September 20 – Roll of Honour

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Just another day in two world wars. A day which changed families for ever. Todays Roll recalls 17 men from all services and from all parts of NI who defended democracy and freedom. Photo – Menin Gate sunset

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+ANDERSON, Edward Douglas
2nd Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 5936. Died 20/09/1914. Age 44. Born 11/05/1870 at Carniny, Ballymena. He was a regular soldier and had enlisted in Belfast in 1900. Son of the late Adam and Jane Anderson, nee Higgins, and the brother of 4932 Rifleman David Anderson. Husband to Janet, 7, Duncan Street, Pollockshaws, Glasgow. La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

+BROWN, William James
RN. 227825. HMS Pegasus. Died 20/09/1914. Enrolled 02/05/1905 for 12 years. War service in Pegasus, Goliath, Hyacinth, Challenger and Vivid I. Born Londonderry22/05/1887. ADM 188/402/227825

+GOUGH, Samuel
South Lancashire Regiment. 2nd Btn. Private. 7406. Died 20/09/1914. La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. Larne WM

+SCOTT, James
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 4353. Died 20/09/1914. Son of Margaret Scott, of 25, Wilton St., Belfast, and the late William John Scott. 20 years’ service. La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France

1915

+FIELD John W
1st Batt., Royal Irish Rifles. Captain. Died 20/09/1915. Member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 431. Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France

+MANNING, Edward S
RNR. Assistant Engineer. HMS Clementine. Died of illness 20/09/1915. Age 33. Son of Humphrey and Fanny Manning. Layde Church of Ireland Churchyard, Cushendall

1916

+HAMILTON, George

13 Btn. Australian Infantry. Private. 5094. Died 20/09/1916. Age 35
Son of James and Jane Hamilton. George was born in Killyman, Dungannon, County Tyrone. He served a 5 year apprenticeship with R Richardson, Dungannon and then moved to Belfast where he worked as a grocer’s assistant. George arrived in Sydney about 1912. He enlisted on 08/08/1915 in New South Wales with Australian Infantry. He was wounded in the field on 01/09/1916. He had a fractured right arm and an injured left ankle and was removed to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital. He died at Sussex County Hospital in Brighton of a fracture humerus, amputation of arm and septicaemia. Leicester (Welford Rd) Cemetery, Leicester. Dungannon WM

+McNALLY, Thomas
Royal Irish Rifles, 9th Battalion. Serjeant. 18/122. Died 20/09/1916. Aged 19. Son of James and Maggie McNally, of Kilwaughter, Larne. St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

1917
+ARMSTRONG, David
3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF. Private. 6414. Died 20/09/1917. Age c26. Son of Annie Black, Burnside. Born Ballyclare c 1891. Enlisted 09/05/1916 whilst residing at Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia. He was a Station hand. Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Ieper, Belgium. Kilbride Parish Church WM

+LITTLE, Henry James
5th. Btn. East Kent Regiment 2nd Lieutenant. Died 20/09/1917. Aged 25. Son of John W and H H Little. Henry was a born in Scotland in 1892. Henry’s parents moved to live in Cavanaleck, Fivemiletown. Henry lived in Paisley, Scotland and later in Charing, Kent. He enlisted with the East Kent Regiment. He was given a commission in June 1916, and was attached to the 5th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke. West-Vlaanderenland, Belgium

+McKINLEY, James
D Coy. 2/4th London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Lance Corporal. 295090. Died 20/09/1917. Aged 31. Battle of Menin Road. Previously served in the Black Watch. Son of William and Christina McKinley, of Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down; husband of Sarah McKinley, of Roughfort, Mallusk. Father of three children. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. St John’s Parish Church, Templepatrick.

1941

+GRANT, Desmond Mary
RAF. Corporal. 539570. Died 20/09/1941. Aged 23. Son of James and Ellen Josephine Grant, of Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. Berlin 1939 – 1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany

1942

+MEWHORT, Thomas Arthur
RAFVR. Aircraftman 1st Class. 965965. Died 20/09/1942. Aged 44. Son of Josiah and Lucinda Mewhort of Belfast; Husband to Annie M. Mewhort of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery

+PENTLAND, George
Royal Artillery attd. H.Q. II Corps. Gunner. 956614, Died 20/09/1942 as a result of an accident while based in England. Age 27. He was a member of Seagoe Church Lads’ Brigade and 1st Portadown Boys’ Brigade Old Boys. Son of Robert Pentland and Jane Pentland of 29 Carrickblacker Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh. He was the husband of Rhonda Pentland. Seagoe Cemetery, Portadown. Portadown WM

+JONES, William Henderson
RN. OS. P/JX 519884. Died 20/09/1943. Age 18. HMS Lagan. He had joined the Royal Navy in June and had recently been home on leave. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Forrest Jones, Tavanagh St., Donegall Rd., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 08/10/1943). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 76

VETERAN

FOSTER Robert Cowan
RN. Surgeon Commander. Lieutenant WW1. Brother served with RIR. MB BCh BAO, QUB 1925 Born 20/09/1897. Son of W Rigby Foster, Cricklewood, Cherry Valley, Belfast. Died 04/1981. Campbell College 1109

MANNING, Denis William Bordon
RNVR. Chaplain 1944-46. Hon. Sec., Mersey Flotilla, RNVSR. 1949-53.  Chaplain, Mersey Division, RNVR (HMS Eaglet), 1952.  Born 20/09/1915. Son of the Ven. Archdeacon CC Manning, MC, Magheralave Road, Lisburn. Died 07/1981. TCD. Campbell College 2335

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One Comment on “September 20 – Roll of Honour

  1. OS William Henderson Jones was one of 29 men killed or fatally injured when U-270 attacked HMS Lagan with an acoustic torpedo, severing the frigate’s stern. Although towed to Liverpool, the ship was so badly damaged that it was written off as a total loss and was sold for scrap after the war. Lagan had been involved in convoy escorts and had taken part in a number of attacks on two U-boats, U-89 on 12 May 1943 and U-753 the following day. Both submarines were sunk.

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