When I was growing up in Larne I would pass the "Cenotaph”,
as I knew it, or the War Memorial outside the Laharna
Hotel almost daily. As a small child I would view the
iron figures of a determined sailor and soldier, later
I would study the names and just stand wondering, who
Even later I heard that they were the names of Larne
men killed in wars. Mostly I heard that they were names
of soldiers killed in France on the Somme or fighting
the "jerry". The names cast in iron on both
sides always had my interest, probably because you saw
one of them as you crossed the road. It was a sort of
island to one side of the busy crossing point of Main
Street, Curran Road, Glenarm Road and Circular Road.
I grew up wondering about the names but never finding
out. In the last 10 years I have seen many publications
on the Fallen of Bangor, Ballymoney, or on internet
sites worldwide. When in Larne a few years ago I visited
the "Cenotaph" in its new setting. It is now
set in a peaceful park beside St. Cedma's Church up
in Inver. I preferred it in the old location but that
has lost much of its charm since the 1908 built Laharna
Hotel was demolished.
After visiting it, I went to the "new" Larne
Library to see what information was to been found on
the subject of the War Memorial. Outside of viewing
microfilms of the Larne Times of 1914-19 there was nothing
on it. This was a few years ago, so it may have changed.
I was informed that there was a Larne Fallen document
from the Ulster Society by Dr. David Hume, that had
been researched a few years earlier.
Allied soldiers about to go over the top
The Library did not have a copy and Dr. Hume suggested
the old Carnegie Library which is now a museum. It was
closed for repairs. After trying, but failing, at different
locations to obtain a copy of the document, I started
to gather my own information on the Fallen from Larne.
As there is a publication in book form I have decided
to publish my own information on the internet.
At the moment it is very basic stuff and I have a lot
of information to add to it. Larne men it seems served
in the Great War in every part of the world and some
died in it. I will be putting every name that is connected
with Larne on it. Not only those on the War Memorial
but those born, lived in, died in or enlisted in the
Larne urban area as well.
Liam's site is currently (Nov '04 ) under construction
hero: Robert Quigg VC 1885 - 1955
of the Somme
of the Somme - Memorabilia
Men in the Great War
War I: Soldiers of Down
Peake Brothers at War 1914-18
Seamus Kelly - Dec '07
When did the Latharna Hotel close?
Moyra Dudman - Jan '07
When looking at CAMPBELL Family graves in Bangor Abbey
I came across a grandson who fell in WW1. Private David
Gordon PAISLEY, son of Mary Elizabeth and the late
William Campbell Paisley of LARNE, CO. ANTRIM.
He served in the 1st/16th Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders
) Private 265817. He was killed on 1st April 1917, and
is buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery,Pas de Calais,
France. On a visit to the Black Watch Museum, Perth,
I discovered that he was on R&R, when the building
in which they were quartered was hit by shells.
I would love to know why he had joined the Black Watch.
He was aged 22 when killed,so may have been working in
Scotland. `Could he have been one of the tunnellers laying
mines under the German lines?
David Mc Neill - Feb '06
As Glen Brown has indicated below i have researched
the records of the fallen from Larne in both World Wars
and have almost completed the task. Each year i visit
the Battlefields of the First World War and sometimes
the Second World War and pay my respects at the graves
of the men from Larne and District and also the memorials
they are commemorated on. I place a poppy cross on their
graves or on the memorials and mark on them - "From
the people of Larne and District" .When i finally
complete my records - which i hope to be quite soon
i will give copies either in booklet form or computer
disc to the new Museum in Larne. If anyone wants any
info from me i will be only too happy to oblige.
Glen Brown - Jan '06
David McNeill of Larne, recently received, care of myself,
a copy of the above contribution on 'Larne Fallen'.
David found the article of interest and is corresponding
with the author Liam McFaul on related matters.
In recent years, David and his brothers have made numerous
visits to the battlefields of Europe.
Also in past years David had researched and compiled
a record of the folk from Larne Borough that served
in the various conflicts including WW1 & WW2. David
kindly donated his research records to the Larne Historical
Centre. This gesture will benefit many of the Larne
Borough populace present and future when exploring and
researching their family history.
Recently Larne Borough Council decided floodlighting
the Larne Cenotaph.
An 'annual clean' of all the Cenotaphs in the Borough
would leave a lasting impresion on the visitors and
Glen Brown - November '05
Liam is a busy chap with many strings to his bow and
still with active interest in this subject. He and I
are in email contact on genealogy matters.
Like Liam I grew up when the Cenotaph was sited near
the Larne Methodist Church. We were taught, that on
passing the Cenotaph while wearing our BB, ATC or other
uniform to salute and when wearing our ordinary clothes,
to take off our cap (if worn) as a remark of respect
to the Fallen. My own late father served with Irish
Guards in WW1 in Europe. Fortunately he survived that
Great war to end all wars and also through WW2 in the
shipyards of Glasgow.
A few years ago I was a guest at the war Museum on
the Bangor Road. The reality displays and staff there
gave me a further insight than previously gleaned from
books and films.
Those that died, served, and supported our Armed Forces,
then and now. We shall remember them. Glen Brown Edinburgh