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Ballycastle Heroes

by
Robert Thompson

STREET DIRECTORIES TRANSCRIBED
1805 - 1806 - 1807 - 1808 - 1819 - 1843 - 1852 - 1861 - 1868 - 1877 - 1880 - 1890
1901 - 1907 - 1908 - 1910 - 1912 - 1918 - 1924 - 1932 - 1943 - 1951 - 1960
1913 Tel. directory    1824 Pigots (Belfast)  &  (Bangor)   1894 Waterford Directory    1898 Newry Directory  Bangor Spectator Directory 1970
 

 

 

Introduction

     I had been thinking of researching the War Memorial in Ballycastle for many years but had always put it off and did another one.  Now that I have all the other War Memorials done there is no alternative but to get on with it.  One of the reasons for the delay was the number of names missing from the memorial in Ballycastle and the fact that no memorial exists to remember the men from Ballintoy or Cushendun and Cushendall who lost their lives.  Also there were men washed ashore from shipwrecks who were not remembered there either.  They all needed to be included.  Many of the Ballycastle families appear to have died out or left the district but those that I did find have been very helpful and could not do enough.

       ...........    Robert Thompson

 

Email: Robert Thompson for more information robert@riversideroad.freeserve.co.uk

How to buy the books

     Robert Thompson kindly sent me his books so I could include the men of the 1914-1918 War on my site, I am only including a brief biography of each man, the books include in most cases a thorough biography and can also include other family photos, letters and documents, if you have found a relative or if you simply find this and the other pages fascinating then Roberts books are a must have, here is a list of all the books Robert has put his heart in to:-

Ballycastle Heroes 1914-1918 10.00 postage 2.00

Bushmills Heroes 1914-18  10.00  postage 2.00

Ballymoney Heroes 1914-18  10.00 postage 3.00

Coleraine Heroes 1914-18   12.00  postage 3.00

Portrush Heroes 1914-18   5.00  postage 2.00

Portstewart Heroes 1914-18   5.00  postage 2.00


Inishowen Heroes 1914-18  10.00  postage 2.00

Garvagh & Aghadowey Heroes 10.00 postage 2.00

all postage UK only

Gladys Crane's Autograph Book WW1  3 plus 2

Kilrea Heroes 1914-18    sold out

5736 Rifleman Patrick McLaughlin
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

KIA 27th October 1914

Husband of Catherine McLaughlin
Father to five children

Mills Street, Ballycastle

No known grave

Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Panels 42 and 43

100 men lost their lives that day (a)

192801 Petty Officer David Jamieson
H.M.S. Defence


KIA 31st May 1916
Aged 36

Born 20th June 1880

Son of Alexander and Ellen Jamieson of Blackside, Ballintoy, Ballycastle

No known grave

Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 11

 

Samuel McPherson Dykes
Interred in Warlencourt British Cemetery, Plot 3, Row E, Grave 8

KIA 1st November 1916

 

Born Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland

Son of Colonel Alexander Dykes and Margaret Irvine McPherson Dykes

Nephew of Mrs. Taggart, Croaghbeg and Andrew McPherson, Ballintoy

 

1212 Rifleman James Norton
7th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

DOW 14th May 1916
Aged 18

 

Born 24th April 1898

Son of Henry and Jane Norton, McDonalds Row, Ballycastle

Interred in Bethune Town Cemetery, Plot 5, Row C, Grave 57

 

J19564 Ordinary Seaman William Ernest Gubbey
Royal Navy

D.O.W. 26th November 1914
Aged 18

 

Born 21st February 1896

Son of William Henry and Alice Maud Eleanor Gubbey, of 2, Renny Rd., Fratton, Portsmouth - living at Ballycastle at time of sons death

Interred in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Naval 20, 1030

 

Captain Talbot Reed
Indian Army 67th Punjabis
Attd. 59th Bn. Schinde Rifles Frontier Force

KIA 12th March 1915
Aged 28

 

Son of Talbot Baines Reed and Elizabeth Jane reed of Loxley Cottage, Dunsford, Surrey

Aunt and Uncle Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Greer lived in Ballymoney with a holiday home in Ballycastle

Grandson of the late Sir Charles Reed and Samuel McCurdy Greer of Springvale, Co. Londonderry

 

10122 Private Patrick McMichael
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

KIA 4th April 1915
Aged 39

 

Born Ballyclare

No known grave

Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Panel 42

died with 5 other men (c)

 

5813 Private James Dunlop
1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

KIA 25th April 1915
Aged 19

 

Born Ballycastle

Interred in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Plot LX, Row C, Grave 1

 

John Haughey
S.S. Penrhyn Castle

Died at Sea Summer of 1915
Aged 19

 

Son of George A., J.P., and Mary Ann Haughey, Ballycastle  

15760 Private Daniel McIntosh
5th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

KIA 10th August 1915
Aged 38

 

Born: Ballycastle

Son of John and Jane McIntosh, Mill Street, Ballycastle

8321 Rifleman John Simpson
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

KIA 9th May 1915

 

Sons of John and Elizabeth Simpson, Castle Street, Ballycastle

 

4476 Private William Kirkpatrick
5th Bn. Connaught Rangers

 

KIA 28th August 1915

 

Born: Portstewart

No known grave

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, panels 181-183

A Robert Kirkpatrick is commemorated on a ROH in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church but cannot be positively identified as being correct, William's father was called Robert and I believe this to have been where the mistake came from.

 

191225 Able Seaman Christopher Kane

KIA 27th May 1915
Aged 34

 

Son of Patrick and Kate Kane
Born: St. James, Dublin 25th December 1880
Husband of Ethel Alice Kane, 11 Garden Row, Cobridge, Hanley, Staffs.

No known grave
Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 7

 

32571 Private Harry Dillon
2nd Bn. Black Watch

KIA 25th September 1915

 

Born: 12th February 1893, Culfeightrin, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Panels 78 to 83

 

22064 L/Cpl Hugh McAuley
6th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

KIA 9th December 1915
Aged 22

 

Born 17th April 1895

Son of Hugh and Charlotte McAuley, Castle Street, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial

 

147720 Sapper George McCafferty
253rd Tunnelling Company, R.E.

KIA 28th January 1916

 

Born New Monkland, Lanarkshire

Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, panels 4 and 5

 

115183 Acting Bombardier George McCaffery
R.H.A & R.F.A

Died of Wounds 22nd June 1917

 

Born Enniskillen

Interred in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot 15, Row E, Grave 15a

 

2828 Private Daniel Stewart
Depot, Royal Irish Regiment

DOW 16th February 1916
Aged 31

 

Son of John and Mary Stewart, The Tower, Cushendall

Interred in Layde Parish Church

Commemorated on Roll of Honour in Layde Parish Church

 

12307 Private John Carruthers
1st Bn. Highland Light Infantry

KIA 8th March 1916

 

Born Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire

No known grave

Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Panels 35 and 64 and also on Culfeitrin Parish Church, outside Ballycastle

 

24176 Private James Jennings
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

DOW 10th March 1916
Aged 25

 

Son of John and Margaret Jennings, Ballycastle

Born Ballycastle 1891

Interred at Lillers Communal Cemetery, Plot 4, Row E, Grave 38

 

48061 Corporal John McCafferty
43rd Bty. R.H.A & R.F.A

KIA 23rd April 1916
Aged 26

 

Born Ballycastle
Son of John and Margaret McCafferty, Ballydurnian, Ballycastle

possibly brother of James McCafferty >>

Interred in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 26

 

8787 Private James McCafferty
2nd Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers

KIA 18th November 1914

 

No known grave

Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, panel 22

possibly brother to John (left)

men who died in the same incident (b)

 

SS 113699 Stoker 1st Cl. Thomas Collins
H.M.S. Defence

K.I.A. 31st May 1916

 

Born 14th May 1893, Dublin

Son of Michael and Nancy Collins, Broughmore, Ballycastle

No known grave

Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 15

 

17272 Rifleman William Blackmore
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 1st July 1916

 

Born Ballycastle
Lived Chatham, Armoy

Son of George & Ina Blackmore

No known grave

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

15896 Private Joseph Gillen
1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

K.I.A. 1st July 1916
Aged 19

Born 14th June 1897

Son of Patrick and Isabella Gillen, Castle Street, Ballycastle

Interred in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 8

Nine more men lost on same day from 1st Bn. -
Benjamin Anderson, Whitehaven
Patrick Connolly, Dublin
Thomas Connolly, Kilmore, Co. Cavan
Thomas Mynes, Dromiskin, Co. Lough
George Langley, Shankill
Francis McCann, Portadown
James McBrien, Dublin
Peter Monaghan, Drogheda
James Stapleton, Bagnalstown

2nd Lieutenant John Stewart-Moore Gage
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.I.A. 1st July 1916

 

Born 10th June 1893, Riverside, Antrim

Son of Francis Turnley Gage, M.D. and Katherine Gage, Moyarget, Ballycastle

Grandson of Ezekiel Gage, Rathlin Island

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, panels 4d and 5b

 

18766 Rfn. Hugh Simpson
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 1st July 1916
Aged 22

 

Born Ballycastle

Son of Archie and Agnes Simpson, Whitehall, Ballycastle

Interred in Ancre Valley Cemetery, Plot 7, Row B, Grave 2

 

1179 Rifleman Joseph Parkhill
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 1st July 1916
Aged 21

 

Son of Robert and Christina Parkhill, No. 2 Wilson's Row, Ballycastle

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, panels 15a and 15b

Commemorated on Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church, Ballycastle

 

4871 Rifleman Edward McFall
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 1st July 1916

 

Born Ramoan, Co. Antrim

No know grave
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier 15a & 15b

Named on both Stranocum and Ballycastle Memorial

 

11785 Private Neal McBride
9th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

K.I.A. 18th July 1916
Age 21

 

Son of John and Sarah McBride, Ramoan Cottages, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Panel 4d

other men lost in same attack that day (d)

2730 Private Robert Murphy
2nd Bn. Leinster Regiment

K.I.A. 3rd September 1916
Son of John and Jane nee McKinley, Murphy, Eglish Cottage, Glenshesk, Ballycastle

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, panel 16c

eight other men died that day -
7890 Wm. Craugh, Killucan
3295 Joe Elliott, Antrim
1335 Pat Kinsella, Clonmel
4979 James Molloy, Carlow
2732 Matt McDonnell, Dublin
5957 Pat Gaynor, Ballinacargy
4996 Wm. Crotty, Clonmel

1624 Rfn. John McLean
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 1st July 1916
Aged 21
Born 27th May 1895 Cloughanmurray, Ramoan, Ballycastle

Son of John and Letitia McLean, Ballycastle

No known grave

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

there are several John McLean's, Robert is pretty sure these details are the correct ones for the name on the memorial  other siblings  (e)

 

A20092 Corporal George McCormick
16th Bn. Canadian Infantry

K.I.A. 9th October 1916
Aged 24

 

Born 23rd March 1892, Carrowlaverty

Son of Thomas and Katherine McCormick, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial and Ballycastle Presbyterian Church

 

S/22767 Private John McGarry
5th Bn. Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

