September 6 – Roll of Honour

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By the age of 22 a young Belfast RAF officer educated at Methody and Queen’s had been decorated three times for his service with Bomber Command. This is the anniversary of his death over Germany. Six of the twelve on today’s roll are infanteers who died on this day in 1916 mainly on the Somme. Photo – Bristol Blenheim bombers. This week in 1939 a formation of 10 Bristol Blenheim bombers attacked the German fleet anchored at Wilhelmshaven. It was the first British air raid of the Second World War. Five of the planes were lost.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1916

+KANE, Samuel
8th Battalion. Royal Irish Fusiliers – Princess Victoria’s. Private.13715. Died 06/09/1916. Born and enlisted in Carrickfergus. Lived in Belfast.
Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France

+McMULLAN, J
8th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 21941. Died 06/09/1916. Aged 20. Son of James and Rebbecca McMullan, of The Lane, Portaferry, Co. Down. Coalisland. Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France

+McNALLY, JOHN
7th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 23553. Died 06/09/1916. Died 06/09/1916. Aged 30. He was originally with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (20307) but was transferred to the 7th Btn of the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Son of John and Harriet McNally, of Derry, Coalisland. Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France

+PORTER, JOSEPH
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Serjeant. 22850. Died 06/09/1916. Brother of Miss May Porter, of Brockhaugh, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

+QUINN, JOSEPH
8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Corporal. 27242. M.M. Died 06/09/1916

1917

+MORGAN, Victor Harold
1st Bn.The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). attd. 1st/5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers. Lieutenant. Died 06/09/1917. Aged 22. Born Belfast 1895. Son of the late Charles James George and Sarah Morgan, 32 Lothair Avenue, Duncairn, Belfast. Member of the Congregationalist church. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. QUB WM

1918

+ANDREWS, Matthew
2 RIR. Rifleman. 9162. Died 06/09/1918. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast. Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road, Military Cemetery, Belgium

+McKEE, Hugh
8th Batt. formerly 13th Batt. Battalion Royal Irish Regiment. Sergeant. 3475. Died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in German hands, at the Chief Dressing Station, Vertingham, France, on 06/09/1918. Son of Charlotte McKee, of Saul-street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, and the late Hugh McKee. He was a member of Loyal Orange Lodge 1464. New Irish FarmCemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

+SCOTT, John
Royal Irish Rifles. Posted to 18th Bn. London Regiment (London Irish Rifles). Rifleman. 20/456. Died 06/09/1918. Aged 18. Son of Joseph and Mary Anne Scott, of 72, Hatton Drive, Belfast. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

1940

+BELL, William
RAF. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 624554. Died 06/09/1940. 44 Sqdn. Son of Samuel and Esther Bell, of Doagh, Co. Antrim. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

1944

+WILSON, Granville
RAFVR. Flight Lieutenant (Pilot). 141094. D S O, D F C, D F M. Died 06/09/1944. Aged 23. 7 Sqdn.

Awarded DSO for action as pilot of an aircraft which was detailed to attack Hanover by night in September 1943. “On the run up to the target, the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Four members of the crew were wounded, and much essential equipment was rendered unserviceable. In spite of this, Flying Officer Wilson resolutely held to his course, enabling Flight Sergeant Porteous to execute a successful bombing attack. On leaving the target, the bomber was intercepted by a fighter which attacked with great persistence. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Wilson succeeded in evading the fighter, being greatly assisted by Flight Sergeant Mulholland who kept his captain fully informed of the attacker’s movements. On the return flight, Flight Sergeant Porteous assumed the duties of navigator and executed his task with skill. These members of aircraft crew displayed great courage, skill and tenacity in the most trying circumstances.”

On 06/09/1944, he was pilot of a Lancaster PB466 of No.7 Squadron which took part in what was to be the last raid on Emden, Germany. 105 Halifaxes and 76 Lancasters took off that day. They were escorted by Spitfires and American Mustangs. They encountered moderate flak. The operation almost destroyed Emden with a loss of nearly 80% of the buildings of the town. PB466 was hit by flak over the target area, killing the pilot, navigator and bomb aimer almost instantly. The aircraft crashed near Bansmeer 6km east of the town centre. This was the last Bomber Command raid of the war on Emden.

Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette dated 05/11/1943). Enlisted 1940; commissioned 1943. Awarded DFM on 18/05/1943, DFC 07/09/1943. Cited with Flight Sergeants B.N. Mulholland and W.F.W. Porteous. He reportedly received his DSO, DFC and DFM at a single investiture, November 1943.

Born Belfast, 1921. Son of Samuel and Sarah Wilson, of Belfast Educated at Methodist College, Belfast and Queens University. Sage War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany. Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast, RH. QUB RH

VETERAN

ROBB, Campbell Galway
RAMC. Captain. MiD. Campbell College. MB, QUB 1905. Ireland rugby 1904 – 06. Post-war PMO Egyptian government service. Son of Mrs Robb, Eglantine Ave., Belfast. Died 06/09/1958.

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One Comment on “September 6 – Roll of Honour

  1. That first raid of the war on Wilhelmshaven was carried out by aircraft of Nos. 107, 110 (Hyderabad) and 139 (Jamaica) Squadrons on 4 September. According to the official records, there were 15 Blenheims led by F/Lt Ken Doran, an Irishman, who was awarded the DFC for his actions that day. Four Blenheims, all from 107 Sqn, were shot down. Doug Cooper from Strabane flew one of the Blenheims of 110 Sqn; he was later awarded the DFC and was shot down and captured in 1941. At the same time, 14 Wellingtons were en route to Brunsbuettel at the mouth of the Kiel Canal. At least one Wimpy missed the target by 110 miles and bombed Ejsberg in neutral Denmark instead, killing two civilians. Two Wellingtons were shot down. Those lost included Edmund Sorley, a pilot, from County Armagh.

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