‘Great War’ bannerette to be unveiled on Saturday

Matthew Armstrong with a 'roll of honour' for members of Ballykeel LOL 472 who were serving in the Great War.
Matthew Armstrong with a 'roll of honour' for members of Ballykeel LOL 472 who were serving in the Great War.

Ballykeel LOL 472 are hoping that descendants of their members who fell in the 1914-18 war will join them when they unfurl a commemorative bannerette this Saturday.

Lodge records show that a sizeable number of members served in the conflict with six of that number making the supreme sacrifice.

RICHARDSON, Joseph, 8068, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 24th October 1914 . Born in Ahoghill and aged 30, he was the son of James and Isabella Richardson of 7, Alfred Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and Harryville Presbyterian Church.

RICHARDSON, Joseph, 8068, Rifleman, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 24th October 1914 . Born in Ahoghill and aged 30, he was the son of James and Isabella Richardson of 7, Alfred Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial and Harryville Presbyterian Church.

From old roll books of the time, the lodge has identified the following for commemoration on the new bannerette:-

Rfn. Joseph Richardson, No. 8068, killed in action 24/10/1914, 2nd R. Irish Rif. of Alfred Street, Ballymena.

Rfn. Daniel McNiece, No. 19627, killed in action 01/07/1916, 12th R. irish Rif. of Queen Street, Ballymena.

Rfn. James Lennox, No. 1925, died of wounds 22/08/1916, 12th R. Irish Rif. of Edward Street, Ballymena.

LENNOX,  James,  1925, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the  22nd August 1916. Aged 24,  he was born Ballymena and enlisted in Clandeboye. He was the son of James and Sarah Lennox, Edward Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Etretat Churchyard, Seine Maritime, France. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church

LENNOX, James, 1925, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died of wounds on the 22nd August 1916. Aged 24, he was born Ballymena and enlisted in Clandeboye. He was the son of James and Sarah Lennox, Edward Street, Ballymena. He is buried in Etretat Churchyard, Seine Maritime, France. He is commemorated in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church

Sgt. Robert Herbison, No. 19026, killed in action 27/08/16, 12th R. Irish Rif. of Springwell Street, Ballymena.

Private Arthur Holmes, Military Medal, No. A/21026, killed in action 30/04/1917, 16th Btn Canadian Inf. (Manitoba Regt.) originally of Hugomont Villas, Ballymena.

Rfn. Thomas Taggart, No. 1636, killed in action 03/08/1917, 14th R. Irish Rif. of Alfred Street, Ballymena.

Lodge member, Matthew Armstrong who has been leading the research, says the bannerette is due to be dedicated and unfurled on Saturday, June 25th.

McNEICE, Daniel, 19627, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of John McNiece, Queen Street, Harryville, Ballymena. He left three daughters, eldest of which was 10 in 1916. His sister Sarah was the wife of James Thompson who was also KIA. He is commemorated on theThiepval Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

McNEICE, Daniel, 19627, Rifleman, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 1st July 1916. He was the son of John McNiece, Queen Street, Harryville, Ballymena. He left three daughters, eldest of which was 10 in 1916. His sister Sarah was the wife of James Thompson who was also KIA. He is commemorated on theThiepval Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

“The dedication will take place in the Protestant Hall and will include a short talk about the men’s role in the war. Afterwards there will be a short service in the Memorial Gardens.

“We would be honoured if any descendants of these men would cone along to the event. If anyone does have a connection they can contact the lodge via our facebook page or through me on 07476213956,” he added.

HOLMES (MM), Arthur,  A/21026, Private , 16th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.) was KIA on the 30th April 1917. He was the second son of David and Jane Holmes, Hugomont Villas, Ballymena and brother of David..  He is buried Orchard Dump Cemetery, Vimy Ridge. He is commemorated on the family headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena.

HOLMES (MM), Arthur, A/21026, Private , 16th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.) was KIA on the 30th April 1917. He was the second son of David and Jane Holmes, Hugomont Villas, Ballymena and brother of David.. He is buried Orchard Dump Cemetery, Vimy Ridge. He is commemorated on the family headstone in Ballymena New Cemetery, Cushendall Road, Ballymena.

Cpl. (later Sergeant) Herbison from Hill Street, Ballymena, was killed in August 1916. His bravery on 1st July was remarked upon by his company officer, Capt. W. B. Stuart (MC, KIA Nov.22 1916). 
HERBISON, Robert, 19026, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 27th August 1916. He was born at Clonavon, Ballymena and enlisted in Ballymena. He is buried at Ration Farm Cemetery Annexe, Ploegsteert, Belgium.  He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.

Cpl. (later Sergeant) Herbison from Hill Street, Ballymena, was killed in August 1916. His bravery on 1st July was remarked upon by his company officer, Capt. W. B. Stuart (MC, KIA Nov.22 1916). HERBISON, Robert, 19026, Sergeant, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, was KIA on the 27th August 1916. He was born at Clonavon, Ballymena and enlisted in Ballymena. He is buried at Ration Farm Cemetery Annexe, Ploegsteert, Belgium. He is commemorated in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.