This page contains four images, the names of The Fallen of both wars, and a report on the Unveiling Cermony.
BROUGHSHANE, Co. ANTRIM
THE FALLEN 1914-1918
Anderson W. H.
Cameron R. H.
Hill M. J.
McCosh S. J.
Ritchie D. J.
Robinson J., M.M.
Robinson W. J., D.C.M.
Simpson C. R.
Smith S. L.
THE FALLEN 1939-1945.
Deane, James Noel
Houston, Matthew Cumming
Logan, John Barnett
McBride, William George
George Rock, William George
Turtle, William John
Broughshane War Memorial unveiling. Saturday, October 28, 1989.
The 5½ foot bronze soldier, gun pointing towards the ground, stood impressively on top of the recently-finished foundation.
Below him on two granite plaques are etched the names of the 72 soldiers from the Broughshane area who died in World War One and Two.
Two smaller plaques at either side of the main Memorial are dedicated to the memory of two of the village’s citizens who have died in the current troubles.
Many of the surnames inscribed on the two plaques beneath the proud soldier are the same, suggesting perhaps that families had to bear the pain of more than one death.
And, by a remarkable co-incidence, the name George Ireland and James Rea are etched on the plaque twice.
The Memorial is the end result of many months of painstaking work and fund raising by several Broughshane villagers.
Ex-Serviceman Jim Peters, who spent 22 years in the Army, orchestrated the effort.
“I’ve just come back to the village after being away for long time and I felt that Broughshane should have something to remember the brave men and women who died during the wars,” said Jim.
The man who did his homework on the soldiers who died is military enthusiast Alistair Robinson, from Tullygrawley,
With the help of Guardian readers, Mr. Robinson was able to compile the list of names in time for inscription by sculptor Edward Barton from Belfast.
By the time the parade started just after 2.30pm the numbers had grown so large that stewards were forced to clear a path for the Ballymena Silver Band.
After the opening hymn the Memorial was unveiled by Colonel R.B. Morton T.D. before the Venerable Archdeacon T.V. Stoney, of St. Patrick’s Church, read the Bidding:
“We remember at this time, all those, the brave and the true who have died the death of honour and arc departed in the hope of resurrection to eternal life. Especially the officers of our land, sea and air forces, to whom it was given to lay down their lives for the cause of freedom and justice. To this end, we call upon all present to offer prayer to Almighty God, that He will bless this Memorial to be dedicated to His glory.”
At exactly 3pm Rev. W.J.A. Armstrong, of 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church, began to read the names of those on the Memorial.
After the roll of honour they said the Act of Remembrance:
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them or the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember then.”
Also officiating at the service was Rev. E.E.H. Porter, of 1st Broughshane Presbyterian Church.
ROLL OF HONOUR
The full list of names on the War Memorial reads:
The Great War 1914-18:-
William Henry Anderson; Alexander Armstrong; William Bell???ack; William Black; John Bonnar; Daniel Boyle; Robert Hugh Cameron; Harry Clarke; Alexander Crawford; Thomas Crawford; Robert Cuthbert.
Thomas Darragh; John Davis; William Dempster M.M.; Daniel Dunbar; James Erwin; Thomas Finlay; James Garrett; William Gordon; Nathaniel Graham; Alexander
Gahamslaw; Robert Gribben; Samuel Gribben; Matthew John Hill; David Holmes.
George Ireland; George Ireland; David Johnston; John Mawhinney; John Maybin; Richard Maybin; Moses McBride; David McClintock; William McCollum; Samuel James McCosh; Thomas McGill; Harry McIlroy; Thomas McLaughlin; James McMaster.
Samuel O’Dornan; William Pennie; Joseph Peters; Joyce Power; James Rea; James Rea; Thomas Reid; David Lynn Ritchie; John Ritchie; David Robinson; James Robinson M.M.; William John Robinson D.C.M.; James Shaw; Christopher Redmond Simpson; Roberta Smith; Samuel Lyle Smith; John Smith; john Speers; George Steele; John Stewart; Robert White; William White.
The Second World War 1939-45.
Thomas Chambers; James Noel Deane; Matthew Cumming Houston; John Lamont; John Barnett Logan; William George McBride; Andrew Millar; Robert Peters; William George Rock; William John Turtle.
Elizabeth Chambers (Her Majesty’s Prisons); Robert Millar (R.U.C.)
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