June 21 – Roll of Honour

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Today’s Roll includes three submariners from NI lost in HM Submarine P 514 in WW2. Photo above – CWGC Jerusalem War Cemetery, Mount Scopos.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1916

+AUSTIN, James
13th Manchester Regiment. 2nd Lieutenant. Died of wounds on 21/06/ 1917. Born 02/12/1888 at Lismurnaghan, Ahoghill. Son of Hugh and Elizabeth Austin, nee Knowles, Belfast, though formerly of Ahoghill, Ballymena. Salonika Military Cemetery.

+McGOWAN, Henry
RMLI. Private. PLY/17670. Plymouth Contingent, RND. Volunteered for active service, enlisting in Belfast in November 1914, giving a false date of birth. He served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in 1915 and later in France. He was killed in action, aged 17 years, in France on 21/06/1916. Son of Daniel (fisherman) and Hannah McGowan, Mullaghacall, Portstewart. Bois-de-Noulette British Cemetery, Aix-Noulette, France. Portstewart WM. Agherton Parish Church WM. Agherton Parish Church RH. IMR

1917
+CAMPBELL, Hugh Campbell

8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Sergeant. 12650. Died 21/06/1917. A member of the East Belfast Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force, and Holywood Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1906. Prior to enlistment he was chauffeur to Mr. Frank Workman, The Moat, Strandtown. Husband to Mrs. Jeannie Campbell, 8 Lennox Terrance, Holywood. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 40, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

 

1918
+BROWNE, Maxmilian Herbert
Royal Irish Fusiliers. Attached to 108 Trench Mortar Bty. Captain. MC. Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Died 21/06/1918. Age 22. Max was born on 28/05/1896, the son of George Burrowes Browne and Margaret Browne of “Lisnamara”, Ormeau Road, Belfast. After attending Bangor Grammar School 1905 – 06, and RBAI, he joined the Training Corps on 18/06/1915. He was killed at 5.40 pm during a training exercise at 22 Corps School. He was conducting an anti-aircraft practice on the range with live bomb ammunition. The ammunition had been examined and the fuses cut by Max, three rounds had been fired but the fourth exploded in the gun. As well as Max, who was killed instantaneously, two other men died of wounds sustained in the incident. His MC was a King’s Birthday Honour from 03/06/1918, so there is no citation. Max is buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, Nord, France. RBAI WM.

+ MAYNE, William
RN. AB. J19567. Served in HMS Ajax at Jutland. Enrolled 09/10/1914 for 12 years. Served until his death by illness on 21/06/1918. In Ajax 16/10/1913 – 26/07/1916. Boy service in Impregnable, Theseus, Vivid and Ajax (13/08/1912 – 16/10/1913). War service in Ajax, Hector, Vivid, Cassandra and Colossus. Born Antrim 09/10/1896. ADM 188/686/19567

+McNEILL, Hugh
RMLI. L.Cpl. PO/10353. Died 21/06/1918. U-boat sank SS Montebello, Ushant. The 4,324 ton vessel, built in 1911 for the Ellerman Wilson Line, went down with the loss of 41 lives. Enrolled Belfast 07/07/1899. Served to 09/09/1912 when he enrolled in RFR. Recalled full time 15/07/1914. Wounded in Naval Brigade action at Antwerp 1914. Born Belfast 05/01/1881. Son of Annie McNeill, James Street, Harryville, Ballymena. Also Bute St., Jennymount, Belfast. All Saints RC Church, Ballymena. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. ADM 159/18/10353 See article on this site June 21

1940

+KANE, Henry

RN. Signalman. He spent the entirety of World War I at sea and participated in the Battle of Jutland on the destroyer HMS Attack. In 1918, Signalman Harry Kane was in the destroyer HMS Phoenix when she was torpedoed by the Austrian U-27. After the war, he sailed in the destroyer HMS Vanoc to support the Baltic States in the Russian Civil War. Upon his discharge from the Royal Navy in 1920, he immediately joined the Royal Fleet Reserve. For the next two decades he led a land-based life but spent one week per year at sea as part of Reserve service. He was called up in July 1939, and when the war began was serving on the destroyer HMS Eclipse guarding the convoy traffic off the Western Approaches. In 1940, at the special request of his former commander on the Eclipse, he joined the Q ship HMS Cape Howe. SS Cape Howe was purchased by Lyle Shipping Company on 07/02/1934, being originally built in 1930. On 15/09/1939 she was taken over by the Royal Navy, converted into an anti-submarine “Q” ship and renamed Prunella (pendant X.02). This was his last ship, as he met his end when she was torpedoed and sunk off the South-West Approaches with heavy loss of life on 21/06/1940 by Günter Kuhnke in U-28. He made it to a life raft but succumbed to his injuries. Thirteen men survived on a raft, picked up on 27th June 150 miles off Ushant (48 47 N, 7 59 w). Edenderry LOL 322. Son of William Henry and Margaret Kane, Portadown. Husband to Sarah Kane, Portadown. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 39. St Mark’s Portadown WM. Portadown WM

