WW1 – Two members of QUB OTC, one awarded the MC; a North Irish Horse trooper serving as an infanteer, a USA private from Coagh who rests at the “Old Cross”, Ardboe. WW2 – RN from Newry who survived sinking of Japanese prison ship Lisbon Maru who died on the Japanese ship She Maru. Photo – Holywood War Memorial
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+CALWELL, Theophilus Legate
Royal Fusiliers. 9th Bn. Lieutenant. MC. Died 07/10/1916. Aged 23. Born on 30/05/1892 in Shore Street, Holywood. Son of Walter and Rebecca Busby Calwell (nee Perry) who were married on 08/01/1875 in First Holywood Presbyterian Church. Walter Calwell, a clerk from Belfast, was a son of John Calwell, a factory manager. Rebecca Perry from Cultra was a daughter of James Perry, a farmer. Theophilus attended Holywood Parochial National School from 1905 to 1907 and he was a member of the Queen’s University Belfast Officers’ Training Corps from 25/10/1910 to 1912. He worked as a clerk in the Belfast Banking Company before he took up an appointment with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London. In 1914 he obtained a commission in the Royal Fusiliers, in May 1916 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and in the 25 August 1916 edition of the London Gazette it is recorded that he had been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action:
‘He set a fine example and led with great dash, being one of the first into the enemy’s trenches where he accounted for many of the enemy. After pursuing the enemy, he went down a deep dug-out with only one companion and captured two officers and twenty men’. Brother of Lieutenant Walter Henry Calwell.
Lieutenant Theo Calwell was wounded on three separate occasions during 1916 before he was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave.
Almost two years later, Theo Calwell’s brother, Walter Henry Calwell also lost his life. Henry had lived in Canada at the outbreak of WW1 and was a superintendent of Sewer Works before he enlisted on the 11/11/1914 into the 5th Battalion, (attd to the 2nd Battalion) Royal Irish Rifles. Lt Walter H Calwell was killed on the 27/08/1918 and was buried in Arneke British Cemetery. Walter is remembered on the Canadian Roll of Honour, the Holywood War Memorial and the 1st Presbyterian Church in Holywood, Co. Down. Sadly their father Walter Calwell, died on the 1st November 1918 a short time after the death of his son Theophilus. M.C.
Theo is remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France; Holywood and District WM; First Holywood Presbyterian Church; Sullivan Upper School Holywood; on the Queen’s University Belfast WM; Queen’s University Belfast Book of Remembrance.
+HALL, William Francis
Manchester Regiment, 20th Bn. Died 07/10/1917. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1914 – 16. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. QUB WM
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 6th Btn. Private. 28735. Died 07/10/1918. Age 33. Born at Killyfast, the son of John Brady of Portlee. The Irish census of 1911 shows Patrick Brady, a farmer, and his wife Margaret (37) living at Gillistown, Ballyscullion with their four children: James Henry, 9 and born in the USA, Hugh Francis, 7 and born in the USA, Rose Ann, 4 and born in the USA, and Mary Ellen, 2 and born in Co. Antrim. Husband to Margaret Brady, Staffordstown, Randalstown.Bellicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 9th Btn. Private. MM. 41530. Died 07/10/1918. Age 24. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Coulter of Mullaghfad, Cooneen, Fivemiletown. He was born in Fivemiletown about 1894. The 1911 census records Joseph as 17 years old. He is working on his father’s farm. He is still living with the family at Mullaghfad, Fermanagh. He enlisted in Fivemiletown. Private Coulter was previously with the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron), Service No. 150, and 2nd Regiment of the North Irish Horse before joining the Royal Irish Fusiliers. The exact date of death is unknown but he died between 1 and 7 October 1918. He was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Moorslede, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Fivemiletown WM
+DORIS, Thomas George
United States Army. Private. Died 07/10/1918 . Age 25. Born 28/04/1893, the son of Michael Doris and Maryann Doris (nee Corr), of Farsnagh Coagh. Thomas immigrated to the United States and settled in Milford, Connecticut. He served with the American Expeditionary Force in France and was killed in action during the Muese Argonne Offensive. His remains were returned home to the “Old Cross”, Ardboe, where his body is interred in the Doris Family plot at the Old Cross Abbey and Cemetery, Ardboe, County Tyrone. Coagh WM
Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. Lance Corporal. Died 07/10/1940 Son of Patrick Pearson and of Mary Pearson (nee) Heatherington; husband to Brigid Pearson, of Ballygawley. Garvaghey Roman Catholic Churchyard, Ballygawley, Tyrone. Dungannon
+MULCAHY, Michael Desmond
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX 143657. Died 07/10/1942. Age: 24. HMS Tamar. Enlisted in 1936 at 16 years of age. He had six years’ service, two on the China station. Became a Japanese Prisoner of war at Hong Kong in December 1941 and was sent to Japanese mainland on Japanese ship Lisbon Maru. This was sunk and although he survived, he died of dysentry on the Japanese ship She Maru and was buried at sea. Son of William and Sarah Mulcahy, Queen St., Newry. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 28/08/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 66
RNPS. Leading Cook. LT/MX 94696. HMS Tango. Died 07/10/1947. Age 24. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Whittaker, of Ballymena. Ballymena New Cemetery
BUNTING, William John
RN. Stoker First Class. SS120870. Late RNR. HMS Queen Elizabeth. Demobbed 07/10/1919. Born Larne 31/08/1878. ADM 188/1126/120870
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