November 10 – Roll of Honour

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Among those remembered today, is an RIR officer awarded an MC, who had taken part in the advance on Theipval and died in aerial combat with the Royal Flying Corps, an Orangeman from Muckamore who was a WW1 POW, and Viscount Stuart from Stewartstown who died serving in Royal Armoured Corps in north Africa in WW2

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1914

+ROBB, John Hamilton
RMLI. Lieutenant. HMS Sutlej. Died, accidental drowning Queenstown, Cork, 10/11/1914. Age 20. A report in Portadown News states that a tender capsized with the loss of two men. Son of Hamilton and Elizabeth Robb, Bridge St., Portadown. Lurgan College WM. Portadown WM

1916

+BENNET, Trevor Moutray

Royal Irish Rifles. 10th Battalion, attached Royal Flying Corps.70th Sqn, MC. Died 10/11/1916 during aerial combat, aged 19. Trevor was the son of James Bennet, a retired banker, of 1 Chlorine Place, University Road, Belfast, and Catherine Adeline Bennet. He was born on 5th February 1897 in Belavon, Belmont, Belfast. Before Inst, he attended Methodist College, Belfast. He was working in the linen trade, and joined the Ulster Volunteer Force in 1913, followed by the Ulster Division on its formation. He was gazetted to Second lieutenant on 22nd September 1914 and promoted to Lieutenant the following year, serving in France and Flanders from October 1915. He took part in the advance on Thiepval on 1st July 1916, and before becoming attached to the RFC in September, he was awarded the Military Cross. The citation, published in the London Gazette on 20th October 1916, reads as follows – “For conspicuous gallantry in action when his platoon suffered heavy casualties, he rallied all available men and got them forward into the enemy’s lines’ Later, when put in charge of an attack, he reached his objective, consolidated it and held it against repeated bombing attacks.” 

He was killed in aerial combat on 10/11/1916 while flying a Fienvillers Sopwith 1½ Strutter. Lt Morton Allport of the RFC was also killed in the incident. The plane came down behind the German lines. Major Laurence, RFC, wrote “he was just the sort of fellow we want. He had taken very quickly to the work, and had made a very keen and good observer. He was always so cheery and willing too, and we shall all miss him very much. He was a fine brave boy, and I shall always think of him with admiration.” Captain Vancour, RFC wrote, “it was a frightful blow to us all when your son went down, for he was the most popular in the mess, and we all thought a great deal of him. He was always so cheery and full of life and such a plucky little fellow. Major Gordon, 2nd in command, 10th Royal Irish Rifles, after the fighting at Thiepval, wrote “Under the most difficult circumstances and murderous fire, he behaved with coolness and gallantry for two whole days and nights, in spite of his being the only officer left in the company. I am sure you will feel proud of him, as we all do.” He was originally buried where he was found, to the southeast of Bapaume, in a spot described as “a few yards west of the Rocquigny-Le-Mesnil road and a few yards north of the railway, close to the point where the railway cuts the road.” Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. RBAI WM

+EWART, Henry
Royal Irish Rifles, 11th Btn. (108th Brigade). Rifleman. 19482. Died 10/11/16. Age 21. Prisoner of war. Henry Ewart was born in Creggan and lived with his parents James & Nancy Ewart of 51 Spencer Street, Belfast. He worked as a general labourer. He is on a list of Muckamore UVF men to join the 11th Btn. RIR. La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery Belgium. Antrim District Orange Order WM, Muckamore Diamond LOL 1422 WM.

1918

+CURRY Walter
Canadian Infantry, 19th Btn. Private. 2537338. Died 10/11/1918. Born on 1st July 1894 in Aughnacloy. Son of George and Mary Jane Curry of Carricklongfield, Aughnacloy. Walter emigrated to Toronto, Canada, where he lived at 81 Shelbourne Street and worked as a truck driver He had already spent 2 years with the C.A.M.C. before he re-enlisted on 07/06/1917 at Toronto. Framieres Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium. Dungannon WM

+IRVINE, Robert Charles
Royal Army Medical Corps, 63rd Field Amb. Major. Mentioned in Despatches. Died 10/11/1918. Aged 34. Son of Robert and Sarah Irvine, of Clontibret, Co. Monaghan; husband of Mary C. Irvine, of 19, Livingstone Place, Edinburgh. Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France

1942

+McManus, Hugh
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1123740. Died 10/11/1942. Age 22. 107 Sqdn. Son of Patrick and Elizabeth McManus, of Magherafelt, Magherafelt. Runnymede Panel 89.

+STUART, David Andrew Noel
Royal Armoured Corps. Lieutenant. 232729. Died 10/11/1942. Son of Arthur Stuart, 7th Earl Castle Stewart, He was born on 07/10/1921 in England. He was the eldest of four sons and as such held the title of Viscount and heir to the title of Earl of Castle Stewart. He went to Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined the squadron of 11th Hussars in July 1942. He was killed in action on North Africa. Alamein Memorial, Alexandria, Column 19. Stewartstown WM, Stewartstown C of I RH

VETERAN

BENNETT, David
RNVR. Surgeon Lieutenant Cdr. Navy List 10/11/1939. MB QUB 1936

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