On 14/11/2007 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a bronze memorial in memory of the 11,000 men lost over the course of WW2 whilst serving in Royal Navy Destroyers. The memorial is at HMS Cavalier in Chatham Dockyard. Cavalier saw service in WW2 and is well worth a visit. On this day in 1940, Luftwaffe bombers destroyed parts of Coventry. Nearly 600 civilians perish in the inferno. The Roll today contains the name of Private Jean McCarron, ATS.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+ALLISON, William John
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 1st Btn. Private. 7864. Died at home on 11/11/1914. Born at Slatt Ballymena, the son of Thomas and Agnes Allison, nee Dunseath. William enlisted in Belfast and lived in Drogheda. His name is recorded on the Brookwood Memorial. The Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial is a memorial commemorates casualties with no known grave. The majority of the casualties commemorated there are service personnel from the land forces of the UK, who subsequently died in the care of their families.
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 1st Bn. Private. 8752. Died 14/11/1914. Aged 27. Son of William and Jane Donnelly, of 12, Getly St., Belfast. Born at Dungannon. Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 1st Bn. Private. 8467. Died 14/11/1914. Aged 29. Son of Mrs. Jane McDonald, of I06, Hill St., Gilford. Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
+WOODS, William John
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 1st Bn. Private. 7445. Died 14/11/1914. Aged 33. Son of John Woods, of Portadown; husband of Minnie Dowling (formerly Woods), of 10, Carleton St., Portadown. Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
RAF. Sergeant. Died 14/11/1941. Aged 28. 95 Sqdn. An account states that the Squadron was then based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. However, while flying over the Bay of Biscay, Sunderland L5803, engaged a Focke Wulf FW 200 Condor of 3/KG 40. The Sunderland pilot, Flying Officer Henry Ronald Bailey, managed to guide the damaged flying boat back to UK waters. He received a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross on 16/03/1943 for his actions. The citation for his Bar to the DFC states – “On one occasion he was pilot of a Sunderland flying boat when it was attacked by a Focke-Wulf Kurier over the Bay of Biscay. The first burst of enemy fire killed one of the mid-gunners and rendered the rear turret useless. The aircraft was holed in many places but, by skilful manoeuvring, Flying Officer Bailey continued the combat and drove off the attacker. On return to base, although the hull of the flying boat had been holed in many places below the water line, this officer successfully descended on the water without further mishap. He is an excellent pilot who has been a source of inspiration to the other members of his squadron.” Belfast-born McCorry was the gunner referred to in this action. The rest of the crew survived the skirmish with the Focke-Wulf FW 200 Condor. Son of Michael and Teresa McCorry and husband to Mary McCorry of Belfast. Belfast Milltown (Roman Catholic) Cemetery
+KERR, Thomas David
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Fusilier. 6976531. Died 14/11/1943. Aged 32. Son of John Kerr and of Elizabeth Kerr, of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. Leros War Cemetery, Greece
+McCONAGHY, Charles Henry
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 188107. Died 14/11/1944. Aged 20. 224 Sqdn. Son of Charles Brown McConaghy and Elizabeth McConaghy, of Portrush. Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey, Panel 212
Auxiliary Territorial Service. Private. W/51539. Died 14/11/1945. Age 24. Daughter of Robert and Margret McCarron, of Tamlaght. Tamlaght Finlagan Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Londonderry
Royal Garrison Artillery. 354th Siege Battery. Gunner.144506. From Kilkeel, Hugh enlisted in Feb 1917 and saw action at the Battle of Cambrai. Transferred to Army Ordnance Corps in April 1918, demobilised Nov 1919.
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