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LISBURN, Co. Antrim.

Abbott William R. Rifleman

Adams Ralph, Rank Unknown

Allen William John, Rifleman

Andrews James, Rifleman 

Andrews William, Rifleman

Atkinson William, Private

Baker Walter, Rifleman

Beattie William John, Lance Sergeant

Beck James, Private

Bell G. R., Private

Bell John, Private

Boomer W.C., M.C., Captain

Boston W. Rank Unknown

Bowman Robert, Second Lieutenant

Boyd David, Rifleman

Braithwaite James, C.S.M.

Bratty George, Rifleman

Brown Henry, Rifleman

Brown John, Rifleman

Brown Samuel, Rifleman

Buchanan Richard M.M. Private

Buckley Joseph, Corporal

Button James, Rank Unknown

Cairns Alexander, Private

Cairns James, Rifleman

Calwell C. J., Private

Campbell John, Lance Corporal

Cathcart David, Sergeant 

Cathcart Robert, Private

Cathcart Thomas, Lance Corporal

Chambers James, Rank Unknown

Chapman William, Rifleman

Cherry James A., Sergeant 

Clarke A., Rifleman

Clarke R. J., Private

Clay John, Rank Unknown

Clay Thomas, Rank Unknown

Cleland George, Rifleman

Coburn James, Rifleman

Cooke E. G., Rank Unknown

Cordner George, Rifleman

Cordner Samuel, Rifleman

Corken R. J., Corporal

Corkin H., Lance Sergeant

Corkin J., Rifleman 

Corrigan Edward, Rank Unknown

Corry J., Rifleman

Cowan A., Rifleman

Cowan Joseph, Rifleman

Crilly Dan, Rank Unknown

Crossey Henry, Lance Corporal

Crossey William, Rank Unknown

Cunningham William, Rifleman

Curry William, Rifleman

Dickey Robert, Rank Unknown

Dickson Samuel, Rank Unknown

Dodds Michael, Private

Donegan Samuel, Private

Donegan Thomas Sergeant 

Donnelly Hugh, Rank Unknown

Donnelly T., Rank Unknown

Dornan George, Corporal

Douglas Samuel, Rank Unknown

Dowds Charles, Lance Corporal

Dugan Hill, Corporal

Dugan Richard, Rank Unknown

Dunleavy James, Rank Unknown

Dunleavy James, Rifleman

Dunlop Quintin, Corporal

Ewart Cecil F.K., Captain

Fenning J., Name added 2007

Fenning R., Name added 2007

Fenton J., Rifleman 

Ferris Joseph, Rank Unknown

Frazer William J., Lance Corporal 

Furfey Patrick, Rank Unknown

Gibson John, Rifleman

Gill William, Rank Unknown

Gillespie Robert Cecil Victor, Lance Corporal

Gorman Daniel, Rifleman

Graham Thomas, Rank Unknown

Gray Robert John, Rank Unknown

Gregg Louis Arthur, Rifleman

Gribben William, Private

Griffin A., Rifleman

Grubb Donald J., Second Lieutenant

Haddock Thomas, Rifleman

Haire Samuel, Private

Hamilton Charles, Private

Hamilton John, Private

Hanna Frank J., Rifleman

Hanna Joseph, Rifleman

Hanna William, Private

Harvey H., Rifleman

Harvey John, Rifleman

Hazelton J. Douglas, B.A., Rank Unknown

Heron Robert, Rifleman

Hillis John, Private 

Hodgen John, Rank Unknown

Holmes James, Rifleman

Huddlestone William, Private

Hughes John, Rank Unknown

Hughes William H. Rifleman

Hughes William H. Rifleman

Hull G. H., Lance Corporal

Hull Robert John, Private

Hutton J., Rank unknown

Irwin J., Name added 2007

Jackson Isaiah, Private

Jenkins Garrett P., Lieutenant

Johnston David W., Rifleman

Keery Isaac, Rifleman

Keithley Philip C.R., Captain

Kelly Edward, Q.M.S. 

