May 31 – Roll of Honour

Representing their comrades who died on this day. Jutland Rolls of Honour are listed by ship on other posts.


+McBRINN, Richard Joseph
RN. Engine Room Artificer Third Class. 272123. HMS Barham. Died 31/05/1916. Enrolled 18/03/1908 for 12 years.War service in Victory II and Barham 19/08/1915 – 31/05/1916. Born Limerick 18/03/1890. Christian Brothers School Belfast. Family memorial, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast. Lyness RN Cemetery. ADM 188/437/272123


Royal Artillery. Gunner. 1486041. Died 31/05/1940. Aged 38. 12 Bty., 3 Searchlight Regt. Son of William James Bingham and Margaret Bingham; husband to Agnes Bingham, of Ligoniel, Co. Antrim. Dunkirk Memorial Column 10


+CUMINS, Oliver
RAF. Leading Aircraftman. 1112854. Died 31/05/1941. Aged 25. Family Memorial states Died on Active Service. Lisburn cemetery

+FURNEY, George
RAF (AAF). Flight Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 816134. DFM. Died 31/05/1941. Aged 21. 84 Sqdn. Son of Benjamin W. B. Furney and Elizabeth Downes Furney, of Finaghy, Co. Antrim. Habbaniya War Cemetery, Iraq

+CALLAGHAN, William James

RAFVR. Sergeant Air Gunner. 981131. Died 31/05/1942. Age 19
12 Sqdn. Son of James and Kathleen Callaghan (nee Haddock) of Lurgan. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Holland

+CRUISE, Richard Sweet
RAF. Sergeant/Flight Engineer. 523187. KIA 31/05/1942. Aged 26. 214 Sqdn. at Stradishall Son of William John and Elizabeth Cruise, of Belfast. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany


+CRAWFORD, Nathaniel Hugh

RAFVR. Sergeant (Navigator). 1545675. Died 31/05/1944. Aged 30. On 31/05/1944 he was with Number 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit based at R.A.F. Wigsley in Nottinghamshire. He was a Crew Member in Short Stirling LK 715 which was taking part in a training flight when at 17.15 the aircraft caught fire, broke up and crashed at Co-Operative Farm, West Thickley, Sheldon, County Durham resulting with the deaths of all on board. Nathaniel’s Brother Martin is also named on the Family Headstone. Private Martin Crawford, who was 34 years old, was serving with Calgary Highlanders, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps and was Killed in Action in Normandy on 22/07/1944. He has no known grave but is named on the Bayeux Memorial in Normandy. Nathaniel studied in the QUB Faculty of Applied Science and Technology 1932 – 34. Son of Hugh and Hessie Crawford; husband to Constance Crawford, Larne. Raloo C of I Churchyard. QUB RH

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