Glencraig War Memorial, County Down, Northern Ireland

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Glencraig War Memorial, County Down, Northern Ireland

This memorial is at the Holy Trinity Church, Glencraig, County Down, Northern Ireland.
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This memorial has been compiled with additional information by kind permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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Glencraig, Holy Trinity War Memorial, County Down, Northern Ireland.

WORLD WAR 1

BARLOWE James Alexander Bell. Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant 17230, 19th Royal Irish Rifles died 16th July 1919 aged 23. He was born at Stewartstown County Tyrone and he was the only son of James Alexander and Martha of Dundiven, Graigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland. He is at rest in Donaghendry Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Tyrone.
Some notes from what remains of his army record
He joined up at Belfast on the 15th September 1914 aged 19 years and 1 month and was posted to Finner Camp, County Donegal into the Royal Irish Rifles. His occupation prior to enlistment was a typist and he was living with his parents at 49 Cliftonville Road, Belfast. He went up through the ranks very quickly. 23rd February 1915 he was a Lance Corporal, 14th April 1915, Corporal, 7th July 1915, Sergeant, and on the 29th November 1915 he was the rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, all this time he was in England. On the 15th June 1918 he embarked Folkestone and disembarked at Boulogne the same day. He was then admitted into hospital at Etaples the same day suffering from mild influenza. On the 22nd June 1918 he was transferred to 6 Stationary Hospital, Le Harve. He was discharged from hospital on the 28th July 1918 fit for war service on to Base Depot, Le Harve. The 27th February 1919 he was demobilized to his home at Craigavad. Unfortunately on his way home he was taken ill and he died of tuberculosis at his home, "Grangefield" Craigavad, County Down.

BELL J G (The only J G Bell listed with the CWGC with an Irish connection is the following. It may not be him) BELL John George. Private 7036, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers killed in action 10th June 1915 aged 37. He was born in Portadown, County Armagh to Henry and Elizabeth of Clonmacash, County Armagh and was the husband of Eleanor of Eglish, Annaghmore, County Armagh. He served in the Boer War. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

CRAIG John Arnott Taylor, 2nd Lieutenant, D Company 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers killed in action 1st July 1916 aged 21. He was the eldest son of James and Rosie of Graigavad, County Down. His last known address was Leaside, Kingsdown, Deal, Kent. His effects went to his widowed mother. He is at rest in Connaught Cemetery, Theipval, Somme, France.

FITZSIMMONS John. Lance Corporal 5809, 7th Royal Irish Rifles. Died of wounds 25th February 1917 aged 19. He was the son of Martin and Susan of Dalchoolin, Craigavad, County Down. Northern Ireland. He was born at Blaris County Antrim. He is at rest in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord France.

HARDY Harold . Captain, 13th Royal Irish Rifles Of Carramore, Helen's Bay County Down. Died 15th April 1918. He was the son of Thomas Lee and Elizabeth of Helen's Bay, County Down. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Full abstract of his WILL held by the PRONI
Letters of Administration of Harold Hardy late of Carramore, Helen's Bay, County Down, chaplain Royal Irish Rifles, who died 15 April 1918 granted at Belfast to Thomas Lee Hardy, Carramore, Helen's Bay, linen manufacturer.

HUNTER Thomas (It may be this person) Private 19350, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers killed in action 1st July 1916. He was born in Belfast. He is at rest in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France.

MIDWINTER William. Corporal T4/128738 Army Service Corps killed in action in France 10/11th August 1918. He was born in Holywood, County Down, Ireland to Edward of Crawfordsburn County Down. and the husband of Margaret of Ballycastle County Antrim. He is at rest in Fouquescourt British Cemetery, Somme, France.
Some notes from what remains of his army record.
He joined up on the14th August 1915 aged 21 years and 184 days, occupation Groom. he was posted to the Army Camp at Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, County Down. His next of kin was originally his father when was then changed to his wife. Margaret Roslyn nee McKendry who he married on the 7th September 1915 at Abbey Church, Bangor, County Down. On the 9th June 1916 he embarked Southampton on S.S. Tudus for France, disembarking the next day at Rouen. He was posted to the 8th Auxiliary Horse Transport Company, 255 Company (Ulster) Army Service Corps (255 company was formed in May 1915) 32nd Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. On the 19th May 1916 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and to Corporal 10th June 1916. On the 10th August 1918 he was with the 1st Company, 32nd Divisional Train on a train which was strafed by enemy aircraft. He was killed in action on the night of the 10th.

McCANN Henry. Rifleman 18201, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to as Private 592718 Labour Corps. Died 10th November 1918 aged 24. He was the son of William and Isabella of Glencraig, Craigavad, County Down. He is at rest in Aghalee Cemetery, County Antrim.

McCANN John William (Memorial has W) Rifleman 611, C Company, 8th Royal Irish Rifles died 23rd November 1917 aged 19. He was the son of William and Isabella of Glencraig, Craigavad, County Down. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord France.

