Milltown Cemetery lies in the townland of Ballymurphy, Belfast, Co. Antrim. The large Roman Catholic burial ground is between the Falls Road and the M1 motorway.
Milltown Cemetery opened in 1869 as Belfast’s Catholic population grew. It is sometimes portrayed as a Nationalist or Irish Republican graveyard. Most of the dead, though, are ordinary everyday Catholics from the Belfast area. In total, more than 200,000 people lie at rest in Milltown.
There are three large open areas about the size of a football pitch designated as poor ground. 80,000 people lie in the poor ground. Many of them died in the great flu pandemic of 1919.
Commonwealth War Graves in Milltown Cemetery
There are 52 World War Two Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves in Milltown Cemetery. Another 8 graves are those of foreign nationals who died on service in Northern Ireland. The focal point is a Cross of Sacrifice and a Screen Wall Memorial listing service people with unmarked graves. Vandals set fire to this memorial in 2017 causing scorch damage.
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Date of Death||Grave Reference|
|Adamowicz||Klemens||Sergeant||20th December 1943||A.LG.45|
|Adams||John Gerald Patrick||Sergeant||25th April 1943||B.K.97|
|Boyle||John||Fusilier||23rd December 1940||B.D.94|
|Brennan||Patrick Joseph||Fireman||12th November 1941||A.SF.52|
|Cassidy||Francis||Able Seaman||12th May 1946||A.QF.41|
|Charleton||Robert||Aircraftman 1st Class||11th May 1940||B.YB.71|
|Clifford||James||Fusilier||14th December 1945||A.LG.44|
|Corrigan||Owen||Guardsman||30th July 1944||A.LF.39|
|Cosgrove||James Patrick||Leading Aircraftman||2nd November 1946||B.SF.19|
|Cush||Felix||Fireman and Trimmer||6th June 1946||B.DG.45|
|Czerniawski||Stanislaw||Platoon Leader||20th December 1943||A.LG.46|
|Devery||Keith Thomas||Sergeant||15th May 1943||A.LG.40|
|Donnelly||Bernard||Private||20th January 1940||A.AG.37|
|Duffy||Patrick||Private||18th April 1941||B.HF.24|
|Fogarty||Patrick||Greaser||7th September 1947||B.Z.206|
|Harte||Edward||Able Seaman||22nd October 1940||B.NG.46|
|Hefferlin||John||Rifleman||16th March 1941||A.LG.37|
|Hoba||James Waclaw||Warrant Officer Class I||17th July 1943||A.LG.43|
|Holmes||Richard Kevin||Flight Sergeant||15th May 1943||A.LG.41|
|Keane||Thomas||Corporal||5th May 1941||A.LG.Memorial|
|Kearney||James||Private||26th May 1945||A.LG.50|
|Kiernan||Francis Joseph||Stoker 1st Class||21st January 1946||B.MA.201|
|Kowalewicz||Pawel||Platoon Leader||20th December 1943||A.LG.47|
|Leen||Thomas John||Rifleman||24th January 1941||A.LG.36|
|Lewandowski||Edward||Corporal||30th April 1942||A.LG.39|
|Leyden||Patrick Pearse||Craftsman||8th May 1944||B.OB.213|
|Lugowski||Kazimierz||Senior Private||20th December 1943||A.LG.49|
|Lunney||Thomas||Leading Aircraftman||22nd July 1947||B.T.105|
|MacArdle||Arthur Aloysius||Sergeant||24th May 1944||B.OA.103|
|Mohan||James||Donkeyman||18th September 1940||B.OF.50|
|Moore||Bernard||Private||20th July 1940||B.LG.55|
|Moore||James Simon||Private||5th May 1941||A.LG.Memorial|
|Morris||John||Private||7th September 1943||A.KA.77|
|McAlister||Samuel Patrick||Corporal||9th September 1941||B.RB.208|
|McAllister||John||Driver||31st May 1942||A.HG.13|
|McAnulty||Daniel Joseph||Lance Sergeant||26th November 1941||A.DF.53|
|McCorry||Terence||Sergeant||14th November 1941||A.KF.65|
|McCullough||John||Driver||30th April 1945||A.KF.65|
|McDonald||Randall||Leading Aircraftman||10th March 1946||B.RA.220|
|McGennity||William H||Rifleman||16th April 1941||B.NG.26|
|McGivern||Robert||Private||19th September 1943||A.HG.45|
|McIlwee||John||Rifleman||31st May 1944||B.ZF.38|
|McIntyre||John Joseph||Gunner||30th July 1945||B.ZF.50|
|McKearnon||Charles||Private||5th September 1947||B.NA.56|
|McKenna||Francis||Private||18th September 1942||B.VC.65|
|McKenna||Owen||Greaser||30th March 1944||B.HA.90|
|McLarnon||Paul||Sergeant||3rd September 1942||B.VA.93|
|McMahon||Denis Giles||Trooper||23rd April 1942||B.Z.73|
|O'Brien||John||Corporal||27th May 1943||A.LG.42|
|O'Malley||Francis Gerald||Flight Sergeant||1st February 1944||A.DF.33|
|Osben||James||Private||5th May 1941||R.LG.Memorial|
|Pietrzak||Wincenty||Corporal||20th December 1943||A.LG.48|
|Pudelko||Jozef Antoni||Corporal||23rd April 1942||A.LG.38|
|Rafferty||Thomas||Private||7th November 1940||A.TF.30|
|Reilly||Charles||Greaser||20th February 1941||B.SF.41|
|Robb||William Joseph||Fireman||19th December 1943||B.NG.37|
|Short||John||Driver||31st May 1942||B.RB.208|
|Ward||William||Donkeyman||1st February 1946||A.AF.19|
|Whinnery||Thomas||Fusilier||22nd July 1947||B.UF.22|
|Wright||James||Corporal||4th March 1944||B.KB.68|
Patrick Joseph Brennan
Fireman Patrick Joseph Brennan served on board the Merchant Navy steamer SS Ranger during the Second World War. His grave is in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.
