appeal must depend very largely the future of our province.
“I am glad to know that his overtures are warmly supported by the vast majority of the people of Ulster. But to my mind he has no backing so strong as the silent but most moving appeal that comes from the dead whose names are recorded in this and many another roll of honour. From this town our gallant lads of all creeds and classes – Roman Catholics and Protestants of all denominations – at the call of their country went forth to the war. They went of their own free will. Not one of them was a conscript. Together they crossed the sea. Together they marched to the front. Side by side for long days and nights of misery they lived in the trenches with nothing but brotherly kindness between them. Together they fought and fell. Together their souls went home to God. Together their bodies were now mingling with kindred dust beneath the poppies of Flanders’ fields. What I ask in God’s name, is to hinder us for whom they died from living in peace and goodwill with one another? I hope and pray that before the next Christmas bells proclaim their glad tidings our Prime Minister may have the joy of finding that his outstretched hand is clasped in friendly confidence. We at least will send him back to his arduous task with the full assurance that he leaves behind him not a horde of captious arm-chair critics, but united body of true friends and supporters.” (Cheers.)
Colonel H. T. Lyle seconded and Sir Malcolm M Macnaughten supported the motion, which was heartily passed.
Sir James Craig, in reply, thanked his dear old friend, Mr Houston, and Colonel Lyle and their future member for the kind words that they had said. He could assure them that it was a great pleasure to Lady Craig and to himself to visit such a loyal centre a Coleraine. (Cheers.)
The National Anthem having been sung, Right Rev. Bishop O’Hara pronounced the benediction, and the memorable proceedings concluded with rousing cheers for Sir James and Lady Craig.
Immediately the ceremony was over a number of elderly loyalists rushed forward and shook hands with the Premier. One was overheard exclaiming, “Sir James, I knew you before ever I seen you.”
Premier and Light Brigade Survivor.
Amongst those introduced to the Premier was Mr James Hewitt, Portrush, the ninety-two years old survivor of the famous charge of the Light Brigade. Mr Hewitt looked hale and hearty. Sir James conversed with him for a few minutes, and was apparently deeply interested in the grand old man.
This was followed by a March Past.
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