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 7021600 R/man Bradley, Arthur Desmond Royal Ulster Rifles 2nd Battalion 17/06/1944
2 01-B Able Seaman Pijl, Gerriat Yan Royal Dutch Navy 13/11/1942
3 02-A 1473074 L/Bombdr Lennox, Thomas Hugh Royal Artillery 26 Bty., 9 H.A.A. Regt 11/12/1941
4 02-B Fireman Cochrane, James Merchant Navy S.S. Dunaff Head (Belfast) 08/03/1941
5 03-A 174377 Fly Off Mann, William Church Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 23/11/1944
6 03-B 7010278 Sgt. Coyle, John Royal Ulster Rifles 1st (Airborne) Battalion 07/06/1944
7 04-A 6977570 Corp Martin, Samuel Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Battalion 24/04/1942
8 04-B 2931410 Gnr Cusick, Alexander Royal Artillery 133 Field Regiment 02/06/1941
9 05-A 1468990 Gnr McGall, William James Royal Artillery 26 Bty., 9 H.A.A. Regt 16/08/1941
10 05-B 136932 Capt McGlade, Cyril Edmund V Army Dental Corps 23/12/1944
11 06-A Mr Reid (WW2), N L Unknown
12 06-B 14617699 L/Corp McLernon, Frederick Lindsay Royal Ulster Rifles 2nd Battalion 12/12/1944
13 07-A 6985571 Fusilier Trainor, Robert Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 6th Battalion 05/08/1943
14 07-B 6397881 Pte. Townsend, Charles Frederick Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Battalion 09/09/1941
15 08-A EC/4619 Lieut Weir, George Ferrier Special Air Service Regiment 28/08/1942
Location
Town : Castledawson
Latitude : 54.778009
Lontitude : -6.557603
Date Unveiled : 19/06/1994
Castledawson War Memorial is located along the Main Street in Castledawson at the junction with Station Road, in Bell Park.

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Memorial History
Castledawson War Memorial is located along the Main Street in Castledawson at the junction with Station Road, in Bell Park.
Pre-Memorial
Memorial Design and Construction
The Castledawson obelisk was sculpted by Watterson’s Monumental Sculptors in 1994.
The memorial is a black granite obelisk which has inscriptions incised and painted silver/white. The obelisk rises from a two-tiered square plinth with chamfered upper edges, itself resting on a single square base. The whole is of granite and is bounded by paving. All faces of the polished black portion of the obelisk are inscribed.
On the memorial are the names of those who have given their lives in two world wars and other conflicts.
The inscription on it reads: ‘This memorial is dedicated to the gallant members of H.M. Forces from this district who made the supreme sacrifice in two world wars and subsequent conflicts.
Memorial Dedication
Castledawson War Memorial was dedicated on Sunday 19th June 1994 at 15.30 hrs. It was unveiled by World War One veteran Leslie Bell. Five members of the Bell family served during the war, one making the supreme sacrifice.
It was unveiled during a Service of Dedication on Sunday 19th June 1994. The Service was conducted by the Reverend F. Munce and Reverend Doctor A. R. Rogers. Readings were by the Reverend Father O’Byrne and the Royal British Legion Area President, Colonel Sir Denis Faulkner, CBE VRD DL. The unveiling was performed by Mr Leslie Bell, a veteran of the First World War. The Petition to dedicate was made by the Chairman of the Magherafelt District Council. In response, the act of Dedication was undertaken by the Reverend R. Stewart. The Act of Remembrance was by Lord Moyola. The Last Post was then sounded, followed by a two minutes silence that was ended by the Reveille. There then followed a Lament of the Flowers of the Forest during which wreaths were laid by the Chairman of the Magherafelt District Council; the Northern Ireland Area Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Mr J. P. Thompson; and the President of the Castledawson & District Branch of the Royal British Legion. During the Service the following hymns were sung; 'O God our help in ages past', 'O valiant hearts' and 'Supreme Sacrifice'. The Service concluded with the playing of the National Anthem.
The Dedication Order of Service from the day can be viewed as PDF below, courtesy of Sam Hudson and Magherafelt British Legion.)
Recent Times
In 2010, a grant of £300 was offered through the Small Grants Scheme of the War Memorials Trust towards the addition of names missing from the memorial. The names of thirty-two people were found to have been omitted following research undertaken by the Castledawson Branch of the Royal British Legion that culminated in their book, 'They Didn’t Come Home'. Following cleaning with low-pressure water and non-metallic brushes there was space on one of the faces of the memorial for the missing names to be added in-keeping with the existing inscriptions; twenty-six from the First World War and six from World War Two. Most of the names on this face were added as part of the project by RBL Castledawson Branch
Memorial References and Links
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1 Castledawson War Memorial Order of Service from Dedication in 1994
2 Castledawson War Memorial - Panel 1 Also on Castledawson War Memorial
3 Castledawson War Memorial - Panel 2 Also on Castledawson War Memorial
4 Imperial War Museums Details of War Memorial
5 They Didn't Come Home Book and website which compliments memorial
6 Ulster War Memorials - Castledawson Details of War Memorial
7 War Memorials Online Details of War Memorial
8 War Memorials Trust Details of War Memorial