Ballywalter, County Down

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Located at the junction of Main Street and Harbour Road

Ballywalter

County Down

BT22 2JP

Northern Ireland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Serviceman/woman sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
  • Northern Ireland
About the memorial: War Memorial is located at the junction of Main Street (A2) and Harbour Road at a place known locally as the Rock.The Monument represents a Rifleman standing to arms, and is of cast bronze, and was executed by Mr. P. C. Bantham, R.B.A., London. The figure is erected upon a pedestal made from granite from Newcastle, County Down. The architects, Messrs. Munce and Kennedy, gave their services free- a consideration which was much appreciated. Major General Cameron, C.B., D.S.O., said he had been requested, as commander of the British troops in Ulster, to say a few words before the Memorial was unveiled. In his speech he said. “One felt directly one met the Ulster Division that they had amongst them men who were not only admirable fighters but excellent citizens, well conducted and well disciplined, because they were drawn together from a sense of duty, and their hearts were in the great cause. He felt that the Division pre-eminently represented the New Army, which brought together citizens of all classes, professions and trades, who instinctively recognised that it was their duty to sacrifice all and take up arms for Righteousness.” The number of men who had volunteered for service, represented a remarkably high proportion of the population. The Honourable Harry Mulholland then announced the following names as set out on the plinth, who had sacrificed their lived for King and Country: -
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IN EVER LASTING MEMORY OF THE MEN OF BALLYWALTER DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

