HOPES OF NEW REMEMBRANCE

THE man behind the campaign to honour 65 service personnel whose names were ommitted from Dromore War Memorial, hopes the addition of their names next week will help boost future acts of remembrance.

Jeffrey Martin, author of 'Dromore's Great War Heroes', said, "In recent years the commemoration of the first of July and Remembrance Day have seen a swelling of the local crowd around the War Memorial and it is hoped Sunday's event will both consolidate and strengthen any future event of this nature."

Highlighting some of the personnel whose names are to be added to the memorial, he said, "Stoker James Lilley from Hillside died from the effects of his naval war service, having taken part in the famous escort of the captured German fleet to Scapa Flow. Major Samuel H. Doake D.S.O. came from Dromara where his family were engaged in the local flax business.

"Capt. Francis McKee M.B. J.P. from Princes Street served as a Medical practitioner for 25 years in Dromore and was a Justice of the Peace. He worked as an Army Medical Surgeon in Malta and Egypt and his troopship was torpedoed by a German submarine. The injury inflicted led to his death a year later.

"Seond Lieutenant Jonathan Napier died during the Battle of Langemark on 16 August 1917. Corporal Brownlow Ervin from Dromara was the first man from Dromore and District to be killed in the Great War in October 1914 during the Mons retreat. Corporal William Patterson from Dromara was killed at the Battle of Messines in June 1917 attempting to silence a German machine gun.

"Private James Crookshanks from Gallows Street saw action in Gallipoli, Salonica (Greece) and the Holy Land. He was amongst the first British soldiers to enter Jerusalem under General Allenby. After a few months returning home he died from malarial fever contracted on active service.

"Private John Gourley from Skeogh was killed during the Passchendaele campaign. His cousin Ernest died in July 1916 serving with the 16th Royal Irish Rifles.

"Private William John McCormick from Mossvale (13th Bn Royal Irish Rifles) served at the Somme and Messines where he suffered shrapnel and gas injuries. He died from their effects in 1919.

"Private David T. McKeown from Tullyniskey belonged to Waringsford Rising Star LOL 545. David was killed by a shell in May 1916.

"Private William John McKinley of Mount Street served with 16th Bn R.I.R. at the Somme and Messines; he suffered from shellshock and died from its effects in June 1919.

"Driver Thomas Pollock from Holm Terrace lost his life trying to save the life of his colleague, Driver Robert Wilson. He is buried in Seaford Military Cemetery.

"Finally, Private Fred Truesdale from Gransha belonged to Gransha Orange Lodge and served with 13th Bn R.I.R. He was killed in France with 36th (Ulster) Division on 13 March 1916 during the build-up to the Somme."

Mr. Martin's book remains available through Grahams Newagents (Market Square), Moo Moo Newsagents (Bridge St.) and James Sterling Chemists (Gallows St.) - all proceeds to Dromore N.S. Presbyterian Church Building Fund.