Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
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Casualties
No Mem Ref Service No Rank Name Regiment / Service Battalion Date Of Death
1 D/SSX 26862 Able Seaman Tyre, Patrick Joseph Royal Navy HMS Stronghold 02/03/1942
2 13009152 L/Corp Stirrup, George Pioneer Corps 13/06/1943
3 T/6985220 Driver McGeown, Frank Royal Army Service Corps 17/03/1945
4 13003876 Pte. Murphy, John Joseph Pioneer Corps 50th Company 17/06/1940
5 1796421 Sgt. Loughrin, Robert Thomas Garth Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 29/02/1944
6 D/KX132149 Lead Stoker Johnston, George Usher Royal Navy HMS Kenya 13/12/1943
7 6980686 Fusilier Gildea, Robert Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 19/07/1943
8 7047221 Fusilier Henry, Isaac Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Battalion 15/04/1943
9 13805100 Staff Sgt. Pellegrini, Eugenio Pioneer Corps 12/12/1943
10 6972028 Sgt. Neill, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 5th Battalion 22/04/1945
11 14410593 Pte. Reid, Gordon Parachute Regiment 7th Battalion 07/07/1944
12 623923 Sgt. Nelson, Thomas Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 158 Squadron 20/02/1944
13 625299 Aircraftman Irvine, William Charles Royal Air Force 220 Squadron 11/06/1940
14 638353 Aircraftman Stewart, Frederick Royal Air Force 27/12/1940
15 6982809 Fusilier Harkness, William J Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 19/07/1943
16 1st Radio Scott, Samuel John Jackson Merchant Navy MV Upwey Grange 08/08/1940
17 6985550 Fusilier Purvis, Victor George Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Battalion 03/06/1942
18 14418439 L/Corp Rollins, George Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 6th Battalion 15/05/1944
19 6976636 Sgt. Gildea, Thomas James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 17/05/1940
20 6985178 L/Corp Greer, Henry Royal Ulster Rifles 6th Air Landing Brigade 08/06/1944
21 7042852 Fusilier Slaine, William Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Battalion 23/05/1940
22 652473 Sgt. Brown, Edward Royal Air Force 224 Squadron 06/02/1942
23 D/SSX 20220 Able Seaman Curran, Andrew Royal Navy HMS Glorious 09/06/1940
24 1670597 Sgt. Freeburn, Alexander Henry Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 514 Squadron 22/05/1944
25 5437164 Corp Dunn, James Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 5th Battalion 23/11/1944
26 PLY/X3717 Marine Duncan, Samuel George Royal Marines HMS Repulse 19/07/1943
27 P/SSX 14757 Able Seaman Darragh, William Royal Navy HMS Grenville 19/01/1940
28 D/SMX268 Blacksmith Freeman, William Hugh Royal Navy HMS Leonian 07/02/1944
29 Unknown Crawford, M Unknown
30 6976709 Fusilier Crawford, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 30/12/1939
31 6979734 Fusilier McGuckin, Ernest Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 27/12/1946
32 1873670 Sapper Cardwell, Robert John Royal Engineers 2nd Field Company 09/12/1941
33 3066 Sgt. Burns, Joseph John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 07/08/1920
34 754377 Flt. Sgt Berkeley, Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 85 Squadron 14/06/1941
35 Unknown Bell (WW2), P Unknown
36 FX76845 POA Bayne, Alan Miller Cameron Royal Navy HMS Condor Air Station 17/02/1943
37 6986237 Pte. Barker, Thomas James (Tot) Special Air Service Regiment 08/08/1944
38 1532034 Sgt. Crane, Thomas Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 101 Squadron 28/07/1944
39 131970 Fly Off Henry, Andrew Alexander Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 50 Squadron 10/05/1944
40 6982776 Fusilier O'Neill, Hugh Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 07/04/1943
41 13007917 Pte. Nelson, William Pioneer Corps 17/06/1940
42 6979112 Fusilier Purvis, Samuel John Royal Irish Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 25/04/1942
Location
Town : Cookstown
Latitude : 54.647652
Lontitude : -6.745295
Date Unveiled :
Cookstown Cenotaph is located in the centre of the retail area of the town in William Street, between Orritor Street / Coagh Street crossroads and the Burn Road junction.

