Galway Great War Memorial

Galway First World war poster

Every little bit helps!

It has taken the best part of four years, to complete our online database. It has been a long road and we are still cross referencing our findings, against various military records.

The one problem we keep finding is the spelling of names and surnames. A lot of times, whomever was responsible for recording the particulars of our soldiers, wrote what they heard rather than check any official paperwork.

We ask that you donate a single dollar, euro or pound towards our fundraiser. Every little bit helps our cause, to get it right and present it to the world and more importantly… the families of the fallen, not only in Galway but worldwide.

Thank you for visiting our site and remember… to be forgotten, is to die twice!

The Galway Great War Memorial Committee

Jim Larkin, Dolores Brogan-Curran and Declan Ganley at the Arus Garden Party 2022

NEWS UPDATE – June 26, 2022 – Dublin, Ireland:

Directors of the Galway Great War Memorial; Jim Larkin, Dolores Brogan-Curran and Declan Ganley, enjoying an afternoon at the Áras an Uachtaráin garden party.

The weather remained sunny for most of the afternoon with musicians, speeches, photo ops and a spot of afternoon tea and sandwiches.

Now, the work continues to gain traction for our mission and promote our website Those who never made it home must not be forgotten.

1,204 souls from Galway, buried in far off lands, scattered to the four winds, where nobody knows their names.

Our mission, is to have those four winds blow gently on our memorial back in Galway, where these soldiers will be remembered in a single location for evermore.

If you would care to donate to keep our online database current and help spread the word, we would be very grateful.

Thank You and please share with your family and friends.

Welcome to the Galway Great War Memorial

Over 200,000 Irishmen volunteered to fight in the Great War. Over 38,000 died and of those… 1,204 were from Galway.

Welcome to the Galway Great War Memorial. This has been a labour of love for the past few years, researching and compiling the names of Galwaymen, who went to war and did not return.

View our new video and search our database to see what we have found thus far.

James Larkin – President

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They deserve to be remembered

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, the Great War finally ended. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

Galwaymen are buried in cemeteries in France, Belgium, Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and at sea. Their names are listed on memorials in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, United States… but not in their native county.

Regardless of their motives for enlisting, these men fought and died for a cause they believed worthy. They deserve to be remembered in the county of their birth.

Our Aim

It is the aim of the Galway Great War Memorial Committee to build a memorial in Galway, listing the name of every man and woman from Galway who died in the Great War, 1914 – 1918. 

We intend to follow the example of other Irish towns and cities such as Kilkenny city, Castlebar in Co. Mayo and Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. Ennis in Co. Clare, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Tipperary,

It has taken over four years to research and compile the names of the fallen. There are still about 100 names we are having difficulty with locating.

Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery-Northumberland-United Kingdom. (F.R.C. 846)

Your Support

The Galway Great War Memorial Committee is seeking support and funding for this worthy project.

We would welcome funding in the form of grant aid and technical assistance from local authorities and state agencies.

We need support in the areas of funding, photos from relatives, stories and marketing. This is a very worthy project and we are almost there. We would love to hear from you!

To be forgotten… is to die twice– Paul Ricoeur