La Clytte Military Cemetery. Today’s Roll records 22 who served. From Gallipoli in WW1 to a Naval Reservist who was present at the surrender of the Japanese navy in Tokyo Bay and who post-war led the Sea Cadets in major celebrations in Northern Ireland
Representing their comrades who died on this day
5th Btn. Connaught Rangers. Private. 2883. Died 09/09/1915. Age 38. Birney was born in Dungannon about 1877. The 1901 census lists Patrick Birney (Senior) as age 24 living with his family at 73, Lincoln Street, Falls Ward, Belfast. He was married to Mary Birney and Patrick was working as a tailor. By 1911, the family were living in Monaghan. Patrick Birney enlisted in Belfast where he was living at the time. Private Patrick Birney’s son, also Patrick Birney, fought and died in the war. Patrick (senior) contracted dysentery in Gallipoli. His remains were buried in Weston Mill Cemetery in Plymouth, which suggests he was removed back to a hospital in England.
RAMC. Captain. Died 09/09/1915. Age 32. Ballymena Academy, Edinburgh University and QUB. Prior to the war he was in medical practice at Aberbargoed, near Cardiff. Commissioned as Lieutenant RAMC 24/10/1914. Attached to 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment and later to 1st Welsh Field Ambulance, Welsh Territorial Division, Gallipoli from 09/08/1915. Son of William and Mary Anne (nee White), High Street, Ballymena. Brother of James Clarke, sollicitor. (Ballymena Observer 17/09/1915). Hill10 Cemetery, Sulva, Gallipoli. Wellington St. Presbyterian Church, Ballymena, RH.
+LEWIS, William Henry
7th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Sergeant. 13385. Died 09/09/1915. Age 30. Son of Henry and Annie Elizabeth Lewis. Jervis Street, Portadown. He was born about 1886 in Portadown. His father was a railway worker. He worked as a damask weaver. William Henry Lewis enlisted in Portadown. Husband to Minnie Lewis, Bernagh, Dungannon. Deville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France. Dungannon WM
+BROWN, Francis Alfred Joseph
Leinster Regiment, attached 6th and 8th Royal Muster Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 09/09/1916. Age 22. Civil servant. Member of the QUB Training Corps from 11/11/1915. On 05/09/1916, four days before he died, Frank wrote his last letter home; he was killed during the attack on Ginchy. When the attack started he jumped over the parapet and led his men towards the German trenches under heavy rifle and machine gun fire from the enemy. He fell within 30 yards of the German lines. Afterwards the Chaplain wrote saying that Frank Brown had been at the taking of Guillemont on 3 September and that ‘he had behaved splendidly; he was the only officer of his company to come back from there’.Two of his brothers were also on active service during the First World War, one with the Navy and the other with the Army. Son of William Henry Brown, CPO RN retired, and Jane Eleanor Brown, Belfast Terrace, Ballyholme Esplanade, Bangor. Theipval Memorial Pier 16, Bangor WM, RBL Bangor Memorial Plaque, First Bangor Presbyterian Church, Bangor Grammar School WM, QUB RH
+CAPPER, Adam Clarke
Royal Irish Rifles. 20th, attd. 7th Bn. Second Lieutenant. Died 09/09/1916. Age 23. Born 18/06/1894, son of Adam Clarke Capper and Rebecca Capper, of “Malvern,” Malone Rd., Belfast. Educated RBAI and QUB where he was a member of the Training Corps 1914. He worked for his father’s yarn business, in Brunswick St. He was member of the North of Ireland RFC, and Malone Golf Club, and was commissioned into the 36th Division, working in its recruiting office at the City Hall for 3 months. He caught measles as the Division departed for France and so was sent to the Army Service Corps training school at Woolwich instead, later spending six months with the Transport Train of the South African Division at Borden. He applied for and received a transfer to the 20th Royal Irish Rifles, being sent to the training camp in Newtownards just days after the slaughter of his former colleagues on the Somme, in July 1916. He quickly secured his travel papers, allowing him to join the 7th Rifles in August, and was killed on 09/091916, as part of the capture of the village of Ginchy, at the age of 22. He was buried nearby but his grave was lost in subsequent fighting. Commemorated in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval (Spec Mem B8), Somme, France, where his remains are believed to be buried. RBAI WM. QUB RH
