Roll of Honour, Belfast, 1916-1966 (update)

Roll of Honour, Belfast, 1916-1966

The following is a first update on a roll of honour for Belfast 1916-66 as posted previously. Please add any further information, comments or suggestions.

Original republican monument in Harbinson plot), Milltown cemetery
Original republican monument in Harbinson plot, Milltown cemetery

Charlie Monaghan, IRB, 21/04/1916

James Johnston, IRB, 1917 (date of death not established)

Bernard MacMackin, IRB, 29/5/1917

Vol. Joseph Giles, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 20/7/1920

Fian John Murray, Fianna, 28/8/1920

Edward Trodden, IRB, 26/9/1920

Vol. John McFadden, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 26/9/1920

Vol. Sean Gaynor, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 26/9/1920

Vol. Sean O’Carroll, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 30/11/1920

Vol. Dan Duffin, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 23/4/1921

Pat Duffin, Sinn Féin, 23/4/1921 (previously listed as Óglaigh na hÉireann, various sources clearly state he was not a member but as he was politically active he was included on the County Antrim Memorial and so is listed here as Sinn Féin)

Vol. Sean McCartney, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 8/5/1921

Alexander McBride, Sinn Féin, 11/6/1921

Vol. Alexander Hamilton, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 11/7/1921

Vol. James Ledlie, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 12/7/1921

Vol. Freddie Fox, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 15/8/1921

Vol.Murt McAstocker, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 25/9/1921

Vol. Bernard Shanley, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 16/12/1921

Vol. David Morrison, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 27/12/1921

Vol. Patrick Flynn, Óglaigh na hÉireann, December 1921 (given full military funeral on 1st January 1922, cause and date of death not clear)

Vol. Frank McCoy, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 14/2/1922

Vol. James Morrison, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 14/2/1922

Vol. Thomas Gray, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 16/2/1922

Fian Thomas Heathwood, Fianna, 6/3/1922

Vol. Andrew Leonard, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 13/3/1922

Vol. Augustine Orange, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 18/3/1922 (named in Antrim’s Patriot Dead but no further details supplied, assumed to be a Volunteer in Óglaigh na hÉireann but may have been in Sinn Féin)

Vol. Edward McKinney, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 24/3/1922

Vol. James McGee, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 26/3/1922 (information supplied by Kieran Glennon)

Fian Joseph Burns, Fianna, 18/4/1922 (listed on County Antrim Memorial but not identified in contemporary records)

Fian J.P. Smyth, Fianna, 18/4/1922 (listed on County Antrim Memorial but not identified in contemporary records)

Vol. John Walker, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 20/4/1922 (information supplied by Kieran Glennon)

Fian William Toal, Fianna, 25/5/1922

Vol. William Thornton, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 18/6/1922

Fian Joseph Hurson, Fianna, 23/6/1922

Fian Leo Rea, Fianna, 23/6/1922

Vol. Edward McEvoy, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 9/8/1922 (killed in action against Free State forces, Ferrycarrig, Wexford)

Vol. Joe McKelvey, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 8/12/1922

Vol. Pat Nash, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 31/1/1925 (died after becoming ill in prison)

Fian. Francis Doherty, Fianna, 1933 (date of death not established, appears to have died after becoming ill in prison)

Vol. Dan Turley, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 4/12/1936

Vol. Liam Tumilson, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 14/3/1937 (died with republican forces in Spain)

Vol. Jim Stranney, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 31/7/1938 (died with republican forces in Spain)

Vol. Sean Martin, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 25/4/40

Vol. Jack Gaffney, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 18/11/1940

Vol. Joe Malone, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 21/1/1942

Vol. Terence Perry, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 7/7/1942

Vol. Gerard O’Callaghan, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 31/8/1942

Vol. Tom Williams, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 2/9/1942

Vol. Richard Magowan, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 1943 (date of death not established, recorded as having died after contracting TB in prison)

Vol. Seamus Burns, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 12/2/1944

Fian Sean Doyle, Fianna, 10/4/1944

Vol. Tom Graham, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 1944, (date of death not established, recorded as having died after contracting pleurisy in prison)

Vol. Dickie Dunn, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 1945? (date of death not established, recorded as having died after becoming ill in prison)

Vol. Sean McCaughey, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 11/5/1946

Brendan O’Boyle, Laochra Uladh, 2/7/1955

Vol. Tommy O’Malley, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 10/12/1959 (died after becoming ill in prison)

Vol. Patrick McLogan, Óglaigh na hÉireann, 21/7/1964

7 thoughts on “Roll of Honour, Belfast, 1916-1966 (update)

  1. A quick update on Joseph Burns and J.P. Smyth. On 12th January 1922, a Joseph Burns of Parkview Street was wounded during shooting in the Oldpark Road. He died on 13th January in the Mater. According to the 1911 census, he was 6 years of age, so he was 16 or 17 at the time of his death. His death doesn’t appear to be listed in Facts and Figures of the Belfast Pogrom, however it was reported in the Freeman’s Journal.
    On 18th April, 1922, newspapers reported that a James Smith received a bullet to the head at an unspecified location in Belfast. His age is given as 14 but no address is included. Given the severity of the wound, he may subsequently have died and is the J.P. Smyth listed as a Fian.


    1. Patrick Flynn, spirit grocer, wounded on 22/11/21 – may be same who was buried at end of the year (Freeman’s Journal, 2/1/22)


  2. John,

    On my list of fatalities, I have a James Smith who died on 11th May 1922, having been shot in Mayfair St in The Bone (don’t have a date for when he was shot). His death was recorded in the Newsletter, whose reporting of nationalist fatalities was a bit patchy at best; it was also reported in one of the bulletins issued by the Provisional Govt’s North East Boundary Bureau. I reckon we’re talking about the same person.

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  3. Cool. That must be him. The next names on the wounded list were all from the Bone too.
    I’ve been trying to work out the formula for who made the list of names on the memorial but there’s no apparent trend to it.


  4. Patrick Flynn, died 28th December 1921 after an unspecified ‘lingering illness’. Not clear whether cause of death is in any way linked to his republican activity.
    Irish News sheds no further light on Joseph Burns or James Smith other than what is supplied in the comments above. Note though that Thomas Grey’s death is listed in Brigade documents on (although the documents do not identify volunteers that were killed).


  5. Charles Bradley IRB his name is on the harbinson plot died 1927. .Started Ardoyne KICKHAMS .His three sons Cahal ,Francis and Hugh were all IRB members .Cahal was depudy mayor Derry 1919 to 1923 , who also became a senator 1950 to 1957.


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