August 16 – Roll of Honour


Red Arrows over Ottawa. Today’s Roll reflects the costs at the Battle of Langemarck in 1917. There are several accounts which highlight the quality of the young men who served their country and the cause of freedom in both World Wars.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+DEVLIN, Robert
5th Royal Irish Regiment. Private 2794. Formerly Private 11168, Royal Irish Rifles. Died 16/08/1915. He enlisted 27/08/1914 and was posted as Private 11168, Royal Irish Rifles. On 15/01/1915 he was transferred and posted into, as Private 2794, Royal Irish Regiment. On 15/03/1915 he was appointed (unpaid) Lance Corporal and on the 22/06/1915, at his own request, reverted to Private. He served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from the 08/07/1915 until his death. Born 27/02/1895 Son of David and Martha Devlin, who in 1901, were living at 25, Raby Street, Ormeau Road. In 1911 he was living with his parents and siblings at 28, Walmer Street, Ormeau Road, Belfast and he was an apprentice joiner. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli,Turkey. St Jude’s C of I Church, Belfast, WM

+DUNN, Frederick James
5th Bn. Royal Irish Regiment. Private. 3114. Died 16/08/1915. Aged 33. Husband to Edith Mary Dunn, of 1, Manor Terrace, Clewer Green, Windsor. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

+HARKINS, Francis
Royal Irish Fusiliers. Lance Corporal.13921. Died 16/08/1915. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

+SMYTH, Thomas McIntyre
7th Seaforth Highlanders. Private. S/1943. Died 16/08/1915. Born at Dungall, Clough, and enlisted in Johnstone, Scotland. Le Touret Memorial.

+WARNOCK, Hector Adolphus Hugh
4th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers Died 16/08/1915. Aged 22. Son of Mrs. M. I. Warnock, of Glenalla, Clogher, Co. Tyrone, and the late Hugh Warnock, M.D. Achiet-le-Grand Extensio, Pas de Calais, France


+BRUCE, Robert
13th Bn The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Private. 24049. Died 16/08/1916. Born at Cloghogue, Duneane (There are two townlands named Cloghogue. Cloghogue, Duneane is near Toome/Toomebridge and Cloghogue, Drummaul is near Ahoghill) on 08/02/1882, the son of farmer William and carpenter’s daughter Sarah Ann Bruce, nee Stewart, both of Cloghogue, Duneane. He enlisted in Manchester. Thiepval Memorial

+CHERRY, Sergeant James Alexander (Jim). 
11 RInF. Sergeant. 14039. Died 16/08/1916. Aged 25. A member of the local battalion of the UVF, he enlisted in Enniskillen shortly after the outbreak of hostilities, embarking for France in October 1915.Seriously wounded on the Somme, on the 01/07/1916 (by which time he held the rank of corporal), he recovered in hospital in Birmingham but was subsequently KIA in Belgium. According to a report of his death received by his parents from the Reverend Alexander Spence, the Church of Ireland chaplain, “he was struck by shrapnel and killed instantaneously while gallantly advancing in the face of intense shell and machinegun fire.”  Born at Bow Street, Lisburn on 12/01/1892 he lived in the town for a time and was a member of the Christ Church Company of the CLB. He later managed a chemists shop for a Mr. Parker in Enniskillen, where he had been living for a number of years before the War although he also had a Lisburn address. He was the only son of James and Agnes Cherry (nee Topping, from Broomhedge) of 79 Bow Street, Lisburn and Violet Vale, Dublin Road, Lisburn who had been married at Christchurch, Lisburn on 16/05/1877. At the time he joined up Jim Cherry was asked whether his parents approved of him giving up his job to enlist, to which he replied, “I don’t think my parents would desire me to be a coward”.  His father who had been in business in Lisburn for over 40 years “first as a merchant taylor, subsequently … [in] drapery”, was much affected by his son’s death.  He died “of a broken heart” on 18/05/1919 having, “been in indifferent health of late, and never really put[ting] any heart into anything since the death of his only son”. However, Agnes Cherry’s suffering was not over.  Shortly after her husband’s death one of their daughters died.  Then in late August 1920 “she and two of her daughters had to be, “bundled out of their shop and home in Bow Street, Lisburn… to prevent them from burning to death”.  Agnes Cherry lived on at Violet Vale, Dublin Road, Lisburn and died on the 27/05/1935, aged 78. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 70-72.