K.I.A. 10th August 1916
Age 20

 

Born in Hamilton, Scotland

Son of Francis McGarry, and a brother of P. McGarry, a hairdresser in Ballycastle

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, panel 15b

 

22877 Sergeant Cecil Sutton Chapman
48th Coy. Machine Gun Corps

K.I.A. 5th September 1916

 

Born Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, panels 5c and 12c

 

Arthur McCarry

K.I.A. 16th September 1916
Aged 24

 

Born 25th December 1891, Glenarriff

Son of Michael and Anne McCarry

No known grave
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial

 

Robert Glass Dunbar
68th Bn. Canadian Infantry

K.I.A. 26th September 1916

 

Born 29th December 1872, Edinburgh, Scotland

No known grave
Commemorated on Vimy Memorial

 

24309 Private Joseph Forsythe
8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
(16th Irish Division)

K.I.A. 18th November 1916

 

Born 10th July 1898, Union Workhouse, Ballycastle

Son of Margaret Forsythe and James Gillen

No known grave
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

 

18318 Rifleman Hugh McKendry
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 14th February 1917
Aged 21

 

Born 1896 Ballycastle

Son of William and Mary Jane McCaughan

Interred in St. Quentin Cabaret Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 2, Row A, Grave 7

 

17572 Rifleman Alexander Dixon
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 14th February 1917
Aged 18

 

Son of Alexander and Margaret Dixon, Castle Street, Ballycastle

Interred in St. Quentin Cabaret Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 2, Row A, Grave 6

 

1619 Private David Rennie
2nd Bn. Australian Imperial Force

K.I.A. 9th April 1917
Age 33

 

Brother of John Rennie, East Torr, Ballyvoy, Ballycastle

Interred in Hermies British Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 6

 

5742 Private Hugh McGee
Royal Army Medical Corps.
Attd. His Majesty's Hospital Ship 'Salta'

Died at Sea 10th April 1917
Aged 26

 

Born 1891 Ballycastle

Son of Hugh and Ellen McGee

Commemorated on a memorial in plot 62 at Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

 

20517 Private Daniel Mooney
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.I.A. 19th April 1917

 

Born Ballintoy
Son of James and Sarah Mooney, Ballyveridagh North, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 6

other men lost on that day (f)

 

Major William McGildowney
124th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

D.O.W. 26th May 1917
Age 47

 

Son of John McGildowney, Clare Park
Husband of Nora

Born July 1890

Interred in Mindel Trench British Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blagny

 

240617 Corporal John McKeirnan
2/5th Bn. Royal Lancaster Regt.

K.I.A. 3rd June 1917

 

Sons of Charles and Mary nee McAllister McKeirnan, Culfeitrin

Interred in Rue-David Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 20

 

17722 L/Cpl. Patrick Laverty
108th Coy. Machine Gun Corps

D.O.W. 11th June 1917
Age 28

 

Born 1889 Ramoan
Brother-in-Law of Mrs. Mary Ann Townsley, Carnduff, Ballycastle

Interred in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Cemetery, Plot 4, Row C, Grave 21

6849 Corporal Hugh Spence
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 7th June 1917
Son of Hugh and Eliza Spence, Culkenny, Ballycastle

 

Interred in Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 2, Row C, Grave 22

 

Commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church

1782 Rifleman William Smyth
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

DIED 9th June 1918
Aged 26
Born Ballycastle

Married

Lived at 20 Church Street, Port Glasgow

Interred in Niederzwehren German Cemetery, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 15

Died as a Prisoner of War at Ruckhiem, Germany

Memorial Notice by his Wife

In a far distant country
There's a grave I'll never see
There sleeps without dreaming
One that was dear to me

 

22138 Private William Ross
7/8th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

D.O.W. 24th July 1917
Aged 22

 

Born 1895 Ballycastle
Lived in McCurdy's Row

Brother of Kathleen Ross, Townhead, Ballycastle

Interred in Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 16, Row E, Grave 15a

others who lost their lives that day (g)

 

222863 Petty Officer George James Jarrett  D.S.M. Bar
H.M.S. Prize

K.I.A. 14th August 1917
Aged 31

 

Son of John and Annie Jarrett, Ballintoy

Born 1886 Ballintoy

No known grave
Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 20

 

340 Cpl. David John McAuley
13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

K.I.A. 16th August 1917
Age 33

 

Born 1884 Ballycastle

Son of Michael John and Martha McAuley, Mill Cottage, Woodspeen, Newbury, Bershire

Interred in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Plot 7, Row C, Grave 16

 

32108 Private John Black
18th Bn. Highland Light Infantry

K.I.A. 25th August 1917
Age 29

 

No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, 15c

Another man from N.I. John McBryde, Plumbridge, County Tyrone

5702 Rifleman John Gallagher
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

D.O.W. 29th October 1917
Age 23
Son of John and Mary Gallagher, Castle Street, Ballycastle

Interred in Pont D'Achelles Military Cemetery, Nieppe, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 12

his brother Thomas also serving died in hospital in Liverpool on 14th October 1918

15897 Private John McGahey
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

D.O.W. 15th November 1917
Age 22
Son of Andrew and Ellen McGahey, 4 Davy's Row, Ballycastle

Interred in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Row F, Grave 361

 

 

see photo below


Workers of John Nichols Sawmills in Ballycastle, John McGahey standing 5th from left
 

186298 Private Harold Edward Black
78th Bn. Canadian Infantry

D.O.W. 19th November 1917
Age 23

 

Born 11th June 1894

Son of William Boyes and Sarah Black, Ballycastle

Interred in Etaples Military Cemetery, Plot 30, Row L, Grave 23

 

Lieutenant Paul O'Kane
4th Bn. Attd. 1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

D.O.W. 21st March 1918
Age 23

 

Son of Joseph P. and Kate O'Kane, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Panels 74-76

also Commemorated on Family Headstone in Ballycastle R.C. Graveyard

 

27685 Private John Douthart
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.I.A. 29th March 1918
Age 24

 

Born Coleraine

Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Douthart, Fairhill Street, Ballycastle

Interred in Noyon New British Cemetery, Plot 3, Row G, Grave 9

 

47043 Rfn. James Laverty
3rd Bn. 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

K.I.A. 30th March 1918
Age 27

 

Born 29th May 1890 Glenshesk
Lived Invercargill, New Zealand

Son of Michael and Ann Jane Laverty, Ballyveridagh South, Glenshesk aka Coolaveeley
Husband of Martha Jack, Ellis Road

No known grave
Commemorated on the Grevillers (N.Z.) Memorial

2nd Lieutenant James Alexander Donnelly
59th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

D.O.W. 31st March 1918
Aged 44
Born 1874 Ballintoy

Son of John Donnelly, J.P.

Husband of Sarah A. Donnelly, 12 Willowbank, Street, Belfast

Interred at Doullens Communal Cemetery, Grave Ref. VI.A.11


at Cloughcorr House, Ballintoy 1902
Front right: G G Father Alexander Mac Kinnon (103) grandmother Mary Jane Donnelly, father John Donnelly, infant son Jack Mac Kinnon Donnelly

James A. Donnelly, wife Sarah, son Jack, James's mother, daughter May, James's Sister Jane, Their Driver, Rev. W. Matchette
 

17273 Cpl. Herbert Blackmore M.M.
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

D.O.W. 7th June 1918

 

Born Ballymacarrett
Lived Chatham, Armoy

Son of George and Ina Blackmore

Interred in Haringhe Military Cemetery, Poperinghe

 

103035 Private Alan Robert Sinclair Campbell
72nd Bn. British Columbia Regiment

 

K.I.A. 2nd September 1918

 

Born 21st July 1897, Tilchet, Cashmire, North India
Son of Col. Alan James Campbell, D.S.O. and Mary Grace Montgomery Campbell, Lisvarna, Ballycastle

No known grave
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial
also on Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church, Ballycastle

 

42464 Private William McMullan
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

D.O.W. 5th October 1918
Aged 20

 

Son of John and Nancy McMullan, 9 Poor Row, Ballycastle

Interred in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Plot 2, Row D, Grave 29

 

35222 Lance/Bombardier William John Dunlop
Royal Field Artillery

K.I.A. 11th October 1918
Aged 25

 

Interred in Zandvoorde British Cemetery, Plot 2, Row H, Grave 3
 

1031 Guardsman George Collins
4th Bn. Guards Machine Gun Regiment

Died of Wounds 12th October 1918
Aged 37

 

Born Lucan, County Dublin
Son of Michael and Nancy Collins
Lived Ballycastle
Husband of Anne, Knockumber, Navan, Co. Meath

Interred in Carnieres Communal Cemetery Extension, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 1

 

7908 Rifleman Thomas Gallagher
4th Bn. Royal Irish Guards

D.O.W. 14th October 1918

 

Son of John and Mary Gallagher, Castle Street, Ballycastle

Interred in Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery

brother John D.O.W. a year earlier

 

Private Jonas Logan
544th Engineer Regt. U.S. Army

DIED 22nd November 1918

 

Interred in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France, Plot A, Row 30, Grave 1

Commemorated on Roll of Honour in Ballintoy Parish Church

 

L/Cpl. Frank McLarty, M.M. C de G
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

DIED 29th November 1919
Aged 24

 

Son of Mary Agnes McLarty, Railway Street, Ballycastle

Interred in Ramoan Parish Church Graveyard

Lieutenant Henry Carlisle Monsell Davis
Indian Army

K.I.A. 7th April 1920
Born 12th December 1899 Sydney, Australia

Educated at Campbell College, Belfast

No known grave
Commemorated on the Delhi Memorial, Face 31

Commemorated on Memorial in Culfeitrin Parish Church

Son of Thomas William Monsell Davis, and Marian Davis, Sydney, Australia

282791 Mechanic Edward Frederick Walter (Ernest)
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

DIED at Sea 9th January 1918
Aged 40
Born 8th March 1877 Thurnham, Hollingbourne, Kent

Son of William and Anne Walter nee Mills

Husband of Elizabeth Jane Hatherley

Interred at Bonamargy Graveyard with full military honours

Was washed ashore at Ballycastle after ship struck rocks at Garvan Isles

E. F. Walter, Kent
Stoker McKay, Custom House, London
Able Seaman Harvey, Wandsworth
all crew of H.M.S. Racoon

 

Ply. 13542 Private Adam Morrow
Royal Marine Light Infantry

K.I.A. 1sy November 1914
Age 28

 

Born 4th July 1886

Son of James and Margaret Morrow, Isabawn, Cushendall

Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 5 and Lyde Parish Church, Cushendall

 

8810 Rifleman Bernard McKillop
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

D.O.W. 16th November 1914
Age 30

 

Son of James and Maria McKillop, Shore Street, Cushendall

No known grave
Commemorated on the Menin Gate, panel 40

 

Able Seaman James Hugh McNaughton - S. S. Gem
Mercantile Marine

Drowned 25th December 1914
Age 22

 

Son of Alexander and Mary McNaughton, Lubitavish, Cushendall

Brother of Hugh

No known grave
Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial

 

Captain James McKeegan S.S. Gem
Mercantile Marine

Drowned 25th December 1914

 

