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  Portrush Heroes
1914 - 1918
by
Robert Thompson

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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

Gladys Crane's Autograph Book WW1  3 plus 2
all postage UK only

Kilrea Heroes 1914-18    sold out

Portrush and the First World War

Introduction by
Robert Thompson

   The War memorial situated on the Town Hall Green is a strikingly attractive memorial and very fitting for the purpose.  The large plaque ob the Memorial depicting a ship is slightly misleading as it gives one the impression that most of the men had been at sea.  Although this was not the case a number of the men were at sea and some of them did lose their lives in very famous battles, other incidents not so well known, also cost lives, and all of them are recorded on the Portrush War Memorial.

     When one looks at a map of Portrush district it becomes very obvious that the area is not a large one and that most of the volunteers came from the town itself,  with a few who lived within about two miles also volunteering,  For a town of its size the number of men who volunteered is staggering and there can be no question that Portrush played its part and that Portrush people should be very proud of the courage and sacrifice of so many young men.
continued below.....

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     The first day of the Battle of the Somme saw eleven young men from the town lose their lives and as the battle dragged on into November a steady flow of distressing news drifted back.  No other battle in the course of the war caused the same havoc and distress in Portrush and although there was a steady stream of casualties from all of the major battles the extreme number of fatalities at the Somme did not occur again.

     Some of the names were difficult to identify and in some cases a great deal of research was necessary before it was possible to say with any certainty that I had got the right one.  One of the last names on the memorial, John Tosh, proved inordinately difficult and it was only when I realised that John McIntosh was missing from the Memorial completely that I could see what had happened.  Some others were also difficult to identify but a number of people were very helpful, especially Hugh McGrattan.  Portrush Branch of the Royal British Legion made every effort to help and help was also forthcoming from the Branch in Coleraine.  A few of the names were not in themselves completely correct and in a number of cases this caused a great deal of trouble, but for the most part the fact that the Christian names were there made the job a lot easier.  Someone had done their homework well.

     For the most part I stuck to those named on the memorial but in a few exceptions I felt it was better to include others for various reasons.  John McMaster is not named on the Memorial but is named in Portrush Presbyterian Church where the family worshipped, so he is included.  The Coastguard, Steven Mansbridge, although not named on the Memorial, is buried in Old Ballywillan Cemetery, and I felt it only fair that he should be included as well.               - Robert Thompson

Portrush War Memorial

     At a meeting in March 1920 it was decided to erect a War Memorial in the town to the memory of the young men from the district who had paid the supreme sacrifice in World War One.  It was further decided that the memorial should take the form of a sculpture.  In January 1922, Mr. Frank Ransom, of Golders Green was appointed sculptor on the recommendation of Sir George Frampton.  Mr. Ransom was a very accomplished sculptor with over twenty-five years experience and in February 1922 he agreed that the Town Hall Green was the most suitable place for the memorial.

     The figure of Victory was selected at a fee of 1,300,00.  The work was very quickly completed and the Memorial was unveiled by Rt. Hon. Sir James Craig, Bt. P.C.M.P. Prime Minister of N. Ireland, later Lord Craigavon at 11 a.m. on Saturday 11th November 1922.  Later it was decided to purchase bronze plates for the memorial from Messrs. Gardiner, Sons and Co. Ltd. at 102-19-0.  This brought the total cost of the memorial including advertising etc. to 1,473-3-5.

     It is a memorial that many families in Portrush must have been very humbled and proud of and one which very fittingly carries the names of those sons of the town who gave their all when the call came.  Sadly it appears that a mistake was made when the plates were made and John McIntosh of Glenmanus became John Tosh on the memorial.  A great deal of research had gone into trying to find John Tosh and nothing even remotely connecting him to Portrush had been found.  But when John McIntosh was eventually found to be missing from the memorial the connection was obvious.  It is probably now too late to do anything about it but at least we can now remember John McIntosh for who he really was.  Another name on the Memorial caused extreme difficulties.  Joe Miller could not be found and Joe Johnston was missing from the Memorial altogether.  It wasn't until I realised that they were one and the same person that the mystery was solved.

