September 14 – Roll of Honour


A Dungannon RS former pupil who enlisted in Canada, a naval armoured car driver from the Crumlin Road who dies in Mesopotamia with the newly formed Machine Gun Corps, three WW2 aircrew and a Gunner comprise today’s Roll. The service of a veteran, a former CSM from Portstewart is recalled. HMS Zulu was sunk on this date (photo). The Medical Officer in Zulu was from Belfast. Later awarded DSC. He was lost in another sinking.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+BATES, David Clements

58Bn. Canadian Infantry. Private. 228347. Died 14/09/1917, a day before the unit’s stint at the Front was due to end. Born 1889 in Castleblayney, County Monaghan. Only son of William and Jennie Bates. His father was a bank manager with the Belfast Bank. He worked in Crossmaglen and at Saintfield, Belfast. David attended the Royal School Dungannon between 1901 and 1903. After leaving school he too joined the Belfast Bank. After his father died the family moved to Canada. He enlisted in Toronto in April 1916. Beehive Cemetery, Willerval, Pas-de-Calais, France

+MITCHELL, John Howard
RNAS. Petty Officer. F6297. Armoured Car Division. In Russia. Later Sergeant 79804, Machine Gun Corps (Motor Branch). Killed in Mesopotamia 14/09/1918. Born Belfast 28/12/1892. Strangemore Terrace, Crumlin Rd., Belfast. Albert Street – PCI RH. IMR. ADM 188/572/6297

+Steele-Nicholson, John Edwin Charles Averill
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner).1591275. Died 14/09/1942. Aged 20. Son of Robert Charles Henry and Lydia Mary Noel Amelia Steele-Nicholson, of Ballow, Bangor, Co. Down. Kirkinner Cemetery, Wigtownshire, Scotland. Dungannon WM, Moy WM

+SMYTH, Edward Joseph
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner). 644366. Died 14/09/1943. Aged 22. 138 Sqdn. Son of Edward and Mary Smyth, of Belfast. Esbjerg (Fourfeld) Cemetery, Denmark


+CRORY, Willliam Samuel
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1523061. Died 18/09/1944. Age 22. Son of William Crory, and Elizabeth Crory, Ballyward. Drumgooland Presbyterian Churchyard


Royal Artillery. Gunner. 1464852. Died 14/09/1947. Aged 44. 21 Battery, 8 HAA Regiment. Husband of Kathleen Brickley of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina. Regimental WM and RH, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


RN. 151964. Joined as a boy on 03/02/1937. Posted on completion of training was posted to the new Tribal Class destroyer HMS Zulu. Saw action in Norway at 2nd Battle of Narvik, in the Mediterranean and was present at the sinking of Bismarck. He was wounded and taken POW at Tobruk on 14/09/42 whilst landing Royal Marines by boat. HMS Zulu was sunk by bombing that day. Repatriated following hospitalisation. Joined Merchant Navy after the war and served until ill health forced retirement in 1980. Born 02/04/1923. Died 23/12/96. Circular Road, Coleraine

CAMPBELL, Daniel Reid
Company Sergeant-Major, 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys). He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 27 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. Daniel was a member of the Military Recruiting Team which visited Portstewart in October 1914. He served in France and Belgium. Before the War he was employed as a stone mason. He and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, lived at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart. His parents, Robert (stone mason) and Catherine Campbell, lived at the Crescent, Portstewart. Daniel was living at Old Coach Road when he died on 14/09/1955 he was buried in Agherton Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church, Portstewart Presbyterian Church’s Roll of Honour and the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

CAPPER, Adam Clarke
FAA. 1939-45. Born 14/09/1926. Son of T. H. Capper, 56 Malone Park, Belfast. Campbell College 2903. BA, OU. Civil servant Rtd. Killinchy.

On this day

1939 – Royal Navy destroyers HMS Faulknor, Firedrake and Foxhound sank U-39 off the Hebrides after she attempted an attack on HMS Ark Royal. This was the first U-Boat sunk in WW2. All of her crew were rescued.

1942 – Destroyer HMS Sikh was sunk by German and Italian shore batteries and air attack while covering a commando raid (Operation Agreement) on Tobruk. 115 officers and men were killed.

1942 – Destroyer HMS Zulu was sunk by Italian air attack while covering a commando raid (Operation Agreement) on Tobruk: 39 crew killed or missing. She had earlier rendered assistance to HMS Sikh, sunk the same day. Ross McFall Kirkpatrick from Belfast was the Medical Officer in Zulu. He was awarded the DSC on 22/12/1942 for service during raid on Tobruk. He died 22/10/1943. Aged 27 in HMS Hurworth. Son of Charles Magill Kirkpatrick MBE, and Lucy K Kirkpatrick, Belfast. Ulster Medical Society RH. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 84 . QUB WM.


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