The veterans on today’s Roll include a Royal Marine from Waringstown who served in both world wars, a Canadian infanteer from Portstewart and a Marine from Cullybackey. Six fatalities are remembered.
Royal Engineers. 12th Labour Coy. Pioneer.163583. Died 23/08/1916. From N Ireland. Doiran Memorial, Greece
+GORDON-KIDD, Arthur Lionel
19th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. (4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards). Captain. DSO. Died 27/08/1917. He was in England training to join the Indian police when the war broke out. He enlisted and was wounded while serving with an Indian regiment in France. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and won a DSO for a bombing attack on a German ammunition train. He dived his aircraft from 7,500 feet and, just 900 feet above the ground, he released a bomb that devastated both train and track. His plane was rocked by the upwards force of the explosion. Major-General Trenchard wanted a VC for him and Haig in a letter of 07/07/1916 agreed, though he wanted ‘corroborative evidence’. This was not provided and the DSO was awarded.
Gordon-Kidd while flying B3528, a Spad VII of 19th Squadron, RFC was shot down by Werner Voss, Germany’s 4th ranked ace, on 23/08/1917 at 1010 hrs. He managed to crash land his aircraft at 23 Squadron’s airfield south west of Diksmuide but died of his wounds. He had become the 38th victim in Voss’s 48 kill career. Son of the late Captain James Gordon-Kidd, Broughshane Street, Ballymena, who had served in the Indian Army. His cousin was the Reverend T J Forsythe of Randalstown. Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
+McCONNELL, Robert Hay Stewart
RAF. 269 Sqdn. Squadron Leader (Pilot). Number 34023. D F C. Died 23/08/1940. Hudson crash at Wick during pilot conversion training. Both crew killed. Robert and P/O S J Herring share a grave at Wick Cemetery, Caithnessshire, Scotland
RAFVR. Sergeant (Flight Engineer). Died 23/08/1943. Age 24.
106 Squadron. Son of Frederick Green and Ellen Green of Harryville, Ballymena. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
1st Btn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Corporal. 7012844. Died 23/08/1944. Age 24. Son of Mr and Mrs R. Southam of Northern Bank House, Belfast. Husband to Amelia Elizabeth Southam, of Brithdir, New Tredegar, Momnouthshire. Three brothers also served and their father had previously served in the First World War. Tourgeville Military Cemetery, Calvados, France
RAFVR. Corporal. 1504000. Died 23/08/1946. Age 47. 241 Squadron. Husband to Jean Wallace. Son of William and Elizabeth Wallace.
Randalstown Presbyterian Old Congregation Church Yard.
RMLI. Private. Ply.18374. Born Waringstown 23/08/1898. A weaver by trade. Enlisted RM, Belfast, 31/08/1915. Discharged on the termination of his second period of engagement in August 1937, he was re-mobilised in September 1939. He served throughout the Second World War. British War and Victory medals, Coronation 1937, RN LS & GC, GVR. Died January 1963.
MARTIN, Samuel Small
Canadian Forces.135th Overseas Battalion. Lance-Corporal. 802801. Samuel enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 24/01/1916 in London, Ontario. Born on 23/08/1895 in Coleraine. As a young man he emigrated to Canada. Prior to joining up he was a farmer in the Broughdale area, near London, Ontario. His parents, Mr. Arthur (farmer) and Mrs. Annie Martin, lived at Drumslade, Portstewart, and his uncle, Mr. Thomas Martin, was a solicitor in Coleraine.
RM. Private. 20780. Chatham Division. Enrolled 20/07/1916. Served in Marmara 21/09/1917 – 23/07/1918. Left 23/08/1918. Born Cullybackey 09/05/1898. Son of Adam Turtle, Main St., Cullybackey. Cunningham Memorial, Cullybackey – PCI RH. ADM 159/134/20780
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