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Portstewart Heroes
1914 - 1918
by
Robert Thompson

1805 - 1806 - 1807 - 1808 - 1819 - 1843 - 1852 - 1861 - 1877 - 1880 - 1901 - 1907 - 1908 - 1910 - 1918   street directories
1913 Tel. directory     1824 Pigots (Belfast)  &  (Bangor)    1894 Waterford Directory     1898 Newry Directory

Compare - 1910-1911-1912 Street Directories - a couple of streets

 

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

Portstewart and the First World War

Introduction
Robert Thompson

   It has taken longer than I anticipated to research Portstewart War Memorial.  Many of the families are now no longer with us and a number of appeals in the local papers have brought only a few responses.  A number of names that do not appear on Portstewart War Memorial have been researched for various reasons and are included.

Portstewart War Memorial was unveiled by Lady Craig on Tuesday 11th November 1924 in a touching and impressive ceremony, R. A. C. Montagu was Chairman of the War memorial committee.  After the unveiling the names of the fallen were read by Col. H. T. Lyle.  The dedication ceremony was performed by the Very Rev. R. G. S. King, M.A., Dean of Derry.

In order that the ceremony could be carried out in peace and quiet the Main Street was closed to all traffic and a huge crowd enjoyed a beautiful warm Autumn day.

 

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



S/43162 Private John Taylor
2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

 

Died of Wounds 3rd November 1918
Aged 25

 

Born: Islandvarden, Coleraine
Son of James and Mary Taylor, Island Varden, Coleraine.

Awoingt British Cemetery, Plot 2, Row C, Grave 6

 

Ch/298 (S) Private John Gray
Chatham Bn. Royal Marine Light Infantry

Died of Wounds 3rd June 1915
Aged 29

 

Born: Coleraine 15th August 1886
Son of James and Sarah Gray, Burnside, Portstewart
Enlisted: Belfast 22nd September 1914

Interred in Chatby War Memorial Cemetery at Alexandria, Row M, Grave 162
Commemorated in Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart

14240 Sergeant John Hyland Upson
5th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1915
Aged 37

Born: Portstewart 6th June 1880
Son of Charles and Sarah Hyland Upson of Mount Oriel, Portstewart
Married
No known grave

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial
Commemorated in Agherton Parish Church

Lieut., Acting Captain, Henry Desmond O'Hara, D.S.O.
1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Killed in Action 30th August 1915

Born: Ballyduff, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny 21st May 1892
Son of Cecilia and W. J. O'Hara

Buried in Military Cemetery in Gibralter

12870 Drummer Thomas Hayes
6th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1915
Aged 25

Born: Portstewart 14th September 1889
Son of Robert and Sarah Hayes of Burnside, Portstewart
Enlisted: Coleraine August 1914
No known grave

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Panels 178-180
Commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church

Brother James also killed in war

27599 Private James Hayes
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 2nd July 1916
Aged 32

Born: Portstewart 28th September 1883
Son of Robert and Sarah Hayes of Burnside, Portstewart
Enlisted: Londonderry

Interred in Puchevillers Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 15

Commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church
Commemorated in Burnside Orange Hall

Brother Thomas also killed in war



12859 Private James Brennan
6th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

Killed in Action 16th August 1915
(spelt Brannon on CWGC)

 

Born: Portrush
Enlisted: Coleraine

No known grave

Commemorated on Helles Memorial Panel 178 to 180.

4476 Private William John Kilpatrick
5th Bn. Connaught Rangers

Killed in Action 28th August 1915
Aged 25

Born: 12th December 1888
Son of Robert and Eliza Kilpatrick, Tullaghmurry, Portstewart
No known grave

Commemorated on Helles Memorial
Commemorated Portstewart Presbyterian Church
Commemorated Burnside Orange Hall

 

Z/245 Chief Petty Officer Thomas McLaughlin
Nelson Bn., Royal Naval Division

Killed in Action 28th December 1915
Aged 27

 

Born: 28th November 1888
Son of James McLaughlin of Glasgow
Six years service in R.N.V.R. and re-enlisted 17th September 1914

No known grave
Commemorated Helles Memorial

3201 Private James Dumaresq
6th Bn. Royal Irish Regiment

Killed in Action 3rd April 1916
Aged 37

Born: Portstewart 26th July 1878
Son of James Charles and Sarah Ann Dumaresq

Interred in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 2

James Hayes

Thomas Hayes

James McCurdy

John Gray

William Kirkpatrick

Allan Martin

Aron McVicker

Edmund Scott

William Joseph Sinclair

John Sinclair

ROLL OF HONOUR - Burnside L.O.L. No. 721

The undersigned members of above Lodge - served their King & Country in the Great World War 1914 - 1915 - 1916 - 1917 - 1918

