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.
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 Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Regiment|
|Clayton||James||Corporal||Royal Air Force|
|Craig||William John||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Crangle||William Boyd||Private||Highland Light Infantry|
|Duke||Gilbert Noel||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Fitzwilliam||Samuel||Royal Air Force|
|Fullerton||Andrew||Rifleman||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Major||Richard||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|McBurney||William Ashwood||Rifleman||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Tomlinson||Joseph||Driver||Royal Army Service Corps|
|Reilly||Francis Patrick||Flight Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|McCoo||John||Rifleman||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|McCrory||Robert Getgood||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|McKelvey||William Murray||Lance Corporal||Highland Light Infantry|
|Sinton||Arthur Buckby||Flying Officer||Royal Air Force|
|Smyth||Maxwell||Corporal||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Spratt||Joseph||Leading Signalman||Royal Navy|
|Webster||Christopher John||Lance Corporal||Royal Army Service Corps|
|Woods||Reginald Bryan||Lieutenant||Army Air Corps|
|Watson||Henry de Landre||Flight Lieutenant||Royal Air Force|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.