187783 Ships Cpl. 1st Cl. William McAllister
HMS Monmouth

Killed in Action 1st November 1914
Aged 32

Born: Portrush 24th September 1880.
Married to Eliza Prout (formerly McAllister), of 155, King St., Plymouth. Native of Portrush, Co. Antrim.
Joined Navy 24th September 1898

Commemorated on the Plymouth Memorial

9875 Guardsman William Law
1st Bn. Scots Guards

Killed in Action 25th January 1915
Aged 25

Born: Coleraine
Son of Andrew and Sarah Law
Enlisted: Kilsyth, Stirling 1st September 1914

Interred in Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Neuville St. Vaast, Plot 12, Row E, Grave 21

Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

Commemorated on a lovely brass plaque inside Ballywillan Orange Hall.

 

290480 Stoker 1st Cl. Thomas Erwin
Royal Navy, HMS Formidable

 

Lost at Sea 1st January 1915
Aged 34

 

Born: Portrush 22nd January 1880
Son of John and Mrs. Erwin
Lived: Whiterocks, Portrush
Enlisted: November 1898

No known grave

Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 11

 

16388 Private Henry McCormick
5th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 16th August 1915
Aged 29

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of James and Mary McCormick, of 2, Pates Lane, Killour, Coleraine
Husband of Edith McCormick, of 3, Dunlop St., Coleraine, Co. Londonderry
Enlisted: Belfast

No known grave

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Panel 78-80

 

7711 Private Thomas McCloskey
1st Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 21st August 1915
Aged 33/35

 

Born: Portrush
Son of James and Elizabeth McCloskey, Islandmore, Portrush.
Enlisted: Paisley, Scotland.

No known grave

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Panel 185 to 190

 

20186 Private Joseph Johnston
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Died of Wounds 26th October 1915
Aged 32

 

Born: Ballywillan, Portrush 1883
Son of Mary Jane Johnston
Enlisted: Clydebank, Glasgow

Buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery, Egypt, Row D, Grave 18.

I believe that Joe Johnston and Joe Miller were one and the same person, which explains why Joseph Johnston is missing from the Portrush War Memorial.

24 RFN William James Bacon
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Died Pneumonia 6th February 1915
Aged 41

Married with five children

Interred in Old Ballywillan Cemetery

His son Jack, was allowed leave from the army to attend his fathers funeral and died of wounds in June of 1917.

 

1591 RFN John Bacon
9th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 25th June 1917
Aged 22

 

Born: Portrush
Known as Jack he was the son of William James Bacon (left).
Enlisted: Coleraine 22nd October 1916

Buried in Bailleul Cemetery

Commemorated at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush.

S/33840 Private Andrew McMillan
Royal Army Service Corps 2nd Field Bakery

Died Pneumonia 23rd March 1915
Aged 26

Born: Portrush 6th March 1888
Son of Andrew and Mrs. McMillan, Verandah House, Causeway Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Ballymoney
Formerly: 8391 R.I.R

Interred in St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre Plot 19, Row A, Grave 8

Commemorated Portrush Presbyterian Church

Commemorated Ballywillan Orange Hall

1845 Private Samuel James MacFarlane
13th Bn. Australian Infantry

Killed in Action 20th August 1915
Aged 21

Born: Cookstown 17th March 1894
Son of James and Sarah MacFarlane, Skerry-Bhan Hotel, Portrush
Enlisted: Australia

No known grave

Commemorated on :one Pine Memorial, Turkey, Panel 38.

