Seagoe Archives

January 1915


January 1915

JANUARY, 1915.


Seagoe Parish Magazine

Photo by Moffett





1st Sunday, after Morning Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8

a.m., and on the Chief Festivals.


1st Saturday of Month at 3 p.m. and during any

Service in the Parish Church, if notice be given.

Two Sponsors at lea,st are required. and they must

be confirmed members of the Church. Churchings

are held at, each Baptism. Mothers are expected to

bring a thankoffering, (See Book of Common Prayer)


Sundays and Chief Festivals at 11-30 a.m.


Sundays at 7 p.m. ; and at Tamnificarbet at same hour.

Classes and Schools


Sunday at 10 a.m.

For Men—Recreation Rooms, Edenderry and Seagoe Orange Hall.

For Women—Anchor Cafe Edenderry, & Seagoe School.

Week-night Bible Classes for Men are held during Winter in Carbet, Drumgor, Hacknahay.


10 a.m.—Edenderry Parochial Hall & Seagoe School.

3 p.m.—Seagoe. Edenderry Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne.

3-30 p,m.—Drumgor.


Seagoe. 9-30 S. R. Chambers.

Hacknahay, 9-45—Miss B. C. Chambers

MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a m. and 2 p.m. Licences are issued by Very Rev. Dr. O'Loughlin,

Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings. Fees 5/- and upwards.

FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy

without delay. FEES FOR CERTIFICATES. BAPTISM—Under 50 years of age, 2/7; over 50 years, 3/7; Old Age Pension, 1/- ; Non Parishioners, 2/-; Children (Factory), 1/-; Non-Parishioners, 2/-. MARRIAGE—Under 50 years, 3/7; over 50, 5/1. BURIAL—Under 50 years, 2/1 ; over 50, 3/1. A search fee is chargeable is certain cases.

This Magazine is on Sale at Mrs. Collins, 18 Bridge Street.





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We thank our Patrons for their liberal

support of us in the past, and hope in the future

to continue to give our friends the best value

procurable in all classes of Drapery goods,

and we ask the genera( public to see our stocks

and compare our prices before making their



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Seagoe Parish Magazine.

JANUARY, 1915.

A Happy New Year to all our Readers !

For King And Country ! "


A List of the Names of Residents in the Parish of Seagoe, or attached thereto, who have

answered to the call of King and Country, and have Volunteered to serve anywhere, at home or

abroad, during the War.

Frank Anderson (Motor Section) R. I. F.

David Bright, Sergt. -Major, 1st Canadians

Jos. Chapman,

William Clayton,

James Henry England, R. I. R.

Fforde Hall, A.S.C

David Gracey, H. L. I.

Bertram Holland, ISt Canadians

Richard M'Na11y, L. -Corp. R.I.F.

Alfred Richardson, 1st Canadians

Robert Rowland, A. S.C.

William Edward Webb, R I F.

First Three Lists One Hundred and Fifty-Seven Names.

Fourth List Twelve Names.


The New Cover.

WITH this number Seagoe Magazine enters

upon its tenth year of existence.

In accordance with our custom we present

our Readers this month with a newly

designed cover. The photograph represents

the present Parish Church appearing between the

east and west gables of the old Church. The present

Church was being erected exactly 100 years ago.

The foundation stone was laid in 1814, and the

building was consecrated and opened for Public

Worship in 1816. The photograph, therefore. by

linking together the old Church and the present

Church is especially appropriate to the centenary

year. It was taken from a point in the new ground

just added to the graveyard, and from which a new

and interesting view of the north side of Old Seagoe

Church can be obtained.

Our Seagoe Wounded

Harry Kane, James' Street, was home for a brief

furlough. He received two wounds during the

shelling by Monitors of the Belgian Coast. A shell

from a German shore gun burst on the deck wounding

8 of the crew of H.M.S. Rinaldo. The fight took

place on a Sunday. Harry Kane expects now to

join H.M.S. Cordelia, one of the new Destroyers

of Destroyers which can attain speed of 40 knots

an hour. His brother, James Kane, is at the front with

the Fusiliers.