King F. C., Lieutenant

King George, Private

Kingsberry George, Private

Knox Charles, Rank Unknown

Laird J., Corporal

Lamont William, Rifleman

Lappin Daniel, Rifleman

Lappin William, Rifleman

Larmour Alexander D.C.M., Sergeant 

Larmour Samuel, Corporal

Lavery Charles, Rank Unknown

Lavery Edward, Private

Lavery Henry, Rank Unknown

Lavery William, Sergeant 

Leathem W., Rifleman

Leathem William H., Rifleman 

Leckey William, Rifleman

Lennox Francis, Private

Lewis William, Private

Lindsay Joseph, Rifleman

Lindsay Robert, Private

Lindsay Robert, Rank Unknown

Logan Thomas, Rifleman

Lovie Henry, Private

Lowry Henry, Rifleman

Lunn James, Corporal

Lyness B., Rifleman

Lyness Matthew, Sergeant 

Lyttle Henry, Rank Unknown

Lyttle Samuel, Rifleman

M’Allister James, Private

M’Bride Andrew, Rifleman

M’Bride Andrew, Rifleman

M’Bride R., Rifleman

M’Bride R., Rifleman

M’Cann David, Private

M’Cann Edward, Rifleman

M’Carter Robert M.M., Sergeant 

M’Carter Robert, Sergeant 

M’Clure Thomas James, Rifleman

M’Comiskey John, Rank Unknown

M’Dowell J. Rifleman

M’Dowell James, Rifleman

M’Dowell James, Rifleman

M’Dowell William G., Rifleman

M’Geown Robert, Rifleman

M’Gurk John, Rifleman

M’Ilfatrick Daniel, Rifleman

M’Ilwrath George H., Rifleman

M’Iwrath Charles, Rifleman

M’Kee Samuel, Rifleman

M’Kibben F. Rifleman

M’Mullen James, Rifleman

M’Namara Edward, Rank Unknown

M’Namara Joseph, Rank Unknown

M’Quaid John, Rank Unknown

M’Williams Henry, Rifleman

M’Williams John, Rifleman

Mackell J. Name added 2007

Magee John, Rank Unknown

Maginess Alexander, Private

Maginess Thomas, Rank Unknown

Malcomson T.R., Name added 2007

Marks Robert, Rifleman

Martin David, Rifleman

Martin Eric Franklin, Rank Unknown

Martin Henry, Private

Martin, J. E., Rifleman

McGreevy F.S., Name added 2007

Mearns John, Rank Unknown

Mines Thomas, Rank Unknown

M’Nair Isaac, Private

Moore Alexander, Rifleman

Moore Archibald, Lieutenant

Morgan William, Private

Morrison Douglas St. G., Lieutenant B.A., R.F.A.  

Morrow Robert, Rifleman

Mulholland James, Rifleman

Mulligan J., Lance Corporal

Murphy Thomas, Corporal

Murtagh Patrick, Rank Unknown

Neagle Francis, Private

Neill Thomas, Rank Unknown

Nelson Charles, Private

Nelson Robert J., Rifleman

Newell James, Rank Unknown

Newell, James, Lance Corporal

O’Brien Patrick, Rank Unknown

O’Hara David, Private

Orr Richard, Rifleman

Orr Robert  J., Rifleman

Park John H. Lance Corporal

Patterson S. Martin, Rifleman

Patterson William, Rifleman

Patton William, Rifleman

Pelan Chris, Rank Unknown

Pews Robert S., Rifleman

Pews William G., Rifleman

Philpott Thomas H., Private 

Porter R., Corporal

Purdy Samuel, Rifleman

Rainey H., Name added 2007

Ramsey John, Private 

Reddick Jonathan, Rifleman

Rice Joseph, Private

Ritchie William, Lance Corporal

Rogan Robert S., Private  

Rooney Arthur, Private

Rooney Henry, Private

Ross Robert J., Rifleman

Russell Thomas, Private  

Russell William, Rifleman

Sally R., Rifleman

Sharkey Hugh, Rank Unknown

Sharkey J., Rank Unknown

Sharkey Patrick, Rank Unknown

Simpson Joseph, Rank Unknown

Sinclair John H., Captain 

Skelly James, Corporal

Skelly William, Private

Smiley Albert, Private

Smith Holmes George Davis, Rifleman

Smyth Robert, Rifleman

Spence William, Rifleman

Spratt William J., Rifleman

Stanway William, Private  

Steadman John, Rifleman

Sterling James, Rank Unknown

Stewart P., Mitchell, Corporal

Stoops P., Rank Unknown

Tate D., Corporal

Tate J., Sergeant 

Teggart T., Rank Unknown

Thompson W., Rifleman  

Todd Francis, Rank Unknown

Toole Edward, Private

Topping Henry, Corporal

Topping S., Rifleman

Topping Samuel, Rifleman

Totton James, Rifleman

Totton William, Rifleman

Troughton Samuel, Rifleman

Verschure A. J., Rank Unknown

Walker G.F. Lance Corporal

Walker George F. Lance Corporal

Walker Joseph, Rank Unknown

Walsh D., Corporal 

Walsh David, Lance Corporal

Walsh T., Rifleman 

Walsh W., Rifleman

Walsh William, Rifleman

Ward Samuel, Rifleman

Waring Boomer William, Rifleman

Waring John, Rifleman

Waterhouse Victor Albert M.M., Private

Welch A. C., Rifleman

Wilson J., Bombardier 

Wilson William Alderdice, Lieutenant

Woods J. Mearns, Rifleman

Woods James, Private


Commanded the 36th Division.

