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|
William Alexander Dempster
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 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.
Samuel Rutherford Morrison
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.