William John Brolly, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers


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.


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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13 Responses to William John Brolly, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

  1. Valerie says:

    Civil Marriage
    Date of Marriage 5 Jun 1882
    Groom Name Robert George BROLLY
    Bride Name Ellen Sophia CALDWELL
    Church Ballymoney Church of Ireland
    Parish Ballymoney
    Civil District Ballymoney
    County Antrim

  2. I am Clark Heathcliff Brolly, Williams great great grandson. Just found this today as I for some reason decided to look up William on the internet after talking with my dad Clark Brolly. Just want to say thanks for remembering William. God bless.


  3. you can also find out more about William in a book called, The Ballymoney Heroes. There is also a website in connection to the book.


  4. Mervyn Brolly says:

    I have a feeling that i may be a relative of this man. My grandfather was Clarke Brolly, and my uncle was Robert George Brolly who went to Canada in the 1950s (i believe). I am from the Ballymoney area, my father is Clarke Eric Brolly…. (known as Eric)….

  5. Hi Mervyn
    Thanks for contacting us. If you would like to email me on faye@castletonlanterns.co.uk with any information you may have eg Clarke Brolly’ date of birth, I may be able to check if this is the same family and maybe put you in contact with William’s grandsons.

Any thoughts?

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