June 12 – Roll of Honour


Abeele Aerodrome Cemetery.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+McCALLA, William Trevor
RNVR. Lieutenant. Died 12/06/1940. Age 35. HM Trawler Sisapon. Completed on 27/12/1928. Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939. Displacement: 326 tons. HMT Sisapon (Skr. Frederick Alfred Henson, RNR) was mined and sunk off Harwich on 12/061940. WT McCalla was a frequent Competitor in Ulster T.T. Races.  “E” Class Lap Record, 1935.  Winner of Co. Down Trophy Race, 1934. Director, W. McCalla and Co., Belfast, and Proprietor, Ulster Steam Tender Co. Member, Belfast Local Marine Board.  B 16/11/1904. Husband to Pamela McCalla (nee Cooper), Amesbury, Wiltshire. Son of William and Mabel Mary McCalla, Greenoge, Strandtown, Belfast. Campbell College 1326. Buried Shotley (St Mary’s) Graveyard. RNIYC WM

+WHITLEY, Cecil John
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX 158636. Died 12/06/1940. Age 18. HMS Calypso. In early 1940, Calypso was sent to Alexandria in the eastern Mediterranean. Calypso was the first Royal Naval vessel to be sunk by the Regia Marina in the Second World War. Two days after Italy declared war on Great Britain, Calypso was on an anti-shipping patrol against Italian ships travelling to Libya when she was struck by one torpedo from an Italian submarine about 50 miles south of Cape Lithion in Crete in the Eastern Mediterranean. The sinking occurred at 00:59 on 12/06/1940. Educated at Belfast Mercantile College. His father was a lieutenant in RUR who was badly gassed in WW1. His brother Thomas Lloyd Whitley was also serving in RN. Son of George Sephton Whitley and Ellie S. Whitley, Cavehill Rd, Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 29/06/1940). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 38


+MAHIER, William Charles
RAF. Aircraftman 2nd Class. 577249. Died 12/06/1941. Aged 18. Son of James and Mary Mahier of Lisnacree. Mourne Presbyterian Church.

+NEILL, William
RAF. Leading Aircraftman. 639833. Died 12/06/194. Aged 22. Son of James and Mary Neill of Coleraine. Coleraine Cemetery


RN. Able Seaman. C/SSX 18758. Date of Death:12/06/1942. Age:29. HMS Grove. Eight years service. “Mr. and Mrs. Terence Gilmore, Maymore, Toye, Killyleagh, have been officially notified that their eldest son, A.B. John Gilmore has been killed by enemy action. He had eight years’ service with the Royal Navy, and was home last Christmas. He was torpedoed on two occasions and was in the Dunkirk episode. His younger brother, Edward, is at present in the Navy.” Son of Mr. and Mrs. Terence Gilmore. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 26//06/1942). Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 54 Killyleagh WM


RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner). 1119211, Died 12/06/1943. 78th Squadron. Next of kin: Mr. Joseph Montgomery, Patrick Place, Ballymena. Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, Holland.

+WERTS, George L
RNVR. Lieutenant (A). FAA. 521 Squadron. Died 12/06/1943. Air crash. St. Angelo. QUB Air Squadron. Son of Charles Jerome Werts and Gertrude Sarah Werts; husband of Winifred Edith Werts, of Ealing, Middlesex. Glenalina Extension, Belfast City Cemetery. QUB RH

+WILSON, Andrew James Normandale
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot).1501266. Died 12/06/1943. Aged 22. 76 Sqdn. Son of Harry Pringle Wilson and Ruby Wilson, of Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone. Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

+WILSON, John Lindsay
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant. 1128900. Died 12/06/1943. Aged 24. 7 Sqdn. Son of Joseph Turner Wilson and Agnes Edith Wilson, of Belfast. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 140


+BEGGS, Robert Charles
Royal New Zealand Air Force. Sergeant. 427441. Died 12/06/1944. Age 29. Son of Robert James Beggs and Elizabeth Beggs; Husband of Susan Beggs of Templepatrick. Rashee New Cemetery

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