Son of Hugh and Mary McKeegan, Falmacrilly

Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial

 

Hugh McKeegan S.S. Gem
Mercantile Marine

K.I.A. 25th December 1914
Age 27

 

Son of Hugh and Margaret McKeegan, Glenaan, Cushendall

Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial

also lost William Graham, Spring Hill, Glenarm

 

Steward J. McKeegan
Mercantile Marine

Lost at Sea 10th June 1917
S.S. Keeper (Limerick)

 

McKeegan came from Cushendall

Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial

 

Ordinary Seaman Alexander McKeegan
S.S. Hartdale

K.I.A. 13th March 1915
Age 24

 

Son of John and Mary McKeegan, Tavnaghan, Cushendall

Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial in London

 

Fireman James McCrank
H.M.S. Atlanta

Drowned 25th November 1914
Aged 28

 

Son of James and Annie McCrank, Tervillin, Fair Head

Accident in Glasgow Harbour

 

Sailor James McCormick
Merchant Navy - S.S. Hector

Drowned 14th January 1915
Age 27

 

Lived in Cushendall  

Captain Harold Francis Thompson
9th Bn. attd. 12th Bn. Rifle Brigade

K.I.A. 12th July 1915
Age 38

 

Born Cushendall
Son of Rev. William Thompson, M.A., Rector of Layde Church, Cushendall and Sarah Margaret

Interred in Poperinghe Military Cemetery, Plot 2, Row E, Grave 4

 

18196 Private Charles Robertson
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.I.A. 16th May 1915

 

Born Cushendun

No known grave
Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Panels 16 & 17

Commemorated in Cushendall Presbyterian Church

 

19593 Private John Barbour
6th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.I.A. 21st August 1915

 

Born Layde, Cushendall

Interred in Hill 10 Cemetery, Special Memorial 26

 

6784 Private James Ferris
2nd Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers

K.I.A. 17th March 1915
Age 34

 

Son of Peter and Mashern Ferris, Cushendall

Interred in Spoilbank Military Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 2

others killed that day: J. M. McKenna, Andrew Doherty and George Bailey

 

Captain Frank Nairne MacLaran
1st Bn. Indian Army, 9th Gurkha Rifles

K.I.A. 14th April 1916
Age 33

 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Blayney MacLaran

Husband to Grace Edith MacLaran nee Savage

Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Panel 51

 

166015 Leading Boatman John Edward Cain
H.M. Coastguard

Died 22nd June 1916
Age 40

 

Born 21st March 1876, Onchan, Isle of Man

Interred in Glenarriff Bay R.C. Cemetery

 

Assistant Engineer Edward S. Manning
H.M.S. Clementine

Died 20th September 1915
Age 33

 

Son of Humphrey and Fanny Manning

Interred in Layde Church of Ireland Churchyard, Cushendall

 

Cook Archibald McDonnell
S.S. Opal, Mercantile Marine

Lost at Sea 18th December 1916
Age 49

 

Son of Patrick and Ellen McDonnell, Talmacrilly, Cushendall

Husband of Ellen nee McKeegan McDonnell

Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London

 

26480 Private Patrick McAlister
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

K.I.A. 10th February 1917
Age 42

 

Born Cushendall

Son of Daniel McAlister

Interred in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Row M, Grave 55

 

9551 Private James Thompson
1st Bn. Irish Guards

K.I.A. 23rd February 1917
Age 26

 

Son of Archie and Jane Thompson, Bridge Street, Cushendall

Interred in Combles Cemetery

three killed on same day:
John Caffrey, Rathgar, Dublin
Joseph H. Woods, Aughavass, Co. Leitrim

 

64439 Sapper Edward John Forster
Royal Engineers

Died 22nd November 1917
Age 24

 

Son of James and Maria Foster, Cushendall
Husband of Elizabeth, Provost Road, Dundee

Interred in Layde Church of Ireland Churchyard, Cushendall

 

424799 Private Michael O'Connell
191st Coy Labour Corps

K.I.A. 29th November 1917
Age 32

 

Son of Sarah O'Connell, Cushendall

Interred in Haringhe Cemetery, Belgium, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 2

 

104021 Chief Petty Officer James Kennedy
H.M. Coastguard

Died 21st December 1917
Age 55

 

Born 15th March 1862 Carrigaline, Cork

Interred in Layde Parish Church Graveyard, Cushendall

 

3/2958 Corporal Thomas McAlise
8th Bn. Black Watch

K.I.A. 16th July 1916

 

Born Ballintoy area

No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Panel 10a

other men of that Bn. killed on that day (h)

 

10495 Guardsman Patrick Casey
'B' Coy 1st Bn. Scots Guards

K.I.A. 15th September 1916
Age 23

 

Born 1893 Ballycastle
Son of Hugh and Mary Casey

Interred in the Guards Cemetery, Lesbeoufs, Plot 10, Row Z, Grave 6

 

1571 Private Hugh Gribben
7th Bn. Leinster Regiment

D.O.W. 3rd May 1916

 

Born Cushendun

Interred in Longuenesse (St. Omer), Souvenir Cemetery, Plot 3, Row B, Grave 9

men from same regiment who died (i)

 

3762B Seaman Charles Mitchell
H.M.S. Newmarket

K.I.A. 17th July 1917
age 36

 

Son of Charles and Mary Ann Mitchell, Ballintoy

No know grave
Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 37
Commemorated in Ballintoy Parish Church

 

J27300 Ernest Roye Hewett
Royal Navy H.M.S. Viknor

Lost at Sea 13th January 1915
Age 17

 

Born 18th April 1898, Budleigh Salterton, Devon  

J/64519 O.S. Frank Ernest Green
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

Died 9th January 1918
Aged 29

 

Born 14th November 1888, Stratford, London
Son of John and Susan Green
Husband of Charlotte, 65 Burliegh Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Interred in Ballintoy Churchyard

 

K44331 Stoker 2nd Cl. Frederick Clifford Sarrell
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

Died 9th January 1918
Aged 19

 

Born 6th July 1899, West Ham, Essex

Interred in the graveyard of Ballintoy Parish Church

 

347735 Ships Cook, Walter Green
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

K.I.A. 9th January 1918
Aged 32

 

Born 15th December 1886, Woolwich, Kent

Interred in Ballintoy Churchyard

 

SS 117528 Stoker 1st Cl. William Henry McKay
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

Died 9th January 1918
Aged 24

 

Born 24th August 1895, Limehouse, London

Son of James and Annie McKay, of 44, Prince of Wales Rd., Victoria Docks, London.

Interred in Bonamargey Friary Graveyard

 

21488 Able Bodied Frederick Harvey
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

Died 9th January 1918
Aged 20

 

Born 15th May 1897, Lambeth, London

Interred in Bonamargey Cemetery

 

289576 Stoker 1st Cl. Henry William Holder
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

Died 9th January 1918
Aged 41

 

Born 15th February 1877, Luton, Kent

Son of Thomas William Holder, of Rochester, Kent.

Interred Rathlin Island

 

2nd Engineer Denis McCollam
S.S. River Teign

Drowned 5th November 1920
Aged 34

 

Son of Joseph and Annie McCollam, Mill Street, Cushendall
 

1478 Rifleman Denis Humphreys
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Died 24th March 1916
Aged 19

 

Son of Duncan and Jane Humphreys, Layde, Cushendall
Brother of John right

Interred in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Div. 19, Row U, Grave 5

 

413050 Private John Humphreys
18th Bn. Canadian Infantry

K.I.A. 13th May 1916
Aged 29

 

Born 24th March 1887

Son of Duncan and Anne Jane Humphreys, Layde, Cushendall
Brother of Denis left

Interred in Voormezeele Enclosures No. 3, Plot 12, Row A, Grave 5

M20523 E.R.A. Walter G. Farrow
Royal Navy, H.M.S. Racoon

Died 9th January 1918
Born 31st March 1885, Ipswich, Suffolk

Son of Herbert George and Marian Matilda Farrow

Married and lived at 10 Eade Road, Finsbury Park

Children:
Walter George born 1885
Albert Edward born 1889
Eleanor Grace born 1893
Gertrude Mabel born 1898
Henry Frederick born 1901 - 1912

Interred in Billy Parish Churchyard

Nathaniel McLean
Born 5th May 1891, Capecastle

Son of John and Letitia Reynolds McLean, Magheramore

Husband of Emily Jane Scarlett

Died 8th May 1973

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, East Moriches, New York

Brother

other siblings

 

Chief Engineroom Artificer Sidney Smith
Royal Navy H.M.S. Racoon

Drowned 9th January 1918
Age 41

 

Born 26th June 1877, Manchester

Interred in Billy Parish Church graveyard

 

59175 L/Cpl. Thomas Hill Cochrane
21st Bn. Eastern Ontario Regt.

D.O.W. 11th November 1915
Age 24

 

Born 13th September 1891, Craigs, Ireland

Husband of Bertha

Interred in Ridge Wood Cemetery, Plot 1, Row O, Grave 3

 

2nd Lieut. John Francis Turnly
Machine Gun Corps

K.I.A. 16th April 1918
Aged 19

 

Son of Francis J. S. and Hessie Turnly, Drumnasole, Carnlough

No known grave
Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial on Panels 154 to 159 and 163a

 

71780 Private John Scott
19th Queen Alexandras Own Royal Hussars

K.I.A. 8th October 1918
Aged 21

 

Son of John and Mary Ann Scott, Parkmore Row, Co. Antrim

Interred in Busigny Communal Cemetery Ext., Plot 6, Row C, Grave 28

Commemorated on Roll of Honour in Layde Parish Church, Cushendall also on commemorated in Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church


Kitchener's Ulster Volunteer Army Corps in the making, at Clandeboye Camp
Ballycastle Served

Commander Jack Casement D.S.O. R.N., H.M.S. 'Highflyer' which did such excellent work in sinking the Kaiser Wilhelm'  He was a son of Roger Casement of Magherintemple, Ballycastle.  His name appears on the Roll of Honour inside Culfeitrin Parish Church.  His D.S.O. was presented in June of 1919 for his part in the sinking of Kaiser Wilhelm'

C. B. Millar commanded H.M.S. Nottingham when it attacked and sunk by a German submarine in the North Sea in August 1916. He was a son of Sir Alexander Millar C.S.M. LL.D, of Whitehall, Ballycastle.  Captain Millar was a naval cadet on H.M.S. Northumberland during the Egyptian war in 1882.  He commanded H.M.S. Pioneer on the Australian station between 1906-1908 and was appointed to the ill-fated Nottingham in July 1913.  Captain Millar and all the officers were saved when Nottingham sank

Chaplain Alexander Gage, Royal Navy, is commemorated on a lovely Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church

Captain James W. Robinson was a Chaplain to the Forces and is names on the Roll of Honour for Ballycastle Presbyterian Church.  For some reason he is not named among the survivors on Ballycastle War Memorial

Captain S. O. Stewart was also a Chaplain to the Forces named in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church but not named on the War Memorial

Lieut. H. E. Byrne was home on leave in Ballycastle.  He was an engineer in the Royal Naval Reserve

