A monument to soldiers from East Cork who died in World War One is hoped to be erected in Midleton before the end of the year.
The remembrance wall will be situated at the western end of the Baby's Walk, at the south end of Main Street, Midleton. Hyde’s Stoneworks & Memorials will craft the remembrance wall, engraved with the names, places of birth, ranks, regiments, places of death, dates of death, and ages of more than 170 soldiers, which is hoped to be finalised before the end of 2017.
The project to erect this war memorial can be traced by to a remembrance mass in September 2015 for all the men of Midleton Parish who fell in WWI, which was later accompanied by a booklet, produced by Tom Walsh, a member of the monument committee, containing the details of said soldiers, including their name, age, parents (where available), regiment, and their date of death.
“I did a little booklet of my own initiative with the names and details of those killed in the war,” said Mr Walsh. “I produced it, 150 of them and they flew out the door. Then I had people coming up to me looking for one, saying ‘I have a cousin in Australia who’d a granduncle in the war’ and so on. So I made another 150, and they disappeared too. It was after that I was approached and asked if I’d be interested in trying to get a monument erected for those killed.”
Mr Walsh accepted the offer and joined the small committee which sought to erect a remembrance wall in Midleton. Edward Hallinan, John Potter-Cogan, William Murphy, and Michael Cahill, along with Mr Walsh, are now “very advanced in the process” of seeing the memorial emplaced.
The aim of the committee involved in the proposed erection of the WWI memorial in Midleton is to record in perpetuity the memory of those from the greater Midleton area who gave their lives during the war.
The breadth of those remembered has expanded from its original catchment area of Midleton parish to include Carrigtwohill, Lisgoold, Leamlara, Mogeely, Dungourney, Castlemartyr, Cloyne, and Ballycotton, with the parish of Aghada omitted from the project because there is already such a war memorial in Whitegate listing the soldiers from the area.
All contributions either big or small toward the erection of the memorial will be gratefully received by the committee and acknowledged. Those with family who were involved in WWI are encouraged to visit the website, midletonww1memorialproject.weebly.com, and browse the details of fallen soldiers wherein, and inform the committee if there has been an omission or inaccuracy.