July 2 – Roll of Honour


Aerial view of Theipval Memorial. Most of the entries of this date reflect the Battle of the Somme. Veterans remembered recalls birth of submarine ace from Islandmagee.

Representing their comrades who fell on this day


+BURTON, Thomas
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private.3485. Died 02/07/1915. Helles Memorial, Turkey

+COLLINS, George
RMLI. Private. PLY/16508. Plymouth Battalion RND. Died 02/07/1915 of wounds in 2nd (RN) Field Ambulance (SW Head), Dardanelles. Aged 19. Enlisted Belfast 29/12/1913. Deal Battalion at Dunkirk and Defence of Antwerp 1914; MEF 28/02/1915 – 02/07/1915. Born Cork 12/08/1896. He worked as a bottle washer. Son of John and Elizabeth Collins, Fortuna St., Belfast. 1914 Star issued to mother 03/09/1919. Skew Bridge Cemetery. ADM 159/159/16508.


+CAMPBELL, Joseph. 
A Company 8 RIR. Rifleman. 12229. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 50. Born in Lisburn. Son of William Campbell and husband of Martha Campbell. Enlisted at Belfast. Thiepval Memorial, France, pier 15, face A/B

+DUNBAR, William
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.Rifleman. 12732. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 19. Son of William H. Dunbar, of 12, Downpatrick St., Belfast. Beaumont-Hamel British Cemetery, Somme, France

+FULTON, Robert
No. 4. Coy. 16th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman.1157. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 21. Son of Robert and Mary A. Fulton, of Tullaghmore, Sherrygroom, Co. Tyrone. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Sergeant. 8801. Died 02/07/1916. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Family Memorial, Dundonald cemetery.

+HAYES, James
10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. Died 02/07/1916. Age 36. Son of Robert and Sarah Hayes from Burnside, Portstewart, and a member of Burnside L.O.L. 721. His younger brother, Drummer Thomas Hayes, 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on 16/08/915, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. James was injured in the ‘big push’ of the 1st July. Puchevillers British Cemetery.

+HERON, Charles
3rd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Service. Lance Corporal.10404. Died 02/07/1915. Aged 20. Son of Samuel and Mary Heron, of Gorestown, Moy, Co. Tyrone. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey

+MURRAY, Charles Stephenson Murray
12th Royal Irish Rifles.Captain. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 44. Eldest son of Colonel Alexander Murray, of Portrush. As a young man Charles had joined the 4th Royal Irish Rifles, (his father’s battalion), and when he retired from the army he went to Matabeleland, where hejoined the mounted police. He served in the Boer War, and took part in the defence of Mafeking. After his father’s death he returned to Portush, where he was a member of Royal Portrush Golf Club. Captain Murray was the commanding officer of the Portrush company of the Ulster Volunteer Force, and volunteered for service in September 1914. He was injured during the advance of the 1st July and died of his injuries the following day. Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension.

On the morning of 02/07/1916 a composite party from 107th Infantry Bde were sent to support troops still holding the German 1st and 2nd lines at Thiepval. A third of this party became casualties. Five members of this party from 8th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (East Belfast Volunteers) are buried at Grandcourt Cemetery:

+BLYTH, Matthew Blyth
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 3150. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 25. Born Selkirk, Scotland. Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France

+RIPPARD, Thomas
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 8/13441. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 21. From Hudson St, Belfast. Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France

+RANSON, Andrew
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 4745. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 29. Son of Susan and the late Andrew Ranson, of 53, Ravenhill Rd., Belfast. Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France

+SILLARS, Thomas
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Lance Corporal. 1301. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 27. Husband to Mrs. A. Sillars, of 3, Ballyclare St., Belfast. Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France

+STEWART, Hugh Henry
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 13657. Died 02/07/1916. Aged 19. Son of Henry Stewart, of 28, Belvoir St., Belfast. Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France


+CUNNINGHAM, George Nethercott
RNVR. FAA. 717 Squadron . Sub Lieutenant (A). Died 02/07/1945. Age 21. HMS Merganser. He joined the RAF in November 1942, from No. 1135 ATC Squadron. Part of his training as a pilot was completed with the US Navy in Florida. In November 1944 he transferred to the FAA and was granted a commission. Killed when his Fairey Barracuda dived into the Moray Firth in the course of a training exercise while shore-based at Rattray. Son of Henry and Jeanie Cunningham, Benburb St., Belfast. Carnmoney CemeteryRNVR. Sub-Lieutenant. HMS Merganiser. Died 02/07/1945. Age 21. Son of Henry and Jeanie Cunningham, Belfast. Family Memorial, Carnmoney cemetery Sec. Q. Grave 156


+STEELE, George E A
RAFVR. Warrant Officer. 1021148. Died 02/07/1946. DardAge: 25. Husband to Margaret Wylie Steele. Son of George and Elizabeth Steele (nee Boyle) of 85 Princes Street, Ballymena. Runnymede Memorial, Egham Surrey, Panel 285.


Birth of submarine ace from Islandmagee

BOYD, Robert
RN. Captain. DSO, DSC. Served as an ordinary seaman on Head Line ships from November 1918 until early 1921. He later joined the Royal Navy, and commanded submarines during World War Two. MiD May 1942. He was awarded the DSO in 1942 followed by the DSC in 1944. Between Nov 1942 and July 1945 he commanded four different submarines. Commanded HMS Untiring from Feb 1943 – December 1944 when she sank ten German craft. He was promoted Captain in 1956 and retired from the Royal Navy in 1959. Born Islandmagee, 02/07/1903. Son of Robert Boyd, RNR, who served World War 1.

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