September 11 – Roll of Honour


Those remembered today came from Caledon, Randalstown, Lurgan, Portadown, Belfast, Holywood and Coleraine to do their costly duty to King and country

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+BRYANS, Henry Bryans
4th(Queen’s Own) Hussars. Private. 8793. Died 11/09/1914. at the First Battle of Aisne in France. Age 21. Son of Samuel and Rachel Bryans. Born in Caledon, County Tyrone. It is believed the family moved from Caledon to Cambrai St, Belfast sometime between 1897 and 1899. Henry worked as labourer in an iron works. Henry was one of five Bryans brothers who fought in the war. Two were killed; Henry and Frederick. La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, Ferte, Seine et Marne, France


+CARLISLE, Thomas McLenaghan
1/8th The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). 306911 Private. 306911. Died 11/09/1916. Born at Ballytresna, Randalstown 07/08/1895. Son of farmer Thomas Carlisle and his wife Eliza Ann Hives. He had six siblings. He was living at Ballytresna, Drummaul in 1901 and 1911 (Census). Lived and enlisted in Liverpool. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

+McGRATH, Denis
1st Bn. Irish Guards. Private. 9560. Died 11/09/1916. Aged 28. Son of Denis and Catherine McGrath. Theipval Memorial, Somme, France

+PURDY, Richard Shaw
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 6th Battalion attached 8th Battalion. Second Lieutenant. Died 11/09/1916. Age 25. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1915. Son of Joseph and Mary Hannah Purdy; husband to Annie Maud Purdy, Ormeau Road, Belfast. Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. QUB RH


+GREEN, Alexander William Valentine.
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 78082. 235 Sqdn. Died 11/09/1940. Aged 21. 235 Squadron. Took part in Battle of Britain. Blenheim IV L9396 LA-E took off 1555 hrs from Thorney Island. Shot down at 1730 hrs possibly by III/JG26 while escorting Fleet Air Arm Fairey Albacores raiding Calais, France. Born 14/02/1919. Son of Alexander and Mary of Craigavad. Lurgan College and Campbell College. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 8. Craigavad WM. Dollingstown WM. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

Lancashire Fusiliers. Fusilier. 3456598. Died 11/09/1940. Son of Catherine Kirkpatrick, of Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery


+BOWMAN, Joseph
RN. AB. D/JX 181601. Died 11/09/1941. Age 36. HMS President III. Husband to Mabel Bowman, Ashton St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 18/10/1941). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46

+PHILLIPS, William Ward
Royal Artillery. Lance Bombardier.1535781. Died 11/09/1941. Aged 33. 7/4 Maritime Regt. Son of William and Josephine Hamilton Phillips, of Holywood. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 62


+MAGINN, Henry Howard
RAF. Sergeant (Air Gunner). 637636. Died 11/09/1942. Aged 29. 15 Sqdn. Son of William and Adelaide Maginn, of Portadown; husband to Emma Maginn, of Portadown. Seagoe Church of Ireland churchyard


+McBLAIN, William
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1472262. Died 11/09/1943. Aged 38. 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of Stewart and Margaret McBlain; husband to Rose A. G. McBlain, of Newtownards. Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 36. Newtownards WM


+DOUGLAS, Alexander Archer Bruce
RN. Able Seaman. C/JX 234846. Date of Death:11/09/1944. Age: 22. HM Submarine Sceptre. Son of James MacGregor Douglas and Helen Douglas, Coleraine. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 40.

+McCONNELL, Charles

1st Btn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 7012767. Died 11/09/1944. Age 28. Son of James and Elizabeth McConnell; husband to Catherine Jane McConnell, of Belfast. Oscott College Cemetery, Birmingham


+SMYTH, Eric
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman.1148832. Died 11/09/1945. Aged 21. Son of William John and Mary Ellen Smyth, of Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery


EDWARDS, Thomas Kendrick
RNVR. Ord. Seaman. BSc, QUB 1942. Born 19/10/1925. Son of C K Edwards, The Forge, New Forge Lane, Belfast. Mechanical engineer. Died 11/09/1972. Campbell College 2797

McINTYRE, William James

Gunner (Service Number 115695), Royal Garrison Artillery. He was gassed in 1918. His parents were Mr. James and Mrs. Mary McIntyre, Warren Cottages, Chimney Hill, Portstewart, and he was born about 1875. William died on 11/09/1937 and was buried in the old church at Agherton cemetery. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.

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1 Comment

  1. 1472262 Gunner William McBlain could not have been serving in 5 Bty 2nd LAA Regiment at the time of his death. Although 2nd LAA Regiment was operational in September 1943, 5 LAA Bty had been disbanded officially on 1 August 1942 after the battery had been overrun at Tobruk and most of its personnel taken prisoner. Originally raised in North Down as part of 8th AA Regiment (later 8th Belfast HAA Regiment), 5 LAA Bty had gone to North Africa as part of 9th (Londonderry) HAA Regiment but was transferred out of 9th Regiment in mid-1940.
    Gunner McBlain would have been one of the early members of 5 LAA Battery but may have been serving in 6 LAA Bty, first formed as part of 9th Regiment (but later part of 2nd LAA Regiment) when he died. To further confuse matters, Z LAA Bty was redesignated 5 LAA Bty on 13 October 1943 and assigned to 2nd LAA Regiment.


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