This unique ‘women in steel’ sculpture in Sheffield is dedicated to those women who worked in the steel industry during the First and Second World Wars. Today’s Roll includes a minister who served as a private in the RAMC, a minister’s son who died in RAF in WW1, a Japanese POW from Derry and a Glens man serving with Canadians in Normandy.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 17487. Died 22 /07/1915. Aged 38. Son of William and Ellen Jane Francey, 88 Queen Street, Ballymena. He enlisted in Hamilton and lived in Queenstown. Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais. 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church RH.
2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 18136. Died 22 /07/1915. Aged 36, he was born at Skerry, enlisted in Londonderry, and lived in Broughshane. Two brothers were also serving. Son of John and Mary Ann McLaughlin. His wife Annie went to live at 24 Orchard Row, Londonderry. Hinges Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.
RAMC. Attached River Sick Convoy Unit. Private. 84040. Died 22/07/1917. Age 38. Campbell College. Matriculated QUB 26/11/1896. B.A. 1899. He was a Church of Scotland minister who enrolled in RAMC. Appointed Minister of the Parish of Buittle, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, 1905. Son of the Rev. John Davis, of Ballynahinch Manse, Co. Down; husband to Margaret Davis (nee Kernahan), of “Grasmere,” Lansdowne Rd., Belfast. Amara War Cemetery, Mesopotamia.
+CLARKE, John Kingham Clarke
RAF. Second Lieutenant. Died 22/07/1918. Age 24. 103rd Sqdn. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, volunteered at the outbreak of war, and was for a year and a half in France and through the battle of the Somme with the 36th (Ulster) Division. Having obtained his commission, he was attached to the 16th (Irish) Division, and served through the battle of Cambrai. He volunteered for the RAF, and after training in England returned to France as an observer, where in about two weeks he was wounded. (Northern Whig 25/05/1918). Son of Rev. Edward Clarke, The Manse, Strabane. Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France.
+MITCHELL, Ian Desmond Vance
Leicestershire Regiment. Captain. Died July 22/27,1942 (while a prisoner-of-war in Japanese hands). He was commissioned about four years before his death and was serving on the North West Frontier on the outbreak of WW2. His regiment was then transferred from India to Malaya just after the Japanese entered the war. Twice wounded in the Malayan fighting. Son of John and Violet Mitchell, 6, Templemore Park, Londonderry. Member of St Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry. He was educated at Wrekin College, later going to Sandhurst. He was well known in Londonderry, where he had many friends, particularly in sporting circles. When on leave he organised cricket matches in the city and also took part in football. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.
+RUTHERFORD, Robert Henry
RAFVR. Flying Officer. 133718. Died 22/07/1943. Aged 20. Stirling W7586, Bomber Command, stalled and crashed while attempting to go round again during a three-engined approach at Stradishall. Crew of six died. Son of Samuel William and Pauline Annie Rutherford of Holywood, County Down. Bangor Cemetery
+ADAMS, Harold William
RAF. Flight Lieutenant. 118559. Died 22/07/1944. Age 23. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 26 Sqdn. Larne Grammar School, Methodist College, Belfast, and Queen’s University, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He left the University in 1941 to join the RAF. Youngest son of the late Mr. Henry Adams, of the Ulster Bank, and of Mrs. Adams, 35, Kirkliston Drive, Belfast. (Belfast News Letter 29/07/1944). Interred with military honours at the RAF Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey. His family was represented by his brother, Mr. Robin W. Adams, Birmingham, and by Dr. and Mrs. John Adams, Dorking. QUB RH
Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Private. 7009586. Died 22/07/1944. Son of Ellen Carlisle; husband of Kathleen Carlisle. Carnmoney C of I Churchyard, Carnmoney Parish Church RH
Calgary Highlanders, R.C.I.C. Private. B/155261. Died 22/07/1944. Aged 34. Son of Hugh and Hessie Elizabeth Mary Crawford, of Glenone, Co. Antrim. Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France, Panel 27
+WARD, Henry Baxter
RN. AB. C/JX 544636. Died 22/07/1945. Age 22. HMS Violet, a Flower-class corvette. Son of Thomas Reid Ward and Mary Ward, Cliftonpark Ave., Belfast, Northern Ireland. Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery, South Africa
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman.1063465. Died 22/07/1947 of tubercular meningitis as a result of pulmonary tuberculosis. Aged 25. Son of Joseph Lunney and Mary J Lunney of Belfast. Milltown Cemetery, Belfast
Royal Welch Fusiliers. Fusilier. 7008439.Died 22/07/1947. Aged 43. Son of Hugh Whinnery and Sarah Whinnery of Belfast, Co. Antrim, and husband to Marcella Whinnery (née Murray). Milltown Cemetery, Belfast
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