Holywood War Memorial, Holywood, Co. Down

Holywood War Memorial stands in what was once Railway Square in Holywood, Co. Down. It commemorates 28 who died during the Second World War.

Holywood War Memorial

Redburn Square

Holywood

Co. Down

BT18 9HZ

Northern Ireland

Holywood War Memorial stands in Redburn Square in the Co. Down town facing the railway station. Sir James Craig first put forth the proposal for a monument. The statue by Mr. Leonard Stanford Merrifield of Chelsea, a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors from London, England features a 6' tall bronze soldier in full kit standing in the "on guard" position.

Mrs. Dunlop of St. Helen’s unveiled the memorial. She was the widow of the local G.P. whose eldest son was one of the first soldiers from Holywood, Co. Down to die during The Great War. At the time, Redburn Square was still under development.

Work completed on the memorial on Saturday 28th January 1922 in what was then known as Railway Square. Several months later, before the dedication of the war memorial, the open space surrounding the monument was laid out. Holywood Council chose the name Redburn Square to honour Second Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville V.C. He was the second son of John Dunville and Violet Dunville of Redburn House, Holywood, Co. Down.

Holywood War Memorial

WartimeNI Photo: The Holywood War Memorial in Holywood, Co Down features a soldier standing on guard. It commemorates the fallen from two World Wars and the Korean War. Photo taken in July 2018. Copyright Scott Edgar - WartimeNI.

Iron railings surrounded the memorial and white quartz stones covered the area surrounding the statue. It stands on top of a 9’6″ base of Portland stone. The memorial bears the inscription:

In grateful memory of the men of Holywood and District who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918. Their name liveth for evermore.

There are 28 names on the Holywood War Memorial relating to the Second World War.

War Memorial in Holywood, Co. Down

WartimeNI Photo: The town war memorial in Holywood, Co. Down commemorates the fallen from two World Wars and the Korean War. It stands in the redeveloped Redburn Square. Photo taken in July 2018. Copyright Scott Edgar - WartimeNI.

Last Name First Name(s) Rank Regiment
Bigger Reginald Austin Sergeant Royal Air Force
Cole Hugh Douglas Convoy Signalman Royal Navy
Corrin Thomas Oswald Captain Royal Artillery
Erskine Basil Pollock Pilot Officer Royal Air Force
Erskine John Gordon Morrison Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy
Ferguson Clifford Samuel Leading Aircraftman Royal Air Force
Freeland David Harrison Flight Sergeant Royal Air Force
Gordon James Hamilton Pilot Officer Royal Air Force
Heaven Harry Corporal Border Regiment
Hill John Stewart Flight Sergeant Royal Air Force
Irwin John Cecil Brandon Sergeant Royal Air Force
Irwin William Thomas Flight Lieutenant Royal Air Force
Jefferson John Frazer Master Merchant Navy
Jefferson Thomas Francis Warrant Officer Royal Air Force
Leckey George McClelland Second Officer Merchant Navy
Leckey Muriel Elizabeth Sister Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service
Munce Ian Lindsay Pilot Officer Royal Air Force
Ryan Martin Corporal East Lancashire Regiment
Smellie John Frederick Captain Army Air Corps
Smyth Wallace Robert Pilot Officer Royal Air Force
Tait John McCalla Flight Sergeant Royal Air Force
Waite Leslie Private East Lancashire Regiment
Anthony T.
Cowan D.
Gibbs D.W.
Henderson D.F.
Sandfield A.
Tait J.J.
John Frazer Jefferson

John Frazer Jefferson

Master

John Frazer Jefferson was Captain of the SS Cadillac when the British Merchant Navy ship went down north of Rockall on 1st March 1941 after attack by U-552.