KINAWLEY PARISH CHURCH, Co. Fermanagh.

On Friday afternoon, 4th July, 1924, a service was held in the Kinawley Parish Church for the purpose of dedicating and unveiling a war memorial tablet, and of dedicating a memorial pulpit. The large church was thronged with worshippers some considerable time before the appointed hour of service. The Royal Ulster special A Constabulary stationed in the parish under Major Fillery, and B Constabulary under Sub-District Commandant Patterson, attended in strength.

The service was said by the Rev. F. W. Grant, rector, and the Special Lessons read by Rev. Canon King and the Rev. B. F. Good. The selected Psalms, 23 and 124, was sympathetically chanted by the choir. During the singing of hymn 175 the churchwardens (Major Fillery and Mr. Geo Vaughan), the clergy and the Bishop proceeded to the memorial pulpit, which the Bishop dedicated. Then the procession reformed and, headed by Major H. H. Cavendish-Butler, proceeded to the memorial tablet.

Major Butler unveiled the tablet by removing the Union Jack, which covered it, and spoke feelingly of the men from the parish who had made the supreme sacrifice. The Bishop then dedicated the tablet and a bugler, standing in the church gallery, sounded ‘The Last Post.’

The Bishop was the special preacher, and selecting as his text St. John 12-24, spoke of the life and service of the late Rector and of the young men whose names were on the Roll of Honour-expressing his hope that through the instrumentality of the League of Nations the world might for the future be spared such horrors as the late war.

Part of the 178th hymn which followed the sermon was taken as a solo by Mr. H. M’Kane, and on its conclusion the bugler sounded ‘The Reveille.’

After the Benediction the National Anthem was sung, and a very solemn and beautiful service ended with the recessional hymn 402, ‘Ten thousand times ten thousand.’

Mr. Grant officiated at the organ and the following clergy were present in addition to those already mentioned- Rev. Messrs. J. W. Camier, B.D.; J. H. Jackson, B.D.; W. I. Stewart, E. L. Keane F. B. Worrall, and J. W. Wright (curate).

The new culprit is very beautifully carved, with curve steps and handrail.

It’s inscription reads: –

To the Glory of God and in beloved memory of the Rev. John McKnight, Rector of this Parish for 15 years, died 14th April, 1920. Erected by his Widow and the Parishioners.

The wording on the War Memorial Tablet is:

To the Glory of God and in honoured and grateful memory of the men from this Parish who gave their lives in the Great War: –

Henry Wm. Viscount Crichton, M.V.O., D.S.O., Lt. Col. Royal Horse Guards.

John Massy Beresford, Trooper, Royal Horse Guards.

James Annesley, M.D. Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps.

William Bennett, Trooper, Royal Horse Guards.

Victor R. G. Cousins, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Robert Crawford, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Henry Crawford, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

John T. Dunn, Private, Irish Guards.

William Finlay, Corporal, Liverpool Scottish.

Joseph Henry Graham, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Frederick C. McMullen, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

William McMullen, Private, Irish Guards.

Jack Thompson, Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

William Woods, Lance-Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Herbert P. S. Bullock, O.B.E. Capt., 89 Punjabis Indian Army.

Robert Crawford, Private, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

John Lunny, Private, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

George Browne, Private, New Zealand Contingent.

John J. Breen, Private, U.S.A., A.M.C.

Samuel Corbett, Private, U.S.A. Expeditionary Force.

‘Death is swallowed up in Victory.’

THE IMPARTIAL REPORTER AND FARMERS’ JOURNAL, July 10, 1924.

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