Commemorated Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

96 L/Col. James Connor
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 37

 

Born: Ballyhome, Portrush 1879
Married and ;living at 4 Lower Kerr Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast 5th October 1914

No known grave

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial
Commemorated in Holy trinity Parish Church, Main Street, Portrush

His son James also served and survived the war

 

210 Rfn. William Fall
15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 24

 

Born: Portrush 23rd November 1891
Son of James and Maggie Fall, Lower Kerr Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Portrush

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

15882 Private James McMullan
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 20

 

Born: Ballywillan, Portrush 1897
Son of John and Ellen McMullan, Ballywillan
Enlisted: Donegal

Buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 11

Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

 

383 Rfn. Andrew McNeill
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 20

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Robert John and Mary (Frizzell) McNeill, Islandflackey, Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast

No known grave

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

74122 Private Frederick Robert Smith
28th Bn. Canadian Infantry

Died of Wounds 28th September 1915
Aged 29

Born: Enniskillen 16th October 1885
Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Atlantic Avenue, Portrush
Lived Portrush and Winnipeg
Enlisted: Winnipeg, Canada 28th November 1914

Interred in Locre Churchyard, Plot 1, Row F, Grave 1

Commemorated on Boys Brigade R. O. H. of Portrush Presbyterian Church Hall

57548 L/Cpl. Samuel Smyth
150th Field Co. Royal Engineers

Killed in Action 26th May 1916
Aged 32

Born: Portstewart
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Smyth
Married to Annie and living at 105 Causeway Street, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast September 1914

Interred in Authuille Military Cemetery, Row D. Grave 33.

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church

Also named in minute book of the Tramway Company.

 

18647 Corporal Henry Jeffrey Robinson Quigley
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 26

 

Born: Portrush 20th November 1890
Son of Charles and Mary Quigley, Ballywillan
Enlisted: Ballymoney

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church
Commemorated on brass plaque in Ballywillan Orange Hall

 

19075 Cpl. Thomas Smith
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 38

 

Born: Errigal
Son of Thomas Smith, Bath Street, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Liverpool

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

Captain Charles Stevenson/Stephenson Murray
4th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 2nd July 1916
Aged 44

 

Son of Col. Murray, of Portrush, Co. Antrim

Interred in Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 13

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

S12784 Private William James Frazer
8th Bn. Black Watch

 

Killed in action 14th July 1916

 

Born: Rhodesia
Son of Sgt. Frazer of Portrush Police Station
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: London

No known grave

Commemorated in Thiepval Memorial
Commemorated on Roll of Honour in Portrush Presbyterian Church

446737 Cpl. John McMaster
28th Bn. Saskatchewan Regt.

Killed in Action 6th June 1916
Aged 29

Born: Ballymagarry 29th August 1892/22nd August 1887
Son of Archibald and Martha (Clarke) McMaster
Lived: Calgary, Alberta
Enlisted: Calgary May 1915

No known grave

Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 26-28

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

Also named on War Memorial in Bushmills and included in Bushmills Heroes

2802 Rifleman William James Eason
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 19

Born: Portrush 30th May 1897
Son of William and Annie Eason, Garden Court, Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast

No known grave

Interred in Ancre Valley Cemetery at the Somme, Plot 5, Row E, Grave 33

 

-22855 Private James McMullan
1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 15th July 1916
Aged 21

 

Born: Portrush 1895
Enlisted: Portrush September 1914

Interred in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Plot 2, Row D, Grave 3

Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

 

C 315 Rfn. Alexander Clarke
16th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps

 

Died of Wounds 20th July 1916
Aged 26

 

Born: Portrush 24th June 1890
Believed to be the son of Alex. and Rachel Clarke
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church

 

18305 Private John McIntosh
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 7th August 1916
Aged 38

 

Born: Glenmanus, Portrush 1878
Son of David McIntosh, Roselick, Portrush
Enlisted: Londonderry

Commemorated as John Tosh on Portrush War Memorial

 

4986 Rfn. John North
1/8th Bn. London Regt.

 

Killed in action 15th September 1916
Aged 25

 

Son of Honorah and William Charles North, Causeway View Lane, Portrush

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church

27742 Private Daniel Henry
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 1st July 1916

Born: Ballywillan
Enlisted: Portrush

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B.

