November 2 – Roll of Honour

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After a period of intense action in WW2, Lt. Henry Walmsley was hitching a lift from Malta to the UK in the submarine Tetrarch when it was lost. Also in today’s roll, a WW1 QUB medic from New Zealand awarded MC and Bar, and an RAFVR. Pilot Officer from 502 Ulster Squadron. We remember a Limavady veteran who was awarded the DSM for his services in submarines during the year 1917.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+SPROULE, Robert
Irish Guards, 1st Bn. Private. 3387. Died 02/11/1914, of wounds received in France. Aged 22. Son of George and Bridget Sproule, of Bearney, Strabane. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

1917

+DALE, James
Royal Scots, 1st/4th Bn. (Lothian Regiment). Private. 45945. Died 02/11/1917. Aged 35. Son of Mrs. Jane Wood, of 2, Marshall Place, Partick, Glasgow. Born at Larne, Co. Antrim. Gaza War Cemetery, Israel and Palestine

+GAVIN, Noel John Hay
RAMC. Captain. MC and Bar. Died 02/11/1917. Attached 14 Btn RIRifles. MC 04/07/1917. Bar 18/10/1917. “Attached as M.O. to the 14th Battalion Irish Rifles, died in France on Nov. 1st, 1917, as the result of an accident while riding up to the trenches at night along a wooded road. His horse took fright, bolted, slipped and fell, throwing Captain Gavin on his head, and inflicting such serious injuries that he died shortly after reaching the casualty clearing station. He was buried the following day in the local cemetery. For services in the field he had been awarded a M.C. and bar.” (In Memoriam, 1914-1918, Wanganui Collegiate School). QUB/Edinburgh Univ 1904. Faculty of Medicine 02/11/1917. Son of Mrs Gavin, The Vicarage, Taranaki, New Zealand. Rocquiny – Equancourt Road, British Cemetery, Manancourt, France.

1918

+JAMFREY, William
Seaforth Highlanders. Private. Died 02/11/1918. Brother of James Jamfrey,RN. Petty Officer Stoker who died in HMS Curacoa, 02/10/1942. Sons of Thomas and Elizabeth Jamfrey. Bangor Abbey

+SUTHERLAND, George Hay
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th Bn. Lieutenant. Died 02/11/1918. Aged 43. Son of Alexandre and Mary Sutherland, of Larne, Co. Antrim. Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France. Larne WM

1940

+COCHRANE, William Lindley Bloomer
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 74596. Died 02/11/1940. Aged 21. Son of William Lindley Bloomer Cochrane and Margaret Winifred Cochrane, of Bray, Co. Wicklow. North Weald Bassett (St. Andrew) Churchyard, Essex. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

+McGALE, Joseph
RN. Ordinary Telegraphist. P/JX 174777. Date of Death: 02/11/1940. Age:21. H.M. Trawler Rinovia. Son of James and Annie McGale, Beragh. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 40

1941

+WHALMSLEY, Charles Henry
RNVR. Lieutenant. MiD. Died 02/11/1941 in HM Submarine Tetrarch off Sicily. Age 27. After a period of intense action, Lt. Walmsley was hitching a lift from Malta to the UK on the submarine Tetrarch. Mentioned in Despatches (posthumously), London Gazette 07/04/1942. He had completed seventeen Central Mediterranean War Patrols with HM Ships Unbeaten, Upholder and Ursula. Torpedoed three large escorted Italian transports off Tripoli 18/09/1941. Sank the Italian Torpedo Boat Albatross off Cape Rascolmo, north Sicily on 27/09/1941. Tetrarch sailed from Alexandria on 17/10/1941 for Malta to adjust complement before proceeding to refit in USA. The submarine arrived at Malta on 24/10/1941, and left again on 26/10/1941 at 1700. Routing instructions were communicated from Gibraltar by the Flag Officer Commanding North Atlantic on the afternoon of 25th and also requested that she report her position, course and speed. Tetrarch did not respond and was never seen again. The loss cannot be ascribed to any known enemy anti-submarine attacks, and it was assumed that mining was the most likely cause of her loss beyond the Sicilian Channel off Cavioli island. Son of James Charles and Margaret Walmsley, Kilkeel, brother of Basil Whalmsley, Knockdene Pk., Belfast. Valetta WM.

