Representing their comrades who died on this day
8th Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Corporal. 3/2958. Died 16/07/1916. Born Ballintoy area. Thiepval Memorial, Panel 10a
RNR. Leading seaman. 2855C. SS Henry R James. Died 16/07/1917. Age 39. Son of Annie M McMillan, Schomberg St., Carrickfergus. Husband to late Sarah McMillan, Carrickfergus. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 27
1918 HMS ANCHUSA
RN. Stoker 1st Class. K6681. HMS Anchusa. Died 16/07/1918. Aged 24. Served in HMS Bellerophon. He joined up at the age of sixteen and had served eight years. Anchusa was torpedoed. Born Ballymena 06/04/1892. Son of David and Agnes Cathcart, Tullygarley, Ballymena. Plymouth Naval Memorial. St. Patrick’s Parish Church RH. First Ballymena – PCI RH. ADM 188/880/6681
+CHAMBERLAIN, Henry Neville
RNR. Lieutenant. Died 16/07/1918. Age 31. Serving on HMS Anchusa, a mine-sweeping vessel, which was torpedoed by a German submarine, U54, off the North Coast of Ireland. The majority of the eighty officers, men & boys were lost. HMS Anchusa was launched in 1917, an Anchusa Class Convoy Sloop, also known as a Fleet Sweeping Sloop, Flower Class. The Royal Navy Flower Class consisted of 39 vessels, deliberately built to designs which gave them the look of merchant ships, so that as well as mine-sweeping, they could serve as Q ships at need. HN Chamberlain lived in Carrickfergus before joining the Royal Navy. Born Carrickfergus 1887. Son of the Rev George and D M Chamberlain of The Rectory. Brother of Rev AP Chamberlain, Rector of Castledawson. Brother in law of Rev CG Manning, CF, MC., later Archdeacon of Down. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 29. RBAI WM. Carrickfergus WM, Castledawson WM. IMR
+ENGLISH, Maurice Graham
RNAS, RFC. RAF. Lieutenant. Died 16 /07/1918. Aged 20. Initially served in the RNAS, joining in early 1916. Commissioned as an observer in 1917. After the 01/04/1918 merger of that branch with the RFC he served as a lieutenant in 202 Squadron of the 61st Wing of the newly-formed RAF. He flew with English flying ace Lieutenant Lionel Arthur Ashfield, as well as Lieutenant N. H. Jenkins in an Airco De Havilland4 (A7868). Not long before his death, he was wounded while engaged in perilous photographic work over Ostend.
On 16 /07/1918, Lieutenant English’s Airco De Havilland 4, serial (A7868), was shot down while returning from Bruges by Vizeflugmeister Hans Goerth over the village of Zevekote in West Flanders, Belgium. The twenty-year-old, who had been acting as observer, died in the aerial combat, as did the pilot Lieutenant Ashfield. During World War I, the German flying ace Hans Goerth was credited with seven aerial victories. The downing of English’s de Havilland was the third of seven victories for Goerth.
Maurice English was the second son of John Graham English and his wife Ellen “Nellie” Jane English, Marlborough Street, Londonderry. A native of the city, he was born in the second quarter of 1898 and attended Foyle College. He was a member of the First Derry Presbyterian Church. Interred at the Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery near Nieuwpoort in West Flanders. Diamond WM, Londonderry. First Derry – PCI RH
+BARLOWE James Alexander Bell
19th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles. Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant. 17230. Died 16/07/1919 aged 23. Joined up at Belfast on 15/09/1914 aged 19 years and was posted to Finner Camp, County Donegal into the Royal Irish Rifles.
His occupation prior to enlistment was a typist and he was living with his parents at 49 Cliftonville Road, Belfast. He went up through the ranks very quickly. 23/02/1915 he was a Lance Corporal, 14/04/1915, Corporal, 07/07/1915, Sergeant, and on the 29/11/1915 he was the rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant. All this time he was in England.
On 15/06/1918 he embarked Folkestone and disembarked at Boulogne the same day. He was then admitted into hospital at Etaples the same day suffering from mild influenza. On the 22/06/1918 he was transferred to 6 Stationary Hospital, Le Harve. He was discharged from hospital on the 28/07/1918 fit for war service on to Base Depot, Le Harve. On 27/02/1919 he was demobilized to his home at Craigavad.
Unfortunately on his way home he was taken ill and he died of tuberculosis at his home, Grangefield, Craigavad. He was born at Stewartstown County Tyrone. He was the only son of James Alexander and Martha of Dundiven, Graigavad. Donaghendry Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Tyrone. Glencraig, Holy Trinity WM
6th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers. Fusilier. 1501047. Died 16/07/1944. Aged 26. Son of John and Agness Sommerville; husband to Abagical Sommerville, of Lisburn. Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France
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