In today’s Roll there are two pairs of brothers who died in the First WW. The veteran remembered today is Thomas Quin King, a naval reservist who gave exceptional service during the D Day landings and post-war was a leader in the legal profession as well as giving his time to several charities and good causes.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Irish Guards. 2nd Btn. Private. 6289. Died 28/09/1915. Son of Mary A. Keating, of “Rathdune”, 138, Connaught St., Dublin, and the late Peter Keating ex- Royal Irish Constabulary. Educated at Blackrock College, Dublin, Private Keating left the R.I.C., and joined the Irish Guards at the outbreak of the war. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
+HARKIN, William James
Royal Irish Rifles, 12th (Service) Btn. Private.17835. Wounded at Ploegsteert Wood. Died 28/09/1916. Son of Mr. J. Harkin, of Dunadry, Co. Antrim. Born at Aghadowey, Co Londonderry in 1895. His younger brother Andrew, who enlisted with him was killed in action three months earlier on 01/07/1916. La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium. Both brothers are commemorated on the Rolls of Honour at St John’s Parish Church Donegore and Muckamore Presbyterian Church.
Royal Irish Rifles, 12th (Service) Btn., attd. 108th Trench Mortar Bty. Corporal. 457. Died 28/09/1916. Son of Joseph and Ellen Jane Reid, of 16, Adelaide Terrace, Larne; husband of Martha Reid, of 23, Stewart’s Terrace, Circular Rd., Larne. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Bn. Private. 31237. Died 28/09/1917. Age 21. Born 02/09/1896 in the Coagh area, the second son of James and Mary Bell. The family moved to Chapel St., Cookstown. Thomas worked as a weaver. Thomas enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Glasgow in January 1917. Private Bell was seriously wounded in September 1917 and was taken to hospital in Vuerne and died of his wounds there. Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Highland Light Infantry,12th Btn, formerly S/10215 Gordon Highlanders. Private. 29746. Died 28/09/1918. Born 01/05/1896 at Legagrane, Newtowncrommelin, he was the brother of James (died of wounds) and John (wounded and discharged), and the son of James McCartney and Martha Johnston, Legagrane, Glenravel. He enlisted in Kilsyth, Scotland. Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium. Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Church.
+McELROY, Thomas (born McIlroy)
Canadian Infantry, 47th Bn. Private. 679139. Died 28/09/1918. Aged 30. Born 21/01/1888, son of Rachael Coulter McElroy, Tullygowan, Gracehill, near Ahoghill. Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Royal Irish Rifles Service, transf. to 10th Bn. Labour Corps. Rifleman. 14933. Died 28/09/1919. Aged 45. Son of Hugh and Isabella Huston, of 24, Lismore St., Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery
KING, Thomas Quin
RNVR. Lt. Commander. President QUB Services Club 1982. Law, QUB 1937. Qualified as a solicitor in June 1941, taking first place in the final examination and being awarded a gold medal. Aged 21 he joined as an ordinary seaman and shortly afterwards was posted for officer training, as a sub-lieutenant and then a lieutenant. He served in Landing Craft Infantry Squadrons and at the D-Day landings saw action at Juno Beach, Normandy. He ended his service as Lieutenant Commander. He was an early member of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association and later became a member of the Council of the Law Society and was elected its President in 1955. At that time he was the youngest ever President of the Society. Despite his active involvement in his practice and the Law Society, Tom found time also to participate in a number of other activities. He was a member of the Council of the Belfast Old Instonians Association and its President, a member of the Board of Governors of The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, a member of the Committee of the Belfast Association for the Blind, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trustee Savings Bank of Northern Ireland. RBAI. Died 28/09/2002
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