August 22 – Roll of Honour


Today’s Roll includes infantry, artillery, an RN bomb disposal operative and aircrew. Their remains rest in France, Cyprus, Gallipoli, Gibraltar and Canada. As on most dates, several have no grave and are remembered on memorials.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+ADAIR, John Thomas
Bedfordshire Regiment,10th Battalion. attached 1st Bn. Border Regiment. Lieutenant. Died 22/08/1915. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1914. Factory manager. John was born in 1884 to Thomas and Elizabeth Adair of Belfast. In 1906-07 he enrolled as a day student to study textiles at Manchester Municipal College of Technology , and lived on Ashton New Road in the city. At the outbreak of war he was a teacher at The Municipal Techincal Institute in Belfast. It is not known when John was attached to the Border Regiment, but 1st Battalion arrived in Gallipoli in late April 1915 and took part in many battles. They were involved in an attack on Scimitar Hill on 21/08/1915 during which it is presumed John became a casualty. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Adair, Century St., Belfast. Helles Memorial. Manchester Municipal College of Technology Memorial in the Sackville Building, University of Manchester. QUB RH

+HEFFRON, Patrick

5th Connaught Rangers. Private. 3812. Died 22/08/1915. Aged 21. Born in Ballymena. Son of the late Patrick and Mary Ann Heffron. He lived in  Liverpool. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey


+PATON, Norman Giles
RNVR. Sub-Lieutenant. HMML No. 403. Died 22/08/1918. Age 32. Commissioned 05/1918. Killed whilst an attempt was made by bomb disposal operatives to salvage a German torpedo which had runaground in Brunswick Bay, north of Whitby. The torpedo exploded and four depth charges aboard Paton’s launch also exploded igniting fuel tanks. MCB 1900 – 03. Before the war he was in the linen business with his father. Eldest son of John and Maggie Paton, Ardmore, Seaforth Rd., Bangor. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 31. Family memorial Bangor New cemetery. Bangor WM. Bangor RBL plaque. Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor WM. MCB WM. Arthur Square, Masonic Lodge, Belfast RH, IMR


RAFVR. Sergeant. 632993. Died 22/08/1940. Aged 19. 144 Sqdn. Son of Hunter and Sarah J. Chambers, of Belfast. Runnymede Memorial. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

+THOMPSON, William Oscar
RM. Constable in RM Police. Died 22/08/1940 in a drowning accident at Rosyth. Served with Royal Field Artillery in WW1. Re-enlisted May 1940. Son of a sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Husband to Margaret. Bangor


+McCARTNEY, Michael
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1490086. Died 22/08/1941. Aged 26. 20 Bty., 2 H.A.A. Regt. Son of Charles and Elizabeth McCartney, of Limavady. Niccosia War Cemetery, Cyprus

+MOORE, William James
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. Gunner. P/8696. Died 22/08/1945. Aged 58. Husband of Elizabeth Moore, of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Ottawa (Pinecrest) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada


+ORR, Cecil John Barrington
RAF. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 611827. Died 22/08/1942. Aged 22. 202 Sqdn. Son of Robert Alexander Polexfen Orr and Anna Elizabeth Orr, of Omagh. Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Gibraltar


+STEVENSON, Edward Payne
Royal Artillery. 396 Coast Bty. Serjeant. 833800. Died 22/08/1943. Aged 29. Brookwood 1939 – 45 Memorial, Surrey, England


+CORRIGAN, Patrick
RN. Ordinary Seaman. D/JX 649460. Died 22/08/1944. HMS Bickerton. Son of Mr & Mrs Corrigan, Bridge St., Hilden, Lisburn. Member of Lisburn Boys’ Club. Employed at Wm Barbour & Sons, Hilden, pre- enrolling. (Lisburn Standard 08/09/1944). Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 88

+JOHNSTON, Eric Francis
1st Btn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Major. 66181. Died 22/08/1944 at Deauville. Aged 29. Educated at Campbell College, he attended Sandhurst, being commissioned into the RUR on 06/01/1937. He served in Palestine and the North-West Frontier prior to WW2. Commanded C Company as of 08/07/1944. Son of Mr and Mrs Frank Johnston of Ballagh Lodge, Newcastle, County Down. Tourgeville War Cemetery, Calvados, France


+MOORE, William James
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. Gunner. P/8696. Died 22/08/1945. Aged 58. Husband of Elizabeth Moore, of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Ottawa (Pinecrest) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada


BLACK, James Knowles
RNVR. Surgeon – Lieutenant. 1942 – 45. Permanent RNVR (Merseyside Division). MB BCh BAO, QUB 1941. Born 22/08/1915. Died 11/1978. Son of Rev A Pattison Black, Cliftonville Ave., Belfast. Campbell College 2112.

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One Comment on “August 22 – Roll of Honour

  1. Gnr Michael McCartney may have been an original member of 24 Bty, 9th (Londonderry) HAA Regiment. Shortly after the Regiment arrived in Alexandria, it took 20 HAA Bty, which was not then regimented, under command. Subseqently, 20 HAA Bty was sent to Greece as part of the small expeditionary force deployed there. Volunteers from both 24 and 26 Btys of 9th Regiment reinforced the battery which had obsolete 3-inch guns.
    Michael McCartney may have been one of those volunteers, some of whom became PsW either in Greece or on Crete, to where 20 HAA Battery was evacuated. It was later repatriated to Alexandria where the returning gunners were accommodated temporarily in Londonderry Camp.


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