Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Seagoe Cemetery in the Co. Armagh town of Portadown contains fourteen Commonwealth War Graves relating to World War Two dating between 1940 and 1946.

Seagoe Cemetery

59 Seagoe Road

Portadown

Co. Armagh

BT63 5HS

United Kingdom

Seagoe Cemetery is next to the Seagoe Parish Church on the outskirts of Portadown, Co. Armagh. The graveyard is the final resting place of fourteen men who died during World War Two.

The parish name of Seagoe in Co. Armagh is associated with Saint Gobhan. Today’s parish name could stem from either the Latin or Irish for Gobhan’s house. Dating back to around 540 AD, it is one of Ireland’s most ancient Christian settlements. A mound among the ruins of the old church exists where the first house of Gobhan once stood.

In its earliest days, the church or house of prayer served a large community living in the Lough Neagh lowlands between what is now Portadown and Lurgan. The early churches suffered from the violence of the 1600s as colonists fought against the native Irish.

The current church, situated across the road from Seagoe Cemetery, began life in 1816. At the time, it was a plain building but over the years a chancel was added and many improvements made.

The east window in St Mark’s Cathedral, Armagh is a copy of the one in Seagoe. The mosaic tiling in the church’s chancel comes from a Scandinavian design found on a coin buried in the crypt.

Commonwealth War Graves in Seagoe Cemetery

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 14 grave plots in Seagoe Cemetery on Seagoe Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Last NameFirst Name(s)Date of DeathGrave
BleeksWilliam James20th June 1942B 78
BurkeAubrey16th August 1946Old Ground 1167
ColeNorman20th April 1945E 13
CraigWilliam John21st May 1941E 158
CurrieErnest Stewart18th June 1945C 37
DoakRobert Victor24th September 1942B 318
KerrSamuel John26th November 1940Old Ground 1384
LuttonWilliam John Kirkpatrick12th August 1946Old Ground 736
PentlandGeorge20th September 1942Old Ground 765
KaneVincent18th March 1946M 337
HunnifordGeorge15th December 1941A 5 5
MaginnHenry Howard11th September 1942A 5 10
RoneyHugh26th July 1942B 6 6
WilsonSamuel James19th July 1942A 4 26
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.

Robert Victor Doak

Corporal | 639860

Corporal Robert Victor Doak served with Royal Air Force Coastal Command 51 Squadron at RAF Chivenor, Devon at the time of his death on 24th September 1942.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel James Wilson

Samuel James Wilson

Sergeant | 1026302

Samuel James Wilson of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 19th July 1942 when Vickers Wellington DV800 came down in the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales.