October 30 – Roll of Honour


A reminder of Italy from Lt-Colonel Horsfall, 1 RIrF, October 1944: “After Spaduro, we reconstituted the Faughs with 3 rifle companies only. The ammunition situation was equally bad and, by the end of the year, the field artillery was rationed at 5 rounds a gun – daily. The Faughs would shrug off Spaduro.” In today’s Roll are four who died on this date in Italy including William James Warren of Ballymena, and John White from Belfast, whose remains were laid to rest at Minturno War Cemetery.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+RICHARDSON, Walter Allen
Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Bn. Corporal. 8799. Died 30/10/1914. He had ten years’ service, and was stationed with the Royal Scots while they were in Londonderry. He went to the Front in August 1914. Husband to Mrs L. Richardson, 3, Olive Terrace, Waterside, Londonderry. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Diamond WM, Londonderry


+BEGGS, William John
RMLI. RND. 16347 (Ply). Private. 2nd RM. Battalion. Died 30/10/1916. France. Age 21. Enlisted 15/08/1913. Killed in action (with working party from Englebelmer). Plymouth Battalion at Ostend, Dunkirk, and Defence of Antwerp 1914 ; MEF 06/02/1915-04/03/1915 slightly wounded at Kum-Kale, No.3 Company Plymouth Battalion, to hospital Malta, rejoined Battalion 29/03/1915-01/10/1915. Pyrexia Unknown Origin, rejoined 2nd Royal Marine Battalion 26/10/15-30/10/16 Born 10/07/1895. Son of William J and Mrs EM Beggs, Swift St., Belfast. 1914 Star issued to mother, Mrs. EM Beggs, 12/12/1919. Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France. IMR. ADM 159/158/16347


+BELL, Richard
Canadian Infantry, 38th Bn. Sergeant. 410683. Died 30/10/1917. Age 24. Richard Bell was the son of William Bell. Richard was born on 04/03/1893 in Dromiskin, County Louth. He had an older brother, James Bell. By 1911, it seems the two brothers had moved to Castlecaulfield to work for their grandfather. The two brothers then emigrated to Canada. Richard enlisted on 21/05/1915 in Lindsay, Ontario. He joined the 59th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. He was in killed in action near the town of Ypres in West Flanders, at the Battle of Passchendaele. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium


+KENNEDY, Robert
Royal Irish Rifles Service, 10th Bn. Rifleman. 15068. Died 30/10/1918. Aged 29. Eldest son of James and Jane Kennedy of Mill St., Caledon. Robert was born about 1889 in Derrycaw, Moy. Robert Kennedy enlisted in Belfast, although he was still living in Derrycaw. He was moved back to England where he died of his wounds. Durrington Cemetery, Andover, Wiltshire.

+MARLOWE, Robert
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Private. 25650. Died 30/10/1918. Aged 25. Born in Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, about 1894. Robert Marlow enlisted in Belfast. He was serving with the Depot, when he died at home. Son of Mrs. Mary Marlowe, of 36, Whiterock Crescent, Belfast. Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery.


+TEES, David John
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Lieutenant Commander. Joined 21/07/1930. Served on Barham 1930; Skate 1932; Exeter 1933; Nelson 1934; Ramilles 1936; Dryad 1938; Durban 1939. He had served for three years in the Far East returning to home waters in June 1941. He was killed on 30/10/1942 on way to new appointment at St Angelo, Malta, when the aircraft he was a passenger in crashed. He had been home on leave prior to being recalled. Educated at St. Jude’s PES and MCB, he was an official of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, a member of RUYC and PM of Civic Masonic Lodge. Two brothers served in WW1. One was killed serving with the Royal Irish Regiment. His family had a long connection with Ormeau Road Methodist Church. Son of Mr and Mrs David Tees. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 06/11/1942). Knockbreda Cemetery, Belfast.


+HENDERSON, James Joseph
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Bn. Fusilier.14414076. Died 30/10/1943. Aged 19. Son of Hugh and Mary Henderson, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy

+McPARKLAND, Terence
Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.). 5882353. Died 30/10/1943. Aged 31. Husband to Margaret McParkland, of Enniskillen. Cassino War Cemetery, Italy

+WARREN, William James
London Irish Rifles, 2nd Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 14217509. Died 30/10/1943. Aged 21. Son of Alfred and Hessie Warren, of Ballymena. Minturno War Cemetery, Italy

+WHITE, John
London Irish Rifles, 1st Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles. Rifleman. 7014159. Died 30/10/1943 in Italy. Aged 22. Brother of Samuel McBrinn White RN, and Hugh, PoW. Son of Mrs Hanna White, Spencer St., Belfast. Minturno War Cemetery, Italy


+ALLEN, William J
Royal Corps of Signals. Singapore Fortress Sigs. Signalman. 2324132. Died 30/10/1944. Aged 28. Son of William J. and Sarah J. Allen, of Magilligan, Co. Londonderry. Singapore Memorial, Singapore


KNOX, James
Royal Artillery. Gunner. 147640. Wounded while serving with 8th (Belfast) HAA Regiment in Somme, France on 05/06/1940. Evacuated from Le Havre, France, he returned to the United Kingdom. Treatment began at The Scottish Emergency Medical Hospital, the former Bangour Village Hospital, West Lothian, Scotland. Born 03/09/1909, he was the son of John James Knox and Harriet (née Chambers) Knox of Earl Street, Belfast before they moved to Upper Mervue Street. James died on 30/10/1985. Victoria Cemetery, Carrickfergus.

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