Killyleagh War Memorial, Killyleagh, Co. Down

The Killyleagh War Memorial in Killyleagh, Co. Down stands at the castle in the historic town. The marble plaque commemorates those who died in conflicts since World War One.

Killyleagh War Memorial

Shrigley Road


Co. Down

BT30 9QA

United Kingdom

The Killyleagh War Memorial tablets grace the wall of Killyleagh Castle. The memorial stands at the junction of Frederick Street and Shrigley Road. The first plaque stood at the flank tower of the castle at Linden Walk, Killyleagh, Co. Down.

The unveiling of the marble plaque, made to the order of the Women’s Work Guild, was “short and simple”. It depicts a shield and a wreath. During The Great War, women of the guild gave up their time to make woolen garments for the men at the front. They would also send aid parcels and medical kits, meeting once a week to arrange dispatch.

The memorial bears the following inscription relating to the 1939 – 1945 conflict. “In Honoured Memory of those of this district who gave their lives in the World War”.

Remembering the Fallen

The twenty men below gave their lives in World War Two and are remembered on the Killyleagh War Memorial.

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRegiment
AndersonJohnAble SeamanRoyal Navy
BernerRobert VictorLeading WriterRoyal Navy
DempsterWilliam AlexanderLeading StokerRoyal Navy
FeeJames AlexanderFiremanMerchant Navy
GilmoreJohnAble SeamanRoyal Navy
GordonJohn Eyre GisborneCaptainRoyal Artillery
JessSamuel Hugh AlbertSergeantRoyal Air Force
KellyCharlesAble SeamanRoyal Navy
KillopsThomasAble SeamanRoyal Navy
MorrisonSamuel RutherfordAble SeamanRoyal Navy
MorrowSamuelLieutenantRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
McCormickGeorgeMateMerchant Navy
McDowellDavidPrivateKing's Own Scottish Borderers
PerryFrederick J
ThompsonThomas MartinLeading AircraftmanRoyal Air Force

Robert Victor Berner

Leading Writer | P/MX 60040

Leading Writer Robert Victor Berner died on 24th May 1941, the day after his 22nd birthday. He was on board HMS Hood when the ship battled the Bismarck.

William Alexander Dempster

Leading Stoker | C/KX 79089

Leading Stoker William Alexander Dempster served in the Royal Navy on HMS Cleopatra and died in Valetta, Malta as a 500kg bomb struck the British cruiser.

Charles Kelly

Able Seaman | D/SSX 17785

Able Seaman Charles Kelly from Killyleagh, Co. Down served in the Royal Navy on board HMS Matabele when U-454 sank it near Russia on 17th January 1942.

Thomas Killops

Able Seaman | D/JX 204718

Able Seaman Thomas Killops served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. He served on the land base HMS President III and went down on the SS Roxby.

Samuel Rutherford Morrison

Able Seaman | D/JX 198134

Able Seaman Samuel Rutherford Morrison served with the Royal Navy. The seaman from Killyleagh, Co. Down died on board HMS Broadwater when it sank in 1941.

Samuel Morrow

Lieutenant | 279504

Lieutenant Samuel Morrow died on 5th August 1943 as 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers took part in fierce fighting in Catenanuova, Sicily, Italy.

Thomas Martin Thompson

Leading Aircraftman | 525225

Leading Aircraftman Thomas Martin Thompson served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two. He died on service in France on 17th February 1940.