P.O. Patrick Morrison was home in Ballycastle on short leave in December 1914. He had been serving on H.M.S. Theseus and when he returned from leave was to join A.M.C. Ambrose.  He had been shipwrecked on four different occasions, the last one being the wreck of H.M.S. Drake off Rathlin Island on 17th October 1917.  He was sent on leave following the sinking of Drake in October of 1917 and survived the war.  Patrick was born in Ballycastle on 22nd May 1879.  He was five feet six inches tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.  Patrick joined the Royal Navy on 22nd May 1895 and was described as a school boy.  It was later discovered that he had joined without his mothers consent but was retained as her consent was considered not to be necessary.  When his first twelve year period finished he was taken on for a second spell in May 1907 and served throughout the war.  On 1st July 1919 he joined the new Coast Guard Force

STOKER JOHN COLLINS was a brother of George and Thomas.  George was killed in the last week of the war and Thomas was serving on H.M.S. Defence and was lost at the Battle of Jutland.  They were nephews of John Brown of Broughmore

STOKER JOHN COYLES survived the war and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.  He lived in North Street and left a wife and two young children to join the Royal Navy.  He had previously worked as a fisherman. John was born on 30th January 1871 in Ballycastle and joined the Royal Navy for a twelve year period on 7th November 1895.  He was based at Devonport.  John was five feet ten inches tail with auburn hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion.  When his twelve year period of service was up he joined the Royal Naval Reserve on 8th November 1907.  He was called up for further service when war broke out in August 1914 and served throughout the war.  In April 1919 John's father, Archibald Coyles, died, but John was unable to get leave for the funeral as he was in mid voyage at the time.  Archibald was a cattle dealer in Ballycastle.  His Grandson, Frank McLarty M.M. only arrived on Monday, the day following the funeral. John was demobbed on 2nd October 1919.

STOKER A. McBRIDE had served in the Royal Navy and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Culfeitrin Parish Church.

STOKER JOHN KERRIGAN was born in the townland of Magherindonnell, Ballycastle, on 20th April 1895.  He joined the Royal Navy on 20th April 1913 and was based at Devonport with the number J 20798.  On joining he was five feet six inches tall, with brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion.  His period of service was the usual twelve years.  His record shows the usual rise through the ranks from Boy 2nd Class to 1st class, Ordinary Seaman and finally AB.  He was admitted to Haslar Royal Naval Hospital in August 1922 with an injury to his finger which proved serious enough to have him invalided from the Royal Navy a short time later.

STOKER J LOCKETT appears to have come to Ballycastle to live, probably with relatives.

GNR MICHAEL McBRIDE lived at Torr Head and was born on 22nd February 1885.

SIGNALLER JOHN HUEY was in the Royal Navy and was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet inside the Church. He had been born near Ballymena on 8th December 1900.

SIGNALLER JOSEPH McINTYRE served in the Royal Navy and was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet inside the Church. The family lived at Gortconney.

SIGN. WILLIAM JOHN TOWNSLEY lived at Carnduff and was eleven years of age when the census was taken in 1911.  By 1916 the authorities were desperate for recruits and William John was accepted for service.  He served throughout the war in the Royal Navy.

SIGN. JOHN WILSON was thought to have been a Ballymena man who had come to live in Ballycastle.  He was born on 9th February 1896 and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

MERCANTILE MARINE

CHIEF ENGINEER THOMAS VICTOR HUMPHREYS was a son of Mr. Thomas Humphreys of Bay View, Ballycastle.  During the Great War he was Chief Engineer in the Royal Navy.  He died at St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands as a result of enemy action on 29th July 1942.  His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

LT. JOHN J. HUMPHREYS was the third son of Mr. Thomas Humphreys of Bay View, Ballycastle.  In August of 1917 he accepted a commission in the Royal Naval Reserve for service in the Auxiliary Patrol.  John served throughout the war and returned to Ballycastle where he was a valued member of Ballycastle Masonic Lodge No 89.  Although she isn't named on Ballycastle War Memorial the eldest daughter of Mr. T Humphreys, Miss L. Humphreys, was Matron of Tynemouth Red Cross Hospital for many years.  In March of 1918 she volunteered for service in France and was appointed as head masseuse of a hospital at Saint Rome under the French Government.

A little more needs to be said of Thomas Humphreys sen.  He and his wife Eliza had a family of eleven children, with ten of them surviving to adulthood. Their daughter Kathleen died in infancy on 23rd April 1892. Thomas was a very ambitious man and was a Justice of the Peace. He was also a Master Builder and Post Master.  His wife Eliza died on 14th November 1928 and Thomas survived for another eighteen years. He passed away on 28th April 1946 in his ninety-sixth year.  His daughter Helen married R. C. Black and they emigrated to Canada, settling in Winnipeg.  She died there on 27th November 1943.  Thomas had had a very difficult last few years with the passing of his son Thomas Victor in 1942, his daughter Helen in 1943 and his son Fred in 1945.  He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

ENGINEER THOMAS ARTHUR HAUGHEY served in the Mercantile Marine and was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on their Roll of Honour.  He was a son of George Alexander Haughey JP of Ballycastle who died on 18th August 1969.  His brother John had lost his life while serving in the Mercantile Marine in the summer of 1915.

APP. JOHN A. CAMERON served as an engineer in the Mercantile Marine and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

APP. JAMES KEEVERS DOUGLAS was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Memorial Tablet inside the Church. He is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church. His wife, Margretta McFetridge, was born in 1903 and died in 1996. She is interred in Layde Parish Churchyard. Cushendall. James was born in 1901 and died in South Africa in 1943.

APP. ARCHER PATTON DOUGLAS was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet in the Church. He is also commemorated in Ramoan Parish Church. His name is commemorated on the family headstone in Ramoan Parish Church graveyard. Captain Archer P. Douglas was lost at sea in April 1941 aged 44.  Jennie Livingstone Douglas, their mother, died on 2nd February 1933 and their father, James Patton Douglas died four years later, on 10th February 1937.

APPRENTICE WALTER FRENCH survived the war and returned to Ballycastle after he retired from the Royal Navy.  His name is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

APPRENTICE GEORGE FRANCIS HAUGHEY served in the Mercantile Marine and by the end of the war had the rank of 2nd Officer. He was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He was another son of George Alexander Haughey JP who was a draper in Ann Street and died on 3rd July 1966 in Portsmouth. His brother, John, had lost his life while serving in the Mercantile Marine in the summer of 1915.

APPRENTICE JAMES A. KENNEDY served in the Mercantile Marine and was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church.  His name is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet inside the Church.

INDIAN ARMY

BRIG. GEN. ALAN JAMES CAMPBELL D. S. O. Alan James Campbell was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for distinguished service in the field on 3rd June 1917.  Lieut Col. Campbell was married on Rathlin Island in 1897 his wife being a Granddaughter of the late Rev. E. Gage of Ballycastle.  By October of 1917 Mrs. Campbell was living in Ballycastle.  Towards the end of 1916 Col. Campbell was wounded while in command of the Carnatic Infantry near Aden. He had fought in three campaigns in Burma.  He survived the war and returned to Ballycastle where he is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

CAPT. EDWARD ORME COX served throughout the war in the Indian Army. By the end of the war he had attained the rank of Captain.  He was a valued member of Ballycastle Masonic Lodge No 89.  Edward was the seventh son of Rev. Thomas Cox, rector of Ramoan Parish Church from 1879 to 1921 who died on 29th April 1924 aged 93.  His wife, Mary Jane Cox died on 19th September 1926 aged 81. Edward was born in 1885 and died in 1970. His wife. Constance Ann died in 1969. Edward is commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside Ramoan Parish Church.

LT. R. F. O. D. GAGE

M.G.C.

LT. W. WALKER was wounded in October of 1918 and in hospital in London. He was a son of W. R. Walker of Ballycastle.

PTE. DAVID DUNLOP served in the Machine Gun Corps throughout the war and was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet in the Church.  He was wounded on at least one occasion.

J. GLASS AUST.

PTE. J. O'NEILL was home on leave in October 1917 recuperating from wounds.

PTE. P. O'NEILL

LT. P. J. A. MARKEY

MAJ. GEN. CHARLES CALLWELL K.C.B. was made K.C.B. in June of 1917. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

R.A.M.C.

LT. COL. WILLIAM A. WOODSIDE served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and had been Mentioned in Despatches. He had also been awarded the D.S.O.  His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church.

MAJ. JOHN LUKE JACKSON served in the R.A.M.C. throughout the war.  He was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He was a winner of the French Croix de Guerre. John was born on 27th February 1886 and was a son of the Rev. John Jackson of Ballycastle. There appears to have been a family of five children, three boys and two girls. All three boys served throughout the war.

F. C. McCAMMON M.C.

CAPTAIN FRANK CASEMENT D.S.O. was at the fall of Antwerp and by 1915 was at the Dardanelles.  He was a son of Roger Casement of Magherintemple, Ballycastle. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Culfeitrin Parish Church.

CAPTAIN R. W. HARPER was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was a valued member of Ballycastle Masonic Lodge no 89.

LT. HERBERT MONTGOMERY JACKSON served in the RAMC and by the end of hostilities had risen to the rank of Captain. He was born on 27th August 1888 and baptised in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour.

PTE. T. J. COLGAN

PTE. JOHN PARKHILL was home in Ballycastle on leave in August of 1918. He was serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  He eventually survived the war and returned to Ballycastle.  John is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.  His brother, Joseph, was killed in action and this left two sisters, Elizabeth and Christina at home. The family eventually returned to Scotland.

L. L. MACAULEY was a nurse during the Great War and in charge of a hospital in France. In September of 1918 she was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal and the presentation was made by King George V at Buckingham Palace.  She came from Mullaghduff House, Armoy.

MOTOR TRANSPORT

LT. JASPER B. JOHNSTON is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church and by the end of the war had attained the rank of Captain.

PTE. JAMES BAILLIE was a son of John Baillie, the station master in Ballycastle and was home on leave in August of 1918.  He was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. James was involved in Motor Transport and survived the war. He was born on 26th June 1897.

JOHN AND JANE BAILLIE had a family of three sons and four daughters and lived in Ann Street.  Mary Ann, the eldest of the girls was a clerk in the railway office.

EDGAR BYRNE M.M. 1st TANKS By July of 1917 Edgar Byrne had received the Military Medal, awarded for coolness and gallantry at the Battle of Arras along with a parchment certificate.  He was the fourth son of the late John Byrne of Quay House, Ballycastle.  He had worked in the Northern Bank in Ballycastle previous to the war when he joined the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Later he was transferred to the tanks.  Then a few weeks after the award of the medal he was wounded by shrapnel and taken to Base Hospital.  This was in August of 1917.  In May of 1918 Edgar was home in Ballycastle on leave.  His father and mother both appear to have died at a very young age and by 1911 the family are being looked after by a servant, Nancy Spence.  There were at least eight children in the family and we can safely assume that the young Nancy, by 1911 just twenty years of age, had her hands full. The two older girls, Olive and Eileen, 21 and 19, were at an age where they were very useful but were also at an age where they needed to be advancing their own careers to help with the running of the home.  The eldest boy, John, was a fishery manager.  Edgar and Aubrey both enlisted and served throughout the war and returned safely to Ballycastle.  Both are commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church. The younger ones, Dermot, Hilda and Myrtle, 12, 10 and 6 would have been left in the care of Nancy Spence for the duration of the war.