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Memorial History
In the early 1920’s a committee was set up in Cookstown to decide a way to honour the fallen of the First World War. The members of the committee were divided as to the form the Memorial would take. It was proposed that the cost of the Memorial would be provided by public subscription.
Over the next few years, public monies were collected by the members of the committee. By the mid 1920’s the funds proved to be insufficient and were either given back to those who subscribed or allowed to be in abeyance until such times as a decision was made.
In 1926 the matter was taken up by the local branch of the Royal British Legion. It was thought that those who survived the war and returned may be best able to judge, what would be an appropriate way to honour their fallen comrades. It was suggested, that the Cenotaph in London presented as good as any form of Memorial. The proposal was carried and public subscriptions were again collected by members of the committee under the supervision of Mr. J.D. Anderson, Cookstown.
The Cookstown War Memorial is a replica of the Cenotaph in London, and is built of silver grey granite from the Moore quarry in Newry, County Down. It stands 17 feet high on a granite base 9 feet, 9 inches by 7 feet 3 inches. It is surrounded by a concrete step, 14 feet by 12 feet.
The names of the ‘Fallen’ are inscribed in Castleduff limestone on the east and west facing panels headed by the inscription, “In grateful memory of the men from Cookstown and district who in the Great War gave their lives for freedom”. Both panels were at one time electrically lit by two flambeaux on either face. The south side of the Memorial bears the inscription, “Our Glorious Dead”. The north and south sides also show two wreaths with the dates of commencement and conclusion of the First World War. The Memorial was supplied and erected by Purdy and Millard of Belfast.
On the morning of Easter Monday, 18th April 1927, ex-servicemen assembled outside the Post Office in Cookstown, and marched in slow time, headed by Cookstown Pipe Band, led by Pipe-Major McCormack. In the front rank of the procession were Lieutenant Colonel Lewis of Tullylagan, President of the Royal British Legion; Captain J. Leeper, Chairman of the Legion; Captain J.B. Knox, Commander and Lieutenant Hopper. The men marched to the Memorial, where they formed a square, kept by the Royal Ulster Constabulary under the supervision of District-Inspector Hall, M.B.E. On the steps of the memorial stood, a Sergeant, a Corporal, a Lance Corporal and a Fusilier of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers acting as escort, one standing at each corner of the Memorial, with two buglers standing at the south side of the Memorial, under the supervision of Major Alexander, D.S.O. Around the square, crowded the relatives and members of the local council. At 11.00am, all stood to attention as Mr. Thomas Gibson, Chairman, Urban District Council, gave a short address and paid tribute to those who gave their lives in the war and then introduced Mrs. Ambrose Ricardo, widow of the late Colonel Ambrose Ricardo who commanded the 36th Ulster Division. Mrs. Ricardo thanked the committee and cut the cord unveiling the east and west faces of the Memorial. As the Memorial was unveiled the escort presented arms and the Buglers sounded the “Last Post,” followed, after minute’s silence, by Reveille. Mr. J.W. Fleming, secretary of the memorial committee read aloud the names Lieutenant Colonel Gregg D.S.O., Officer Commanding the Depot, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, gave a short address. Mr. J.D. Anderson, on behalf of the War Memorial committee, asked Mr. Thomas Gibson, to accept the monument on behalf of the Cookstown Urban District Council. The Pipe Band played, “The Flowers of the Forest”, as relatives of the Fallen placed wreaths on the Cenotaph. The proceedings closed with the playing of the National Anthem. No special invitations were issued; all ex servicemen and their friends, and all subscribers were invited to be present on the occasion.
The plaque commemerating those from the area who died in World War 2 is on the North Face of the Cenotaph, the Oldtown side.