September 25 – Roll of Honour


Parachute Regiment colours at Osterbeek 75th anniversary remembrance service. 33 men are remembered on today’s Roll. They include a Banbridge man who was one of the first to enlist with the North Irish Horse who were in France from 20 August 1914, also an Archdale from Fermanagh, and three Gunners from Newtownards who fell at Tobruk

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+ARCHDALE, Nicholas James Mervyn
3rd Bn. attd. 5th Bn. Cameron Highlanders. Major, Died 25/09/1915. Aged 40. Son of the late Capt. Hugh Montgomery Archdale and Elizabeth Archdale. Served in the South African Campaign. Portora Royal School. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

+ANDERSON, Private William
Highland Light Infantry. 12 Btn. Private. 17537. Died 25/09/1915. Born in Dromara, or Dromore, Co. Down, he lived in Lanark. Enlisted at Dunoon, Argyllshire Loos Memorial, panels 108-112, Pas de Calais, France

+ANDREWS, Robert Hutchinson
1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Formerley North Irish Horse. Second Lieutenant. Died 25/09/1915. Age 27. He was one of the first to enlist after the war began, joining the North Irish Horse on 10 August 1914 (No.994). His profession at the time was civil engineer, and was living with his family at Fernhill House, Annaclone, Banbridge. He embarked for France on 20 August 1914 with C Squadron, taking part in the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne. On 9 January 1915 he was appointed to the rank of trumpeter, and on 28 July 1915 was sent to the officer cadet school at St Omer for a course of instruction. He was commissioned a month later and posted to the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Andrews joined the regiment as it prepared to make a small-scale attack on the German trenches at Bois Grenier. The purpose was to pin down enemy reserves while the main attack took place at Loos that day, 25 September. The officer was killed when a German shell ignited a load of smoke candles brought forward for use in the attack. The Battalion diary for the day includes the following: C & D Corps were heavily shelled from 4.30am to 3.30pm, but suffered comparatively slight casualties. 2nd Lieut Andrews was killed. Apart from Andrews, the Battalion lost two officers wounded, 11 other ranks killed, 76 wounded and 15 missing in the day’s action. Born in the parish of Ballybrick, near Banbridge, Co. Down, on 04/06/1888, son of farmer David Henry Andrews and his wife Essie (nee Hutchinson). Bois Grenier Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

+CUPPLES, William
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Captain. Died 25/09/1915. Age 20. MCB. Faculty of Medicine 1912 – 14. Member of QUB Training Corps 1913. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cupples, Malone Avenue, Belfast. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. QUB RH

+CURLEY, Francis Alfred Joseph
Royal Engineers. Lieutenant. Died 25/09/1915. Age 24. Belfast Municipal Technical Institute. QUB, B.Sc., Engineering, 1912. Member of the QU Training Corps 1910. Gazetted, 1914. Son of Mrs. R. Curley, “Mentmore”, Lisburn Rd., Belfast, and the late Alexander Curley. Loos Memorial Panel 4., Pas de Calais, France QUB RH

+FINLAY, Thomas
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 10th Btn. Private. S/5965. Died 25/09/1915. Age 25. Son of Thomas Finlay, of Skeagh, Carnalbanagh, Broughshane, Ballymena. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Lieutenant Commander. HM Yacht Sanda. Died Isle of Wight 25/09/1915. Age 67. HMS Sanda was in the Dover Patrol, a Trawlers and Minesweeping patrol. Sanda was sunk by German shore batteries off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium. “The death of Lieutenant Commander Gartside Tipping, R.N. reported from the front is another of those grave incidents that bring home more intimately to us here in Fermanagh the tragedy of the war.  The deceased gentleman was a son of the late Captain Gartside Tipping of Rossferry, near Derrylin, one of Lough Erne’s most picturesque residences, afterwards occupied by the Hon. Cyril Ward on his marriage with a daughter of the Earl of Erne.  He was a brother of Mrs. Richardson, of Rossfad, with whom profound sympathy will be felt in her bereavement.  The family are relatives of the Earl of Erne.  The Lieutenant-Commander, although one of the oldest officers actively engaged in the British navy, being 67 years of age, gallantly offered his services on the outbreak of the war.  When the present King, then Prince George, was undergoing an early course of naval instruction he was lieutenant on of the Royal yacht.  For many years he was inspector of lifeboats in the Irish and West Lancashire districts, and he was well known at the various lifeboat stations on the Antrim and Down coasts.” – Fermanagh Times 07/10/915. From Rossferry, Belturbet, Co. Fermanagh. Nieupoort Memorial, Nieuwoorts West-Vanderen, Belgium. Southport, Lancashire WM

