September 27 – Roll of Honour

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The first four names on today’s Roll are of men who fell serving with Scots regiments in WW1. One of the veterans remembered today was a survivor of the Battle of Jutland. On this day in 1939, Warsaw falls to Germany. The city will endure 1,939 days of ruthless Nazi occupation.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+COYLE, John
1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Private. A/7697. Died 27/09/1915 during the Battle of Loos. Born in Castelderg, County Tyrone, he lived and worked in Cookstown. He was in Glasgow, Scotland, before he enlisted in the Cameronians. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France, panel 57-59

+FALLS, Samuel Joseph
Scots Guards.1st Btn. Private. 11097. Died 27/09/1915. Age 26. Second son of John and Margaret Falls. Samuel was born in Tempo in County Fermanagh on 11/08/1889. By 1900, the family had moved to Cookstown. Samuel was working in Glasgow when he enlisted in the Scots Guards. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France, panel 57-59

+MAGILL, Alexander
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 10th Bn. Corporal. S/6251. Died 27/09/1915. Age 25. Son of Hugh Magill, of 2, Fedora Terrace, Skegoniell Avenue, Belfast. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France, Panel 125 – 127. Family Memorial, Carnmoney Cemetery

+WHAN, William John
Scots Guards. 1st Btn. Private. 11030. Died 27/09/1915. Age 22. Born in Cookstown, he was the son of Robert Whan, later of Straits, Lurgan Road, Banbridge and the grandson of William Whan of Cookstown, County Tyrone. William enlisted in the Scots Guards in Glasgow, while he was living and working there. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France. Cookstown WM. First Cookstown Presbyterian RH

1917

+GATCHELL, James Harcourt Cecil
Royal Army Medical Corps. Lieutenant/ temporary Captain. Attached to the 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment and later the Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 27/09/1917. He served with the Corps from September 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre (France). He was wounded for the second time in the Summer of 1917. Prior to enlisting he was a surgeon with the Elder Dempster Shipping Line. His parents, Rev. Dr. James H. Gatchell, Rector of Earlsgift, County Tyrone, and Mrs. Louisa J. Gatchell had a summer residence at Tullaghmurry, Portstewart. The family later moved to Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast. Portstewart WM, Agherton Parish Church WM and RH, IWR. Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium

+DALY (aka Hart), James
57th. Btn. Australian Infantry. Private. 1562. Died 27/09/1917. Son of Mr. M. and Ellen Daly (nee Casey), of Drumay, Derryfubble, Moy, Co. Tyrone. He was born about 1890. He emigrated to Australia at the age of 21, around 1911, where he worked as a labourer. James Daly had been working in Australia as a labourer for three years before enlisting on 09/12/1914. He was living in Melbourne, Victoria where he enlisted under the alias of 1562 Private Jack Hart. After a short spell at Gallipoli, he arrived in France for service on the Western Front in June 1916. According to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing file, Private James Daly was one of three men killed by German artillery which landed in the shell hole he was taking cover in after the attack on Polygon Wood on the 27 September 1917. Menin Gate, Ypres, West-Vlaanderenland, Belgium. Dungannon WM

1918

+ALLEN, Kennedy Cuthbert
Canadian Infantry, 8th Btn. Private. 2378956. Died between 27/09/1918 and 29/09/1918. Son of Kennedy Allen, of 9, St. John’s Place, Larne. Haynecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Larne WM

+COOKE, Robert
RMLI. Signaller.1367S. Portsmouth Division. Enrolled 18/01/1916. Died 27/09/1918 in France. In 2nd RM Battalion from 21/03/1917. New Dock St., Belfast. ADM 159/205/1367

+JOHNSTON, Frederick
RMLI. Private. PLY/15664. 1st RM Battalion RND. Died 27/09/1918. Age 23. Enlisted 22/04/1912 ; HMS Ajax 31/10/1913-31/03/1917 ; Embarked Royal Marine Brigade 18/05/1917 ; 26/10/1917 SW right leg and chest. Son of Frederick Johnston, Hornby St., Belfast. Moeuvres Communal Cemetery extension. ADM/159, 242

1941

+HUNTER, Stanley Seymour
Royal Artillery. Serjeant. 1468569. Died 27/09/1941. Aged 27. 11 Bty., 3 Searchlight Regt. Son of Moses and Mary Hunter, of Lisburn. Blaris Old Burial Ground, Lisburn

VETERANS

McCOLLUM, Hugh
RN. AB. 232688. HMS Ajax Jutland. Enrolled 27/09/1906. Served to 03/03/1919. In Ajax 31/10/1913 – 03/03/1919. Born Coleraine 27/09/1888. ADM 188/412/232688

McVICKER, Aaron Huston
Private (Service Number 28080), 12th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He volunteered for active service in the Winter of 1915 and was wounded in the Summer of 1917. Before the War he was employed as a carpenter by Mr. M. Reid and Son, contractors. He was born on 27 September 1881 and his parents, Mr. Aaron and Mrs. Sophia (nee Townsend) McVicker, lived at Castle Gate House, Portstewart. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.

REID, Adiel Elda Hazael
RAMC. Captain. QUB MB 1913. BCh. Served from 16/10/1914. Born c1889. Husband to Josephine Reid. Died 27/09/1942, Deramore Dr., Belfast

WHITE, James
Class A Leading Signaller. 88X31391. Enrolled Devonport 27/09/1939. Served until 1947. HMS Orion. 1939/45 Star, Atantic Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star and British War Medal. Enrolled Royal Fleet Reserve 10/04/1947. His brother William served with Royal Ulster Rifles and landed on Sword Beach. Cousin of Samuel McBrinn White, RN.

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