Drumcree Church of Ireland, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Drumcree Church of Ireland churchyard in Portadown, Co. Armagh contains five Commonwealth War Graves dating from World War Two between 1940 and 1946.

Drumcree Church of Ireland

78 Drumcree Road


Co. Armagh

BT62 1PE

United Kingdom

Drumcree Church of Ireland stands in the parish of Drumcree on the outskirts of Portadown, Co. Armagh. The graveyard is the final resting place of five men who died during World War Two.

The parish name of Drumcree in Co. Armagh dates back to 1110. The area has been associated with Christian worship since the time of the Celts. An early church was destroyed during the reformation and a new plain stone building replaced it after the Plantation of Ulster in 1610.

The foundation stone of the present church in Portadown was laid on 17th May 1855, Ascension Day. Drumcree Church of Ireland has since been known as The Church of the Ascension.

A war memorial to the fallen of World War One was built in 1921. This was added to by a memorial for World War Two in 1989.

Drumcree Church of Ireland, Portadown, Co. Armagh

WartimeNI Photo: Drumcree Church of Ireland on the outskirts of Portadown, Co. Armagh contains 5 Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves dating to World War Two. Photo taken on 27th December 2018. Copyright Scott Edgar - WartimeNI.

Commonwealth War Graves in Drumcree Church of Ireland

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 5 grave plots in Drumcree Church of Ireland on Drumcree Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

First Name(s)Last NameDate of DeathGrave
John GeorgeBenson13th March 1944New Ground 325
JohnMorrison13th February 1944Old Ground 179
ThomasRobinson18th March 1941New Ground 170
WilliamSummerville7th May 1946Terrace 4 96
WilfredWright4th January 1940Terrace 2 44

John George Benson

Private | 13014845

Private John George Benson died on 13th March 1944. He served in the Pioneer Corps at his time of death. His name features on the Portadown War Memorial.

Wilfred Wright

Wilfred Wright

Aircraftman 2nd Class | 538668

Aircraftman 2nd Class Wilfred Wright died at RAF Warmwell after a short illness on 4th January 1940. He was born at Burnbrae Avenue, Portadown, Co. Armagh.