Happy Birthday Royal: The Royal Marines traces its origins back to 28 October 1664 when at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company “the Duke of York and Albany’s maritime Regiment of Foot” was first formed. Renamed in 1802 to The Royal Marines.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+COX, James Joseph
Irish Guards, 1st Bn. Private. 1972. Died 28/10/1914. Aged 34. From Corcrain, Portadown. Husband to Mary Cox, of 65, Servia St., Belfast. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
RM Labour Corps. Private. Deal/10648(S). Killed in accident in France 28/10/1917. Son of the late William and brother of Mrs. Barr, Ballymoney Street, Ballymena. Dunkirk Cemetery. IMR
+GIBSON, Matthew Henry
Royal Irish Rifles,12th Bn. Captain. MC and Bar. Died 29/10/1918. Aged 28. Having returned from Mexico in 1915, he enlisted and took a commission in the 12th Irish Rifles. He joined his regiment in France on 06/06/1916. Promoted Temporary Lieutenant the following year, by the time of his death a year later he was a Temporary Captain.
One of his two MCs was gazetted on 18/10/1917, the citation published in the London Gazette on 02/12/1918.
“For great determination and gallantry. He was ordered to attack and clear up a village which was a nest of machine guns. After one and a half hours’ severe house to house fighting, he succeeded in establishing his company on the far side of the village. Being short of officers, on six separate occasions he personally led his platoons forward, and captured four machine guns at the point of the bayonet.
The citation for his other MC was published on 07/03/1918:
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in rallying men of other units who were falling back owing to loss of their officers, leading them forward again and again and holding on to his position under heavy fire.”
Gibson died of wounds near Ypres. The 12th Irish Rifles had been withdrawn from the line with the rest of the 36th Ulster Division on the 27th, but had been in action on the 25th. The History of the 36th Ulster Division recorded that the work of 12th Irish Rifles, “was probably the best performed by that battalion, amid much good work accomplished since the beginning of offensive operations. Repeatedly the men had charged in upon houses defended by machine-guns, and bayoneted the detachments”.
Son of David and Annie E. Gibson, of 1, Chesnut Gardens, Cliftonville, Belfast. Duhallow ADS Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd Bn. Private, 202014. Died 28/10/1918. Aged 22. Son of John Williamson, of Curlough, Crilly, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone. Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
RAF. Sergeant. 649482. Died 28/10/1942. Aged 24. 223 Sqdn. Son of John and Bridget Hendron, of Strabane. Alamein Memorial, Egypt
+TYLER, Albert Charles
Royal Armoured Corps, Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons, ‘B’ Sqn. Corporal. 405992. Died 28/10/1942. Aged 27. Husband to Caroline Mabel Beattie Tyler, of Newtownards. Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1613510. Died 28/10/1943. Aged 26. 5 Searchlight Regt. Son of Moore and Catherine Colgan, of Ballycastle. Chungkai War Cemetery. Thailand
+DUNN, William George
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Bn. Major. 247069. MC. Died 28/10/1943. Aged 34. Killed by a shell in the San Salvo bridgehead during the same battle in which Lieutenant John Glennie died. Son of William and Isabella Dunn, of Belfast; husband to Lucinda Dunn, of Belfast. Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Bn. The London Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 7019086. Died 28/10/1943. Aged 21. Son of Robert and Rachel Glass, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Bn. The London Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 14418330. Died 28/10/1943. Aged 23. Son of Archibald Johnston, and of Margaret Johnston, of Glarryford, Co. Antrim. Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Bn. The London Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 7020155. Died 28/10/1943. Aged 21. Son of David and Isabella King, of Moira, Co. Down. Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy
Royal Ulster Rifles. The London Irish Rifles, 2nd Bn. Rifleman. 7018786. Died 28/10/1943. Aged 30. Son of Herbert and Jeannie Ryan, of Belfast; husband to Eva Ryan, of Belfast. Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy
RAF. Corporal. 630147. Died 28/10/1947. Age 37. Son of Louis and Mary Ann Grimason, Husband to Margaret Jane Grimason, of Lurgan. Lurgan New Cemetery
RAMC. Major. DSO 01/01/1919. CAI, MCB 1887 – 89. QCB and Edinburgh University. Lieutenant RAMC 1900. Served Boer War. Resigned July 1901. 83rd Field Ambulance 20/12/1914. Physician and Surgeon 3rd Home, Field Ambulance, April 1915. Invalided June 1915. Injured in Ypres in 1917 but was back in charge of the 26th General Hospital for the final offensive. Son of Hugh and Mary Barkley, Maghera. Died Chadwell St Mary, Essex, 28/10/1935.
RN. CERA I. 270042. Enrolled 15/02/1900 for 12 years. Re-engaged 11/12/1911. Served to 28/10/1918. War service in Swift, Pembroke, Sentinel, Blake, and Hecla. Born Belfast 29/01/1876. ADM 188/433/270042
COLLINS, John Joseph
RN. AB. J34751. HMS Canada, Jutland. Enrolled 06/03/1916 for12 years. Re-engaged 01/03/1928. Served to 28/10/1927. Boy service in Impregnable, Victory, and Canada. In Canada 10/08/1915 – 30/03/1919. Born Belfast 06/03/1898. ADM 188/716/34751
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