+WHITLEY, William George
King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 13th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1916. Age 22. QUB Training Corps 1915. Son of Henry and Annie Whitley, of “Florida,” Ardenlee Parade, Belfast. Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, Somme, France.


+ADAIR, George
‘D’ Coy, 11th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 2243. Died 16/08/1917.Son of Mary Adair, of Seacash, British, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, and the late James Adair. Widower and railway worker (plate layer) James Adair had married  Mary Richardson, a servant, in Antrim’s 2nd Presbyteriam Church on 27/12/1892. The couple had had six children by the time of the 1911 census. George was their eldest surviving son and had been born on 20/01/1896 at Fountain Street, Antrim.Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

+AGNEW, James 42470
14th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 42470. Died 16/08/1917. James from Dee St. Belfast enlisted in the RWF in Dec 1915 and transferred to 14th RIR in Feb 1917. He saw action at Messiness and was KIA along with 108 of his comrades at Langemarck on 16/08/1917.

+AGNEW, Rifleman James 
7th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 5037. Died 16/08/1917. Wounded in August 1916. Born in Belfast and living in Dunmurry (or Belfast), he enlisted at Lisburn, possibly in 2 RIR, and later served in 7 RIR (5037).  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

+ALLEN, George Allen

‘B’ Company, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers, attached to the Tyrone Volunteers). Private. 23847. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 22. Born 26/12/1894. Enlisted at Londonderry or Coleraine. Fourth son of William and Rebecca (nee Wallace) Allen, 236, Bishop Street/10, Victoria Street, Londonderry. Brother of James, William, David, Robert and John. Reverend John Redmond, C.F., wrote a letter of condolence to deceased’s mother, Mrs William Allen, Victoria Street, Londonderry, stating, ‘I have heard Private Allen spoken of in the highest terms by officers, and he will be greatly missed in his company. He was a good soldier, brave and reliable in circumstances of danger. On the battlefield he was in the discharge of his duty faithful unto death, and what greater or nobler thing could be said of any man? He has given his life in a great and righteous cause, which is worthy of the sacrifice, and he did not die in vain. You have great reason to be proud of his memory.’ Deceased had been previously wounded. A brother, Private Robert Allen, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers), was killed in action on J01/07/1916. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Diamond War Memorial, Londonderry. St Columb’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland) War Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. George Allen’s name was read out during a memorial service held, in St Columb’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, 28/07/1918, to commemorate the Derry soldiers, who had been killed, or assumed dead, over the previous year.

+AYRE, Samuel
D Company 11Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 1281. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 28. He enlisted at Lisburn. Embarked for France from Bordon Camp in October 1915, he was wounded on the Somme on 01/07/16. Born at Bellee, Kirkinnola, Co. Antrim on 08/03/189, he lived in Glenavy or Crumlin, Co. Antrim.  A member of the Orange Order in Glenavy.  Son of James Ayre of Glenavy. Husband to Rachel Ayre of Hill Street, Crumlin. He married Rachel Williamson in St Anne’s Cathederal, Belfast on 26/12/1914. The marriage record states he was a soldier at Candeboye Camp, Co Down and her address was given as 345, Antrim Road, Belfast. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

+BLACK, James
7th/10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Corporal. 23853. Died 16/08/1917. Son of James and Margaret Black, of Vianstown Road, Downpatrick.

+BOYD, Robert
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private.14000. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 43. Son of Robert and Mary Jane Boyd, of Newry Rd., Armagh. Tyne Cot Memorial,West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+BOYD, William Graham
Royal Irish Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Age 21. RBAI. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1914 – 15. He joined the 17th (Reserve) Royal Irish Rifles on 06/04/1915, subsequently being commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 23/08/1915. Both he and his brother joined the 9th Battalion in April 1916, William serving with C Company. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 23/02/917. William was killed by shellfire on 16th August 1917, at the age of 21, when leading his platoon into battle at the Battle of Langemarck (3rd Ypres). In all, the battalion suffered 456 casualties that day. Corporal O’Neill of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers wrote “Lt Boyd’s platoon was immediately on my right during the advance at a strong point known as “Gallipoli”. I regret to state that a shell burst just above our heads and several of us were wounded. I went to where I saw Lt Boyd laying and found that he was mortally wounded and he died soon after. I certify that the above is a true statement of how this splendid officer died at the head of his platoon.” In the months following William’s death, his mother wrote a number of letters regarding the fate of her son. As no body had been found, she wondered whether it was possible he had survived, perhaps being taken prisoner by the Germans. After the receipt of Corporal O’Neill’s letter above, she wrote “I thank you for your letter and enclosure from Corp O’Neill in regards to the fate of my dear son. I wonder did Corp O’Neill see him dead or does he only think he died soon after he saw him. I have had several letters from soldiers who say they saw him badly wounded and think he died, but none saw him dead. The strange part is where is his body, as the British took back again 3 days after where his body was lying and the Red Cross say if the Germans buried him they would send word to the Red Cross Office. It is queer no trace can be found and the director of graves cannot locate his grave. One man wrote that he saw him wounded when they were going forward at 5 o’clock and coming back at 8.30 he saw him again and he was still living so between all reports I do not know what to believe.” William’s body was never recovered. Son of the late Rev. RH Boyd and of Sarah Louisa Boyd, Fitzroy, Carrickfergus. Tyne Cot Memorial. RBAI WM

