Holywood War Memorial, Redburn Square, Holywood, Co. Down

Holywood War Memorial stands in what was once Railway Square facing the railway station. It was renamed Redburn Square in honour of a First World War hero.

Holywood War Memorial

Redburn Square


Co. Down

BT18 9HZ

United Kingdom

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, London features a 6′ tall bronze soldier in full kit standing in the “on guard” position. Merrifield was a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Mrs. Dunlop of St. Helen’s unveiled the memorial. She was the widow of the local GP whose eldest son was one of the first soldiers from Holywood, Co. Down to die in World War One. 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 VC. He was the second son of John Dunville and Violet Dunville of Redburn House, Holywood, Co. Down.

Holywood War Memorial

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

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.

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GordonJames HamiltonPilot OfficerRoyal Air Force
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HillJohn StewartFlight SergeantRoyal Air Force
IrwinJohn Cecil BrandonSergeantRoyal Air Force
IrwinWilliam ThomasFlight LieutenantRoyal Air Force
JeffersonJohn FrazerMasterMerchant Navy
JeffersonThomas FrancisWarrant OfficerRoyal Air Force
LeckeyGeorge McClellandSecond OfficerMerchant Navy
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MunceIan LindsayPilot OfficerRoyal Air Force
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