October 31 – Roll of Honour


Eleven servicemen who died at Ploegsteert, Ypres, the Somme and Hamburg in WW1 and in Norway, Egypt, Netherlands, and Italy in WW2

Representing their comrades who died on this day


Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Bn. Serjeant. 3515. Died 31/10/1914 at the Battle of Messines. Aged 23. Son of Thomas and Phoebe Cairns, of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. John worked as a labourer. He enlisted in Ballygawley in 1909 and was called up on mobilisation in August 1914. Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium

Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Bn. Corporal. 9481. Died 31/10/1914. Father of Mary Maud Jennings, of 7, Distillery Lane, Waterside, Londonderry. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+O’NEILL, James
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Bn.”A” Coy. Private. 2868. Died 31/10/1914. Aged 57. Husband to Elizabeth O’Neill, of 11, Linfield St., Dungannon. Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium. Dungannon WM


+HAYES, John
Royal Irish Rifles, 1st Bn. Rifleman. 7869. Died 31/10/1916. Aged 24. Son of Samuel and Annie Hayes, of Rann Cottages, Downpatrick. Theipval Memorial, Somme, France


+Alexander, Robert
RAF. 307680. Died 31/10/1918 of pneumonia following influenza at the Military Camp Hosp., Blandford, Dorset. Age 21. Enrolled 15/10/1918. Son of Mrs. Martha Alexander and the late Robert Alexander, Culnaman, Garvagh. Moneydig Presbyterian Church, Kilrea WM.

South Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn. Private. 40955. Died 31/10/1918. Prisoner of War. Son of Michael and Margaret Corrigan. Edward was born in Clogher about 1893. Michael Corrigan was a farmer. The family lived in Carryclogher. Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, Germany. Clogher WM

+ERSKINE, Basil Pollock
RAF. Pilot Officer (Pilot). 44190. Died 31/10/1940. Aged 19. 233 Sqdn. 
Campbell College. Son of Robert Magill and Eleanor Pollock Erskine, of Holywood, Co. Down. Sola Churchyard, Norway


+CONNELL, Robert Desmond

RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman (U/T Observer). 1074966. Died 31/10/1941. Aged 25. LLB 1936, QUB. Son of Robert G. Connell and Margaret G. Connell, Limavady. Drumachose Presbyterian Churchyard, Limavady. QUB RH


R.A.C. Royal Tank Regiment, 40th (7th Bn The Kings Regt [Liverpool]). Trooper. 7887413. Died 31/10/1942. Aged 23. Son of Charles and Jane Spence, of Carrickfergus. El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt


+ORR, James
Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. Private. 6985389. Died 31/10/1943. Aged 20. Son of William and Annie Orr, of Waterside, Londonderry. Minturno War Cemetery, Italy

+BROWNE, Robert
Royal Scots, 8th Bn. Private. 14434549. Died 31/10/1944. Aged 19. Son of Thomas and Mary Browne, of Coleraine. Nederweert War Cemetery, Limburg (Netherlands), Netherlands

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