Identified: Patrick Bryan Adair

IDENTIFIED: Patrick Bryan Adair, Battery Sergeant Major, 16th Battery, Motor Machine Gun Service, Machine Gun Corps. (Lantern Slide #11)

Patrick Bryan AdairPatrick Bryan Adair was born on 12th January 1890. He was living at 73 North Queen Street in 1901 aged 11 with his widowed mother Mary Adair and three older sisters Jane, Elizabeth and Grace

He was living at Greenmount Street in 1911 with his mother and stepfather Daniel Bell. He was aged 21 his profession was listed as a machinist.

Patrick Bryan Adair joined the Belfast Fire Brigade on 24th July 1911.  He signed the Ulster Covenant at Central Fire Station in 1912.Bryan Adair UC

During the First World War he served with both the Royal Irish Rifles and the 16th Battery, Motor Machine Gun Service, Machine Gun Corps. His rank was Battery Sergeant Major. He was Mentioned In Despatches and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Patrick Bryan Adair (BNL 21 Nov 1916)

In 1918 his address was given as 6 Loughview Villas, Shore Road.

Nicknamed Gutty, he was a dedicated Officer and a Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He had been promoted to the rank of Third Officer in the Brigade in February 1932 and subsequently to the position of District Officer when the ranks were revised in 1936.

Bryan Patrick Adair, Belfast Fire Brigade

Belfast Fire Brigade First Aid team posing with their cups and trophies. (Bryan Adair front second from left) from Bill Broadhurst

He had taken the unusual step of writing directly to the Ministry of Home Security at Stormont as “One of the professional Fire Officers, who have been compelled to sit back and watch the mistakes, and blunders, made in the organisation of the City’s Fire Fighting Services.”  (The Flaming Truth: William Broadhurst)

He died of a heart attack on 9th April 1941 and was buried from his home in Ardoyne Fire Station.

Patrick Bryan Adair died 9th April 1941. Image from Bill Broadhurst

Patrick Bryan Adair died 9th April 1941. Image from Bill Broadhurst

 

If you have any more information on Patrick Bryan Adair or think you may be related to him, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  Or you can contact me at karen@castletonlanterns.co.uk.

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Lives of the First World War

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Castleton Lanterns will be setting up a community for the Castleton Lanterns men on the Lives of the First World War project site.

(image © IWM Q 000743)

(image © IWM Q 000743)

The Lives of the First World War project will hold the stories of over 8 million men and women who served in uniform and worked on the home front across Britain and the Commonwealth.

It will bring together fascinating records from museums, libraries, archives and family collections across the world, so that everyone can help to discover, remember and share the life stories of those who were involved.

The IWM’s innovative and interactive digital platform to mark the Centenary of the First World War will be officially launching in February 2014.

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(image © IWM Q 001580)

The project needs your help to explore the documents, to link them together to help preserve the incredible life stories for future generations.

Over the course of the centenary, Lives of the First World War will become a dynamic, permanent digital memorial – a significant digital legacy for future generations.

We’ll be sharing information on the Castleton Lanterns men who we have identified such as Thomas Robinson (Right), Samuel McCall (Left) and James McCann.

We’ll also be sharing the photos of men we need help to identify, along with information of those on the Roll of Honour for Castleton Church in the hope that you will be able to help identify them. We-are-the-voice-of

Click here to sign up to their mailing list to make sure you get the news first about how and when you can get involved.

In the meantime, please have a look through the images of our Castleton Lanterns men and see if you can identify any of the faces, or provide any information.  You can also look through the images on our Flickr channel or on Tumblr, follow me on Twitter or like the Castleton Lanterns page on Facebook.

 

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Exhibition Launch Red Barn Gallery Thursday 3 October

The launch of the Castleton Lanterns exhibition in Red Barn Gallery will take place on Thursday 3rd October 2013 at 6pm. The exhibition includes lantern slide images of men of Castleton Church, York Road who served in the Great War, and will run across Remembrance Day until Wednesday 13th November 2013.

In April, a box of old lantern slides was found in the organ loft of Alexandra Presbyterian Church. The images were of soldiers and sailors in First World War uniforms and were made by the famous Belfast photographer Mr Alex. R. Hogg. The committee minutes of Castleton Church state that in 1918 Mr Hogg was asked to put together a lantern slide exhibition ‘of our men at the front’ which was to be shown on 16th December 1918. Tickets for the lantern slide show were sent to the families of serving men.

Unfortunately the slides were not named and Alexandra Presbyterian Church have been attempting to identify the men in the slides. To date, over 20 men have been identified but there are many more faces to put names to. Red Barn Gallery have stepped in to help the project attract a wider audience, to enable the families to see their ancestors’ images and to ask the people of Belfast to visit to aid in the identification of the men.

The importance of finding the families of the men is demonstrated by some of the stories being told. One such story is of Francis Ernest McCann and James McCann. Francis served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and James served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. On 1st July 1916 (known as The Somme), Lance Corporal James McCann was killed. James is commemorated at Thiepval Memorial and his photo was listed in the Belfast Telegraph when he died. This enabled the identification of James as Slide Number 58.

