October 9 – Roll of Honour


On This Day in 1939, the light cruiser HMS Belfast captured German transport Cap Norte off the Faroes whilst returning to Germany from Brazil. She was taken in to service as the troop carrier, Empire Trooper. Today is the birthday of Victoria Cross recipient, Rifleman William McFadzean, of the 36th (Ulster) Division. Today’s Roll includes 15 short accounts of costly service to democracy and freedom.  

Representing their comrades who died on this day


Royal Engineers, 57th Field Coy. Sapper. 19714. Died 09/10/1914. From Londonderry. Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France


+FALLOON, James Huston
Royal Engineers, 122nd Field Coy. Driver. 64034. Died 09/10/1916. Aged 26. Son of Albert Victor and Louisa Falloon, of 4, Adelaide Terrace, Larne Harbour. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France


+ACHESON, Vincent Andrews
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 6th Btn. Captain. Died 09/10/1916, during the Salonika Campaign. On the outbreak of the war, he had at once volunteered and had joined the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as a private. He soon obtained a commission in January 1915, was appointed Captain, and in the succeeding autumn, gained his company. Born 13/12/1887, son of David and Sarah Acheson of Drumreany, Castlecaulfield. Vincent was educated at Lurgan and then at St Andrews College, Dublin. He captained Dungannon Rugby Club. On the death of his father in 1912, he took charge of the Castlecaulfield factory, the linen manufacturing firm trading as Acheson & Smith Limited. He later married Agnes Swan, of Broughty Ferry (near Dundee) , Scotland. They had a son, David. Struma Military Cemetery, Kalokastro, Strymoniko. Dungannon WM, Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church RH

+COONEY, Charles Richard
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 7th Btn. 2nd Lieutenant. Died 09/10/1916. Age 22. He received a commission in 1915 to the 7th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was sent to Ipswich for a preliminary course on 01/11/1915. He was then attached to the 5th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers for training at Curragh Camp and Moore Park, near Fermoy, and subsequently to the 10th Royal Irish Rifles. He arrived in France on 20/07/1916 and was attached to the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles and appears to have taken his turn in the trenches from the day of his arrival. While serving with them in France he was killed by shellfire on 09/10/1916. Born on 13/03/1894. Only son of James L. Cooney of 3 High Street, Moneymore. Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. Desertlyn C of I RH, Moneymore WM

+ROULSTON, William Arthur
London Regiment (London Irish Rifles). Sergeant. 9995. DCM. Died 09/10/1916. Age 35. Son of Hugh Thompson Roulston, a Wesleyan Minister, and Mrs Margaret Roulston, of Dungannon. Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Dungannon WM


+BOLAND, Henry

Irish Guards,1st Btn. Guardsman. 9528. Died 09/10/1917. Age 22. 83 Irish Guards were killed on this day during the Battle of Poelcappelle. Son of Bartholomew and Margaret Boland. Born on 11/08/1895 in Clogheen, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. Henry lived with his grandparents in Bricklieve, County Sligo. He enlisted in Boyle, County Roscommon. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West -Vlaanderen, Belgium. Fivemiletown WM

+HENRY, Patrick
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 7/8th Btn. Fusilier. 30697. Died 09/10/1917. Born on 10/03/1891 at Drumderg, near Toome. Son of James Henry and Mary Mulholland from Cranfield, Randalstown. He enlisted in Dumbarton.  His will of 1917 indicates that his possessions should go to his mother at Moneyglass, Toomebridge. Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

+IGOE, Herbert
Irish Guards. Guardsman. 9873. Died 09/10/1917. Age 29. Son of William and Isabella Igoe, Dungannon Street, Moy, Co. Tyrone. He was a shop assistant when he enrollled. Tyne Cot Memorial. Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Moy WM

+McAULEY, Archibald
Irish Guards, 2nd Btn. Guardsman. 11695A. Died 09/10/1917. Age 29. He was born in Ballycastle. His father, Mr. J. McAuley, later lived at Church Street, Portstewart. Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, Belgium. IMR

+McREYNOLDS, Thomas Alexander
Warwickshire Regiment, 16th Btn. Private 32788. Died 09/10/1917. Age 25. Thomas volunteered for service when war was declared having previously served with the North Irish Horse before the war. He enlisted with the Dragoon Guards and was sent to France in 1914 where he was wounded twice. He transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in the autumn of 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres and shortly after joining he was reported missing during an advance at Polygon Wood, Belgium. Son of T.A. McReynolds, Kingsmills, Stewartstown. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Coagh WM, Kingsmills Orange Hall RH

+O’HARA, David
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Fusilier. 26295. Died 09/10/1917. Born in Newry, he enlisted in Belfast whilst he was living in Lisburn. Possible link with Dungannon. The Presbyterian Church In Ireland – Roll of Honour 1914-1919 (Dungannon, 2nd Presbyterian) lists a David O’Hara from Killyquinn who was killed in action.Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.

+HASSAN, Thomas Patrick
Fort Garry Horse, 34th Btn. (Canadian). Private. 2147644. Died 09/10/1918. Larne. Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

+HAYES, Joseph Lewis
RMLI.. Private. PO/18251. 1st RM Battalion RND. Died 09/10/1918 in 29th Casualty Clearing Station (wounded 8/10/18). Age 21. Enlisted 17/10/1928. Embarked Royal Marine Brigade 30/07/1915 – 13/03/1916. Joined 2nd Royal Marine Battalion at Cape Helles 20/08/1915 ; Nov.1915 Trench Foot, both feet, due to prolonged exposure in bad weather at Cape Helles ; Embarked Royal Marine Brigade (2nd Occasion) 190/4/1918 ; 1st Royal Marine Battalion Draft for BEF 24/06/1918. Born Belfast 09/01/1897. Son of Joseph Charles and Lilian Hayes, Roberts Rd., Leicester. Husband to Minnie Hayes, Shaftesbury St., Belfast. Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beguny. ADM 159/193/18251

+SMYTH, Thomas
361st Infantry, 91st Division, US Army. Private First Class. Died 09/10/1918. The 361st was part of the 181st Brigade and was serving with the 1st & 32nd Divisions in the Meuse Argonne. On October 9th the 1st was attacking around Cote 269 the 181st was supposed to be holding a line from Hill 255 to Cote 269. When it was discovered the Brigade was not occupying this line, they advanced to do so. This was near the Bois du Chene Section. Thomas was a native of Caddy, Randalstown and enlisted in Washington, USA.


+JONES, Spencer
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Bn.Fusilier. 6981965. Died 09/10/1944. Aged 31. Husband of Emily Jones, of Bangor, Co. Down. Cassino Memorial, Italy.

Rifleman William Frederick McFadzean VC.
William was born in Lurgan, County Armagh on the 9th October 1895. He served in The Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Btn. On 01/07/1916, during the Battle of the Somme near Thiepval Wood, France, a box of hand grenades slipped into a crowded trench. Two of the safety pins in the grenades were dislodged. William threw himself on top of the grenades, which exploded, killing him but injuring only one other and saving the life of so many others. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. A bronze bust, in his memory, was erected by the Ancre Somme Association in 2018.


RN. Stoker I. 299799. Enrolled 01/02/1902 for 12 years. Served to 07/02/1914. Joined RFR 08/02/1914. Served 02/08/1914 – 09/10/1919. War service in Vivid II, Victory II, Angora, Attentive I, Woolwich and Apollo. Born Baltimore, Ballymoney, 08/04/1883. ADM 188/486/299799.

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