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Casualties
No Mem Ref Service No Rank Name Regiment / Service Battalion Date Of Death
1 01-A 410683 Sgt. Bell, Richard Canadian Infantry 38th Battalion 30/10/1917
2 01-B 2nd Lt Tottenham, Arthur Henry Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 27/06/1916
3 02-A 447394 L/Corp Roberts, George Canadian Machine Gun Corps 7th Company 10/04/1917
4 02-B 4426 Pte. Fitzpatrick, Bernard Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 21/08/1915
5 03-A 476327 Corp Lucas M.M., James Fort Garry Horse 09/04/1918
6 03-B L/Corp Gray, James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 24/02/1922
7 04-A Trooper Hamilton, Harry (ww1) Inniskilling Dragoons
8 04-B 20321 Pte. Hagan, Hugh Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Battalion 21/03/1918
9 05-A 11163 Sgt. McGuffin, James Lancashire Fusiliers 15th Battalion 13/09/1917
10 05-B 8172 Pte. Arbuthnot, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 16/05/1915
11 06-A 12238 R/man McKinley, George Knox New Zealand Rifle Brigade 4th Battalion 03/10/1916
12 06-B 17838 L/Corp Burrows, George Royal Irish Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
13 07-A Capt Johnston, William Vincent Royal Army Medical Corps 12/12/1917
14 07-B 27452 Pte. Harkin, Charles Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 22/03/1918
15 08-A 881 Reg SM Davis, Joy Royal Army Service Corps 27/08/1920
16 08-B 26543 Pte. Jones, Francis Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Battalion 30/04/1916
17 09-A 11602 Pte. Donnelly, Patrick Royal Dublin Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 26/04/1915
18 09-B 18619 Pte. Montgomery, Thomas Machine Gun Corps 109th Company 01/07/1916
19 10-A 6860 R/man McGill, Owen Royal Irish Rifles 1st Battalion 25/09/1915
20 10-B 13620 Pte. McCauley, George Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 17/08/1917
21 11-A 79839 Farrier Carbery, Francis Royal Field Artillery 32nd Div. Ammunition Col. 01/04/1917
22 11-B 13569 Pte. Roberts, Thomas James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
23 12-A EMT/57074 Sgt. Lynn M.M., James Royal Army Service Corps 906th Company 07/08/1920
24 12-B 23244 Pte. Roberts, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 06/12/1917
25 13-A Gnr Ingham, Francis Bernard Royal Garrison Artillery 22/03/1922
26 13-B 22618 Pte. Stafford, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 21/11/1916
27 14-A 2nd Lt Tottenham M.C., Edward Lowry Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 11th Battalion 09/04/1916
28 14-B Pte. McGurk, Michael (ww1) Unknown
29 15-A 26/1443 Pte. Conlan, Andrew Northumberland Fusiliers 26th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion. 28/04/1917
30 15-B 163 Pte. Freeman, George 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers 26/03/1918
Location
Town : Dungannon
Latitude : 54.50472
Lontitude : -6.768944
Date Unveiled : 11/11/1922
Dungannon War Memorial is situated in the Market Square in the centre of the shopping area of the town

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Memorial History
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 14 August 1919: Dungannon War Memorial. To the Editor of Courier and News
Sir, Will you good enough to grant me sufficient space to bring before your readers the claims of the Dungannon War Memorial Fund, which is being raised to perpetuate the memory of these soldiers from our town and district who gave their lives in the Great War. It has been decided that the Memorial should take the form of a statue of a soldier in full fighting kit, to be erected on a pedestal in the Market Square. A very generous response has been made already by means of a house to house collection, and a sum of about £1000 has been obtained or promised. A further sum of £500, however is urgently required in order that the Memorial may be carried out in a manner worthy of the men whose valour and sacrifice have preserved for us, all that we hold dear. We wish it to be known that the names of fallen soldiers to be engraved upon the Memorial, will not be confined to those who came from the town of Dungannon alone, but all men who belonged to this neighbourhood (for several miles around) and made the supreme sacrifice, will have this permanent and honourable tribute to their memory. For this reason we now specially appeal to residents in the country to subscribe to the Fund, in order that they may have a personal interest in the Memorial to our noble dead, and that the work may be completed without delay. Signed on behalf of the committee. Fred C Mann. Chairman.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 5th October 1922
