November 17 – Roll of Honour


In 1918 Clara Crozier, a military nurse from County Armagh, died in service. In 1940 Wiliam McNamarra, formerly of HMS Caroline (Photo), died in England as a result of enemy action at sea. In 1943 the award of a DFC to Warrant Officer James Montgomery was recognised by the people of Comber.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+CROZIER, Clarice (Clara)
Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. 48252. Died 17/11/1918. Aged 22. Died of Influenza/Pneumonia at Military Hospital, Fermoy, County Cork. Daughter of Thomas and Eliza Crozier of Altnaveigh, Ballybot, County Armagh. Newry Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery

RNVR. Lieutenant. ML 43. Died 17/11/1918. Age 31. Son of Robert and Ada Fullarton, Belfast. Lowestoft (Beccles Road) Cemetery


+McNAMARA, William Hammerton
HMS Caroline. RN. AB. D/JX 185599. Died 17/11/1940. Age 26. HMS President III. He had 11 months service when he died in England as a result of enemy action at sea. He had worked in the coach building department of the Belfast and County Down Railway. Son of Henry McNamara, Isoline St., Castlereagh Rd, Belfast. Caister Old Cemetery, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

+MANSEL-PLEYDELL, John Aymard Morton
Leicestershire Regiment. 1/5th Bn. Second Lieutenant.108163. Died 17/11/1940. Aged 19. Son of Ralph and Marguerite Marie Mansel-Pleydell. Aghanloo Roman Catholic Churchyard, County Tyrone


+DAVIDSON, James Boyd
Royal Ulster Rifles. 1st Bn.The London Irish Rifles. Rifleman.1524064. Died 17/11/1944. Aged 34. Son of John Davidson and of Ellen Davidson (nee Boyd), of Ballymoney Co. Antrim; husband to Agnes Elizabeth Davidson (nee Burns), of Ballymoney. Forli War Cemetery, Italy

+HANKIN, Gordon Leslie James
Royal Artillery. Lance Bombardier. 1465405. Died 17/11/1944. Aged 25. 63 (The Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Anti-Tank Regt. Son of William and Ada Hankin; husband to L. Maureen Hankin, of Lisburn. Overloon War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

+LECKEY, Edward
RAF. Corporal. 612557. Died 17/11/1944. Aged 26. 272 Sqdn. Son of John and Elizabeth Leckey, of Belfast. Bari War Cemetery, Italy


+HAVERON, Daniel
RAF(Auxiliary Air Force). Corporal. 816130. Died 17/11/1947. Aged 41. Son of Samuel and Jane Haveron of  Belfast; Husband to Marion M. Haveron of Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery


Warrant Officer. DFC. Mill Street, Comber. The award of the DFC for gallant service was publicly recognised at a meeting in the Andrews Hall on 17/11/1943. James was presented by the Lord Chief Justice with an inscribed solid silver cigarette case and a cheque for £136. Lord Londonderry, Air Commodore for the A.T.C. in Northern Ireland, was among the speakers.

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