October 15 – Roll of Honour


Remembrance event at the council offices in Lisburn. The figure is that of Frank Pantridge. He was awarded the Military Cross for his services as a Medical Officer during the Fall of Singapore when he became a POW. He served much of his captivity as a slave labourer on the Burma Railway. He returned to NI in 1950 as a cardiac consultant at the RVH. He went on to develop the portable defibrillator, and in 1965 installed his first version in a Belfast ambulance. The Roll today recalls the service of 12 men from the three services.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914 HMS Hawke
See separate article on this heavy loss of life.

RN. Seaman. 235183. HMS Illustrious. Died of illness 09/10/1915. Born Portadown 17/07/1888. Son of John and Mary Grimason. Husband to Ada. Portadown News reported 16/10/1915 that a few weeks previously he had attended his father’s funeral in Portadown, and that he had contacted a fever when returning to duty…“Not many months ago his brother John was killed in action”. (Portadown News 16/10/1915). Enrolled 17/07/1906 for 12 years. War service in Argyll, Vivid I and Illustrious (30/07/1914 – 09/10/1915). Born Portadown 17/07/1888. Carleton St., Portadown. Scathe Road cemetery, Grimsby. Portadown RH. ADM 188/417/235183

McCALL, Joseph
Royal Engineers, 258th Tunnelling Company. Sapper. 86132. Died 15/10/1916. Formerly a Private in the Irish Guards. Born on 26/01/1879 in Moy, County Tyrone. Youngest son of David and Mary Ann McCall. Stangmore, Dungannon. Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France.

+BROWN, John
RNR. Engineer Lieutenant. MFA Whitehead. Died 15/10/1917. Aged 41. Son of John and Jane Brown, Woodstock Rd., Belfast; husband to Rosina Brown, Perkin St., Newcastle, New South Wales. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 27. IMR

+GATES, Thomas
Australian Infantry, 15th Btn. Private. 4797. Died 5/10/1917. Age 24. Born at Derrymeen, Coalisland about 1893. Son of John and Rebecca Gates. He emigrated to Australia, aged 21, and worked as a farm labourer. He enlisted at Kingaroy, Queensland on 21/09/1915. In October 1917 he was wounded. Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery Extension, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Dungannon WM, St Anne’s C of I Church WM

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Private. 19859. Died 15/10/1918. Prisoner of War. Born in Magherafelt about 1898. Son of William and Jane Campbell. He enlisted in Cookstown. Sarralbe Military Cemetery, Sarralbe, Moselle

+CROSS, Thomas John
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th BTN. Private. 19343. Died 15/10/1918. Age 32. Thomas John Cross was the son of Mary Cross. Thomas and his twin brother Samuel were born in Drumglass, Dungannon about 1884. By 1901 his father had died. The family may have had a drapers shop in Market Square, Dungannon. Thomas received injuries to both legs at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916 and was removed to hospital in England. He was serving in Flanders when he died. Thomas’ twin brother Samuel , who was also with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, survived the war. Cement House cemetery, Langemark, West-Vlaanderen,Belgium. Dungannon WM, St Anne’s C of I, Dungannon, WM

+MURRAY, Robert
Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Private. 52661. Died 15/10/1918. Larne. Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

+TOTTON, George
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 3rd Bn. Private. 3229. Died 15/10/1919. Aged 24. Son of Mary Totton, of 16, Convention St., Belfast, and the late George Totton. Dundonald Cemetery

+FENEMORE, Stanley Allen
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 745110. Died 15/10/1940. Battle of Britain. Aged 20. 501 Sqdn. Son of William Allen Fenemore and Gertrude Fenemore, of Whitewell, Co. Antrim, Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


ALLEN, James McGregor Allen
RN. AB. J23707. Enrolled 21/12/1914 for 12 years. Boy service in Impregnable, Theseus, Vivid I, Caernarvon. OS and AB in Delphinium, Victorious, Suffolk and Invincible. Invalided 15/10/1919. Born Londonderry 21/12/1896. ADM 188/694/23707

+BAILLIE, Robert McDonald
RN. Stoker 2nd Class. K53085. HMS Hercules. Enrolled 16/08/1918 for hostilities. In Victory and Hercules. Demobbed 15/10/1919. Born Port Glasgow 10/10/1894. Died 03/12/1919. Son of Robert Baillie,Vicarage St., Belfast. Joint headstone, Dundonald Cemetery.

DUFF, Aaron
RN. AB. J25165. HMS Constance, Jutland. Enrolled 24/07/1914 for 12 years. War service in Vivid, Constance (26/01/1916 – 18/06/1917), Cambrian, and Leander. Invalided out 15/10/1919. Earl Street, Belfast. Sinclair Seaman’s – PCI RH. Born Belfast 24/07/1896. ADM 188/697/25165

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