November 9 – Roll of Honour

Hamburg

The grave of Flight Sergeant Isaac Kennedy from Ballymena is in Hamburg Cemetery (Photo here). He was serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  Our veteran today is Bill Epstein of the Belfast Jewish community who served in the Royal Navy in WW2.  Post war he became an academic of international stature.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+MURRAY, Charles
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 7th Btn. Private. 29153. Died 09/11/1915 of enteric. Aged 19. Charles’ brothers Francis and Patrick also died in World War One. Charles was born about 1896 in Mullinbuoy, County Tyrone. Son of Francis and Teresa Murray, of Lurganbuoy, Dumnoyle, Sixmilecross. Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

1916

+KYLE, Thomas

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 10th Btn. (The Derrys). Private. 19870. Died 09/11/1916. Age 21. He volunteered for active service in September 1914. The Derrys trained at Finner Camp, County Donegal, and Seaford, Sussex, and arrived at the Western Front in October 1915. His mother, Mrs. Eliza Kyle, lived at Roselick, Portstewart. Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Portstewart WMl, Agherton Parish Church’ WM and RH, IMR.

1918

+HOLMES, William
RN. CERA II. HMTB 7. Died 09/11/1918 in RN Hospital Chatham from influenza and broncho pneumonia. Age 36. Enrolled 30/08/1909 for 12 years. War service in Egmont, Blenheim (Renard), Pembroke II and Actaeon (TB 7). Born Belfast 13/05/1882. Son of Captain Charles Holmes, Master Mariner, and Mary Jane Holmes (nee McKibbin), Downshire Road, Holywood and later of Killiney, Bangor. Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent. Bangor Purple Star LOL No. 677 RH. First Bangor memorial window and PCI RH. ADM 188/1020/1152

KANE, Patrick

Leinster Regiment. 2nd Batt., Private. 18163. Died of wounds received in action on 09/11/1918. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. D. Kane, of Portloughan, Raholp, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

1941

+ROBINSON, Hugh Wilgar Robinson

RAFVR. Pilot Officer (Pilot). 63492. Died 09 – 10/11/1941. Aged 30. 9 Sqdn. He was flying Wellington III aircraft X3280 on a mission with 9 Squadron from RAF Honington. The target was Hamburg, however, the aircraft was hit by flak or attacked by enemy fighter aircraft and crashed off Vlieland with the loss of all six Crew. Son of Hugh and Annie Wilgar-Robinson, of Belfast. Family memorial at Holy Trinity Ballylesson.

1942

+ALLEN, Samuel

RAF. Corporal. Died 09/11/1942. Age: 28. Died while a prisoner of war in South East Asia. His capture took place on 20/03/1942. Born in Ballymena, son of Samuel and Annie Allen, Cullybackey Road, Ballymena. No known grave. Singapore Memorial, Col. 426

+CRABBE, James Douglas
RAFVR. Flying Officer (Pilot). 119539. Died 09/11/1942. Age 20. Son of John Miller Crabbe and Jean Crabbe, of Belfast; husband of Irene Joan Crabbe. Collection plates in Stormont Presbyterian Church donated as a memorial by his parents. Dundonald Cemetery

+KENNEDY, Isaac
Royal New Zealand Air Force. Flight Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.). 403012. Died 09/11/1942. Age 23. 142 (R.A.F.) Sqdn. Son of Robert and Margaret Anne Kennedy, of Ahoghill, Co. Antrim. Hamburg Cemetery

+McKEE, John
RN. CPO – ERA 4th Class. HMS Kongoni. – A naval base near Durban. Died 09/11/1942 of wounds received on active service. He had five years’ service. Formerly a fitter at AW Hamilton, Prince’s Dock, Belfast. Son of George and Rhoda McKee, English Row, Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 20/11/1942). Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery, Gauteng, South Africa

1944

+BELL, James Hogg
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1537760. Died 09/11/1944. Aged 20. On 09/11/1944 he was in a Vickers Wellington bomber on a Night Navigation Exercise when a fire started in the starboard engine.Having broadcast distress calls the crew was provided with a course to Barford St John where the aircraft was seen in the circuit of the airfield before it dived suddenly and crashed on a railway embankment. Ballywillan New Cemetery, Portrush

VETERAN

EPSTEIN, Arnold Leonard (Bill)
RN. Served 1944 – 47. Born in Liverpool, the son of a draper from Galicia, he grew up in Belfast. RBAI and QUB where he read Law and was called to the Bar. He then joined the RN. Post-war he took a degree in social anthropology at LSE. He did field work in Africa. Held professorship at ANU and University of Sussex. President of the Association of Anthropologists 1977 – 81. He had strong links with Ben-Gurion University and with Hove New Synagogue. Born 13/09/1924. Died 09/11/1999

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