It has been arranged to unveil Dungannon War Memorial on Armistice Day (11 November) and the Urban Council have decided to request the business people to close their premises from 10 o’clock to 12 o’clock that day.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 2nd November 1922
Dungannon and District War Memorial is in the course of erection in Market Square, and the unveiling ceremony is to take place on Armistice Day, 11 November, by the Countess of Ranfurly. The ceremony will commence at 10.30 am, when the names of the fallen, which are inscribed on the monument, will be read. Then will follow an address by Brigadier General Ricardo, C.M.G., D.S.O. At 9.45am sharp, all ex-service men in the town and district wearing their medals, are requested to parade at Northland Row, and afterwards march in procession to the Square under the command of Major Robert Stevenson. A detachment of military with band, and also the Royal Ulster Constabulary under Co. Inspector Regan and Colonel J K McClintock, C.B.E., will take part. After the unveiling at 11 o’clock a solemn two minutes silence will be observed and the Last Post and Reveille having been sounded, a space will be kept clear around the memorial so that all those who wish may lay wreaths or other floral emblems on the steps of the pedestal. It is requested that all business establishments in the town will close during the ceremony on the 11th November.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 16th November 1922
DUNGANNON WAR MEMORIAL. Impressive Unveiling Ceremony. List of those Remembered. Great number of floral tributes.
When the call to arms sounded during the early stages of the Great War, the men of Dungannon and district nobly responded. They went forth in hundreds to fight for King and country and many never returned. That their sacrifice should not be forgotten is only right and there stands in Market Square a Memorial as a fitting tribute to the memory of the gallant heroes, and it was unveiled on Saturday last. The occasion was the fourth celebration of that memorable Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.
This beautiful memorial has been erected at a cost of 1700 pounds and is the work of Mr F W Pomeroy, R.A., London. A bronze figure of a soldier representing victory standing about 8 ft. 6 ins. in height is mounted on a large pedestal of Stancliffe stone on which are four bronze panels containing the names of the fallen. On two of the panels are the names of men who served in the Royal Inniskilling fusiliers. The total height of the monument is 18 ft 6 ins. and it weighs about thirty tons.
Dr F C Mann, Chairman of the Memorial committee and Mr W McGuffin, secretary, are deserving of a large share of the credit in connection with the erection of the memorial. They spared neither time nor trouble in bringing the matter to a successful issue, but their efforts would have been in vain had it not been for a generous public who subscribed the large sum necessary. It is a creditable achievement for Dungannon, when other neighbouring towns such as Omagh, Armagh, Cookstown or Portadown have not yet erected a public memorial.
The scene at the unveiling ceremony was solemn and impressive and all the details were carried through with precision. At 9.45am about fifty picked men of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in county Tyrone under County Inspector Regan, and Captain Walshe, District Inspector, Dungannon, and fifty members of ‘A’ Special Constabulary under Co. Commandant Col. McClintock and Captain Maynard, Dungannon, formed up at Northland Terrace. Here also 200 ex-servicemen paraded in charge of Major Robert Stevenson and Major T C H Dickson, M.C., All marched to the Square headed by a detachment of the Warwickshire Regiment from Armagh with band. Lieutenant Colonel Yatman officer commanding the troops at Omagh and Staff Major C A M Alexander, M.C., representing the royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were present together with four men of that regiment who occupied positions at each corner of the memorial.
In a space at the rear of the memorial, the local troops of Boy Scouts were drawn up in command of Scout Master Robert Howard, and nearby were the Girl Guides in charge of Miss E Wilson, while behind were places some hundreds of school children with their teachers from the schools of the town and surrounding districts. In addition to the Earl and Countess of Ranfurly, Lady Constance Milnes Gaskell was present.