Stephen Doran

James Doole

Thomas Martin

Peter Sheridan

Arthur Logan

Joseph McLean

Joseph Gilbert

James McCready

Henry Hamilton

Joseph Hamilton

18638 Corporal William Millar
109th Machine-Gun Corps (Infantry)

Killed in Action 8th May 1916
Aged 27

Born: Portstewart 14th October 1888
Son of William and Jane Miller, Heathmount, Portstewart.
Enlisted Finner Camp, Co. Donegal

Interred in Authuille Cemetery, Row D, Grave 57

Commemorated St. Patrick's Parish Church, Coleraine
Named on Portstewart War Memorial

339201 Gunner Daniel Martin Miller
68th and 35th Battery, 10th Bde., Canadian Field Artillery

 

Died 14th March 1918
Aged 32

Born: Portstewart 15th March 1885
Son of William and Jane Miller of Heathmount, Portstewart.
Enlisted Canadian Forces at Vancouver 23rd August 1916.

Interred Abbeville Cemetery, Plot 3, Row G, Grave 24.

Named on Portstewart War Memorial

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

Died of Wounds 26th May 1916
Aged 32

Born: Portstewart
Son of William and Mrs. Smyth
Enlisted Belfast September 1914
Worked Causeway Tramway Company

Interred Authuille Military Cemetery, Row D, Grave 33.

Commemorated Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush
other employees of the Tramway Company who died..
Charles Esdale  KIA 1.7.16 Conductor
William Morrow KIA 1.7.16 Flagman
Hugh McCallum KIA 1.7.16 Flagman
Samuel Speers Died 7.7.16 Conductor
Isaac B. McAllister DOW 14.7.16 Flagman

19870 Private Thomas Kyle
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 9th November 1916
Aged 21

Born: Bellemont, Co. Londonderry
Son of Mr. & Mrs. Kyle, Roselick, Portstewart
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred Pond Farm Cemetery, Row E, Grave 13

 

Ply 17670 Private Henry McGowan
Plymouth Contingent R.M.L.I., Royal Naval Division

Killed in Action 21st June 1916
Aged 17

 

Born: Portstewart 22nd March 1899 (gave false DOB)
Son of Daniel and Hannah McGowan in Portstewart,
Enlisted: Belfast 11th November 1914

Interred Aix-Noulette Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 10

 

19074 Private Samuel Sinclair
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 5th December 1917
Aged 21

 

Born: Agherton
Son of William James and Ellen Sinclair, Cappagh, Portstewart.
Enlisted: Coleraine

Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval.

Commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church

Agherton Parish Memorial Bells

In Agherton Parish Church a single bell existed and was renewed in 1885.  Then after the Great War a Memorial Peal was installed.  The four bells are a magnificent memorial to those of the congregation who gave their lives.  The bells are inscribed as follows.

1. Agherton Parish Memorial Bells to the fallen of the Great War 1914-1918.
Portstewart Diocese of Connor, July 1918, Edward Russell Moncrief, Rector. T.C.D. and St. John's, London.
2. War Declared with Germany, August 1914
3. Victor secured November 1918.
4. Peace signed June 1919. Halelujah, Amen.

 

15303 L/Cpl. Robert Bacon
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 1st July 1916
Aged 27

 

Born: Portstewart 23rd May 1889
Eldest son of Robert and Mary Jane Bacon of Agherton, Portstewart.
Married  and with 2 children, Mary Irene and John
Enlisted: Portstewart

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Commemorated Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart

13775 Private William John Spence
11th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 2nd July 1916
Aged 35

Born: Portstewart 13th March 1881
Son of James and Sarah Spence, Coleraine Road, Portstewart.
Enlisted: Belfast

Interred Connaught Cemetery

1914 Pro Deo, Rege et Patria 1918

To the Glory of God and in Proud & Grateful Remembrance of the men from this parish, who gave their lives for us in The Great War of 1914 - 1918
The Chime of Bells & This Tablet are Erected.

