BrockwoodWar Cemetery is the only CWGC cemetery in the UK. Records here of six from Northern Ireland who died in service on this date. One is recorded on the Menim Gate, others are named on the Rangoon and Runnymeade memorials and two who died in HMS Trollope on our national naval memorials.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+CARREN, Thomas Henry
Royal Engineers. 36th Signal Company. Sergeant 57806. Died 06/07/1917. Born 12/09/1891 in Liverpool and was baptised on 18/11/1891 at St Saviours, Liverpool. Son of Thomas William Threfall and Annie Machere, nee Smith. Both parents were native of the Isle of Man and in the 1901 census the family were living at 2, Douglas Street in the City of Peel, Isle of Man. By 1911 the complete family had moved to 89 Deramore Avenue, Belfast. His age at this time was given as 19 and he was an apprentice heating engineer. He enlisted at Belfast on the 22nd September 1914 as part of the U.V.F. Force. He was posted as sapper into the Signal Coy, Royal Engineers aged 22. Prior to enlistment he was a Clerk. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. St Jude’s C of I Church, Belfast WM
+McVEIGH, Robert Alexander
RAFVR. Sergeant. 745470. Died 06/07/1940. Aged 21. 254 Sqdn. Son of Robert and Emily McVeigh, of Belfast. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 17. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
RN. AB. C/JX 175172. Died 06/07/1942. Age 23. HMS Niger. Had served three years. Married three years. Three month old daughter whom he had not seen. Three brothers serving in RN, RAF and army. Husband of Alice L. Hanley, Druse St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 07/08/1942). Chatham Naval Memorial.
Royal Artillery. Bombardier.1469227. Died 06/07/1944. Aged 33. 23 Bty., 8 H.A.A. Regt. Son of James and Charlotte Bingham. Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar, Face 2. Regimental WM and RH, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
1944 – HMS TROLLOPE
The Frigate HMS Trollope (Photo below) was torpedoed off France with the loss of 64 sailors. The Trollope was on loan from the US Navy and although she was recovered to HMNB Portsmouth she was a total loss.
RN. Assistant cook (S). P/MX 575699. Died 06/07/1944. Age 24. HMS Trollope. Brother of Miss M Creighton and grandson of Mrs D Rankin, Lilliput St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 17/11/1944). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 87
+WILLY, Desmond Gerald
RN. Yeoman of Signals. P/JX 137702. Died 06/07/1944. Age 27. HMS Trollope. Son of John and Mary Willy, Oakley St., Belfast. Sister resident at Northwick Dr., Belfast. Husband to Mary Margaret Willy, Portchester, Hampshire. Father of two children. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 08/09/1944). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 84