Susan Cunningham - Mar '08
I am writing a book about Sir Crawford McCullagh and would like some information
regarding his affiliation with the 'B' specials and the UVF - photos, press
clippings, if anybody has anything that would be of interest please contact.
Anne Leinster - February '08
I have been trying to access the web site at www.belfastsomme.com
but it doesn't appear to be working correctly. Is there
a phone number for the South Belfast Friends of the
David Donald Lewis - Dec '07
Looking for any records...My grandfather, Andrew K. Lewis must have been one
of the 87. He was from Belfast, and served Britain in WW1, I was told as a
child a "sharp-shooter." He was a POW of Germany and survived, moving
to America in 1927 with his 7 yr old son David Taylor Lewis, and wife Minnie.
As a child I played with the group of 3 medals: the Star, Britain, and Victory.
I have not been able to find any records, but family photos show him in British
uniform, wearing Clan MacLeod of Lewis Dress Kilt (yellow) with Bagpipes.
Can anyone help me? Grandson, David Donald Lewis
Kim Randall - Mar '07
I am looking for any imformation on the 4th rgiment
of the sommerset light infantry that fought in the battle
of somme in world war one trying to find my grand fathers
regiment and war history i would like to learn more
heis name was frederick gilbert derrick and was a private
in this infantry and was wounded twice
Terence Nelson - Feb '07
on 29 Dec 2006
The correct address is:
Royal Ulster Rifles Museum , 5 Waring Street, Belfast
BT1 2EW because NI War Memorial Bldg is another block
with a different street number.
The website is www.geocities.com/rurmuseum/ and the
Curator is Captain (Retd.) Jaki Knox . She is my line
Ellie - Feb '07
Bill McGrath June 05. Message. My grandfather attested
for the RUR in Newry, Co. Down in 1913 and was in France
and Somme. I wonder if you had any luck in your search?
I have started on mine recently and you are the first
person I have come across with this link. I live in
England. Would you like to share anything? Thanks.
John Mackin - March '06
My mothers' brother, James Chambers died on his 18th
birthday at the battle of the Somme. He therefore must
have enlisted under age. I'm sure other boys were also
under age. Your comments welcomed.
Bill Mc Grath - June '05
Very interesting article, but is Downpatrick the only
town to have boys who were in the Ulster Rifles who
served in World War 1 in France and in the Somme campaign
??What about Newry Co. Down?? I would be happy to know
if anyone has any info on this. I am living in Canada
now. Born in Newry County Down.
M Lunnon (nee Craig) - April '05
It was lovely to hear about Samuel Craig in the war
and hear the voice of Samuel Craig junior. My late father
was a relative. How proud Samuel and family must feel.
Roy McKie - November '04
Being an ex-soldier, I admire your bravery, courage,
going through the most worst time on earth, serving
Bernie - July 04
I'm trying to trace a Great Uncle who was in WW1 - Patrick
McNeill from some part of Banbridge district, and a
Great Grand Father who fought in the battle of the Somme
- Hernnson from Gilford. I would be ever so greatful
if you can help in any way.
My maternal grandfather, James Jess from Dromore Co.
Down, joined Royal Irish Rifles (Ist or 2nd Batt?) in
1909. He served in Aldershot, Burma, India, Aden and
arrived in France in November 1914. He was wounded in
Feb/March 1915 (Neuve Chapelle?) He was sent to England
and later to Ireland to recover from his wounds. He
arrived in Tipperary (1916?) He remained in the regiment
until the Irish Free State was established. He lived
in Tipperary until his death in 1973. He was then in
his eighties. I remember during the 1960s he travelled
by train to Belfast about once a year en route to Dromore.
Although not in France with the BEF at the earliest
stages of WW1 he was proud to be part of that "Contemptable
Is there more data in the musuem about the regular
battilions of the RIR from that period?
Down County Museum
We do not have information on
the RIR here but recommend trying the Royal Ulster Rifles
Museum in Belfast (NI War Memorial Bldg, 5 Waring Street,
Belfast BT1 2EW). They would have information on their
forerunner RIR battallions, including army lists, casualty
rolls, medal rolls, regimental journals and histories.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or try website at http://rurmuseum.tripod.com/.
The Curator is Captain John Knox, assistant T. Nelson
(tel 028 90232086).(The BBC
is not responsible for the content of external sites)
Visit the SOUTH BELFAST FRIENDS OF THE SOMME ASSOCIATION website at WWW.BELFASTSOMME.COM to discover through text photographs music and digital video the story of the 36th (Ulster) Division. The Primary objective for the site is to allow the visitor to gain some understanding into the role of the 36th (Ulster) Division in the Great War of 1914-1918 and in particular to expose the awful reality of that tragic and bloody summer of 1916 on the fields of the Somme and the devastating impact it had on a tight-knit community