Welcome to Remembering
An online database of local people connected to WW1
Bann Maine West Community Cluster (BMW) has been working on community relations projects for many
years. In 2018 our History Group decided to investigate the First World War and how it impacted on
our local, rural communities. The outcomes of this project were a book and this website, both
The History Group included Joanne Brown Kerr, Alan Nicholl, Tom Simpson and Damien Clarke who
carried out research, arranged visits, and deliver local workshops to raise awareness and gather
information. A trip to some of the conflict areas, in France and Belgium, followed, providing the
opportunity to visit sites of battles, memorials and the final resting places of dozens of local
men. The initial result of all this work was a fascinating publication, ‘Remembering’, a book which
contains a simple outline of the war and is illustrated with many images of artifacts and locations
from the conflict and, many photographs of those who took part.
Our hope is that this website, ‘Remembering’, will continue the process of recalling how the events
of 1914-1918 left their mark on our local area, and that it will encourage anyone with more
information/stories/photographs/artifacts, to contribute what they know. We would like to
acknowledge everyone who has helped with the research thus far, but we are certain that much more
remains to be uncovered.
We were most grateful to The Heritage Lottery and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council who, not only
endorsed the theme of our research, but supported the project financially.
Find Out More
Bann Maine West (BMW) was set up in 2010 with the main aim of working with groups in the West areas
of Ballymena which covers Ahoghill, Cloney, Cullybackey, Galgorm, Grange, Portglenone and
Tullygarley. We provide support to member community groups, promote working together and are
involved with a number of projects including this ‘Remembering’ History Project. (link to Bann Maine
West main website). Also could the photo of the cross be turned portrait rather than landscape.