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I extracted the following information from a booklet on the Canton Street Mission Hall in East Belfast which I was given recently. It may be of interest so I have also added it to my website.
Eddie Connolly

Canton Street Mission Hall 1912-2003

A short history by Samuel Miskelly

 

Extract from pages 27-30

WE SHALL NOT FORGET THEM

THE FOLLOWING MEN PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE



Sapper Joseph Benson Royal Engineers (12 Bangor Street. Now Willowfield Walk, Belfast.) Died of Wounds. 3179.

Pte. William W. Black 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Son of William and Fanny Black of 16 Euston Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast.) Died of Wounds in France August 1 st. 1915. Buried in Chocquer Military Cemetery in France. Plot 1- Row D- Grave 45.

Rfn. James Close 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (56 Douglas Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast.) Killed in Action. 12643.

Rfn. James Currie 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Husband of Sarah, 14 Canton Street. Beersbridge Road, Belfast. Son of Edward and Ellen Jane McKeown [Formerly Currie] of 8 Frankfort Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast.) Killed in Action at the Somme. July 2nd 1916. His Sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

12723. Cpl. William J. Dickson 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Son of James and Mary Ann Dickson, 42 Douglas Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast) Killed in Action 11th June 1916 in France Buried in Authuile Military Cemetery in France. Row D Grave No 7.

Rfn. S. Halliday 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (32 Douglas Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast.) Killed in Action.

Pte. C. Hamilton 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers (33 Douglas Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast.) Killed in Action.

12290. L/Cpl. Hugh Herron 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. (Son of John and Mary Herron 11 Canton Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast). Died of Wounds in France 8th December, 1917. His Sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

5932. Rfn. James Hughes 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (52 Douglas Street. Beersbridge Road Belfast). Killed in Action at the Somme 9th September, 1916. His Sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. Also on the Memorial Plaque in McQuiston Memorial Church ALSO HIS BROTHER.

6952. Rfn. Robert Hughes 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (52 Douglas Street, Beersbridge Road, Belfast). Killed in Action at the Somme 1 st July 1916. His Sacrifice is also Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. Also Commemorated on the Memorial Plaque in McQuiston Memorial Church, Castlereagh Road, Belfast. Both men are also named on the Willowfield War Memorial, Bryansford Street, Woodstock Road.

Rfn. John R Johnston 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (24 Canton Street. Belfast) Killed in Action at the Somme in France

12474. Rfn. William Matier 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. (Husband of Catherine Matier of 21 Bangor Street, off Willowfield Street, Belfast. Son of John and Kathleen Matier, 34 Walton Street. Crumlin Road. Belfast.) Killed in Action 9th July 1916 aged 37. Buried in St. Souplet British Cemetery in France.

15602. Rfn. Samuel Miskelly 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. (Son of Mary Bella Norris (Formerly Miskelly) and the late John Miskelly of 7 Bangor Street. off Willowfield Street, Belfast) Killed in Action at the Somme 2nd July 1916. Aged 22. His Sacrifice is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. also on the Memorial Plaque in McQuiston Memorial Church, Castlereagh Road, Belfast.

Pte. W.B. McDonald 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (6 Isthmus Street, Woodstock Road, Belfast.) Died of Wounds 21st October 1914.

Sapper H. Pascoe Royal Engineers (53 Canton Street. Beersbridge Road, Belfast.) Died of Wounds 14th May 1918.

Cpl J. Snowden 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles [Y.C.V.s] (Canton Street. Beersbridge Road. Belfast.) Killed in Action 5th May 1917.)

When you go home tell them of us and say; For your tomorrow we give our today.

My sword I give to him that shall succeed in my pilgrimage; my courage and skill to him that can get it; my marks and scars I carry with me.