+KELLY, Henry Newton
33rd Punjabis, Indian Army. Major. Died 25/09/1915. Age 45. Son of Henry Russell and Mary Howard Kelly of Killymeal, Dungannon. Henry’s father was a Dublin-born solicitor. His mother was from Dungannon. Henry spent most of his life in the Army and lived in India. Post-du-helm Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord 4, France. Dungannon WM

10th Btn. Highland Light Infantry. Private. 12874. Died 25/09/1915. Age 25. Son of Charles Lavelle. He was born in Ballynakelly, Coalisland. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France. Dungannon WM

+MACKAY, James
Gordon Highlanders, 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Lieutenant. Died 25/09/1915. Aged 23. Son of W. M. and Jessie Mackay, of 63, Castlereagh St., Belfast. Born at Keiss, Caithness. Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Family memorial, Dundonald Cemetery

2nd Highland Light Infantry. Lance Corporal. 9035. Died 25/09/1915. Born on 24/07/1887 at Unshinagh, Dunloy, Co. Antrim. He was the son of James McCracken and Sarah Jane Templeton and he was one of fourteen children. He lived in Uddingston, Lanarkshire and he was a coal miner. He enlisted at Hamilton. He died in an action at Givenchy, north of Arras. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France.

+McCRORY, William
2nd Royal Irish Rifles. Serjeant. 7501. Died 25/09/1915. He enlisted in Belfast. Born on 15/04/1892 at Tamnaderry, Duneane, Randalstown. Eldest son of William John McCrory, Ballycloghan, Duneane and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hutchinson, Staffordstown, Randalstown. Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate), Belgium.

+McGEE, Patrick
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). 9th. Bn. Private. 7876. Died 25/09/1915. Aged 31. Son of John and Mary McGee, of 47, Churchill St., Belfast; husband to Margaret Mary McGee, of 58, High St., Kilkenny. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

+McGILL, Owen

1st Btn. Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 6860. Died 25/09/1915. Age 39. Born in Donaghmore, County Tyrone about 1876. Father of five and husband to Jane of Castlecaulfield Town. He was an insurance agent. His wife Jane was a linen spinner. Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Dungannon WM

+McNEIL, John
Gordon Highlanders. 1st Battalion. Private. S/2753. Died 25/09/1915. Age 35. Son of John and Isabella McNeil. He was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone on 19/12/1879. John was living and working in Cambuslang, Glasgow, when he enlisted with the Gordon Highlanders. Menin Gate, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Cookstown WM

+MURDOCK, William
Black Watch. 9th Battalion. Company Sergeant Major. S/3848. Died 25/09/1915. Age 42. Eldest son of Richard and Bess Murdock. He was born on 11/02/1873 in Unagh, Lissan, Cookstown. He was one of eight children. His father was a gamekeeper. His mother was servant and cook. At the outbreak of the First World War William had already served twenty-one years in the British Army. He first saw action in South Africa at the time of the Jameson raid. In July 1914 he retired on a pension and went to live in Edinburgh. When war was declared he was called up. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France. Cookstown WM, First Cookstown Presbyterian

