Milltown Cemetery, Falls Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Milltown Cemetery in Belfast, Co. Antrim has become synonymous with Irish Nationalism and Republicanism but people from all walks of life are buried here.

Milltown Cemetery

546 Falls Road

Belfast

Co. Antrim

BT12 6EQ

United Kingdom

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 NameFirst Name(s)RankDate of DeathGrave Reference
AdamowiczKlemensSergeant20th December 1943A.LG.45
AdamsJohn Gerald PatrickSergeant25th April 1943B.K.97
BoyleJohnFusilier23rd December 1940B.D.94
BrennanPatrick JosephFireman12th November 1941A.SF.52
CassidyFrancisAble Seaman12th May 1946A.QF.41
CharletonRobertAircraftman 1st Class11th May 1940B.YB.71
CliffordJamesFusilier14th December 1945A.LG.44
CorriganOwenGuardsman30th July 1944A.LF.39
CosgroveJames PatrickLeading Aircraftman2nd November 1946B.SF.19
CushFelixFireman and Trimmer6th June 1946B.DG.45
CzerniawskiStanislawPlatoon Leader20th December 1943A.LG.46
DeveryKeith ThomasSergeant15th May 1943A.LG.40
DonnellyBernardPrivate20th January 1940A.AG.37
DuffyPatrickPrivate18th April 1941B.HF.24
FogartyPatrickGreaser7th September 1947B.Z.206
HarteEdwardAble Seaman22nd October 1940B.NG.46
HefferlinJohnRifleman16th March 1941A.LG.37
HobaJames WaclawWarrant Officer Class I17th July 1943A.LG.43
HolmesRichard KevinFlight Sergeant15th May 1943A.LG.41
KeaneThomasCorporal5th May 1941A.LG.Memorial
KearneyJamesPrivate26th May 1945A.LG.50
KiernanFrancis JosephStoker 1st Class21st January 1946B.MA.201
KowalewiczPawelPlatoon Leader20th December 1943A.LG.47
LeenThomas JohnRifleman24th January 1941A.LG.36
LewandowskiEdwardCorporal30th April 1942A.LG.39
LeydenPatrick PearseCraftsman8th May 1944B.OB.213
LugowskiKazimierzSenior Private20th December 1943A.LG.49
LunneyThomasLeading Aircraftman22nd July 1947B.T.105
MacArdleArthur AloysiusSergeant24th May 1944B.OA.103
MohanJamesDonkeyman18th September 1940B.OF.50
MooreBernardPrivate20th July 1940B.LG.55
MooreJames SimonPrivate5th May 1941A.LG.Memorial
MorrisJohnPrivate7th September 1943A.KA.77
McAlisterSamuel PatrickCorporal9th September 1941B.RB.208
McAllisterJohnDriver31st May 1942A.HG.13
McAnultyDaniel JosephLance Sergeant26th November 1941A.DF.53
McCorryTerenceSergeant14th November 1941A.KF.65
McCulloughJohnDriver30th April 1945A.KF.65
McDonaldRandallLeading Aircraftman10th March 1946B.RA.220
McGennityWilliam HRifleman16th April 1941B.NG.26
McGivernRobertPrivate19th September 1943A.HG.45
McIlweeJohnRifleman31st May 1944B.ZF.38
McIntyreJohn JosephGunner30th July 1945B.ZF.50
McKearnonCharlesPrivate5th September 1947B.NA.56
McKennaFrancisPrivate18th September 1942B.VC.65
McKennaOwenGreaser30th March 1944B.HA.90
McLarnonPaulSergeant3rd September 1942B.VA.93
McMahonDenis GilesTrooper23rd April 1942B.Z.73
O'BrienJohnCorporal27th May 1943A.LG.42
O'MalleyFrancis GeraldFlight Sergeant1st February 1944A.DF.33
OsbenJamesPrivate5th May 1941R.LG.Memorial
PietrzakWincentyCorporal20th December 1943A.LG.48
PudelkoJozef AntoniCorporal23rd April 1942A.LG.38
RaffertyThomasPrivate7th November 1940A.TF.30
ReillyCharlesGreaser20th February 1941B.SF.41
RobbWilliam JosephFireman19th December 1943B.NG.37
ShortJohnDriver31st May 1942B.RB.208
WardWilliamDonkeyman1st February 1946A.AF.19
WhinneryThomasFusilier22nd July 1947B.UF.22
WrightJamesCorporal4th March 1944B.KB.68

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 Independence Day at Milltown Cemetery

WartimeNI Photo: The Polish flag flies above the graves of members of the Polish Air Force buried in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Photo taken on 11th November 2017. Copyright Scott Edgar.

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