In front of the memorial, a space was reserved for the relatives of the fallen and behind them were the ex-service men.
List of the Fallen
Dr F C Mann said it was his melancholy but proud duty as chairman of Dungannon War Memorial Committee to read the list of the fallen of Dungannon and district, whose names were inscribed on the memorial, as follows:-
bullet Australian Imperial Forces, Private James Daly
bullet Australian Imperial Forces, Private Thomas Gates
bullet Canadians, Major W H D Bennett
bullet Canadians, Sergeant George Roberts
bullet Canadians, Corporal George P Coleman
bullet Canadians, Private James Arthurs
bullet Canadians, Private R L Campbell
bullet Canadians, Private Walter Curry
bullet Canadians, Private George Hadden
bullet Canadians, Private Thomas Johnston
bullet Canadians, Private Robert G Lawson
bullet Canadians, Private Robert Neville
bullet Coldstream Guards, Captain Viscount Northland
bullet Connaught Rangers, Lieutenant D A Greer
bullet Connaught Rangers, Lance Corporal Thomas Walsh
bullet East Yorkshire Regiment, Lieutenant Hewitt Huggard
bullet 8th Hussars, Corporal William Fairbairn
bullet Indian Army, Major Henry N Kelly
bullet Inniskilling Dragoons, Lance Corporal E M McManus
bullet Inniskilling Dragoons, Trooper Harry Hamilton
bullet Inniskilling Dragoons, Trooper William Sloan
bullet Inniskilling Dragoons, Trooper Alexander Watt
bullet Irish Guards, Private John Gray
bullet Irish Guards, Private Eugene O’Neill
bullet Irish Guards, Private John J Ormsby
bullet Irish Guards, Private Thomas Woods
bullet Kings Royal Rifles, Private William N Hobson
bullet Lancashire Fusiliers, Lieutenant Edwin S Frizelle
bullet Lancashire Fusiliers, Sergeant James McGuffin
bullet London Irish Rifles, Private John Alexander Doonan
bullet London Rifle Brigade, Sergeant William A Roulston, D.C.M
bullet New Zealand Forces, Private W D Dunwoody
bullet New Zealand Forces, Private George McKinley
bullet New Zealand Forces, Private Robert Sloan
bullet Nurse Emily Gray
bullet Nurse A Shortt
bullet Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps, Alicia Watt
bullet Royal Air Force, Lieutenant James M Andrews
bullet Royal Air Force, Lieutenant Wilfred Hodge
bullet Royal Air Force, Private Walter Montgomery
bullet Royal Army Service Corps, Regimental Sergeant Major Joy Davis
bullet Royal Army Medical Corps, Captain Bernard S Browne
bullet Royal Army Medical Corps, Captain William Cummings
bullet Royal Army Medical Corps, Captain William Vincent Johnston
bullet Royal Army Medical Corps, Private Robert Jeffs
bullet Royal Artillery, Private P Gartland
bullet Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Lieutenant Alfred M Rose-Cleland
bullet Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Private Francis Fitzpatrick
bullet Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Private John Toner
bullet Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Private Patrick Donnelly
bullet Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Private Owen Magill
bullet Royal Engineers, Captain Charles Newell
bullet Royal Engineers, Pioneer Richard J Arthurs
bullet Royal Engineers, Sapper John Knox
bullet Royal Engineers, Sapper James Joseph Leonard
bullet Royal Engineers, Sapper William Lewis
bullet Royal Field Artillery, Driver Robert Lynn
bullet Royal Field Artillery, Gunner Thomas Rutherford
bullet Royal Field Artillery, Gunner George Henry Wright
bullet Royal Garrison Artillery, Lieutenant Alex McCrea
bullet Royal Garrison Artillery, Gunner Francis Bernard Ingham
bullet Royal Garrison Artillery, Gunner Joseph P Sands
bullet Royal Garrison Artillery, Bombardier John McKenna
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Captain Vincent A Acheson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Captain William T Dickson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lieutenant Laurence C Brown
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lieutenant William Porter
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lieutenant Joseph Stewart
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Sergeant John Milligan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Sergeant John Quinn
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Sergeant Patrick J Weir
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Corporal H V S Donaldson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Corporal Robert Gallery
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Corporal T J Allen Hunter
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Corporal John Kee
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Corporal William Milligan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Corporal Robert Taylor
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance Corporal George Caddoo
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance Corporal George Farr
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance Corporal James J Magee
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance Corporal William McMenemy
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance Corporal Joseph Quinn D.C.M
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance Corporal James Gray
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Robert H Anderson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Robert Averall
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William Best
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Andrew Boyd
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Enoch Bowen
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Hugh Cairns
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Joseph Carr
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Ernest Corr
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Thomas J Cross
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Denis Crumley
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Frank Curran
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Cumberland
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John Cumberland
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Devlin
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private George Dilworth
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William R Dickson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John Donaldson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Frank Eccles
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Joseph Donnelly
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Robert Farr
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Bernard Fitzpatrick
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Robert Fulton
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Thomas Gallagher
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John Galway
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William Gallagher
