Today’s roll recalls 13 who died on this date including 3 members of 502 Squadron and 8 WW1 Naval veterans.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
1/5 Seaforth Highlanders. Private. 4291. Died 30/07/1916. Aged 19. Son of Thomas and Catherine of Galgorm Street, Ballymena. “Mrs. Colgan, Galgorm Street, Ballymena, has been officially notified that her son, Pte. Thomas Colgan, Seaforth Highlanders, has died from wounds received in action, in No.45 Casualty Clearing Station, France. Information to this effect was also received from the Rev. S. Hamill Wilkinson, Chaplain to the forces, who stated that he was unable to talk with the deceased as he passed away shortly after being admitted to hospital. Rev. Wilkinson said he was all the more sorry for he himself was a native of Co. Antrim and used to go to school in Ballymena. Private Colgan enlisted in May 1915 and he was at the front since November 1915. His father, Rifleman Thomas Colgan, is serving at the front with the Royal Irish Rifles (Ulster Division) – Ballymena Observer August 11, 1916.
He was one of three recruits from Ballymena to the Seaforth Highlanders in May 1915: Hugh McClurkin, Galgorm Street; William John Wilson, James Street; Thomas Colgan, Galgorm Street. Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme.
7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman, Service No: 5201 Died 30/07/1916. Son of Francis and Annie McCoubrey, of Bridge-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down; husband to Agnes McCoubrey of Clough, and father of William Herbert, and Robert James, of Derryneil, Clough, Co. Down. Bois – Carre Military Cemetery, Haisnes, Pas de Calais, France
+MORRISON, Albert Victor
Royal Scots Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 30/07/1916. Age 21. Medical student QUB. In France from 25/03/1916. Born 1895. Son of Alexander and Margaret Morrison, Hopefield Ave., Antrim Rd., Belfast. Theipval Memorial, Somme, Pier Face 3c. QUB RH
+JOHNSTON, William Holden
13th King’s Liverpool Regiment. Second Lieutenant. Died 30/07/1916. Aged 31. Formerly a Private with the Royal Fusiliers, he gained his commission into the Liverpool Regiment on 29/03/1915. He embarked for France on 17/02/1916. He was the son of John G. and Esther Johnston, of Brooklands, Annadale, Belfast formerly 12, Annadale Avenue. Husband to Dorothy Holden Johnston, of Hoylake, Birkenhead. He lived, at one stage at 16, Donegall Square South, Belfast. Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, Somme, France. St Jude’s C of I parish, Belfast, WM
170 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lieutenant. Died 30/07/1918. Aged 21. Son of Howard Ambrose and Isabel W, of Hill Mount, Cushendall. Born at Dunratho, Craigavad, Co. Down. Hedauville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
+THOMPSON, Joseph Beckett
RAFVR. Sergeant. 566058. Died 03/07/1940. Aged 24. 25 Sqdn. He attended Lisburn Junior Technical High School before joining the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice in September 1932. By August 1935, he passed out as a qualified fitter. In the following years, he undertook pilot training and gained his wings. At the outbreak of war in September 1939, Thompson served with RAF 25 Squadron at Northolt. He was one of “The Few” who perished during the Battle of Britain. He was the pilot of Bristol Blenheim Bomber L1408 and had taken off to test the Airborne Interception radar system. During the mission, his plane collided with Blenheim L6722 of RAF 29 Squadron over the Bristol Channel. Aircraftman EJ Toy and Mr DM Gordon, a civilian radar engineer from No 32 Maintenance Unit died on board Thompson’s craft. The occupants of the other plane; Sergeant E Waite, Sergeant CJ Richardson and Leading Aircraftman T Ward of No 32 Maintenance Unit were also lost. Born in Magheragall, Co. Antrim, he was the son of Thomas Thompson and Sarah Thompson.Magheragall Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Antrim.
