Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB of 243 Squadron. Oil on plywood by Barrie Allan Frank Clark (1970s). Fleet Air Arm Museum. Today in 2019 the aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, arrives in Portsmouth for the first time. Today in 1916, after two days of hard fighting at the Battle of Ancre, LtCol Freyberg of the Royal Naval Division was awarded the Victoria Cross. A Kiwi of immense bravery, he had led the Hood Battalion attack, capturing their 1st and 2nd objectives and had been wounded twice. The RND were sailors in an infantry role.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
RMLI. L/Corp. 15996. Died 16/11/1914. Age 20. HMS Victory naval base and barracks, Portsmouth. Born about 1894 in Kildress, Cookstown. Son of William and Annie Lagan of 43 Wood Street, Grangetown, Yorkshire. Southampton Old Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire
+McCAFFREY, John Joseph
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Fusilier. 4065. Died of wounds 16/10/1914. Eldest son of John and Anne McCaffrey. Born in Moyglass, County Fermanagh on 10/07/1895. The family later lived at 26 Blackhill, Cookstown. John worked at Adair’s Mill at Greenvale, Cookstown. Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Artmentieres, Nord, France
2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Private. 8810. Died 16/11/1914. Age 30. Son of James and Maria McKillop, Shore Street, Cushendall. Menin Gate Memorial, panel 40
Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman 17/1427. Died 16/10/1916. Aged 18. He was born in the parish of St Anne’s, Belfast and was the son of Francis and Jane of 71, Kimberley Street, Ormeau Road, Belfast. He was in France on the 19/11/1915. Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium. St Jude’s C of I, Belfast, WM
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 9th Btn. Sergeant. 11225. Died 16/10/1916. Eldest son of James and Catherine Walker of Tullyroan, Co. Armagh. He worked in the local mill before enlisting in Dungannon. He died at home. Loughgall Old Churchyard. Moy WM
+KNOX, John Connor
Royal Engineers. Sapper. 121376. Died 16/11/1917. Aged 18. Only son of Charles and Mary J. Knox of Union Place, Dungannon. He was educated at Brookfield School and Bangor Grammar School. He enlisted in the Royal Irish Rifles in 1915 but was only 15. Shortly afterward he enlisted to train as a wireless operator. On completion of his course, he was posted to the Royal Engineers. In January 1917 he went out to the Western front. Arising primarily out of shell shock, he contracted an illness and was moved to London General Hospital where he died. Drumcoo Cemetery, Dungannon. Dungannon WM
+McDONALD, David or Donald
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 5th Btn. Private. 14286. Died 16/11/1918, but who he was and when he died is unclear. Local reports say 14286 David McDonald died suddenly on the 15/16th November 1918. His sister apparently lived at 12 Ballymoney Street, Ballymena and he was the son of Lachlan and Catherine McDonald, 8 Union Street, Glasgow. CWGC says 14286 Donald McDonald, with the same parent and wife, died on the 09/03/1919 when aged 35 years old. He is not found in the website records of the Scottish National War Memorial. He is buried in Kilbowie Cemetery, Dumbartonshire, Scotland.
+LANNIGAN, Thomas Wright
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1475147. Died as a result of enemy action in Middlesex, England on 16/11/1940. Aged 34. 21st Battery, 8th (Belfast) HAA Regiment. Born in Belfast. In July 1939, Thomas joined the territorial army in Belfast. After training, he joined 8th (Belfast) HAA which in 1940, fought in the rearguard during the retreat from Dunkirk. Born on 22nd September 1906, he was the son of Robert John Lannigan and Jane Stranaghan Lannigan (née McCullough) of Disraeli Street, Shankill, Belfast. He was one of five brothers who served in the forces during World War Two. Three of Thomas’ brothers served in the Army and one brother served in the Royal Air Force. On 16/10/1933, Thomas married Isabella Todd in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Isabella died two years later on 26/06/1935. He later married 22-year-old Alma Reynolds in St. Anne’s Cathedral, on 16/12/1935. At his time of death, Thomas’ given address was Disraeli Street, Belfast. He spent leave time there with his mother Jane Ferguson, six weeks before he died. His funeral took place on 20/11/1940 to a burial plot belonging to Mary Anna Todd Fee. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extension
HM Submarine Swordfish
+MORRISON, Charles Archibald
RN. Leading Stoker. C/KX 84966 . Died 16/11/1940. HM Submarine Swordfish. On 7th November 1940, HMS Swordfish left Portsmouth for a war patrol with orders to patrol off Brest. She was never seen or heard from again. The Admiralty assumed that she had fallen victim to either German warships or mines in the Bay of Biscay. Her wreck was found in July 1983, blown in half, a few miles south of St Catherines Point on the Isle of Wight. It is certain that she struck a mine on the day of her departure from Portsmouth and was lost with all hands. Bangor. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 38, 1
+O’NEILL, Joseph Patrick
RN. Stoker 1st Class. D/KX 84929. HM Submarine Swordfish. Died 16/11/1940. Age 29. Swordship ( Lt M A Langley), 7th November 1940, Western Europe, English Channel off the Isle of Wight, southern England – probably German mines. Sailed from Portsmouth on 7th November for Brest patrol. Failed to signal back on 15th and 16th, and not heard from again. At the time she was declared ‘overdue, presumed lost’ and believed sunk in the Bay of Biscay either on mines or at the hands of German destroyers near Brest. Her wreck was discovered in 1983 a few miles south of St Catherine’s Point off the Isle of Wight. She had been mined a few hours after leaving Portsmouth, with the loss of all 41 crew (Brest patrol). Son of Phelix and Ellen O’Neill, Lurgan. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 41
+GORDON, David Sime
Royal Artillery. Lance Serjeant. 967859. Died 16/11/1942. Aged 22. 389 Battery, 111 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. Son of Andrew and Jeannie Gordon, of Romford, Essex. Belfast City Cemetery
+McCLOUD, Thomas James
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1066739. Died 06/11/1942. Aged 24. 18 Sqdn. Son of Samuel and Martha McCloud, Comber. Comber Cemetery
RN Stoker First Class. P/KX 150614. Died 16/11/1944. Age 25. HM Submarine Thule. Thule served in the Far East for much of her wartime career, where she sank thirteen junks, two lighters, and five sampans with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca in a twelve-day period between 17/12/1944 to 29/12/1944. She also attacked a submarine, probably the Japanese submarine Ro – 113 and believed she had sunk it, but Thule’s torpedoes exploded prematurely and the submarine escaped unharmed. She went on to sink a further five sailing vessels and three coasters, as well as laying a number of mines. Son of Thomas and Fanny Acton Bolton, Lancs., ; husband to Anna Acton, Glenwherry St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 22/12/1944). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 85.
McCAUSLAND, Samuel Osborne
RNAS. Russian Armoured Car Brigade. Order of St. Stanislaus (Russia). B 01/10/1892. D 16/11/1920. Son of Wm. McCausland, Cherryvale, Ravenhill Rd., Belfast. Campbell College 901.
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