August 25 – Roll of Honour

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HMS Hood seen from HMS Repulse. Today’s record of 15 men includes a lecturer at Queen’s, 4 RAF fatalities who reflect the war over Germany, and a Shankill Road submariner decorated for “undaunted courage, skill, and devotion to duty in successful patrols”.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+FROST, Kingdom Tregosse
Cheshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion. Lieutenant. Died 25/08/1914. QUB Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History. He was a member of the Training Corps of which he was a keen and much valued member. In September 1912 he joined the 3rd (Special) Reserve Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the same unit on the 29/06/1913. He qualified at a school of Musketry and as an Instructor in army signalling. When the Great War broke out, he was delighted to serve as a reserve officer with the 1st Battalion at the front. Lt Frost’s death came as some troops to the right rear of his platoon, were seen retiring, Lt Frost went to identify them, but did not return. They were in fact Germans who buried him with military honours after ‘Fighting like a demon, having refused to surrender. Although wounded several times, he refused to give in and death alone overcame hid indomitable spirit’. When the Cheshire Regiment went into battle on the second day of the battle of Mons, they took with them 25 officers of which 6 were special reserve officers. By 6.00pm that night, 3 were killed, 8 were wounded and captured, 7 were captured and unwounded and 7 remained at duty. Of the three who were killed, Capt E R Jones and Lt C A Campbell have laid in marked graves for the last 80 years, but Lt K T Frost of the 3rd (Special) Reserve Bn of the Cheshire’s was buried by the Germans with full military honours, the black wooded cross and the CWGC headstone have just carried the words ‘Unknown Officer 1914’. He was born on the 12th March 1877 at Tamar Terrace, Launceston in the County of Cornwall, son of Denis Tregosse, a solicitor, and Sophia Margaret Frost, nee Messenger. He was educated at Bath and Brasenose College, Oxford, BA in 1900, MA in 1905 and Lit B. in 1907. From 1900 to 1901 he was a student of the British school at Athens, 1902 to 1904 a Tutor and Lecturer at Isleworth Training College. He worked in Egypt from 1904 to 1905 with Prof Sir F Petrie. The Royal Geographical Society made him a Fellow in 1905. 1905 to 1908 he worked in the Ministry of Education in Egypt and from 1908 to 1909 in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. From 1909 up to his death, he was a Lecturer on Archaeology and Ancient History at QUB. After the war or during it, the family erected a memorial in the parish church on which the following words appear, “Isolated he refused quarter and fell fighting”. His two brothers also held commissions in the Great War, Major Oswald Milies T Frost, Dorset Regiment, and Captain Russell Tregosse Frost, Cheshire Regiment. Wiheries Communal Cemetery. Memorial at Bovey Tracey

1916                HMS DUKE OF ALBANY

The Duke of Albany, an armed boarding steamer, was torpedoed. Duke of Albany was built for the joint Lancashire Yorkshire Railway/London North Western Railway, Fleetwood-Belfast service in 1907, the last of the classic Fleetwood Dukes. Her career as a front line steamer was short, since she was superseded by the two turbine Dukes in 1909. She then ran mainly relief and extra services. In 1916 she was torpedoed and sunk off the Orkneys, whilst acting as an Armed Boarding Vessel (HMS Duke of Albany – pennant number M.11). Armed Boarding Vessels were used to stop and inspect neutral ships to ensure they were not assisting Germany’s war effort. Since this entailed remaining stationary, it placed them at great risk of U-boat attack).

+BIRNIE, John
RN. Greaser. HMS Duke of Albany. Died 25/08/1916. Ship torpedoed. George’s St., Belfast. IMR. ADM104/147

+RAMAGE, George Norris
RNR. Commander. RD. HMS Duke of Albany. Died 24 – 25/08/1916. Age 45 years. George Norris Ramage is Gazetted as Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve, to be promoted to Lieutenant, dated 22/08/1903. Royal Naval Reserve Officers Decoration (RD) 06/04/1916. Son of William and Jane Ramage, Westruther, Berwickshire. Husband to Annie Amelia Ramage, “Bromsgrove,” Bloomfield, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 18. Strandtown WM. IMR

1917

+BLACK, John
18th Bn. Highland Light Infantry. Private. 32108. Died 25/08/1917. Age 29. Thiepval Memorial, 15

