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FORWARD by Father Sweeney.

"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, yeah."
This is the opening line of the song "War" by Edwin Starr.

The lyrics of the song tells us everything we need to know about the futility of war. Can any of us find anything good that can be said about war?

This book brings into sharp focus, the horrors of the First World War (1914-1918).

We can pause for a while and reflect on the cold reality of its consequences for more than 200 of our St Patrick's parishioners who gave their lives. Many of the victims were young men, some in their teens, many just boys, marching off, saying goodbye to family and friends, never to return home again. What thoughts filled their hearts? Did they fully realise the cause they were fighting for? Were their hearts filled with fear and terror at the thought of facing the enemy?

War is nothing new. War is as old as the human race. There is abundant evidence to be found in the books of the Old Testament of war and warring factions, and indeed many of the conflicts we read there, show the intervention of God and his approval of one side or other in the conflict.

Whether old or new, war is no less horrific. I have always viewed war as a horrific, barbaric, horrendous and savage way to settle differences. War is futile but even in the 21st Century, this fact seems to be lost to the powers that be.

This year, as we celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War, while the day to day cares and concerns of life can diminish the memories of that sad event, it is vitally important that we never forget the sacrifice made by these brave men. The present St Patrick's church building was quite new, less than 20 years old at the start of World War I. Many of these soldiers sat in our seats and prayed before our altar. This book serves as a powerful reminder to us that we should never forget, that we should always remember prayerfully the former parishioners who gave their lives. May they rest eternally in peace.

Researching and gathering the material contained within these pages was without doubt a mammoth task. It was undertaken and completed single-handedly by Dr Robert Corrins and we should all be grateful to him for that. Many hours of many weeks and months have resulted in the production of a historical document that would sit well on all our book shelves.

