Portadown War Memorial, Church Street, Portadown, Co Armagh

The Portadown War Memorial, made of bronze and Irish granite, stands in front of St. Mark's Church of Ireland in the Co. Armagh town commemorating men and women from the area who died in both World Wars.

Portadown War Memorial

Church Street

Portadown

Co. Armagh

BT62 3LG

United Kingdom

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 NameFirst Name(s)RankRegiment
ArcherThomasLance SergeantRoyal Navy
BerryFrancisPrivateArgyll & Sutherland Highlanders
BlackRichard AlexanderPrivateRoyal Ulster Rifles
BlairBramwellSergeantRoyal Air Force
BleeksWilliam JamesLeading AircraftmanRoyal Air Force
BoyceSamuel JLance BombardierRoyal Artillery
CallaghanWESergeantRoyal Air Force
ClaytonSamuel JosephSergeantRoyal Air Force
ClulowJames Ernest IvorSergeantNorth Irish Horse
CraigJamesStokerRoyal Navy
CraigWilliam JFusilierRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
CrossanRobertFusilierRoyal Irish Fusiliers
CurrieErnest StewartDriverRoyal Army Service Corps
DawsonThomasPilot OfficerRoyal Air Force
DouganHampton AtkinsonLieutenant ColonelRoyal Army Medical Corps
EnglandNorman NicholasSergeantRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
EnglandThomas HenryLance SergeantIrish Guards
GillisDavidSergeantRoyal Air Force
GrimleyPatrickLance CorporalCorps of Military Police
HallAlfredFusilierRoyal Irish Fusiliers
HamiltonAlbertAble SeamanRoyal Navy
HunnifordGeorgeSergeantRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
HunterWilliam James GrahamStokerRoyal Navy
IrwinRobert JamesFusilierSouth Staffordshire Regiment
KaneHenrySignalmanRoyal Naval Volunteer Reserve
KerrSamuel JohnAircraftman 2nd ClassRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
LiggettJohn JosephPrivatePioneer Corps
LudlowRobert JamesSergeantRoyal Artillery
LuttonHowardLance CorporalSpecial Air Service Regiment
LynasErnestLance CorporalParachute Regiment
LynasRCorporalRoyal Air Force
HarrisonJohnCorporalPioneer Corps
LyttleAlbertCorporalRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
LyttleGeorge AubreySignalmanRoyal Corps of Signals
McCannArthurPrivateBorder Regiment
McCannGeorgePrivateRoyal Scots
McClatcheyDavidRiflemanRoyal Ulster Rifles
McConaghieJosephFusilierRoyal Irish Fusiliers
McVeighCharles JosephSergeantRoyal Ulster Rifles
MaginnHenry HowardSergeantRoyal Air Force
MurphyWilliam JamesPrivateRoyal Ulster Rifles
O'NeillJohnPrivateArgyll & Sutherland Highlanders
PentlandGeorgeGunnerRoyal Artillery
PickenIan JJLieutenantDurham Light Infantry
PrenticeNormanDriverRoyal Army Service Corps
RobinsonGeorgeLance CorporalSpecial Air Service
RoneyHughLance SergeantRoyal Artillery
SealeTheophilus JohnLieutenantRoyal Ulster Rifles
SealeWilliam Terrence ChambersSquadron LeaderRoyal Air Force
SmartWilliam JosephWarrant OfficerRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
SmithEPrivateKing's Own Scottish Borderers
StanfieldWilliam JohnGunnerRoyal Horse Artillery
TinmanAlbertCorporalRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
ToddDavid DawsonSergeantRoyal Air Force
TopleyHerbertPrivateRoyal Scots
TurbittJohnBombardierRoyal Artillery
TweedieJames TaylorTrooperNorth Irish Horse
WebbSamuelDriverRoyal Army Service Corps
WhitlaJamesAble SeamanRoyal Navy
WilsonGeorge JosephSergeantRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
WilsonJames SSergeantRoyal Air Force
WilsonValentine RobertsonSergeantRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
WolseyWilliam HenryLance CorporalRoyal Scots
WrightIreneSisterQueen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
WrightAlexanderPrivateRoyal Ulster Rifles
WrightWilfredAircraftman 2nd ClassRoyal 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 NameFirst Name(s)RankRegiment
BellGeorge WilfredThird Radio OfficerMerchant Navy
BensonJohn GeorgePrivatePioneer Corps
BurkeAubreyCorporalRoyal Ulster Rifles
ColeNormanAble SeamanRoyal Navy
GibsonJamesGunnerRoyal Artillery
HamillJamesCattlemanMerchant Navy
HazlettSamuel AlexanderLance CorporalRoyal Hamilton Light Infantry
HewittRobert ErnestLance CorporalBritish Expeditionary Force
HutchinsonWilliam RobertPrivateToronto Scottish Regiment
KaneSamuelLance CorporalRoyal Irish Fusiliers
KaneVincentSergeantRoyal Artillery
LuttonWilliam John KirkpatrickAble SeamanRoyal Navy
McCulloughDavidFusilierRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
McDonaldPeter FrankFlying OfficerRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
McFaddenJamesPrivateArmy Air Corps
McKnightFrederickPrivateDuke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
MorrisonJohnPrivatePioneer Corps
PidgeonSamuelLance CorporalRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers
RobinsonThomasSergeantRoyal Air Force
SummervilleWilliamCraftsmanRoyal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
ToppingJocelynLeading AircraftwomanWomen's Auxiliary Air Force
WhittleJamesSecond Engineer OfficerCanadian Merchant Navy

Francis Berry

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

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.

Aubrey Burke

Aubrey Burke

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.

Norman Cole

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.

George Hunniford

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.

Ernest Lynas

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.

John O'Neill

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.

George Pentland

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.

Hugh Roney

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.

Jocelyn Topping

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.

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