November 1 – Roll of Honour

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Six members of the Irish Guards from WW1 are in today’s roll including one who had played cricket for Eton and Oxford and who is on the MCC Roll of Honour. A submariner from Omagh was lost in WW1. Two Ballymena men died on the same day and are remembered at El Alamein. One was RAF, the other with Australian forces.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+CLELAND, Richard
Irish Guards, 1st Btn. Private. 740. Died 01/11/1914. Aged 37. Born in Moira, Co. Down, he enlisted at Belfast and served in 1 IG (740). Son of Richard Cleland, of Belfast; husband to Eliza Cleland, of 115, Riga St., Belfast. Oxford Road Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

+DUNN(e), John T
Irish Guards, 1st Btn. Private. 2272. Died 01/11/1914. Aged 28. Son of Joseph and Mary Dunn and husband to Agnes Dunn, of Main St., Randalstown. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+FERGUSON, Andrew Charles Gluver
Irish Guards, 1st Btn. Serjeant. 327. Died 01/11/1914. Aged 31. Son of the late John and Eliza Ferguson, of 12, George’s St., Londonderry. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+RANKIN, Thomas
Irish Guards. 1st Btn. Private. 805. Died 01/11/1914. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+ORMSBY, John James
Irish Guards, 1st Btn. Private. 2050. Died 01/11/1914. Aged 28. Son of Burris and Anna Maria Ormsby, of 1, Belle Vue Terrace, Dungannon. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

+MULHOLLAND, Andrew E S
Irish Guards, 1st Btn. Captain. Died 01/11/1914. Aged 32. On 17 July 1903, he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and posted to the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry, the predecessor of the North Irish Horse. He served with the regiment for three years, before joining the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 1909 and captain in July 1913.
Mulholland embarked for France with his regiment on 12/08/1914, taking part in the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne before moving north to the Ypres sector.
He was killed in action in the fighting around Ypres. According to Bond of Sacrifice “… at about 2 p.m., he was hit by a bullet while rallying his men in the trenches near Ypres, and died at 9 p.m.”
Born on 20/09/1882 at Drayton Lodge, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, he was the eldest son of the second Baron Dunleath of Ballywalter Park, County Down, and his wife Norah Louisa Fanny (nee Ward).
He was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he became an accomplished cricketer. According to the Christ Church Oxford Roll of Honour:
… in the Eton XI of 1901 he made 361 runs with an average of 30.08, but scored only 13 and 18 against Harrow. He came up to Christ Church in 1902, when he played in the Freshmen’s match, making 34 and 14, but did not obtain his blue. He had been a member of the MCC since 1908. At Lord’s in 1909 he played for Army v. Royal Navy, and in his only innings scored 39.
In June 1913 he married Lady Hester Joan Byng, youngest daughter of the fifth Earl of Strafford. They had one child, Daphne Norah, born on 11/03/1915. Ypres Town Cemetery. MCC Roll of Honour, Memorial window, Ballywalter Parish Church.

1914                     Naval Battle of Coronel, off Chile
24 boys and men from NI were lost. See separate article on this site.

1915

+SUMNER, John David
RN. Commander. Chief Gunner. HMTB 96. Died 01/11/1915. Aged 42. “He was the commander of torpedo boat No. 96, which as officially reported on Tuesday, has been sunk in the Straits of Gibraltar, after collision, is a native of Portaferry. In the early morning of 1st November, while patrolling the Straits of Gibraltar in torpedoboat number 96, an auxiliary cruiser collided with and sank the torpedo boat. It was pitch dark at the time and neither vessel carried lights. Only eight men of the torpedo boat were saved.

“Commander Sumner married in 1907, Jane, youngest daughter of the late John Rutherford, Portaferry. The Admiralty states that two officers and nine men were drowned. John D. Sumner entered the Navy as a boy at 14 years of years and up till the time of his death had served 28 years in it. He was well known in the Portaferry district. He belonged to naval families both by his father’s side and his mother’s side of the house. Two of his maternal uncles were captains in the Navy, namely, the late Captain James M’Cullen, RN., and the late Captain Frank M’Cullen, R.N., both of Portaferry. His only surviving maternal uncle is Mr. C. A. E. M’Cullen. RN, chief officer coastguards, retired. Commander Sumner’s father was also a Navy man. Hence, it might be said that ‘the service’ was in his blood.