All information is provided in good faith but, on occasions errors may occur. Should this be the case, if new information can be verified please supply it to the author and corrections will then be made. This memorial has been compiled with additional information by kind permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and from Ancestry.co.uk KILLED IN ACTION ADAIR, John Lance Corporal 17/765. 10th Royal Irish Rifles died 14/11/1916. He is at rest in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium BOYLE, Alex. Private 6769, 20th Australian Infantry AustralianImperial Force died 11/8/1918. He is at rest in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France. CARPENTER, Robert. Rifleman 181766, 11th Royal Irish Rifles, died 26/12/1916. He is at rest in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord France. CROMIE, David. Rifleman 16359, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds 4/8/1917. He was born in Ballywallter on the 21st May 1880to William and Ann of the Cross, County Down . He is at rest in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. CORRY, Edward. Rifleman 188292, 13th Royal Irish Rifles killed in action on the 1/7/1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. DORRIAN, James. Private 291603, 44th Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Killed in action17/2/1918. He is at rest in Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain-St.Nazaire, France GUNNING, Walter. Lance Corporal 18990, 13 Royal Irish Rifles died 1/7/1916 aged 32. He was the son of Hugh and Mary Ann Gunning, of Ballywalter and he was the husband of Mary S. Gunning, of Ballywalter, Co. Down. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. GUNNING, George Goulter. Bandsman 6897, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles died 27/9/1914 aged 28. He was the husband of Elizabeth Gunning, of Springvale, Ballywalter, Co. Down, Ireland. He is at rest in Terincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France JOHNSTON, Thomas. Rifleman 19038, 13th Royal Irish Rifles died 16/8/1917 aged 20. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Johnston, of The Warren, Ballywalter, Co. Down. He is at rest in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. MULHOLLAND, The honourable Andrew Edward Somerset. Captain 1st Irish Guards died 1/11/1914 aged 32. He was the son of 2nd Baron Dunleath and Baroness Dunleath, of Ballywater Park, Co. Down, Ireland and he was the husband of Lady Joan Mulholland (now Countess of Cavan), of 22, Great Cumberland Place, London. He is at rest in Ypres Town Cemetery, Belgium. MURPHY, Robert. Master Mariner, Mercantile Marine on ship Lough Fisher died 30/3/1918 aged 37. He was the son of William John Murphy, of Ballywalter, Co. Down and he was the husband of Jeannie Murphy, of 1, Dunleath Terrace, Ballywalter, Co. Down. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. O’NEILL, John. Rifleman 19157, 13th Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action 1/7/1917. He was a native of Ballywalter and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. ORR, Andrew. Private 55918, 19th Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was born on the 17th August 1883 and died 31/7/1916 aged 33. He is at rest in Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium. PEAKE, William John (Military Medal) (memorial has John)Corporal 19168, 13th Royal Irish Rifles died 1/7/1916 aged 24. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Peake, of Ballywalter Park, Ballywalter, Co. Down. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. PEAKE, Reuben. Rifleman 7611, 7th Royal Irish Rifles killed in action 8/8/1917. He was the son of Bessie who was granted a war gratuity on the 16th November 1918, revised on the 10th November 1919. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. REGAN, Robert. Rifleman 19183, 13th Royal Irish Rifles killed in action 1/7/1916. He was the son of John and Elizabeth of 23 Springvale. His father was granted a war gratuity on the 13th September 1917. He is at rest in A.I.F.Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France. THOPMPSON, Robert . Sergeant 201703 (memorial has Company Sergeant Major) 1/4th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment killed in action 20/9/1917. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. WHYTE, James Gordon, Lance Corporal 9265, 15th Royal Irish Rifles died 23/11/1917. He was born and raised in Ballywalter, and he was the son of Mary. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France DIED KERR, James, Rifleman 19048, 13th Royal Irish Rifles died of disease 13th June 1921 aged 24. He was the son of Hugh and Jane and he is at rest in Grey Abbey Cemetery, County Down, Northern Ireland. McDOWELL, John, Rifleman 18272, 13th Royal Irish Rifles. In 1911 he was living at 66, Ballywalter, County Down. He died on the 18th April 1915 aged 19. Some notes from what remains of his army record. He joined on the 24th September 1914 aged 19 and 4 months at Belfast and later he was posted as Private 18272 to the Down Volunteer, 13th Service Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles to Clandeboye Camp, Clandeboye, near Bangor County Down. His occupation was a labourer and he lived with his parents at Ballywalter. His father, William was his next of kin, ( his mother was called Elizabeth). On the 2nd March 1915 still at Clandeboye he was medically discharged from the army as unfit on account of pulmonary tuberculosis of left apex. He is not listed with the CWGC but he may have died in 1915 aged 19. The Irish BMD shows a death entry for a John Mc Dowell aged 19 in the quarter April-June 1915 at Newtownards , Ireland. PRITCHARD, William John. Rifleman 19171, 13th Royal Irish Rifles died on the 26th October 1914. He was the son of W and Mrs Pritchard of Ballywalter, County Down. He is at rest in Grey Abbey Cemetery, County Down, Northern Ireland REGAN, Samuel Hugh. Rifleman 19177, 13th Royal Irish Rifles He was born in 1894 in the Registration District of Newtownards, married in 1910 in the same registration district. In 1911 he was living with his wife Elizabeth aged 18 at 8, Springvale, Ballywalter, he was aged 24. Some notes from what remains of his army record. He joined up on the 17th September 1914 and was posted to Clandeboye Camp, near Bangor County Down. He gave his address as Tullycaney, County Down, occupation a labourer, aged 29 and 2 months and his wife was called Elizabeth. His next of kine was his wife Elizabeth and she is now living at Ballywalter Park, Ballywalter. While at the camp it fell ill and on the 16th March 1915 he was discharged under Para 392 (III)(CC) King's Regulations. On the 14th August 1917 he was on a medical board. He was discharged from the army as being physically unfit due to pulmonary tuberculosis which originated in February 1915 while at Clendeboye Camp. He complaint can be attributed to ordinary military service. He died on the 28th February 1918, as stated on Army From 36. 'Death of Pensioner' He left a widow and two children. Kathlee born 1st February 1912, Mary Ann born 19th December 1913, died date unknown and Samuel, born (looks like 20) April 1917. WARD, George Augustus Crosbie. (OBE) Captain, Royal Navy Born 1865 to Captain, The honourable Somerset Richard Hamilton Augustus Ward and Norah Mary Elizabeth Hill. He was married to Helen Margaret Joan, nee Worsley and he lived at Newcastle, County Down. On the 6th April 1920 he died at Hinde Street, Manchester Square, Middlesex. He entered into the navy as Cadet on the 15th January 1879. London Gazette dated 30 April 1889. He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant London Gazette dated 2nd January 1902 he was promoted to Lieutenant. 'Death is swallowed up in Victory' Separate Plaque WW2 In everlasting memory of BELSHAW, James McNeilly. Carpenter, Merchant Navy on S.S. Kenbane Head (Belfast). He was born on the 9th July 1908 and died at sea on the 5th November 1940 aged 36. He was the husband of Jane of Ballywalter, County Down. The ship was sunk by enemy shell fire from German battlecruiser . He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. CROMIE, Harry. (CWGC have Henry and Sapper) Lance Corporal 1888355, 3rd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, died 23rd March 1942. He was the son of Thomas and Eva of Ballywalter. He is commemorated on the Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya. CROMIE, David. Stoker 1st Class, D/KX15720, Royal Navy on H.M.S. Abdiel died on the 10th September 1943 aged 19. The ship was sunk by mines in the Taranto harbour, Italy. He was the son of Albert and Agnes Cromie, of Ballywalter, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. CROMIE, Robert. Gunner 1476595, 5th Battery, 2nd Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery died 20th June 1942 aged 33. He was the son of Robert and Martha Cromie, of Ballywalter, Co. Down, Northern Ireland; husband of Edith A. Cromie, of Ballywalter. He is at rest in Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. Killed in action in the 1939 - 1945 war. Post WW2 BIRCH, John, Private 24469635, 3rd Ulster Defence Regiment killed 9th April 1990 aged 28. He was killed by 1000 lb IRA landmine detonated by command wire as two land rovers passed. The explosion left a crater 50 feet long, 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Three of his colleagues died with him, Lance Corporal John Bradley, Private Michael Adams and Private Steven Smart. It was the Regiments largest single loss of life since four soldiers were killed in July 1983. John had previous service in the Irish Guards. His third child was born 4 months after his death. 184th UDR soldier to be killed. He is at rest in Whitechurch Cemetery, Ballywalter, County Down http://www.udrassociation.co.uk/roll_of_honour.php?id=51

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