The Portadown War Memorial stands in front of St. Mark's Church of Ireland in Church Street at the top of the town. Four bronze panels list the names of those killed in World War One and World War Two.
The memorial features a bronze group around 4 metres high on a base of Irish granite. The group of figures features an angel placing a wreath on the head of a wounded soldier. The soldier’s helmet has fallen back. It shows his head, representing fortitude, courage, and sacrifice for his country. Both figures stand on a base of sandbags and a gas mask symbolising the battlefield.
The tower of the nearby St. Mark’s Church of Ireland is also dedicated as a memorial to the fallen.
Unveiling the Portadown War Memorial
Lieutenant General Sir Travers Clarke GBE KCB KCMG unveiled the Portadown War Memorial on 13th November 1925.
A public service on Sunday 11th November 1951 unveiled the memorial to the fallen of World War Two. The event began at 1035hrs with a parade by members of the British Legion, Territorial Army, and other ex-service members. A four-page booklet issued at the time documents the occasion.
After the singing of a hymn, Dr. George Dougan unveiled the new plaque. He was a General Practitioner from the nearby Church Street surgery.
Reverend GFH Byrne, a Royal Air Force Chaplain dedicated the plaque and read out the names of those it commemorated.
Those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War 1939-1945.
The Last Post and Reveille sounded and Mayor Alderman RJ Magowan laid a wreath on behalf of the borough. The British Legion, Territorial Army, Royal Ulster Constabulary, Royal Navy, Royal Artillery, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Royal Air Force, Army Cadet Force, Women’s Royal Army Corps, and youth organisations also laid wreaths.
Remembering The Fallen
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Regiment|
|Archer||Thomas||Lance Sergeant||Royal Navy|
|Berry||Francis||Private||Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders|
|Black||Richard Alexander||Private||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Blair||Bramwell||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Bleeks||William James||Leading Aircraftman||Royal Air Force|
|Boyce||Samuel J||Lance Bombardier||Royal Artillery|
|Callaghan||WE||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Clayton||Samuel Joseph||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Clulow||James Ernest Ivor||Sergeant||North Irish Horse|
|Craig||William J||Fusilier||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Crossan||Robert||Fusilier||Royal Irish Fusiliers|
|Currie||Ernest Stewart||Driver||Royal Army Service Corps|
|Dawson||Thomas||Pilot Officer||Royal Air Force|
|Dougan||Hampton Atkinson||Lieutenant Colonel||Royal Army Medical Corps|
|England||Norman Nicholas||Sergeant||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|England||Thomas Henry||Lance Sergeant||Irish Guards|
|Gillis||David||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Grimley||Patrick||Lance Corporal||Corps of Military Police|
|Hall||Alfred||Fusilier||Royal Irish Fusiliers|
|Hamilton||Albert||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Hunniford||George||Sergeant||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Hunter||William James Graham||Stoker||Royal Navy|
|Irwin||Robert James||Fusilier||South Staffordshire Regiment|
|Kane||Henry||Signalman||Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve|
|Kerr||Samuel John||Aircraftman 2nd Class||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Liggett||John Joseph||Private||Pioneer Corps|
|Ludlow||Robert James||Sergeant||Royal Artillery|
|Lutton||Howard||Lance Corporal||Special Air Service Regiment|
|Lynas||Ernest||Lance Corporal||Parachute Regiment|
|Lynas||R||Corporal||Royal Air Force|
|Lyttle||Albert||Corporal||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Lyttle||George Aubrey||Signalman||Royal Corps of Signals|
|McClatchey||David||Rifleman||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|McConaghie||Joseph||Fusilier||Royal Irish Fusiliers|
|McVeigh||Charles Joseph||Sergeant||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Maginn||Henry Howard||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Murphy||William James||Private||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|O'Neill||John||Private||Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders|
|Picken||Ian JJ||Lieutenant||Durham Light Infantry|
|Prentice||Norman||Driver||Royal Army Service Corps|
|Robinson||George||Lance Corporal||Special Air Service|
|Roney||Hugh||Lance Sergeant||Royal Artillery|
|Seale||Theophilus John||Lieutenant||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Seale||William Terrence Chambers||Squadron Leader||Royal Air Force|
|Smart||William Joseph||Warrant Officer||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Smith||E||Private||King's Own Scottish Borderers|
|Stanfield||William John||Gunner||Royal Horse Artillery|
|Tinman||Albert||Corporal||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Todd||David Dawson||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Tweedie||James Taylor||Trooper||North Irish Horse|
|Webb||Samuel||Driver||Royal Army Service Corps|
|Whitla||James||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Wilson||George Joseph||Sergeant||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Wilson||James S||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Wilson||Valentine Robertson||Sergeant||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|Wolsey||William Henry||Lance Corporal||Royal Scots|
|Wright||Irene||Sister||Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service|
|Wright||Alexander||Private||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Wright||Wilfred||Aircraftman 2nd Class||Royal Air Force|
Names added in 2018
A project was undertaken in Portadown to mark the centenary of the end of The Great War resulted in many more names added to the town war memorial. The following also perished during World War Two.
