August 9 – Roll of Honour


HMS Hood seen from HMS Repulse.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+HARPER, Ernest Magowan
Royal Munster Fusiliers, 7th Battalion. Lieutenant. MiD. Died 09/08/1915. B Sc 1913. Ernest began his education at Union Place National School, Dungannon, before entering the Royal School Dungannon in 1903 where he would continue his studies until 1909. Ernest was a member of the RSD 1st XV that won the Schools’ Cup in 1906 and was captain of the side in 1908. In 1907 he was placed second in Ireland for Chemistry and a year later he received a medal for finishing in first place in that subject. In 1909 Ernest M Harper won a scholarship to the Royal University of Ireland, and the 1911 census confirms Ernest as an undergraduate at QUB. He was 20 years old. Ernest Harper was awarded the Andrews Studentship in June 1913 before completing his B.Sc. (Hons) in 1914. His aptitude for science led to his being appointed as Demonstrator in Chemistry at QUB. At university Ernest continued to enjoy playing rugby, turning out for Queen’s 1st XV and, on occasion, Dungannon. On the news of war, Ernest volunteered in August 1914. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant with 7th Battalion of the Munster Fusiliers on 01/09/1914. The battalion underwent training at the Curragh, where Ernest was promoted to Lieutenant on 05/05/1915. He was with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers when he was killed at the Dardanelles. Youngest son of Henry and Jane Harper of Northland Place, Dungannon. Helles Memorial, Turkey including Gallipoli, Panel 186, Dungannon WM


+ANDERSON, William Charles
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private.17237. Died 09/08/1916. Aged 19. Son of James and Elizabeth Anderson, of Clabby, Fivemiletown, Co. Fermanagh. Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 8244. Died 09/08/1916. Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

See Roll of Honour on this date of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery

+LYNN, John
1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 4471. Died 09/08/1916. Aged 26. Son of James and Elizabeth Lynn, of Mousetown, Coalisland, Co. Tyrone. One of four brothers who died on service during the First World War; two of whom are buried in Belgium, one in France and the fourth in Israel. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium


7 RIR. CSM. 4842. Died 09/08/1917. Born in Blaris, Co. Antrim, he lived at Portadown,and enlisted in Belfast and served in 7 RIR (4842).Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, panel 40.

RN. J35063. Seaman. HMS Recruit. Died 09/08/1917. Boy service from 19/02/1915. Enrolled 20/06/1916 for hostilities. Impregnable, Illustrious, Vivid I, Vengeance, Suffolk and Dido (Recruit 02/07/1917 – 09/08/1917). Born Belfast 20/06/1898. ADM 188/717/35063

11th R I Rifles. Rfn. 720. Died of wounds 09/08/1917. Born Ahoghill, enlisted Ballymena. Only son of Robert Harris of Craigs. Wieltje Farm Cem. Ypres. Cullybackey UF Church.

+SEYMOUR, Samuel Herbert
17th Machine Gun Corps, (Infantry). Private 19466, formerly 13582 Royal Irish Rifles. Died 09/08/1917. Aged 24. Son of John Hill and Jane Seymour of 3, Blackwood Street, Belfast, Ireland. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. St Jude’s C of I Church, Belfast WM


Royal Field Artillery. Bombardier. 65619. Died 09/08/1918. Aged 25. 119th Bty. Son of Nathaniel and Emily Campbell, of 53, Farnham St. Belfast. Was a Prisoner of War for three years. Dundonald cemetry


RAFVR. Sergeant (Observer). 746826. Died 09/08/1940. Aged 29. 41 Madison Avenue, Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


+HAIRE, Robert Henry
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1002842. Died 09/08/1943. Aged 23. Son of Robert and Susan Haire, of Lisburn. Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand


+O’FEE, James Edward
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1544258. Died 09/08/1944. Aged 24. 18 Sqdn. Son of James and Jenny O’Fee, of Kilrea, Co. Londonderry. Cessna War Cemetery, Italy


BECK, William Alexander
RNVR. Surgeon Sub Lieutenant 29/07/1918. Served as a Surgeon Probationer. Appointed to Haslar RNH along with Allison and Lyttle FROM QUB. Later served in HMS Rifleman, a destroyer. BRA. Matriculated QUB 1916. Graduated QUB MB 1921, BCh, DPH 1923, and went into general practice in the city. He conducted medical examinations of recruits to RN and RM. Born 09/08/1898. Son of WA Beck, Bannville, Knutsford Drive, Belfast. Agnes Street – PCI RH

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