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 01-A 9584 Pte. Little, William George Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 17/05/1915
2 01-B 23851 Pte. Mulholland, Charles Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry 5th Battalion 28/07/1916
3 02-A S/13837 Pte. McAllister, Archibald Gordon Highlanders 1st Battalion 21/07/1916
4 02-B S/3848 C.S.M. Murdock, William Black Watch 9th Battalion 25/09/1915
5 03-A 9270 Pte. McBride, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 22/05/1915
6 03-B 4608 Pte. Murphy, Patrick Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 21/08/1915
7 04-A 4065 Pte. McCaffrey, John Joseph Royal Irish Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 16/11/1914
8 04-B 126191 Gnr Neill, Joseph Wylie Royal Field Artillery 17/04/1918
9 05-A 71062 Pte. McClelland, Wesley North Irish Horse 5th Cyclist Battalion 16/08/1918
10 05-B 18089 Pte. Nelson, James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 24/03/1915
11 06-A 30745 Pte. McCord, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 29/03/1918
12 06-B 7871 Pte. Nixon, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 26/08/1914
13 07-A 24762 Pte. McCaughey, James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Battalion 02/08/1916
14 07-B 3620 Pte. Owens, James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 16/05/1915
15 08-A 13206 Pte. McGeown, Edward Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 28/04/1915
16 08-B 22086 Pte. Owens, Patrick Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Battalion 23/10/1916
17 09-A Unknown McGeown, Mervyn Jack Unknown 21/11/1918
18 09-B 17565 Pte. Park, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 09/09/1916
19 10-A 17806 Pte. McGookin, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
20 10-B 17354 Corp Rush, John Joseph Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th Battalion 07/06/1917
21 11-A 4304 Pte. McIlree, Alexander Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 16/05/1915
22 11-B 20439 Pte. Slevin, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 21/03/1918
23 12-A M16047 Carp Crew McKeown, Thomas Royal Navy HMS Natal 30/12/1915
24 12-B 4325 Pte. Sloan, John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 5th Battalion 17/10/1918
25 13-A 19304 Pte. McLernon, Alexander Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
26 13-B 5867 Pte. Sloan, Joseph Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 02/11/1914
27 14-A 4322 Pte. McMenemy, David Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 21/10/1914
28 14-B 16318 Pte. Smyth, James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
29 15-A 21890 Pte. McNicol, Robert Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Battalion 30/03/1918
30 15-B 17827 Pte. Spiers, Samuel Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 07/11/1916
31 16-A Lieut McVeigh, William John Royal Munster Fusiliers 7th Battalion 28/12/1917
32 16-B 11376 Pte. Steele, Thomas William Royal Irish Fusiliers 1st Battalion 16/09/1914
33 17-A 29112 Corp Magee, John Gilmor Highland Light Infantry 14th Battalion 22/03/1918
34 17-B 3773 Pte. Stewart, Abraham Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 05/11/1914
35 18-A 18158 Pte. Magee, Edward Royal Irish Fusiliers 5th Battalion 10/03/1918
36 18-B 9958 Pte. Stewart, Joseph Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Battalion 21/03/1918
37 19-A 24217 Pte. Mallon, Peter Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Battalion 08/10/1917
38 19-B 27688 Pte. Taylor, Hugh Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
39 20-A 19123 R/man Mayne, John Royal Irish Rifles 13th Battalion 01/07/1916
40 20-B 2445 Pte. Taylor, Joseph Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 05/05/1915
41 21-A 4583 Pte. Mayne, Joseph Connaught Rangers 6th Battalion 10/01/1918
42 21-B 16320 Corp Thom, William Nathaniel Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
43 22-A 27687 Corp Mayne, William (Billy) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 21/03/1918
44 22-B 306732 Pte. Tomb, William Hamilton Royal Air Force 02/11/1918
45 23-A 27687 Corp Mayne, William (Billy) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 21/03/1918
46 23-B 31184 Pte. Usher, George Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 16/10/1918
47 24-A 13322 L/Sgt Miller, Robert James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
48 24-B 11030 Pte. Whan, William John Scots Guards 1st Battalion 27/09/1915
49 25-A 7771 Pte. Montgomery, Thomas Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 07/11/1914
50 25-B 13585 Corp Wilkinson, Jacob Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 9th Battalion 01/07/1916
51 26-A 8608 Gman Montgomery, Charles Scots Guards 1st Battalion 11/11/1914
52 26-B 268272 Pte. Wilson, Joseph Black Watch 1st / 6th Battalion 01/04/1917
53 27-A 5240 Pte. Montgomery, Robert Welsh Regiment 1st / 5th Battalion 01/12/1915
54 27-B 27041 Pte. Wilson, William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 7th Battalion 28/04/1916
55 28-A 2nd Lieut Morrison, Albert Victor Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 30/07/1916
56 28-B 7980 Pte. Woodburn, Thomas Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 12/02/1916
57 29-A 8022 Pte. Corey, Patrick Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 2nd Battalion 22/07/1915
Location
Town : Cookstown
Latitude : 54.647652
Lontitude : -6.745295
Date Unveiled : 18/04/1927
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
This panel of the Cenotaph records 57 names from World War 1. The panel is on the Western face of the Cenotaph. This is the Central Inn / Faulkners side of the road
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.
The inscription above the list of names reads
"In grateful memory of the men from Cookstown and District who in the Great War gave their lives for freedom"
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, the area was 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.
Memorial References and Links
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1 Ulster War Memorials - Cookstown Cookstown Cenotaph 1920
2 War Memorials Online Details of War Memorial