|Last Name||First Name(s)||Rank||Regiment|
|Bell||George Wilfred||Third Radio Officer||Merchant Navy|
|Benson||John George||Private||Pioneer Corps|
|Burke||Aubrey||Corporal||Royal Ulster Rifles|
|Cole||Norman||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|Hazlett||Samuel Alexander||Lance Corporal||Royal Hamilton Light Infantry|
|Hewitt||Robert Ernest||Lance Corporal||British Expeditionary Force|
|Hutchinson||William Robert||Private||Toronto Scottish Regiment|
|Kane||Samuel||Lance Corporal||Royal Irish Fusiliers|
|Lutton||William John Kirkpatrick||Able Seaman||Royal Navy|
|McCullough||David||Fusilier||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|McDonald||Peter Frank||Flying Officer||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve|
|McFadden||James||Private||Army Air Corps|
|McKnight||Frederick||Private||Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry|
|Pidgeon||Samuel||Lance Corporal||Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Robinson||Thomas||Sergeant||Royal Air Force|
|Summerville||William||Craftsman||Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers|
|Topping||Jocelyn||Leading Aircraftwoman||Women's Auxiliary Air Force|
|Whittle||James||Second Engineer Officer||Canadian Merchant Navy|
Private • 7013410
Private Francis Berry of Portadown, Co. Armagh served in the Ulster Rifles and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before his death on 1st September 1944.
John George Benson
Private • 13014845
Private John George Benson died on 13th March 1944. He served in the Pioneer Corps at his time of death. His name features on the Portadown War Memorial.
William James Bleeks
Leading Aircraftman • 1035372
Leading Aircraftman William James Bleeks of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 20th June 1942 after a motor vehicle accident at RAF Skeabrae, Orkney, Scotland.
Corporal • 7046114
Corporal Aubrey Burke died on 16th August 1946. The former soldier had demobilised from the Royal Ulster Rifles and returned to his hometown of Portadown.
Able Seaman • D/JX 302541
Able Seaman Norman Cole from Portadown, Co. Armagh served on board HMS Renown at the time of his death towards the end of the war on 20th April 1945.
William John Craig
Fusilier • 6984364
Fusilier William John Craig of Portadown, Co. Armagh served with 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died on 21st May 1941.
Ernest Stewart Currie
Driver • T/107789
Ernest Stewart Currie of Portadown, Co. Armagh was a Driver in the Royal Army Service Corps at his time of death towards the end of war on 18th June 1945.
Sergeant • 950488
RAF 219 Squadron were at RAF Tangmere, Sussex when Radar Operator George Hunniford of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on active service on 15th December 1941.
Samuel John Kerr
Aircraftman 2nd Class • 976712
Aircraftman 2nd Class Samuel John Kerr from Railway Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh died in England on 26th November 1940 while training with the RAF.
William John Kirkpatrick Lutton
Able Seaman • D/JX 707600
Royal Navy Able Seaman William John Kirkpatrick Lutton of 78 Montague Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh died as a result of a tragic fall on 12th August 1946.
Lance Corporal • 7043594
Lance Corporal Ernest Lynas of Laurelvale, Co. Armagh lived in nearby Portadown. He died on 25th September 1944 during the military retreat from Arnhem.
Henry Howard Maginn
Sergeant • 637636
Sergeant Henry Howard Maginn's name appears on Portadown's War Memorial. He died in September 1942 on the return from a bombing raid on Dusseldorf, Germany.
Charles Joseph McVeigh
Sergeant • 7013567
Sergeant Charles Joseph McVeigh of Lurgan, Co. Armagh died on 12th August 1944 during the Battle of Normandy. He landed on Sword Beach on D-Day in 1944.
Private • 3327269
Private John O'Neill of Portadown, Co. Armagh served in 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders when he died in Italy on 4th September 1944.
Gunner • 956614
Gunner George Pentland from Portadown, Co. Armagh served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War and died as a result of an accident in England.
Bombardier • 1453086
Bombardier Hugh Roney died on 26th July 1942 in his hometown of Portadown, Co. Armagh. He served in 43rd Searchlight Regiment of the Royal Artillery.
Leading Aircraftwoman • 2165455
Leading Aircraftwoman Jocelyn Topping from Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 26th June 1947 while serving with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force after the war.
James Taylor Tweedie
Trooper • 7902799
Trooper James Taylor Tweedie of Portadown, Co. Armagh was with North irish Horse at the time of his death on active service in Italy on 6th September 1944.
William Henry Wolsey
Lance Corporal • 7047419
Lance Corporal William Henry Wolsey of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 9th August 1944 while serving in Normandy with 11th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.