David Morrow, a reader of the Castleton Lanterns blog got in touch to tell us that these men were his relatives and was able to identify Francis Ernest McCann as Slide Number 5 and provide a photo to confirm. Francis was married in 1916 to Sarah Baird Crossan, survived the war and went on to have children. He died in 1937 of cardiac failure having suffered from bronchial problems as a result of being gassed in the trenches. During the Belfast Blitz of April 1941, Francis’ wife Sarah and two of their daughters were sadly killed in Glasgow Street. One daughter survives today. David was also able to confirm that Slide Number 58 was James McCann as suggested, evidenced by his treasured family photos.

David supplied a letter written by James’ friend James Magill who wrote to his mother Mary to tell her how her son had died and how he had received a proper burial. Another Royal Inniskilling Fusilier, the letter writer James Magill had been wounded in France and the Belfast Telegraph had printed his photograph. We were then able to identify the man who wrote the letter James Magill, as Slide Number 73. James Magill survived the war.

Karen O’Rawe, Project Manager of Castleton Lanterns said

The example of James Magill, Francis Ernest McCann and James McCann demonstrate just how closely connected all the Castleton Lanterns men were. They were brothers, best friends, pals and colleagues. It’s important to find their stories and tell them, to understand their lives and remember them, coming up to the anniversary of the start of the Great War. It is sad to hear the stories of those who were lost or wounded beside those who lived and flourished and I’m sure the families who gathered to watch the lantern slide show in 1918 must have felt something similar.

We are asking everyone who had relatives around the York Road at the time to visit the exhibition, and to log on to our website at castletonlanterns.co.uk. We have a list of all the men on the Roll of Honour for Castleton (click here to see Eddie’s Extracts Roll) listed and you may find that your family member is pictured. We’d love to hear your stories and see your family photos.

It is easy to forget how much these families gave up, how a whole generation of young men was lost and how much the community needs to remember not only the sacrifice of those who died, but also the sacrifice of those who lived. The attempt to identify the men, their stories and their families is a way of shining a light on their lives. With no remaining veterans of the Great War, it is especially important that these faces do not become numbers or statistics. These men have names, families, memories and experiences that with research and your help, we will be able to record for generations to come.”

Frankie Quinn, Director, Red Barn Gallery said “The Red Barn Gallery is delighted to be involved in this important historical project. This project compliments our aim to inspire and educate through exhibitions, projects and workshops with the objective of encouraging the appreciation of photography in Belfast.

We have a particular interest in “Shoebox Archives”, photographs of people, places and events which have sat unseen for years. This recently unearthed treasure is an important part of our shared history and a must see for anyone with an interest in the history of our city.”

The exhibition launches on Thursday 3rd October 6pm – 9pm, and runs until Wednesday 13th November, at Red Barn Gallery, 43b Rosemary Street, Belfast. Opening hours Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Everyone Welcome

Further information from: Karen O’Rawe / karen@castletonlanterns.co.uk

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Francis McCann, James McCann and James Magill

IDENTIFIED: Francis McCann, his brother James McCann and James Magill.

Francis Ernest and James McCann‘s parents were William McCann and Mary Bunting who were married on 10 March 1877 at Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee. Francis was born in 1891 and James in 1895.

In 1901 William and Mary were living in Seaview Street with their 7 children: Andrew, Jane, William, Annie, Francis, James and Elizabeth. William McCann’s occupation is listed as a seaman.

By 1911 the family had moved to Glasgow Street. There were now only 5 children in the household, two of which were Francis and James. Francis is listed in the 1911 census as a Platers helper while James, aged 16 was a Rivetters boy.

James McCann Belfast Telegraph

James McCann (c. Nigel Henderson)

Francis served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and James served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  On 1st July 1916 (known as The Somme), Lance Corporal James McCann was killed.

James is commemorated at Thiepval Memorial and his photo was listed in the Belfast Telegraph when he died. This enabled the identification of James as Slide Number 58.

James McCann, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers, Castleton Lanterns

James McCann Slide 58

David Morrow, a reader of the blog got in touch to tell us that these men were his relatives and was able to identify Francis Earnest McCann as Slide Number 5 and provide a great photo to confirm.

Francis Ernest McCann, Castleton Lanterns, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Francis Ernest McCann Slide 5

 

Francis Ernest McCann, Castleton Lanterns, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers

Francis Ernest McCann (c. David Morrow)

 

Francis Ernest McCann, Sarah Baird Crossan, Castleton lanterns

Francis Ernest McCann and Sarah Baird Crossan marriage 1916 (c. David Morrow)

Francis was married in 1916 to Sarah Baird Crossan, survived the war and went on to have children. He died in 1937 of cardiac failure having suffered from bronchial problems as a result of being gassed in the trenches. During the Belfast Blitz of April 1941, Francis’ wife Sarah and two of their daughters were sadly killed in Glasgow Street. One daughter survives today.

David was also able to confirm that Slide Number 58 was James McCann as suggested, evidenced by his treasured family photos.