Commemorated on bronze tablet in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

951 Rfn. Robert John Morrow
11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 1st July 1916

Born: Dunluce, Co. Antrim
Lived: Portrush, Cloughorr
Enlisted: Portrush

No known grave

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

104430 Private Samuel McCaw
68th Bn. Canadian Infantry

 

Killed in action 15th September 1916
Aged 19

 

Born: Portrush 5th November 1896
Lived: Portrush and Regina, Saskatchewan
Enlisted: Regina

No known grave

Commemorated on Vimy Memorial

Sister and brother Mary, Rockwood, Ontario and James, 5 The Flats, Radlett, Herts, England.

 

622672 Private Matthew Murray
27th Bn. Canadian Infantry

 

Killed in Action 15th September 1916
Aged 39

 

Born: Belfast 29th December 1877
Son of Samuel and Agnes Murray, Gisborne House, 33 Princess Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Sewell, Canada 26th June 1915

No known grave

Commemorated on Vimy Memorial

Commemorated Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

193427 Private John Wallace McIlree
15th Bn. Canadian Exp. Force

 

Died of Wounds 8th October 1916
Aged 27

 

Born: Coleraine 3rd January 1889
Son of John and Annie McIlree, 2 Earlmount Terrace, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Toronto, Canada 20th September 1915

Commemorated on Boys Brigade R.O.H. of Portrush Presbyterian Church Hall
Commemorated on Vimy Memorial
Commemorated in Ballywillan Pres. Ch.
His brother William survived the war

 

8106/A Seaman William McNeill Elkin
H.M.S. Skipjack R.N.V.R.

 

Died  Accident 9th May 1917
Aged 21

 

Born: Portrush 29th August 1896
Son of Robert and Martha Elkin, 7 Bazaar Street, Portrush
Enlisted: April 1915

Buried in Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush

Uncle P. Officer James Elkin died on H.M.S. Hawke 15th October 1914, Aged 36 years

479 Rifleman John Russell
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 19

Born: Portrush
Son of Robert and Mary Russell, 42 Causeway Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast

No known grave
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

Named on Roll of Honour in Church Hall

The Pulpit in his Portrush Methodist Church was dedicated to him after he died

There was a letter that Jack wrote to his mother on 10th June 1916, it was tucked into the back of his soldiers' Small Book and was only discovered by his great nephew, John Dean in June 1999

9599 Private James McMullan
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 9th August 1916
Aged 21

Born: Coleraine
Son of Jonathon and Mrs. McMullan
Lived: Maddybenny, Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine straight from school and had served 7 years before hostilities broke out

Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 22

 

209 Corporal John Kane
15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 9th June 1917
Aged 26

 

Born: Portrush
Son of Joseph and Annie Kane, 95 Main Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Portrush

Interred in Longuenesse (St. Omer) Cemetery, Plot 4, Row C, Grave 11

Commemorated Holy Trinity Parish Church

 

2nd Lt. Edward Alexander McClatchie
"C" coy 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 10th August 1917
Aged 20

 

Born: Portrush 12th February 1897/98
Son of John and Mary McClatchie
Lived: Victoria Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast 4th November 1915

Buried in Mendinghem Cemetery, Plot 4, Row B, Grave 36

 

7582 Rfn. Henry Robert Leech
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 20

 

Born: Portrush 17th March 1897
Son of Charles Patrick and Henrietta Leech
Enlisted: Ballymoney

No known grave
Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church

 

18832 Rfn. William Ernest Thorpe
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 16th August 1917
Aged 28

 

Born: Carlisle
Son of Thomas & Alice Ann Thorpe, West Tower Street, Carlisle
Enlisted: Ballymoney September 1914

Interred in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Plot 16, Row C, Grave 5

Commemorated on Portrush War Memorial

2nd Lt. Robert Forsythe Pepper
4th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 12th October 1916
Aged 25

Born: 17th November 1891
Son of Robert and Isabella Jane Pepper (nee Lusk) of New Row, Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Boys Brigade Roll of Honour in the Church Hall