THE FOLLOWING SURVIVED



Trooper R. Atkinson 32 Bangor St. 21st Lancers.
Rfn. B. Bailey 15 Willowfield St. 14th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. S. Bailey 15 Willowfield St. 14th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. R. Bailey 15 Willowfield St. 14th Royal Irish Rifles
Sapper F. Bowers 28 Canton St. Royal Engineers P
Pte. S. Collins 22 Bangor St. 1st Irish Guards
Pte. J. Collins 22 Canton St. 1st Irish Guards
Pte. S. Courtney 42 Canton St. Royal Army Medical Corps
Rfn. Wm. Ellison 37 Douglas St. 19th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. D. Girvan 18 Douglas St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Pte. C. Hamilton 27 Bangor St. 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers
Pte. R. Hamilton 5 Bangor St. 5th York & Lancs Rgt.
Rfn. J. Herron 11 Canton St. 2nd Royal Irish Rifles
Sapper T. Houston 28 Canton St. Royal Engineers
Stoker W. Houston 28 Canton St. Royal Navy
Rfn. W. Houston 8 Bangor St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. S. Houston 19 Douglas St. 2nd Royal Irish Rifles
Sapper S. Kelly 61 Canton St. Royal Engineers
Sapper D. Kelly 61 Canton St. Royal Engineers
Rfn. J. Law 40 Bangor St. 3rd Royal Irish Rifles
Driver W. Lemon 30 Bangor St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
A/B. J. Lemon 30 Bangor St. Royal Navy
A/M. A. Lemon 30 Bangor St. Royal Air Force
Rfn. Jim Maxwell 26 Canton St. 14th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. John Maxwell 26 Canton St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. Joseph Miles 10 Canton St. 3rd Royal Irish Rifles
Sapper S. Milling Athens St. Royal Engineers
Pte. John Miskelly 7 Bangor St. Royal lnniskilling Fusiliers
Driver Henry Miskelly 7 Bangor St. Royal Field Artillery
Gunner J. Miskelly 40 Willowfield St. Royal Field Artillery
Rfn. Jim Miskelly 40 Willowfield St. 10th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. A. Miskelly 40 Willowfield St. 7th Royal Irish Rifles
Sgt. W.J. McAvoy 25 Bangor St. 2nd Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. Ed. McAvoy 25 Bangor St. 15th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn Sam. McAvoy 25 Bangor St. 14th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. J. McAlpine 48 Canton St. 16th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. Wm. McAlpine 48 Canton St. 16th Royal Irish Rifles
Sapper John McBride 29 Bangor St. Royal Engineers
Rfn. John McCarter 11 Bangor St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. Wm. McCarter 11 Bangor St. Labour Corps
Rfn. H. McKnight Bangor St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Pte. J. McMonagle 10 Bangor St. Pioneer Corps
Sgt. John Orr 1 Canton St. Labour Corps
Rfn. W. Pentland Athens St. 12th Royal Irish Rifles
Pte. A. Pentland Athens St. Royal Canadian Infantry
Pte. T. Pratt 20 Bangor St. 1st Royal lnniskilling Fusiliers
Rfn. S. Rankin 60 Bangor St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Stoker T. Rankin 60 Bangor St. Royal Navy
Pte. H. Reid 7 Canton St. 9th Royal lnniskilling Fusiliers
Pte. R. Reid Bangor St. 241st S.B.A.C.
Pte. Wm. Reid Bangor St. 199th Labour Corps
Rfn. E. Richardson 28 Bangor St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. Frank Rice 13 Hamburg St. 8th Royal Irish Rifles
A/B W. Ringland 12 Canton St. Royal Navy
Pte. M. Ringland 12 Canton St. Grenadier Guards
Rfn. J. Rolston 10 Athens. 11th Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. A. Rowan 28 Athens St. 19th Royal Irish Rifles
Driver R. Shields 26 Canton St. Royal Field Artillery
Sgt. M. Snowden 14 Canton St. 2nd Royal Irish Rifles
Rfn. T. Steenson 9 Bangor St. 12th Royal Irish Rifles
R/Q.M. Sgt. F. C. Trotter 11 Hamburg St. 5th A. & Southern Highlanders.

KEY:
Rfn. Rifleman
R/Q.M. Regimental Quarter Master
Sgt. Sergeant
Cpl. Corporal
L/Cpl. Lance Corporal
Pte. Private
A/M. Air Mechanic
A/B Able Seaman

Of the eighty men from the Mission Hall who served in the First World War. 11 were Killed in Action, 5 Died of Wounds, 2 were Prisoners of War. (Fusilier H. Reid Canton Street and Rfn. T. Steenson Bangor Street.)

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF THE MEN WHO DIED IN THE 1939 -1945 WAR



D. McAlpine 48 Canton Street, Beersbridge Road. Belfast.

564930D/KX Stoker Joseph McAvoy Royal Navy. (H.M.S. Penelope). Son of Mr. & Mrs. McAvoy 3 Bangor Street. Belfast. Killed in Action 18th February 1944. Aged 19 (Lost at sea)

2724138. GDM. George L. Sloan 3rd Battalion Irish Guards. Son of Wm. J. & Bessie Sloan 16 Isthmus Street. Woodstock Road. Belfast. Killed in Action August 8th 1944 age 19. Buried in St. Charles De Percy War Cemetery. France. Plot 9 - Row - G1.

7013676. Rfn. David Stothers 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. (Airborne) Son of David & Shara Stothers 47 Heatherbell Street. Beersbridge Road. Belfast. (Born in No.3 Canton Street Belfast. Killed in Action in Arnhem. March 24th 1945, age 25. His sacrifice is commemorated on the Groesbeek War Memorial in Holland.

 

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