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Book of Honour for Belfast

October 2003 conference, funded jointly by the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News was held in the Island Centre in Lisburn. The challenge before the meeting was to follow the example of Donegal and the County and City of Dublin in preparing a book listing all the fatal casualties, born or resident in Belfast, who died during the First World War 1914-18. 

A committee was formed with Sir Kenneth Bloomfield as chairman. Monsignor Tom Toner, Administrator of St Peter’s pro-cathedral and Dean Houston McKelvey, of St Anne’s, agreed to act as vice-chairmen and patrons. Work then began collecting the information.  

This was not as straightforward as may be imaged. Over half of World War One records were destroyed by fire caused by German bombing during the Second World War. Yet, from various sources, the committee have now assembled some 5,300 names. These men and women, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish, are commemorated in 620 cemeteries or memorials across twenty nine different countries   

The members of the committee are convinced that many names are still missing. We are now appealing to the people of Belfast for help. Individuals, families, churches and other organizations are invited to inspect this list and supply any details they can about those on it. If names are missing the committee would like to know. 

Copies of the list are available for inspection on 11 November 2006 in the following libraries: Central, Chichester, Falls, Finaghy, Holywood Arches and Shankill. The committee can then be contacted, either by email or by writing to:

Book of Honour, 37-41 May, Street, Belfast BT1 4DN 

You can then email the committee on:

 Info@ journeyofremembering.org