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 Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Regiment|
|Anderson||John||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Berner||Robert Victor||Leading Writer||Royal Navy|
|Dempster||William Alexander||Leading Stoker||Royal Navy|
|Fee||James Alexander||Fireman||Merchant Navy|
|Gilmore||John||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Gordon||John Eyre Gisborne||Captain||Royal Artillery|
|Jess||Samuel Hugh Albert||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Kelly||Charles||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Killops||Thomas||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Morrison||Samuel Rutherford||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Morrow||Samuel||Lieutenant||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|McDowell||David||Private||King's Own Scottish Borderers|
|Thompson||Thomas Martin||Leading Aircraftman||Royal 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.
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.
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.
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.