Served during Battle of Britain. involved in a fatal collision between Blenheim bombers over the Bristol Channel.Son of Thomas and Sarah Thompson of Magheragall. Magheragall Church of Ireland Churchyard. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
The occupants of the other plane; Sergeant E Waite, Sergeant CJ Richardson and Leading Aircraftman T Ward of No 32 Maintenance Unit were also lost. Born in Magheragall, Co. Antrim, he was the son of Thomas Thompson and Sarah Thompson. Magheragall Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Antrim. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
RAF (AAF). Aircraftman 2nd Class. 816224. Died 30/07/1942. Aged 28. 502 Sqdn. Edward was a ground crew technician.At 2224hrs on 29th July, Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Z9192 landed at RAF Predannack, Cornwall damaging a tail wheel. At 1430hrs on 30th July 1942, the repaired plane took off bound for St. Eval carrying the crew of 6 and 3 ground crew who assisted in the repairs. Reports suggest the Whitley stalled on approach to the St. Eval airfield. The plane came down in fields at Merlin Farm, St. Mawgan, Cornwall. A total of 9 people; 6 crew members and 3 passengers died in the burning wreckage. Two other 502 men were killed in the accident – William Mewha and Robert Brown.Son of James and Mary Barrett, of Belfast. Husband to Evelyn Nora Barrett, Belfast. Son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. C. Keep, 79 Melrose Street, Belfast. St Columb Major Cemetery, Cornwall
+BROWN, Robert Augustus
RAF (AAF). Corporal. 816108. Died 30/07/1942. Aged 32. 502 Squadron. Robert was a ground crew technician.At 2224hrs on 29th July, Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Z9192 landed at RAF Predannack, Cornwall damaging a tail wheel. At 1430hrs on 30th July 1942, the repaired plane took off bound for St. Eval carrying the crew of 6 and 3 ground crew who assisted in the repairs. Reports suggest the Whitley stalled on approach to the St. Eval airfield. The plane came down in fields at Merlin Farm, St. Mawgan, Cornwall. A total of 9 people; 6 crew members and 3 passengers died in the burning wreckage. Two other 502 men were killed in the accident – William Mewha and Edward Barrett. Son of Robert Augustus and Mary Brown; Husband to Vina Brown of Bloomfield, Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
+MEWHA, William George
RAF (AAF). Warrant Officer (Observer/Radar Operator).816190. Died 30/07/1942. 502 Sqdn. Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). At 14.30 hours on 30th July 1942 an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley GR VII aircraft, number Z9192 belonging to 502 Squadron Royal Air Force based at RAF St Eval crashed in a field at Merlin Farm, St Mawgan near Newquay in Southwest England. The aircraft was completely burnt-out and the crew of six and two RAF passengers were killed including Warrant Officer William George Mewha who was an Observer / Radar Operator. Two other 502 men were killed in the accident – Robert Brown and Edward Barrett. Carnmoney Cemetery. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
+SPENCE, William John
RAFVR. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner).1123753. Died 30/07/1943. Aged 22. 35 Sqdn. Son of William McCrea Spence and Margaret Reid Spence, of Larne. Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedsachsen, Germany
1st Battalion Irish Guards. Guardsman. 2721586. during World War Two. Died 30/07/1944 aged 25 years old. Milltown Cemetery. Belfast
+CRONIN, John Francis
2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 7016464. Died 30/07/1944. La Deliverande War Cemetery, Douvres, Calvados, France
+McINTYRE, John Joseph
Royal Artillery. Gunner. 1063465. Died on 30/07/1945. Aged 40. Son of Malcolm and Mary Ellen McIntyre of Belfast; Husband to Sarah McIntyre of Belfast. Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery
RN. Chief Petty Officer. 227623. Boy service from 30/07/1903. Enrolled 18/11/1905 for 12 years. War service in Devonshire, Vivid I and Dartmouth. Served to 17/11/1927. Joined RFR 05/10/1928. Born Magheramourne 18/11/1887. ADM 188/402/227623
RMLI. Private. 18298. Plymouth Division. Enlisted 30/07/1915. Discharged 05/11/1919, invalided. Oiler in rope works. Born 18/03/1898. Cheviot Avenue, Belfast. Ballyfrenis United Free Church. ADM 159/162/18298
BRICE, George Phillip
RN. Leading Stoker. K15570. Enrolled 26/07/1912 for 12 years. War service in Pembroke I and II, Cornwallis, Duncan, President and Kent. Served to 30/07/1921. Born Annalong 07/04/1893. ADM 188/898/15570
CHAMBERS, Karl Dill
RN. Leading Seaman. 233450. Boy service from 23/03/1905. Enrolled 17/06/1907 for 12 years. Served to 30/07/1919. Joined RFR 31/07/1919. War service in Blake 03/02/1913 – 31/03/1918 and Apollo. Born Ballymoney 17/06/1889. First Ballymoney – PCI RH. ADM 188/413/233450
RN. Acting Stoker I. K52813. Enrolled 30/07/1918 for hostilities. In Vivid, Colleen, Hollyhock and Heather. Demobbed 08/09/1919. Born Belfast 03/02/1898. ADM 188/968/52813
RNAS. Petty Officer. F9714. Russian Armoured Car Division. Enlisted 15/10/1915. In Russia 15/10/1916 – 31/01/1918. Civil occupation – Motor mechanic. Born Dundrum 30/07/1893. Hilltop, King St, Newcastle. ADM 188/579/9714
RN. Leading Stoker. K14001. Enrolled 02/02/1912 for 12 years. War service in Egmont II, Blenheim, Victory II, Pembroke II and General Wolfe. Demobbed 30/07/1921. Born Belfast 19/10/1893. ADM 188/895/14001
RN. Stoker I. K29224. Enrolled 20/07/1910 for 12 years. War service in Skirmisher and Egmont. Served to 30/07/1928. Born Glenravel, Co. Antrim 26/01/1890. ADM 188/925/29224
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