Among those remembered today – Men from Cookstown and Larne who served in Australian and American forces in WW1; A Belfast Gunner from the Shankill Road who died in WW2 blitz defending London; two RUR men who fell in the liberation of Holland.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Irish Guards 2nd Btn. Guardsman. 8877. Died 13/09/1916. Born Larne. Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs. Larne WM
Australian Infantry, 14th Btn. Sergeant. 337. MM. Died 13/10/1917. Born at Larne. Enlisted Freemantle. Son of Samuel and Margaret Barr, of I, Balfaur Terrace, Larne Harbour. Ypres (Menim Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
42nd Division, 165th Infantry Regiment, United States Army. Died 13/10/1918. Age 24. From Cookstown. Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse,
Irish Guards 3rd. Btn. Guardsman. 12178. Died 13/10/1918. Age 25. Born about 1893 in Brantry, Dungannon. He enlisted in Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland. He died of wounds at home. Husband of Georgina McCarty Woods, of 132 Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen. Scotland. Rutherglen Cemetery. Dungannon WM
Royal Artillery. Gunner. 1473864. Died 13/10/1940. Aged 26 years 21st Battery, 8th (Belfast) HAA Regiment. On dates between 08 – 16/10/1940, Luftwaffe bombs fell on the regiment’s barracks in London. Three men died and twelve more sustained injuries in these attacks. Born in 1914 in the Shankill area of Belfast, he was the son of Jane Skillen.
In the 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, he saw action with the British Expeditionary Force across Europe and survived Dunkirk. In December 1939, the regiment occupied themselves with the defence of the port of Le Havre. 21st Battery moved to Arras, deployed there in May 1940. By then, fighting was intense and German tanks and machine guns surrounded Crawford’s battery near St. Valery.
Their heavy anti-aircraft guns destroyed and breech blocks removed, the men retreated. Aiding the infantry with small-arms fire, they made their escape at Dunkirk.
On arriving home, the gunners took the task of defending against the blitz. After training in Blackpool, they departed for Coventry, Plymouth, and Wolverhampton. By September 1940, the regiment had concentrated on London as enemy attacks intensified. On 2nd October 1940, they helped extinguish around 2,000 incendiary bombs burning the Harrow School. On dates between 8th and 16th October 1940, Luftwaffe bombs fell on the regiment’s barracks. Three men died and twelve more sustained injuries in these attacks.
He was born in 1914 in the Shankill area of Belfast, Co. Antrim and was the son of Jane Skillen. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina. Regimental WM and RH, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
+Thompson, Stanley J
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 86402. Died 13/10/1940. Age 19. Son of John Davis Thompson and Sarah Scott Thompson of Bessbrook, Co Armagh. Sutton Bridge (St Matthew) Churchyard, Lincolnshire. Bessbrook WM
+DON, Andrew Nicol Durran
Royal Tank Regiment, 40th (7th Bn The Kings Regt [Liverpool]). R.A.C. Lieutenant. 219950. Died 13/10/1943. Aged 30. Son of the Revd. Andrew Chalmers Don, and Charlotte Hamilton Don, of Warkworth, Northumberland; husband of Mary Kathleen Don. M.A.(Oxon.). Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Warkworth WM, Knockbreda Parish WM
+COCHRANE, Thomas John
RN. Able Seaman. C/JX 375555. HM LCT 2454. Died 13/10/1944. Age 21. RN Commando. Son of Joseph and Elisabeth H. Cochrane, Scrabo Rd., Newtownards. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 75. Newtownards WM
+GUY, Melvern Roy
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd. Btn. Rifleman.14691055. Died 13/10/1944. Aged 21. Son of Melvern and Rachel May Guy, of Risca, Monmouthshire. Overloon War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd. Btn. Rifleman. 7021372. Died 15/10/1944. Aged 22. Overloon War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Royal Artillery. Captured in Greece in 1941 he became Prisoner Of War 22013 at Stalag VIIIB which was near Lamsdorf in Silesia. Having returned home he died of his wounds on 13/10/1951. Herbert was born during the First World War.
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