PTE. ALEXANDER S. G. GAGE is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.  He had served in the Tank Corps and survived the war.

PTE. D. McCURDY

PTE. CHARLES McHENRY was a son of John and Mary McHenry of Fairhill Street.  He was a widower who had returned to live with his parents following the early death of his wife.  He had two young children to fend for and the help of his parents was much appreciated.  Charles served throughout the war and returned safely.

PTE. WILLIAM McKAY was a coachman to one of the gentlemen's residences around Ballycastle at the time of the Great War.

PTE. FRANCIS QUIGG was the second child in a family of six.  They lived at Number 5, Townparks. Ballycastle.  He survived the war and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. JOSEPH STARRS lived with his wife and family in Ann Street and served in Motor Transport. He was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church. He survived the war and returned to Ballycastle. Following the war he owned a successful motor car repair garage and taxi business on Castle Street with his three sons.

ARMY SERVICE CORPS

LT. COL. FRANK PURCEL BARNES D.S.O.  Q.B.E. arrived home to Ballycastle for two days leave in mid April 1916. His father was Rev. Canon Barnes of Ballycastle.  He had got seven days leave but had to visit Buckingham Palace the previous Saturday to be presented with the D.S.O. by the King.  His brother, 2nd Lieut. Theo Barnes, was also serving on the Western Front.  In July of 1917 Frank was promoted to the rank of Major in the Army Service Corps, still retaining his command of Mechanical Transport and his rank of Lieut. Col. while holding that command.

MAJOR G. HARVEY

SGT. WILLIAM BLACK lived in North Street with his widowed mother, a brother and two sisters.

PTE. JAMES BLAIR was a barber in Castle Street.

PTE. ARCHIE HAMIL was in business as a tailor in Castle Street. He left a wife and eight children to serve his country.

CPL. ALEXANDER STEELE was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is remembered on their Roll of Honour.  He survived the war.

ROYAL IRISH FUS.

Lt Fred Humphreys  By early 1915 Fred Humphreys had attained the rank of Corporal. Then in July of 1915 he was promoted Sergeant. He was a son of Mr. T Humphreys of Bay View House, Ballycastle, and had worked in Ballycastle as an accountant in the Ulster Bank there.  In August he was home on leave having spent time in Hope Auxiliary Hospital, Pendleton, Manchester recovering from wounds received at the Somme on 1st July 1916. By July of 1918 he was again home on leave. In October of 1918 he was wounded and spent the remainder of the war in hospital in France. Fred was a member of Ballycastle Masonic Lodge No 89. I have in my possession a card written by Fred Humphreys to his father and mother in September of 1914 from Clandeboye Camp in which he mentions the lovely weather and of receiving a hamper of apples from Fred Clarke. Fred Humphreys survived the war and died on 26th February 1945. He was just forty-nine years of age. His wife, Maud, died in Ballycastle on 1st September 1978.

SGT. A HUNTER

SGT. J. MCKEIRNAN

SGT. JAMES STEWART was home in Ballycastle on leave in August of 1918.

PTE. JOHN McGAGHEY was dangerously wounded in mid November 1917. He was a son of Nancy McGaghey. John survived the war and resided in Fairhill Street but later moved to the ex-servicemens cottages on the Coleraine Road, he is buried in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

PTE. THOMAS McGAGHEY was a brother of the above Nancy and lived with her and her family.  He was thirty-eight years of age when the census was taken in 1911.

ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY

Lt. Col. Alfred McBride Woodside was a son of Robert and Fanny Woodside and was born on 22nd April 1876. He was baptized in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and died on 21st January 1960.  He had reached the rank of Lieut. Colonel in the Royal Field Artillery and been wounded once. Alfred is commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and had been Mentioned in Despatches.

LT. ROBERT GAGE served in the Royal Field Artillery and survived the war to return to Ballycastle.  He is commemorated on a lovely Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. JAMES GALLAGHER was home on leave in July of 1917.  He was employed as a porter at Ballycastle Railway station until it's closure and was then transferred to Ballymoney station where he worked until he retired.  He lived at Drumawillan, now Hillside Road.

GNR. J. J. McCARTNEY

PTE C K FITZS1MMONS, 32nd Field Artillery, RAMC. (10th Division), Mediterranean Force, had been an accountant in the Northern Bank in Ballycastle for two and a half years and had volunteered at the outbreak of hostilities.  Writing to a friend in Ballycastle in 1915 he said he had been at the Dardanelles now for two months. The first few weeks he was nearly toasted and latterly nearly frozen. When we left England we had no idea where we were going although our khaki drill and sun helmets told us it would be hot.  I had only been on the boat a few days when I suddenly discovered Jamie Stewart was on the same job as myself, although attached to a different unit. We had our first stop at Malta, where the ship was surrounded by hundreds of little boats peddling their wares.  Malta looks a lovely spot from the harbour, with it's pure white buildings.  We only stayed a day in Malta and then proceeded to Alexandria, where we stopped a day for coaling. It took us about ten days to do the journey to this place, where we arrived on Saturday night.  We got word to be ready in the morning to leave the ship but when the next morning dawned and we were at our posts we found it was only a route march round the town. We left Alexandria that night and as we left the harbour had a good view of the German ships interned.  They were captured at the outbreak of war and must have numbered thousands. We arrived at a Greek island the following Wednesday and disembarked for a few days. This was Lemnon and the heat in the daytime was unbearable.  We had a hellish reception. The place was all mined and we had to advance across a plain called Salt Lake, which is only flooded in winter. The region where we landed was shaped like a U, the middle of it being a plain, and the boundary a range of hills. We advanced into the enemy's country that day about five miles and had to entrench at nightfall. We have only moved forward since then by yards now and again.  The Turks are in hundreds to our tens, and they have the advantage of the ridges, which could only be taken by a terrible sacrifice of life. It is the finest fortified country you could wish to see naturally, and with everything in the latest gunnery. The Turks are a fine body of men, but their officers, who are all Germans, are not up to much as men, but make fine commanders. If the landing had been as successful as it might have been we would not be here now. Somebody blundered. All the Irish Regiments were cut up'.

In May of 1916 he wrote Mr. C. A. McCollam of Ballycastle and said, We are still knocking about here playing patience.  We have to rely on pack mule transport to a considerable extent. I have two mules in my charge and they do need a lot of looking after. They are wild and untrained and very vicious and treacherous. The weather is getting very hot but so far the worst enemy of last year has not appeared,- the fly. No words of mine could describe the damage and inconvenience they cause.  We are alright here, tons of work from 6.30 in the morning till 6.00 in the evening.

SCOTTISH RIFLES

PTE. ALEX LYNN was a Grandson of Mary Lynn of 16 Poor Row, Ballycastle. We can only assume that he had gone to Scotland in search of work and enlisted there some time in 1917 when he would have been about sixteen years of age.  He survived the war.

R.G.A.

PTE. DAN ELLISON was home on leave at Castle Street, Ballycastle in October of 1917.  He survived the war and returned to Ballycastle and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

CANADIANS

MAJOR GORDON BLACK M.B.E.  In February of 1916 Gordon Black had just recently been promoted Lieutenant and was serving with the 2nd Canadians when he visited Ballycastle.  His father was the late William Boyes Black, a merchant in Ballycastle and he was a nephew of Mr. G. H. Scarlett, also of Ballycastle. Gordon had joined the 2nd Canadian contingent in April 1915 as a private and was in training at Dibgate Camp, Shorncliffe. In January he was appointed to the Headquarters Staff of the Canadian Service Corps then stationed at Sandgate, Folkstone.  He again visited Ballycastle in November of 1917.  By July of 1918 he was again home on leave and stayed with his Aunt, Mrs. Scarlett.  He had by now been promoted to Major.  A close friend, Major Wilson, accompanied him on this trip.  It was at this time that he was present at Buckingham Palace to be presented with the O.B.E. by the King.

R. F. CASEMENT D.C.M. was awarded the D.C.M. for distinguished conduct near Ypres on the night of 28/29th April 1915 for going to an officer who lay wounded near the German line, accompanied by three others, and carrying him in on a stretcher under a heavy shell and rifle fire.  He was a son of Roger Casement of Magherintemple, Ballycastle.

SGT. THOMPSON F. BLACK was a brother of Mrs. Scarlett of the Post Office and of the late William B. Black, merchant, Ballycastle.  He had been resident in Winnipeg for many years and his last visit home had been about twenty years previously.  He volunteered for active service in November of 1916 and arrived in England for training on 30th April 1917.  He was on leave in Ballycastle in May of 1917 and was again home on leave in January of 1918.  He had been involved in a German gas attack in the autumn of 1917 and in January was still recuperating.

SGT. THOMAS O. COX was a son of Rev. Thomas Cox of Ramoan Parish Church from 1879 to 1921.  He survived the war and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

SGT. ARTHUR HARRISON, 1st British Colombia Regiment, was seriously wounded at Ypres on 24th April 1915.  Arthur had lived in Ballycastle for a few years before emigrating to Vancouver in 1910.  He was the third son of Serjeant Major Henry Harrison of London.  He came over with the first Canadian contingent, going to France in February l9l5.  At the Battle of St Julian a large piece of shell struck him on the upper part of the forearm, breaking the bones and destroying his elbow. He was sent to hospital at Boulogne and later to England where he was kept until 16th August.  Arthur had served in the South African war, where he received the Queen's medal with six clasps. In September of 1915 Arthur called at Ballycastle on his way back to Canada and was the recipient of a silver cigarette case.  The presentation took place in the Dalriada Hall.  Arthur was discharged from the Army because of his wounds and spent the rest of his life in Canada.  On 14th October 1915 in St Martins Church, Cheriton, Kent, Arthur married Harrietta Coyles, youngest daughter of James Coyles of The Quay, Ballycastle.  The Bride was given away by Serjeant J. E. Dolfin and Serjeant H. E. Stafford acted as best man. There were no bridesmaids.  Outside the Church the wounded serjeants of Serjeant Harrison's regiment made an arch of their sticks under which the happy couple passed amid showers of confetti. They afterwards motored to Folkestone. In the evening the serjeants gave a supper and presented serjeant Harrison with a silver tea service on which their names were inscribed.  I believe that the sequence of events described here have been put slightly out of order by the newspapers and that Harrietta had gone to England to nurse Arthur back to health in September.  By early October they had decided to get married and that Arthur and Harrietta had called at Ballycastle to bid her family goodbye as they sailed for a new life in Canada. They settled in Vancouver.

SGT. JOHN McHENRY was a brother of Charles above and a son of John and Mary of Fairhill Street.  At the time the census was taken in 1911 John was twenty nine years of age.

