A Fleet Air Arm Supermarine Seafire being refuelled by a petrol bowser at Yeovilton in September 1943. Today’s Roll includes a FAA pilot from well known Gosford, Armagh, naval family. Dungannon and Tynan are also represented.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+Lawson, Robert George
Canadian Pioneers. 3rd Btn. Private. 138211. Died 04/10/1916. Age 23. Born 23/03/1893, son of William John and Matilda Lawson of Miltown (South Side), Dungannon. He served for one year with the Ulster Volunteers before emigrating to Canada in 1915 where he worked as a grocery packer. He enlisted in Toronto on 09/09/1915. He died of gun shot wounds received in the vicinity of Regina Trench. Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas De Calais, France. Dungannon WM
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 9th Btn. Private. 13576. Enlisted at Finner Camp, Co. Donegal. Son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Steenson, Kiltybegs, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. Husband to Elizabeth Steenson, of Tynan. Pond Park Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Dungannon WM
+MANN, Leslie Ellis
Australian Infantry, 1st Btn. Private. 6543. Died 04/10/1917. Enlisted at Cootamundra, New South Wales, on 20/05/1916. He embarked on the “Ceramic” at Sydney on 07/10/1916 and arrived at Plymouth, England, on 21/11/1916. Later he proceeded to France, arriving at Etaples on 11/04/1917 and was taken on the strength of the 1st Battalion, 21st Reinforcements, on 02/05/1917. He was born about January 1888 in Castledawson, and emigrated to Australia about 1915 where he worked as a farmer prior to enlistment. His father, Mr. Henry Church Mann, lived in Castledawson; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Hanson Mann, moved to Victoria Terrace, Portstewart, after her husband died; and his sister, Mrs. D.H. Christie, lived at Mountpleasant, Coleraine. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
Norfolk Regiment, 3rd. Btn. Private. 42048. Died 04/10/1919. Dundonald Cemetery.
+ACHESON, Michael Ernest Brabazon
RN. FAA. Sub. Lieutenant. Died 04/10/1944. Age 20. HMS Heron. Killed in flying accident whilst on active service. War service in HMS Valiant (battleship), HMS Kent (cruiser), HMS Puckeridge (destroyer), HMS Canada base at Halifax NS, and from 24/06/1944 in RN Air Stations, HMS Macaw and HMS Heron. Born 17/12/1923. Son of Captain Hon. Patrick George Edward Cavendish Acheson, DSO, MVO, RN (1883-1957), and Norah Acheson. Brother of Lieutenant Nicholas Acheson, RN. Gosford, Co. Armagh and Chipstead, Surrey. Yeovilton Churchyard RNAS Extension.
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