July 1 – Roll of Honour – First day of the Battle of the Somme

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Image-1The Ulster Tower at Theipval, Somme.

Representing over 2,000 of their comrades who died on this day

+CRAIG John Arnott Taylor
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. D Company 11th Battalion. 2nd Lieutenant killed in action 1st July 1916 aged 21. Eldest son of James and Rosie, Craigavad. His last known address was Leaside, Kingsdown, Deal, Kent. His effects went to his widowed mother. Connaught Cemetery, Theipval, Somme, France. Glencraig, Holy Trinity War Memorial

+EAKIN, Robert
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 9th Bn. Private. 27916. Died 01/07/1916. Aged 19. Born: Dunboe. Son of Robert George & Mary Jane (McNabb) Eakin, The Cottages, Castlerock (The Twelve Apostles). Enlisted: Newtownards. Knightsbridge Cemetery, Row J, Grave 41

+GAGE, John Stewart-Moore
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 2nd Lieutenant. Died 01/07/1916. Born 10/06/1893, Riverside, Antrim. Son of Francis Turnley Gage, M.D. and Katherine Gage, Moyarget, Ballycastle. Grandson of Ezekiel Gage, Rathlin Island. Thiepval Memorial, panels 4d and 5b. Ballycastle WM

+GILLILAND, James
10th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Lance Corporal. 15544. Died 01/07/1916 along with 129 of his comrades. Born at Burt, Co. Donegal, he was living at 14 Albert Place, L’Derry when he enlisted in 1914. He embarked for France with the battalion on 05/10/1915. Thiepval Memorial

+GREGG, William Henry
Royal Irish Rifles, 5th Battalion attached1st. Second Lieutenant. Died 01/07/1916. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1913 – 14. Keen cricketer. Son of John and Margaret Wynne Gregg, Deramore Park South, Belfast. Theipval Memorial. QUB RH

+HILL, Barry
Royal Irish Rifles. Captain. Died 01/07/1916. Age 30. Faculty of Medicine QUB 1904 – 07. He was Gazetted to Captain, the appointment appearing in the Belfast Telegraph on 07/03/1916. The same newspaper reported on the 13/07/1916; “Missing. Capt. Barry Hill. Capt. Hill, officially reported missing, is a son of the late Squire Hill, J.P., Ballyclare, and a brother of surgeon Rowland Hill, R.N., formerly of University Street, Belfast, and Mr. Stanley Hill, paper agent, Donegall Street, Belfast. Before the war Capt. Hill was in practice as a dentist in University Street. He is recorded as having signed the Ulster Covenant at Saint Patrick’s school, Jordanstown in 1912. He was a Company Commander in the South Belfast Regiment U.V.F., and joined the South Belfast Regiment on its formation. An unofficial report states that Capt. Hill was seen at a dressing station, but relatives have so far ascertained nothing definite on that matter.” Barry Hill appears on the Army List, March 1917, as serving  with the 10th (Service) Battalion (South Belfast), from the 10/11/1915. His remains were never recovered. Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 15a. QUB RH

+HOLLYWOOD, Arthur Carson
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 9th Battalion. Died 01/07/1916. Age 24. Student of medicine, QUB. Served as Private 41015 in RAMC. Second Lieutenant, Royal Inniskillien Fusiliers. Served in France from 04/03/1916. Born 1892. Son of James and Elizabeth Hollywood, Ballygrot, Bangor. Theipval Memorial, Pier 15A

+HUNTER Thomas
(It may be this person) Private 19350, 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers killed in action 1st July 1916. He was born in Belfast. He is at rest in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France. Named on Glencraig, Holy Trinity War Memorial

+JEFFRY, Thomas
9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Lance-Corporal. 17812. Died 01/07/1916. Age 19. Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Jeffrey nee Davis, of 30 Alexandra Avenue, Belfast. Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, France

+McCARRON, Thomas
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Lance Corporal. 24067. Died 01/07/1916. Aged 32. Born Castlerock. Enlisted Coleraine. Husband to Sarah Hempsey, Macilvennon, Portrush. Thiepval Memorial

+McMATH, Henry
10th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers ‘C’ Company. Private. 15884. Died 01/07/1916. Aged 23. Born Coleraine. Enlisted: Donegal 14/09/1914. Son of James and Margaret McMath, Ringrash. Thiepval Memorial.

+McNEILL, Robert Boyd
Royal Irish Rifles. 15th Btn. Corporal. 116. Died 01/07/1916. Brother of James B. McNeill who served in both wars with the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. Sherwood St., Belfast. Originally from Bushmills. Thiepval Memorial; Pier 15,faces A & B.

+NEILL Reginald Henry
11th Royal Irish Rifles. Lieutenant, died 1st July 1916 aged 21. He was the son of Reginald and Geraldine of Craigavad, County Down. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

+REID, Thomas
9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles Rifleman. 15844. Died 01/07/1916. Age 21, Son of James and Elizabeth Ann Reid, of 51 Bellevue Street, Belfast. Thiepval Memorial Missing, France.

+SHANKS, David Shanks
10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 13477. Died 01/07/1916. Age 35. Resided 13 Carmel St., Belfast. Son of George and Lizzie Ann Shanks of Ballyboley, Co. Down and Husband to Susan Shanks of 215 Chambers Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Thiepval Memorial, France.

+SHAW, Thomas Moran
D’ Company 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 4035. Died 01/07/1916. Age 35. Son of John and Elizabeth Shaw of 7 Linwood Street, Belfast. Thiepval Memorial, France.

+SKILLEN, WILLIAM JAMES
11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman.143. He was reported missing on 01/07/1916. Son of Robert and Mary Skillen, of Asylum Rd., Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 339.

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