+BROWN, James Samuel
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private.18121. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 19. Son of William James and Matilda Brown, of The Rooks, Hamiltonsbawn, Co. Armagh. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+BROWN, Laurence Crawford
8th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died 16/08/1917. Age 24. Eldest son of Robert and Mary Crawford Brown, Donaghmore, and grandson of Sir Wm. Crawford. Lawrence was born about 1895. He was educated at the Royal School Dungannon and the Technical College, Belfast. He came home and volunteered and served with the R.A.M.C. attached to the Ulster Division. A great deal of information is available because his mother published her memoirs. Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderenland, Belgium. Dungannon WM Castlecaufield PCI RH

9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 23724. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 19. Son of Joshua Burrows, of Gillis Rd., Armagh. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 14117. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 20. Died 16/08/1917. Son of William George and Lucinda Callaghan, of Hamilton’s Bawn, Co. Armagh. Tyne Cot Memorial,West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+CARSON, Richard
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 24849. Died 16/08/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial,West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+CLEMENTS, William Hunter
11 RInF. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Age 24. Educated at the Lisburn Intermediate School, he was employed in the Ulster Bank when the war broke out.  He enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and took part in the landing at Sulva Bay and the fighting at Chocolate Hill in Gallipoli.  He was subsequently posted to Salonica before being recommended for a commission and sent home for training.  He was commissioned into the 11 RInF. Son of Andrew Clements, LL.D., and Margaret B. Clements of 28 Knutsford Drive, Cliftonville, Belfast and formerly of Annahilt, Lisburn, and nephew of James Hunter C.E. of Antrim Road, Lisburn. New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

+CLULOW, James Ernest Ivor
North Irish Horse. RAC. Sergeant. Died 16/08/1917. Son of Pte. Joseph Clulow, Royal Irish Fusiliers, and of Eleanor Clulow, of Portadown.

+COWDY, Harold Evans
Royal Irish Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Member of the Training Corps 1916. The Portadown News of 25/08/1917 reported, “Second Lieutenant Harold Cowdy killed in action on 16th inst., was the only son of Mr William Cowdry, BA, and Mrs Cowdy of Rathowen, Portadown. He received his commission in October 1916 through the Belfast University Contingent of the Officers’ Training Corps, and proceeded to the front in December last. In civil life Second Lieutenant Cowdy took an active part with his father and grandfather in the business of William Cowdy & Son handkerchief manufacturers, Portadown. He was about 20 years of age. A young man of many excellent qualities he was esteemed by all who knew him.” No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 140, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium

+DRAFFIN, Samuel
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 24947. Died 16/08/1917. New Irish Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+ELLISON, Frederick John Gwynn
1st Bn. attd. 13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 20. Son of the Rev. W. F. A. and Mrs. Ellison, of The Observatory, Armagh. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+FRAME, James
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 24907. Died 16/08/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial,West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

13th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman 17721. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 21. Son of Hamilton Gilmour and Mary McMullan of Rockport, Craigavad. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

+JOHNSTON, Herbert Curry
9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. Sergeant. 22761. Died 16/08/1917. Age 19. Battle of Langemarck. Youngest of three sons of Mr David Johnston J.P., of Grace Hall in Lurgan. Herbert’s brother Lieutenant Ernest Johnston served with the South Staffordshire Regiment and was killed on the Somme 10/07/1916. His second brother David Percy Johnston served with the Royal Engineers and gained a commission as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. In November 1915 Herbert joined the Cadet Corps of the 10th (Reserve) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers based at Brownlow House. (The previous occupants, the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles had landed a month before in France with the 36th (Ulster) Division. Herbert transferred to the 9th Btn., Royal Irish Fusiliers. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

+KENNEDY, Arthur
Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Bn. Rifleman. 815. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 27. Son of James and Jane Kennedy, of Craigs, Cullybackey. Lived at Broughdone, Cullybackey.Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Cullybackey UF Church.