+CLARKE, Wilfred James
Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 5th Bn. attd. 8th Bn. Second Lieutenant. Died 09/09/1916. Age 30. Veterinarian. Member of the QU Training Corps 1915. It states in the OTC Register 1914-1950 (PRONI MIC 204) that Wilfred James Clarke resigned from Queen’s OTC in order to join the Inns of Court OTC (in Dublin). Ravenscroft Avenue, Belfast. Theipval Memorial, Pier 16, Somme, France. QUB RH
+CROWE, Cecil Alexander
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. D Coy. 7th Bn. Second Lieutenant. Died 09/09/1916. Aged 26. Son of Thomas and Jennie Crowe, of Drumday House, Enniskillen. Portora Royal School. Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
+KELLY, Francis Kelly
1st Battalion of the Munster Fusiliers. Private. 5382. Died 09/09/1916. Age 41. Born about 1873 in Carnteel, County Tyrone. Son of James and Rose Kelly later of Ravella Terrace, Aughnacloy. He enlisted in Cork. Theipval Memorial, Somme, France.
+LEWIS, William Henry
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 7th Bn. Serjeant. 13385. Died 09/09/1916. Aged 30. Son of William H. and Annie Lewis, of Hampton Terrace, Portadown; husband to Minnie Lewis, of Bernagh, Dungannon. Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Dungannon WM
+MARSHALL, Charles Frederick
Royal Munster Fusiliers. “A” Coy. 8th Bn. Private. 3936. Died 09/09/1916. Aged 27. Son of Charles Marshall, of Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone, and the late Mary Marshall. Came from U.S.A. in 1914 to serve. Educated at the Royal School, Dungannon. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 43172, formerly 6275 Connaught Rangers. Died 09/09/1916. He came from Duneane, Randalstown. Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
7th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Corporal. 5907. Died 09/09/1916. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 20537. Died 09/09/1916. Aged 22. Foster son of Patrick McAloon, of Glenoo, Fivemiletown. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 27368. Died 09/09/1916. Aged 21. Foster son of Henry Heron, of Tattenabuddagh Cooneen, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
+PALMER, Edward Bartle
RAFVR. Sergeant. 743071. Died 09/09/1940. Aged 27. 105 Sqdn. Son of Maurice Wheals Palmer and Ada Emma Palmer; husband to Helen Adeline Palmer, of Armagh. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 18
+McALISTER, Samuel Patrick
RAF. Corporal. 632997. Died 09/09/1941. Aged 33. Son of John and Sarah McAlister of Belfast; Husband of Kathleen McAlister of Belfast. Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery
+SMITH, John Preston Thomson
RN. Leading Stoker. C/KX 90277. Died 26/09/1942. HMS Veteran. Served in RN in WW1. Re-joined at beginning of hostilities WW2. Brother Harry, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, taken prisoner in France shortly after outbreak of war. Parents resident Convention St., Belfast. Wife and four children in London. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 27/11/1942). Chatham Naval Memorial
COTTON, George Lennox
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Lieutenant – Commander. DSC 1942. Law, QUB 1936. Mobilised before outbreak of war in July 1939 and appointed to HMS Hermes. May 1940 to Motor Torpedo Boats and served at Crete and Alexandria.Wounded in action in the Channel and as a result invalided to shore service for a time. Served as First Lieutenant of the MTB base at Great Yarmouth (HMS Midge), subsequently appointed to command 50th MTB Flotilla. In August 1942 as a Lt. Commander he was placed in command of MTB 502. Sea Training Officer in HMS Bee at Holyhead. From January 1945 to November 1945 served in HMS Mull of Galloway in the Pacific and was present at the Japanese surrender at Singapore. B 25/10/1915. Educated at Castle Park School, Dalkey, County Dublin and Wrekin College, Shropshire. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1946 and served for many years as a Council Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland becoming President in 1977. He held a number of company directorships, was Chairman of the Royal Victoria Hospital Trust Committee and had many charitable interests. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for County Down 24/10/1969. He was survived by his wife Eileen, to whom he was married for over sixty years, his daughters Caroline, Grania and Anne and several grandchildren. Died 09/09/2000. Clontagh House, Crossgar. See article this site. September 9
Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Sub – Lieut. Born 09/09/1885. Son of Wm. Dudgeon, Mullaghmore, Omagh. Campbell College 722
RAMC. Major. President QUB Services Club 1941, 42, 43. Educated at MCB and QUB, obtaining first place in medicine in his year. QUB MB 1912, BCh DPH 1918, MD QUB 1921. FRCPI 1921. After graduation he held the office of resident medical officer at the Royal Victoria Hospital and later went to London, where he became resident medical officer at the National Hospital for Heart Diseases. Lieutenant RAMC Dec, 1914. Captain Dec, 1915. In France from 02/12/1914. Served in France with the 1st and 3rd Cavalry Divisions. After the war engaged in private general practice whilst holding the post of registrar in the RVH and that of assistant physician to the Ulster Hospital for Women and Children. Gradually his interests took shape and he paid particular regard to cardiology and diseases of children, although he never gave up his role as consulting physician. The Centenary Year of the Belfast Medical School coincided with his turn to give the opening address to students at the beginning of the winter session, and he took the opportunity to give them a truly masterly account of the school from its earliest days in Frederick Street. This work was followed in 1959 by his Scott-Heron Lecture on “The Story of the Ulster Hospital”. At the visit of the BMA to Belfast in 1937 he made himself responsible for editing all the unsigned articles included in the ‘Book of Belfast’. The loss of his only son, Robert, who qualified in medicine in 1939 and promptly joined the Army, unfortunately only to be killed in Burma after the fall of Singapore during the Second World War, was a grievous blow to him because between father and son there had existed a great understanding. Dr. and Mrs. Marshall generously bequeathed a room in the university medical library to their son’s memory. Born 09/09/1889, Son of WJ Marshall JP and Bertha nee Shaw, Derryvolgie Ave., Belfast. Husband to Evelyn Mary, daughter of William Marshall, Bangor.
ROBSON, John Edward
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Commander. OBE. Served 1939-46. Master Mariner. Joined RNR 1939. Served as Midshipman in HMS Wolfe on the Northern Patrol and Atlantic convoy. Promoted to Sub – Lieutenant 1940 and to Lieutenant in 1942 when in HMS Hastings. Later in 1942 appointed to Captain ‘Johnnie’ Walker’s renowned Second Escort Group as Navigating Officer in HMS Wren, and took part in some of the fiercest anti-submarine actions of the Battle of the Atlantic, before being transferred to the Pacific in 01/1944 as Navigating Officer of the escort carrier HMS Ruler in which capacity he was present at the surrender of the Japanese navy in Tokyo Bay. Demobbed in 04/1946 he joined the Royal Mail Line as a Second Officer.
In 1950 he ‘left the sea’ and transferred to RNVR, Ulster Division, where he was soon promoted to Lt. Commander and awarded the RNR Decoration. When he assumed command of the Ulster Division in 1957, the post-war transformation of the Naval Reserves was nearly complete with the amalgamation of the RNVR and the RNR. Captain Robson’s period of command was one of consolidation.
A highlight was the centenary celebrations of the original RNR in 10/1959 when Belfast enjoyed a “Navy Week”. The frigate HMS Duncan and the submarine HMS Thule visited the port and together with HMS Kilmorey, the Ulster Division’s ship, were open to the public. The Royal Marine Band of Plymouth Command beat retreat on the lawn at RBAI. An exhibition was held in the Drill Hall of the OTC at QUB and the celebrations ended with a Centenary Parade through Belfast to St Anne’s Cathedral for a Trafalgar Day Thanksgiving Service. Chairman NI Sea Cadet Corps 1962 – 78. B 09/09/1920. Son of EG Robson. Gilnahirk Road, Belfast. Campbell College 2576
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