August 1 – Roll of Honour

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Ten who served. Two lost in a three-masted topsail schooner, a WW1 secret Q ship. RAF losses in both wars.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+McREYNOLDS, Robert
1st/6th Bn. Highland Light Infantry. Private.1134. Died 14/08/1915. Aged 29. Son of John and Margaret McReynolds, of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Husband to Mary Murray (formerly McReynolds), of 12, Parker St., Whiteinch, Glasgow. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey

1917 – HMS PRIZE

HMS Prize, a three-masted topsail schooner of 200 tons, was one of the then highly secret ‘Q’ or ‘mystery’ ships. These ships were disguised as harmless merchant vessels, with concealed armament, and they acted as decoys to trap and destroy German U-boats. On 30/4/1917 HMS Prize successfully deceived and severely damaged U93. As a result of this action her captain, Lieutenant Sanders, a New Zealander, was awarded the Victoria Cross. However, HMS Prize’s luck ran out in the early morning of Tuesday 14 /08/1917 when she engaged U48 in the Atlantic, north-west of Ireland, and was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of her captain and all hands.

+JARRETT, George James
Petty Officer. 222863. DSM & Bar. HMS Prize (Q21). Died 14/08/1917. Aged 31. Boy service from 23/10/1902. Enrolled 18/01/1905 for 12 years. War service in Centurion, Vivid I, Sabrina, Idaho and Prize (01/05/1917 – 14/08/1917). Born Ballintoy 18/01/1887. Son of John and Annie Jarrett, Ballintoy. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 20. Ballycastle WM. ADM 188/392/222863

+WILLIAMSON, Alexander
RNR. Deck Hand. 4819DA. HMS Prize (Q21). Died 14/08/1917. Age 21. Enlisted 1914. Son of Mr. Alexander and Mrs. Susan Williamson, Harmony Row, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland; his grandfather, Mr. Andrew Logan (senior), lived at Coleraine Road, Portstewart. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 28. Portstewart WM

1918

+DICKSON, John Hetherington

RAF. 2nd Lieutenant. Died. 14/08/1918. Age 22. 27 Squadron. Promoted from Cadet, RFC, to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), 20/12/1917. 27 Squadron flew Martinsyde Elephant bombers. Died with Serjeant Stephen Bernard Percival, when their Beauvois Airco DH9, D1702 collided in mid-air with another DH9, E634, while returning from a raid. Second Lt Arthur Frederick Millar and Second Lt John Varley Lee, flying E634, also from the 27 Squadron also died in the collision. John is recorded as signing the Ulster Covenant at Mountpottinger Orange Hall, September 1912, giving his address as ‘Leawood’, Knock. Only son of Martha Elizabeth and the late John Dickson, of “Clifton”, Shandon Park, Knock, Belfast. Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. The remains of the other three victims of the collision are also interred there. St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, County Dublin WM, RBAI WM

+McMULLAN, THOMAS,
15th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 340. Died at 62 Casualty Clearing Station, France, on 18/08/1918, from wounds received on 14/08/1918. Second son of Thomas and Sarah McMullan; Husband to Letitia McMullan, of Pikestone, Downpatrick, Co. Down, and second brother of Mrs. Tate, Cotterhill, Inch, Downpatrick.

1940

+MONTGOMERY, Cecil Robert
Pilot Officer (Pilot). 42421. Died 14/08/1940. Aged 26. 615 Sqdn. Son of John and Mary Eleanor Montgomery, of Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone. Oye-Plage Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Fivemiletown WM. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

1943

+PATTON, George
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Lance Corporal. 6979408. Died 14/08/1943. Aged 25. Son of George and Mary Patton, of Killylea, Co. Armagh. Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta. Armagh WM

1944
+HAMILTON, George Desmond
RAFVR. Flying Officer. 150802. Died 14/08/1944. Aged 24. Son of George and Florence Hamilton of  Belfast. Husband to Patricia Marie Hamilton. Dundonald Cemetery

+RANKIN, Denis Henderson
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 175934. Died 14/08/1944. Aged 24. Pharmaceutical Chemist. Member of The British Ornithological Union. Son of William James Rankin and Winifred Mabel Rankin of Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery East

VETERAN

McWHIRTER, William Henry Walker
RAMC. Captain. Collegiate and Intermediate School, Ballymena. QCB MB 1898. Post – war SMO Ministry of Pensions, Birmingham, Blackpool and Liverpool 1919 – 37. Born 1870. Son of John P McWhirter, Mill St., Ballymena. Died 14/08/1950, at home in Belfast

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