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

27880 Private William Norman Davison
15th Bn. 48th Canadian Highlanders

Killed in Action 4th November 1916
Aged 22

Born: Moneymore 21st June 1894
Son of Harper C. & Mrs. M. E. Davison
Lived: Toronto, Canada
Enlisted: Valcartier, Quebec 22nd September 1914

Interred in Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez, Plot 2, Row H, Grave 7

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

50895 Private George McNeill
19th Bn. Middlesex Regiment

 

Killed in Action 30th July 1917

 

Born: Willaston, Cheshire
Lived: Ballymagarry, Portrush
Enlisted: London

Buried in Klien-Vierstraat Cemetery

Commemorated on plaque inside Ballywillan Orange Hall and Portrush War Memorial

 

154936 Stephen George Mansbridge
Coast Guard

 

Died accidentally 20th August 1917
Aged 46

 

Born: Kelburn, London 1st May 1871
Enlisted at Devonport into Royal Navy on 12th May 1890 and served

Interred in Old Ballywillan Cemetery

Stephen is not commemorated anywhere, hence the reason for including him here.

 

83777 Gunner Bernard Stuart Anderson
4th Bde. Canadian Field Artillery

 

Killed in Action 26th August 1917
Aged 21

 

Born: Falmouth, England on 22nd March 1896
Son of Lennor Stuart & Mary Louisa Anderson, Glenmanus House, Portrush
Lived: Toronto, Canada
Enlisted: Toronto, Canada 20th April 1915

Interred in Villers Station Cemetery, Plot 10. Row F. Grave 10

 

Charles Maitland Stuart
Cadet, Royal Field Artillery

 

 

Died Pneumonia 5th December 1918
Aged 18

 

Born: Islandahoe, Dervock, 4th April 1900
Son of William Wallace Legge Stuart
Lived: Islandahoe and Glenmannus House, Portrush

Interred in family plot in Derrykeighan New Cemetery

Commemorated in Derrykeighan Parish Church

10482 Private John McGrattan
1st Bn. Irish Guards

Died of Wounds 6th January 1917
Aged 24

Born: Portrush 29th December 1893
Son of Captain (lost at sea April 1916) & Mrs. Hugh McGrattan

 

Interred in La Neuville Communal Cemetery, France

22957 Private James McGrattan
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 16th July 1917
Aged 26

Born: Bushmills 25th January 1891
Son of Captain and Mrs. Hugh McGrattan
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Randalstown

 

Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Proven

 

Cook James Hopkins
S. S. Tuscarora, Mercantile Marine

 

Killed in Action 9th September 1917

 

Born: Portrush
Son of John and Mary Hopkins, Causeway Street, Portrush

Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London

All records for the Merchant Navy were destroyed in 1969.

 

10490 Private Edward Leo Phair
1st Bn. Irish Guards

 

Died of Wounds 10th October 1917
Aged 25

 

Born: Cookstown
Son of Richard and Margaret Phair, 4 Brookvale Terrace, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine

Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Plot 9, Row J, Grave 4

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Church


266402 Private William John McClelland Cameron
8th Bn. Black Watch

 

Died of Wounds 13th October 1917
Aged 23

 

Born: Coleraine
Son of Annie Cameron, 89 Causeway Street, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Perth ? October 1915

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

Interred in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Westvletteren, Poperinge, Plot 9, Row F, Grave 19

 

PO 17953 Alexander Campbell Coburn
Royal Marine Light Infantry

 

Killed in Action 26th October 1917
Aged 21

 

Born: Portrush 16th March 1896
Son of James and Rebecca Coburn
Enlisted: Liverpool 6th October 1914

No known grave

Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

17998 L/Cpl. James Kane
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 21st March 1917
Aged 20

Born: Portrush
Son of James and Mary Kane, Carnalridge Cottages, Portrush
Enlisted: Ballymoney

Interred in Locre Churchyard Cemetery, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 23

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

John McGowan
Mercantile Marine S.S. Gretaston (Glasgow)

