13 records form today’s Roll. Three of the six men who died on this day in 1918 were serving with colonial regiments. Four RAF WW2 fatalities are recorded. Photo – of a portrait of Lt Col HEN Bredin DSO, MC, OC 2 London Irish Rifles, in1944. He wrote – “I want to convey to you how much that I feel that my DSO is a tribute to the Inniskilling rather than a matter of personal consideration. I should like to thank all these soldiers, who made it so easy for me to deliver the goods” – In the Italian campaign.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 8992. Died 02/09/1914. Aged 24. Son of Mrs. Isabella Weir, of 38, Tyne St., Belfast. Porte-de-Paris Cemetery, Cambrai, Nord, France
Royal Field Artillery. Captain. Died 02/09/1916. In active service since August, 1914. He was hit by shrapnel in the right shoulder on the 13/07/1916 and died of the wounds. Only son of Mr. Duff, R.M., Captain Guy Duff, was in active service since August, 1914. St. Andrew’s Eastern Cemetery, Fifeshire, Scotland.
2nd Bn, Otago Regiment, NZEF. Private. 65594. Died 02/09/1918. Son of James Brown and his wife Margaret, of Corkermain(e), Cairncastle, Co. Antrim. James Brown, who said he was born on the 20 February 1879, had been farming in New Zealand for seven/eight years and had his own farm at Otangiwai, Taumarunui, North Island. He enlisted on the 28 July 1917 and his records show that he was 5’ 6 ¼ “ tall with hazel eyes and black hair. He trained in New Zealand until the 30 December 1917. He went overseas aboard HMNZT 99, Athenic, on the 31 December 1917 from Wellington, disembarked in Glasgow, and marched into No 4 Camp, Larkhall, Salisbury Plain on 26/02/1918. He moved to Sling Camp on the 6 April and went to France in May 1918. He served for a time with the 2nd Entrenching Battalion but moved to the 4th Company, 2nd Otago Battalion on the 28/08/1918. His military career was very short and he was killed in action on 02/09/1918. This was the second phase of the battle of Amiens, the British offensive often taken to be the turning point of the First World War on the Western Front. Brown’s only visit home had been early in May 1918. He was survived by two brothers in New Zealand and two on active service with the New Zealand Force. Bancourt British Cemetery, Baupaume.
+CAMPBELL, Alan Robert Sinclair
72nd Bn. British Columbia Regiment. Private.103035. Died 02/09/1918. Born 21/08/1897, Tilchet, Cashmire, North India. Son of Col. Alan James Campbell, DSO, and Mary Grace Montgomery Campbell, Lisvarna, Ballycastle. Vimy Memorial, Ramoan Parish Church, Ballycastle RH
+CLARKE, Robert John
12th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 243. Died 02/09/1918. Aged 21. Enlisted Belfast, Born in Randalstown and lived in Taylorstown. Grandson of Mary Ann Underwood, Groggan, Randalstown. Nieuwkerke Churchyard, Belgium. Grange Presbyterian Church RH.
RMLI. PLY/15688. RM. Battalion. RND. Died 02/09/1918. Age 27. In France from 26/03/1918. Enrolled Belfast 10/06/1912. Born Belfast 09/01/1895. Son of Samuel Gourley, Johnstone St., Wilson St., Belfast. Vis-en-artois Memorial, Panel 1. ADM 159/157/15688*03*
+McCOSH, Samuel James
46th Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt). Private. 781211. Died 02/09/1918. He lived in Briercrest, Saskatchewan and was a farmer. Born 14/03/1889 at Knockboy, Broughshane. Son of David McCosh and Lydia Speers who had married in Cloughwater Presbyterian Church on 03/10/1878. The 1901 census shows them at Carncoagh, Glenravel and the 1911 census records them living at Knockboy, Broughshane with ten children. Dury Crucifix Cemetery, France.
12th Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 19831. Died 02/09/1918. Born on 30/11/1892 at Ballygrooby, Drummaul . Son of William John Woods and Jane Richardson, of Daisy Hill, Feehogue, Randalstown. The couple, both workers in a local mill and both from Randalstown, had married in Drummaul Parish Church on the 13/10/1882. His brother also served. Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium
+LOUGHRIDGE, Joseph Martin
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 1101874. Died 02/09/1941. 87 Sqdn. he was killed at 23:30 hrs on 2nd September 1941 when the Hurricane IIC Z3576 which he was flying crashed at Kingsdown QL site in Wiltshire. The aircraft had been tasked with searchlight co-operation and was orbiting the dummy airfield beacon when he had to turn suddenly to avoid collission with another Hurricane . The turn became a spin and he spun into the ground from 500 feet. Son of Thomas and Ellen Loughridge, of Carrickfergus. Carrickfergus (Victoria) cemetery
+CAMPBELL, Thomas McCord
RAFVR. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 1111478. Died 02/09/1942. Aged 21. 218 Sqdn. Son of Robert John and Jeannie Campbell, of Portrush. Nossegem Communal Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
RAFVR. Sergeant. 999862. Died 03/09/1942. Aged 22. 11 Operational Training Unit. On board Vickers Wellington DV718 flying with 11 OTU on a cross-country night flying training exercise from RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. After take-off poor weather was encountered over the Yorkshire Dales with poor visibility, low cloud and heavy rain. Descending over higher ground, the craft came down on Blake Hill, Riggs Moor, Great Whernside, Yorkshire. A fire broke out on impact destroying most of the fuselage. Another Wellington from the same unit crashed a few miles away on the same exercise. Paul was born in Belfast. Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery
+NIXON, Francis William
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1134784. Died 02/09/1943. Aged 25. Son of Robert James Nixon and Emily Jane Nixon; Husband to Mary Elleanor Nixon of Newtownbutler. Galloon (St. Comgall) Church of Ireland Churchyard
RM. PO/X 116179. Died 02/09/1947. Age 23. Son of William and Elizabeth Hamilton, Lisburn. Holy Trinity Roman Catholic cemetery. Lisburn WM
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