October 17 – Roll of Honour


In today’s Roll for WW1, a former North Irish Horse trooper who contracted malaria and died while serving in Palestine, and a Royal Flying Corps pilot from Belfast who died in Egypt. From WW2, a Royal Ulster Rifleman who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands. Photo – Kantara Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+McCULLY, Thomas
Scots Guards, 2nd Btn. Guardsman. 12607. Died 17/10/1915. Born on 16/06/1879 at Kirkinriola, Ballymena. Son of William McCully and Ellen Ritchie. He enlisted in Linlithgow. Husband to Sarah McCully,115 Greendykes Road, Broxburn. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.


+DUFFY, Alexander Thomas
Petty Officer Stoker. 310731. HMS Mary Rose. Died 17/10/1917. Age 29. Killed in action protecting convoy in the North Sea. Enrolled 13/09/1906 for 12 years. War service in St. Vincent, Leanderland, Attentive II, Pembroke II and Diligence (Mary Rose 18/01/1916 – 17/10/1917). Born Belfast 13/08/1888. Husband to Agnes Duffy, Mackey St., Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial. IMR. ADM 188/508/310731

+GROGAN, Rowland
Royal Field Artillery, 83rd Brigade, “D” Battery. Serjeant. 55416. MM. Died 17/10/1917. Age 29. Born in Coalisland about 1888. Address in Belfast during the war. Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+McCRACKEN, Henry Joy

RFC. 111 Squadron. Lieutenant. Died 17/10/1917. Age 21. Gazetted as temporary Second Lieutenant, Cheshire Regiment, 26/08/1916. Recorded on Medal Index Card as General List, subsequently Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Recorded as having signed the Ulster Covenant in 1912. Son of Mr. H. J. McCracken, Austinville. Bloomfield, Belfast. Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt


+HAGAN, Matthew
Staffordshire Yeomanry, 1st Btn. Private. 71398. Died 17/10/1918. Age 23. son of William and Matilda Hagan of Aughavey, Coagh, and educated at Tamlaght National School. He joined the North Irish Horse in the early months of the war and went to France, where he took part in some heavy engagements for 18 months. He was invalided home suffering from pleurisy. After spending some time in Hospital he returned to his unit and volunteered again for overseas service. In late 1917 the North Irish Horse were temporarily disbanded and in January 1918 he was transferred to the Staffordshire Yeomanry. He contracted malaria from which he died while serving in Palestine. Beirut War Cemetery, Beirut. Coagh WM

+McKENNA, Daniel

Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Private. 18458. Died 17/10/1918. Born in Clogher, County Tyrone where he resided. He enlisted in London. Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, France.


+TUOHY, Anthony
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Bn. Rifleman.14655365. Died 17/10/1944. Aged 19. Son of James and Mary Tuohy. Overloon War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands


BEST, Alexander
RN. Stoker I. SS114272. Enrolled 20/06/19913 for 5 and 7 years. War service in King George V, Leander, Attentive, Victory II, Pembroke II, Calyso and Dido. Demobbed 17/10/1919. Joined RFR 18/10/1919. Born Belfast 14/03/1894. ADM 188/1120/114272

BROWN, William John
RN. Leading Seaman. J13788. Enrolled 18/10/1913 for 12 years. Served to 17/10/1925. War service in Vivid I, Adventure and Arvonian. Born Londonderry 18/10/1895. ADM 188/674/13788

RN. Stoker I. K25151. Enrolled 05/03/1915 for hostilities. Pembroke II, Actaeon, Cormorant and, Idaho. Invalided 17/10/1917. Born Belfast 29/10/1885. ADM 188/917/25151

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