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Frederick J Gibson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Gibson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Thomas G Gibson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private David Glass
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Goan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Hugh Hagan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William D Hall
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John S Hamilton
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William Fairbairn
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Patrick Hagan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Joshua Holland
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Jackson Henderson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Edward Hughes
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William Jeffs
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Edwin C Johnston
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John G Jones
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Samuel Lamb
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Joseph J Murphy
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private George Marshall
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Michael Moore
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Louis Meenagh
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Murtagh
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private George McAuley
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Charles McAnaw
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Thomas H McClean
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Harry McGuigan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John McGuigan
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Stephen McLaughlin
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private W J McMinn
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Edward J McNeill
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private W J Orr
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John O’Farrell
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Charles O’Neill
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Alexander Reid
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Peter Rafferty
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Thomas Roberts
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private William Roberts
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Alexander Skeffington
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private David Sands
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Joseph Stevenson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Samuel Steenson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Stewart
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Henry Watt
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Joseph Watt
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private John Weir
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Fred Wigton
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Robert Wigton
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Robert J Wilson
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Patrick Woods
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private Patrick Woods
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private James Woods
bullet Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Private George H Wright
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Lieutenant Lee Tolerton
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Lieutenant James A Reynolds
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Sergeant Garnett Irwin
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Sergeant William Lynn
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Lance Corporal Thomas Stevenson
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private David Allen
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Thomas Clarke
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private John Daly
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Andrew Galway
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Matthew Hegarty
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private John Lynn
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Robert Morrow V.C.
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Richard McIntyre
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private John McNally
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private William J Stratton
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Robert McShane
bullet Royal Irish Fusiliers, Private Robert Steenson
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Captain Hugh H Beatty
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Lieutenant Ernest Daniel
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Lieutenant Joseph Marsh
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Lance Corporal Isaac Busby
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Private Robert Anderson
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Private Thomas Donnelly
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Private Thomas A Hunter
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Private Owen McGill
bullet Royal Irish Rifles, Private Thomas Patterson
bullet Royal Irish Regiment, Corporal Frederick Dunne
bullet Royal Irish Regiment, Private Patrick Donnelly
bullet Royal Irish Regiment, Private James Toner
bullet Royal Leinster Regiment, Private John Finnegan
bullet Royal Munster Fusiliers, Lieutenant Ernest M Harper
bullet Royal Munster Fusiliers, Private Edward Hughes
bullet Royal Navy, Lieutenant Commander Colin Campbell
bullet Royal Scottish Fusiliers, Private Joseph McIntyre
bullet Scottish Rifles, Sergeant Henry Robinson
bullet Scottish Rifles, Corporal Robert McReynolds
bullet South African Horse, Corporal John Burrowes
bullet South Staffordshire Regiment, Lieutenant Edward H Harper
bullet South West Africa Horse, Trooper Robert Daniel
bullet Tank Corps, Lieutenant Stanley H Smith
bullet West Surrey Regiment, Private John Lavelle
bullet York and Lancaster Regiment, Lieutenant L D R Huggard
bullet York and Lancaster Regiment, Corporal William John Telford
‘That is our record’ Dr Mann continued, ‘a sad record, but a wonderful record, of which any district might be proud of, as we are today’
Brigadier General Ricardo’s Speech
Brigadier General Ricardo, C.M.G., D.S.O., then addressed the assembly and said the committee have honoured me greatly by asking me to take part in this ceremony of Remembrance today. Many of those who we are assembled here to honour were my comrades, and on many occasions spread over more than a quarter of a century I have learnt to value the sterling qualities of Tyrone soldiers.
