July 28 – Roll of Honour

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A WW1 North Irish Horse Private from Ballyrashane and a Royal Navy ERA from Pomeroy – from Etaples to Hong Kong

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1916

+WRIGHT, Thomas
North Irish Horse, Private. No.1582. Died 28/07/1916. At the beginning of the war he was working at the Ballyrashane Creamery Company. On 24/05/1915 he travelled to Antrim and enlisted in the North Irish Horse . Just six months later he embarked for France with F Squadron. On 22 July, while working with his squadron clearing the Somme battlefield in Mash Valley, he was severely wounded in the back during a German artillery barrage. He was evacuated to the St John’s Ambulance Brigade Hospital at Étaples, but died six days later. His brother, John Small Wright, had been killed in action just four weeks earlier and just a few miles away while attacking with his battalion, the 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Born in 1894 or 1895 at Pullans, near Coleraine, Thomas was the fourth of ten children of agricultural labourer William John Wright and his wife Mary (nee McCready). Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

1918

+LYTTLE Samuel
RN. ERA 2nd Class. M13779. HMS Fame. Hong Kong. Died 28/07/1918. Age 35. Enrolled 25/05/1915 for hostilities. In Pembroke II, St. George (Ness), Wellington and Tamar. Born Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone 23/12/1882. Son of James and Mary Lyttle. Husband to Florence Lyttle, Willingham Street, Grimsby. St James, Grimsby RH. Hong Kong Cemetery. ADM 188/1045/13779

1940

+CABREY, James
Royal Artillery. Gunner. 1489733. Died on 28th July 1940, at a Military Hospital in Lancashire while undergoing treatment for wounds received in the retreat to Dunkirk. Aged 22. 10 Battery, 3 Searchlight Regiment. Son of Samuel and Ellen Cabrey of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina

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