Dervock reflects and remembers

Norman McLernon, Jean Adams, Jim Adams and Mark Wilkinson
Norman McLernon, Jean Adams, Jim Adams and Mark Wilkinson

The Royal British Legion (Dervock Branch) held a vigil at the War Memorial Garden, Carncullagh Rd, Dervock on Friday 1st July at 7.15 am to remember and reflect on those from Dervock and District who paid the supreme sacrifice.

Mrs McCartney at the formal opening of the War Memorial Institute, Dervock in 1922 - revealed that “Upwards of 42 men had made the supreme sacrifice and about 200 had served”.

Source: Larne Times & Weekly Telegraph 25th Dec 1920.

The assembled listened to the names of those ‘Fallen’ – then a minutes silence followed then a reading of reflection (poem called ‘An Extra Mile’) abstract:

“He answered Sir I did my duty, And therein found both pride and beauty, so let us link our arms and smile – I’m ready for that extra mile” .

This was followed by the sound of one long whistle blow - mirroring the apprehension 100 years ago as those in the trenches waited anxiously for the “zero hour” at 7:30 am when they went over the top.

Lest we Forget