Lost at Sea 11th April 1917
Aged 58

Born: Ballywillan, Portrush
Son of Dan and Ann McGowan, Portrush
Survived by wife Rebecca
Lived: Glasgow

No known grave

Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London


5120 Private David Waldo Mullan
2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers, Formerly 13694 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 10th November 1917
Aged 33

 

Born: Ballymena
Son of Andrew M.D. and Mrs. Mullan
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Londonderry September 1914

No known grave

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial

 

1590 Rifleman John C. Smyth
8/9th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 23rd November 1917
Aged 19

 

Born: Portrush 1898
Lived: 46 Kerr Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Ballymena 1915

No known grave

Commemorated on Panel 10 of the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

2803 Rifleman Joseph Diamond
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died 9th February 1918
Aged 46

 

Born: Portrush
Enlisted: Belfast 1915
Left a wife and 6 children

Interred in Ballywillan Cemetery

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

18/1738 Rifleman Joseph Diamond Jun.
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 7th May 1918
Aged 22

 

Born: Portrush
Son of Joseph and Mary Diamond, Lower Kerr Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine 12th May 1916

Interred in Gwalia Cemetery, Plot 2, Row F, Grave 15

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, along with his father

38813 Private Archibald McFarlane
16th Bn. Royal Scots

Killed in Action 28th April 1917
Aged 20

Born: Glasgow
Son of Walter and Nellie McFarlane, 103 Wishart Street, Glasgow
Was raised in Portrush by his grandmother Mrs. Faith, Quarry Court, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Glasgow

No known grave

Commemorated on the Arras Memorial

Named on Portrush War Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

10264 Rifleman Joseph Alexander Watt
6th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 16th May 1917
Aged 29

Born: Portrush 9th January 1887
Son of James and Agnes Watt, Croc-na-mac, Portrush
Married Ellen, lived at The Rookery, Westcott, Dorking, Surrey
Lived: Dorking, Surrey
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece, Plot 7, Row B, Grave 2

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

17648 L/Cpl. John Foreman
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died 26th March 1918
Aged 24

 

Born: Portrush 28th September 1893
Son of John and Mary Ann ( McFetridge) Foreman
Enlisted: Ballymoney

No known grave
Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

27523 Private John Campbell McMullan
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 29th March 1918
Aged 19

 

Born: Ballylagan, Coleraine
Son of Sarah Jane McMullan
Lived: Ballylagan, Coleraine and Ballywatt, Dervock
Enlisted: Portrush

Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

24190 Sgt. David Sinclair
87th Co. Machine Gun Corps, formerly 4465 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Died of Wounds 11th April 1918
Aged 21

 

Born: Portrush
Son of William and Annie Sinclair, Ballywillan, Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Haverskerque Cemetery, Row C, Grave 5

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

6/3308 Corporal Jesse Edgar
1st Bn. Canterbury Regt. New Zealand Exp. Force

 

Killed in Action 27th April 1918
Aged 30

 

Born: Portrush 28th December 1887
Son of James Edgar
Lived: New Zealand
Enlisted: New Zealand 23rd August 1915

Interred in Bagneux Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 16

Commemorated in the Church at Ballywillan
Commemorated on family headstone in Ballywillan Old Cemetery

10418 Rifleman Samuel Ross
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 31st July 1917
Aged 26

Born: Portrush 28th January 1891?
Son of Samuel and Mary Ross
Enlisted: Coleraine September 1914

No known grave

Commemorated on the Menin Gate

Major Hazlett Samuel Allison
Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in Action 9th August 1917
Aged 23

Born: Fort Street, George, Madras, India 6th January 1894
Son of Col. Hazlett Allison and Mary Allison, Shola, Portrush

No known grave

Commemorated on the Menin Gate

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

12/7157 Rifleman James Hunter
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 29th May 1918
Aged 21

 

Lived: Portrush
Son of James Douglas Hunter, 84 Main Street, Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Foreste Communal Cemetery, Aisne, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 4

