Gilford War Memorial, Mill Street, 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

Gilford

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
QuinnJohnRoyal 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
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