On the deck of Royal Navy Battleship HMS Rodney while stationed in Gibraltar, 1941. HMS Rodney played a major role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May, 1941, and participated in several coastal bombardments including Operation Torch and the Normandy landings. Remembering twelve men from NI on this day.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Canadian Infantry, 18th Btn. Private. 400729. Died 03/10/19163 Larne. Son of William G. and Margaret Gough, of Larne Harbour. Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
+GREER, James Kenneth MacGregor
1st Bn. Irish Guards. Lieutenant. M C. Died 03/10/1916 Aged 31. Son of Thomas Macgregor Greer and Margaret Baines Greer, of Ballymoney. St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
+McKINLEY, George Knox
3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. 4th Bn. Rifleman. 12238. Died 03/10/1916. Aged 25. Son of James McKinley, of Union Place, Dungannon. Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Somme, France
+BUSBY, Samuel R
15th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment (Territorial). Formerly Royal Irish Rifles. Private. 79878 (formerly D/10987 Royal Irish Rifles). Died 03/10/1918. Age 18. Son of William and Ellen E Busby. Born 03/12/1899 at Carnspindle, Islandmagee. Kilbride New Cemetery. Kilbride Parish Church WM
+DROOGAN, William John
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 6th Bn. Lance Corporal. 24988. Died 03/10/1918. Aged 21. Son of Francis and Catherine Droogan, of Lisdoort, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman.12/277. Died 03/10/1918. Aged 24. Son of Mary Kerr, of Ballyhenry, Carnmoney, and the late James Kerr. Born at Ballycraigy. Carnmoney (Church of the Holy Evangelists) C of I Churchyard Extension. Carnmoney Parish RH
+JOHNSTON, Robert John
RAFVR. Aircraftman 1st Class. 1480745. Died 03/10/1942. Age: 24
Son of Samuel J. Johnston and Mary Johnston of Lurgan. Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
+IRWIN, William Thomas.
RAFVR. Flight Lieutenant 127920, 51 Squadron. Died 03/10/1943. Aged 22. Son of George and Lucinda Ann of Craigavad, County Down. Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany.
+TAIT, Alan John
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1533637. Died 03/10/1943. Aged 28 103 Sqdn. Son of Robert and Margaret Tait; Husband of Joy Olivia Tait of Portstewart.
Woodschapel (St. John) Church of Ireland Churchyard
RAC, Reconnaissance Corps, 49th (West Riding) Regt.Trooper. 7018785. Died 03/10/1944. Aged 23. Son of Aaron and Sarah Smyth; husband to Margaret Smyth, of Newtownards. Dundonald Cemetery.
Royal Artillery. Gunner. 6975524. Died on 03/10/1946. Aged 38. 6 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment. Son of John and Sarah McDowell of Belfast. Husband to Elizabeth McDowell of Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery East
RN. Stoker First Class. J78541 and SS124473. Boy service from 16/09/1917. Enrolled 13/08/1918 for 12 years. War service in Powerful, Victory I and Inconstant. Served to 12/08/1923. Joined RFR 13/08/1923. Demobbed 03/10/1938. Born Ballymena 13/08/1900. ADM 188/804/78541, ADM 188/1130/124473
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