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church


29203 Private David Simpson Gilfillan
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, formerly 10483 Irish Guards

 

Died 7th July 1918
Aged 24

 

Born: Londonderry
Son of John and Sarah Gilfillan, 2 Mark Street, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Chauny Communal Cemetery, Aisne, Plot 4, Row B, Grave 36

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

S 18286 Private John Stewart
6th Bn. Black Watch

 

Killed in Action 20th July 1918
Aged 31

 

Born: Ballywillan, Portrush 1887
Son of Mrs. Mary Stewart, Glenmanus
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne

Named on Boys Brigade Roll of Honour in Portrush Presbyterian Church Hall

 

2378702 Private George Christy
8th Bn. Canadian Infantry Manitoba Regt.

 

Killed in Action 9th August 1918
Aged 22

 

Born: Portrush 15th March 1896
Son of Denis M. and Jane McCartney Christy, 8 Bath Terrace, Portrush
Lived: Portrush and Winnipeg
Enlisted: Winnipeg

Interred in Manitoba Cemetery, Caix, Somme, Row D, Grave 19

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

681087 Private Edward Campbell
170th Bn. Canadian Exp. Force

Killed in Action 9th August 1917
Aged 41

Born: Ballywillan, Portrush 26th April 1876
Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell
Lived: Toronto, Canada
Enlisted: Toronto, Canada 31st January 1916

No known grave

Commemorated on Vimy Memorial

Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

9416 Sgt. Hugh Benjamin Haslam
6th Bn. Connaught Rangers

Died of Wounds 26th August 1917
Aged 27

Born: Sherrygroom, Co. Tyrone
Lived: Belfast
Enlisted: Clydebank

Interred in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Plot 8, Row 1, Grave 19

His brother, Robert, also served but towards the end of the war was taken prisoner by the Germans and was only released after hostilities ceased. He survived the war.

Hugh is on the left of the photograph

 

P/8092 A/L/Cpl. William Govan
Corps of Military Police formerly 1176 North Irish Horse

 

Died of Wounds 22nd March 1918
Aged 24

 

Born: Edinburgh
Son of John and Sarah Govan, Gleniffer, Upper Ballysillan, Belfast
Joined police and served in Portrush
Lived: Belfast
Enlisted: Belfast

No known grave

Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial 7
Commemorated on Portrush War Memorial

 

Lieut. Hugo Burr Craig Watt M.C.
8th Bn. Attached 15th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

 

Killed in Action 24th August 1918
Aged 25

 

Born: Portrush 1893
Son of William and Catherine Watt
Lived: Canada
Enlisted: Fort Norman

No known grave

Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

 

Cpl. James George Rankin
105th Ammunition Column American Forces

 

Killed in Action 16th October 1918
Aged 32

 

Born: Portrush 9th May 1886
Son of John and Mrs. Rankin, Craighorn
Enlisted: Virginia

Interred in St. Mihiel American Cemetery, France, Plot A, Row 13, Grave 21

Commemorated in Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

 

18/952 Rifleman Samuel Nicholl
12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Died of Wounds 2nd December 1918
Aged 27

 

Born: Islandmore, Portrush 15th March 1891
Son of Robert and Eliza Nicholl, Islandmore
Lived: Coleraine
Enlisted: Portrush

Interred in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Plot 8, Row G, Grave 1

Commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

41403 Private John Edward Riddell
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, formerly 1603 North Irish Horse

Killed in Action 3rd August 1918
Aged 21

Born: Portrush 1st August 1897
Son of John and Mrs. Riddell
Enlisted: Ballymoney

Interred in Bertenacre Cemetery, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 7

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

Commemorated on Boys Brigade Plaque in Church Hall

8708 TS Trimmer Robert McFetridge
H.M.S. Satellite R.N.R.

Died 19th September 1919
Aged 21

Born: Portrush 1898
Son of Matthew and Ellen Jane McFetridge
Lived: Ballymacilvennon, Portrush
Enlisted: Portrush