I understand that this Memorial has been erected by united efforts of all creeds and classes in honoured memory of three Nurses and 190 Dungannon men, who gave their lives in the Great War. What is the sentiment that prompted those who took charge of this project? I think three words sum it up – Lest we forget.
To you, the names of those loved ones are inscribed on this Memorial, there is no need of a reminder, and they are never forgotten. We offer you our tender sympathy and we trust that in this day of sweet remembrance, you may take comfort in the thought that their memory is held in the highest honour by all. Their devotion to duty has set us a great example and a noble inspiration for the generations to come. Those whom we remember today would have liked to be honoured in this, the centre of their native town, of which they were so proud, and to which their thoughts so often turned in pride and affectionate remembrance. I shall never forget to the end of my days the replies I received from the parents of those, whose death it was my sad duty to announce to them by letter. The courage and the pride which was always mingled with their sorrow helped me to understand where the Tyrone men got that grit and courage from which I have so often witnessed. There is a very beautiful custom in France, where so many of your dear men now lie, which I often think might be adopted in our own country on Armistice Day.
On 1st November, All Saints Day, the school children in every town and village march to their War Memorial with bouquets of flowers, the whole population rich and poor is present and the Mayor of the village delivers an address in honour of those ‘Children of France’, as the French soldier who has fallen in battle is always called; and then all proceed to the local cemetery and every grave is decorated with the school children’s flowers, none are missed out.
Mr Barrie truly says:- ‘God gave us memory, that we might have roses in December’. To those who by the mercy of God have returned, this Memorial also says –‘Lest We Forget’. In 1914 we were all ignorant of what war, modern war really was. We have learnt it now. We are, or should be, wiser men. We can never be quite the same. We thought we knew each other as friends or neighbours, but we did not realise what a font of nobility, unselfishness and loving kindness there was in each one as a comrade. It had always been there but the stern test of modern war brought it to the surface. We learnt, did we not, what that word comrade really means. We expected from each other modestness, manliness, cheerfulness, unselfishness, and we were very seldom disappointed. We learnt that discipline and a strong sense of duty are the first essentials for an efficient soldier, whatever his rank. Are not those virtues just as necessary to make us efficient citizens, now we have returned to civilian life? Let the comradeship of the trenches, where we knew no division of creed or class, be with us to the end. Let this Memorial remind on and all of our duty to help our ex-servicemen, especially those who are scarred or maimed in mind or body. Many today are unemployed and I would specially plead on their behalf. ‘Lest We Forget’. They too suffered for the honour of Dungannon. And lastly, this is Armistice Day, the fourth anniversary of the end of the most hideous war ever fought. ‘Lest We Forget’. Let this Memorial remind us all of what war meant.
Tragedy of Disillusionment
Four years of war, waste, destruction and suffering, then as the result of that war, four more years of strife and want, unrest and disappointment. Four long years of adversity and anxiety, which seemed as if they would never end, Then the Armistice and the longing for settlement, for security, for a just and lasting end to strife, for reconciliation, co-operation and recovery. Today as we look around this world of ours, both far and near, North, south, East and West, are we not perilously near the tragedy of disillusionment? We are learning that it is easier to shatter and pull down than it is to build up, and it must be plain to us that the difficulties of achieving peace will be even greater than the problems of the war and will last far longer.