Their names are:-

Capt. John P. Charles, M.C., R.A.M.C.
Capt. T. H. Gatchell, M.C. British R.A.M.C.
Sergt. John Hyland Upson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Corp. William Millar, Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers
Lance Corp. Robert Bacon,
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Gunner Daniel M. Millar, Canadian Artillery
Gunner James Boyd, Royal ? Artillery
Private Henry McGowan, Royal M. L. Infantry
Private Thomas James Finlay, M.M.R.,
Inniskilling Fusiliers
Private John Gray, Naval Brigade
Private William John McGugan,
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Private William Spence,
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Private Thomas Kyle,
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

To the Glory of God and in Grateful Remembrance of the men from this parish, who gave their lives for us in The World War of 1939 - 1945
The Choir Stalls and This Tablet are Erected.

Sgt. Dallas Boyce, R.A.F.                          Rfn. John H. Nelson, R.U.R. (Airborne)
Sgt. J. Sheriff Kennedy, R.A.F.                  L/Cpl. William Wilson, R. Innis. Fus.

6070 Private William McMichael
3rd Bn. Irish Guards

Died of Wounds 31st January 1917
Aged 26
Born: Clydebank, Glasgow
only son of Mrs. McMichael of Cromore, Portstewart
Enlisted: Coleraine 1914

Interred Paisley (Hawkhead) Cemetery, Row G, Grave 3.

Commemorated Portstewart Presbyterian Church

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

Killed in Action 21st March 1917
Aged 20
Born: Portrush
Enlisted: Ballymoney
Son of Mary Kane, Carnalridge Cottage, Portrush.

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

Commemorated Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush

 

87614 Gunner John Vincent Frederick Leyden
276th Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Killed in Action 10th April 1917
Aged 29

 

Born: St. Giles, Edinburgh. 10th April 1888
Enlisted: Glasgow
Married to Florence with one child.

Interred in Villers Station Cemetery, Plot 6, Row J, Grave 17

 

43319 Gunner James Boyd
301 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Killed in Action 7th August 1917
Aged 28

 

Born: Ballywillan 31st January 1887
Son of John and Sarah Jane Boyd (nee Dourish), Mullaghacall, Portstewart
Enlisted: Coleraine August 1914

Interred in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 54

15517 Private Thomas James Finlay MM
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in Action 26th June 1917
Aged 23
Born: Ballyaghran 8th November 1893
Son of John and Rebecca Finlay, Burnside, Portstewart.
Enlisted: Portrush September 1914

Interred in Oostaverne Wood Cemetery, Wytschaete, Plot 1, Row C, Grave 2

7911 Private William John McGugan
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of Wounds 2nd August 1917
Aged 33
Born: Aghadowey
Son of William McGugan, Aghadowey.
Married Adelaide Hutchinson and living at Cromore.
Enlisted: Omagh

Interred in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Plot 4, Row A, Grave 52.

A very sad story where not only William died but also his wife and 2 young children.

 

4819 DA Deck Hand Alexander Williamson
RNR H.M.S. Prize

Killed in Action 14th August 1917
Aged 21

 

Born: 26th April 1896
Son of Alexander and Susan Williamson, 154 Harmony Row, Govan, Glasgow.
Grandfather lived in Portstewart.
Joined the Royal Navy 23rd January 1915

Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial

 

Lieut/Temporary Captain James Harcourt Cecil Gatchell, R.A.M.C., M.C., C. DE. G.
Attd. 11th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment

Killed in Action 27th September 1917

 

Born: Donemore
Son of Rev. Dr. James H. Gatchell and Lousia Josephine who had a summer residence in Tullaghmurry, Portstewart.

Interred Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium, Enclosure 4, Plot 6, Row D. Grave 11

Commemorated on Plaque in Earlsgift Parish Church

 

6543 Private Leslie Ellis Mann
1st Bn. Australian Infantry

 

Killed in Action 4th October 1917
Aged 28

 

Born: January 1889 Drumlamph, Castledawson.
Son of Henry and Mrs. Mann.
Enlisted: 19th April 1916 N.S.Wales

No known grave

Commemorated on Menin Gate
His name does not appear on Portstewart War Memorial but as he was living in Portstewart for a considerable time before the start of the Great War I felt that his story should be included. R.T.

 

7344 Private Manus McFadden
6th Bn. Connaught Rangers


Killed in Action 20th November 1917
Aged 17

 

Born: Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal
Son of Michael and Nancy McFadden, Golan, Milford, Co. Donegal.
Enlisted: Coleraine

Interred in Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Plot 1. Row D, Grave 18

Worked on Portstewart

his brother Daniel was also killed in action, he had been living in Scotland, Daniel is buried in Meath Cemetery, Plot 2, Row C, Grave 6.

