August 31 – Roll of Honour


Anti-aircraft searchlights at Gibraltar WW2. Sir John Campbell, an outstanding medical professional from Queen’s University, who headed a major WW1 hospital in France is one of eight remembered in today’s Roll.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+WARD, Stephen Henry
RN. Petty Officer. 199275. HMS London. Died 31/08/1915. Age 36. Born Belfast. Husband to Caroline E. Ward, Old Lodge Rd., Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery. Belfast, Townsend Street – PCI RH


+DORMAN, Charles Columbus
RN. AB.SS/3434. HMS Wear. Died 31/08/1916 RN Hospital, Chatham, of disease contracted on board ship. Age 24. Enrolled 29/11/1910 for 5 and 7 years. War service in Pembroke II, Cormorant and Blenheim (Wear). Born Belfast 21/10/1892. Son of James and Margaret Dorman, Aughrim St., Belfast. Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent. Fountainville – PCI RH. IMR. ADM 188/1097/3434


+BROWN, Alan
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1479901. Died 31/08/1942. Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown, of Donaghadee. Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, Miami

+WILSON, William Ernest
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant (Pilot).1125341. Died 31/08/1942. Aged 23. 223 Sqdn. Son of David and Anna M. Wilson, of Belfast. El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Knockbreda Parish WM


+GORDON, Samuel John
RAFVR. Pilot Officer (Navigator/Radar Operator). 155089. Died 31/08/1943. Aged 25. 488 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn. Son of William Freckleton Gordon and Sarah Jane Gordon; husband to Mary Mildred Esther Gordon, of Finaghy, Co. Antrim. Armagh (St.Mark) C of I Churchyard. Seapatrick Parish Church, Banbridge, WM


173 Armd Div. Coy. Royal Army Service Corps. Lance Serjeant.T/107753. Died 31/08/1944. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Cunningham, of Gillis, Co. Armagh. Conty Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. Seapatrick Parish Church, Banbridge, WM

+MERRY, Herbert Cecil Bell
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 183391. Died 31/08/1944. Aged 22. 21 Sqdn. Son of Kenneth Walter and Mary Isobel Merry, of Belfast. Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey, Panel 212


Senior Surgeon, Bristol Red Cross Hospital, Winereaux. Knight Bachelor, 1925. MP for Queen’s University (Parliament of Northern Ireland); MRCS Nov 8th 1888; FRCS June 11th 1891; Winner of the Senior Scholarship in Natural History; MA Royal University of Ireland 1884; MD MCh MAO 1887; LLD Queen’s University Belfast 1909. RBAI. He continued his medical education at the London Hospital, and afterwards visited Paris, Vienna, Munich, Heidelberg, and Bonn. Returning to Belfast he acted for a short time in the place of the Professor of Natural History and was Demonstrator of Anatomy for five years under Peter Redfern (qv). He was appointed Assistant Surgeon to the Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1891, Surgeon to the Samaritan Hospital for Women in 1892, and later Assistant to the Belfast Maternity Hospital. From this time he devoted himself entirely to obstetrics and gynaecology, becoming widely known for his clinical ability, skill in organization, and breadth of vision.

Campbell played a prominent part in stimulating the progress of university education in Northern Ireland. He was President of the Royal University Graduates’ Association and a Member of the Senate of the University, on the dissolution of which the degree of LLD was conferred upon him honoris causa. He was afterwards elected Chairman of Convocation of the Queen’s University of Belfast, and was President of the Ulster Medical Society in 1902-1903.

At the British Medical Association he was a Member of Council from 1899-1900, one of the Hon Secretaries of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Oxford Meeting in 1904, and President of the section when the Association met at Belfast in 1909. During the European War he was the Senior Surgeon at No 5 British Red Cross Hospital, Wimereux. He was one of the four Unionist members representing the Queen’s University in the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921-1929, when he did not offer himself for re-election. Born Templepatrick 1860. Husband to Emily by whom he had three sons; Lady Campbell and two sons survived him. He died at Craigavad, Co Down, on 31/08/1929.

CROOKS, Frederick
RAMC. Captain. Cookstown High School. QUB MB 1914, BCh MCh 1914, FRCS Edinburgh. Lieutenant 15/06/1917. Served 1914 – 18. Surgical specialist India from 11/1917. Son of John and Sarah Crooks, Moneyhaw, Co Londonderry. Died 31/08/1950, Nottingham


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