War may be forced on a nation or a community. A people must fight, if they are firmly convinced it is an absolute necessity but they should not until every other expedient has been fairly tried. If such a call of duty comes to Dungannon again, which God forbid, we know it will be obeyed as freely as it was in 1914. But surely those four years of war and the last four years of so-called peace must have thought every thinking man and woman that violence may win victory for the moment, but does not bring peace. Force may be and is often necessary, but force by itself cannot achieve that peace and goodwill which will endure, and which are our ideals as Christians.
Courage Needed
Force and strife must end sometime and what then? What can we do to face the difficulties around us? Let the example of those whom we honour today give us the answer. Again quoting Mr Barrie, ‘Before all we need courage, and again courage, that lovely virtue’. We must never lose courage, for if that goes, all goes. Physical courage is a very great virtue, but I venture to say that greater still is the courage to think and do what we believe to be right.
The men we honour today did their duty, and what finer epitaph can a man as a soldier desire, neither can there be a finer one for a man as a citizen. They were volunteers all. No compulsion was needed to urge them to join up, they lived and died free men. They were inspiring examples of Ulster courage and resolution to conquer, Ulster thoroughness and earnestness, Ulster loyalty and comradeship. They learned these virtues in their own homes, the greatest of all schools. We have now to follow their great example, and bring into play those qualities, in working steadily forward for settlement and peace – peace with all – none excepted
Let us take courage,
God’s in his Heaven still,
So let us go forward with brave hearts
Ours is a great inheritance
They climbed the steep ascent to Heaven,
Through peril, toil and pain
O God, to us may grace be given,
To follow in their train
I will now ask the gracious lady, the Countess of Ranfurly, whom all Dungannon knows and loves so well, to unveil this beautiful memorial. Who could be better fitted to perform this ceremony in honour and affection of those sons and daughters of Ulster, from Dungannon, who laid down their lives in the Great War?
The Unveiling
The Countess of Ranfurly then unveiled the memorial. As she did so, the soldiers and police presented arms, and eight buglers of the Royal Warwicks sounded the Last Post. Thereafter the vast assembly remained in an attitude of respectful silence. The impressive stillness was then broken by the sharp notes of the Reveille, after which the numerous wreaths were deposited at the foot of the memorial.
Amongst the relatives of the fallen present at the unveiling ceremony were Mrs Morrow, mother of Private Robert Morrow, V.C.; Mr James Lynn, whose four sons were killed; and Mr James Williams, and old Crimean campaigner.
The Wreaths
After the ceremony a large number of beautiful wreaths were laid around the monument and included the following:
bullet Dungannon District Council, deposited by
bullet - Mr Robert Leith, J.P., chairman
bullet - Mr Robert Hamill, vice-chairman
bullet - Mr W J Beatty, clerk
bullet - Mr Thomas McGuffin
bullet The tribute by the merchants of the town was carried by
bullet - Mr Robert Leith, J.P.
bullet - Mr W J Anderson
bullet While that from St John’s Masonic Lodge No 185, Dungannon was brought by Br. W J Beatty, P.M., secretary
bullet The wreath from Lodge 9 (Lodge of the Muses) was placed in position by P.G.M W H Darragh, J.P., and V W J Smith.
Other floral tributes laid were from
bullet the Co. Inspector, and District Inspectors of Tyrone
bullet Royal Ulster Constabulary
bullet The Head Constable, Sergeants and Constables of R.U.C. Dungannon District
bullet Dungannon Rugby Football Club
bullet Drumglass Young Men’s Society
bullet St Anne’s Church
bullet Troop of Boy Scouts
bullet First Dungannon Presbyterian Church Troop Boy Scouts
bullet Dungannon Royal School Troop of Boy Scouts
bullet First Dungannon Troop of Girl Guides
bullet The Headmaster, masters and pupils of Dungannon Royal School
bullet Drumglass Boys National School in memory of the following old boys of the school
bullet From John Street National School in memory of
bullet Union Street School in memory of the following old boys
bullet From the officers and N.C.O.’s Depot Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
bullet From the relatives of Robert Wilson
bullet From the Earl and Countess of Ranfurly and Lady Constance Milnes Gaskell
bullet And Lady Northland, Lady Eileen Clarke, in memory of Viscount Northland
bullet Mr and Mrs Darragh
bullet From Doctor and Mrs Mann
bullet From the father and sisters and brothers of Captain Charles Newell
bullet From Joseph Newell in memory of his son
bullet From the children of Private A Boyd
bullet From the mother, sister and brothers of William Fairbairn
bullet From the mother of Robert Jeffs
bullet From Mrs Newton
bullet From the widow, father, mother, brother and sisters of William Milligan
bullet From Mrs Bingham, Royal School, in memory of her son.
