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Introduction

This website commemorates the contribution made by Belfast Presbyterians in the Great War.

For each congregation belonging to the Belfast Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI), there is a page containing a profile for each man/woman based on the data contained in the PCI's Roll of Honour (published in the early 1920s, as transcribed on the Eddie's Extracts website). There are some congregations (e.g. Gilnahirk) which are now part of one of the three Belfast Presbyteries but which were not part of the Belfast Presbytery during the Great War, there is one congregation (High Street, Holywood) which is no longer part of the Belfast Presbytery and there is one congregation (Carryduff) for which there is no entry in the PCI Roll of Honour.  In addition, this website does not contain data relating to the contribution made by Presbyterians from congregations - e.g. Reformed Presbyterian Church, Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Church of Scotland - which did not belong to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

PCI Roll of Honour

Whilst the PCI Roll of Honour forms an invaluable source, there is no consistency in the way in which the information has been collated and the level of detail that it contains varies from congregation to congregation.

Whilst some congregations included details of women who served, many do not (although War Memorial and/or Rolls of Honour located in churches often do include the names of women). 

It is also common for the names of servicemen to appear in the PCI Roll of Honour for more than one congregation - in these cases, a profile will appear for each congregation but will identify other congregations for which the person is listed.  The PCI Roll of Honour can also omit names that appear on a congregational War Memorial or Roll of Honour - in these cases the names have been included, but often without the same level of detail.

Variant Name Spellings: the spellings of some names on the PCI Roll of Honour differs from those that appear in other sources and, as a general rule, I have included both spellings in the Servicemen Profiles.

Addresses: I have annotated the address recorded with an identifier (BET = Belfast Evening Telegraph, 1918 = Belfast Street Directory, CWGC = Commonwealth War Grave Commission, BBoH = Belfast Book of Honour).  In addition, I have included the family addresses from the 1901 and 1911 Ireland Censi records, which has enabled me to identify occupations, parental names and occupations and spouse names and occupations. For fatalities, I have included a reference to indicate whether the address is that of the Parents (e.g. CWGC,P) or the Widow (e.g. CWGC,W).  I have identified where the 1911 Census return does not record the person at the address listed in the PCI Roll of Honour, this has been identified (e.g. 1911,P) and where the address in the PCI Roll of Honour is not a family or marital address (e.g 1911,L where the person is a  Lodger/Boarder and 1911,R where the person is living with a relative).

Age and Date of Birth
: I have relied on the information on the 1911 Ireland Census returns to calculate the two years in which the person was born - e.g. if someone was recorded as 20 in the 1911 census return, then he was born between 03/04/1890 and 02/04/1891.

Occupations: The data for both the serviceman, parents and spouse is generally based on the details recorded in the 1911 Ireland Census returns or Belfast Street Directories, although other sources (Enlistment Papers from Dominion countries).

Parents Names
: I have only recorded forenames for parents unless the mother had re-married, in which case the surname of the step-father will be recorded.  Where a "surname" appears for one parent, then it is actually a forename - e.g. John Corry Arnold's (Dunmurry congregation) mother was Eliza Workman Arnold but only Eliza Workman is recorded.

Regiments : the congregational records often just record initials - e.g. RIR (which could be either Royal Irish Rifles or Royal Irish Regiment) and RIF (which could be either Royal Irish Fusiliers or Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) - and sometime record the incorrect Regiment (e.g. Royal Irish Fusiliers or Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers for men who served with the Royal Fusiliers).  In the absence of contradictory evidence, I have recorded RIR as Royal Irish Rifles and RIF as Royal Irish Fusiliers but am more than happy to correct any entries.


In general, the servicemen pictures on this website are ones which I photographed from wartime editions of the Belfast Evening Telegraph (which are available in the Belfast Newspaper Library).  Other sources are acknowledged.

The old pictures of Belfast Churches have been drawn from the records of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland.

You can contact me to provide additional information or to correct existing information by email:


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