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I am researching the history of Clare Presbyterian Church and village, Tandragee, and am trying to find a photo of our longest serving minister, the Rev John Bell (1824-1876).

He was licensed in Dromore Presbytery and he married a daughter of William Wright, a licensee of Bangor Presbytery. His brother James was a minister in neighbouring Tandragee and he had a daughter who married the Rev McCaldin of Richhill Presbyterian.

I would also like details about members of the congregation who served during WWI & WWII. To date, the names I have are: WWI: WJ Armstrong (RGA), W Caughey (RIR), DH Copeland (RIR), James Hamilton (RGA), Richard Hamilton (HLI), W Hamilton (RGA), RJ Henry (10th RIR), John Mitchell (RAMC), RJ Purdy (4th CMR), F Thompson (RAMC), John Tweedie (Transport), James Watson (3rd RIF). WWII: Elsie Bleakney (WAAF), Esme Fullerton (WAAF), Edward Fulton (Irish Guards), Samuel Greer (RAF), James Macpherson (RAPC), Betty Musgrove (WRNS), Tony Sargeant (RA), Fred Thompson (RAF), Sarah Thompson (AA), Willie Thompson (RAF), James Whitten (RAF), MJ Young (NZEF).

If anyone has any relevant information, please email me at or phone 07850467344.

Jennifer McClelland


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