SGT. JAMES McMULLAN is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. R. A. CAMPBELL

PTE. RICHARD HUNTER served in Motor Transport with the Army Service Corps.  He returned safely and is remembered on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. W. J. MORGAN

PTE. JOHN McCOLLAM had emigrated to Canada but enlisted and returned to fight for his country. He is remembered in Ramoan Parish Church where the Roll of Honour bears his name. John survived the war.

PTE. HENRY McCURDY had emigrated to Canada before the war but enlisted and returned to fight for his country.  He survived the war. Henry's name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. J. V. McGUIGAN had enlisted in Canada but survived the war. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ballycastle Presbyterianism Church.

PTE. MOORE NEILL is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. CHARLES K. SPENCE was home on leave in Ballycastle in October of 1917.  He had emigrated to Canada a few years previously and had spent fourteen months in France.  He survived the war and his name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. HUGH WHITE was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside the Church. He had been in Canada for a number of years and enlisted into the Canadian Forces. He survived the war and returned to Canada.

R ENGINEERS

LT. A. D. CAMPBELL

PTE. P. MCAULEY

N.I.H.

PTE. R. MCLAUGHLIN

D.C.L.I.

R.Q.M.S. DAN WOODSIDE is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

LONDON IRISH RIF.

PTE. R. L. WALKER survived the war. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

CONN. RANGERS

Pte. J. Campbell

LEINSTER REGT.

PTE. JOHN CAIRNS arrived home on leave early in December 1916 after a year spent on the Western Front.  He had been through much of the heavy lighting on the Somme and was only a matter of five yards from Private Robert Murphy when he was killed.  He was home again on leave in October of 1917 and appears to have been a son of Daniel and Rose Cairns of Townparks, Ballycastle.  After the war he was employed by Ballycastle Urban District Council's outdoor staff.  John is interred in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

SGT. ANDREW McLAUGHLIN D.C.M. was just nineteen years of age when he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1916 for gallantry in the field.  He had been in charge of a body of men of the 7th battalion Leinster Regiment.  He showed conspicuous bravery in leading his section up to the lip of a crater and holding it under heavy fire. Following the withdrawal at dawn he went back and under heavy machinegun fire he carried in a wounded man.  Three times he laid down his burden and bombed back the enemy who were following him. Eventually he got the wounded man to safety and his section back to their trench. At a function in the Club Rooms on Quay Road in Ballycastle in November of 1916 he was presented with War Savings Certificates and savings bank book in recognition of his bravery.  The medal had already been presented at another function.  A few days later Sgt. McLaughlin was back on the Western Front.

GORDON HIGHLANDERS

PTE. J. McALLISTER

PTE. J. WHITE

SCOTS GREYS

SGT. J. WHITE

SCOTTISH HORSE

PTE. W. McKENDRY

USA

CAPT. DAN KIRKPATRICK was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside the Church. He had served in the United States Forces and survived the war.  Dan was the eldest son of H. C. Kirkpatrick, the former Bank Manager in Ballycastle. He was home on leave in June of 1919.

PTE. GEORGE HENRY emigrated to the United States where he later enlisted. He was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He survived the war.

PTE. HUGH McMULLAN had emigrated to the United States in 1913 when he was eighteen years of age and joined the U.S. Machine Gun Corps.  He had been a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour.

PTE. WILLIAM McMULLAN was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He was a son of James McMullan and Ann Woodside and was born on 6th February 1873. He had emigrated to the United States where he enlisted, joining the United States Army. He survived the war.

PTE. PATRICK O'CONNOR was born at Capecastle but emigrated to America in 1912 at the age of twenty and enlisted in the United States Army.  He served in France and survived the war.  Patrick was born on 8th February 1891 and died, aged 28 on 5th November 1922 at Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.. He had seen action in the Battle of the Somme and at the Marne. He had served in the 319th Infantry Battalion which was part of the 80th Division and had suffered greatly from the effects of a gas attack.  Patrick was a shoemaker by trade and the youngest of the family.  He and Bernard Hugh O'Connor were brothers.  The family moved from Capecastle to Gortnamaddy, Whitehall area, and from there to Fairhill Street and later Mill Street.

PTE. SAMUEL CHESTNUTT SMYTH.  He was a son of William Smyth of Gortconney, Ballycastle and was born on 16th August 1886 and died on 8th May 1959.  He had emigrated to the United States and enlisted there.

PTE. JAMES SIMPSON emigrated to the USA in 1914 when he was twenty-six years of age.  He enlisted in the American forces and survived the war.

PTE. WILLIAM WOODSIDE had emigrated to America where he joined the United States Forces.  He survived the war and returned to America.  His name is commemorated inside Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where it can be seen on the Roll of Honour.

PTE. J. H. WOODSIDE had also emigrated to America and enlisted in the US Forces.  He too, survived the war.  His name is also commemorated on Ballycastle Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

AUSTRALIANS

SGT. ARTHUR BERNARD served with the Australian Forces and survived the war.  He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. CHARLES DARRAGH was a son of Archibald Darragh and Anne Jane McLean of Churchfield.  His complete story is told later.

PTE. ALEXANDER JOSEPH GILLIN was born at Culfeitrin in 1856. When war broke out he was so determined to enlist that he took ten years off his age and was accepted without question. He survived the war.

PTE. WILLIAM McCONAGHIE had, as a young man, emigrated to Australia, where he joined the RAMC. He survived the war and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church.

PTE. WILLIAM QUIGG was a son of Isabella Quigg of 6 Townparks, Ballycastle. At the time of the census of 1911 he was twenty-six years of age and a labourer. Soon afterwards he emigrated to Australia and served throughout the war in the Australian Forces. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. WILLIAM B. WHITE was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church who had emigrated to Australia before the outbreak of hostilities.  He enlisted there and returned to serve throughout the war and survive.  He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church. He was wounded on at least one occasion.

S. AFRICANS

CAPT. E. R. CASEMENT was the youngest son of Roger Casement of Magherintemple, Ballycastle. In March of 1918 he was Mentioned in Despatches by Major-General A. R. Hoskins C.M.C.  D.S.O. late Commander-in-Chief of the East Africa Forces.  His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Culfeitrin Parish Church.

PTE. J. COX was based at the Old Military Barracks at Fermoy.  He survived the war.

PTE. JOHN W. HOWARD lived at Fair Head. He survived the war.

PTE. S. L. RENNIE had lived at East Torr and was a son of John Rennie.

NEW ZEALAND

PTE. A. MCKENDRY

PTE. D. LAVERTY

ESSEX REGT.

Lt. T. B. Barnes had been seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. He was a son of Canon Barnes of Ballycastle. The wounds look a long time to heal and in September of 1917 he was ordered by the Medical Board to do six months garrison duty.  He was then appointed Military Instructor of the Officer Training Corps at Reigate, Surrey.

BLACK WATCH

PTE. W. DILLON

PTE. A. DILLON

NORTHUMBERLAND FUS.

PTE. B. CAMPBELL

DERBY YEOMANRY

PTE. JOHN DELARGY was an apprentice shoemaker who lived with his mother and five sisters in North Street, Ballycastle. Following his return from the war he went into business in the licensed trade and is interred in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

R.F.C.

LT. R. F. McMICHAEL

Early in November of 1915 Robert F McMichael, son of Mr. Daniel McMichael, Cape Colony, (a native of Ballycastle), paid a visit to his relatives in Ballycastle. During the Boer War he volunteered for service with the Imperial Light Horse. He was awarded two medals with six clasps. Some years after the Boer War he took part in the Zululand War. When trouble broke out in South Africa he again joined the Imperial Light Horse in Botha's army and was with this contingent when they captured Windhoek Forde. They had to go sixty-eight miles without water and horses dropped under them like flies, and men fell on all sides like flies with sunstroke.  Robert was wounded at Windhoek.  After his recovery he came over to England to fight in the Great War. Robert was a mining engineer and a nephew of Mr. James McMichael of the Royal Hotel in Ballycastle. Two of his brothers took part in the fighting in German West Africa.

DRAGOON GDS.

Lt. Col. Horace Sewell D.S.O. In July of 1915 Horace Sewell had the honour of being at Buckingham Palace to be invested with the Distinguished Service Order by the King.  He was a brother of Miss Sewell of Ivy House, Ballycastle.

R.M.L.I.

PTE. W. J. HILL was employed after the war by Ballycastle Urban Council.  He worked on the outdoor staff along with John Cairns and is interred in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

R. IRISH RIFLES

CAPT. SYDNEY J. LYLE has been Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field. He was the second son of Mr. James Acheson Lyle of Portstewart and was born on 13th January 1874.  He had been resident at Derganagh, Ballycastle for a number of years.  In April 1904 he married Fanny Edith Florence Ash, daughter of Mr. Thomas S. Ash, of the Manor House, Kilrea.  Captain Lyle was seriously wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and it wasn't until October that he was well enough to come home on leave. Around Christmas of 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the Field.  Then in October of 1917 he was declared permanently unfit for further service and made application to serve with the Army Service Corps.  He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church and survived the war.

CAPT. JAMES W. ROBINSON lived at Carneymore and was a Chaplain to the Forces. He survived the war.

CAPT. J. D. STEWART

LT. AUBREY BYRNE was a son of the late John Byrne of Ballycastle.  He was promoted to full Lieutenant in September 1918. His mother had also passed away and the children were in the care of the eldest brother, John, and a servant girl, Nancy Spence.

LT. J. GILES

LT. RICHMOND S. H. NOBLE was a young Englishman who had come to work in Ballycastle as an agricultural adviser. His wife and baby daughter accompanied him. He was through the whole war and was wounded but returned safely to Ballycastle. He is commemorated on a lovely Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church

SGT. FRANK DUNLOP was home in Ballycastle on leave in November l9l6. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

SGT. JOHN HAMILL was home for Christmas of 1916 and left at the New Year for the Front having completed fifteen months in France. He had originally been a sniper but was transferred to a Lewis Gun section. His mother lived in Castle Street, Ballycastle and in May of 1918 John was reported as being a prisoner of war in Germany. He survived the war and returned home. John was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on the Roll of Honour. He was also a valued member of Ballycastle Masonic Lodge No 89.

SGT. JOHN JAMIESON was home in November for the first time since being wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was a son of Mr. R Jamieson of Cloughabrack, Ballycastle.

SGT. GEORGE MEABANK, son of Martha Meabank. who was a clerk of the markets in Ballycastle.  They lived at 7 New Market Street, and came from County Tyrone.  George would have been seventeen years of age when war broke out.  He survived the war and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

SGT. ALBERT S. McVICKER was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was unable to return to Ballycastle until October. While he was al home he paid a visit to his former employer Mr. Hugh A McAllister in Ballycastle. He then rejoined his unit in France and was again on leave in Ballycastle in late October 1917. Albert was a valued member of Ballycastle Masonic Lodge No 89.  As a young apprentice he lodged with his employer at 88 Castle Street.  In 1911 he was just fourteen years of age.  After the war ended Albert opened a grocery and hardware shop in Ann Street just beside where Wysners is now. He was a popular member of the outdoor bowling club in the town for many years.