03/07/1916 Archer John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
18/04/1915 Banks James King's Own Scottish Borderers
21/03/1918 Barton Patrick Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
15/04/1918 Barton Robert John Royal Scots
15/07/1916 Bell William Royal Scots
16/08/1917 Bogan Thomas James Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
29/08/1917 Bogan William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
12/03/1916 Boland Richard Royal Scots Fusiliers
25/09/1915 Brennan Patrick Highland Light Infantry
27/04/1916 Brown William Royal Dublin Fusiliers
21/08/1915 Burns John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
28/07/1918 Burns John Royal Scots Fusiliers
01/07/1916 Campbell William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
25/06/1916 Cantwell Edward Cameron Highlanders
14/07/1916 Carroll James Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
10/03/1915 Cassidy James Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
03/07/1918 Clenaghan John Royal Garrison Artillery
29/01/1916 Clenaghan William Irish Guards
02/09/1918 Colgan Patrick Royal Irish Regiment
12/06/1917 Collins James Royal Scots Fusiliers
23/06/1917 Conlin James Highland Light Infantry
06/09/1916 Connelly James Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
05/04/1917 Connelly John Highland Light Infantry
10/10/1918 Corrigan John Royal Scots
09/08/1916 Cosgrove John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
09/10/1917 Costello Hugh Irish Guards
25/09/1915 Cowan Henry Highland Light Infantry
22/03/1918 Coyle Charles Highland Light Infantry
07/04/1918 Coyle Peter Highland Light Infantry
08/11/1917 Croal Patrick Highland Light Infantry
15/11/1914 Daily Francis Scots Guards
25/09/1915 Daly Hugh Highland Light Infantry
18/07/1918 Daly John Royal Irish Fusiliers
18/11/1916 Dillon David Highland Light Infantry
06/10/1918 Dillon James Royal Scots Fusiliers
04/05/1917 Dillon William Seaforth Highlanders
16/07/1916 Docherty Hugh Royal Scots
29/09/1915 Docherty James Royal Scots Fusiliers
19/10/1914 Docherty James Seaforth Highlanders
26/10/1917 Docherty Richard Northumberland Fusiliers
22/04/1916 Donnelly Felix Seaforth Highlanders
18/08/1918 Donnelly John Royal Scots
31/05/1916 Donnelly Michael RN HMS Invincible
22/03/1918 Dornan Patrick Joseph Highland Light Infantry
02/04/1916 Downie Daniel Royal Irish Fusiliers
21/04/1915 Downie John Royal Scots
01/11/1918 Downie Peter Gordon Highlanders
07/07/1916 Doyle Henry Manchester Regiment
18/09/1918 Doyle James Highland Light Infantry
31/05/1918 Duffin James Royal Field Artillery
20/05/1918 Fawcett Peter Highland Light Infantry
22/08/1917 Feighan Michael James Machine Gun Corps
27/03/1916 Finnigan Thomas Royal Scots Fusiliers
09/08/1915 Fitzsimmons Thomas Royal Dublin Fusiliers
10/08/1915 Flood Thomas King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
05/07/1915 Foley Thomas John Highland Light Infantry
02/09/1917 Fox James Royal Irish Fusiliers
13/11/1918 Gallacher Patrick Royal Engineers
18/04/1915 Gartland James King's Own Scottish Borderers
27/04/1916 Gartland William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
21/10/1914 Givens Thomas Royal Scots Fusiliers
24/04/1917 Glen Joseph Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
25/09/1915 Gormley John Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
03/03/1919 Greechan James Royal Field Artillery
25/08/1918 Greenaway Thomas RNVR
22/08/1917 Gunn Peter Royal Engineers
29/05/1917 Hall James Royal Engineers
30/09/1916 Hart James Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
01/01/1915 Hart John Royal Scots Fusiliers
17/02/1916 Hart Samuel Royal Scots Fusiliers
02/10/1918 Harty Michael Gordon Highlanders
01/07/1916 Harvey Michael Royal Dublin Fusiliers
18/07/1916 Heaney James Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
14/09/1916 Henderson George Royal Field Artillery
21/12/1914 Henderson Hugh Highland Light Infantry
25/09/1915 Hennon Paul Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
03/11/1918 Hickey Patrick Highland Light Infantry
06/02/1916 Hillan Patrick Highland Light Infantry
01/07/1916 Hourigan Thomas Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
16/05/1917 Hughes Andrew RND Howe
22/04/1917 Hughes Francis Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
25/09/1915 Hughes James Royal Scots Fusiliers
14/10/1914 Hunter John Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
23/04/1917 Hughes Michael King's Own Scottish Borderers
16/05/1915 Irwin Alexander Royal Irish Fusiliers
08/11/1916 Joyce Thomas Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
15/05/1915 Kane James Royal Engineers
29/10/1916 Kearney John Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
08/05/1917 Kelly James Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
15/06/1916 Kelly Robert Royal Engineers
29/03/1915 Kilts Bernard RN
02/03/1915 King Francis Royal Irish Rifles
14/03/1915 Larkin Joseph Royal Irish Fusiliers
05/07/1918 Larkin Thomas Cheshire Regiment
20/08/1915 Lavelle James Delargey Highland Light Infantry
25/09/1915 Lawrie Matthew Gordon Highlanders
30/11/1916 Lennon James Leinster Regiment
23/08/1915 Leonard Denis Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
30/03/1917 Loan Hugh Highland Light Infantry
30/12/1916 Mallon James Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
21/05/1915 Martin John J. Seaforth Highlanders
25/09/1915 McAdams John Gordon Highlanders
