September 19 – Roll of Honour

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Today’s Roll includes a member of Queen’s OTC who served in the army in WW1 and rose to Air Vice-Marshall in RAF, Parachute Regiment Sergeant from Dungannon who was shot down when parachuting onto Ginkel Heath on the second day of the Battle of Arnhem and Guy Gibson’s navigator.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+NEILL, George
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 7231. Died 19/09/1914. Aged 32. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Neill, of 9, Surrey St., Belfast; husband to Margaret Neill, of 67, Abingdon St., Donegall Rd., Belfast. La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France

1916

+WILLIAMSON, Francis
48th Bty. Royal Field Artillery. Serjeant.16745. Died 19/09/1916. Francis Williamson was born in Rochdale, England. Francis Williamson enlisted in Dungannon. Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France

1918

+GEDDIS, Samuel McKee
Leicestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion. Lieutenant. Died 19/09/1918. Age 25. Before he enlisted Samuel worked as a Solicitor’s Clerk with the firm of Messrs Moorhead & Wood, Rosemary Street, Belfast.  Widely known amongst the members of the legal profession, Samuel was also well-known as a member of the North Down Cricket and Hockey Clubs.  In July 1915 he obtained his commission through the QU Training Corps. In November 1915, he went to France where he saw considerable service during which he was wounded twice and gassed once. Sam Geddis was engaged to be married to Jeannie McBurney of Comber and, after Sam died, Jeannie never married. Two of Jeannie’s brothers, James and Teddy also died in the war. Son of Mrs. M. Geddis, Tullynakil House, Comber, and the late Mr. Andrew Geddis. Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt. Second Comber Presbyterian Church, Killinchy Presbyterian Church, Comber WM, QUB RH

1919

+McFETRIDGE, Robert
RNR. Trimmer. 8708.TS. (PO). HMS Satellite. Died 19/09/1919. Born Coleraine 01/01/1890. Son of Matthew and Ellen Jane McFetridge, Ballymacilvennon, Portrush. Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush

1944

+WARWICK, James Brown
RAFVR. Squadron Leader (Navigator). DFC. 156612. Died 19/09/1944. Mosquito (KB 267 AZ-E) of 627 Sqdn. Piloted by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC. JB Warwick flew 27 operations on Lancasters with 49 Squadron between June and December 1943. He had been on Operations to locations including The Ruhr, Hamburg, Peenemunde and Berlin. He was killed flying as Navigator with Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC in a Mosquito of 627 Squadron on a raid to Rheydt and is buried in the Steenbergen General Cemetery. When Sqn Leader Warwick and Wing Commander Gibson’s Mosquito (KB 267 AZ-E) crashed Sqn Leader Warwick’s body was immediately identified by the Germans. On the other hand documents found near the crash site may have identified Wing Commander Gibson but were retrieved by civilians and hidden. GIbson was identified in German records as an ‘Unknown’ Airman. His name was only added to his grave after the War. JB Warwick was from Ligoniel, Belfast. His grave is beside that of Wing Commander Gibson in Steenbergen en Kruisland Roman Catholic Cemetery Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

+WHITE, Robert Graham (Bertie)

156 Btn. Parachute Regiment Sergeant. 6977506. Died 19/09/1944. Age 30. Shot down when parachuting onto Ginkel Heath on the second day of the Battle of Arnhem. He enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers aged 16 (he falsified his age), before transferring to the, Parachute Regiment. Son of Abraham and Elizabeth White. Born 26/05/1914. Arnhem Oosterbeek War cemetery, Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands. Dungannon WM. Moy WM.

1946

+OSWALD, William Henry
RN. CPO. Engine Room Artificer 4th Class. D-MX 508604. H.M. Submarine Scotsman. Died 19/09/1946. Age 26. Son of Samuel George and Jane Oswald, of Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery East.

VETERANS

FIELD, Claude Marcus Beresford
RNVR. Surgeon – Lieutenant. QUB 1937 – 42. MB, QUB 1942. MD DCH FRCP (Edin). Born 19/09/1918. Son of Claude Field, St Jude’s Ave, Belfast. Consultant paediatrician NI Hospitals Authority 1943 – 85. Osborne Gds., Belfast. Campbell College 2419

NORTON, David Barton
RNVR. Served 02/1941 – 1945. HMS Forte (RN base Falmouth) 10/1941 – 04/1942. HMS Troubadour 06/1942 – 12/1942. HMS Spartiate (RN base Glasgow) 15/02/1943 – 10/1943. British Naval Liaison Officer Gloire 12/1943 – 02/1944. HMS Hannibal (RN base Taranto, Italy) 04/1945. B1898. Son of Richmond and Annie Moon Norton, Rostrevor. M Norah J Waller in London 1926. Died 19/09/1958. Farm M’Teni Plains, Port Shepstoe, Natal, South Africa.

WRIGHT, Samuel
RAMC. Captain. Medicine QUB 1906 – 12. DPh. Served on Western Front. Injured at Neuve Chapelle, but remained in service until 1918. Married. Died Portrush 19/09/1919

YOOL, William Munro
RAF. Air Vice-Marshall. CB, CBE. 2nd. Lieutenant, The Prince of Wales’ (North Staffordshire) Regiment.

Whilst he was at Queen’s, he joined the OTC and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant with 11th (Reserve) Battalion, The Prince of Wales’ (North Staffordshire) Regiment on 11/01/1915, but he was later attached to the Indian Army and saw service in Egypt.

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 05/01/1917 and was transferred to the Garrison Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, before joining the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. On 12/11/1917, the Belfast Evening Telegraph carried a report that William Munro Yool had been admitted to hospital following a flight during which “he got very badly numbed and landed in a frozen condition”.

He resigned his Army commission in April 1918 to take up a commission in the Royal Air Force, which was to become his career.

In 1934, Yool flew one of two Vickers Valentia aircraft (from No. 70 Squadron RAF based at Hinaidi in Iraq) which supported four Wapitis of 84 Squadron in the first reinforcement flight to Singapore. During this flight, his aircraft suffered an oil leak which forced him to make an emergency landing on the only beach for 300 miles. He was able to repair the leak with chewing gum and take off before his aircraft was engulfed by the incoming tide.

As he rose through the commissioned ranks, Yool occupied operational, administrative and training posts and, in September 1940, as a Group Captain, he was Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff.

In January 1941, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and received a Knighthood (Companion of the Order of Bath) in January 1946. In the same year his portrait, now in the National Portrait Gallery, was painted by Walter Stoneman.
Sir William Munro Yool CB CBE retired from the Royal Air Force with the rank of Air Vice-Marshall (HQ RAF Mediterranean and Middle East) in June 1949. However, he continued serving in a reserve capacity and, in 1951, was the Director of Auxiliaries, Reserves and Air Cadets. William Munro Yool was born on 26/05/1894, the son of Mr William Munro Yool, Caleot’s House, Elgin, the proprietor of Miltonduff Distillery. He was educated at RBAI and Glasgow Academy before matriculating at QUB. He died on 19/09/1978. Crescent PCI WM, PCI RH

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