November 13 – Roll of Honour


The comrades above have been stood down until next year. Six of the 17 entries in the Roll today highlight the service of the RND – the Royal Naval Division in WW1. The RND were sailors deployed in an infantry role and they served in Europe and Gallipoli. The navy at the time had more men than there were places in ships. The Division maintained navy customs which brought down the wrath at times of a few generals. The naval anchor distinguishes their War Graves headstones.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+EDMONDS, William Barnewelle
RMLI.1st RM. Btn. RND. Private. CH/483(S). Died 13/11/1916. Aged 28. Son of William Edmonds, of 214, Roden St., Belfast. Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Family Memorial, Dundonald Cemetery

RMLI. Private. PLY/12264. 1st RM Bn RND. Plymouth Division. Died 13/11/1916. Age 30. Enlisted Belfast 16/09/1903. Pre-war served in Donegal and Aboukir, Gibraltar and Malta. Embarked Royal Marine Brigade 16/02/16 per HMT Olympic and arrived Mudros 24/02/16. B Company. Born Belfast 22/06/1886. Son of Mrs. Isabella Fisher, Baltic Avenue, Belfast. Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 1A. IMR. ADM 159/151/12264

+GAMBLE, Thomas
RNVR. AB. Clyde Z/4951. Anson Btn. RND. Died 13/11/1916. Age 20. Enlisted 03/06/1915. Draft for MEF (Bomber) 25/10/1915, joined Anson Battalion 22/11/1915 – 19/12/1915. GSW right arm, rejoined Anson Battalion 26/01/1916 – 13/11/1916. No record of contemporaneous burial (body recovered post-war). An apprentice Plater. Born Coleraine 18/06/1896 Son of Thomas Gamble, Second Ave., Clydebank, Glasgow. Cayeux Cemetery, France. Coleraine WM. ADM339

+HANNON, Malachy
RNVR. RND. Able Seaman. Hawk Battalion. Died 13/11/1916. Age 23. Enlisted 12/04/1915. Served with Hawk Battalion (RND) from 21/09/1915 to 18/11/1915 in Gallipoli, where he was injured. Rejoined Hawk Battalion on the 09/12/1916. Listed as missing, killed in action on 13/12/1916. Drafted to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on 09/09/1915, he served with Hawk Battalion RND from 21/09/1915 to 18/11/1915 in Gallipoli, when he was injured. He received shrapnel wounds to the right side of his face and shoulder and was subsequently hospitalised in Malta. He rejoined Hawk Battalion at Mudros on the island of Limnos, in the Aegean Sea on 09/02/1916. Labourer. Born 14/06/1893. Son of James Hannon, Railway Cottage, Stewartstown and later of Grove Park St., New City Road, Glasgow. Thiepval Memorial MR 21. Stewartstown WM. ADM/171

+MACKIE, John Alexander
Gordon Highlanders, 1st/4th Bn. Private. 4552. Died 13/11/1916. Larne. Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France

+McCORD, William

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders,1/8th. Private. 3450. Died 13/11/1916.  Born 03/07/1898 at Cullybackey. Second son of Thomas McCord and Elizabeth Adger of Cullybackey village. William had worked for William Young of Finaghy but he had moved to 17, Newingtown Avenue, Larne. with his parents before the war. He was employed at Drumalis House and was one of the Dowager Lady Smiley’s staff when he enlisted. Mailly Wood Cemetery, France. Cuningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey RH and Gardenmore Presbyterian Church, Larne, RH

Royal Irish Fusiliers, 2nd Bn. Private. 15897. Died 13/11/1917. Aged 22. Son of Andrew McGahey, of Ballycastle. Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

+McKISACK, Lawrence Hill Wilson
5th Royal Irish Lancers, attached Royal Flying Corps. Lieutenant. Died 13/11/1916. Age 23. Marlborough College, Dublin. An apprentice in the linen trade. Joined Training Corps 29/01/1912, and was promoted from Cadet to Second Lieutenant (on probation) on 22/01/1915.  He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and the Royal Engineers. He was with 12 Reconnaissance Squadron (RS) flying out of RFC Thetford (Snarehill) aboard a Maurice Farman Shorthorn A2500 aircraft which side-slipped in a steep banking manoeuvre and crashed in the Thetford area. The Maurice Farman Shorthorn French aircraft was used as a reconnaissance aeroplane and light bomber. Son of Dr Henry Lawrence McKisack MD (born in Carrickfergus) and Emily McKisack (nee Matier), College Square East, Belfast and University Road, Belfast. Dr Henry Lawrence McKisack MD was physician to the Ulster Volunteer Force. Lawrence is commemorated on the Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Parish Church. Belfast City Cemetery.

