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Marriage of William Burns and Ellen Millicent Stanley


Warrenpoint Parish Church was the scene of a pretty wedding on Tuesday when Miss Ellen Millicent Stanley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Stanley, Warrenpoint, was wed to Mr. Wm. James Burns, son of Mrs. E. Burns and the late Mr Burns of New Street, Newry.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. J. N. Mackey, M.A.

The bride was given away by W/O Powell, M.B.E., R.A.S.C. and wore a held in place by a halo of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of red roses and white heather.

She was attended by Miss Alma Stanley, wearing a gown in taffeta with sky blue silk net overlay. Her bouquet was of pale pink carnations.

Mr. Geo. McKee was bestman, and Messrs. H. Stanley and D. Burns were ushers in the Church.

Miss. K. Thompson, presided at the organ during the wedding service which was choral, the hymns including “The Lord is my Shepherd” and “Be thou My vision”.

Mrs. Stanley the bride’s mother wore a navy blue coat over a blue patterned frock and Mrs. Burns the bridegroom’s wore a black ensemble with toning accessories.

After the reception which was held at Roxboro House Hotel, the newly-weds left for the Isle of Man. Going away Mrs. Burns was wearing a navy and white ensemble.

Nellie Stanley awarded gold medal



Presentation of Medals and Certificates

There was an interesting ceremony at the Dromore Road P.E. School, Warrenpoint, on Wednesday afternoon, when Mrs J. Brown, wife of the Member of Parliament for South Down, presented medals and certificates to successful pupils in the recent leaving certificate examinations.

The Rev. Canon E. S. Medcalf, M.A., B.D., Chairman of the School Committee, was in the chair. He read an apology for unavoidable absence from Mr. F. H. Mullan, B.A., a member of the Committee, and, continuing , said that it gave him great pleasure to gaze upon the bright and happy faces of the boys and girls before him. The last big occasion when they had all met was when Mr. William B. Burns handed over the silver shield presented by his brother, Mr. Robert Burns, of Bloemfontein, South Africa, to the school to be competed for yearly, the name of the best pupil in the school to be inscribed upon the shield. At the same time Mr Burns said he would give a gold medal yearly to the winner. Since then the examinations had taken place and they were gathered together that afternoon for the presentation. The Committee had decided to present silver medals to the other successful candidates. He hoped that the memory of this gift from an old pupil would inspire the boys and girls in later life and that they, too, when out in the world would remember their old school. He was very pleased, on behalf of the committee, to welcome Mrs. Brown there that afternoon, and had much pleasure in asking her to make the presentation of the medals. (Applause.)

Mrs. Brown said – When your School Committee kindly invited me to come here this afternoon and present these beautiful medals I felt truly honoured because I know how much this happy event will mean to you all. You are very fortunate at Dromore Road School to have such good friends and old pupils to take such an interest in your work. I can imagine there has been much friendly rivalry for the coveted honour of being the first to have your name inscribed upon the silver shield, and I do most heartily congratulate Nellie Stanley on being the first to achieve this distinction, and also the other winners of the medals. I am sure you worked hard, and you are well rewarded. I know you will treasure the medals which are the tokens much hard study, but I venture to think that when you look at them in the years to come your own work won’t be your chief thought but you will remember with the gratitude the work of your teachers, without whose constant endeavour you could never have attained these results. Now a word to the unsuccessful ones, for we cannot all win medals. Never let a failure depress you. Let it serve always as a reminder that you have tried and in an honest and wholehearted effort is of more importance than either success or failure. Other opportunities will come your way and you will be able to recognise and seize them only if you have a disciplined mind. My old headmistress used to say that the field of knowledge was so vast that she could only open windows for us to see glimpses of the glories of art, science and literature, and that it was for us to open the door and go out and enrich our minds and make the treasures are own. Well, I hope you are all going to open that door. (Applause.)


The Rev. James Morrow, B.A., said that before he proceeded with what was a very pleasurable duty, he would like to take the opportunity of congratulating the Rev. Mr. Medcalf on his recent well-deserved honour in being made a Canon, and he hoped that some day Canon Medcalf would become a Bishop. (Applause.)

In proposing a hearty thanks to Mrs. Brown in coming there that afternoon, he said that they were fortunate in not having to go to Belfast for the wife of an M.P. for they had one in their midst. He referred appreciatively to the work of Mr. Brown, to whom, along with his wife, he wished every success. (Applause.)

