August 8 – Roll of Honour


Men serving in Canadian and Australian forces, NIH serving as infantry, and six RAF, are amongst the 19 in today’s Roll.

Photo – In Nelson’s shadow. Crew from HMS Westminster exercise their Freedom of the City of London. Thn they returned to Portsmouth and the anti-submarine warship left on Baltic protection duties

Representing their comrades who died on this day


5th Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. Died of wounds at sea on 08/08/1915. Born at Springwell Street, Ballymena 21/06/1898. Son of George and Mary Jane Anderson, nee Hasson. His parents, labourer George from Ballee and Margaret Jane from Ballymarlow, had married in 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church on 14/01/1878. The family had moved to Belfast and were at North Street in 1901 and McTier Street in 1911. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

+HOLLOWAY, George Alexander
RMLI. CH/416/S. Chatham Division. RND. Died 19/08/1915 of wounds in 11th Casualty Clearing Station. Age 20. Enlisted Belfast 13/10/1914. Chatham Battalion MEF 06/02/1915 – 29/04/1915. GSW left shoulder, rejoined Chatham Btn (undated) -18/08/1915 wounded. Born Dublin 30/09/1894. Son of George and Ada R. Holloway, Jameson St., Belfast. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey (including Gallipoli). IMR. ADM 159/143/416


+ADAMS, William Hanna
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, formerley North Irish Horse. Died 08/08/1917. Enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim in June or July 1915 (No.1700). At the end of December 1916 he was one of forty North Irish Horsemen who transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (No.40635). They embarked for France on 9 January 1917 and were posted to the 10th Battalion, joining it at Ploegsteert Wood on the Ypres front. Adams was posted to B Company. On 08/08/1917 Adams was killed in action during the opening phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. The battalion war diary for the day reads: The enemy at intervals shelled the front line & supports … The shells are mostly H.E. of large calibre, with a good few shrapnel and armour piercing shells. The total casualties, including last nights are:- 2 Other Ranks killed, 24 O.Rs. gassed and 18 O.Rs. wounded. “B” Company suffered very heavily in casualties. Born 03/03/1885 at Gate End, Ballymoney. Son of labourer John Adams and his wife Sarah (nee Workman). The family moved to Belfast around 1890. On 25/11/1908 he married factory worker Maggie Wilson Ross at Coleraine. His occupation at the time was coachman. Menim Gate, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 22.

+KENNEDY, Alexander
Royal Irish Rifles, 11th Bn. Rifleman. 3794. Died 08/08/1917. Aged 32. Son of James and Eliza Kennedy, of Cullybackey Rd., Ahoghill. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium


+ATKINSON, William George.
116th. Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Private. 249793. Died 08/08/1918. On enlistment he had 3 years military experience as a private with 5 RIR, a reserve battalion.  He was posted to the 208th. Battalion. Born in Co. Down on 29.10.1887. A plasterer by trade, he enlisted at Toronto on the 27/06/1915, aged 28 years and 8 months. Husband to Mrs. Dorcas Atkinson of “The Lodge”, Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Hourges Orchard Cemetery, Domart-sur-La-Luce, France.

+CAMPBELL, Alan Robert Sinclair
72nd Bn. British Columbia Regiment. Private.103035. Died 02/09/1918. Born 21/08/1897, Tilchet, Cashmire, North India. Son of Col. Alan James Campbell, DSO, and Mary Grace Montgomery Campbell, Lisvarna, Ballycastle. Vimy Memorial, Ramoan Parish Church, Ballycastle RH

+McCLOY, George Sterrett
35th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Corporal. 3097.Died 08/08/1918. Son of John and Sarah McCloy, both teachers living in Glenarm. They had married in Glenarm Church of Ireland Church on 11/08/1886. George McCloy was born at Glenarm on 22/05/1890 Husband to E. M. McCloy, of 33, Trafalgar St., Stanmore, New South Wales

Northumberland Fusiliers Service. Serjeant. 49587
Died 18/08/1919. Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery, Belfast