SGT. ROBERT G. WILSON served with the Royal Irish Rifles and was wounded. Eventually he returned to Ballycastle when the war finished and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

SGT. W. J. DUNLOP was wounded in late 1917 but recovered.  He had been a member of Ballycastle U.V.F. and volunteered for service in 1914.  His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

SGT. ALEX. DUNLOP served in the Royal Irish Rifles and was wounded.  He returned to Ballycastle and is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet inside Ramoan Parish Church.  He is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church.

CPL. S. J. HUTCHINSON survived the war and returned to Ballycastle where his name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

CPL. WILLIAM McLAUGHLIN lived in Bayview Road, Ballycastle.

LCE. CPL. CHARLES McGOLDRICK, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was wounded at Neuve Chapelle, when they charged with fixed bayonets on 10th March 1915.  Charles was wounded in this charge with a bullet in the thigh which lodged in the stomach. He lay in a shell-hole all day until he was found by two Territorials who carried him back to the trench.  He was taken to hospital in Boulogne and operated on and later transferred to Charing Cross Hospital in London. He survived the war to return to Ballycastle and worked at Nicholls Saw Mills in the Diamond.  He had enlisted on 6th November 1914.

PTE. FRANK BELL

PTE. ROBERT COLGAN was a son of James and Katy Colgan of 1 Cloughanmurray, Ballycastle.

PTE. ALEXANDER COYLES was home on leave in early December of 1916 following a year spent on the Western Front. His name is recorded on the Memorial Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. J. CRAIG

PTE. ROBERT FERRIS served in the RAMC throughout the war and is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet within the Presbyterian Church. The family lived at Broughinlea.

PTE. JOHN GALLOWAY lived at No 13 Coolkenny, Ballycastle.

PTE. ROBERT J. GALLOWAY served in the Royal Irish Rifles throughout the war and is commemorated on the Memorial Tablet inside the Presbyterian Church in Ballycastle.  Robert was a farm labourer and a widower working for Elizabeth Boyd Hayes at Drumawillan.  One of the three Galloway boys while home in Ballycastle on leave, reported seeing Lieut. Harry Macnaghten sitting on the parapet of an enemy trench badly wounded.  Three Germans climbed out of the trench to take the officer prisoner, fighting off and killing a soldier who attempted to save Sir Harry.

PTE. W. J. GALLOWAY

PTE. HARRY HAMILL was home on leave in February 1916. He was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He had been wounded once.

PTE. ROBERT HARGIE was a farm servant in 1911 and lodging with his employers Robert and Isabella McGowan of Magheramore. He was then twenty years of age.

PTE. FRANK HILL was given leave in June of 1916 and was home in Ballycastle for the first time in eighteen months.

PTE. ARTHUR HOLMES, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, had been stationed in India for over seven years when the Great War broke out arrived home in Ballycastle on seven days leave in mid November 1915. He had been in the firing line for the last fourteen months and was through the severe fighting at Neuve Chapelle.  Before enlisting he was a postman in Ballycastle. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. ROBERT MATTHEWS was born in 1896 and lived at Knockmore, Mosside. He was educated at Tullybane School. There were six children in his family they were his brother Ezekiel, sisters Hessie, Eliza, Annie, Nellie and Robert. Robert was through the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was severely wounded close to the German wire. Amazingly he was found by none other than Robert Quigg and rescued, being hauled back to his own lines from right under the enemy's noses, on a waterproof ground sheet. He was the last man to be rescued by Robert Quigg on that memorable night an act for which Robert Quigg was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross.  He married Mary Ann McGregor on 19th September 1924 and died on his wedding anniversary in 1950.

PTE. T. J. McCARTNEY was home on leave in October of 1917 after nearly two years in France. He was a son of Mr. John McCartney of The Quay, Ballycastle. Then in December he was wounded and in hospital in England. Following the war he became caretaker of Ballycastle British Legion Hall on Leyland road, now the location of Ballycastle Library. He lived in the ex-servicemen's houses on the Coleraine road.

PTE. J. McCURDY

PTE. P. McCULLAGH was employed by Ballycastle Bowling Club as green keeper during the summer months. He lived in the ex-servicemen's houses on the Coleraine road.

PTE. HUGH McDOWELL was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where he is commemorated on the Roll of Honour. He was born on 19th November 1888, a son of George McDowell and Elizabeth McGill of Kilcraig, Ballycastle. He had been wounded once.

PTE. R. McFALL

PTE. H. McGAGHEY

PTE. A. McGAGHEY

PTE. RANDAL McGREGOR was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. He was employed at Boyd's bakery as a bread man and resided at Fairhill Street. Ballycastle.

PTE. THOMAS McGUILE was aged eighteen and a labourer in 1911. He lived at Gortnamaddy with his parents and seven sisters. He was an only son. After serving throughout the war he started his own fruit and vegetable business in Ballycastle. He also had a laundry collection business and resided in Mill Street, Ballycastle. He is buried in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

Pte. Joseph McGoldrick, brother of Charles above. 6th R.I.R. Joseph was a son of Patrick and Catherine McGoldrick of Mill Street. He would have been nineteen years of age when the Great War broke out. By good fortune he survived.

PTE. G. McGOLDRICK

PTE. D. McILREAVEY

PTE. JOHN McKENDRY served throughout the war and returned safely to Ballycastle. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. W. J. McKINNEY served throughout the war and returned to Ballycastle. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. E. McLAUGHLIN

PTE. J. McLEAN

PTE. J. McMULLAN

PTE. J. McMULLAN served throughout the war and returned to Ballycastle. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Culfeitrin Parish Church.

PTE. JAMES PARKHILL served throughout the war and was wounded on one occasion. His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. JOHN QUIGG was recuperating at home in early August from the effects of wounds received at the Somme on 1st July 1916. He had just been discharged from Southport Hospital. Johns name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. WILLIAM SMYTH served throughout the war and returned to Ballycastle where his name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church.

PTE. F. SIMPSON

PTE. ROBERT SPENCE lived in Ballycastle and is commemorated on the Ballycastle Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour. Robert was a son of Hugh Spence and was born on 2nd July 1901. He survived the war.

PTE. J. TERRACE

PTE. RICHARD KERR was a member of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside the Church.

SGT. JAMES F. KANE, who has been twice wounded, was home on leave in Ballycastle in February of 1917. He was a son of Francis Kane of Carnsampson, Ballycastle. The first wound was to his right leg and he spent time in hospital in Manchester. The second wound was to his hand. He enlisted on 5th October 1915.

ROYAL INNISKILLING FUS.

CAPT. GEORGE HUTCHINSON was gazetted to the Royal Inniskillings in November 1914. He was at that time a Second Lieutenant and a son of John S. Hutchinson, Shangarry, Ballycastle. He survived the war and returned to Ballycastle where his name is recorded on the Roll of Honour in Ramoan Parish Church. He resided in the family home, Shangarry, until his death.

PTE. JAMES LOUGHREY D.C.M. 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers has received a parchment certificate for gallantry and devotion to duty in the field.   His name and deed to be entered in the records of the Irish Division. The Certificate was signed by Major Hickey, Commander of the 16th Irish Division. James Loughrey was home on leave in October of 1917 for the first time in two years. He was through the Battle of Messines in June in which Major Redmond lost his life.  James Loughrey would have been about twenty-seven years of age when war was declared.

HENRY NORTON lived in Anne Street in Ballycastle and worked as a labourer. He enlisted in Belfast on 19th November 1914, joining the 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. When he enlisted he gave his age as being 22 years. He survived the war.

PTE. P. MOONEY

PTE. DANIEL McBRIDE had emigrated to Australia and enlisted there.  In October of 1917 he was the victim of a gas attack and was in hospital in France for a considerable time. He survived the war and returned to Australia.

SGT. TOM McFADDEN was home in Ballycastle in June of 1917 recovering from wounds received on 1st July 1916 at the Somme.  He had just four days at home. After the war he served his time as a plasterer and was employed by local builders. During World War Two he trained the local Home Guard and lived in Castle Street. He is interred in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

PTE. J. McGAGHEY

Pte. William McLaughlin was a postman in Ballycastle and left to enlist into 18th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles in February 1916.  In November of 1917 he was back in Ballycastle on leave. His son was also serving.

IRISH GDS.

PTE. J. BOYD

PTE. THOMAS GEORGE JENKINS was a son of Mr. Samuel Jenkins of Ballycastle and by October of 1917 was wounded for the third time. The third time necessitated removal to hospital at Boulogne where he was showing good signs of recovery.  A few months later he was back with his unit and wounded for a fourth time.  In April of 1918 he was recuperating in a London Hospital.  He was born in County Longford as was his only sister, Margaret Jane.  The family seems to have come to Ballycastle just before the start of the Great War.  Samuel had been in the Royal Irish Constabulary until he retired and was employed as a water bailiff while in Ballycastle.

SGT. BERNARD HUGH O'CONNOR enlisted on 17th August 1915 and was on leave in Ballycastle al the end of February 1916 and was wounded and in hospital in May of 1916.  He was again home on leave in July of 1917.  He was born in Ballycastle in 1884 and died in 1950.  Bernard was a foundation member of Ballycastle Branch of the Royal British Legion and was also one of those responsible for the erection of the War Memorial in the town.  He was discharged from the Army on 27th November 1917 after being seriously wounded.

ROYAL DUBLIN FUS.

Capt. Frank Jackson was born on 28th August 1883, the year after his father became Minister of Ballycastle Presbyterian Church. He had been District Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary, which he had left to join the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers on the outbreak of war.  He was wounded in August of 1915 at the Dardanelles. The wound was to his right hand and he was sent home on leave at that time. He was the eldest son of Rev John Jackson B.A. B.D. of Ballycastle.  Frank died as a young man on 21st September 1924 aged 41.

PTE. A. BOYD

PTE. WILLIAM .J McLARTY was home on leave in July of 1918.

PTE. P. CAMPBELL survived the war and was employed by local builders as a plasterer. He is interred in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

ROYAL IRISH REGT.

PTE. JOHN BARTON had been wounded in 1916 and in hospital.  Following his release from hospital he was sent home on leave and was still on leave in November of that year.  In October of 1917 he was home again on leave.  By March of 1918 when the German Spring Offensive began John was again in the forefront and was taken prisoner when the British were forced to retreat.  After the war he was employed on the permanent way of the local railway company, Ballycastle to Ballymoney.  His son Patrick served in the Army during WW2 and his son Seamus served in the Royal Navy during WW2.  John resided in Bleechgreen Avenue, Ballycastle and is interred in Ballycastle RC Graveyard.

The 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers visited Ballycastle in July of 1915 on a recruiting drive and camped at Clare Park. During their time there three of the men hired a boat belonging to David O'Connor and went out to sea. When returning they got into difficulties in the surf and the boat hit the rocks.  Another boat manned by Donald Black, Daniel Black. John Coyles and David O'Connor set out into the dangerous waters and eventually rescued the three soldiers bringing them safely back to land.

CUSHENDALL SERVED

In February of 1916 THOMAS CRAWLEY, who had been seriously wounded al Salonika wrote to his father at Carns to say that he was completely recovered.

JOSEPH CONNELL of Carns was home on leave in the summer of 1916. He was an elderly soldier whose son was serving on the Western Front at the same time.

