Cregagh District, Belfast

Cregagh, south Belfast
This War Memorial Celtic Cross is in Thiepval Avenue, Cregagh and is the war memorial of the Cregagh district. Thiepval Avenue is in the centre of an ex-Servicemens’ colony (housing estate). The avenue is named in memory of one of Ulster’s greatest fights in the war and the Cross is a simple yet solemn memory of those who gave their lives for Ulster and the Empire.
All the avenues in the ‘Colony’ are named after battles in which the 36th Ulster Division fought (Somme, Bapaume, Albert, Picardie, Hamel, Thiepval).
This memorial has been unveiled twice. Initially it was unveiled by Right Hon. J. M. Andrews. D.L., M.P. A few years later in was also unveiled by the Prince of Wales.                                          
The Celtic Cross is now accompanied by five other memorials.

This plaque below was erected by Castlereagh Borough Council as a memorial to the following residents of this “Colony” who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War.

Thiepval Cregagh 2

Hamilton, W.,    Royal Ulster Rifles

Hutchinson, N.,    Royal Ulster Rifles

McMillen, R.,    Royal Ulster Rifles

Stevenson, E.,       Royal Ulster Rifles

Belshaw, A.,     Royal Air Force

Newton, J. L.,       Royal Air Force

Martin, W.,       Royal Navy

Proudfoot, A.,       Royal Navy

Cassidy, J.,       Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

Stewart, A.,           Merchant Navy

O’Neill, J.,        Irish Guards

Spinks, E.,            Irish Guards

Kelly, P.            R.A.F.

Craig, E.,          2nd A.I.F.

KELLY CHARLES PHILIP, Sergeant Flight Engineer,
Service No:  2204866
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve  115 Sqdn.
Son of Charles and Margaret Kelly, of Somme Drive, Cregagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Charles Philip Kelly was a member of the crew of a Lancaster bomber, which was shot down over Belgium on the night of 25th April 1944 while returning from their eight mission.
A link to their story, (sorry it is Flemish) but you can see the photo’s of the aircrew.

The site of the crash is now being developed and the buildings and roads in the new development will be named after the crew members

Information courtesy of Philip Doms.

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