+KENNEDY, Hugh Victor Strain
Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1914-1915. Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 138

+KNOX, James Huston
9th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 30699. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 20. Son of Alexander and Margaret Knox, of Bridge St., Kilrea, Co. Derry. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+LOWRY, James
Royal Irish Rifles. 14th Bn. Rifleman. 891. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 19. Son of Thomas Lowry, of Fenagh, Cullybackey. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+McAULEY, Hugh Butler
10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 22. Son of James and Elizabeth Macauley. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Castlerock Parish RH

+McAULEY, David John
13th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Corporal. 340. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 33.
Born 1884 Ballycastle. Son of Michael John and Martha McAuley, Mill Cottage, Woodspeen, Newbury, Bershire. Tyne Cot Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ballycastle WM

+McBURNEY, James Wilson
Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Age 19. RBAI. On 01/10/1914 he joined the QUB OTC. On 22/06/1915, at the age of 16 years 10 months, he joined the 17th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, before applying for a commission in 1916. transferring to the 14th. He was posted to Drogheda during the Easter Rising in 1916 and then spent some time at the Curragh.  He finished his training at Fermoy in the 7th Cadet Battalion. He obtained his commission in September 1916 and was posted to the 20th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Newtownards.  He went to France as a Platoon Commander with the 14th Battalion in December 1916. Jim fought at the Battle of Messines in June 1917 and survived. Jim was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Langemarck (3rd Ypres). In a letter to Jim’s parents Second Lieutenant J Riddy wrote ‘He was a brave and good comrade and most cheerful under all circumstances. Since I joined the regiment we were the closest friends and a truer friend I never wish to have. Jim and I slept in the same tent before the attack and he seemed to know something would happen to him for he asked me to write and, if I could, to bring him back to a dressing station in case he was hurt but I thought he was joking.  He was in good form before the attack. I was on his right flank. He went forward at the head of his men and did splendid work and showed a fine example of Irish pluck, leading and cheering his men on against fearful odds and machine gun fire.  He was first at the enemy strongpoint but got shot in the chest before getting in.  Although dying fast he urged the men on and his last words were, ‘Tell my father and mother I died at the head of my men fighting for my country.’ The Rev John Knowles, Presbyterian Chaplain, said that just as Jim had given the order for his men to rush the enemy position he was shot.  In spite of the loss of their leader his men carried out his last command.  They captured the position and took ten prisoners. Born 09/08/1897, son of Thomas and Anna McBurney, Moatville, Comber. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. RBAI WM. Comber WM Comber PCI

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers/Trench Mortar Battery. Private. 29938. Died 16/08/1917. James McClintock, 5, Harding Street, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland. Born County Donegal. Enlisted Londonderry. Son of Alexander and Sarah Jane McClintock, Ardagh, St Johnston, County Donegal. Adopted son of Moses McConnell, 5, Harding Street, Londonderry. New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Diamond WM.

+McDOWELL, James
1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 9247. Died 16/08/1917. Aged 28. Son of Joseph and Jane McDowell, of 95, Ballynahinch Rd., Lisburn. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

11th Battalion,Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Sergeant. 23183. Died 16/08/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Dungannon WM. Newmills C of I RH

