Comber Church of Ireland (St Mary’s)

Comber Church of Ireland (St Mary’s)

 First World War

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1914 – 1919

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

IN EVER GRATEFUL AND CHERISHED MEMORY OF

THOSE FROM THIS CONGREGATION WHO

VOLUNTEERED FOR SERVICE WITH HIS MAJESTY’S

FORCES IN THE GREAT WAR

OF WHOM THIRTEEN ‘NOBLY FIGHTING NOBLY FELL’

AND SIXTY-TWO HAPPILY RETURNED

 THE HEROIC DEAD

 Bell J. Arthur

Bruce George J. DSO, MC

Campbell Edward

De Wind Edmund VC

Earney Henry

Harris James

Hiles Hector

Mullan Alex

McIlwrath Alex

McRoberts Thomas

Spence Jack M

Thompsett William

Walsh James

SERVED AND RETURNED

 

Allen J J Cullimore   Harris Robert
Allen James G   Harris William
Bailie William J   Hiles Robert
Bates F Norman   Humphreys William
Baxter Robert MM   Irwin John
Baxter William J   Kerr Robert F
Bowman Henry   Lamont Robert
Cairns Samuel   Manning Charles C MC, CF
Campbell Frank   Mason David
Campbell John   Mullan Charles
Campbell Robert   Mullan George
Cinnamond Hubert P MC   McBride James
Cinnamond L’Isle P   McClure Robert H
Crichton John   McClure Samuel
Crilly David   McGreeghan Hugh MM
Crilly John   McIlwrath James C
Culverwell G Hugh   McKnight Alexander
Culverwell J Stanley   McKeag Henry J
Culverwell O Gerald   McWilliams Joseph
Culverwell E Ronald MC   Nolan William
Culverwell F Maurice   Redpath James
Dunbar James   Roberts William
Dunbar John   Roddy George
Duff William   Shanks David J
Dugan William   Skillen David
Edgar John   Smyth George
Fisher John D   Spence William
Fisher Robert   Walsh Samuel
Gordon William   Wells Samuel
McConnell William    
Baxter May   De Wind Edith C

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 TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF

2ND LIEUT. EDMUND DE WIND VC

15TH BATT. ROYAL IRISH RIFLES

(AND NOV. 1914 – APRIL 1917 31ST BATT. CANADIANS)

WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT RACECOURSE REDOUBT

NEAR ST. QUENTIN 21ST MARCH 1918

AGED 34 YEARS

 ‘BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE’

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 THE TABLET IS FROM THE GERMAN GUN

FORMERLY IN THE SQUARE AND RECORDS THE DEEDS OF

EDMUND DE WIND

2ND LIEUTENANT 15TH BATT. ROYAL IRISH RIFLES

FOR WHICH HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS

 

FOR MOST CONSPICUOUS BRAVERY AND SELF-SACRIFICE ON THE 21ST MARCH 1918 AT THE RACECOURSE REDOUBT NEAR GROAGHIE FOR SEVEN HOURS HE HELD THIS MOST IMPORTANT POST, AND THOUGH TWICE WOUNDED AND PRACTICALLY SINGLE-HANDED, HE MAINTAINED HIS POSITION UNTIL ANOTHER SECTION COULD BE GOT TO HIS HELP.  ON TWO OCCASIONS, WITH TWO NCOS ONLY, HE GOT OUT ON THE TOP UNDER HEAVY MACHINE GUN AND RIFLE FIRE, AND CLEARED THE ENEMY OUT OF THE TRENCH, KILLING MANY.  HE CONTINUED TO REPEL ATTACK AFTER ATTACK UNTIL HE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED AND COLLAPSED.  HIS VALOUR, SELF-SACRIFICE AND EXAMPLE WERE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER