Gilford War Memorial, Gilford, Co. Down

Gilford War Memorial stands at a prominent junction in the rural Co. Down town. It commemorates the dead of both World Wars including 22 from World War Two.

Gilford War Memorial

Mill Street


Co. Down

BT63 6DJ

United Kingdom

The Gilford War Memorial stands at what locals know as Allan's Corner. This corner is the junction of main roads to Gilford, Banbridge and Tandragee. Mr. James F Wright oversaw the placing of the memorial.

Mrs. Upritchard of Elmfield Castle, Gilford, Co. Down unveiled the memorial commemorating those who died in World War One. Of around 400 men from the town, 62 gave their lives and are remembered on the granite tablet inlaid with marble. An inscription reads:

To the memory of our Fallen Heroes.

Gilford War Memorial

The war memorial in Gilford remembers those from the village and nearby townlands who gave their lives in both World War One and Two. Photo taken on 10th September 2016.

During World War One Gilford and District Comforts Fund for Soldiers and Sailors formed in the Co. Down town. Later, formed the Gilford and District Prisoners of War Fund. Both activities came to an end in 1918 and the groups put remaining money in the funds towards the erection of a war memorial. Local collections added to the funds.

The names of 22 men from the Gilford area who died during World War Two appear on the memorial.

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRegiment
BerryJosephMarineRoyal Marines
BradburyGrahamSergeantRifle Brigade
ClaytonJamesCorporalRoyal Air Force
CraigWilliam JohnAble SeamanRoyal Navy
CrangleWilliam BoydPrivateHighland Light Infantry
DukeGilbert NoelSergeantRoyal Air Force
FitzwilliamSamuelRoyal Air Force
FullertonAndrewRiflemanRoyal Ulster Rifles
MajorRichardSergeantRoyal Air Force
McBurneyWilliam AshwoodRiflemanRoyal Ulster Rifles
TomlinsonJosephDriverRoyal Army Service Corps
ReillyFrancis PatrickFlight SergeantRoyal Air Force
McCooJohnRiflemanRoyal Ulster Rifles
McCroryRobert GetgoodSergeantRoyal Air Force
McKelveyWilliam MurrayLance CorporalHighland Light Infantry
QuinnJohnAble SeamanRoyal Navy
SintonArthur BuckbyFlying OfficerRoyal Air Force
SmythMaxwellCorporalRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
SprattJosephLeading SignalmanRoyal Navy
WebsterChristopher JohnLance CorporalRoyal Army Service Corps
WoodsReginald BryanLieutenantArmy Air Corps
WatsonHenry de LandreFlight LieutenantRoyal Air Force
Joseph Berry

Joseph Berry

Marine | PO/X 4370

Marine Joseph Berry of Tullylish, Co. Down died on 25th November 1941 when HMS Barham went down in the Mediterranean following a torpedo attack from U-331.

James Clayton

Corporal | 970707

James Clayton from Gilford, Co. Down was a prisoner of war at the brutal Japanese Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp in Borneo when he died on 2nd March 1945.

Gilbert Noel Duke

Sergeant | 1063676

Sergeant Gilbert Noel Duke died on 14th February 1942 while training with the Royal Air Force. Known as Bertie, his grave is in Knocknamuckley, Co. Armagh.

Samuel Fitzwilliams


Samuel Fitzwilliams of Gilford, Co. Down served in the Royal Air Force before contracting tuberculosis and returning home where he died on 20th October 1940.

Rifleman Andrew Fullerton

Andrew Fullerton

Rifleman | 7013832

Rifleman Andrew Fullerton of Gilford, Co. Down died between 29th May 1940 and 2nd June 1940 during the British Expeditionary Force's retreat to Dunkirk.

Richard Major

Sergeant | 1074283

Richard Major of Ballynagarrick, Gilford, Co. Down died on 15th August 1943 when Halifax HR745 came under attack from the Luftwaffe over the Bay of Biscay.

William Ashwood McBurney

Rifleman | 7046106

Rifleman William Ashwood McBurney of Banbridge, Co. Down died at Le Mesnil in Normandy on 9th July 1944 while serving in 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles.

John McCoo

Rifleman | 6985059

Rifleman John McCoo of Gilford, Co. Down died on 13th June 1944 while serving in the Battle of Normandy with 1st (Airborne) Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles.

Flight Sergeant Robert Getgood McCrory

Robert Getgood McCrory

Sergeant | 1024870

Sergeant Robert Getgood McCrory of Banbridge, Co. Down died on 29th July 1942. The former Head Teacher served in Bomber Command with RAF 115 Squadron.

John Quinn

Able Seaman | D/J 27783

Able Seaman John Quinn of Gilford, Co. Down served in both World Wars before his death on 28th August 1942 on the Navy's Destroyer Dept Ship HMS Hecla.

Arthur Buckby Sinton

Flying Officer | 119279

Arthur Buckby Sinton died on 26th June 1943 aged 27 years old when his Boulton Paul Defiant went down during a Mandrel mission over Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Maxwell Smyth

Corporal | 6977646

Corporal Maxwell Smyth from Laurencetown, Co. Down died on 29th March 1942 while serving with 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Burma (Myanmar).

Joseph Tomlinson

Driver | T/13009997

Driver Joseph Tomlinson from the town of Gilford, Co. Down died on 24th May 1945 while serving with the Royal Army Service Corps in the Second World War.

Henry De Landre Watson

Henry de Landre Watson

Flight Lieutenant | 148537

Flight Lieutenant Henry de Landre Watson served with RAF 48 Squadron at the time of his death on 26th February 1947 on a routine flight from Singapore.

Christopher John Webster

Lance Corporal | T/87268

Lance Corporal Christopher John Webster of Gilford, Co. Down died on 17th July 1944 while serving with 531st Infantry Brigade Company, RASC in Normandy.