Catania War Cemetery – Five Battalions of the London Irish Rifles, Skins and Faughs spent time around here from July to October ’43…. nearly 200 of the men who served in Sicily rest with 2000 other men at Catania. General Montgomery later described the Irish Brigade’s successful assault on Centuripe as “impossible”. Quis Separabit – Faugh a Ballagh – Nec Aspera Terrent.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Army Service Corps. 64th Remount Sqdn. Private. R/358427. Died 03/11/1918. Aged 49. Husband of Sarah Dornan, of 10, Stanleys Walk, Londonderry. Londonderry City Cemetery
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 6th Btn. Private. 20688. Died 03/11/1918. Born in Fivemiletown and living there when he enlisted in Enniskillen. He was originally with the Connaught Rangers (20691). Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery, Templeux, Somme, France
+MERCIER, Herbert Blenner-Hassett
Royal Air Force, 55th Squadron. Formerly Royal Irish Rifles. Lieutenant. Died 03/11/1918. Age 20. Member of the QUB Training Corps 1916 – 17. Son of Claude Cochrane Mercier and Jennie F. Mercier, “Redgarth,” Douglas Rd., Cork. Native of Limerick. Charmes Military Cemetery, Essegney. QUB WM
+FEE, Thomas Hugh Cecil Hickland
RNR. Lieutenant (E). HMS Rawalpindi. Died 03/11/1939. Age 28. Born 01/01/1911. Son of David A Fee, Baythorpe, Holywood. Liverpool Naval Memorial. Campbell College 1729.
RAF. Corporal. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. 543862. Died 03/11/1939. 240 Sqdn. He flew with RAF 240 Squadron on missions over the North Sea in the early months of the war. RAF 240 Squadron was a flying boat squadron that reformed at RAF Calshot, Southampton, Hampshire on 30/03/1937. Between 12/08/1939 and 04/11/1939, the squadron operated from RAF Invergordon, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland. He died off the Norwegian Coast when his Saro London flying boat disappeared on a reconnaissance flight. Also on board were Aircraftman 1st Class C Wilson, Leading Aircraftman AJ Saffin, Acting Flight Lieutenant JMH Sinclair, Pilot Sergeant TE Page, and Aircraftman 1st Class JC Lewis.
Denis was the son of Captain Richard Rutledge Kane MC, who was the 4th Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Protectorate from 1921 to 1929. His mother was Ethel Emma Kane (née Thurston). His name features on his grandfather Reverend Dr. Richard Rutledge Kane’s headstone in Belfast City Cemetery alongside that of Bryan Desmond Uprichard Kane. The headstone, dedicated by the Orangemen of Belfast describes Richard Rutledge Kane as a “faithful pastor, gifted orator, and loyal Irish patriot”. He had been County Grand Master of Belfast for 13 years. Denis Dermot Kane is named on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, Panel 2
RN. AB. P/229803. Died 03/11/1940. Age 60. HMS Patroclus. Joined RN aged 14 and had 35 years service including service in HMS Superb in WW1. A member of the Fleet Reserve he was in the merchant service before being recalled. Son of Henry and Sarah McCann. Brother of Harry McCann, Colinward St., Belfast
+McKERNIN, Harry Francis
RAFVR. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 1079134. Died 03/11/1943. Aged 23. 57 Sqdn. Son of H. and Minnie McKernin, of Belfast, Heverlee War Cemetery Vlaams – Brabant, Belgium
+NEILL, WILLIAM FREDERICK
RAF. Sergeant (Flight Engineer). 531666. Died 03/11/1943. Aged 25. 57 Sqdn. Son of William Frederick and Margaret Neill, of Belfast; husband to Mary Elizabeth McCombe Neill. Heverlee War Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
+COLLINS, Ernest Patrick
Royal Engineers, 234 Field Coy. Sapper. 2001570. Died 03/11/1944. Aged 25. Son of Joseph John Collins and of Rose Collins (nee O’Connor); husband of Annie Florence Collins, of Ballymena. Roosendaal-En-Nispen Roman Catholic Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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