August 13 – Roll of Honour

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Jerusalem War Graves Cemetery. Today’s Roll records the names of 12 from all services, all ranks and all parts of Northern Ireland, who died in service in Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey and at home.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+CAMPBELL, William
6th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman.11159. Died 13/08/1915. Aged 21. Son of William and Margret Campbell, of 28, Walbeck St., Antrim Rd., Belfast.

+TRAVERS, Michael
1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 4081. Died 13/08/1915. Aged 22. Son of James and Bridget Travers, 46, Nelson Street, Derry. At the time of Michael Travers’ death four brothers were serving . One of them, James, husband of Maggie Travers, 36, Nelson Street, Derry, was reported wounded around April 1916. Maggie Travers also received notification, around September 1917, that her husband was suffering from a gunshot wound in the right hand, and was in hospital in France. Another brother, Private B. Travers, Royal Inniskillings, was reported a prisoner of war at the beginning of May 1918. He fought at Mons and the Aisne, had been four times wounded during the Great War. His wife resided at Nailor’s Row. Michael’s name is recorded on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, and on the Diamond War Memorial, Londonderry.
1916

+AUSTIN, Hugh Morrell
12th Highland Light Infantry. 2nd Lieutenant. Died 13/08/1916. Aged 25. Born 09/10/1890 at Killane, Ahoghill. Son of merchant Hugh and wife Elizabeth Austin, nee Knowles of Fenagh, Cullybackey. The family later moved to Belfast. They lived at Cedar Avenue, Belfast in 1901, St Jude’s Avenue, Belfast in 1911 and were at Cranmore Avenue, Belfast at the time of Hugh’s death. Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France. Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church, Belfast RH, family headstone in Cullybackey Reformed Presbyterian (Pound) Cemetery.

1917

+BARRETT, William John
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 14589. Died 13/08/1917. Aged 28. Son of John and Elizabeth Barrett, of Aghindarragh, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone. Mendinghem Military Cemetery, West – Vlaanderen, Belgium

+McROBERTS, Thomas

RIR. 15th BTn. D Coy. Second Lieutenant. Died 13/08/1917. Aged 28. Son of Thomas and Jane McRoberts, Comber, Co. Down

1940

+McDONALD, James
RAF. Aircraftman 1st Class. 639844. Died 13/08/1940. Aged 18. Son of Alexander and Mary McDonald, of Armagh. Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Cemetery, UK

1941

+INGRAM, David Milford
Royal Australian Artillery. Gunner. NX3320. Died 13/08/1941. Aged 20. A.I.F. 2/1 Australian Field Regt. Son of David H. Ingram and Annie Ingram, of Belfast. Athens Memorial, Greece

+WARD, John Mercer
RAFVR. Corporal. 1108851. Died 13/08/1941. Aged 21. Son of Samuel G. Ward and Elisibeth M. Ward of Dromore. Dromore First Presbyterian Churchyard

1942

+WICKLOW, Thomas James
RN. Stoker First Class. D/KX88837. Died 13/08/1942. Age 28. HMS Drake. A brother was a sergeant in the RAF. Seven years’ service in RN. Married with two young daughters, his family resided in Scotland. Eldest son of Mr and Mrs James Wicklow, Tavanagh St., Belfast.(Belfast Weekly Telegraph 21/08/1942). Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery.

1943

+BOLTON, William
Royal Irish Fusiliers. Lieutenant. 255824. Date 13/08/1943. Age 20. Lt Bolton was killed in the pursuit towards Randazzo. He joined the Faughs in December 1942 after being commissioned. He was posted temporarily to The Sherwood Foresters but rejoined the Faughs at the end of the Tunisian campaign. He was initially a platoon commander in A Company but was transferred to B Company when it lost most of its officers. Son of Samuel and Sadie Bolton, of Belfast. Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy

+MONTGOMERY, Hugh Graham
RAF. Sergeant. 657862. Died 13/08/1943. Aged 28 years. Formerley served in Royal Artillery in an Anti-Aircraft regiment. He saw action with the British Expeditionary Force in France, receiving shrapnel injuries during the Dunkirk evacuation. He was a despatch rider with the regiment. At the end of 1941, he transferred to the RAF. He gained his wings in October 1942 after completion of training in Rhodesia. Educated at Campbell College, Greenmount Agricultural College and Queen’s University Belfast. He was a keen amateur motorcycle racer and won the Leinster Grand Prix in May 1939. Born in 1916, he was the only son of Hugh Campbell Montgomery, Assistant Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs and Emilie Montgomery (née Graham) of 20 Shandon Park, Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery

VETERAN

ROBINSON, James

Sergeant. 334 Royal Army Veterinary Corps. James was born at Termon St, Londonderry in January 1891 and enlisted in the Army in 1908, transferring to the Army Veterinary Corps in 1910. He embarked for France with the BEF on 13/08/1914 and served throughout the war, being discharged with the Silver War Badge due to sickness in December 1918. James’ service and that of his younger brother, John, is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at All Saints’ Parish Church, Londonderry.

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