November 4 – Roll of Honour


Recruiting office in Clifton Street, Belfast during WW2. Today’s Roll includes a Campbell and Queen’s educated medic who was born in Damascus, a rifleman from Upperlands serving with New Zealand Army and a Royal Canadian Air Force Sergeant from Belfast who died over Serbia near Belgrade.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+PHILLIPS, Thomas McCann
RAMC. Captain. MiD. Died 04/11/1914 from wounds received in battle. Age 24. Although only sent to the front on 03/10/1914, Captain Phillips had seen some very heavy fighting since he went out, being continuously in the firing line. He had been mentioned in despatches.

Letters from Major E. C. Hayes, officer commanding 21st Field Ambulance, and Lieut.Colonel J. G. M’Naught, officer in charge of No. 4 Clearing Hospital, gave particulars. He was attached to Major Hayes’ ambulance, and had a dressing station established in a cottage near to the firing line. This cottage came under shell fire on the morning of the 3rd November, and Captain Phillips and Lieutenant Richardson who were in occupation had to leave it, but no sooner had they done so than they were both struck by a shell, which killed Richardson and mortally wounded Capt Phillips. In addition the same shell wounded about fifteen other men of the R.A.M.C. Captain Phillips was then brought to an hospital in Ypres, and seemed well and cheery considering the nature of his wounds but the next day, as the hospital in Ypres was being shelled, he had to be removed with others to a clearing hospital at Popperinghe, about seven miles away, where he was placed under the care of Colonel M’Naught but at this time he was unconscious and only survived a very short time. His remains were buried in the local cemetery at Popperinghe, and the spot is marked by a wooden cross. Major Hayes, in writing of his death, states that it was a great loss in the unit on account of his reliability and efficiency.

Captain Phillips was a son of the late Rev. J. G. and Mrs. Anne Phillips, of Damascus, in which city he was born. The family later lived in Ahoghill. He received his early education in Trent College, Nottingham, and later in Campbell College, where he played in the famous School Cup team of 1897-98. He graduated from Queen’s College, Belfast in 1905, and shortly after received his commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, taking first place in the examination. Captain Phillips was home on leave from India, and on the outbreak of war was posted to Victoria Barracks, Belfast. Poperinge Communal Cemetery.

+NESBITT, Robert Matthew
Lancashire Fusiliers, 16th Bn. Private. 30054.Died 04/11/1918. Aged 36. Son of Samuel Nesbitt, of Belfast, and the late Mary Nesbitt. Premont British Cemetery, Aisne, France


+AGNEW, Stewart

New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Btn. Rifleman. 80589. Died 04/11/1918 of Illness. Age 22. Born 19/09/1896 in Drumnacannon, Upperlands.Son of William and Ann Jane Agnew. Stewart emigrated to New Zealand. He enlisted there on 11/12/1917. He had been working as a labourer. He arrived at the front in France on 04/10/1918. Soon after, he contracted influenza. He was admitted to Cannock Chase Military Hospital in England on 28/10/1918. His influenza was complicated by pneumonia. He died just a few days before the end of the war. Cannock Chase War Cemetery, Cannock, Staffordshire

RN. Stoker 1st Class. SS/112672. HMS General Wolfe. Died 04/11/1918 in Chatham RN Hospital of pneumonia. Enrolled 13/08/1912 for 5 and 7 years. War service in Vanguard, Pembroke II and General Wolfe (27/10/1915 – 04/11/1918). Born Belfast 05/08/1894. Dunvegan St., Belfast. Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent. IMR. ADM 188/1118/112672

+LIGGETT, George
Royal Field Artillery, “C” Bty. 79th Bde. Gunner. 101082. Died 04/11/1918. Aged 32. Son of Martha and the late William George Liggett. Vis – En – Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Family Memorial, Dundonald Cemetery

Royal Irish Rifles, 3rd Bn. Rifleman. 504. Died 04/11/1918. Aged 21. Son of William Rowan, of 28, Athens St., Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery


+McKEE, Charles
Worcestershire Regiment, 1st Bn. Private. 2718886. Died 04/11/1941. Aged 19. Son of Robert and Georgina McKee, of Carrickfergus. Asmara War Cemetery, Eritrea


+DICKIE, Thomas Lynas
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1544971. Died 04/10/1943. Aged 22. 196 Sqdn. Son of Robert and Edith Williams Dickie of Belfast. Knockbreda Cemetery

+McILROY, Patrick Joseph
RAFVFR. Aircraftman 2nd Class. 1798886. Died 04/11/1943. Aged 21. Son of James McIlroy, and of Ellen McIlroy of Whitehouse. Whitehouse (Our Lady’s Acre) Roman Catholic Cemetery

+REA, Charles Arthur
2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Captain. 184755. Died 04/11/1943. Aged 32. Son of William Robert and Alice Jane Rea; husband of Mabel Winifred Rea, of Shepherd’s Bush, London. Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor

+TOOLE, Edwin Archibald
Royal Canadian Air Force. Flight Sergeant (Flight Engineer). R/53246. Died 04/11/1943. Aged 24. 148 (R.A.F.) Sqdn. Son of Frederick and Rachel Toole; husband of Anna Toole, of Belfast. Belgrade War Cemetery, Serbia


KERR, Albert Ernest
RN. Stoker Second Class. K53487. Enrolled 28/08/1918 for hostilities. In Victory II. Demobbed 28/02/1919. Born Coleraine 04/11/1899. ADM 188/969/53487

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