+MOORE, William
Royal Irish Fusiiers, 9th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917 Age 24. Campbell College 1905 – 12. Faculty of Arts 1912 — 14. Joined Training Corps on 08/11/1915. He was commissioned in 1914, after graduating from QUB. He had initially joined the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (RIF) in January 1916. Until May 1917 he served as a bombing instructor and was stationed in Newtownards where he was well known in the local community. He was involved in the suppression of the May 1916 Easter Rising. In June 1917, he was posted to France to join the 9th Battalion. He went to France and on 15/06/1917 he wrote a letter to his mother from the 36th.(Ulster) Division Base Depot at Le Havre. In it he intimated that he was going to the Front with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 108th Brigade of the 36th.(Ulster) Division. The last letter that he wrote was to his father and it was dated 14/08/1917.  In it he said that he was soon to be in action again and that he might not be able to write very much for a while.  ‘Whatever happens, don’t worry’, he wrote. He died in the battle for Passchendaele. Born 13/12/1892. Son of Elizabeth R. Moore, of Ashley House, Albert Bridge Rd., Belfast, and the late Dr. A. P. B. Moore. Dr Archibald Pollock Bailie Moore and Mrs Elizabeth Rogers Moore (nee Stevenson) were married on 10 April 1889 in Maghera Presbyterian Church, Co Londonderry.  Both of William’s parents were born in Co Londonderry.Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

+SAVAGE, John Graham

13th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 2365. Died 16/08/1917. Age 24. Born in Holborn Street, Bangor on 07/11/1893. Son of James Hamilton Savage, a carpenter, and his wife Mary (nee Graham) and was the third of their four children. John’s older brother Alexander was a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Rifles. His father James became a succesful building contractor and the family moved to Mount Herald, on the Ballyholme Road. He eventually became an elected Councillor and JP. On the outbreak of war John enlisted in Belfast with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  He was working in a dressing station when it took a direct hit from a shell and most of the medical staff and patients were killed. The loss made a great impact on the family and they placed a memorial notice iin the paper every year for over 40 years (Belfast Newsletter, 17 August 1954). In November 1954 his father bequeathed a bed in John’s memory in Bangor Hospital. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

+SEYMOUR, William Matthew
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 10th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. On leaving RBAI, he was a member of the Queen’s University Training Corps from 01/11/1915 to 21/01/1916 and was working as a bank clerk when he enlisted with the 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, a reserve battalion. He received his commission on 19/12/1916. He transferred to the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and was killed in action on 16/08/1917, the date of the Battle of Langemarck (3rd Ypres). Private Brady of the battalion reported: “He was in command of VIII platoon. He was a young man and I knew him well; he was fair and very nice and well liked by everyone. I saw him during the attack; we were well over the ridge to the left of St Julien. I was only 10 yards off him when I saw him killed outright by a piece of shrapnel. I was wounded very shortly afterwards. I have heard since that we took our objective that morning but got driven back again, so perhaps the Germans would get his body.” Son of William and Lydia Seymour of 56 Glen Road, Andersonstown, Belfast. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

+SMILES, Samuel
Royal Irish Rifles. 1st Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Age 36. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1916. A brother Captain William Alan Smiles, Royal Irish Rifles. died in the war. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Another brother Walter Dorling Smiles served as Lieutenant-Commander with the Royal Naval Air Service and was awarded the DSO in May 1918. Son of Mrs. Lucy Smiles, of Strandtown, Belfast. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. RNYC WM, Sydenham WM.

+SMITH, Albert
Rifleman, 14th Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 17005. Died 16/08/1917. Age 22. Albert enlisted with the 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (YCV) entering France in October 1915 and was killed in action at Passchendaele in August 1917. His brother John, who served with the 15th Battalion, was taken prisoner and released after the Armistice. Albert was born at Partick, Glasgow, in 1895. His father John, from Maze, Lisburn, was a shoemaker who moved to Glasgow where he worked for the Belfast and Glasgow Boot Company. It was there he married his wife Elizabeth. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Family memorial, Bangor Cemetery.

+SMYTH, Gordon Dill Long
Royal Irish Rifles, 13th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1917. Age 21. Gordon Smyth had attended Royal School Dungannon, Foyle College and RBAI before enrolling to study medicine at QUB 1914 – 15. It was at Queen’s that he renewed his friendship with Eric Erickson Craig, a fellow medical student who had also attended Foyle College. Gordon Smyth had joined the Training Corps in November 1914 and Eric Craig joined the unit in November 1915. Eric Craig received his commission in December 1915, being initially attached to the 20th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles before leaving for France in July 1916. Gordon Smyth received his commission in January 1916 and was transferred from the 20th Battalion to the 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles on 20th June 1916. Gordon and Eric both paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In a letter dated 05/09/1916, Gordon reports that, whilst at Lewis Gun School, “I ran into M’Clinton and Stewart of North.”. The former was Arthur Norman McClinton of Windsor Park, who also belonged to Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the latter was Albert Lewis Stewart – both McClinton and Stewart had also been educated at RBAI and had represented Ireland in Rugby Union. Gordon Smyth survived his friend by less than a year. He was killed in action during the Battle of Langemarck (3rd Ypres). Son of F D Smyth, 111 University Street, Belfast. Tyne Cot Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Foyle College WM, RBAI WM

Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Battalion. Rifleman. Died 16/08/1917. He was a brother of Charles Magee Thompson, RN, who died in HMS Vanguard at Jutland on 09/07/1917. Sons of James and Mary Jane Thompson. “Rifleman Thompson was formerly employed in the Lisnafillan Bleaching Works. He was previously wounded and after recovering, returned to the front.” – Ballymena Observer 31/08/1917.

