July 19 – Roll of Honour

Image-1The 14 men recalled today include a Royal Marine in a Japanese POW camp, two infanteers on the assault on Sicily, and two Normandy invasion casualties on land and in air.


+WATSON, Joseph
11th Bn. Highland Light Infantry. Private. 19896. Died 19/07/1915. Aged 22. Born: Unchinagh. Lived: Ballymaconnelly. Enlisted: Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Member of Ballymaconnelly, L.O.L. 360. Le Touret Military Cemetery. Finvoy Presbyterian Church RH. Ballymoney WM


11th Royal Irish Rifles. Lance Corporal. 547. Died of wounds received on July 1 while a POW on 19/07/1916. He appears to have been wounded in the leg during the opening stage of the Somme battle, was taken prisoner and he died despite medical care being given. His mother posted requests for information in the local press and got some response but official notification came later. The “Ballymena  Observer” on 24/11/1916, reported that, “Mrs. Mawhinney, Shankbridge, Ballymena, has been notified that her son, Lance Corporal Samuel Mawhinney, Royal Irish Rifles, has died of wounds while a prisoner of war in Germany. Prior to enlisting, he was an employee of the Ballymena Goods Yard in Harryville, where he was most popular.” Le Cateau Military Cemetery. Kells Presbyterian Church RH.


Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 11-16972. Died 19/07/1917 (Family Memorial ) Carnmoney Parish Church RH


+MACKEY, Samuel Ross
RNR. Trimmer. 8458TS. HMS Vivid. Died 19/07/1918. Age 19. Illness. Son of William and Sarah Mackey, Circular Rd., Larne. Larne WM. First Larne – PCI RH


1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Fusiliier. 6980180. Died as a result of an accident at Rye, Sussex 19/07/1940. Aged 22. Son of Archibald Graham and Annie Graham of Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery


+DAVEY, James Patrick
RN. AB. D/JX192737. HMS President III. Died 19/07/1941. Age 26. Son of John and T Davey, Belfast. Husband to Kathleen Davey, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46


+WILSON, Samuel James
RAFVR. Sergeant.1026302. Died 19/07/1942. Aged 22. He was a Wireless Air Gunner on board Vickers Wellington DV800 of RAF No. 27 Operational Training Unit when it came down in Snowdonia, Wales. The crew took off on 19th July 1942 from RAF Lichfield, Staffordshire on a cross-country training flight. While flying over North Wales, the plane strayed about 10 miles off course above the cloud base at 2,000 feet. At around 1230hrs, the pilot came down through the cloud cover to ascertain their position. The plane crashed in the Black Ladders area, between Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn, Snowdonia, Wales. There were no survivors. Rescuers from RAF Llandwrog located the crash site 10 days after the incident. There were no survivors. Samuel received his education at Portadown Technical School. He was a member of the Boys’ Brigade at St. Mark’s Church and a keen musician. He was a member of Parkmount Band conducted by his father Albert Wilson. He also played in the Night Lights Dance Band conducted by his older brother. Before and after enlisting in the Royal Air Force, he took part in shows to entertain troops. Son of Albert Wilson and Mamie Wilson of Shillington Street, Portadown. A funeral service took place on 3rd August 1942 at St. Mark’s Church, Portadown, conducted by Reverend JF McAlister and Reverend FW Gowing. The Royal Irish Fusiliers provided a firing party and a bugler who sounded The Last Post and Reveille. Pallbearers were six sergeants from the Royal Air Force.


2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Captain. 129996. QUB Science 1929. Died 19/07/1943. Catania Cemetery, Sicily, Italy. QUB RH

+BELL, David
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Lance Corporal. 6983663. Died 19/07/1943. Age 22. Son of George Thomas and Maria Bell, Bessbrook. Brother of Albert Bell. Catania War Cemetery. Sicily, Italy. Bessbrook WM

+DUNCAN, Samuel George
RM. Marine, PLY/X3717, Royal Marines. Died 19/07/1943 as a Prisoner of War at Konue Camp. Force Z. In HMS Repulse which together with HMS Prince of Wales had left Singapore shortly after the outbreak of war with Japan on 08/12/1941 in an attempt to intercept a Japanese invasion convoy going towards Malaya. He survived her sinking by Japanese war planes dropping torpedos on 10/12/1941. Although he was rescued, Marine Duncan was subsequently taken prisoner and died as a prisoner of war at Konue Camp. Son of Samuel and Lucy Duncan, Soarn Cottage, Stewartstown. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

+McATEER, Henry J
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Lance Serjeant. 6979625. Died 19/07/1943. Aged 22. Son of Hugh and Sadie McAteer, of Carrickfergus. Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy

+WYLIE, Samuel David

2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Fusilier. 6980359. Died 19/07/1943. Son of Joseph and Susan Wylie; husband to Jeannie Wylie, of Dungannon. Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy


+EVANS, Charles William
RAF. Sergeant. 537311. Died 19/07/1944. Aged 26. Son of Joseph W. B. Evans and Helen Evans; Husband to Elizabeth Montgomery Evans of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Section

+HOLT, Alwyn Andrew Evelyn Stuart
RAFVR. Flight-Sergeant (Navigator). 1795306. Died 19/07/1944. Aged 21. 207 Sqdn. Son of the Revd. Felix Holt and Margaret Isabel Holt, of Charles Street Manse, Ballymoney. Margny Communal Cemetery, Marne, France. QUB RH

+ORR, Robert John Dillon
2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. Lance Corporal. 7022204. Died 19/07/1944. Aged 20. Son of James and Margaret Orr, of Empire Street, Belfast. La Delivrande War Cemetery, near Luc-sur-Mer in Normandy.

+SHAW, Frederick
1st Btn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Lance corporal. 7018861. Died 19/07/1944. Age 22. Son of John Shaw, Harryville, Ballymena. Banneville-La-Campagne War cemetery, France.


RUSSELL, Harold Rodney
RNVR. Midshipman. Served 1939-45 as Capt., Inniskillen Fusiliers. B 09/04/1900. D 19/07/1953. Son of Nelson Russell, Strathmore, Lisburn. Campbell College 1295

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