The Special Gift of Ulster to the Empire.


When the citizens of Lisburn erected on the prettiest site in the town a War Memorial in every way worthy of the 266 Lisburn men who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, they re-expressed their confidence in the Executive Committee and entrusted to that small body of enthusiasts the securing of a soldier equally worthy of the honour of unveiling the statue; and intense and universal satisfaction was felt when they were able to report that no less a person than Major-General Sir Oliver Nugent, K.C.B., D.S.O., of Farren Connell, County Cavan, who commanded the Ulster Division for two and a half years in Flanders, had not only consented to come and unveil the Memorial, but declared that it would be a high honour and a privilege for him to do so.

Arrangements from then on went apace, and Saturday last saw the proud consummation of the subscribers’ hopes and desires.  Despite heavy rain showers everything went with clockwork precision and smoothness from the Right Hon C. C. Craig rose to open the proceedings until the buglers of the Seaforth Highlanders sounded the Reveille at the close of the dignified and very solemn ceremony.

Truly, the great day was, in every way worthy of loyal Lisburn and the soldier volunteers from the town “who gave their lives that we might live.”

Immediately prior to the ceremony, all business in the town was temporarily suspended, and Castle Street closed to traffic.  Around the Memorial a large enclosed space was reserved for subscribers and relatives of the fallen.  The guard of honour, in command of Capt Lindsay and Lieutenant Jamison, was composed of 50 men and four buglers of the Seaforth Highlanders, and included at its head a Pipe Bugler who won the greatest prize either officer or man can win on the field of battle-the Victoria Cross.

Other forces in attendance were a contingent of the British Legion (Lisburn Branch), under Lieutenant-Colonel J. G. Johnston, M.C.; the V.A.D. Nurses, under Mrs J. L. Allen and Miss English; Girl Guides, under Miss Ewart  and Miss Bannister (Miss Gilmore in charge of the Lambeg section); the Cathedral and Christ companies C. L. B., in command of Capt Samuel Waring, D.C,M., and Lieutenant Raymond Carmony; Railway Street Presbyterian Church Boys’ Brigade, under Captain Kearney; also a section of Hillhall Boy Scouts, etc.

The Memorial occupiers a commanding site at the Castle Gardens, which form a fitting background for so noble an example of the structure’s art.  The winged figure of victory, holding the downward pointed sword and the laurel wreath, is mounted upon a pedestal, which is placed upon a die and base stone raised above ground level upon three steps. The figure is in bronze, and is 9 ft. high: a pedestal and steps are of Bottacino marble; and set upon the pedestal are four bronze tablets, three of which are inscribed in relief with the names of the fallen and the other with the following inscription: – “To the glorious memory of the Lisburn men who gave their lives that we might live-1914-1918.” The overall height of the memorial is twenty-three feet.

The erection of the Memorial was entrusted to the local firm of Messrs James McNally and Son.

The Chairman, the Right Hon. C.C. Craig, rose amid a tense and solemn silence.  He said- we are gathered together today on an occasion of great solemnity, namely, to pay a last tribute to our brave comrades of Lisburn who laid down their lives in the Great War.  It is always customary on occasions of this kind to begin with the religious service and we propose to carry out that custom today.  I will call upon Rev Canon Carmody, rector of Lisburn Cathedral, to announce the religious part of the ceremony.

Rev Canon Carmody, in white surplice, came forward and announced the opening hymn to the vast audience: –

For all the saints, who from their labours rest,

Who Thee, by faith before the word confessed,

Thy Name. O Jesus, be forever blest.


Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;

Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;

Thou in the darkness drear, their one true Light.


O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,

Fight, as the saints who nobly fought of old,

And win, with them, the victor’s crown of gold.


O bless communion, Fellowship devine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.


And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the air the distant triumphs song,

And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.


The golden evening brightens in the west;

Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;

Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.


But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;

The Saints triumph rise in bright array;

The King of Glory passes on His way.


From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s furthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Hallelujah!       Amen

Rev. Canon Carmody then read the First Lesson-Psalm 46: –

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, thought the earth be removed, and through the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Thought the waters there of roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.           Selah

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice; the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuse.        Selah.

Rev J. J. C. Breakey, minister of First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, offered prayer: –

Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of them that depart in the Lord; We humbly beseech Thee that it may please Thee, of Thy gracious goodness, shortly to accomplish the number of Thine elect, and to hasten Thy Kingdom; that we, with all those that are departed in the true faith of Thy Holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in Thy eternal and everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to let Thy benediction ever rest upon this monument which is now to be dedicated in Thy Name.  All art and beauty come of Thee, and we pray Thee therefore that it be a true enrichment to our town, and a lasting memorial of our beloved dead. We remembered today before Thee, those who from amongst us gave their lives for us in the Great War.  We know that neither life not death can separate from Thy love, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord; therefore we leave them with Thee trusting in Thy redeeming love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Rev R. W. Hamilton, minister of Railway Street Presbyterian Church, read the Second Lesson-Revelations, chap. 7-after which Rev R. H. S. Cooper, rector of Christ Church, led in prayer: –

Lesson: -After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the thrown, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands;

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the Throne, and onto the Lamb

And all the angels stood round about the Throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces and worshiped God.

Saying, Amen; Blessings, Blessing and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.

And one of the elders answered, saying onto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes?  and whence came they?

And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Therefore are they before the throne of God; and serve him day and night in his temple;

and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Prayer: – Spirit of God, who in the beginning didst move upon the face of the waters, descend we pray Thee in mercy and compassion on all those who being them bereaved, still mourn the loss of dear ones, and draw them in their sorrow nearer to Thyself. Grant that this Memorial may ever stand as an emblem of self-sacrifice and courage, and move those who pass it by to walk more faithfully in the path of duty and surrender themselves more fully to Thy heavenly will.  Amen.

O Father of Mercies and God of all comfort, who never failest them that seek Thee; hear the voice of our humble petitions when we cry onto Thee, when we hold up our hands towards the mercy seat of Thy holy temple, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Major-General Sir Oliver Nugent, K.C.B., D.S.O., before unveiling the statue, said-Mr Chairman, members of the Lisburn War Memorial Committee, and ladies and gentlemen, I have to thank you warmly for the honour you have done me in inviting me here today to unveil your war memorial. I esteem it a very high privilege to be asked to unveil this memorial to the memory of those from your town who served and gave their lives for our King and Country in the Great War. It is a privilege, I assure you, I value very highly.

Proceeding, the gallant General said that before he unveiled the memorial he was going to try to tell them as well as he could what he thought the names which would be found inscribed upon their memorial stood for as soldiers-what they stood for that day and what they would stand for in years to come. He would like to speak to them of the 36th Division; but in doing so he would not forget that there were thousands of other Ulster soldiers who had served their country with unflinching courage and died with the same high spirit as that which characterised the men of the Ulster Division. But he did think that the 36th Division with the special gift of Ulster to the Empire, and in it the loyalty and warlike spirit of the province found concrete and collective expression. Upon it was lavished organising ability of the highest order, and in it was centred the trust and the hopes of Ulster.

When he took over the command he sensed in the Division an attribute which he did not expect to find in a newly formed division-viz., high morale, without which the best trained and most perfectly disciplined body of troops would go to pieces under strain. Morale enabled the men of an army to hold their heads high under all circumstances, to endure the most outrageous blows of ill-fortune, to retain their nerve, their self-respect, and their will power. In most new divisions at that time morale came of experience; but the Ulster Division was born with it. He believed that every man who left Ireland in 1915 with the Ulster Division knew that in a special degree was centred in him and in the Division the highest hopes and trust of the province, that they were the custodians of the honour of their native land.

Wherever the Division fought, it fought with honour; wherever it worked, it raised enduring monuments, which, he was certain, was still giving infinite labour to reclaim; wherever they were billeted they gained the esteem and respect of the people amongst whom they lived. Always they carried with them that glad competence which was their temperament. He would like to refer to three events in the career of the Division. The first and greatest was the outstanding achievement on the 1st July, 1916, to which it was not possible to apply the ordinary military standard of comparison. They did that which by every rule of war ought to have been impossible, a feat which could only have been done by men inspired with the white flame of intense resolve that under all circumstances they would be worthy of the trust reposed in them.

