October 23 – Roll of Honour

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Wimeruex Cemetery near Bologne – at rest all ranks on 5 levels including Canadian medic Lt Col John McCrae who wrote in Flanders Fields. Four sons of a Presbyterian minister in Randalstown served in WW1. One was a founding officer in the RAF, another, remembered here, was a Gunner officer who died at Le Cateau. WW2 entries include a Derry submariner lost in HMS Unique – now on eternal patrol.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+BUCHANAN, Edmond
North Irish Horse. Corporal. 686. Died 23/10/1914. He enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Letterkenny in March 1912. He embarked for France with A Squadron of the North Irish Horse on 17/08/1914, seeing action in the retreat from Mons and the Advance to the Aisne. In October 1914 he was taken seriously ill and evacuated to the Epsom and Ewell Hospital (Grandstand) in England. He died there. He was born on 27/08/1890 at Rathdonnell, County Donegal, son of farmer David Buchanan and his wife Catherine (nee Wilkin), one of at least thirteen children. Epsom Cemetery, Surrey, England

1916

+DARGAN, George
RNR. AB. 5062B. HMS Geniota. Died 23/10/1916. Minesweeper. Ardilea St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23.

+HOEY, George
Royal Irish Rifles, 1st Btn. Rifleman. 5369. Died 23/10/1916. Age 40. Born in Moy, County Tyrone about 1876, the son of James and Rachel Hayes Hoey. George Hoey enlisted in Downpatrick, Co. Down. He was residing in Banbridge, Co. Down at the time and his parents were resident at Gilford, Co. Down. Husband to Anne Eliza Hoey, of Seapatrick, Banbridge. Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme. Banbridge WM

1917

+ELLIOTT, William James
Canadian Infantry, 46th Btn. Private. 136257. Died 23/10/1917. Aged 49. Son of the late John and Maria Elliott, of Headwood, Kilwaughter, Larne. Oxford Road Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

1918

+CURRAN, David George
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 1st. Btn. Private.44264. Died 23/10/1918. Age 19. Born 03/10/1899, a son of David and Elizabeth Curran of Oldtown Street, Cookstown and was employed at Gunnings Factory. He enlisted in Cookstown late in 1916 and had been through many of the campaigns towards the end of the First World War. He was seriously wounded in both legs on 14/10/1918, and was taken to No 44 Casualty Clearing station where one of his legs was amputated. David was seriously ill and spent much of his time in the company of the Chaplain of the station where he spoke of his love for his Mother and the other members of the family at home. David died of his wounds. Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Cookstown WM, St Luran’s Church, Cookstown, Gunnings Factory WM

+KNOX, John
Royal Irish Rifles, 13th Bn. attd. 15th Bn. Second Lieutenant. M C and Bar. Died 23/10/1918. Aged 28. Son of Robert Knox, of Tierkelly, Rathfriland. Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France

+McCLURE, Hugh Cecil
Royal Garrison Artillery,146th Siege Battery. Lieutenant. Died 23/10/1918. Aged 22. Son of the Rev. Dr. J. J. and Mary McClure, Duneane, Randalstown. Presbyterian minister John James McClure, son of Presbyterian minister Samuel, married Mary Denham of Clover Hill, Randalstown, daughter of Presbyterian minister William, in Antrim Town’s 1st Presbyterian Church on the 15/09/1884. The couple had at least four children who served in the Great War. William Denham McClure was born on the 19/10/1887 at Drumcullen, Duneane. He became a Presbyterian minister and served in the Great War. Samuel McClure was born on 02/04/1890 at Drumcullen and became a Major, eventually serving in the Royal Air Force after its creation. John Richard Smyth McClure was born at Drumcullen, Duneane on the 10/11/1892. He died during the war. Hugh Cecil McClure was born at Drumcullen on 04/08/1896. Le Cateau Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

1942

+EDGAR, Stanley Martin
RN. Stoker 1st Class. D/SKX 315. Died 23/10/1942. Age 19. HM Submarine Unique (Lt R E Boddington), possibly around 10th October 1942, eastern area of North Atlantic – ‘overdue, presumed lost’. Carrying out Bay of Biscay patrol while on passage from Britain to Gibraltar. Reported off Lands End on the 9th, last contact was probably on the 10th, due to arrive at Gibraltar on the 22nd, but not heard from again. Cause of loss unknown, possibly drifting mine. Germans made no claims for attacks on a submarine at the times of her passage; all 34 crew lost. Son of William James Edgar and May Stanley Edgar, Londonderry. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 70. St. Columb’s Cathedral WM, Londonderry

