October 25 – Roll of Honour


Today’s Roll contains two infanteers who died liberating Gent in Belgium, and two remembered on the Alamein Memorial in Egypt. The Veteran remembered today is one of the most famous naval surgeons of his time. Surgeon Rear-Admiral, David Hewitt from Dungannon entered the Royal Navy as a surgeon in November 1897. He became Assistant to the Medical Director-General, in which post he served for six years, including the war of 1914-18. Photo – CWGC cemetery in Kinross Abbey, Moray

Representing their comrades who died on this day


Royal Irish Rifles. 2nd Bn. Lance Corporal. 7554. Died 25/10/1914. Aged 26. Son of the late George Jamieson; husband to Margaret Jamieson, of 25, Heather St., Crumlin Rd., Belfast. Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France


+CLARKE, Robert
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 9th Btn. Private.20768. Died 25/10/1917 in No. 43 Casualty Clearing Station from blood poisoning. He joined the Mechanical Transport on the 18/10/1916 but transferred from London to Edinburgh Training School in January 1917. He was sent to join the Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Cork in April 1917 and subsequently served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from September 1917. The 9th Battalion, were part of the 48th Brigade, 16th Division and were involved in the Flanders Offensive (3rd Battle of Ypres) from 7th June – 10th November 1917. Born at Ballygalley, Cairncastle on 29/06/1898, eldest son of the Rev. Samuel Boyce Clarke, and Mary Carmichael Clarke, nee Roberts, of The Manse, Brookfield, Cairncastle, Co. Antrim. Educated at Larne Grammar School. Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais, France

+SLOAN, Samuel Fisher
Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Bn. Corporal. 18781. Died 25/10/1918. Aged 23. Son of the late Samuel C. and Sarah Sloan; husband to Mrs. Sloan, of 11, Meadow St., Larne. Larne (McGarel) Cemetery


+McSTAY, John Dominic
Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 4 Base Ordnance Depot. Lance Serjeant. 7010863. Died 25/10/1941. Aged 31. Son of Peter McStay, and of Elizabeth McStay, of Lisburn. Alamein Memorial, Egypt


+BRADBURY, Graham Charles
Rifle Brigade,1st Bn. Serjeant. 6913264. MM. Died 25/10/1942. Aged 26. Son of Charles and Ellen A. Bradbury; husband of Elizabeth Bradbury, of Lenaderg, Co. Down. Alamein Memorial, Egypt


+KING, William Robert
RAFVR. Flying Officer (Pilot). 117500. Died 25/10/1943. Aged 21. 181 Sqdn. Son of William Robert and Martha King, of Newry. Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France

+CAIRNS, James
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Bn. Rifleman. 7015467. Died 25/10/1944. Aged 26. Son of Hugh and Sarah Cairns; husband to Agnes Cairns, of Ligoniel, Co. Antrim. Gent City Cemetery, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+SMITH, James
Border Regiment, 1st (Airborne) Bn. Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.). MM. 3593710. Died 25/10/1944. Aged 38. Son of James and Ellen Smith; husband to Elizabeth Smith, of Derrylin. Co. Fermanagh. Gent City Cemetery, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium


HEWITT, David Walker

RN. Surgeon Rear-Admiral. CMG 1918. CB 1919. Born Neas, Dungannon 08/06/1870. Dungannon Royal School and University College, Galway. MRCS and FRCS 12/12/1912; MB BCh BAO RUI 1895; BSc 1912. He entered the Royal Navy as a surgeon in November 1897. Early in his service he showed promise of a distinguished career, being commended in 1904 for his assistance on the subject of the treatment of wounded in ships during and after action. He contributed an article entitled “Treatment of wounded in naval warfare” to the British Medical Journal, 1914. He was specially promoted to Fleet Surgeon (Surgeon Commander) in 1911 for conspicuous professional merit. Up to 1913 he had served in various ships at home and abroad, but in that year he was appointed as an Assistant to the Medical Director-General, in which post he served for six years, and throughout the war of 1914-18, with marked success. In 1918 he was made CMG in recognition of services rendered during the war. He was specially selected as senior medical officer for the North Russian Expeditionary Force, in which appointment he was in charge of the medical arrangements for both the Navy and the Army. He was strongly commended for his untiring, farseeing, and excellent arrangements, and was made CB (military) for these valuable services in 1919. Proceeding to sea once more, he continued to show considerable powers of organization and proved a competent operating surgeon as principal medical officer of the new hospital ship Panama, afterwards renamed Maine. His service was concluded as Surgeon Rear-Admiral in charge of the RN Hospital at Haslar from 1926 until 1929, when he was placed on the retired list at his own request. He died on 25/10/1940 at Lindhu, Alverstoke, Hants. – RCS.

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One Comment on “October 25 – Roll of Honour

  1. L/Sjt John Dominic McStay was originally a member of the Royal Ulster Rifles.


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