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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Belfast
Town
Newtownbreda
County
Antrim
Country
Northern Ireland
Commemoration
VC or GC Recipients, First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1 July 1917
    Attended by: Brevet-Colonel CW Barlow DSO, GSO Northern District, Irish Command
  • Dedicated
    Date: 1 July 1917
    Attended by: Rev Robert Workman DD, Minister of Newtownbreda
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
6331
Current location

Inside the Church
Presbyterian Church
Ormeau Road
Newtownbreda
Belfast
Antrim
BT7 3HX
Northern Ireland

OS Grid Ref: NW 47149 26477
Denomination: Presbyterian

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Description
Brass shield plaque with etched Celtic knot decorated border incorporating alternate thistles and shamrock with, at the point of the shield, the etched badge of the Young Citizens Volunteers worn by the 14th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (Young Citizens Volunteers). Etched crest of the Royal Irish Rifles at the top. Below central inscription a red and black etched badge of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). On a wooden backboard.
Inscription
ROYAL IRISH RIFLES/ QUIS SEPARABIT/ IN MEMORY OF/ RIFLEMAN WILLIAM FREDERICK MCFADZEAN VC/ 14TH BATTALION, ROYAL IRISH RIFLES Y C V/ [ULSTER DIVISION]/ WHO WAS BORN AT LURGAN ON THE 9TH OCTOBER 1895 AND WHO/ TO SAVE THE LIVES OF HIS COMRADES GAVE HIS OWN LIVE ON/ THE 1ST JULY 1916 AT THIEPVAL WOOD, FRANCE/ WHEN IN THE TRENCHES IN WHICH THE MEN OF HIS BATTALION/ WERE MASSED FOR ATTACK THE FUSES OF SOME BOMBS HAVING/ BEEN ACCIDENTALLY IGNITED, HE THREW HIMSELF ON THESE/ BOMBS SO COVERING THEM WITH HIS OWN BODY THAT BY/ THEIR EXPLOSION HE ALONE WAS KILLED./ "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN/ HIS OWN LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS" JOHN XV 13./ "IN SUCH A DEATH THERE IS NO STING. IN SUCH A GRAVE THERE IS/ EVERLASTING VICTORY"/ THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE/ FIRST BATTALION EAST BELFAST REGIMENT, UVF,/ AND BALLYNAFEIGH & NEWTOWNBREDA/ UNIONIST CLUB.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Mcfadzean, William Frederick
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Commemorations
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, rank, regiment, date of death, place of death, place of birth, manner of death, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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