James McCann, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers, Castleton lanterns

James McCann, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers (c. David Morrow

David supplied a letter written by James’ friend James Magill who wrote to his mother Mary to tell her how her son had died and how he had received a proper burial.

James Magill, James McCann, Castleton lanterns

Letter from James Magill to James McCann’s mother (c. David Morrow)

Another Royal Innskilling Fusilier, the letter writer James Magill had been wounded in France and the Belfast Telegraph had printed his photograph. We were then able to identify the man who wrote the letter James Magill, as Slide Number 73.  James Magill survived the war.

James Magill, Castleton Lanterns, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers

James Magill, Lantern Slide 73

James Magill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Castleton lanterns

James Magill, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (c. Nigel Henderson)

These three men and all the Castleton Lanterns men were closley connected, brothers, best friends, pals and colleagues. It’s important to find their stories and tell them, to understand their lives and remember them. It is sad to hear the stories of those who were lost or wounded beside those who lived and flourished and I’m sure the families who gathered to watch the lantern slide show in 1918 must have felt something similar.

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William John Brolly, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

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William John Brolly, Corporal, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Killed in Action

William John Brolly was born around 1886 and lived in Office Street, Whitehouse at the time of the 1901 census. His father was Robert George Brolly, a master tailor and his mother was Ellen Sophia.  He had at least 5 siblings called Cassie McKee, James Howard, Samuel Hugh, Clarke and Thomas.  In 1906 he married Mary and they had a son, William in 1907.

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William John Brolly
Distillery Football Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

William John enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers serving with the second Battalion as Corporal.  He died on the 16 May 1915 and is remembered at Le Touret Memorial in France.  He played for Distillery football club and they have recently erected a memorial to remember him. 

His photo appeared in the Belfast Telegraph announcing his death.  As yet I have not matched him to our lantern slides.  If you think you can match him to one of the slides please get in touch below!

You can scan the slides quickly by clicking through to our Flickr account here.

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John Fulton, Royal Army Medical Corps

Lantern slide #38 (Right) is JOHN JAMES FULTON (Click here to view original)

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John Fulton, Castleton Lantern Slide 38

His family addresses were 12 Ivon Street, 42 Shore Road and 108 Mountcollyer Street, all of which are in the area surrounding Castleton Church.  His parents were Ann and Joseph Fulton, a plater’s helper.  His wife was Ellen White who he married in 1905.  He had at least seven children over the next ten years, Beatrice Maud, Albert Thomas, John James, William White, James, Elllen Culbert and Herbert.

He was a labourer before enlisting with the Royal Army Medical Corps when he was 18 years and 2 months old in 1900.  He served for 21 years as part of the South African campaign from 1900 – 1903, as well as in France and the Mediterranean during the Great War.

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Fulton, John, Sergeant Major, Royal Army Medical Corps, Mentioned in Dispatches

He finished his service as an Acting Sergeant Major and was mentioned in dispatches on Wednesday 15 August 1917.  As he appeared in the Belfast Telegraph we were able to match his face to his slide on the Castleton Lanterns.

According to his army record he also received the Meritorious Service Medal on 29 August 1917.

Do any of the names or addresses in this post ring a bell? Is this man related to you?  Please get in touch! Email me at karen@castletonlanterns.co.uk

 

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Castleton Lantern Slide Number 24

These men served during the First World War and we think they are listed on the Castleton Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.  They were featured in a lantern slide exhibition shown to the Castleton Congregation in December 1918.  Do you recognise one of them?  Might one of them be a relation?  Maybe you recognise a uniform, or one of them looks like your dad?  Was he from the York Road area of Belfast?  Let us know in the comments below if you have any clues or hints to who they might be.

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Castleton Lanterns – Slide Number 12

These men served during the First World War and we think they are listed on the Castleton Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.  They were featured in the Castleton lantern slide exhibition shown to the Castleton Congregation in December 1918.  Do you recognise one of them?  Might one of them be a relation?  Maybe you recognise a uniform, or one of them looks like your dad?  Was he from the York Road area of Belfast?  Let us know in the comments below if you have any clues or hints to who they might be.

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Castleton Lantern Slide 12

Castleton Lantern Slide 12

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Lantern Slide Number 76

This man served during the First World War and we think he is listed on the Castleton Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.  He was featured in a lantern slide exhibition shown to the Castleton Congregation in December 1918.  Do you recognise him?  Might he be a relation?  Maybe you recognise his uniform, or he looks like your dad?  Was he from the York Road area of Belfast?  Let us know in the comments below if you have any clues or hints to who he might be.

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Castleton Lantern Slide Number 75

These men served during the First World War and we think they are listed on the Castleton Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.  They were featured in a lantern slide exhibition shown to the Castleton Congregation in December 1918.  Do you recognise one of them?  Might one of them be a relation?  Maybe you recognise a uniform, or one of them looks like your dad?  Was he from the York Road area of Belfast?  Let us know in the comments below if you have any clues or hints to who they might be.

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Castleton Lantern slide 75

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