McCLINTOCK D (Rifleman 7300, 1st Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action in France 26th August 1914. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim) (Rifleman 16731, 12th Royal Irish Rifles killed in action in France 12th April 1918. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim)

PATTERSON W (Unable to find the correct record for this person listed with the CWGC)

ROSS Kenneth. 2nd Lieutenant 4th Royal Irish Rifles attached to the 2nd battalion. Killed while leading their platoons into action at Hooge, battle of Loos, 25th September 1915 aged 25. He was the 5th son of George Harrison and Henrietta of Cultra, County Down. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

ROSS Melbourne. 2nd Lieutenant 4th Royal Irish Rifles attached to the 2nd battalion. Killed while leading their platoons into action at Hooge, battle of Loos, 25th September 1915. He was the 2nd son of George Harrison and Henrietta of Cultra, County Down. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

ROSS Wason. Rifleman 20/85, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles. He was killed in action at Wulverghem on the 13th April 1918 aged 23. Several of his comrades having been killed in an attempt to fix a machine gun on the parapet of the trenches, he stood up to carry on the task, thereby exposing himself to a deadly fire. He was the 6th and youngest son of George Harrison and Henrietta of Cultra, County Down. He is at rest in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Army Record. Only one sheet remains, cover sheet, Army Form B.2505 Short Service, Attestation. He joined up on the 28th April 1914 as Private 2331, Sports Battalion. By profession he was a chartered accountant aged 20 and he lived at Cultra, County Down.
1911 Census shows him aged 16 at the Eastmans Royal Naval Academy, Northwood Park, Crawley, Hampshire.

VANCE Patrick Hugo Gerald Irving. Sub Lieutenant, Royal Navy of H.M.S. Shark died at sea on the 31st May 1916 aged 19. He was the son of James Gerald Irving and Clare Irving Vance of Carrickreagh, Helens Bay, County Down. He was born in County Fermanagh and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

1914 -1919
In grateful memory of those who dwelt with us in friendship and in faith. They died in war that we may live in peace.



WORLD WAR 2

BULLOCH Anthony Alex Talbot. Flying Officer 33224, , 224 Squadron, Coastal Command. Born 24th August 1916. Killed in action 24th April 1940. He was the son of John Lytle and Agnes Marion Evelyn of Craigavad, near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. There is a window in this church (Holy Trinity, Glencraig, County Down) dedicated to him. He is also commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey


FOSTER Joseph Gerald. Third Engineer Officer, Merchant Navy. died at sea on the 8th March 1941 aged 30. on S.S. Dunaff Head (Belfast) He was the son of J. Scott Foster and Helen L. Foster, of Helen's Bay, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

IRWIN John Cecil Brandon (Memorial has C) Pilot Sergeant 951459, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force (VR). He was the son of George and Lucinda Ann of Craigavad, County Down. He is at rest in Holywood Cemetery, County Down, Northern Ireland.

IRWIN William Thomas. Flight Lieutenant 127920, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force (VR) died 3rd October 1943 aged 22. He was the son of George and Lucinda Ann of Craigavad, County Down. He is at rest in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany.

PATTERSON W (Unable to find the correct record for this person listed with the CWGC)

SHILLINGTON Thomas. Trooper 7942895, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps died 3rd November 1942 aged 29. He was the son of Thomas Averell and Margaret and his last address was Ardkeen, Craigavad, County Down His effects went to James Averell Shillington, Lieutenant, Royal Irish Fusiliers and Alexander Mitchell Stevenson Russell, solicitor. He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

1939 - 1945
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them"


The following are not mentioned on the memorial but they have a connection with Craigavad, Glencraig, both in County Down.

WW1
DUFFIN Charles Francis. Captain, Royal Irish Rifles. General List. 9th Battalion attached to 127th Prisoner of War Company, Labour Corps died 13th March 1918 aged 23. He was the son of Mrs. Frances Duffin, of "St. Catherine's," Craigavad, Co. Down, and the late Mr. C. H. Duffin. Born Dunmurry, Co. Antrim. He is at rest in St Omer Couvenir Cemetery, Longuenesse, France.

ELLIOTT Joshua. Lance Corporal 17602, A Company 13th Royal Irish Rifles died 4th August 1917 aged 30. He was the son of Joshua and Mary of 12, Sullivan Street, Holywood, County Down. He was born at Craigavad, County Down. He is at rest in Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, Belgium.

GILMOUR James. Rifleman 17721, 13th Royal Irish Rifles died 16th August 1917 aged 21. He was the son of Hamilton Gilmour and Mary McMullan of Rockport, Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

NEILL Reginald Henry. Lieutenant, 11th Royal Irish Rifles died 1st July 1916 aged 21. He was the son of Reginald and Geraldine of "Sheena" Craigavad, County Down. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

O'ROUKE Daniel. Lieutenant, 170 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery died 30th July 1918 aged 21. He was the son of Howard Ambrose and Isabel W, of Hill Mount, Cushendall, Co. Antrim. Born at Dunratho, Craigavad, Co. Down. He is at rest in Hedauville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

PATTERSON Alexander. Rifleman 18607, A Company, 13th Royal Irish Rifles. Died 6th August 1917 aged 25. He was the son of William and Sarah of Ardnalea Cottage, Craigavad, County Down. He is at rest in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Belgium.

TAYLOR William. Sapper 143626, 63rd Company, Royal Engineers died 13th October 1916 aged 31. He was the son of Samuel and Margaret of Enfield Cottages, Craigavad, County Down. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

WW2

GREEN Alexander William Valentine. Pilot Officer 78082, 235 squadron, Royal Air Force (VR) died on the 11th September 1940 aged 21. He was the son of Alexander and Mary of Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

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