bullet From the Brown family in memory of Lieutenant Lawrence C Brown
bullet From Mrs Acheson, Castlecaulfield
bullet From Mrs Ricardo in memory of fallen comrades
bullet From the relatives of William Richard Dickson
bullet From the wife and son of Robert Orr
bullet From the sister of Samuel Lambe
bullet From the relatives of Sergeant Ernest Oliver
bullet From the relatives of Sergeant William Arthur Roulston D.C.M.
bullet From the father, mother, sisters and brothers of William D Hall
bullet From Rev Canon and Mrs McEndoo, Dungannon
bullet From the mother of Robert Taylor
bullet From the brother and sister of John Donaldson
bullet From Mr and Miss Burgess, Parkanaur
bullet From the parents, brother, sisters and aunt of Robert Averall
bullet From the relatives of Private Gates
bullet From the brothers and sisters of David Glass
bullet In memory of Randolph McManus from Mrs J H Black and Son
bullet From James and Elizabeth Lynn, Mousetown, in memory of their sons
bullet From the mother and niece of Randolph McManus
bullet From Mrs Clayton, sister of Robert McReynolds
bullet From the parents of Francis and Bernard Fitzpatrick
bullet From the father, brother and sisters of W J Lewis
bullet From Annie J Grimason, Neeson and W J Roberts
bullet From E and T Newell in memory of Charles Newell
bullet From the parents and sisters of W J Telford
bullet From J Benson, Milltown
bullet From the father and mother of Garnett Irwin
bullet From the aunt of R H Anderson
bullet From the wife and family of Joseph Watt
bullet From Mrs Harbinson
Dungannon War Memorial is situated in the Market Square in the centre of the shopping area of the town
The inscription on the memorial is ;-
"In Memory Of The Soldiers And Nurses Of Dungannon Who Gave Their Lives For Freedom And Humanity In The Great War 1914 – 1918
The memorial, which has been erected at a cost of £1,700, is the work of Mr. F.W. Pomeroy, R.A., London.
It consists of a bronze figure, a soldier representing Victory, standing about 8 feet 6 inches, in height, which is mounted on a large pedestal of Stancliffe stone, on which are four bronze panels containing some 200 names of the fallen of Dungannon, almost 100 of those being men of the Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers.
The total height of the monument is 18 feet 6 inches (approx 6m), and weights about 30 tons. It was unveiled by the Countess of Ranfurly.
During his speech Brigadier-General Ricardo said, ‘Let the comradeship of the trenches, where no division of creed or class was known, be with them to the end. The memorial should remind them of their duty toex-Service men, especially the scarred and maimed in mind or body, many of whom to-day were unemployed. The men whom they honoured were all volunteers. No compulsion was needed to urge them. They lived and died free men.’
Dr. F. C. Mann, chairman of the Dungannon War Memorial Committee, read out the list of the fallen of Dungannon and district, whose names were inscribed on the memorial.
Memorial References and Links
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1 Dictionary of Irish Architects - Dungannon Details of War Memorial
2 Memorial Panel - RIF Panel 1 Other WW1 panel on Memorial
3 Memorial Panel - RIF Panel 2 Other WW1 panel on Memorial
4 Memorial Panel - WW1 Panel 2 Other WW1 panel on Memorial
5 Memorial Panel - WW1 Panel 3 Other WW1 panel on Memorial
6 Ulster War Memorials - Dungannon Details of War Memorial
7 War Memorials Online Details of War Memorial