+JERVIS, Harry C
A Coy 10th Canadian Infantry. Lance Corporal. 231117. Military Medal. Died 16/08/1918. Aged 27. Born 07/05/1891. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Jervis, of Belfast, Ireland. Husband to Annie Jervis, of 302, Irving Road, Victoria, British Columbia. On enlistment he was living with his wife at 10966, 122 Street, Edmonton, Alberta and he was working as a telephone inspector. Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France. St Jude’s C of I Church, Belfast, WM

+LAVERTY, Joseph
Royal Irish Rifles, 13th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 16/08/1918. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1915 – 16. Joseph was a National School teacher. He had held posts at Edenderry in Omagh, Ballinalee, Wilson’s Hospitals Endowed School in Westmeath and Newtownards Model School before being appointed principal at Castlerobin National School, Lisburn (just north of Sale’s Corner), where he appears to have lived. He married Gretta Diver in Omagh on 22/07/1910. Gretta was also a teacher. She died on 23/07/1913, three years and a day after they were married. She was 26 years old. He was KIA in Belgium, a year after first going to the front. Son of James and Margaret Laverty. Brother of W.J. Laverty, York Road, Belfast. He was born in Tobermore on 08/12/1886. Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 138, West Vlanderen, Belgium. Joseph Laverty and Gretta Laverty are named on a family memorial in St Eugenius Church of Ireland churchyard, Cappagh, outside Omagh.

+HUGHES, William Arthur
RAF. Sergeant (Observer). 563882. Died 16/08/1940. Aged 26. 144 Sqdn. Son of Charles and Alice Hughes; husband to Evelyn Hughes, of Crumlin. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

+McGALL, William James
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1468990. Died 16/08/1941. Aged 27. 26 Bty., 9 H.A.A. Regt. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James McGall, of Bellaghy, Co. Londonderry. Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

+LOGAN, James
AB. D/SS 35903. Died 16/08/1942. HMMGB 609. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 28/08/1942). Dover (St James) Cemetery

+SMYTH, Norman
RAFVR. Pilot Officer (Navigator). 155547. Died 16/08/1943. Aged 23. 88 Sqdn. Son of James and Elizabeth Smyth, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hesdin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais


KANE, George Alfred Kane
RAMC. OBE, TD. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1932 but resigned his commission  in 1934 to return to dispensing practice inBallymena and to be medical officer of health.

Dr. Kane served in the army during the second world war and was wounded at Dunkirk. He served in Persia and Iraq and was second hygiene officer Second Army from Normandy to Lunenberg Heath.

He was responsible for the sanitary clearing of Belsen and other concentration camps, forwhich he was awarded a military OBE. He was also present at the surrender of theGerman medical services at Lunenberg Heath in 1945.

He returned to general practice and took an active interest in public health matters. For 32 years he was medical officer of the Royal Ulster Rifles, later the Royal Irish Rangers, at the Ballymena regi­mental depot.

Born 1907; he qualifed at Queen’s University Belfast 1931; DPH.

Dr. Kane was a keen fisherman, an avid golfer, and a born raconteur, always the life and soul of the party. He died on 16/08/2000 and was survived by his wife, Marion; three sons (two of whom are doctors); and five grandchildren.

RANKIN, George
RN. Stoker First Class. K28828. Enrolled 11/11/1915 for hostilities. War service in Pembroke II, Woolaroo, Vanguard, Victorious, Vivid II and Pelorus. Demobbed 28/09/1919. Born Coleraine 16/08/1896. Park Street. Coleraine, New Row – PCI RH, ADM 188/924/28828

RAMC. Captain. QUB MB 1917. WW1. Served E Africa and Constantinople. Born 1892 Downpatrick. Died 16/08/1924 Earlstown, Lancs

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