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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.