Army Cadet Force honour 'local hero'

Jane Witherspoon


Jane Witherspoon

The Cullybackey Detachment of the Army Cadet Force turned out on Sunday past to remember the fallen of World War One.

The group attended two events in Cullybackey village.

Two cadets also paid a special visit to the grave of their local hero, Captain Horace Crawford Townsend MC at the Craig’s Parish Church in Cullybackey.

Horace Townsend was born in Co. Cork but moved to Ballymena where he began his clerical career in St. Patrick’s Church.

He married Mary Young in 1899.

After returning from missionary work, he was appointed as rector of the Craigs Parish Church.

He signed up as Chaplain to His Majesty’s Forces, 4th class with the relative rank of Captain on 19th December 1915 to serve in France and received the military cross for his bravery.

Living the rest of his days in Cullybackey, Rev Townsend passed away aged 70.

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