Three from Northern Ireland who enlisted in Canada and seven from the Royal Navy including one from HMS Caroline are among the 15 remembered on this day which is the anniversary of the WW2 raid on Dieppe.
On this day in 1914, the British Expeditionary Force arrives in Europe. According to legend, the Kaiser describes the six infantry divisions and five cavalry brigades sent across the Channel as “that contemptible little army.”
Today in 1940, one of history’s largest dogfights rages above southern England as the Luftwaffe tries to break the RAF. More than 100 planes are shot down in what will be remembered as the “Hardest Day” of the Battle of Britain.
In 1942 over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
On this day in 1944, with the Allied army approaching Paris, the French Resistance rises up against Nazi troops occupying the city. More than 3,200 Germans die in four days of fighting.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
RMLI – Royal Marine Light Infantry, Chatham Battalion. Private, CH/416(S). Died of wounds at the Dardanelles at 11 Casualty Clearing Station on 19/08/1915. Aged 20. He died of gunshot wounds to his chest. 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 on the 30/09/1894 at Howth, Dublin to George and Ada R, later of 35, Jameson Street, Belfast. In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings at 5, Corballis, Julianstown, Meath. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. St Jude’s C of I Church, Belfast, WM. IMR. ADM 159/143/416
1916 – HMS NOTTINGHAM
Nottingham was launched in 1913 and was involved in the Battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland. Engaged in a sweep of the North Sea in thick mist, at 0600 Nottingham was hit by two torpedoes from U-52, a third torpedo hitting her 30 minutes later. She sank at 0710.
RN. Stoker 1st Class. K16955. HMS Nottingham. Died 19/08/1916. Age 23. Nottingham was launched in 1913 and was involved in the Battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and Jutland. Engaged in a sweep of the North Sea in thick mist, at 0600 Nottingham was hit by two torpedoes from U-52, a third torpedo hitting her 30 minutes later. She sank at 0710. Prior to the war Robert worked as a farm labourer. Born Kircubbin. Son of David and Mary (nee McCann) Ennis, Butterlump, Ballyhalbert. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Ballyhalbert (Glastry) – PCI RH. Family memorial in Kirkubbin Presbyterian Church graveyard.
+GARRY, Arthur Foley
RN. Engine Room Artificer 1st Class. 268538. HMS Nottingham. Died 19/08/1916. Age 47. Killed in action with submarine in North Sea. Son of Charles Septimus Garry and Alicia Garry, Birkenhead; husband to Mary E. Vitty (formerly Garry), Park Avenue, Belfast. Sydenham RH.
RN. Petty Officer Stoker. 299009. HMS Nottingham. Died 19/08/1916. Age 32. Killed during action with submarine in North Sea. Enrolled 12/11/1901 for 12 years. War service in Indus, Vivid II and Nottingham (03/04/1914 – 19/08/19160. Born Belfast 14/05/1883. Son of John and Jane McIlrath, Tennent St., Belfast; husband to Margaret McIlrath, Riga St, Belfast. Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery, Northumberland. Ballysillan – PCI RH. IMR. ADM 188/485/299009
Canadian Contingent, Private. Died of wounds at No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station on the 19/08/1917. Son of Hugh and Agnes Alexander, of Crossgar, Co. Down; husband of Eliza Jane Alexander, of Ballydugan, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Ireland.
15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, previously 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (South Belfast Volunteers). Rifleman. 10/15758. Died 09/08/1918. Aged 24. He had been twice wounded. Prior to the outbreak of war Robert was a painter by trade, and on 28/09/1912 along with his brother James signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant. His mother and sister signed the Women’s Declaration. Born 10/09/1893. (Northern Whig 18/10/1918). Son of Margaret Parker nee Graham and the late John Parker, of 11 City Street, Belfast. Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre, France. St. Andrew’s Parish Church of Ireland Roll of honour which is currently held in St. Aidan’s Church of Ireland, Sandy Row, Belfast.
+RODGERS, William John
RN. AB. 186873 (CH). HMS Holderness. Died 19/08/1919. Age 39. Accidental drowning. Born 14/02/1880. Tartaraghan, Armagh. Son of William James and Mary Rodgers, Cloncarrish, Tartaraghan, Co. Armagh. Husband to Mary Elizabeth Abraham. Hornsea Cemetery, East Yorks. Tartaraghan – PCI RH
RAFVR. Flight Lieutenant (Pilot).100563. Service Number 100563. Died 19/08/1942. Aged 25. 32 Sqdn. Son of William James Connolly and Jane Connolly, of Lisburn. Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, Seine-Maratime, France
+HASLETT, Colin William Horner
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Sub – Lieutenant. Died 19/08/1942. Age 21. HMS Quebec. Killed in action by a sniper during Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe. Probationer Midshipman 30/08/1939. Midshipman 1940, seniority 30/08/1939. A/S. Lt 08/05/1941. 04/1940, HMS King Alfred (RNVR officers’ training establishment, Hove, Sussex). 10/05/1940 – 02/1941, in 1941 in HMS Lunar Bow and HMS Quebec. HMS Proserpine (RN base, Scapa Flow). 17/12/1941 – 19/08/1942, HMS Quebec (Combined Operations training centre, Inverary). Sedbergh School, Sedbergh, Cumbria (1936-1939). Brother of James who also served in RNVR in HMS Caroline and was awarded the DSC, “for great courage and resolution in action with enemy submarines”..Son of the late James Ross Haslett and Ethel Margaret Haslett, Greenisland, Co. Antrim. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 17/12/1943). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 71.
+McMULLAN, William John
Royal Canadian Artillery. Gunner. K/14065. Died 19/08/1942. Aged 38. 3 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of Archibald and Mary McMullan, of Benburb, Co. Tyrone. Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial, Surrey
RNVR. AB. Died 19/08/1942. Age 23. HMS Victory III. Combined operations at Dieppe. Reservist in HMS Caroline, called up at outbreak of war. Two brothers serving in RAF. Son of James and Rhoda Rodgers, Azamor St., Shankill Rd., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 18/09/1942, 13/10/1944). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 71.
London Irish Rifles. CSM. 7011969. Died 20/08/1943. Age 28. Son of John James Hill McKee and of Sarah McKee (nee McFarland); husband to Jane Winifred McKee, of Armagh. Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy
Royal Engineers. Sapper.153284. Died 19/08/1946, Aged 30. Husband to Phyllis Marguerite Woods of Bangor. Bangor Cemetery, Co. Down
RN. Stoker I. 298268. Enrolled 19/08/1901 for 12 years. War service in Rathay, Burghead, President IV and Edinburgh (Ullapool). Served to 21/03/1923. Born Portaferry 14/08/1882. ADM 188/483/298268
SCOTT, Arthur (Archie)
44th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Private. 622364. Enrolled at Winnipeg on 14/05/1915. Born on 19/08/1892 at Drummanaway, Drummaul, Randalstown. Son of labourer Thomas Scott and Ellen Baxter, who had married in Ballymena Register Office on 02/06/1887. They later lived at Aghaboy, Drumanaway, Randalstown. Archie was wounded by shrapnel while serving with the 27th Battalion and discharged as medically unfit on 31/01/1918.
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