Kilrea, County Londonderry

Kilrea, County Londonderry
Kilrea War Memorial is located at The Diamond (the crossroads) in the centre of the village.
It is an obelisk made of Newry granite and is 24 feet (7.25m) in height. It occupies a position over the historic pump in the square, which in former days was the scene of contention between rival political sections, who, particularly on festival occasions, endeavoured to placed their party emblems on it. The memorial was placed there in an to attempt to unify the population. A portion of the old pump remains at the base of the obelisk.
“To the glory of God and in undying and affectionate remembrance of the gallant men of this town and district who served and who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War, I reverently unveil this War Memorial. May the memory of their noble deeds be a never dying inspiration in the long years to come.”
Rev. J. R. Boyd, a former chaplain to the forces at the Curragh, dedicated the memorial.
The memorial contains the names of 46 men who were killed plus close on three hundred men and eight nurses whose service in the war are also recorded.
‘The memorial bears the following inscription,-

“This memorial is erected to the men of Kilrea and district who were killed and to those who served in the Great War,   1914 – 18.”
It also contains the names of the following places where Kilrea men served: -
Marne, St. Quentin, Egypt, Mons, Somme, Gallipoli, Ypres, Messines, Palestine, Aisne, Guillemont, and Macedonia.’

Names of the Fallen

Thomas Adams

Robert Alexander

Robert Armstrong

Joseph L. Bamford

Daniel Bland

Thomas Bolton

Robert Carleton

Thomas Carpenter

Patrick Diamond

John Donnelly

John Gamble

Robert Gilmour

Wm. Gilmour

Robert J. Gordon

Robert Graham

David Graham

Andrew Hegarty

James Holmes

James Hogg

Archibald Hogg

Robert J. Kennedy

George Kirkland

James H. Knox

Archie Laughlin

Eddie Lennox

Samuel Loughry

Robert McCahon

John McCotter

Alexander McDonald

Robert McIlrath

Thomas J. McMath

James McMullan

John McMullan

Alexander Michael

Albert E. Murphy


William Patton

Archibald Patton

David W. Ritchie

William Richmond

Samuel Rowe

John Rowe

James Stewart

Robert Stewart

Jack Stewart

John M. Torrens

Not listed on the memorial.

Lance-Corporal Thomas (Tommy) McIlroy M.M. No: 19878, Private, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He enlisted at Finner Camp in Donegal and in 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal as a result of his bravery during the Battle of Cambrai.  He died on the 21st March 1918 as a result of being gassed. He was 22 years old. Information and image kindly supplied by his niece Mrs. D. Watters.

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Second-Lieutenant David Paul, 16th Bn., Royal Irish Rifles was killed in the Battle of Quentin, France, on the 21st March 1918. Age 24. He was born on 12th May 1893, the son of James and Isabella Paul of Crewe, Maghera, County Londonderry He is remembered with honour on the POZIERS MEMORIAL in France, and on Maghera Presbyterian Church Memorial.
Great-Uncle of Derek Watters.


1939 – 1945

Houston, J. I.,
Kelso, J. G. W.,
Oliver, M.,
O’Fee, J.,
Thompson, J.,
Turnbull, C.,
McAteer, J.,
McGrath, P. C.,


For more information read Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea, 1914 -1918. ISBN 0 948154 39 X

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