About

This project has evolved from a personal quest, when many years ago I travelled to France on a short weekend break and went to the Somme battlefields to visit the grave of my mother’s uncle, Private James Rountree of the Machine Gun Corps who was originally from the town land of Clonroot, between Loughgall and Portadown.

Struck by the beauty of the area and the quiet dignity of the battlefield cemeteries I went the following year on a longer trip, and decided to visit the graves of other casualties from the area, but was unable to find any list or record of the war dead from the Great War – at this stage I was only interested World War 1.
Fortunately it was at about this time that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), which is tasked with maintaining the graves and memorials of the dead of the two World Wars, had digitalised their records. After the end of the Great War the Commission were given the job of collating the information, and they also invited the next of kin to provide some personal details on the casualty.
With the internet having been still in its infancy the information was not as widely available as it is today, but I was now able to purchase from the CWGC an extract from their new data base. They provided list of the casualties which contained the word “Armagh” in the personal details section of their records. This stretched to 54 pages, printed on both sides, over 2000 named individuals stretching across the whole of County Armagh.
From the information supplied by CWGC I was able to create a list of casualties from Armagh, and have subsequently used this information when arranging personal battlefield visits and many of their graves and memorials have now been visited and photographed.
A copy of the list was deposited in the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum Armagh. It has been used extensively for research purposes by the families of local men who were killed. As many of the families had not known where the graves where; or the museum was also able to provide them with photographs of the graves.

Over the last few years many requests have been made to update the database, and have it published. As the costs of the battlefield visits had been at the personal expense of the project co-ordinators, and to date nothing had been done to create a list for World War 2, it was felt that additional resources were required to update the records, carry out the additional research, and finally publish the results. A grant was obtained from the Northern Ireland War Memorial Trust which will partially cover the cost of printing the database in book form.
From the spring of 2009 a small team of volunteers have been working on the project. The original World War 1 list has now over 900 names, and as a direct result of research by the project volunteers, the original list has been expanded by 21%.

In response to public disquiet over the lack of individual names on the War Memorial, the project workers concentrated on building a data base for World War 2, which now stands at just over 300.
During the work of the project we have also identified many war dead from across the County of Armagh. Also, in some cases, the soldier’s relatives have recorded the diocese to which they had belonged. As several church dioceses extend as far as Dundalk we have also identified casualties from both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
As a general rule the web site will primarily seek to record the information relating to any man or woman from the area now covered by the City and District of Armagh council boundaries.
However, due to the destruction of records during and since the Second World War it has proved difficult to positively identify the connection to Armagh for some of those included on the data base. All casualties with a possible link to the council area have been included on this website. 

Armagh War Memorial Project Team

Project Co-ordinators
Amanda Moreno MA & Arthur J Clarke
Research Volunteers
Joe Center
Barbara Murray
Eric Marshall
Nigel Frazer
Caroline Corvan
Robert Stewart
Jonathon Maguire
Robert Cassells
William Dobbin

The project team would like to thank the families who have supplied information to date.

An exhibition entitled “Armagh’s War Dead”
is currently on display at the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, Sovereign House, The Mall Armagh
Open
Monday – Friday      10.00 -12.30 and 1.30pm – 4.00pm