Lieut. John James Percival Charles M.C.
Attd. 1/1 Hertfordshire Regiment

Died of Wounds 6th October 1917
Aged 33
Born: Portstewart 1884
Son of Professor John James and Henrietta Madeline Charles, Crescent, Portstewart.
Joined R.A.M.C. in August 1914

Interred in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Plot 7, Row A, Grave 29

Memorial Tablet in Agherton parish Church inscribed:-

'In loving memory of J. J. Charles, M.D., D.Sc., died 10th August 1912 and his sons, Captain Godfrey E. Charles, Indian Medical Services, died 28th September 1907, and Captain J. P. Charles, M.C., R.A.M.C., died at Boulogne 6th October 1917 of wounds received at the third Battle of Ypres.'

2998 Sergeant David McCandless
31st Bn. Australian Infantry

Died of Wounds 29th September 1918
Aged 42
Born: Portstewart 2nd June 1876
Son of David and Nancy McCandless, Warren Cottage, Portstewart
Enlisted: 5th February 1916 N.S. Wales

Commemorated at Villers Brettoneux
Commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church
David standing

 

28182 Private James McCurdy
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Killed in Action 29th March 1918
Aged 31

 

Born: Agherton 21st February 1887
Son of James and Mary McCurdy, Mullaghacall, Portstewart
Enlisted: Portstewart

No known grave
Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church
Commemorated in the Orange Hall, Burnside

 

297140 Aircraftman Robert John Burke
Royal Air Force

 

Died Pneumonia 10th October 1918
Aged 19

 

Born: 1899
Son of William John and Susan Burke who lived at the Tramway Depot, Portstewart.
Volunteered for Service September 1918

Buried Agherton Cemetery

Commemorated Portstewart Presbyterian Church

 

40838 L/Cpl. William James Reid
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

 

Killed in Action 14th October 1918
Aged 25

 

Born: Portstewart 1893
Son of Daniel and Margaret Ann Reid, Church Street, Portstewart
Enlisted: Antrim

Interred in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 17

Commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church

 

23171 2nd Cpl. Thomas Orr Simpson Shields
49th Air Line Section, Royal Engineers

 

Died Influenza 8th December 1918
Aged 25


Son of Robert and Ellen Shields, Carnalbanagh, Portstewart

Interred in Dar-es-Salaam Cemetery, East Africa, Plot 7, Row D, Grave 3

 

Chaplain Walter Philip Montagu
22nd Brigade R.G.A.

 

Died of Wounds 31st October 1918
Aged 32

 

Born: 7th May 1886
Son of Robert Acheson Cromie Montagu, D.D., Lieut Commander, Royal navy, of Cromore, Portstewart.

Interred in Awoingt Cemetery, Plot 3, Row A, Grave 1.



Lieut. Alexander Cyril Montagu
Royal Navy, H.M.S. Bulwark

Killed in Action 26th November 1914
Aged 24

 

Born: Portstewart 17th September 1890
Joined: Royal Navy 15th May 1908

Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 1.

 

2nd Lieut. Joseph Doherty
113th Heavy Bty. R.G.A.

 

Killed in Action 3rd July 1916
Aged 34

 

Son of Charles and Fanny Doherty, Coleraine

Interred in Couin British Cemetery, Plot 2, Row A, Grave 5

Commemorated in St. John's R. C. Chapel, Killowen

Edward Martin
20th April 1884

The reason for Edward Martin being named on the War Memorial has not become clear. There is no record of his death in action in the Commonwealth War Graves site. Neither is he named in 'Soldiers Died' nor in Irelands Memorial Records. This leads me to believe that although he had served his country in the Great War he was not killed in action but more likely to have died from war wounds after the war was over.

Private John McFall
6th Bn. Black Watch

Killed in Action 25th July 1916
Born: Camus, Coleraine
Son of Robert John and Mrs. McFall
Enlisted: Perth

Interred in Flat Iron Copse Cemetery

there is extensive information on this young man in Robert's book

Robert John and Mrs.. McFaul/McFall

 

THANKS

Various people have helped with the project and need to be thanked.

They include...

Steven Lockerbie of Johnstone in Scotland

Alan Tuppen of Leicester

Keith Haines of Belfast

Steve Law of London

Jimmy Taylor of Wexford

Pat Gariepy of the USA

Brian Hoggard of Somme - Normandy Tours

If there are others that I have not mentioned it is not intentional and I hope they will understand.

Robert Thompson