1942

+McCLEMENT, Donald
RN. ERA Fourth Class. P/MX 60352. Died 02/12/1942. Age 23. HMS Quentin. Having attacked an Italian convoy in the Mediterranean, Quentin and accompanying vessels in Force Q, at 0630 the following day off Tunisia, Quentin was struck by a 500 kg bomb which made the crew believe they had been torpedoed. Her conditions appeared immediately to be desperate, the crew was removed by HMAS Quiberon under attack by the planes, which damaged her with near-misses. Quentin sank within 4 minutes (at 0640 hrs) in position 37º32’N, 08º32’E. There were 20 dead. Son of Hugh and Florence Caroline McClement, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, formerly of Kircubbin. Nephew of Thompson Donald, Townhall St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 18/12/1942).

+WHITE, J
Royal Artillery. Gunner 1839643. Died 02/11/1942. Bangor Cemetery. No details in CWGC records

1943
+KIRKPATRICK, James
Ceylon RNVR. Sub – Lieutenant (E). Died 02/11/1943. Age 27. Admiralty Hospital, Ceylon. Son of Charles Magill Kirkpatrick MBE, and Lucy K Kirkpatrick, St. John’s Park, Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 26/11/1943). Colombo (Liveramentu) Cemetery, Sri Lanka.

+UPTON, Albert
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1456621. Died 02/11/1943. Aged 21. Son of F. and Alice Upton; husband to Sara Upton, of Islandmagee. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 168

1944
+BINGHAM, William John
RAFVR. Sergeant.1796293. Died 02/10/1944. Aged 20. 114 Sqdn. 
Son of James and Maria Bingham, of Greencastle. Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Italy

+DUKE, Andrew
RM. Marine. PLY/X 3651. Died 02/11/1944. Aged 25. No. 47 R.M. Commando. Former member of 3rd Belfast Company, Boys’ Brigade, associated with the Belfast City Mission. Brother of William (RAF) and John (RN). Son of John and Sarah Duke, Alliance Rd., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 01/12/1944). Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

+GREER, Robert
Royal Marines. Sergeant. CH/X 3121. Died 02/11/1944. Aged 36. Fellow Marine Robert Clark (CH/X 111645) died alongside him off the coast of Belgium during the Battle of Walcheren. Born 12/12/1907 at 15 Dagmar Street, Belfast. Son of Robert Greer and Mary Jane Greer (née Moorhead). His father died on 20/11/1909 when Robert was one year old. In 1915, a motor car struck Robert Greer as he crossed the road at Peter’s Hill, Belfast. He sustained serious head injuries and an ambulance transported him to the Royal Victoria Hospital. On 12/09/1931, Robert married Margherita Guiseppa Carla Maria Joanna Whitworth, who was born in Senglea, Malta. The ceremony took place in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Chatham, Kent. In 1939 the couple were living with their three children at 252 Pier Road, Gillingham, Kent. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

+McILWAINE, Andrew
RN. Ordinary Seaman. D/JX 649841. Date of Death: 02/11/1944. Age:19. HMS Wrangler. Accidental drowning whilst bathing at Royal Navy Rest Camp, Malta. Born 29/09/1925 in Belfast. Son of David and Isabella McIlwaine, Monkstown. Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery

+WHALMSLEY, Charles Henry
RNVR. Lieutenant. MiD. Died 02/11/1941 in HM Submarine Tetrarch off Sicily. Age 27. After a period of intense action, Lt. Walmsley was hitching a lift from Malta to the UK on the submarine Tetrarch. Mentioned in Despatches (posthumously), London Gazette 07/04/1942. He had completed seventeen Central Mediterranean War Patrols with HM Ships Unbeaten, Upholder and Ursula. Torpedoed three large escorted Italian transports off Tripoli 18/09/1941. Sank the Italian Torpedo Boat Albatross off Cape Rascolmo, north Sicily on 27/09/1941. Tetrarch sailed from Alexandria on 17/10/1941 for Malta to adjust complement before proceeding to refit in USA. The submarine arrived at Malta on 24/10/1941, and left again on 26/10/1941 at 1700. Routing instructions were communicated from Gibraltar by the Flag Officer Commanding North Atlantic on the afternoon of 25th and also requested that she report her position, course and speed. Tetrarch did not respond and was never seen again. The loss cannot be ascribed to any known enemy anti-submarine attacks, and it was assumed that mining was the most likely cause of her loss beyond the Sicilian Channel off Cavioli island. Son of James Charles and Margaret Walmsley, Kilkeel, brother of Basil Walmisley, Knockdene Pk., Belfast. Valetta WM.

1946

+COSGROVE, James Patrick
RAF. Leading Aircraftman. 546234. Died 02/11/1946. Aged 29. Son of Frank and Mary Cosgrove of Belfast; Husband to Elizabeth Cosgrove of Belfast. Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery

VETERANS

ALLEN, Robert
RN. AB. 214970. DSM. London Gazette 2 November 1917. ‘… for services in submarines in enemy waters’. Born in Limavady on 05/10/1885. A Message Boy by occupation, he entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 14/05/1901. He was promoted to Boy 1st Class when on the Black Prince in August 1902, Ordinary Seaman when on the Royal Oak in October 1903 and attained the rank of Able Seaman when on the same ship in February 1905. He was discharged to shore by purchase on 03/02/1912 and joined the RFR. Recalled to active service in August 1914, he entered the Submarine Service, mostly based on the depot ships Dolphin and Maidstone. He was based on the the cruiser Fearless, March-December 1917, which was the 12th Submarine Flotilla Leader attached to the Grand Fleet based at Rosyth – the flotilla composed of the infamous ‘K’ Class submarines. For his services on submarines during the year 1917 he was awarded the DSM. He was again based on the Fearless and served on the submarine K8, 04/01/1918 – 08/03/1918. The vessel was not present at the ‘battle of May Island’ and both Allen and the submarine survived the war; the submarine being sold for scrap in 1923, Allen being demobilised on 09/06/1921. Born Limavady 05/10/1885. Later resided on Ravenhill Rd., Belfast. ADM 188/376/214970

DOUGLAS, Daniel

Private (Service Number 19000), 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (the Derrys) and later Private (Service Number 223603), Labour Corps. He served in France. He, his wife, Sarah, and family lived at Roselick, Portstewart. Daniel was living at Atlantic Circle when he died on 02/11/1963, aged 82 years; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery. He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church’s Roll of Honour & the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Some References: Coleraine Chronicle of 23-03-1918; Northern Constitution of 11-12-1915 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church’s Memorial & Roll of Honour).

HENRY, Samuel Stuart

RAF (formerly RFC). Lieutenant. He volunteered for active service in September 1916 and served in France. He was officially reported missing on 15/11/1917 and it was later learnt that he had been taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans; he was repatriated on 27/11/1918. His parents, Mr. Samuel Reid (hotel proprietor and merchant) and Mrs. Jeannie Henry, lived at Dun Suivnish, Galvally, Portstewart; he was their eldest son and was born on 14/12/1897. His father was Chairman of Portstewart Urban District Council. Stuart was still living at Dun Suivnish when he died on 02/11/1965; he was buried in Agherton Cemetery. He is commemorated on Portstewart Presbyterian Church’s Roll of Honour and the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. (Coleraine Chronicle of 24-11-1917, 15-12-1917, 26-01-1918, 18-05-1918, 07-12-1918 & 26-07-1919; Northern Constitution of 16-09-1916, 29-09-1917, 15-02-1919 & 22-05-1920 (Unveiling Presbyterian Church’s Memorial & Roll of Honour).

MONTGOMERY, Henry
RNVR. Lieut. Born 02/11/1916. Son of Rev. W. E. Montgomery, Formosa.  Campbell College

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