1943

+BILL, James
Royal Irish Fusiliers . Fusilier. 7020049. Died 23/10/1943. Age 26   Son of Edward and Ellen Bill, of Belfast; husband of Lily Bill, of Belfast. Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy

+BURROWS, William Andrew
RN. Ordinary Seaman. D/JX 417950. HMS Charybdis. Died 23/10/1943. Age 23. 10 months’ service. Son of William and Helen Burrows, Derriaghy, Dunmurry. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 05/11/1943). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 80. Lisburn WM

+DANIELSEN, George Frederick Christian
Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2/7th Bn. Major. 44901. MBE. Died 23/10/1943. Aged 33. Son of Frederick Gustavus Danielsen and of Elizabeth Danielsen (nee Okeu); husband of Francesca Violet Peggy Danielsen, of Limavady. Athens Memorial, Greece

1944

+KELSO, Samuel
Royal Ulster Rifles. 2nd Bn. Rifleman. 7015487. Died 23/10/1944. Aged 25. Son of Robert James Kelso and Matilda Kelso; husband of Edith Annie Kelso, of Yeovil, Somerset. Venray War Cemetery, Limburg (Netherlands), Netherlands

+McCONKEY, John Crawford
RAFVR. Sergeant.1899023. Died 23/10/1944. Aged 29. 625 Sqdn. 
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Son of John Crawford McConkey and Mary McConkey; husband of Florence McConkey, of Whitewell, Co. Antrim. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 233, Surrey

+QUIGG, David John Blair
RAFVR. Aircraftman 1st Class.1079950. Died 23/10/1944. Aged 22. Son of Robert John and Margaret Quigg, of Crindle, Myroe, Co. Londonderry. Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia

1945

+ROONEY, Peter Joseph
Stoker 1st Class, HMS Howe, Service Number P/KX 163240. Date of Death 23/10/1945. Son of Mr and Mrs Jack Rooney, Mayobridge, husband to Madge, of Bessbrook. Mombasa (Mbaraki) Cemetery, Kenya. Bessbrook WM

VETERANS

AIKEN, Henry
RMLI. Private.15657. Plymouth Division. Enrolled 16/04/1912. Served in Highflier, Challenger, Argonaut and Vivid. Wounded. PoW Germany 29/04/1917 – 09/12/1918. Born 23/10/1894. Malvern Place Belfast. ADM 159/157/15657

BAXTER, Reginald
RN. Artificer. M3820. HMS Centurion. Jutland. Enlisted 13/10/1914 for 12 years. Re-enrolled 09/08/1926 and served to 01/01/1929. War service in Vivid II and Centurion from 04/03/1916 – 06/03/1919 involved also in Russian civil war. Born Portadown 23/10/1896. Son of William and Ann Jane Baxter, Parkmount. (Portadown News 1916). First Portadown – PCI RH. ADM 188/1025/3820

BROWN, James Boyle
RN. Petty Officer. J4940. Enrolled 27/03/1910 for 12 years. Served to 23/10/1928. War service in Forth, Egmont, Blenheim, Adamant, Dolphin, Defiance and Highflyer. Born Belfast 27/03/1892. ADM 188/656/4940

CAIRNS, Herbert
RMLI. Private. 17582. Plymouth Division. Enrolled 10/11/1914. Wounded Sept 1916. Discharged on compassionate grounds 23/10/1919. Born Belfast 05/10/1897. Son of WH Cairns, Bangor St., Belfast. Emerald St., Belfast. ADM 159/161/17582

CREIGHTON, William
RN. Stoker I. 309299. Enrolled 03/12/1905 for 12 years. War service in Vivid II, Pekin and Maidstone. Served to 23/10/1920. Born Belfast 25/05/1879. ADM 188/505/309299

ROBB, Robert Campbell
RNAS. Sub-Lieut. Competed in Olympic Games, London, 1908. B 20/02/1883. D 23/10/1941. Son of Kirker Robb, Somerton Road, Belfast. Campbell College 170

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