“A handsome monument has recently been placed in Ballyphilip churchyard to the memory of Mr.John David Sumner, R.N. Chief gunner in command of a torpedo boat, he was drowned in a collision off Gibraltar on 1st November. He belonged to naval families both by his father’s side and his mother’s side of the house. Two of his maternal uncles were captains in the Navy, namely, the late Captain James M’Cullen, RN. and the late Captain Frank M’Cullen, RN., both of Portaferry. His only surviving maternal uncle is Mr. C. A. E. M’Cullen, R.N., chief officer coastguards, retired. Commander Sumner’s father was also a Navy man. The memorial is an oblong slab of polished grey granite, chamfered on the sides and ends, resting on a strong supporting plinthing of patentaxed granite, with broad projection splays. It bears the following inscription in block letters, deeply incised and finished with gold : ‘In loving memory of John David Sumner, R.N. who gave his life for his King and country while in command of HM. torpedo boat at Gibraltar. He entered the higher life and service on the lst November, 1915, aged 42. Dulce et decorum est propatria mori.’‘God is love.’ The memorial was designed and executed by Messrs, S. and T. Hastings, sculptors, Downpatrick.”

He joined the RN age 14 and had completed 28 years of service. Served in HMS Raleigh and saw active service in West Africa, the Boxer Rebellion in China. He was awarded the Africa General Service Medal (Gambia Expedition) and the China Medal. He commanded MTB destroyers continuously from March 1910 and was appointed commander of MTB 96 in December 1914. Husband to Jane nee Rutherford. Married in Portaferry Presbyterian Church 12/12/1907. Commemorated in Portaferry (Ballyphilip) C of I Parish Church and on family memorial in adjoining graveyard.
1917

CAMPBELL, Private William 
Cameron Highlanders, 1st Btn. Private. S/17401. Died 01/10/1917. Aged 28. Born in Lisburn, he lived in Mossend, Glasgow. He enlisted at Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Son of Margaret and Thomas Campbell; husband of Margaret Campbell, of 28, Beechwood Gardens, Calder Rd., Mossend, Lanarkshire. He died at home. Bothwell (Bellshill) Cemetery, Lanarkshire, Scotland

1918

+ANDERSON, James
Royal Engineers. 24th Signal Company, Sub. Sect. attd. 107th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Sapper. 253905. Died 01/11/1918. Larne. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

+CLEMENTS, Charles Sproule
RN. Engineer Sub – Lieutenant. Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class. 272451. HM Submarine G7. Died 01/11/1918. Aged 27. In HMS Indomitable at Jutland. Enrolled 25/09/1909 for 12 years. War service in Pembroke, Acteon, Indomitable (109/05/1915 – 30/09/1916), Indomitable, Dido, Attractive, Ceres, Dolphin, Lucis and Titania (G7). Served in the Dardanelles and at the Battles of Dogger Bank, Helig and Jutland. HMS G7 was a British G class submarine. Like the rest of her class, G7’s role was to patrol the North Sea in search of German U-boats. In October 1918 G7 was on patrol in the North Sea. Communications were lost on 23 October and she was declared lost on November 1. Born Drumragh, County Tyrone 25/09/1891. Son of David A. Clements and Sarah Clements, Dublin Rd., Omagh. Omagh Academy WM. Omagh Masonic Lodge RH. Chatham Naval Memorial. First Omagh – PCI RH. ADM 188/437/272451

+HART, J
Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), 6th Bn. Captain. MC. Died 01/11/1918. Aged 26. Son of Thomas and Mary Hart, of “Oatlands,” Myroe, Londonderry. Maing Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

+KERNAGHAN, John
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 9th Btn. 2nd Lieutenant. Died 01/10/1918. Age 27. John was wounded at Theipval and the Third Battle of Ypres. He died of his wounds. Born Muckamore, Co. Antrim. He is on a list of Muckamore UVF men who joined up. He worked as a Clerk. Husband of Lily of 11 Walnut Street, Belfast. Son of the late William Kernaghan of 47 Spencer Street, Belfast. Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. St Judes Parish Church Muckamore WM

+McFARLANE, Mitchell
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Depot Bn. Private. 31898. Died 01/11/1918. Aged 21. Son of Uriah and Lizzie McFarlane, of Ballygawley. Killeesgil (St.Paul) C of I Churchyard, County Tyrone