Royal Irish Rifles, 9th Btn. Lance-Corporal. Died 13t/11/1916 at his residence Irish-street, Downpatrick. Husband to Jeanie Moody, and eldest son of Matthew Moody, Queen-street, Coleraine. A native of Coleraine, he was employed at Messrs. Hastings’s monumental works, [who made the Downpatrick War Memorial] when, in July, 1915, he enlisted. After training at Newcastle, he was sent to France with a draft, but fourteen months’ campaigning undermined his health. Down Cathedral Old Cemetery.

+QUINN, Henry
RMLI. Private. PLY/17909. 1st RM Btn. RND. Died 13/11/1916. Age 19. Embarked RM Brigade 16/02/1916 per HMT Olympic and arrived Mudros 24/02/1916. Brother of Mrs. A. Foy, Thomas St., Newry. Theipval Memorial. ADM/171

+ROBINSON, William Wadham
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 10th Bn. Private. 25300. Died 13/11/1916. Aged 41. Priot to enlsting he worked at the Belfast Bank branch, Portadown. Son of James and Rose Robinson, of Strabane. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France

+SLOAN, John
RMLI. 177737. Plymouth Division. 2nd RM Battalion, RND. Died 13/11/1916. Age 20. Served in Gallipoli and France. Son of Mrs Jane Sloan, Ballycarry St. Belfast. Theipval Memorial, Pier and Face 1. ADM/171


+HIGGINS, William
Royal Engineers, Inland Waterways and Docks. Lance Corporal. WR/303573. Died 13/11/1918. Aged 26. Son of the late Thomas Higgins and Emily Higgins, of 11, Waterloo Rd., Larne. Bangalore (Hosur Road) Cemetery, India


+HURST, William John
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Sub – Lieutenant. HMS Decoy. Died 13/11/1940. Aged 22. On the outbreak of war was appointed to HMS Decoy and was killed while serving in her at Alexandria when she was struck by an enemy bombing raid. Born 04/06/1918. Son of Charles Benjamin and Marjorie Hurst, Strandtown, Belfast. BA Christ’s College (Cantab.). Charles was the founder of Charles Hurst Automobiles. William’s grave was visited by two officers of HMS Caroline, Captain RP Pim and Lieutenant – Commander JE Sayers. Alexandria (Chatsby) Naval Memorial Cemetery. Campbell College 2484


RN. Petty Officer Supply. P/MX. 55389. Died 13/12/1941. Age 23. HMS Puckeridge, a Hunt type escort destroyer. Lost 06/09/1943. Around 2015 hours on 6 September 1943 HMS Puckeridge (Lt. John Cecil Cartwright, DSC, RN) was hit by two of four torpedoes fired by the German submarine U-617 and sank about 40 nautical miles east of Gibraltar in position 36º06’N, 04º44’W. HMS Puckeridge was en route alone taking important messages to Oran. 129 men were rescued and 62 men were lost with the ship. Four years service in RN. He was a member of 10th Belfast Scout Troop and of St John Ambulance Brigade. Worked previously in Durham Street Weaving Company. He was married only three weeks before his death. Son of David and Elizabeth Henderson, Dundela Crescent, Belfast; husband to Isobel Henderson, Dunfermline, Fife. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 02/01/1942). Comemorated Pembroke Dock Cemetery, Wales


COOKE, Victor Alexander

RN. Lieutenant (E). Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, OBE, DL. Appointed Lieutenant (E) 1940. Served 1940 – 46. Marlborough, Trinity College, Cambridge. Member of Senate for Northern Ireland 1960 – 68. He was registered as a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng). He was a director of Northern Ireland Airports, 1970 – 1985. He was a director of Harland & Wolff Ltd between 1970 and 1987. He was chairman of Henry R Ayton Ltd, Belfast, 1970 – 1989. He was invested as a Officer, Order of the British Empire in 1981. He was created Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, of Islandreagh in the County of Antrim on 11/08/1992. He was invested as a Fellow, Institute of Mechanical Engineering (F.I.Mech.E.). He lived at Islandreagh House, Dunadry. Born on 18/10/1920. Husband to Alison Sheila Casement, daughter of Maj.-Gen. Francis Casement and Mabel Frances Harrison. Died 13/11/2007.

RN. AB. SS6817. HMS Abdiel Jutland. Served 18/12/1915 – 27/01/1921. War service in Pembroke, Waterhen, and Campania. Born Coleraine 13/11/1897. ADM 188/1100/6817

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One Comment on “November 13 – Roll of Honour

  1. HMS Decoy was not sunk at Alexandria but was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Kootenay on 12 April 1943, later operating out of Londonderry. No RN or merchant ship was sunk in Alexandria harbour by enemy bombing between 10 June 1940 and March 1942, the period when the main AA defence of the harbour was provided by 9th (Londonderry) HAA Regiment RA (SR). While 25 Bty of the Regiment was detached to defend Port Sudan, from July 1940 to April 1941, no ship in that harbour was damaged or destroyed by enemy action. For that reason, the RN asked that, when Tripoli fell to Eighth Army, the defence of the port should include 9th (Londonderry) Regiment.


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