Interred in Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush

Roberts older brother, William was taken prisoner in 21st March 1918 and not released until 27th November 1918

57547 L/Cpl. William Jubilee Maxwell
Royal Engineers

Died of TB 27th October 1919
Aged 32

Born: Bushmills 1887
Son of Robert and Mrs. Maxwell, Parkgate, Bushmills
Husband of Minnie Maxwell, 4 Upper Victoria Street, Portrush
Lived: Portrush
Enlisted: 15th September 1914

Interred in Dunluce Church of Ireland Churchyard, Bushmills

Worked for Giant's Causeway Electric Tramway Company (see below)

 

F 10042 POM John Herbert Wilson Millar
Royal Naval Air Service

 

 

Died 30th November 1919
Aged 31

Died of Pleurisy as a consequence of war service

 

Born: Garvagh 29th October 1888
Son of Thomas Millar of Inchaleen
Married Marjorie K. Strathdee
Lived: 52 Causeway Street, Portrush
Enlisted: 16th November 1915

Interred in Old Ballywillan Cemetery

Commemorated in Portrush Presbyterian Church

Employees of the Giants Causeway Electric Tramway 1910-1912

Back row (left to right): ?, Jim Alexander, ? Cochrane, Wm. Jubilee Maxwell (Died)
Middle row (left to right): Wm. McCurdy (Manager of Company), ?, ? Beverland, ?, ? McMullan, ? McNeill, ?, ?, W. J. Bacon (Died), Sam Smyth (KIA)
Front row (left to right): ? Beverland, ?

 

THANKS

A number of people need to be thanked for their help with this publication.

Firstly THE IRISH ROOMS in Coleraine, and in particular, the Librarian there, MARJORIE GEARY, for all the help with anything I needed/  She quite simply couldn't do enough.

SAMUEL McLEAN AND JAMES STRONGE

When I asked if I could go with the two of them on their annual holiday to the Western Front they very willingly agreed and so I had a memorable trip to see most of the Portrush graves.

THE FAMILIES CONCERNED

Although most of the families appear to have either left the Portrush district or died out, some of them still remain and to those families I am very grateful.  Nothing was too much trouble and I have been given the use of photographs which have been lovingly cared for over the last eighty years.

JIMMY TAYLOR

My good friend Jimmy Taylor, who lives in Wexford, Southern Ireland, has helped me on a number of occasions and is an expert on the Officers of the Royal Irish Rifles.

HUGH McGRATTAN

Hugh McGrattan has been a great help and willingly gave me every assistance with the men from Portrush.  Although he himself lost two Uncles in the Great War he did not confine himself to information on them alone but did everything he could to help with all of them.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

The local branch of the Royal British Legion in Portrush was extremely helpful and did everything they possibly could to help with the book and I was made very welcome.

The branch in Coleraine was also very helpful and allowed me to go through their records as many times as I wanted.  This made the job a lot easier and was much appreciated.

FERNAND VANROBAEYS

Fernand works in the Tourist Information Office in Ypres and has been very useful in the past with taking photographs which I did not find time to take or were too great a distance to travel in the time available.  I only need to ask and Fernand does the job willingly for me.  This happened again this year and Fernand at once set about getting the photographs I needed.  A great help indeed.

VERONIQUE BON

Veronique Works in the Tourist Office in Albert and when I asked if anyone from there would be willing to help with a number of photographs from that area she willingly volunteered, and suggested that her husband would be more than willing to help as well.  She also works as a guide on the Battlefields of the Somme during the Summer months and being the enterprising person that she is I had the photographs in a very short time.

LUC INION

Luc Inion was born close to Dozinghem Cemetery where two of the Portrush boys, Eddie Phair and William Cameron, are buried.  Some time ago he started to research all of the soldiers buried in the Cemetery and has built up a huge dossier on them.  If any reader has information they would like to pass on to Luc I would be most willing to do that for them.  So get in touch.

...........Robert Thompson

 robert@riversideroad.freeserve.co.uk