Mr. William Jameson, M.A., Principal of the school, in seconding the vote of thanks, said – Speaking on behalf of the school, I would like to thank Mrs. Brown, wife of the Member of South Down, for honouring us by coming here this afternoon to distribute the medals which have creditably been won by the pupils of the school who have succeeded in passing the recent leaving certificate examination. We were are also very grateful to Mr. Robert Burns, of Bloemfontein, South Africa, who gave to the school this beautiful silver mounted shield as well as the solid gold medal which has been presented to the first prize-winner, whilst the generous gift of the two silver medals as well as the money prize which has been supplied by the local School Management Committee, demands our sincerest gratitude. Now, we are quite sure that these efforts to help us will contribute to the success of the school in a very practical and effective way. I must say that we have had a very pleasant little ceremony this afternoon, and happy memories will dwell in our minds to encourage us in our school work and will inspire us with a wish to become more and more worthy of all these good things which liberally been showered upon us.

To the prize-winners I would like to say that you have, by your honest and sincere hard work, earned something to be proud of, something to show that you have passed the first milestone of success in life, which will help and encourage you to go on and win even greater and better things than these, for there are such; and you can do so if you only try and keep on trying. (Applause.)

The vote of thanks was passed by acclamation and appropriately acknowledged by Mrs. Brown, who the proposer and seconder for their kind remarks, and said it had been a great pleasure to be there that afternoon.

Mr Chulmers Mackay, who had recently been to South Africa, spoke of Mr. Robert Burns, and hoped that the boys and girls who were here that afternoon would be able to imitate his success. (Applause.)

Mr. William B. Burns said his brother took a great interest in the work of the old school, and hoped that the shield and medals would prove an inspiration to the pupils. (Applause.)

Rev. Canon Medcalf said they could not conclude without a vote of thanks to Mr. D. McGuffin, the able school secretary. It was through his organisation that they had been able to have such a successful gathering that afternoon and he was a very valuable member of the Committee. (Applause.)

This was passed with acclamation.

The Rev. J. Morrow, B.A., proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, which was passed with acclamation.

The Chairman suitably replied, and called for three cheers for the devoted Principal of the school, Mr. Jameson, and his staff and same were given with much enthusiasm.

The names of the children who in passing the leaving certificate examination gained the medals and prize presented were:-

1st – Nellie Stanley (gold medal),
2nd – Robert McCoy (silver medal),
3rd – Jack Cromie (silver medal),
4th – Annie Whyte (prize.)

The above article has probably been taken from one of the Newry papers, probably dated June 1938, as my mother would have been 14 then and James Brown was just elected to the Stormont Parliament as M.P. for South Down succeeding Eamon de Valera.

The Burns family mentioned are not related to my Burns family, at least I haven’t discovered a connection to date.

See also: Parents and Siblings of Nellie Stanley

Obituary of Jeannie Burns

Greenwich – Mrs William Burns, 63, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Corliss Avenue following a long illness. She was born on Ireland, the daughter of John and Sarah Walker Jackson. She came to this country with her husband in 1910 and lived in Pittsburgh for a year before coming to Greenwich, where they have since lived. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Greenwich.
Besides her husband, survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Spargue Wilbur, Bald Mountain; one son, Leslie Burns, Greenwich; a brother, George Jackson, and a nephew William Burns, both of Greenwich; two sisters, Mrs Anna McDee [McKee] and Mrs Adelaide Linton, of Ireland, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the residence with Mrs. Joseph F. Daubert officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwich Cemetery.

See also: The Family of William Burns and Sarah Jane Walker Jackson

Obituary of Karen Burns Patterson 1997

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Karen Burns Patterson, 56 of Vancouver, Wash., died at her Salmon Creek home Monday, June 2, 1997, after a short illness.

Born Aug. 23, 1940 in Greenwich, N. Y., she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Frances (Baldwin) Burns.  She graduated from Greenwich Central School and the State University of New York at Cortland.  She worked as a teacher’s aide at Lake Shore Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash.

Mrs Patterson was an animal caretaker for Pet Watch and a member of Second Chance Companions, an organization that cares for abandoned pets.  She was a staff member and volunteer for the YWCA Safe Choice and Court Appointed Special Advocate programs.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Cecil “Pat” Patterson of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Joan F. and her husband Kenneth DeRagon of Greenwich; a brother William C. and his wife, Sharon T. Burns of Greenwich; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Thursday, June 5, at Michael Servitus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Burial was private.  Memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Companions, P.O. box 2343, Battle Ground, Wash. 98604.

A tribute as published in….THE POST-STAR.

David Burns, SS Privet and the Tower Hill Memorial

This is a photograph of a section of panel 87 of the Tower Hill Memorial. The photograph shows the names of the captain and crew of SS Privet, a coal boat belonging to Joseph Fisher’s of Newry. The boat was lost on 5th December 1940.


The memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. It stands on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square, London, overlooking The Tower of London.

Further details of the Tower Hill Memorial can be found at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website at: … 002&mode=1

See also: The Family of David Burns and Eliza McCann