Killyleagh Lost At Sea During World Wars Are Remembered

A special ceremony has been held in Killyleagh to honour those lost at sea during two World Wars.

A special ceremony has been held in Killyleagh to honour those lost at sea during two World Wars.

Some of the relatives of those were lost or who died at sea pictured during both World Wars pictured with Education MInister Michelle McIlveen, Ann Fee, Event MC, and Harry Harvey MLA. (Photos courtesy of Killyleagh Remembers the War group).

“The focus of the remembrance event in Killyleagh today (5th September) was to honour those who gave their lives in the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy during the Second World War.

“The event was organised by the Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club, and supported by the Killyleagh Remembers the War group and the Killyleagh Royal British Legion,” said Ann Fee, event MC.

Ewan Campbell (16) holding a wreath to be laid at sea during the Killyleagh event.

Three wreaths were symbolically laid at sea, close to Dunnyneil Island, by the crews of the two Skiffie boats from Killyleagh. They were later retrieved from the water by sea cadets and placed at the town’s War Memorial.

The original intention was to have a remembrance event at sea last year to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, but due to Covid, it was one of the many events, organised with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund NI, that had to be cancelled in Killyleagh.

Members of Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club with organiser AnneFee, centre.

The MC for the event was Mrs Ann Fee of the Coastal Rowing Club and Sloane’s history group, with the names of those lost at sea between 1939 and 1945 read out. The name of Killyleagh-born James Hughes, killed at sea during the Falklands War, was also read out.

Relatives of many of those who perished in the war years were at the harbour side for the ceremony conducted by former padre Rev Hector Wanliss.

Betty Lennon (left) and Frank Kelly who lost relatives at sea in the Second World War look over the details of their death.

Binyon’s lines were recited by Royal British Legion chairman, Mr Billy Croskery.

Among those in attendance were the Education Minister Mrs Michelle McIlveen and Strangford Assembly member, Mr Harry Harvey.

There was also be a photographic display of those killed at sea.

A skiff rows out into Strangford Lough during the remembrance event.
Education Minister Michelle McIlveen and South Down MLA Harry Harvey with Ann Fee, Killyleagh Coastal Rowing organiser and MC for the event.