On August 4 at 7.30pm the people of Hillsborough will pause to honour the young men of the village who sacrificed their lives during the First World War.
Organised by the Women’s Section of the Hillsborough Royal British Legion, young and old will gather at the village war memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War.
Hillsborough, like every other town and village throughout Northern Ireland, lost a generation of men in the Great War and 100 years later, the people of Hillsborough are determined that their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
The local historical and cultural society, the Hillsborough Old Guard, are also planning to remember the fallen in a very special way.
“We are asking families of those killed during the First World War to sponsor a banner in honour of their relative,” explained Hillsborough Old Guard Chairman Harry Short.
“We intend to display the banners on the lampposts in the village to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.”
Thompson Crossey, whose uncle, Oliver, was killed by a shell attack in Martensart in Ypres on his way to the frontline, said it was important that the men were never forgotten.
“I grew up knowing that my uncle had fought and died in the war.
“He was one of a group of Culcavey men who died on the day in Ypres,” explained Mr Crossey, who also served with the Air Training Force during the Second World War.
“They were in the square in Martensart waiting to go to the front when a shell exploded.
“We were only one family of many in the area that lost their son. He was twenty years of age, he hadn’t even started his life.
“A generation of men were lost then.
“It was a slaughter, it wasn’t a war and we should never let it be forgotten.”
The Hillsborough Old Guard are also planning to hold an exhibition in premises adjacent to the war memorial featuring memorabilia from local men who served and died during the war.
The group are appealing for any local families, whose relative was killed during the First World War, who would like to sponsor a banner and have their loved one remembered, to contact them as soon as possible.
For more information log onto www.hillsborougholdguard.com, or to sponsor a banner contact Chairman Harry Short on 9268 23879 or Secretary Pearl Finn on 9268 3260.