1942

HM Submarine P 514

+McALISTER, James
RN. Petty Officer. P/SSX 15157. HM Submarine P 514. Died 21/06/1942. Age 28. P514 was an ex-US Navy boat, formerly R-19, and was used to train escort groups off the east coast of Canada. Lost with all hands when it was rammed by minesweeper Georgian which believed it to be a U-boat. Son of James and Kathleen McAlister, Ballynastraid, Bushmills. Husband to Ina McAlister, Feigh, Bushmills. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 62

+MURRAY, Robert
RN. Stoker Second Class. D/KX 134458. Died 21/06/1942. Age 19. HM Submarine P 514. USS R-19 was transferred to the Royal Navy on 9 March 1942 at New London. P 514 was sunk by accident in western Atlantic. She was on passage around the coast of Newfoundland from Argentia to St Johns. On 20/06/1942 P 514 (Lt. Walter Augustus Phillimore, RN) [Lt.Cdr. Richard Michael Eames Pain, RN was not in command but was taking passage] left the Canadian village of Argentia bound for St Johns, Newfoundland. At 0300 hours on the 21st the Canadian minesweeper HCMS Georgian (A/Lt.Cdr. A.G. Stanley, RCNR) was waiting to provide escort for a convoy bound for Sydney. The Georgian, unaware that any friendly submarines were in the area, assumed that the dark shape of P 514 crossing her bow, was an enemy vessel. The Georgian rammed the mystery submarine amidships and reported it sunk in position 46°33N, 53°39W. A rescue mission was immediately sent out but no survivors were found. A Board of Enquiry into the accident accepted that the Commanding Officer of the Georgian had acted correctly as there had been no reply from the submarine to his identification challenge.  Son of Robert and Sarah Murray, Ballymena. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 71

+PATTERSON, Hugh
RN. Telegraphist. D/JX 156607. HM Submarine P 514. Died 21/06/1942. Age 20. He joined the merchant service when he was 15 years old. After a few months he transferred to the RN. He had seen much foreign service. Son of Archibald and Isabella Patterson, Hillview Terrace, Greencastle. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 10//07/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49

1942

+DAVIDSON, Alexander
Royal Artillery. Serjeant. 7007149. Died 21/06/1942. Aged 40. 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of Hugh and Julia Davidson; husband to Agnes K. Davidson, of Newtownards. Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma

+McCLINTON, David
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1468863. Died 21/06/1942. 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of Andrew and Agnes McClinton; husband to Martha McClinton, of Newtownards. Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma

1944
+JOHNSTON, John Oswald
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Bomber). 1048606. Died 22/06/1944. 619 Sqdn. based at Dunholme Lodge. On the shortest night of the year he was aboard Lancaster I LL977 PG-H on a mission to a Synthetic Oil Plant at Wesseling which is South of Cologne. The aircraft was hit by Flak at 17,000 Feet in the Aachen area and exploded. The explosion threw the Pilot out of the aircraft and he survived to be a Prisoner of War however all others aboard were killed. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

VETERAN

KIRKPATRICK, Albert

Born Armagh, he attended St Mark’s Parish School. His family moved to Portadown. He joined the RN on his 16th. birthday and began training on the Isle of Man. His pay was a shilling a week. He was in HMS Spartan when it was sunk in the Anzio operations on 29/01/1944.

Whilst at HMS Sea Eagle at Ebrington, Londonderry, he met Isobel, later to be his wife, at a dance. Theirs was the first marriage to be solemnised by Rev. Charles Willoughby as curate of St Columb’s Cathedral. Mr Willoughby was later to be rector of All Saints’ Church, Clooney, which has strong RNA links, and he was also Archdeacon of Derry.

After his service with the RN, Albert worked for the GPO (now BT), until his retirement. He was a Past President of the Apprentice Boys of Derry No Surrender Parent Club, Past Master of LOL 1912 and for over fifty years a member of RBP No 237. He loved animals and never came to the Cathedral on a Sunday without an encounter with Widor, the aptly named Deanery dog. When the Cathedral bells started ringing Widor would bolt across the cathedral grounds to take up station by the gates and wait on his weekly treat from Albert.

Father to Pat, Marilyn and Augusta. Died 05/02/2011. Based on an appreciation in St Columb’s Cathedral magazine, March 2011.

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