July 29 – Roll of Honour

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St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1917

+KEAN, Cuthbert Benedict
RNR. Lieutenant. HMS Jessamine. Died 29/08/1917. Age 27. Killed in action with a submarine as prize crew of SS Cooray in Irish Sea. Son of Dr. Hugh and Sarah Kean of Newry. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 25.

+McVEIGH, William Alfred
RNR. Droagh, Larne, Gardenmore – PCI RH

1940

+KING, John
2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles. Warrant Officer Class III. Platoon Sergeant Major. 7008389. Died 29/07/1940 at Chippenham Hospital, Wiltshire, with fatal head injuries received in a motorcycle crash. Aged 38. He resided with his wife and 3 young children at 14 Oval Street, Belfast, Co. Down and had over 20 years’ service with The Rifles. A brother, Constable Weir King served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Co. Armagh. His funeral took place with full military honours on 3rd August 1940. Reverend Alexander Suiters of Mersey Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Co. Down officiated. Dundonald Cemetery.

1942

+McCRORY, Robert Getgood
RAFVR. Sergeant (Observer). 1024870. Died 29/07/1942. Aged 23. 115 Sqdn. Known as Bob, he studied at Banbridge Public Elementary School and Banbridge Academy where he became Head Boy. He became a teacher, becoming the Principal of St. John’s School, Kilwarlin, Hillsborough. In March 1941 he joined the RAF. After training in Canada, he joined RAF 115 Squadron as an Observer at RAF Marham, Norfolk. This pioneering squadron was among the first to trial the navigational aid “Gee” and to use flares. Vickers Wellington Z1605 took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk at 2308hrs on 28/07/1942 bound for Hamburg, Germany. A total of 256 planes from No. 3 Group took part in the raid. Poor weather prevented the planned larger force from attacking the German city. The raiders became scattered in worsening weather with only 63 planes making it to Hamburg. A total of 13 people died in the city with 48 more injured. The Royal Air Force suffered great losses totalling 15.2% of the planes dispatched. McCrory’s bomber did not return from the raid and all members of the crew were listed missing presumed killed. Son of Robert and Margaret Elizabeth McCrory, of Bridge Street, Banbridge. Kiel War Cemetery, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

1944

+FRAZER, Charles Moses
Royal Artillery, 61 (The Denbigh Yeomanry) Medium Regiment. Lance Bombardier. 1116622. Died 29/07/1944. Age 20. Son of John Fitzgerald Frazer and Elizabeth Kathleen Frazer, of Killylea, Co. Armagh. La Deliverande War Cemetery, Douvres-la-Delivrande, Calvados

+FREEBURN, Albert G
Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy). Fireman. 301408. Died 29/07/1944. Age 20. HMS Prince Leopold. Son of George Henry and Catherine Louisa Freeburn, Ebor St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 11/08/1944). Liverpool Naval Memorial, Panel 18

+WYLIE, Wiliam John Crozier

RAFVR. Sergeant (Wireless Operator). 1670532. Died 29/07/1944. 103 Sqdn.Son of Mrs. Margaret Wylie, Belfast. Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany

1945

+TURKINGTON, Robert Wilkinson
RAFVR. Squadron Leader.117519. D S O, D F C and Bar. Died 29/07/1945. Aged 26. 241 Sqdn. Son of John and Mary Amelie Turkington, of Derrytrasna, Co. Armagh. Padua War Cemetery, Italy. See article this site.

VETERANS

JEFFREY, Leonard James
RNR. Eng. – Lieutenant. Mentioned in despatches. Son of Rev. R. Foster Jeffrey, Ardlui, Cyprus Park, Belfast. B 29/07/1882. D 1920. Campbell College 361.

KNOX, William Robert
RNAS. Petty Officer Mechanic. F51150. Enlisted 12/02/1918 for hostilities. In President. To Machine Gun Corps 17/02/1918. Born Coleraine 29/07/1893. Motor driver. ADM RNAS188/643/51150

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