In remembrance January 23 – 27


Commemorating six on these anniversary dates in WW2

January 23

+MAXWELL, William Ernest Norman
RAFVR. Flying Officer. 118505. Died 23/01/1943. Aged 27. Son of William Norman and Edith Maud Maxwell of 80 Woodvale Road, Belfast and husband to Vivienne Isobel Maxwell. Family memorial Dundonald Cemetery

January 25

+DUMIGAN, John Beattie
RN. Convoy Signalman. C/JX 234041. S.S Fort Bellingham. Died 25/01/1944. At 00.16 hours on U-360 (Becker) fired a spread of three FAT torpedoes at the convoy JW-56A in the Barents Sea north of North Cape in 73°45N/24°48E and heard three hits. In fact, the only ship hit was that of the convoy commodore Cmdr I.W. Whitehorn RN, the Fort Bellingham (Master James Ninian Maley). It fell behind the convoy, where she was sunk by U-957 with a T-3 torpedo at 06.53 hours the same day. The master, the commodore, four naval staff members, 22 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by HMS Offa (G 29) (LtCdr R.F. Leonard, RN) and landed at Murmansk. Two crew members were taken prisoner by U-957. 18 crew members, 16 gunners and two naval staff members were lost including JB Dumigan. Son of John and Martha Dumigan; husband to Rhoda M. Dumigan, Carrickfergus. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 76

+McFARLAND, Samuel
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1486790. Died 25/01/1946. Aged 29. 24 Battery, 9 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment. Son of John McFarland and of Martha K. McFarland of Limavady. Aghanloo Church of Ireland Churchyard

January 26

+MILEY, Frederick James
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1056802. Died 26/01/1942. Aged 28. Son of Robert and Margaret Mansfield Miley of Bangor. Bangor Cemetery

+IRVINE, Robert Stanley
RN. AB. D/JX 303814. Died 28/01/1945. Age 21. HMS Quilliam. Died as a result of an accident at sea. Former member of the 80thCompany, Boys’ Brigade (Donegall Pass Presbyterian Church). Son of Mr and Mrs R Irvine and grandson of Mr R Rolleston, both of Rutland St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 06/04/1945). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 94

January 27

+McCARROLL, Frederick Gordon
Royal Artillery. Lance Bombardier. 1469237. Died 27/01/1944. Aged 42. 23 Battery, 8th (Belfast) HAA Regiment. Son of William Kyles McCarroll and Nellie McCarroll of Belfast; Husband to Margaret McCarroll of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery

At the going down of the sun and in the morning…


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