September 4 – Roll of Honour


Red Arrows and Canadian Forces Snowbirds over Toronto. In today’s Roll, the British First World War Memorial in Ploegsteert is mentioned. It was inaugurated June 1931. It consists of quite impressive circular temple supported by columns and guarded by two stone lions. The number 11,447 – the number of British soldiers and officers buried there – is engraved on it. A 19 year old private of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Armagh Volunteers) on today’s Roll is recorded at Ploegsteert .

Representing their comrades who died on this day


8th Royal Irish Fusiliers. Lance Corporal. 20908. Died 04/09/1916.  Born 26/07/1883 at Maghereagh, Drummaul, Randalstown, son of Hugh and Nancy (nee Wilson) Robb.Theipval Memorial, Somme, France


Royal Irish Fusiliers (Armagh Volunteers). Private. 28687. Died 04/09/1918. He enlisted on 27/09/1917, and went to France in April of 1918. Second son of Mr. S. J. Broomfield, Moneyquin, Armagh. He was a prominent member of Armagh ” Nimshi ” Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templers, and was also identified with Crosskeys Loyal Orange Lodge No. 88. At the time of his enlistment he was in the employment of Mr. W. J. Lennox, Market Street, where he served his apprenticeship in the drapery business. (Northern Whig 16/10/1918). Ploegsteert Memorial, in Berks Cemetery Extension, near Ypres, Hainaut province, Belgium.

+LAVERTY, Bernard
2nd Battalion. Leinster Regiment. Private. 18174. Died 04/09/1918. Age 18. He was killed just 12 days before is 19th birthday. Son of Charles and Catherine Laverty. Born in September 1899 in Clonoe, Coalisland. Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainault.


+BORLEY, Edward Maitland

RAF. Flight Sergeant. 365199. Died 04/09/1939. Aged 30. 9 Sqdn. Flight Sergeant Borley was one of the first RAF fatalities of World War Two. He died while flying on one of the first raids on Germany, against shipping at Brunsbuettel at the mouth of the Kiel Canal. Vickers Wellington L4268 took off from RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk at 1605hrs on the second day of the war. The mission was to attack German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at the mouth of the Kiel Canal. The target was under low cloud cover. The raid was a failure. Both German ships escaped undamaged. A Luftwaffe BE109 shot down Vickers Wellington L4268 off the German coast. All five crew members died in the crash as the plane went down in the waters.
Also killed were:
• Observer Flight Sergeant George Miller (580160)
• Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Corporal George William Park (524855)
• Wireless Operator / Air Gunner Leading Aircraftman Harry Dore (531093)
• Air Gunner Aircraftman 2nd Class Robert Henderson (618765)
Flight Sergeant Ian Edward Maitland Borley was born in Rathmines, Dublin and lived in Armagh. Son of Frederick and Annie Borley; husband to Jean Borley, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Runnymeade Memorial Panel 1


ETTIE, George Albert Edward
RN. CPO. HMS Belfast. Born 04/07/1910 Gosport, Hampshire, and raised in England. Moved to Belfast, met and married his wife and stayed there until his death, 04/09/1962.

STEWART, William
MO Denton Red Cross Hospital 1914 – 18. Lieutenant and MO, 4th Manchester Vol Btn. Ballynahinch Inter School. QCB. MD 1887, MCh. Lecturer to St John’s Amb Assoc from 1903. Knight of Grand Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1944. Born 1865, Dromara. Son of Hugh Stewart. Died 04/09/1944

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