In an episode not connected to the war but reported in the newspapers in June of 1916 ROBERT McKEEGAN of Glenann was killed when he fell sixty feet from a building in Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

BALLINTOY PARISH ROLL OF HONOUR
THE FOLLOWING GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

NAVY
P.O. D. JAMIESON   GNR. C. MITCHELL  A.B. C. KANE

ARMY
LIEUT. JAMES DONNELLY   PTE. J. LOGAN, U.S.A. E.F.

THE FOLLOWING ALSO SERVED

NAVY
P.O. R. SLOAN   GNR. J. McMULLAN   GNR. A. McKAY   A.B. J. GAULT   A.B. S. MAGOWAN   A.B. J. MITCHELL   A.B. H. McFARLAND

ARMY
MAJOR F. DONNELLY M.C.   CAPT. H. B. L. HENDERSON   LIEUT. J. DONNELLY   LIEUT. C. D. FULLERTON   SGT. R. CARTON
SGT. C. MAGOWAN   CPL. J. McLEAN   CPL. J. SCALLY   PTE. A. MCKAY   PTE. J. McKINNEY   PTE. B. PRICE   PTE. A. ROGERS
PTE. J. SCALLY   PTE. W. SINCLAIR   PTE. J. SMYTH

U.S.A. ARMY
SGT. J. CUNNING   CPL. J. WILKINSON   PTE. J. BALLENTINE   PTE. H. COLGAN   PTE. J. KANE   PTE. A. LAMONT   PTE. R. MARTIN
PTE. A. McMULLAN   PTE. H. McMULLAN   PTE. T. McMULLAN   PTE. F. ROARKE   PTE. J. ROGERS

Thanks

Frank O'Connor - Frank has been a friend for a long time and was very anxious to help.  His vast knowledge of Ballycastle and it's people was invaluable

John A. Sharpe - John was over from England on holiday and was introduced to me by Frank.  It turned out he was related to the two Gallagher boys and this was a great help

Keith Beattie - Keith has always been a good friend and I only have to ask when I need help

The Spence Family - I had help from two branches of the Spence family.  One in Ballycastle, the other in Coleraine.  Both of them brilliant

Mike McNicholls - For taking photographs for me all over France and Belgium

Rosemary and Alister McFarland - For taking photographs in France and Belgium

 

the men who were killed were....(a)

  8449  Wm. Armstrong, Armagh
  6168  Joe Bell, Ballymena
  7784  Alex. Boyd, Ballyclare
10136  Pat Brennan, Dublin
  9064  John Butler, Whiteabbey
  8781  Joe Byrne, Drogheda
  7077  Wm. Byrne, Dublin
  6383  Alex. Campbell, Kilkenny
  7073  John Campbell, Shankill
  8199  Robert Carlisle, Belfast
  9975  Lawrence Carolan, Slane, Meath
  9020  Patrick Clarke, Glasgow
  6598  Caleb Collins, Bermondsey
  8952  Wm. T. Condit, Shankill
  8069  Thomas Cooke, Larne
  8215  John Crossett, Cookstown
  8000  Patrick Curran, Drogheda
10189  Martin Delaney, Dublin
10121 Jeremiah Donovan, Cork
  8102  Andrew Doyle, Belfast
  7100  Thomas Dunne, Dublin
  5634  Thomas Easton, Shankill


  7556  Charles F. Payne, Dublin
10112  Hugh Eppleston, Shankill
  6444  Robert Getty, Ballymena
  6845  John Golden, Belfast
  7415  Thomas Gourlay, Cappagh
  8867  Patrick Govers, Drogheda
  6503  Harry Green, Oxford
  9109  John Hall, Armagh
  7267  Joe Halligan, Liverpool
  6899  Edward Harvey, Walker-on-Tyne
  6633  Wm. Hempenstall, Kingstown
  8004  Frank Hogg, Shankill
10118  Dan Horgan, Cork
  6324  William Hunt, Birmingham
  5138  William Hurley, Athy
  6780  James Kelly, Dublin
  8728  Joe Lavery, Shankill
  9111  Robert Lee, Wicklow
  7876  John Linchin, Cork
  6652  Frank Lowe, Fukham
  7934  Thomas Macinerney, Clontarf
  7902  John Madden, Dublin
  7814  John Magner, Cork


  8486  Hector C. Marsh, Malta
  7583  James McAllister, Downpatrick
  8120  William McCabe, New York
  7243  Fred McCracken, Belfast
10147  James McGlade, Shankill
  5893  William McIlwrath, Shankill
  8945  Daniel McIvers, Stoneyford
  5994  Daniel McKenzie, Edinburgh
  5736  Patrick McLaughlin, Ballycastle
  8335  James McNally, Shankill
  8256  William McNally, Dublin
  9304  Patrick Millard, Clonard
  8016  John Mooney, Belfast
  8705  George Morrison, Shankill
  9054  John Mulgrew, Belfast
  7073  John Murphy, Enniscorthy
  9017  John Murphy, Shankill
  6882  William T. Nowlan, Dublin
  5803  Edward O'Neill, Cork
  9183  James O'Neill, Shankill
10218  Richard O'Neill, Tramore
  6507  T. R. Palmer, Marylebone
10116  Joe Paul, Dublin

  9016  Thomas Quail, Banbridge
  8393  Alfred Reilly, Eyrecourt
  7689  John Reilly, Navan
  7334  Patrick Reilly, Dublin
  7442  George Reynolds, Middlesex
  7064  William Reynolds, Clandalkin
  9733  Michael Ryan, Dublin
  3995  William Shirlow, Ballymoney
  6176  Edward Smyth
  6126  John Stokes, Dublin
  8868  Patrick Swift, Drogheda
  7275  Andrew Taggart, Armoy
  7075  William G. Taylor, Bristol
  8441  Samuel Turner, Shankill
10237  Joe Tyrell, Dublin
  8079  Hugh Walker, Shankill
  8191  Thomas Cem
10194  Bartholomew Keneally, Cork
  7234  James Harrison, Shankill
  8989  Alex. Lundy, Ballymena
  6696  Herbert E. Skipper, Clapham
  6101  Robert J. Scott, Holywood
  7993  John Warren, Dublin
(b)

  7476  Wm. Burnett, Brechin
11843  Geo. Connell, Girvan
11553  Joe Edwards, Everton
  6297  Wm. Inglis, Galashields
10731  Tom Lawrie, Berwick
  8787  Jas. McCafferty, Ballycastle
  9118  David Menzie, Aberdeen
  6798  Alex. Muir, Laurieston
  8623  Tom Pennington, Castleford
11784  David Rose, Dundee
  8251  John Shorthouse, Bishopsbriggs
  9399  Tom Sterling, Sunderland
  5368  James W. Wright, Glasgow

(c)

11034  John Fitzsimons, Dublin
  8434  Joe Marshall, Greenock
  9408  John H. Tallick, Mitcham, Surrey
  9265  Albert Walters, Toddington, Beds
10232  Hugh Bryce Woods, Glasgow

 

(f)

29000 Thomas Cushnahan, St. Peter's
29373 Robert McMahon, Shankill
17731 James J. Smyth, Belfast

(d)

18500 Alfred Dyche, Burton-on-Trent
10591 John Errington, Durham
12168 James A. Evans, Glasgow
  8409 Sam Hagherty, Rutherglen
16762 Ernest Hall, Preston
12007 Patrick Lenaghan, Govan
23085 James Matheson, Dundee
25852 George McKenzie, Stirling
11380 Edward McNamee, Cookstown
  8102 Robert Murray, New Monkland
17636 Thomas Pemberton, Leyland, Lancs
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18045 Norman G. Roberts, Burton-on-Trent
10998 George Rose, Leeds
20876 Wm. H. G. Shaw
13962 Patrick Slaven, Greenock
23109 Robert Taylor, Maryhill, Glasgow
(e)

Nathaniel McLean was born at Capecastle and emigrated to New York where he married Emily J. Scarlett. Died 9th May 1993
Jane McLean was also born at Capecastle and married Edward Gordon in 1920. They settled in Bangor where she died 14th July 1974

William McLean was born at Magheramore 27th September 1897. He married Margeurite Thompson in 1935 and died in Long Island, N.Y. on 5th February 1981
James McLean was born at Magheramore and married Mary Magee. Died 1st January 1997
Charles McLean was born Magheramore. He married Phyllis Chorley and died on 1st January 1992 at Ballycastle
Letitia McLean married Joseph Campion in 1930 and died in Long Island, N.Y., on 30th September 1989
Samuel McLean married Sarah Jane McKay in 1931 and died at Ballycastle on 22nd March 1974
Mary Ann McLean the youngest was born at Magheramore, married Patrick Kane in 1931 and died at Magheramore on 1st November 1963

(g)

23267 John Bath, Drogheda
15949 Thomas Duffy, Clara, King's Co.
20861 James Furphy, Lurgan
22941 Robert Galloway, Shankill
13281 John Glover, Widnes
23960 Pat. J. Geoghegan, Tullylish
22162 Matt Haggerty, Caledon
21118 James Halfpenny, Belfast
21841 Theo. Hooper, Guernsey
  5645 Robert Houston, Shankill
15421 John Hughes, Lambeg
43693 Ambrose Kearns, Ballymarsh
43181 James Lynch, Sixmilebridge
20195 Wm. J. McParland, St. Peters
43160 John Moylan, Belclare
13583 Dan O'Connell, Newcastle West
21887 Thomas Pengelley, Guernsey
23358 John Turkington, Derryeddy
45037 Fred. A. Willis, Ipswich
45051 Thomas P. Wilson, St. Pancras

(h)

A. Callum, foster son of David and J. Young, 76 Willingford, Musselburgh, aged 20
J. Duncan
F. Hynd, 25, son of Francis Hynd
Albert Walter Lester, 26, son of Sam and Leah Eliz. Lester, 15 Westmoreland Street, Bath, he is interred in Corbie Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 49
Matthew McKie, 27, son of Matthew and Jessie McKie, Braeport, Dunblane
James Moir, 22, son of James and Annie Moir, 164 Donation Road, Camelon, Falkirk
William Munley
William John Hughes Preston
Thomas Sandelands Wilson, 21, son of Henry and Barbara Sandelands Wilson of Rutherglen, Glasgow. He is interred in Corbie Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 23

(i)

8th April, John Shaw, Mullingar
9th April, James Murray, Cork; Michael Morrisroe, Ballyhaines; Patrick Morris, Maryborough
11th April, Patrick Meehan, Rathkeele; 12th April, Patrick Comer, Ferland
14th April, Richard Byrne, Dublin
15th April, Patrick O'Meara, Clonmel
16th April, Cecil Butterfield, Cork; and Michael McNulty, Birr
17th April, John McKeown, Duleek; John Sullivan, Mallow
18th April, John Nolan, Enniscorthy
19th April, Richard Gaffney, Collinstown
20th April, William Crosbie, Roscommon and Michael Reynolds, Dublin
22nd April, John Murphy, Dublin and William Phelan, Waterford
30th April, Peter Robinson, Maryborough
3rd May, Hugh Gribben