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Templecorran Graveyard

The modern sections of the graveyard


The more modern sections of the Templecorran graveyard date back to 1884, 1905, 1906 and 1913. These sections include several graves of note, including the grave of General Sir James Stuart Steele, who was the military officer who signed the 1939 mobilisation order taking the United Kingdom into the Second World War. The general was born on a nearby farm in 1894 and his ashes were interred in Ballycarry in 1975. Nearby is the grave of William Calwell, a local poet and entrepreneur who was responsible for distinctive American-style architecture in the Ballycarry area following his return from San Francisco in the early 1900s.


The Dowlin grave in the 1906 plot also emphasises a link with overseas, since it has the map of Tasmania carved on it, symbolising the homeland of the man buried there, James Thomson Dowlin, and this element of modern ‘grave art’ certainly makes the stone one of the most unique in the graveyard.


There are a number of gravestone inscriptions detailing wartime casualties, among them those of Norman Alexander Gillespie, who was with a Canadian regiment, and William James Kirkcaldy, a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Both were victims of the First World War. One of the most poignant stones in the graveyard commemorates an entire family - the Hutchinsons - who were originally from Ballycarry and who were killed in the Belfast Blitz of 1941.


The gravestone of Captain James Haveron tells little beyond the fact that the person in question was an MBE. Captain Haveron, however, won his medal for action in Liverpool during one of the blitz attacks on the city in the Second World War, during which, as a merchant naval captain, he saved many lives. Many of the gravestones in the modern section similarly tell us little about those interred beyond the most basic of details, whereas in the earlier section many stones provide much greater material for the family and local historian.


The modern section of the graveyard is much better laid out that the eastern side of the graveyard, not surprisingly, and there are tarmacadam pathways through it. Although more modern, it nevertheless contains many graves of note, and family surnames involved include Alexander, Allen, Bartley, Barry, Hall, Haveron, Hume, McNinch, Martin, Millar, Robinson, Taylor, and Turtle among them.

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