Private W. Pussell, of Foundry Street, returned

last Tuesday to Head-quarters at Armagh, prior to returning

to the front. He received three wounds in the

fighting at Armentieres in France, one of the bullets

penetrated the hip bone, and he was lame for a time,

but has recovered under Dr. Dougan's care, and says

"he could now play a game of football !" He is

hardy fighter, having gone through the Boer Campaign,

for which he wears a medal, with clasps. He

hopes soon again to be in the trenches.

Private Robert Calles on, of Joseph Street, is

rapidly recovering from his wounds. He has got an

extension of leave. He was wounded in the fighting

around the Irish Guards, in which he was

serving, had a rough time.

Private John Milligan, of Century Street was

wounded by a shell in the side during the fighting

near Ypres. He has made a good recovery from his

wound, and is hoping shortly to return to France.

Private John Gibson, of Century Street, is returning

home shortly. He was severely wounded,

and has been for some time in hospital at Boulogne,

and in England. We are glad to hear he is rapidly

recovering. His portrait appeared in the " Evening

Telegraph" recently. He has just returned home

bringing with him the piece of shrapnel which

wounded him.



Cordner— November 9, in France, Private

Thomas Cordner, 11254 A Coy, 87th Royal

Irish Fusiliers, British Expeditionary

Force, aged 19 years.

We regret to record the death of Private Thomas

Cordner, stepson of Mr. Joseph M'Crory, of Foundry

Street, the first man to fall among those who have

gone from Seagoe Parish to take parb in the great

war. Private Cordner's death occurred under very

heroic circumstances in trying to save comrade's

life. The events which led to bis death on the

battlefield are best described in the words of one who

saw it happening. Private Edward Burns, R.I.F.,

of Jackson's Row, Portadown, in a letter says—" You

ask me to let you know how poor Thomas Cordner

met his death. Well it was in trying to save W.

Hanvey, After Hanvey got wounded Thomas went out

to try to bring him into the trenches, when he also

met the same fate. Both died shortly after. He was

my best chum. He and I used to lie awake at night

and talk how we would spend Christmas in Portadown.

Little did he think he was so near his end."

Through the kind permission of the Proprietors of

of the " Evening Telegraph " we are enabled to

publish a portrait of Private Cordner, taken at

Shorncliffe Camp shortly before he left for the front.

Private Cordner's character was exemplary in

respect. He " did not know the taste of drink," and

was absolutely sober in his habits. He was most

popular with his comrades, and his affection for his

home may be gathered from the portions of his

letters which we publish. On several occasions

previous to his death he had risked his life to save

wounded comrades. He fell on the eve of his 19th


We print some touching extracts from letters received

from PRIVATE THOMAS CORDNER, before he met

his death on the field of battle.

DEAR MOTHER, Just a few lines in answer to your

kind and welcome letter. C. says she would like

me home for a bib of value. She will be a good bit

bigger when I go home. You are putting yourself

about sending me so many things, but I would give

you anything for a, piece of home-made bread.

think it is years since I got a piece. Tell Christine

and Aubrey and the white haired boy that I hope

they will be big boys and girls when I get home I

have your piece of hair and your purse still, and when

I look at it, it makes me think of home."

Writing early in August from Shorncliffe, he says

—"Just a few lines in answer to your loving letter.

Glad to hear you are not too bad We came back

to Shorncliffe this morning from Minster to mobilize.

e expect to be in touch with the enemy on the 14th

of this month, but, mother, I will go out with a good

heart. We are in one of the divisions that go out

first. I am sending you these photos and prayer

book. You can do what you wish with them, but if

ever I have the luck to come home I would like to get

some of them. I send the children my best love. I

would like to hear from you before I go out. From

your loving son, to mother, till death.

Seagoe Soldiers' Helpers,

Work contributed by the Seagoe Branch of the

Women's Emergency Corps, between October 16th

and December 31st, 1914—

88pairs Socks.


1 pair Pyjamas.

11 Body Belts.

2 Kit Bags.

14 Muffers.

5 Helmets.

2 full Kit Bags

1 pair Bed Socks

9 pairs Mits

1 pair Cuffs

8 Petticoats for Belgians)

Lint, Cigarettes, Boracic Ointment, per. of Potash.

