West Cork memorial to honour men killed in First World War

A memorial consisting of three standing stones will honour West Cork men who lost their lives in service during the First World War.

West Cork memorial to honour men killed in First World War

It will be unveiled in Lislevane Cemetery in Barryroe on May 31 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland off Denmark’s North Sea coast. Six men from the Barryroe parish perished.

The standing stones will link two limestone seats already in place inside the cemetery gates. The seats are carved from limestone previously used as steps in Barryroe Parish Church but were surplus to requirements after a refurbishment of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

Organising committee member Mary O’Leary said: “The central stone will have a quotation from Ecclesiastes indicating what it is and there will be 12 names on the smaller stones to the left and right. The seats provide a link with the past as most of those men would have walked on the steps.”

Having traced many relatives of passengers of the ill-fated Lusitania, the historical group in Courtmacsherry and Barryroe embarked on the Battle of Jutland project in preparation for the May anniversary.

The battle involved 250 ships and around 100,000 men. Both sides claimed victory but Britain retained control of the North Sea.

Research conducted by the Courtmacshery /Barryroe group revealed 24 men from the parish died serving in World War 1.

The group is seeking, in particular, information about Timothy and Patrick McCarthy from Ballymacredmond, Butlerstown, who probably served with the US Army; Private William O’Brien, South Wales Borderers, son of James and Mary O’Brien, Kincraigie Lodge, Courtmacsherry; Lieut Percival Jeffers, Royal Naval Reserve, son of John Jermyn and Frances Jeffers and adopted son of Mrs Ellen Jermyn, Courtmacsherry.

Private John Moloney, Royal Munster Fusiliers, son of Jeremiah and Mary Moloney, Barry’s Cove, Lislevane; Seamen James Brickley and David Brickley, Royal Naval Reserve, sons of James & Ellen Brickley, Lehina, Lislevane; Able Seaman Edward Walsh, Mercantile Marine, son of Ellen and Patrick Walsh, Courtmacsherry; Gunner Jerry Buckley, born in Courtmacsherry and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Jeremiah and Mary Buckley, Mallow; Private William McCarthy, Royal Munster Fusiliers and Pte John Sheehy, Royal Engineers, both from Barryroe.

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