The Castledawson and District Branch of the Royal British Legion wishes to acknowledge the support and assistance of all who contributed to the preparation of this Book of Honour.
This publication has been assisted by a grant from the Awards for all programme, which aims to encourage people to participate in their communities to bring about positive change.
The general public and in particular family relatives have been very helpful in providing information, photographs and letters, we thank them all for this. We have had contacts from as far away as Malta and Australia.
We are indebted to our current chairman, Comrade Sam Hudson for the extensive research which he has carried out to enable this book to be published.
Mr Wesley Wright of the Friends of the Somme, Cookstown has been most helpful in providing a base list of names and a lot of encouragement.
Details and information have been gleaned from the following sources:
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) www.cwgc.org
Military Genealogy website (pay as you use) www.military-genealogy.com
“Three Cheers for the Derrys!” by Gardiner S Mitchell 1991
Yes! Publications, 32 Shipquay Street, Londonderry. (Now out of print.)
The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, www.instgreatwar.com
Friends School Lisburn, www.friendsschoollisburn.org.uk/ww1
“Cookstown’s War Dead” Cookstown District Council 2007.
“The Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919” published by
The Naval & Military Press in association with The Imperial War Museum.
“Brave Men and True” by Wallace Clark 2004.
“Lost lives” by David McKittrick, Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeney and Chris Thornton 1999.
We also thank the following for their assistance during our research:
Ven Donald McLean, (Archdeacon of Derry),
Rector of Castledawson Church of Ireland parish.
The Very Rev. Dr. William W Morton,
Dean of St. Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry.
Rev Jonathan Sloan,
Minister of Bellaghy and Knockloughrim Presbyterian Churches.
Trevor Bigger, Castledawson War Memorial Hall.
Gerald Bradley, Portstewart.
Paddy Costello, Australia.
Wesley Davidson, Bellaghy Church of Ireland Church.
William Dickson, Curran Presbyterian Church.
Dave Evans, Bellaghy.
Harry Ferson, Bellaghy Presbyterian Church.
Richard Frew, Bellaghy.
Jonathan Hudson (photography).
John Junkin, Bellaghy.
Peggy McGuigan, Magherafelt.
Ivor Morrow, Termoneeny Parish Church, Knockloughrim.
Bobby Woods, Australia.
We would also thank the people of the district, too numerous to mention, who helped by supplying details and photographs, thank you all very much.