CWGC Poperinge New Military Cemetery. Remembering those who died on this day.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+BURT, Alfred John
RNVR. AB. R/2786. Anson Battalion RND. Died of wounds in 2nd Canadian General Hospital Le Treport 19/06/1918. Aged 22. Ex-70948 Private 2/1st Berks. Yeomanry, enlisted 30/05/1916, transferred to RND 16/06/1917 ; Draft for BEF 09/07/1917, joined Anson Battalion 30/08/1917-09/11/1917 sick, rejoined Anson Battalion 18/12/17-05/01/18. ICT Feet, Invalided to UK 15/01/1918 ; Draft for BEF 01/04/1918, joined Anson Battalion 08/04/1918-01/06/1918 wounded. Anson Battalion War Diary states 01/06/1918:- “Slight enemy barrage on our front line – one man wounded.”Born Bessbrook 06/12/1897. Son of Alfred B and Eleanor M Burt, Wrensbury, Nantwich. Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France. Bessbrook WM. ADM339
12th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman 520, Died as POW 19/06/1918. Aged 23. Son of James and Annie Taylor, Galgorm Parks, Ballymena. Plaine National Cemetery, Bas Rhin, Alsace, now in France. Wellington Street Presbyterian Church RH
RN. AB. J36822. HMS Raglan. Died 20/06/1918. Age 21. Enrolled 07/04/1915 for hostilities. Pembroke II and Raglan (03/06/1915 – 20/06/1918. Born Carrickfergus 08/09/1896. ADM 188/720/36822
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1458599. Died 19/06/1940. Aged 34. Son of Thomas and Annie Carrothers and husband to Elizabeth Carrothers of Unity Street, Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery
+McBRIDE, James Adair McBride
2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. Lance Sergeant. 7012157. Died 19/06/1944. Age 30. He had 11 years’ service.
Major JW Hyde wrote to his father on 03/08/1944 – “I presume that by now you will have received official notification of the death of your son on active service. His platoon was holding a position in an orchard north of Troarn, which was being heavily shelled by the enemy.
“His trench received an almost direct hit, which killed him instantly and wounded several of his comrades, including his Platoon Officer. I know that no words of mine can ever make up for this grievous loss, but I am writing to offer you the heartfelt sympathies of myself and of all ranks in my Company.
“Your son was one of the outstanding personalities of the Battalion – extremely popular with his men and a very good NCO indeed. I feel that I have lost not only an invaluable commander, but also a personal friend, and so long as I am commanding his comrades in action, I shall miss his cheerful personality and unflinching courage.
“He was a grand soldier, and he died fighting in a magnificent cause. We shall never forget him, and feel very proud to have had him with us.”
Known as Jimmy, he was the son of John McBride and Sarah McBride (née Adair) of 6 Lomond Street, Belfast. Jimmy was born on 09/06/1914. Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Normandy, France
1st (Airborne) Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 7018189. Died 19/06/1944. Aged 22. Husband to Jane D. Johnston, of Newtownards, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France