During the centenary period of the First World War (1914-18) parishes in Cork, Cloyne and Ross have been encouraged by the Bishop, Dr Paul Colton, to research and commemorate those from the parishes who died during the war. One such was Richard Webb Barter from the Parish of St Mark, Kilbonane (in Moviddy Union on the western outskirts of Cork City).
At the age of 24, Richard Barter was killed in action on 9th October, 1915. He was from Annesgrove, Aherla, County Cork and was serving in the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards (Regimental Number 7463).
He was remembered recently at a Service in St Mark’s Kilbonane at which the preacher was the former rector of the Parish and former Archdeacon of Cork, the Venerable Robin Bantry White. The Service also included readings from letters sent by local soldiers during the War. There was also an act of remembrance of 30 people from the surrounding area who died. Music from “From the Fallen” was played by Colin Nicholls with Elaine Mulvaney, soprano.