On this day in 1704, an Anglo-Dutch force under Admiral Rooke captured Gibraltar. the Prince of Hesse led ashore 1,900 Marines who succeeded in isolating the Gibraltar Rock from mainland Spain. The bravery of the Royal Marines in defending the Rock in the siege that followed, led to the battle honour. So numerous are the Corps’ battle honours they are simply represented by the famous Globe and the single honour ‘Gibraltar’. Remembering 4 WW1 and 7 WW2 servicemen with NI roots.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Royal Field Artillery. Gunner. 32885. Died 24/07/1916. 119 Battery 27 Bde. Born in Dromara, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast. Thiepval Memorial, France, pier and face 1 A and 8 A.
20th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers. Private. 26672. Died 24/07/1916. Aged 25. Son of Hugh and Lucy Lavelle, of Crieve Hill, Fivemiletown. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
1st Bn. Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Private. 28420. Died 03/07/1917. Brother of John Blain, of Ballykeel, Artifinney, Hillsborough, Co. Down. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
7/8th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 22138.
Died 24/07/1917. Aged 22. Born 1895 Ballycastle. Lived in McCurdy’s Row. Brother of Kathleen Ross, Townhead, Ballycastle. Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Belgium. Ballycastle WM
+ALLEN, John Maybin
1st Btn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Corporal. 7012090. Died 24/07/1941. Gravesend Cemetery, Kent. Plot: B13 Grave – 1427
+EVANS, Thomas Glyndwr
1/5th Battalion, Welch Regiment. Serjeant. 3957965. Died 24/08/1941. Age 27. Son of David Alfred and Elizabeth Evans and husband to Isabel Evans, of Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery.
+FORD-HUTCHINSON, Roger Francis Stuart
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1101878. Died 24/07/1941. Aged 20. 76 Sqdn. Son of Roger and Alice Milward Ford-Hutchinson, of Stranocum, Co. Antrim. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 43
+O’Hanlon, James Patrick Joseph,
Irish Guards. Guardsman. 2723994. Age 23. 24/07/1944, buried at Bayeax Cemetery France. Son of Patrick and Mary Anne O’Hanlon; husband of Kathleen O’Hanlon, of Bessbrook, Co. Armagh. Bessbrook WM
+STEWART, Arthur Lawrence
2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Corporal. 7010811. Died 24/07/1944. Aged 34. Son of Arthur and Laura I. A. Stewart; husband to Frances Elizabeth Stewart, of Belfast. Banneville – La – Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France
2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 14414731. Died 24/07/1944. Aged 19. Son of Samuel George and Hannah Jane Wilson, of Lurgan. Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France
2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 6409448. Died 24/07/1944. Aged 30. Son of Joseph and Catherine Wolfe; husband of Elizabeth Wolfe, of York Road, Dublin. Banneville – La – Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France
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