October 5 – Roll of Honour


WW1 – V Beach cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli. WW2 – On 5th Oct 1943, the Irish Brigade embarked on a “peaceful” cruise from Barletta to Termoli where they landed under artillery fire – 61 days later, they would be relieved by Canadian forces at the Moro River. The veteran remembered today was awarded a Military Cross serving with Royal Irish Rifles. After the war he became a Presbyterian minister, serving in Randalstown and with other congregations.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+SMYTH, Frederick John

Royal Irish Rifles, 7th.Btn. Rifleman. 7053. Died 05/10/1917. Age 26. Born in Dungannon, Co Tyrone about 1891, son of Fredrick and Elizabeth Smyth. The family lived in Beersbridge Road, Belfast. His mother was a widow. He enlisted in Holywood, Co Down. Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France


+BROWN, James
Army Service Corps. 20th Field Bakery. Private. S2/SR/0427. Died 05/10/1916. From Larne . Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France


Canadian Infantry, 10th Bn. Private. 905194. Died 05/10/1917. From Larne. Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France

+LOVE, Henry Alexander

Australian Infantry. 41st.Btn. Private. 1055. Sied 05/10/1917. Age 26. Born in Clogher, County Tyrone about March 1888. Son of William and Emily Love. The family emmmigrated to Australia before 1911. Henry enlisted on 31/12/1915 in Lismore, New South Wales with the Australian Infantry. He embarked from Sydney on 17/05/1916. He disembarked at Devonport, England on 20t/07/1916. On the 29/10/1916 he proceeded overseas with the 41st battalion. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+MacKEOWN, John Harold
Connaught Rangers, 5th.Btn, Second Lieutenant. Died 05/10/1917. Age 22. Son of Capt. John MacKeown and Mrs.MacKeown, of Muldersley Lodge, Islandmagee. Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Baghdad

+SMYTH, Frederick John
Royal Irish Rifles. “A” Coy. 7th Bn. Rifleman. 7053. Died 05/10/1917. Aged 26. Born Dungannon. Son of Fredrick and Elizabeth Smyth, of Beersbridge Rd., Belfast. Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France

+HAY, William Stevenson Brown
RAMC, attd. 53rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Captain. MiD. Died 05/10/1918 near Ypres. MCB. QUB MB, BCh,1914. Demonstrator in Anatomy QUB. Gazetted 1915 and attd. 110th Field Ambulance 36th (Ulster) Div. Lieutenant RAMC June 1915, Captain June 1917. Served in France and Fllanders from 05/10/1915 including the Battle of Theipval 1916, Messines Ridge 1917 and Cambrai Nov 1917.Born 1891. Son of George C. and Mary F. Hay, of 9, Cameron St., Belfast. Potijze Burial Ground.

+McKNIGHT, William Richard

Canterbury Regiment, 2nd Btn. (New Zealand Army). Private. 30271. Died 05/10/1918 at Le Cateau. Age 27. Born on 09/05/1891 in Fivemiletown, son of Thomas and Margaret McKnight. William McKnight emigrated to New Zealand. Before enlisting, he worked as an iron monger for a Mr Darragh in Fielding, New Zealand. . He was 27 years old. Private John McKnight, who also hailed from Fivemiletown, also had parents called Thomas and Margaret. It is very possible that these two were brothers. Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial Bapaume, Pas-de-Calais, France. Fivemiletown WM, Fivemiletown Methodist Church RH

+McMULLAN, William
9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. 42464. Died 05/10/1918. Aged 20. Son of John and Nancy McMullan, 9 Poor Row, Ballycastle. Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Private. 21956. Died 05/10/1918. Age 26. Son of James and Mary Sheridan. Thomas Sheridan, James’ brother, also died in the war on 12/10/1915. Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Peronne, Somme, France. Dungannon WM

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 1st-5th Btns. Private. 202742. Died 05/10/1918. Age 31. Born on 13/01/1887 in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. The 1901 census lists Hugh as age 14, boarding at house 10 in Sess, Cole, County Tyrone. He was still at school. Hugh Torrens moved to live in Scotland. He enlisted in Stirling, Scotland. Husband to Mrs M J Torrens of 2 Falcon Place, Greenhill Road, Paisley. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Fivemiletown WM


HMS Caroline. RNVR. Signalman. P/UD/X 1224. HM Trawler Kingston Sapphire. Died 05/10/1940. Aged 22. Brother served with RAF. Son of John and Alice Campbell, Silvergrove St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 44


+GIFFIN, Archibald
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX 243308. Date of Death: 05/10/1941. Age:18. H.M.S. President III. Son of Francis and Mary Giffin, Ballymena. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 47


+GARRETT, Frederic Theodore

South Staffordshire Regiment. 7th Btn. Captain. Died 05/10/1942. Age 28. Son of Percival Albion Garrett and Winifred Florence Garrett, of Woldingham, Surrey. Drumcoo Cemetery, Dungannon

+GRACEY, James
RAFV. Sergeant. 1544964, Died 05/10/1942. Age 25. B.A., H.Dip. Ed. Son of James and Elizabeth J. Gracey. Lurgan New Cemetery. Lurgan WM


JACKSON, Culbertson
Lieutenant Culbertson Jackson, MC, was born in 1893 and was studying for a science degree at QUB when the Great War started. He enlisted as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, being posted to France in October 1915, but received a commission in the 11th South Antrim) Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, on 16/07/1916. He was wounded in the left shoulder and thigh in April 1918 and was awarded the Military Cross in September 1918.

After the war, he followed his father and paternal grandfather (whose entire ministry from 1855-1887, was spent at Sligo Presbyterian Church) into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

He held the charge at Sligo from 1922 until 1926, when he resigned to accept a call from Randalstown Presbyterian Church. He was installed in Crescent Presbyterian Church on 30/10/1930 and remained there until he retired on 31/01/1962. He died on 05/10/1977. His son, William Moffatt Jackson, also entered the ministry.

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