+NELSON, Craig
3rd Brahmans, 1st Bn. attd. 69th Punjabis. Captain. Died 25/09/1915. Age 36. Captain Nelson was educated at Armagh Royal School, and became a subaltern in the 5th Royal Irish Rifles, of which his father is surgeon-major, and with the 2nd R.I.R., went through the South African campaign [Boer War]. Afterwards he joined the Indian Army. On the outbreak of the war he went to Egypt, and then to the western front. He married Miss Irene Sawyer, daughter of Colonel Sawyer, Indian Army. He left two young sons. Son of the late Surgeon Maj. Edwin Field Nelson; husband of Irene Nelson, of 16, The Close, Norwich. Neuve-Chapelle memorial, Pas de Calais, France

+ROSS, Kenneth
4th. Btn. Royal Irish Rifles. Second Lieutenant. Died 25/09/1915. Age 26. Entered QUB in 1908. One of the articles Kenneth Ross wrote for the Journal of the Chemical Society was co-authored by Cecil Crymble. (Crymble also fought in the war and died in November 1914). Born Northern Ireland 1890. Son of George Hamilton Ross and Henrietts Ross of Cultra, Co. Down. Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 40

+STUART, Andrew John, Viscount
Royal Scots Fusiliers. 6th Battalion. Lieutenant. Died 25/09/1915. Age 34. Eldest son of the 6th Earl Castle Stewart (late of Madras Civil Service) who succeeded to the title in 1914 and Emma Georgiana, Countess Castle Stewart, the youngest daughter of General Arthur Stevens, an Indian mutiny veteran. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France. Stewartstown Cenotaph. Donaghendry C of I RH


+MULLAN, Charles
2nd Bn. Irish Guards. Private 9420. Died 25/09/1916. Aged 31. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Mullan, of 66, Hawthorn St., Belfast. Native of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France

+BAILEY, Robert

Royal Garrison Artillery. 379th Siege Bty. Sergeant. 5376. Died 25/09/1917. Age 36. Born on 15/06/1881 in Glenrue, Aughnacloy, he served in the Boer War. He was a Reservist living in Belfast when he was called up. At the time, he was working for Messrs W & G Baird Ltd. Belfast, employed as a frame maker. Family resident at Mount Street, Ormeau, Belfast, Gaza War Cemetery. Dungannon WM

+BAILEY, Patrick
Royal Scots. 2nd Battalion.Lance Corporal. 3288. Died 25/09/1917. Born at Kildress, Cookstown. Patrick enlisted in Cookstown. Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium



Tunnelling Company, Australian Royal Engineers. Died 25/09/1919. Age 58. Born in Dungannon about 1861. John emigrated to Brisbane, Australia. He had served for three years in the Australian Light Horse before enlisting for overseas service on 15t/07/1916 at the age of 45. His attestation papers show that he was 5 feet six and three quarter inches tall. He was transferred to France on 15/10/1916. Due to sickness he was transferred from the Australian Base Hospital in Rouen, France to Middlesex County Hospital, England. It was recommended that he was no longer fit for Military Service. He was sent home to Australia and upon arrival was transferred to hospital from early June 1917 until August 1918. He was discharged from the army on 13/07/1918 and died in hospital in Brisbane. Brisbane General Cemetery also known as Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, Brisbane. Dungannon WM


+BENSON, James
RN. Petty Officer, D-223430, Petty Officer. HMS Drake. Died 25/09/1939. Age 53. Husband to Elizabeth Benson, Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery


+DOWDS, William James
RAF (AAF). Aircraftman 1st Class. 816097. Died 25/09/1940. Aged 19. 614 Squadron. Son of Oliver and Jean Dowds of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery


RN. Signalman. C/JX 226557. Died 25/09/1941. Age 19. SS Avoceta. Convoy signalman. Joined RN October 1940. Son of John and Anna Collim, Hatton Dr., Woodstock Rd. Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 19/12/1941). Chatham Naval Memorial

