Bessbrook, County Armagh.
Bessbrook War Memorial is located in Charlemont Square in the middle of the village.
The memorial, on which are the names of 86 men of the village who made the supreme sacrifice, takes the form of an obelisk. It is over 17 feet (5.75m) tall and is made from white marble and Newry granite and occupies a central site in the village.
The massive base, check and chamber, with patent axed finish supports a richly molded base and deeply paneled die with the top of octagonal and four sides enhanced with graceful swags of carving. Supporting the die is a beautifully draped spire with central shield bearing in relief the dates 1914-18.
410 men from Bessbrook and district joining up. Many of these young men in the pride of their youth left that happy and peaceful country village and everything that was near and dear to them to answer the call of their King and Country in the time of danger, and of that 410 men, 86 never returned.
At the end of the ceremony at the request of Dr. O’Connor, representing the War Memorial Committee, the  Chairman, on behalf of the Bessbrook Spinning Co. accepted the custodianship of the memorial.

To Bear to Succeeding Generations the Names of the Men of
Bessbrook and District who Fell in the Great War,
And as a Testimony to their Noble Sacrifice.
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Beattie, James

Beattie, Alexander

Best, Henry James

Black, William

Blakely, James

Birdie, Joseph

Boyle, James

Boyle, Thomas

Brady, Andrew

Brown, James

Burke, John

Burns, Samuel

Caldwell, George

Chambers, Bernard

Chambers, John

Chambers, Joseph

Clarke, William

Connolly, Patrick

Connolly, Patrick

Connolly, Thomas

Devaney, Joseph

Donnelly, Willia

Doran, Peter

Dunwoody, John

Egan, Michael

Freeburn, George

Feehan, James

Feighan, Michael James

Flood, Robert S.

Graham, Joseph

Gray, Edmond

Green, Harold

Glass, Joseph

Hamilton, Thomas

Hanna, William

Hanna, William

Hanna, Samuel

Harvey, John

Hennings, George

Hughes, Thomas

Kearney, Michael

Kennedy, Harry

Knott, F.W.

Lavelle, Thomas John

Lundy, Samuel

Marron, James

Lavelle, Thomas John

Moody, William Thomas

McCabe, John Francis

McCambly, James

McCann, James

McCulla, James

The following information has been kindly supplied by Christine Tyrrell

Details on Bessbrook’s Great War Fallen to follow.

Bessbrook W.W. 2 Roll Of Honour Dead

Bell, Albert, Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force, Service Number 644334, age 27, 29/03/1945, commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery. Singapore. Son of George Thomas and Maria Bell. Brother of Lance Corporal David Bell.

Bell, David, Lance Corporal, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), Service Number 6983663. Age 22. 19/07/1943. Son of George Thomas and Maria Bell. Brother of Albert Bell. Buried at Catania War Cemetery. Sicily, Italy.

Clarke, Patrick Joseph, Fusilier, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), Commando. Service Number  6482285. Age 31. 10/06/1944. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery, France. Son of Daniel and Mary, Husband of Irene Margaret, Bessbrook. Newry.

Donaldson, Walter Stewart, Greaser, Merchant Navy, M.V. Empire Light (Liverpool). Age 35, 7/03/1943, commemorated on The Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of Stuart and Mary Donaldson, Jerrettspass Co. Armagh.

Dowling, Beatrice Olivia, Sister, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, Service No: 266662, 12/02/1944, buried at Brookwood Memorial Surrey. England. Daughter of Sam and Sadie Dowling, Woodview, Bessbrook, and Belfast.

Foster, Morgan Gerald, Lance Corporal, 6th R.S.F. Service Number 14435231, 7/08/1944, Bayeux Memorial. From Goragh, County Armagh.

Gray, George Campbell, Petty Officer Supply, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Nile. Age 23, Service No: C/MX 56347. 19/11/1942, buried at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Son of Alexander Baird Gray and Mary Gray, Newry.

Little, Edward, Sergeant, Royal Artillery, 155 Bty., 52 Lt. A.A. Regt. Service No: 821949. Age 30, 20/04/1941. Husband of Norah Little, of Bessbrook, Co. Armagh.

Mulligan, Francis Xavier, Lance Bombardier, Royal Artillery, 179 Field Regt. Service No: 5256357. Age 30, 30/04/1945, Buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany. Son of Peter and Kathleen Mulligan; husband of Ena Maria Mulligan, of Seaford, Sussex.

McMurray, William, Quartermaster Master, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Service Number 6983653. Age 30. 17/04/1941, buried at Bessbrook Methodist Cemetery, Bessbrook, County Armagh. Son of George and Annie and Husband of Susan Elizabeth, Bessbrook, County Armagh.

McNeill, Fusilier Ernest McNeill, Private, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Service Number 6982560. Age 17. 16/04/1941, Mullaghglass (St. Luke) Church Of Ireland Churchyard, County Armagh. Son of John and Margaret McNeill of Craigmore, Bessbrook.

O’Connell, John Felix, Petty Officer, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Hood, Service Number 143771. Age 27. 29/05/1941, commemorated on Portsmouth Navy Memorial, Hampshire. David and Margaret O’Connell, Camlough, Co Armagh

O’Hanlon, James Patrick Joseph, Guardsman, Irish Guards, Service Number 2723994. Age 23. 24/07/1944, buried at Bayeax Cemetery France. Son of Patrick and Mary Anne O'Hanlon; husband of Kathleen O'Hanlon, of Bessbrook, Co. Armagh.

Rooney, Peter Joseph, Stoker 1st  Class, H.M.S. Howe, Service Number P/KX 163240. 23/10/1945, Mombasa (Mbaraki) Cemetery, Kenya. Son of Mr and Mrs Jack Rooney, Mayobridge, husband to Madge, 19 Hill Street, Bessbrook. County Armagh.

Smith, Lalor, Rifleman, Royal Ulster Rifles, Service Number 7011328. Age 28, buried at
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium
Son of Robert and Agnes Smith. Husband to Agnes Smith, Bessbrook, County Armagh.

Thompson Stanley J., Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Service Number 86402. Age 19.  13/10/1940. Buried at Sutton Bridge (St Matthew) Churchyard, Lincolnshire. Son of John Davis Thompson and Sarah Scott Thompson of Bessbrook, Co Armagh.

Tough, Albert Jason, Corporal Royal Engineers, Service Number 2929432. Age 23. 2/12/1944, buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands. Son of Albert James Tough and Helen Tough of Forres, Morayshire Scotland. Husband of Jean Tough of Millvale, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Thornberry, Edward Windsor, Sub-Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Age 21, commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire, Son of Joseph G. and Agnes E. Thornberry, Mullaghglass, Co Armagh and Kilkeel County Down.

Vaughan, Wilfred J., Driver, Royal Engineers, Service Number 1922313. Age 26, 2/12/1944, Groesbeek Cemetery. Son of Alfred and Jane, Wales, Husband to Jean Vaughan, Bessbrook.

Weir, Samuel Joseph, Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Service Number 1081810. Age 21, 31/01/1944, commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Weir, Craigmore, Bessbrook, County Armagh.

Mckinstry, Robert Noel, O.B.E., Surgeon Lieutenant, died March 1961 in Cape Town where he acted as MOH to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Tidereach.  Buried in Dido Valley Military Cemetery, South Africa. Brother of Lieutenants James Mckinstry, and Lieutenant Jack Mckinstry, North Irish Horse and Royal Irish Rifles.
For additional information on Mckinstry see

http://www.guernsey-society.org.uk/donkipedia/index.php5?title=Noel_McKinstry, and


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