The Society commissioned renowned Scottish artist, Helen Runciman, to produce a bronze sculpture of William, that would be mounted on a granite plinth.
Helen is a full-time professional artist based in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Her work ranges from small delicate watercolours to large mysterious oil paintings. Her subject matter is varied and, although now working mainly figuratively, her work encompasses landscapes, seascapes and street scenes.
The Unveiling and Dedication
On Saturday 13th October 2018 the bronze bust was unveiled in Lurgan in memory of Private William Frederick McFadzean VC.
The Lord Lieutenant unveiled the memorial and took the time to view the memorial and read the wording before the Reverend McCann orated the words of dedication and the prayer for remembrance.
Later in the day a reception was held in the historic setting that is Brownlow House where music was performed by a quintet from 2 R Irish.
ASA Patron Lt Col Ant Maher took the opportunity to thank everyone who worked on the project. He then present a miniature bust to William’s Great Great Nephew.
Commemorative coins were then presented to the Cadets, their officers and the band by Honorary Colonel Hubert McAllister and William’s Great Great Nephew.
For more details please visit the societies website. www.williammcfadzeanvc.org.uk
The WMVC Commemoration Society is a working group that was established in 2017 by the Ancre Somme Association.
The Society consists of members of National, Regional and Local Government as well as members of the Friends of Brownlow House and the Ancre Somme Association.
The Society meet on the third Wednesday of each month in the historic setting of Brownlow House, Lurgan.
The aims of the William McFadzean VC Commemoration Society:
1. To raise funds for a sculpture of William McFadzean VC, to be erected in the town of Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
2. To organise a programme of events to commemorate the heroic actions of William McFadzean VC.
3. To organise a programme of events to commemorate the role of Northern Ireland men and women during the First World War.
Lt Col Ant Maher - Patron
David Martin - Honorary President
Mark Jameson - Chairman
Lexi Davidson - Secretary
Malcolm McBroom - Treasurer
David Simpson - MP
Carla Lockhart - MLA
Doug Beattie - MLA
Jonathon Buckley - MLA
Clive Higginson - FOBH
Keith Scott - UCC
Cllr Colin McCusker
Cllr Mark Baxter
Cllr David Jones
Cllr Marc Woods
Cllr Philip Moutray