+DALZELL, Joseph
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1476588. Died 25/09/1941. Aged 36. 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of William and Agnes Dalzell, of Newtownards; husband to Ellen Dalzell, of Newtownards. Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. Newtownards WM

+GRAHAM, Samuel
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1483918. Died 25/09/1941. Aged 32. 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of William and Agnes Graham; husband to Greta Graham, of Newtownards. Tobruk War Cemetery, LIbya. Newtownards WM

+McNEILLY, William John
Royal Artillery. Bombardier. 7007543. Died 25/09/1941. Aged 39. 5 Bty., 2 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of William John and Ellen McNeilly, of Newtownards; husband to Margaret Kathleen McNeilly, of Newtownards. Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya. Newtownards WM


+ALLEN, William
RNR. LS. P/X9691B. DSM. Died 25/09/1943. Age 31. HMS Trawler Franc Trieur was hired for auxilliary patrol May 1940, converted for minesweeping 1941, sunk by E-boat torpedo off Harwich. Son of Joseph and Mary Allen; husband of Pearl Allen, Bellarena, Co. Londonderry. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 79

+BOYD, James Jackson
RN. Leading Signalman. D/JX 158635. HMS. Itchen. Died 23/09/1943. Age 21. Joined aged 15. Trained in HMS Caledonia. In Rodney at Narvik and at sinking of the Bismarck. In Hood for North African invasion. Father served with RAF in World War I. An uncle was in US navy. Son of Thomas Henry Boyd and Agnes Boyd, Fort St., Low Rd., Lisburn. (Lisburn Standard late 1943). Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 80. Lisburn WM


BEVERIDGE, Arthur Joseph
RAMC. Major General. CB. OBE, MC, Norwegian Military Cross, MiD 24/12/1917. Belvedere College Dublin, NUI and QUB. MB, NUI 1915, BCh, BAO, LM, MSc, NUI 1929, PDH, QUB 1926. Arthur, and his identical twin brother James (Jim) O’Shaughnessy Beveridge, RAMC, were matriculated, in 1910, into UCD Medical School (Cecilia Street) and did their clinical training at St Vincent’s Hospital. They both joined the Royal College of Surgeons Officer Training Corps. Arthur gained a commission of Lieutenant in the Medical Services (Special Reserve) on 27/07/1914. He mobilized on 19/07/1915, and entered the war in France on 05/06/1916. He was promoted to Captain on 19/01/1916. Arthur’s brother Jim died from wounds on 22/11/1917, and the chaplain who was with Jim when he died did not have far to go to break the news to his twin. Arthur had had a premonition that something dreadful was about to happen. He was so grief-stricken that he could not carry on at the front, and was given three months’ compassionate leave. He returned to Dublin and spent six weeks shut up alone in his room, speaking to no-one. Arthur returned to the war, he was awarded the Military Cross “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His dressing station was heavily shelled during an engagement, but owing to his determination, courage and initiative, a large number of wounded were attended to and evacuated from the danger zone.” He received the General Service Medal and clasp for his service in Iraq during 1919 – 1920. Arthur continued to serve with the Medical Services until he retired on the 21/03/1958. He was promoted Major, 04/01/1918. Lt Colonel, 27/02/1940. Brigadier, 17/08/1947. Major General, 08/11/1951. During this time he served with many different medical units in various parts of the world, and was awarded the OBE, the Norwegian Military Cross with laurels, and was further mentioned in despatches twice. Born Dublin 21/03/1893. Son of John (Town Clerk of Dublin) and Jane Beveridge. Died Venice 25/09/1959

LUKE, Thomas Davey
RNVR. Surgeon Lieutenant Commander. Truro Grammar School. QCB, RCS Edin. MB 1894, BCh BAO MD 1908, FRCS Edin 1902. Born 1873 Scorrier, Cornwall. Son of Francis R Luke, Scorrier. Husband to Jane. Died 25/09/1921 Clifton, Bristol

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