Ballycastle, County Antrim
Ballycastle WM 1

Ballycastle, County Antrim

Ballycastle War Memorial is located at the lower end of Quay Road in a square opposite the Manor House and adjacent to the sea front, within sound of the waters of the River Moyle.
The memorial which takes the form of an obelisk of first quality Cecilian marble, with a spire seven feet (2.1m) high on which is worked a wreath, was unveiled by Mrs. Greer, widow of the late Senator T. M. Greer, D.L., Ballycastle.
The memorial was designed and constructed Mr. B.H. O’Connor, an ex-serviceman and vice-chairman of Ballycastle Urban Council
Following the unveiling Mr. O’Connor presented silver scissors to Mrs. Greer, who said that this stone of remembrance was set up as a permanent memorial to the valiant men, who at the call of King and Country went out on the outbreak of war to fight for them. They went out and endured untold hardships all day and night and through those desperate years. Some of them came back, but many also passed out of the sight of men, dying on the field of honour. On this stone they celebrated the name and fame of all those men from Ballycastle who answered the call of their country.On the cap is the inscription;


“To the glory of God and in memory of the brave men who gave their lives for freedom and   justice

Captain Lyle read the names of the fallen from the parishes of Ramoan and Culfeightrim, which numbered fifty-five and are as follows:

Royal Irish Rifles

Lance-Corporal H. Blackmore, M.M.
Private George Cochrane
Private John Douthart
Private John Gallagher
Private George M’Cafferty
Private Patrick M’Laughlin
Private John M’Lean (see note below)
Private Daniel M’Intosh
Private John McLean
Private James Norton
Private James Parkhill
Private John Simpson

Private William  Blackmore
Private Alexander Dixon
Private Thomas Gallagher
Private Patrick Laverty
Private Hugh M’Kendry
Private William M’Mullan
Private James M’Lean
Private John M’Gowan
Lance-Corporal Frank M’Larty, Croix De Guerre, M.M.
Lieutenant Paul O’Kane
Private Hugh Simpson
Lance-Corporal Hugh Spence. 

Connaught Rangers

 

Private R. Kilpatrick

 

Irish Guards

 

Lieutenant K. M. C. Greer

Sergeant George Collins 

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

 

Private Joseph Forsythe

Private Joseph Gillen

Lieutenant John Gage

Private James Jennings

Private Daniel Mooney

 

Royal Irish Fusilier

 

Lance-Corporal Hugh M’Auley

Private John Kiernan

Private Patrick M’Michael

Private James M’Gahey,

Private William Ross

 

Leinster Regiment

 

Private Robert Murphy

 

Royal Scots Regiment

 

Private Neal M’Bride

 

Royal Field Artillery

 

Private W. J. Dunlop

Private W. J. Dunlop

Major Wm. M’Gildowney, D.S.O.

 

Black Watch

 

Private Harry Dillon

 

Highland Light Infantry

 

Private J. Carruthers

 

Royal Navy

 

Stoker T. Collins

 

Australian Forces

 

Private David Rennie

 

Canadian Army

 

Private Harold Black

Lance-Corporal George M’Cormick

United States Army

 

Private P. Campbell

Private R. Mitchell,  

Private Nathaniel M’Lean. (see note below)

 

New Zealand Rifles  

 

Private James Laverty

 

Mercantile Marine

 

John Haughey

 

Information supplied by Helen L. Graeser (nee McLean)
My father was Nathaniel McLean born Capecastle, Ballycastle 1891 son of John and Lettitia McLean.  He served in the USA Army during WWI, however, he never went overseas and was not killed.  His name was added to the memorial by mistake. My grandmother was very upset by that and tried to have the name removed. There is a story about my Dad in Robert Thompson’s recent book Ballycastle Heroes.

My uncle John McLean was lost (Missing) on July 1, 1916  the first day of the Battle for the Somme
 
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