1919

+McAUGHEY, R
Royal Field Artillery. Gunner. 100692. transferred to 474505. Northern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps. Died 01/11/1919. Aged 23. Son of Alfred and Margaret McAughey, of 73, Edinburgh St., Lisburn Rd., Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery

1940

+DAWSON, Thomas
RAF. Pilot Officer. 42339. Died 01/11/1940. Aged 21.144 Sqdn. Son of William Joseph and Sarah Dawson, of Portadown. Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey, Panel 7

1941

+TAYLOR, Frank
RM. Marine. PLY/X 109477. Date of Death: 01/11/1944. Age: 20. H.M. L.C.F. 37. Brother serving. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Taylor, Urney St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 29/12/1944). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 92

1942

+FITZGERALD, William
Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 2/32 Bn. Private. VX15673. Died 01/11/1942. Aged 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Fitzgerald, of Ballymena. Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt

+MONTGOMERY, Robert

RAFVR.Sergeant. 1358070. Died 01/11/1942. Age: 21. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Montgomery, Patrick Place, Ballymena. Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Col. 262.

1943

+BELL, Robert Hugh
Royal Artillery. Serjeant. 7042912. Mentioned in Despatches. Died 01/11/1943. Aged 37. 1 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of William James Bell and Annie Bell, of Belfast; husband to Margaret Bell, of Hebburn-on-Tyne, Co. Durham. Maghera (St. Patrick) Roman Catholic Churchyard

+JENKINSON, Eric
RAFVR. Sergeant. Died 01/11/1943. Age 21.104 Sqdn. Son of Edward and Margaret Jenkinson, of Lurgan. Malta memorial. Lurgan WM

1944

GEDDIS, Stanley
RN. AB. D/JX 138939. Died 01/11/1944. Age 26. HMS Whitaker. Son of James and Jeanie Berry Geddis, of Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Bangor. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 86, Col 2

+TAYLOR, Frank
RM. Marine. PLY/X 109477. Died 01/11/1944. Aged 20. H.M. L.C.F. 37. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Taylor, of Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 92

VETERANS

BEATTY, Martyn Cecil
RAMC. Lt. Colonel. MiD 17/02/1915. SA Institute, Belfast. QCB/Edinburgh University. MB 1900, BCh, DPH 19003, RCPSI 1903. Lieutenant RAMC 27/06/11901. Captain 27/06/1904. Major 27/03/1913. Lt. Colonel 06/08/1915. Served in South Africa 1902, India 1903 – 09, BEF France 1914 – 16. East Africa 1916 – 19, Egypt 1920 – 21, India 1921 0 24, BAOR 1924 – 29. Son of Rev. John and Mrs Mary Beatty, Ballycopeland. Died 01/06/1945, Evesham, Worcs. RCSI RH

BOYCE, James (Jim) Wilson
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Sergeant. 7579. He was called up to the General Reserve in August 1914 (aged about 28 years) and served in Belgium and France. He was wounded in the head in 1915. He was awarded the Mons Star. His parents, Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Bella Boyce, lived at Cappagh, Portstewart. His wife was Elizabeth. After the War he was employed as head porter at Carrickfergus Station and later, for many years, as ‘Sergeant’ in Coleraine Academical Institution. Jim died on 01/11/1944 and was buried in Agherton Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.

CONNOLLY, Francis
RN. Stoker I. K26968. Enrolled 09/06/1915 for hostilities. Served in Pembroke and Shannon. Invalided 01/11/1916. Born Dungannon 18/08/1896. ADM 188/920/26968

McKEE, Frederick Kenneth
RN. 1941 – 45. Born 30/09/1922. Son of F McKee, Rhanbuoy, Carrickfergus. Died 01/11/1983. Campbell College 2818

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One Comment on “November 1 – Roll of Honour

  1. John James Ormsby, 1 IG, had enlisted in the Irish Guards shortly after the regiment was formed. On completion of his service with the Colours he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in which his father and grandfather also served. On the outbreak of the FWW, he was recalled to the Colours and was among the reinforcements sent to 1 IG.
    His brother, also a policeman, and his wife had a child in 1915 whom they named John James, after Gdsm Ormsby. The younger John James Ormsby served in 25 HAA Battery of 9th (Londonderry) HAA Regiment in the SWW. An active member of both the Londonderry Branch RAA and Strabane RBL he died in May 1995. He was the subject of the first of a BBC Radio Ulster series ‘One Man’s War’ only months before his death.

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