About this project
Founded in the early 1980s, the Ulster History Circle is the recognised authority for the identification and installation of commemorative plaques in public places in towns and villages all over the Province honour of men and women who have contributed to our culture, industry and history.
Over 200 plaques have been installed across nine counties. This is done with the full co-operation of those who own the building which each plaque is to be fitted to.
The Ulster-Scots Agency has partnered with the Ulster History Circle over the past decade to bring recognition to important people. Prior to our partnership, four Ulster-born V.C. winners were already commemorated by Blue Plaques.
- Charles Davis Lucasof Poyntzpass was awarded the very first V.C. in 1857 following his bravery during the Crimean War.
- Sir George Whiteof Portstewart won his V.C. during the Battle of Charasia, India, in 1879 (plaque at Berne Avenue, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry).
- Edmund De Windof Comber was awarded the V.C. posthumously following ‘conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice’ in France in 1918 (plaque at Bridge Street Link, Comber, Co. Down).
- Carrickfergus-born James Bell Crichton won the C. in France in 1918 (plaque at Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim)
To coincide with the centenary of the Great War, the Agency and the Ulster History Circle have worked together to install plaques to the following Ulster-born heroes who won the V.C. during the conflict:
- David Nelson 1914, Battle of Mons, France (plaque at the former Presbyterian Church, Cahans, Co Monaghan)
- Robert Morrow 1915, Messines, France (plaque at Tullanisken House, Newmills, Dungannon, Co Tyrone)
- James Somers 1915, Gallipoli, Turkey (plaque at the Church of Ireland, Belturbet, Co Cavan)
- Edward Bingham 1916, Battle of Jutland (plaque at Bangor Castle, Co Down)
- Robert Quigg 1916, Battle of the Somme (plaque at the former Causeway National School, Bushmills, Co Antrim)
- Eric Bell1916, Battle of the Somme (plaque at Alma Terrace, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh)
- For further information visit www.openplaques.org/organisations/ulster_history_circle
- During the centenary period, further commemorative Blue Plaques are planned to honour Ulster-born VC heroes from the Great War.