Weekly War 1917

By 1917, canada goose outlet much of the bravado and jingoism which had dominated the earlier years of the war had been swept away. It was to be a year of mixed fortunes on the Western Front. At Messines in June, the British army used mines to blast away the German strongpoints and secured a relatively easy victory. It was also the first goose Canada Goose sale outlet canada battle in which the 36th (Ulster) Division and the 16th (Irish) Division fought side by side.

Yet, just two months later, the same two formations were badly mauled at the Battle of 3rd Ypres, in part of the action commonly known as the Battle of Langemarck. It began on the 16th August canada goose outlet new york city 1917 and was canada goose outlet shop another day of heavy casualties for the Ballymena area.

In November, Ballymena men were amongst the Ulster Division troops who fought at Cambrai. Early success there was canada goose clearance short lived as the German army’s counter attacking skills enabled them to regain canada goose outlet parka most of the lost ground.

On the home front, people raised money for soldiers’ comforts or the Red Cross Funds. There were shortages but nothing on the scale of the Second World War.

And every week, the Observer continued to publish the lists of dead and wounded. It was growing longer all the time.

McALLISTER, John, 6343, Private, 6th Connaught Rangers, was killed in action on the 11th January 1917. Aged 26, he enlisted in Ballymena and lived at Duke Street. He was the son of John and Charlotte McAllister of 11 Emily Street, Belfast. He is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, canada goose uk outlet Belgium.

, March 2, 1917 Mr. Private McAllister joined the forces in January 1916 and had been at the front for five months. He was formerly in the employment of Mr. T. N. Millar, Broughshane Street, Ballymena.

His two soldiers brothers are Gunner David McAllister, Royal Garrison Artillery and Private Thomas McAllister, Royal Engineers. (Royal Engineers is a mistake. As stated in the photograph caption, Thomas was in the Connaught Rangers. The other brothers mentioned are 6343 John McAllister, 6th Connaught Rangers, killed in action 11th January 1917 and probably 5630 Gunner David J(oseph) McAllister, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was gassed near Ypres in 1917 but survived the war.)

GREGG, Charles, 476832, Gunner, Canadian Field Artillery, 2nd Divisional canada goose outlet nyc Ammunition Column, aged 32 years, died on the 1st January 1917. He was the son of John and Rose Gregg, of Ballymena, Ireland. He is buried Barlin Military Cemetery, canada goose outlet sale France.

STEWART, Samuel, 12440, Rifleman, 15th Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on cheap canada goose the 10 January 1917. Aged 34, he was the son of Matthew and Catherine Stewart of Ballymena and husband of Annie Stewart, Lower Urney Street, Belfast. He is buried in canada goose coats on sale Quentin Military Cemetery.

Second Lieutenant W. Perry, Royal Field Artillery, who has been slightly wounded in action but was able to continue with his duties is a son of cheap canada goose uk Mr. Samuel Perry, Ahoghill, Ballymena. He received his commission in June 1915 and has been at the canada goose outlet black friday front for fifteen months. He was previously gassed.

Rifleman Robert Quigg, canada goose jacket outlet VC of Carnkirk, Bushmills, of the 12th Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim Volunteers) was the recipient of congratulations from the inhabitants of Ballymena on his return home for a well merited month’s additional holiday.

As the 4.20 pm train steamed into Ballymena Station, carrying the gallant hero home after receiving his award at Buckingham Palace, it was met by a large canadian goose jacket contingent.

As the VC, accompanied by Capt. canada goose black friday sale Thompson, stepped out of the carriage he was cheered enthusiastically and congratulated on his magnificent and conspicuous bravery.

Mr. Huston Lancashire JP, on behalf of the inhabitants of the township said: ‘I am very proud to have the pleasure of meeting such a brave man. I heartily congratulate you on https://www.fcvfrankfurt.de the honour you have done County Antrim and the Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles to which you belong our own 12th Battalion in the Ulster Division (cheers).

We in Ballymena are justly proud of this battalion as hundreds upon hundreds of our townsmen are connected with it both as officers, non coms and privates. When we heard of your great bravery we felt still greater pride.

Rifleman Quigg briefly thanked them all for their kindness adding that he had only done a man’s part and was prepared canada goose outlet jackets to do the same tomorrow (cheers). He said that men in the army were not good at speech making and what he had passed through within the past few days buy canada goose jacket was to him more difficult than what he had gained his distinction over.

He declared: I am glad to be back in the land I love so well and I know and hope that many more of my countrymen will come forward and join the colours for their assistance is much required.

As the train steamed out, fog signals and station detonators were discharged.

, January 12, 1917

The following recruits joined the colours from the town and district in the past three weeks (January 1 19, 1917)

18th Royal Irish Rifles Thomas Taggart, Alfred Street; Andrew canada goose outlet store uk Carson, Craigs.

19th Royal Irish Rifles S. H. Perry, Lisnafillan, Galgorm; Archibald Craig, Bridge End, Galgorm; Kennedy Bamber, Moneydollogh, Ahoghill.

20th Royal Irish Rifles William Whiteside, Glenleslie, Clough; William David Rainey, Waring Street.

Army Service Corps William James Lynas, Linenhall Street.

Lance Corporal John Wylie, formerly managing clerk in Mr. Robert Boal’s Office, High Street, is at present home on leave and we understand he has been transferred to a Cadet Corps for officers. He was six months at the front with the Liverpool Scottish and was wounded slightly in the canada goose black friday sale head.

, January 19, 1917

PORTER, Archibald, 28611, Private, 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 27th January 1917. He was born in Ballymena, enlisted in Kilsyth and lived in Glasgow. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GRAY, David, Private, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 28th January 1917. Aged 21, he was the youngest son of Robert Gray of William Street, Ballymena. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church.