October 29 – Roll of Honour

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Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria – Egypt. Our Veteran remembered today is Archie Morrow, 6975767, who served in the army from 1931 until 1946 in both the Royal Irish Fusiliers and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The fallen on this day including three from the RAF, are from each of the six counties.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+DEVLIN, James
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Bn. Private. 10583. Died 29/10/1914. Age 24. Born in Drumglass, Dungannon. Eldest son of Daniel and Catherine Devlin, Railway View, Dungannon. James Devlin enlisted around October 1913. Private Devlin left for France with the first Expeditionary Force on the 8th August. He was wounded on 21st October during the operations in front of Ypres and died in hospital. Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Nord, France. Dungannon WM

+MUIRHEAD, Alexander
Scots Guards, 1st Bn. Private. 4773. Died 29/10/1914. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

1917

+GALLAGHER, John
Royal Irish Rifles, 1st Bn. Rifleman. 5702. Died 29/10/1917. Age 23. His brother Thomas also served and died in hospital in Liverpool on 14/10/1918. Son of John and Mary Gallagher, Castle Street, Ballycastle. Pont D’Achelles Military Cemetery, Nieppe

1918

+McCLURE, John Richard Smythe
Royal Engineers. Died 29/20/1918. Aged 26. Family roots in Dervock. Educated at Capetown and Johannesburg, gained a BSc, and later served in South Africa and in German South-West Africa with the Transvaal Light Horse. returned to England in 1915, and joined the Royal Engineers, being gazetted a Temporary Second Lieutenant on October 17 of that year. He served with BEF in France, was gazetted Acting Captain on the 14/11/1917 and served in the 250th Tunnelling Company. This company was involved in the mining of Messines Ridge in June 1917. He was twice wounded and on the second occasion was sent to hospital in London. He was discharged but then died of influenza at 23 Netherhall Gardens. A family history records – Rev. John J. McClure, D.D., of Capetown, South Africa, writes September 9, 1913: “My father, Rev. Samuel McClure, who ministered at Crossroads, near Londonderry, and who died in 1874, came from Dervock (Dernock sic), near Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, where his forefathers had been for some generations. They came originally from someplace in the southwest of Scotland.”  John McClure’s parents had clearly moved to South Africa at some point before the Great War.

+McGRATH, DAVID
RNR. Trimmer. 7920TS. Died 29/10/1918. Aged 50. HM Trawler Thomas Cornwall. Father of Evelyn McGrath, of 21, Lorton, St. Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

+MULLEN, Patrick
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 2nd Bn. Private. 7370. Died 29/10/1918. Born in Dungannon. Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France. The cemetery at Terlincthun was begun in June 1918 when the space available for service burials in the civil cemeteries of Boulogne and Wimereux was exhausted. It was used chiefly for burials from the base hospitals

+PORTER, Alan Grey
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 6th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Captain. MC. Died 29/10/1918. Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Mary Porter, of Clogher Park, Co. Tyrone. Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France

1943

+BRIMAGE, David
Royal Engineers. 42 Field Coy. Sapper. 1874237. Died 29/10/1943. Aged 26. Served with the allied forces that had made rapid progress throughout Southern Italy after landing on 03/09/1943. By late October British Forces were moving with stiff persistence at the German winter defensive known as the Gustav Line. It was during this fighting that Sapper Brimage was killed. Son of Hugh and Jane Brimage, Pomeroy, County Tyrone. Minturno War Cemetery, Marina di Minturno, Naples

+KIRWIN, Philip
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman.1368099. Died 29/10/1943. Aged 21. 2766 Sqdn., R.A.F. Regt. Son of Philip and Mary Kirwin; husband to Mary Ann Kirwin, of Lisnarick, Co. Fermanagh. Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery, Essex

1940

+CARSON, John Leadbetter
RAF. Sergeant. 543418. Died 29/10/1940. Aged 21. 201 Sqdn. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Carson of Whitehead. Carnmoney C of I Churchyard

+THOMPSON, Stanley J
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 86402. Died 13/10/1940. Age 19. Buried at Sutton Bridge (St Matthew) Churchyard, Lincolnshire. Son of John Davis Thompson and Sarah Scott Thompson of Bessbrook, Co Armagh. Bessbrook WM

VETERAN

Archie Morrow from Dungannon

Archie Morrow, 6975767, served in the army from 1931 until 1946 in both the Royal Irish Fusiliers and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

He enlisted in August 1931 and after training found himself in Bombay in 1932. Two years later he was in China and then Malaya – All of this before the start of the Second World War.

September 1939 saw Archie serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and seeing action with the British Expeditionary Force in France.

At one stage he was reported Missing in Action and family legend has it that he borrowed a bicycle from a French mademoiselle and made his way back to his unit outside Ypres before getting back to the U.K. on 1st June 1940.

During 1942 Archie saw service in Madagascar (where he caught Malaria), India and Iraq before joining the British North Africa Force on 29th August 1943.

He was badly wounded in Sicily. This is believed to have happened at Lemon Bridge when Archie was driving his Commanding Officer in a Jeep. The jeep was hit and his C.O. was killed with Archie receiving a leg wound from which he suffered for the rest of his life.

Having recovered sufficiently from his wounds Archie rejoined his unit just in time for Anzio and Monte Cassino.

He finished his war in Villach, Austria, where there was a stand-off with the partisans whom they had just fought alongside before returning to Number 1 Military Disembarcation Unit Camp on 28/10/1945.

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One Comment on “October 29 – Roll of Honour

  1. Archie Morrow’s service number suggests that he enlisted in 1926 rather than 1931. In the period 1922 to 1937 anyone joining either the Faughs or the Skins enlisted in The Corps of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and The Royal Irish Fusiliers.
    His posting to Bombay in 1932 was to the Royal Irish Fusiliers who ended 10 years’ service in Egypt (’24-’27) and India (’27 to ’34) in 1934, although there was a year in Sudan, as a cooling-off station, to follow (with a company detached to Cyprus). Archie was obviously transferred to the Skins as the Faughs left India. At that time the Skins were posted overseas to China and, later, Malaya.
    There must be an explanation for the out-of-sequence service number. Had he joined in 1926 and been claimed out by his family?

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