James Patrick Cosgrove
Leading Aircraftman James Patrick Cosgrove is buried in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. He died in November 1946 after serving with the RAF.
Having seen action in The Great War with the Royal Irish Rifles, Patrick Fogarty from Sailortown in North Belfast joined the Merchant Navy in World War Two.
Able Seaman Edward Harte died on 22nd October 1940 while undergoing naval training at HMS President III, a Royal Navy land base in Bristol, United Kingdom.
Rifleman John Hefferlin was one of three men from the Royal Ulster Rifles who died in a road vehicle collision on 16th March 1942 at Dunadry, Co. Antrim.
Stoker 1st Class
Francis Joseph Kiernan
Stoker 1st Class Francis Joseph Kiernan died on 21st January 1946 in Belfast, Co. Antrim. He was injured while serving with the Royal Navy in Singapore.
Thomas John Leen
Rifleman Thomas John Leen died on 24th January 1941 aged 19 years old. Although born in Liverpool, England, his place of death was Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Samuel Patrick McAlister
Corporal Samuel Patrick McAlister of Belfast, Co. Antrim served in the Royal Air Force in World War Two and died on active service on 9th September 1941.
Daniel Joseph McAnulty
Born in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Lance Sergeant Daniel Joseph McAnulty served with the Royal Ulster Rifles in the UK when he died on 26th November 1941.
Sergeant Terence McCorry was an air gunner with RAF 95 Squadron. He served in West Africa in 1941 when he died as a result of action with an enemy plane.
Private Robert McGivern served in 12th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment during World War Two. He died in September 1943 and his grave is in Belfast.
Private Charles McKearnon of Belfast, Co. Antrim served in the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Sussex) during World War Two. He died after the war in 1947.
Private Francis McKenna was born in Belfast, Co. Antrim and served with the Pioneer Corps during World War Two. He died in Belfast on 18th September 1942.
Sergeant Paul McLarnon served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 3rd September 1942 when Vickers Wellington DV718 came down in Yorkshire.
Donkeyman James Mohan served in the Merchant Navy and was working in the engine room of HMS Dunvegan Castle when the Belfast-built ship came under attack.
Pioneer Corps Private Thomas Rafferty lived in Bessbrook, Co. Armagh with his wife Nora. He died on 7th November 1940 having served in both World Wars.
Greaser Charles Reilly died on 20th February 1941 after SS Housatonic came under Luftwaffe attack. His grave is in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Milltown also features a mass grave of victims of the Belfast Blitz. Many of those killed remained unidentified after the 1941 attacks. A similar mass grave exists in the nearby Belfast City Cemetery. An inscription on the Milltown mass grave reads:
Sacred to the memory of unidentified victims of enemy action. Belfast. April 1941. RIP.
Polish Airmen in Milltown
These men from the Polish Air Force are laid to rest in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Flight Sergeant Klemens Adamowicz (P-780537) served as a pilot instructor in the Polish Air Force and is buried in Milltown Cemetery, West Belfast.
Flight Sergeant Stanislaw Czerniawski (P-794362) served as a pilot in the Polish Air Force and is buried in Milltown Cemetery, West Belfast.
Flight Sergeant Pawel Kowalewicz (P-703968) served as a wireless radio operator in the Polish Air Force and is buried in Milltown Cemetery, West Belfast.
Sergeant Edward Lewandowski served in the Polish Air Force. He was a member of No. 6 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit operating from RAF Sydenham, Belfast.
Flight Sergeant Kazimierz Lugowski (P-703438) served as a gunner in the Polish Air Force and is buried in Milltown Cemetery, West Belfast.
Flight Sergeant Wincenty Pietrzak (P-782657) served as a gunner in the Polish Air Force and is buried in Milltown Cemetery, West Belfast.