10/03/1915 McAloon Peter Royal Scots
24/03/1918 McArdle John Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
26/09/1915 McAulay James Highland Light Infantry
25/09/1915 McAulay John Highland Light Infantry
05/10/1915 McCabe John Royal Irish Fusiliers
21/01/1916 McCabe Thomas Connaught Rangers
08/03/1916 McCafferty John Highland Light Infantry
21/03/1918 McCann Patrick Highland Light Infantry
16/08/1917 McCluskey Edward Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
21/03/1918 McCluskey George Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
02/03/1917 McCluskey John Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
07/01/1916 McComish Edward King's Own Scottish Borderers
11/11/1914 McCormick Michael Royal Scots Fusiliers
25/04/1915 McCourt Michael Royal Irish Fusiliers
28/03/1918 McCourt Patrick Royal Scots
09/04/1918 McCready Hamilton A. Highland Light Infantry
25/03/1918 McCulloch Philip Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
10/11/1917 McDade Christopher Royal Munster Fusiliers
30/07/1916 McDowall Bernard Royal Scots Fusiliers
16/03/1915 McFarlane Bernard Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
25/09/1915 McFarlane Robert Highland Light Infantry
13/10/1914 McGeown James Seaforth Highlanders
02/07/1915 McGiff Thomas Highland Light Infantry
19/05/1917 McGivern Bernard Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
30/07/1916 McGoldrick Thomas Gordon Highlanders
26/09/1915 McGonnagle Francis Highland Light Infantry
21/09/1918 McGuire Michael Leinster Regiment
07/12/1915 McGuire Thomas Connaught Rangers
30/08/1918 McIlwee James Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
27/11/1918 McInally John Royal Army Service Corps
21/12/1919 McKeown Francis Labour Corps
??/??/1918 McKeown Francis Patrick US Infantry
03/10/1918 McKeown James North Staffordshire Regiment
09/05/1915 McKeown William John Black Watch (Roy. Highlanders)
21/10/1918 McLaughlin Edward Royal Scots
21/08/1914 McLaughlin John Highland Light Infantry
04/05/1918 McClean William Royal Irish Regiment
20/06/1917 McNulty Charles Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
27/04/1916 McPake Alexander Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
04/06/1916 McShane Frederick Royal Scots Fusiliers
01/07/1916 McShane Peter Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
30/09/1918 McSherry James King's Own Scottish Borderers
25/09/1915 McTaggart William Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
14/11/1914 McVey Henry Highland Light Infantry
03/09/1916 McWilliams Patrick Leinster Regiment
25/04/1918 Mead Charles Royal Scots
26/09/1915 Mooney Daniel Royal Scots Fusiliers
15/06/1915 Mooney John Highland Light Infantry
18/08/1916 Mooney Joseph Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
25/09/1915 Moore George Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
26/08/1914 Munro James Royal Irish Fusiliers
19/01/1916 Munro John Highland Light Infantry
08/12/1915 Murphy Andrew Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
25/09/1915 Murphy John Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
09/04/1917 Murphy Owen Royal Scots
15/10/1918 Murphy William Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
17/08/1915 Murray John Gordon Highlanders
23/03/1918 Neeson Titus Royal Field Artillery
09/05/1917 Neville Peter Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
26/04/1915 O'Brien William King's Own Scottish Borderers
02/09/1918 O'Connor Henry Royal Irish Fusiliers
07/11/1914 O'Connor John Connaught Rangers
27/08/1918 O'Connor William Royal Scots
17/07/1915 O'Hara Francis Highland Light Infantry
09/10/1918 O'Hare Peter Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
04/06/1918 O'Hare Thomas Highland Light Infantry
10/11/1914 O'Neil William King's Own Scottish Borderers
19/07/1915 O'Neill Charles Royal Engineers
14/04/1918 O'Neill Edward Royal Engineers
07/09/1917 O'Neill Francis Royal Irish Fusiliers
22/08/1915 O'Neill Hugh King's Own Scottish Borderers
02/11/1916 O'Neill James Lancashire Fusiliers
11/04/1917 O'Neill John Royal Irish Fusiliers
12/10/1916 O'Neill Luke Royal Irish Fusiliers
17/02/1919 O'Rourke Hugh Royal Engineers
09/09/1916 O'Rourke Joseph Royal Scots
01/04/1918 O'Shea John Irish Guards
22/05/1918 Paton James Highland Light Infantry
12/07/1915 Phee Patrick Highland Light Infantry
25/09/1915 Quinn Patrick Cameron Highlanders
01/08/1917 Reavey James Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
17/11/1914 Reid John Royal Scots Fusiliers
22/11/1914 Reilly James Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
26/04/1916 Reilly James Highland Light Infantry
13/08/1916 Reilly William Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
24/11/1917 Rice James Highland Light Infantry
02/06/1915 Rooney Terrence Royal Engineers
25/04/1915 Shields Humphrey Royal Irish Fusiliers
29/09/1918 Strain Bernard Royal Dublin Fusiliers
27/08/1917 Thompson Thomas Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
13/05/1915 Toal James Royal Engineers
24/11/1917 Tracey James Highland Light Infantry
20/12/1918 Turkington Edward Royal Scots Fusiliers
19/12/1914 Turkington James Highland Light Infantry
07/06/1917 Turkington John Royal Irish Fusiliers
19/12/1914 Turkington William Highland Light Infantry
21/11/1917 Ward Owen Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
20/07/1916 Ward Patrick Connaught Rangers
21/01/1916 Wotherspoon Robert Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)