Messines was a perfect example of gallant fighting under admirable leadership by regimental officers.  The third episode was that terrible week in March, 1918, during which the Division never lost its morale or nerve. Battalions were wiped out on ground they had been ordered to hold to the end, and the remnants fell back fighting day by day without rest or sleep, and stood firm against repeated attacks.  The opinion of the Commander-in-Chief was that the Division played a large part in preventing a breakthrough between the Allied Armies. He (General Nugent) had nothing but the happiest memories of the battalion with which Lisburn was most closely identified-the 11th Royal Irish Rifles. They were gallant men, stout fighters, and good workers. They were fortunate to receive their earliest training and first experience of war under the command of an officer upon whose high personal character was grafted the traditions of a great regiment.

There was a unit represented in that great concourse of people he was particularly glad to see, and that was the V.A.D., nurses. All the work of the war was not done entirely by men. The women had risen to the occasion nobly, and how many thousands of the men who served owed health and life itself to the splendid and noble women-the nurses of the British Empire, both regular and volunteer.  (Hear, hear.) And where would the comparatively small body of regular official nurses have been under the stress and strain of war had not been for the splendid and inspiring work of the voluntary nurses?  and great was their debt to them. He was also glad to see such a fine contingent of Lisburn’s Ex-Service Legion. He could not wish them more than that they always remember the days when every man who fought on the same side was a brother and that there was only one common enemy.

He had just one more word to say, and he had purposefully kept it to the last.  It was to those to whom he was certain there must be many present that day-to whom the name of someone on that War Memorial meant far more than that of a mere friend or acquaintance. To them he offered most respectful sympathy and homage; sympathy with them in their personal loss; homage for the spirit that made it. The gallant men whose names were inscribed on the memorial could not have done less than answer the call. You could do no less than let them go.  Neither you nor they could have done more. If at times the day still seems dark to you and there is an aching heart, remember that after darkness comes the dawn, after dawn the Reveille. The names on this memorial will be remembered and honoured when most of us who are honouring them here at this ceremony today are gone and forgotten. The names will be an inspiration and their example a standard of citizenship to generations yet unborn, and the flag that so proudly covers the memorial is proof that they did not die in vain.

Major-General Nugent then stepped forward and released the cord, a burst of sunshine coming out as the large Union Jack gently dropped to the foot of the pedestal, its tribute to the honoured dead.  Simultaneously the large flag in the Castle Gardens and the flags on the Town Hall were proudly hosted to the mast head.

There were few dry eye in the huge assembly, and many bereaved ones unrestrainedly gave way to their feelings as Colonel H.A. Packenham read out the names of the fallen:-


 To the Glorious Memory of the Lisburn Men who gave their Lives that we might Live.

1914-1918. Their Name Liveth for Evermore.

 There follows a list of the fallen.

 When the long list of names had been completed, on the announcement of Rev B. S. Lyons, Lisburn Methodist Church, the audience give expression to its pent-up feelings by singing the hymn : –

How bright these glorious spirits shine

Whence all their bright array?

How came they to the blissful seats

Of everlasting day?

Lo! these are they from suff’rings great,

Who came to realms of light,

And in the blood of Christ have washed

Those robes which shines bright.


Now, with triumphal palms, they stand

Before the Throne on high,

And served the God they love, amidst

The glories of the sky.

His presence fills each heart with joy,

Tunes every mouth to sing;

By day, by night, the secret courts

With glad hosannas ring.

The remaining section of this report is illegible.


To   the Editor “Lisburn Standard.”

Sir, —Now that memorial tablets are being erected in the churches and other public, places throughout the land in memory of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, and also to record the names of all who offered their lives for their coun­try during the Great War, I hope the girls who donned the King’s uniform will in no case be forgotten, and so give them the place that the women of the United Kingdom have won for themselves in this and every other department of the nation’s life.

I learn that many of the churches are including both sexes in these memorials, and this is meeting with universal accep­tance, and as public opinion is in favour of making no distinction, I trust none of the churches will overlook this fact. This is as it should be, because the country’s womanhood not only released the coun­try’s manhood for active service, but also attended to them when wounded, so that they, through much self-sacrifice and great endurance, saved the lives of hun­dreds of thousands of the boys, and also helped to save our country from the rav­age of an unscrupulous foe.

I merely write this short reminder “lest we forget.”—Yours gratefully,


Lisburn Standad,  2nd January 1920, p8

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