RBL and Association standards at Newtownards ceremony. Today’s Roll includes a founding member of the RAF from Portstewart, Irish Guardsmen from Castlerock and Larne who died in WW1, and an RAF aircrew who died in a training flight near Stranraer in WW2.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+REID, William Douglas
Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps (Canadian Civilian). Sapper. 502120. Died 10/11/1915. Age 27. Son of Douglas and Eliza Reid. He was born 29/05/1888 in Derryfubble, Dungannon. His father was a farmer who died in March 1910. William emigrated to Canada. Before enlisting he was living at No. 6 Firehall, Vancouver, British Columbia. He was working as a trackman, laying down railway track. William Reid enlisted in Vancouver in October 1915. Sapper William Reid who died as a result of an accident, is believed to be buried in Pinehill Cemetery, Mattawa, Ontario, Canada.
+O’NEILL, J T
Royal Irish Rifles. Captain. Died 10/10/1916. Family memorial, Dundonald Cemetery. No CWGC record
1st Bn.Irish Guards. 5393. Died 10/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial, West – Vlaanderland, Belgium, Panel 10. Castlerock Parish. Third Ypres – see July 31
+WILLIAMS, William James
Irish Guards. 2nd Btn. Lance Corporal. 9487. Died 10/10/1917. Son of Fred Williams, of “Rathkenny,” Larne Harbour. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
12 men from NI were lost when the ship was sunk by a German U-boat in the last weeks of the war. To obtain Remembrance Ni’s e-booklet on this tragedy see note below.
+BURKE, Robert (Bobbie) John
RAF. Aircraftsman (mechanic), Third Class (Service Number 297140). He volunteered for active service in September 1918. He died, aged 19 years, of pneumonia on Wednesday, 10/10/1918 in hospital at Blanford Camp, Dorsetshire, England. Before enlisting he was employed as a chauffeur by Mr. Samuel R. Henry, Dun Suivnish, Galvally, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William John (a driver of Portstewart tram) and Mrs. Susan (nee Law) Burke, lived in the Tramway Depot, Main Street, Portstewart. He is commemorated on Portstewart’s War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church’s War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Ireland’s Memorial Record. He was buried in Agherton Cemetery, Portstewart.
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 6th Bn. attd. Royal Irish Rifles. Lieutenant. Died 10/10/1918. Commissioned as an officer in September 1915 and gazetted to the 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 15/10/1915. He served at the Battle of the Somme and was invalided home with trench fever. After his return to health, he was attached to the 1st Royal Irish Rifles on 13/08/1916. He acted as a bombing officer at the Curragh camp until November 1917 when he was posted to Palestine to join his regiment. He returned to France and on the night of 07/10/1918, the Battalion was attacked by a bombardment of shell fire. He was badly wounded and taken to No.50 Casualty Clearing Station and died of his wounds there. John Carruth was son of Mr. E. Carruth, The Haven, Mallusk. Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. QUB
+GAULT, Arthur Alexander
Royal Dublin Fusiliers. “D” Coy. 11th Bn. attd. 17th Bn. Royal Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 10/10/1918. Aged 28. Son of the late Mr. John Gault and of Mrs. John Gault, of Belgrano, Lame Harbour. Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
+GREEN, Thomas James
Royal Irish Rifles. B Company 12th Btn. Rifleman. 11/17766. Died 10/10/1918 in a German Military Hospital at Hautmont, France. Aged 23. Son of Robert H. and Annie Green, of 57, Donegall St., Belfast. Born on 22/11/1894 at Dunmurry and pre-war was employed at the Milfort Weaving Company. He enlisted in 11th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim Volunteers) in late 1914. He was wounded on 01/07/1916 receiving shrapnel wounds to the leg. He transferred to 12th Royal Irish Rifles in February 1918 and was captured with the majority of the battalion on 21/03/1918. Hautmont Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
Born 24/02/1895. Former pupil of Friends’ School, Lisburn. His stay at FSL was brief, lasting from 04/09/1906 to the 21/12/1906. The single report on him dated 21/12/1906 reads, “Arthur possesses considerable ability, and has shown a good deal of improvement during the term; but his frequent absences from school have prevented him from properly settling down to his work, and deriving all the benefits that might have been expected”. His parents were James and Christina Johnston of Lurgan. The closest fit is Private A.M. Johnston (CH/2887S) 1st. RM. Battalion Royal Naval Division, RMLI. Son of John and Christina Monteith Johnston, Ship Haugh, Stirling. Died 08/10/1918. Age 23. Proville British Cemetery, Nord, France.
King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 4th. Btn. Private.11359. Died 10/10/1918. Age 45. Son of James and Jane Mulgrew. He was born about 1873. It is believed he was a native of Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Husband to Mary Mayes Mulgrew, of 27, Scott’s Lane, Port Glasgow. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
Canadian Infantry. 58th Bth. Private. 451976. Died 10/10/1920. Age 29. Son of Thomas and Mary Breadon, of Alderwood, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He was born on 08/11/1891 in Fivemiletown. The 1911 census records Joseph as 19, working on his father’s farm at Alderwood. Joseph emigrated to Canada. He worked as a grocery clerk. He enlisted on 23/07/1915 in Toronto. He was 24 and single. saw service in Europe. Joseph had married Sarah Breadon by the time of his death. He died after the war of related injuries/illness. Toronto St John Norway Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
+McCONNELL, Thomas Norman
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1147130. Died 10/10/1941. Aged 29. He was one of two Observers Under Training onboard Airspeed Oxford Mark I T1287. The plane from No. 4 Air Observer School flew into Shalloch on Minnoch, Ayrshire. Also on board was Pilot Sergeant Dick Tester and another Observer Under Training, Sergeant Edward O’Grady. All three men died in the accident. The plane took off on a training flight from RAF West Freugh near Stranraer, Wigtownshire. Shalloch on Minnoch is at the northern end of a range of hills known as The Awful Hand. The ground rises to between 2,000 and 2,800 feet. At a height of around 2,000 feet, the Oxford Airspeed struck the hillside. Wreckage from the incident still remains on the hillside. Parts of engines and the fuselage remain visible, some still showing signs of yellow paint. RAF personnel from West Freugh recovered the bodies of the three men. Son of John and Annie McConnell of Knock, Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery
BENSON, Edward White
RNAS. Chief Petty Officer Mechanic. F2880. Armoured Car Division. Enlisted 29/12/1914 for hostilities. Service in Russia. Selected RNVR Sub – Lieutenant 31/12/1916. Born Ballymoney 10/10/1884. Son of Canon and Mrs Benson, Ballymoney Rectory, Co Antrim. ADM 188/565/2880
RN. Stoker First Class. 291790. Enrolled 06/03/1899 for 12 years. Served to 07/04/1911. Joined RFR 08/04/1911. War service 05/08/1914 – 10/10/1919, in Endymion, Vivid II, Hildebrand, Europa and Theseus. Born Magheramorne 22/02/1876. Magheramorne – PCI RH. ADM 188/470/291790
CAMPBELL, Albert Edward John Campbell
RN. Leading seaman. J68016. Boy service from 17/02/1901. Enrolled 17/02/1919 for 12 years. Served to 10/10/1926. War service in Powerful, Ganges and Centurion. Born Downpatrick 17 Feb 1901 ADM 188/783/68016
CONNOLLY, Patrick Joseph
RN. Writer II, M12089. Enrolled 16/02/1915 for hostilities. Served in Pembroke II and Blenheim. Demobbed 10/10/1919. Born Belfast 28/09/1896. ADM 188/1042/12089
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