At a first glance this reads very good, and we wish to

thank all who have helped so well ; but when one

thinks of the numbers of women and girls in Seagoe

who might work, and up to the present have not done

so, there is great room for improvement. On the 1st

and 3rd Wednesdays of each month a meeting is held

in Seagoe School at 4 0'clock, when wool is sold at

cost price, and directions given as to the making of

the various articles. We hope to see many new faces

at our next meeting on Wednesday, the 16th.

Those unable to attend can always obtain wool at

Eden Villa.

The sum of £2 18s 3d was sent to H.R.H. Princess

Mary's Christmas Box Fund, from the Children of

Seagoe Parish.


Seagoe in the Trenches,

Lance- Corporal Nat Dawkins, formerely a

member of the R.I.C., Edenderry, and for some time a

valued member of the teaching staff in Edenderry

afternoon Sunday School, writes from France to say

he is in the best of health, and in good fighting form

—"I am now," he says, attached to the Leinster

Regiment, and I can tell you I have been in some

hot places, but am thankful to say I have escaped all

right. Remember me to all."

Private John Girvan, R.I.F., of Tarson, writes

from the Trenches, under date December 27th, 1914

—"I was glad to get the socks. It is very wet now

in the trenches, and a change of socks is very good

when your feet are very cold. You will know what it

is like when we are covered in mud over the boots.

But we are in the best of spirits and trusting in God

that victory will crown our work. It is very hard to

stand in mud all day, and your feet like ice. We do

enjoy a smoke when we come off sentry. We have to be

very careful when we are on sentry. The Germans

are lying within 300 yards of us, and they keep

sniping at us all day and night, if they can see even

the top of your head They attack us at night, and

you can can see nothing but the blaze of the rifles,

and bullets whizzing all roads. Last night my chum

was wounded in the shoulder when he was on sentry.

I can hear the crack of the rifles while I am writing

this letter. God has been very good to me. I had

not a cold yet, and my health is very good, though it

is raining every day, and we are up to the knees in

mud. When you have time write again. It cheers

me up."

Private W. McNeill, of Ballymacrandle, writes

under date December 10th, 1914 —"We are having it

Very hard in the trenches. We are standing in water

over the tops of our boots: I hope you will have a

merry Christmas. I am sorry I can't be with you.

Send a few boxes of safety mathes. I saw one of my

letters in the Seagoe Magazine.

[We are glad to know that the Magazine finds its

way into the trenches. Send on your copy to cheer

up some of our Seagoe fighting men.]

Seagoe War Notes.

Lance-Corporal George Preston, of Ballinacor, is a

prisoner in the Camp at Doeberitz, Berlin.

The death of a Derry soldier at Portadown station

from the effects of Alcoholic poisoning is a sad

Commentary on the evils of strong drink.

The Rector and the Rev. J. Bloomer have paid

several visits to the Seagoe men in Victoria Barracks.

Walter Vaughan of the Irish Horse has been home

from the front for a brief holiday.

A remarkable coincidence—W. Walker, of Seagoe

Farm, when at Picture House lately in Dublin saw,

in a film taken at the front, his brother Isaac Walker

of the North Irish Horse, distributing letters to the

men in the trenches.

Portadown Station presents an unusually animated

appearance just now owing to the number of boys in

Khaki going to and from the Camps.

On St. Stephen's Day the Children of our Soldier

at the Front were invited to Christmas Tree and

distribution of Toys at the Town Hall.

A letter from the trenches says “There is plenty

of Portadown chaps out here."


The Bible Classes will study the Book of the

Acts of the Apostles during 1915.

The new Church Attendance Cards have been


Sunday School Examinations are at present being

held in the various Parish Schools.

The special Advent Services were well attended.

The Misses Dawson sent interesting Picture Post

Cards at Christmas time to many of their old friends

in Seagoe Parish.

The new Heating Apparatus in Seagoe Church is

proving very efficient this cold weather.

We have postponed the publication of our " Old

Seagoe Notes," owing to pressure of War news,

All the Parish Almanacs (350) have been sold.

