July 20 – Roll of Honour


12 named on the anniversary of their death in service – A RM who re-engaged for WW1. Five RN including 1 submariner from Ballynure and 3 in HMS Isis. Three infantrymen who remain after battle in Calvados cemetery. Photo – Waggon Road Cemetery contains 195 First World War burials (36 unidentified), including some who attacked in the Ancre in both July and November 1916.


RMLI. Sergeant. 11550. Plymouth Division. Died 20/07/1915 of wounds received in action. Enlisted 04/06/1901. Discharged after 12 years 09/06/1913. Joined RFR and served with RM Brigade 15/06/1913 – 20/07/1915. Born Newtownards 10/06/1883. Son of John Patterson. Husband to Lillian Patterson, ‘Leahurst’, Milton Rd., Cowes. Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. ADM 159/181/11550


+McNULTY, James
2nd/18th Bn. London Regiment (London Irish Rifles). Rifleman. 4386. Died 20/07/1916. Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France

+McWHIRTER (or Mewhirter), William
2 Cameronians. Pte. 8798. Died 20 – 24/07/1916. Born Craigs, Cullybackey. Enlisted Hamilton, lived Motherwell. Chambrin Churchyard Ext. Pas De Calais, France. Cullybackey UF Church.


+HOUSTON, William John
RN. Stoker 1st Class. C/KX 83859. Died 20/07/1941. Age 29. HM Submarine Umpire. HMS Umpire (N82) was a U-class submarine built at Chatham Dockyard and sunk in an accident nine days after commissioning with the loss of 22 men. The submarine was sunk while en route from Chatham to join the 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Dunoon, under the command of Lieutenant Mervyn Wingfield. An armed escort trawler, Peter Hendriks, in the southbound convoy accidentally struck Umpire sinking her in 18 metres of water. Four crew members were on the bridge when the submarine sank. William had eight years service, four in submarines. William’s brother James had 7 years service in RN. A founder of Queen Mary Accordian Band. Son of Hugh and Louisa Houston, Bryanstang Cottage, Ballynure, formerly of Mountcollyer Rd., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 16/08/1941). Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 47


RAFVR. Sergeant. 1097361. Died 20/08/1943. Aged 20. 59 Sqdn. Son of Samuel and Mary Erskine, of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 148

+REID, Andrew Charles
RAFVR. Flying Officer. 88101. Died 20/07/1943. Aged 38. Son of James and Annie Taylor Reid of Coleraine. Husband to Annie Mary Reid of Coleraine. Coleraine Cemetery


HMS Isis was launched on the Clyde 12/11/1936 and commissioned 02/06/1937. Took part in evacuation of Greece 04/1941 and in sinking U-boat 526 on 19/02/1943 north-east of Benghazi. She was attacked and severely damaged by a Junkers Ju 88 off Beirut after the battle of Crete. On 20/07/1944 Isis struck a mine and sank off the Normandy landing beaches.

RN. Able Seaman. P/SSX 14703. Date of Death: 20/07/1944. Age: 32. HMS Isis. Son of David and Elizabeth Hutchinson; husband of Alice Hutchinson, Hillsborough. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 82. Hillsborough WM

HMS Caroline. RN. ERA 3rd. Class. MX54816. DSM. HMS Iris. Died 20/07/1944. John joined the Ulster Division RNVR in June 1927 and transferred to the RN in 1937. He was a survivor of HMS Trinidad. She was lost while serving in the Artic on convoy duty after being damaged escorting PQ-13 in 1942. He was awarded the DSM for heroic services on the convoy to Russia. He was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by his brother James McColgan in November 1942. Brother of CPO Edward Carson McColgan, BEM, RNVR. Photograph after Palace presentation in Belfast Weekly Telegraph 23/10/1942. Husband to Mrs S McColgan, Graymount Pk, Belfast. His mother was resident at Adam St., Belfast. Bayeux War Cemetery.

+SMITH, Thomas
RN. Stoker First Class. P/KX 157811. Died 20/07/1944. Age 20. HMS Isis. Over two years’ service. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Smith, Howard St., South, Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 13/10/1944). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 86


2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 7021483. Died 20/07/1944. Aged 21. Son of Henry and Margaret Martin, of Soldierstown, Co. Antrim. Banneville – La – Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France

+SHAW, Frederick
1st Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Lance Corporal 7018861. Died 20/07/1944. Aged 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Shaw; nephew of Mrs. J. Deen, of Ballymena. Banneville – La – Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France

+STOCK, Claude James
2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 7016953. Died 20/07/1944. Aged 26. Son of William T. and Amy Hilda Stock; husband of Sarah G. Stock, of Ballymena. Banneville – La – Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France


EAGLESON, William Sloan
RN. Engineer Lieutenant. B 20/07/1888. Son of Samuel Eagleson, Adair Arms, Ballymena. D 12/1969. Campbell College 756.

Every day is a Remembrance Day



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