+SHANNON, Thomas
RMLI. Private. 17502. Plymouth Division. Died 08/08/1921. Age 24. Enlisted 13/10/1914. In RM Brigade 18/08/1915 – 05/04/1916. Invalided out 12/04/1916. Born Belfast 21/11/1896. Son of Samuel and Mary Jane Shannon, Riga St., Belfast. He was the last Great War fatality to be buried in Belfast City Cemetery. ADM 159/161/17502


+ANTHONY, Crawford
RAF. Leading Aircraftman. 623211. Died 08/08/1940. Aged 29. Son of William and Jane Anthony of Carrickfergus; Husband of Martha Bell Anthony, Carrickfergus. Carrickfergus cemetery


+BARRISKILL, William John

RAFVR. Sergeant. 1126133.  Died 08/08/1943. 104 Sqdn. Enrolled 1940. On completion of his training he was posted to No. 104 Squadron at Hani West in Tunisia. He joined the squadron, which flew twin-engined Vickers Wellingtons, at the beginning of June 1943. With the war in North Africa over the squadron was carrying out raids on targets in Sicily and Italy. On 7 August he took off in his Wellington for a night raid on a target in Sicily. The aircraft was never seen again. Son of David and Charlotte Barriskill, of Ballyoran, Portadown. Malta Memorial Panel 8

+RODGERS, Thomas George
RAFVR. Flying Officer. 126149. Died 08/08/1943. Aged 25. Thomas was with Flying Officer Allister Francis Shapcott, Royal Australian Air Force on an Air Test and non-operational flight in an Anson aircraft from 1510 Flight when there was an in-flight collision with a Mosquito aircraft from 333 Norwegan Squadron piloted by Lieutenant Commander Ofendor who was Officer Commanding of the Squadron.Son of Edward and Frances Rodgers of Finaghy, County Antrim. Knockbreda Cemetery


+McNABNEY, Samuel
RAFVR. Pilot Officer (Air Bomber). 164928. Died 08/08/1944. Age 20. 7th Sqdn. Son of Samuel and Agnes McNabney, of Ballymena. Bolbec Communal Cemetery. Harryville Presbyterian Church RH.

RAFVRS. Sergeant. 2210235. Died 08/08/1944. Aged 19. 15 Sqdn. Son of Arthur I. and Florence Morrison, of Belfast. Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey, Panel 234

+THOM, David Millar
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX.306996. Died 08/08/1945. Age 22. HMS Tyne. Four years’ service. Had been captain of the rifle team in HMS Raleigh who won the shield. Prior to joining the RN, he was a member of Whiteabbey B Special Constabulary, of which his father was district commandant. He was also a staff sergeant in the 88th Company (Whiteabbey) Boys’ Brigade. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Thom, Concrete Rd., Whiteabbey. Sydney War Cemetery.


RAFVR. Corporal. 1504000. Died 23/08/1946. Age 47. 241 Squadron. Husband to Jean Wallace. Son of William and Elizabeth Wallace. Randalstown Presbyterian Old Congregation Church Yard.


+WHITE, John Sinclair
RAMC. Lt Colonel. CO 3rd Northern General Hospital 1914 – 18. CBE. QCB MD 1874. CBE 01/01/1919. Born 1858. Son of Joh White, Moneymore. Husband to Barbara. Died 08/08/1920

CHRISTIAN, Charles Ronald
RNVR. Surgeon Sub Lieutenant. Surgeon Probationer. Surgeon Sub Lieutenant 02/08/1918. QUB MB 1921, BCh DPH 1922. RAMC Lieutenant 30/01/1924. Captain 1927. Major 1934. Lt Colonel 1940. Served to 1953. Born 15/03/1900. Son of Denis (Col. Sgt. Infantry OTC) and Catherine Christian, Colenso Parade, Cromac, Belfast. Died 08/08/1956

FLECK, David McVea
RAMC. Captain. Ballymena Intermediate School. QCB. MB 1987. Born 1886. Son of George and Rachel Fleck, Greenhill, Broughshane. Husband to Alice. Died 08/08/1943 Bristol.

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