The recent storm did considerable damage to

house-roofs in Edenderry.

The Intercession Service in the Parish Church on

January 3rd, was largely attended. The collection,

which was liberal, was in aid of the Red Cross


The flooded state of the Bann Meadows enables the

residents of Seagoe to understand the conditions

under which our Soldiers have to carry on the

campaign in the low lying and flooded lands along the

banks of the Yser.



We record, with sincere regret, the death of Mr,

Young, Proprietor of the " Portadown News," and

publisher of Seagoe Parish Magazine since its

inception ten years ago. Mr. Young was, in a quiet

way, a great influence for good in Portadown. His

management of the Portadown News " was always

characterised by a broad minded integrity, which did

credit both to his intellectual attainments and to the

natural sympathy of his heart. He was always

deeply interested in the success of this Magazine, and

gave unstintedly of his time and attention to conserve

its interests. We offer our sincere sympathy

to Mrs and Miss Young in the loss they have sustained.



Baptized on December 5th, 1914.

Russell—Margaret and Robert John, children of William & Eliza Jane Russell, of Edenderry

Sponsors—Susan Chapman, Eliza Jane Russell.


December 23rd, 1914.

Gracey—David Gracey, Private, Highland Light Infantry, of Balteagh.


Smith and Thornton—December 25th (Christmas Day), Aaron Smith, of Edenderry,

to Sarah Anne Thornton, of Edenderry.


Forsythe—December 9th, 1914, Eveline Forsythe, of Seagoe, aged 16 years.

Donaldson—December 12th, Margaret Donaldson, of Edenderry, aged 71 years.

Coulter—December 13th, Mary Coulter, of Tarson, aged 79 years.

Johnston—December 15th, William Johnston, of Edenderry, aged 66 years.

Carville—December 28th, Margaret Carville, of Killicomaine, aged 14 months.

Lyness—Mary Lyness) of Drumgor, aged 65 years.


Webb—November 25th, at South Manchester, U.S.A., Edith Mary Webb, aged 4 ½ years,

daughter of Thomas Webb.

Graham—December 19th, at Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Valentine Graham, late of Edenderry.

Depot for Seagoe Magazine.

Mrs. Metcalf, who has since the beginning acted as

agent for the sale of the Magazine, has recently

moved out of the Parish to a shop in High Street,

Portadown. We will very much miss her kind help

in circulating the Magazine, but as it is a Parish

Magazine we think it is better that the Depot for its

sale should be within the Parish. We are glad to say

that Mrs. Collins, of 18 Bridge Street, Edenderry,

has kindly consented to act as the Local Agent for

Sale and Distribution. Mrs. Collins, like her late

lamented husband, Mr. Charles Collins, has ever been

ready to help on the work of Seagoe Parish.

Seagoe Day School Attendance.

The following exceptionally regular attendances by

pupils of Seagoe Day School are worthy of notice :—

Ethel Forsythe did not miss a single school day

from January 31st, 1910, to December 8th, 1914,

period of almost five years' unbroken attendance.

Out of 212 school days in 1914 the following pupils

attended very regularly :—Mary Jane -Atkinson, 211

Tom Best and Eva Magee, 209 each ; Ethel Forsythe,

Lottie Magee and Samuel Magee, 208 each ; Edward

Crawford, 207 ; May Best, 203 ; Tom Rainey, 201

Sarah J. Holland, 200.

A School Cantata.

On Thursday Evening, December 17th, a Cantata,

was performed in Seagoe School by the pupils. Mr.

Chambers, Principal, conducted and the Children

showed signs of careful training. Miss S. Martin admirably

filled the leading part of the old grandmother.

Pretty songs were interspersed through the programme

and the music and bright dresses of the children

added much to the evening's pleasure. There was

a very large attendance of the parents and friends

of the pupils. A substantial sum was realised

towards covering the cost of the furniture for the

new Class Rooms.

Offertories for December.

Sunday Mornings £3 11 0

Evenings 1 10 2

Week Days 3 3 11

Total £8 5 1

The above total includes £2 10s 4d, the offertory on

Christmas Day for the Clothing Fund for the poor of

the parish.


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