+WALKER, William John

270th. Seige Btry. Canadian Infantry. Private. Died 25/08/1917. Age 31. Born in Fivemiletown on 30/06/1886. Son of Joseph and Mary Walker. William emigrated to Canada. By the time of his enlistment on 22/10/1914, William John Walker was living in Kenora, Ontario, employed as a locomotive engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway. In May 1915, the 27th Battalion left Quebec aboard the SS Carpathia. By 18/09/1915, a cable had been received that the battalion had left England for France. William died at the St John’s Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Etaples, France as a result of gunshot wounds to his shoulder and spine. Étaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France. Fivemiletown WM. Fivemiletown Methodist Church RH

1918

+BOYD, Henry

RAF. Lieutenant. Died 25/08/1918. Age 19. Bangor Grammar School 1912 – 14. Born Belfast. Son of William and Margaret (nee Beattie) Boyd, who lived in Hoburn Ave, and later Fareham Pk, in Bangor, before moving to Santa Cruz, California. Bangor GS WM

1942

+CRAIG, David Leslie Thomas
RAF. Flight Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 540596. Died 25/08/1942. Aged 26. 150 Sqdn. Wellington X3414. On 24/08/1942 at 20:40 departed from the airbase RAF Snaith, the Wellington X3414 with the mission a raid over the city of Frankfurt in Germany. For unknown reasons it crashed into Rienne. In the crash, three crew members were killed – Sgt J.H.Scorer, Sgt A.B.Fraser and F/S D.L.T.Craig. these are buried in this cemetery. A fourth crew member F/S J.M.Gibson died from his injuries in Brussels, he is buried at the Municipal Cemetery in Brussels. A fifth crew member survived the crash and was taken prisoner of war by the Germans. F/S D.L.T.Craig was the son of Samuel and Amy S. Craig, of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Rienne Communal Cemetery, Namur, Belgium

+McCLEARY, John
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner). 1126145. Died 25/08/1942. 61 Sqdn. Reichswald War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Dungannon WM

+McCREA, Mervyn Frederick
RAFVR. Sergeant. 979398. Died 25/08/1942. Aged 21. 69 Sqdn. Son of John F. and Caroline E. McCrea, of Clogher, Co. Tyrone. Malta Memorial, Malta. Clogher WM, Dungannon WM

1944

+SMYTH, John T

1st (Airborne) Batt. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 14411392. Died 25/08/1944. Age 19. Son of William and Mary Smyth. Husband to Gladys Rosie Smyth, of Salisbury. Bayeux War Cemetery, Normandy

+WILSON, Hugh
RAF. Pilot Officer Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Died 25/26/08/1944. 90 Sqdn. Bomber Command. On that particular night the Lancaster aircraft of 90 Squadron were on a Bombing raid to the Opel Factory at Russelsheim, Germany. Named on family memorial in Newtownards cemetery.

VETERANS

ANDREWS, William
RNVR. Lieutenant. Served in WW1 with Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Captain) and in RNVR in WW2. Director of John Andrews & Co. from 1916; member of committee of Northern Bank from 1940; a well-known Ulster cricketer; born 25/08/1886, died unmarried, 26/04/1966. Comber. RBAI, Arts QUB 1930

HERBISON, William
RN. Seaman. J92733. Enrolled 14/09/1918 for hostilities. Pembroke I. Demobbed 21/02/1919. Born Ballymena 25/08/1900. Ballymoney St., Ballymena. Ballymena Observer, 20/09/1918. ADM 188/832/92733

ON THIS DAY

PATTERSON, Samuel
RN. Petty Officer, Torpedo Gunner’s Mate. DSM, awarded for undaunted courage, skill, and devotion to duty in successful patrols in HM Submarines. He joined the RN 12 years previously. A brother was serving in RNAF and two brothers in law in the navy. Wife and little daughter resident at Emerson St., Shankill Rd., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 25/08/1944).

TELFORD, William Watson
RNVR. Lt. Cdr. Law, QUB 1932. Served in Ulster Division. T/Lieutenant 09/11/1942 – 18/01/1943. In command HMS Vascana (FY 185), an ASW trawler. 447 tons. One 4 inch gun. On 25/08/1941 German U-boat 452 was sunk in the North Atlantic south of Iceland, in position 61°30’N, 15°30’W, by depth charges from A/S trawler HMS Vascama and from a Catalina aircraft (209 Sqn RAF/J).

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