Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the marriage of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. On this day in 1917, 460 British tanks break through the German lines at Cambrai. It is history’s first successful large-scale armour attack. The Roll today reflects the service of men from NI in Commonwealth forces, the Battle of Cambrai, two men lost in HMS Khandahar in WW2, and a naval flyer from Lurgan who became a Japanese POW.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+CRYMBLE, Cecil Reginald
1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached to 3rd Btn. Lieutenant. Died 20/11/1914. Aged 29. B.A., D.Sc., QUB. Born 06/04/1885 in Belgium to George Gordon Crymble and Agnes Templeton Crymble, of Gordon House, Annandale. He lived at care of Mrs. G Neill, Gordon House, Annadale Avenue, formerly of 7, Upper Crescent, Belfast. Died at Houplines, Armentieres, France. Ploegsteert Memorial. St Jude’s C of I, Belfast, WM
Canadian Infantry, 78th Btn (Manitoba Regiment). Sergeant. 147729. Died 20/11/1916. Age 29. Son of Patrick and Agnes Gingles, of Ballyedward, Kilwaughter, Larne, Ireland. Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France
RN. Stoker I. SS/115481. HMS Express. Died 20/11/1916. Age 19. Died in hospital, East Pilton, Edinburgh, from severe, extensive, burns. Enrolled 19/02/1914. Pembroke II, St. George, Tyne (Express 09/09/1914 – 20/11/1916). Born Belfast 14/01/1896. Son of David and Rose Ann Haggan, Alaska St., Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery. DM 188/1121/115481
South African Infantry, 10th Regiment. Sergeant. 6568. Died 20/11/1916 in East Africa of malaria/blackwater fever. One of 11 children of William Scilly and Eliza Jane Scilly. The farming family was living in Killybaskey, Moneymore by 1871. The family name was spelled Scilly / Silly in most early records. By 1911, it seems to have changed to Seeley. William Seeley served in the Boer War. Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. Cookstown WM
Connaught Rangers. 6th Btn. Private. 4695. Died 20/11/1917. Youngest son of John Hinds, Ballyrolly. Downpatrick. Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 7th/8th Btn. Private. 21225. Died 20/11/1917. Larne. Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 10th Btn. Private. 40651. Died 20/11/1917. Age 27. Born in Stewartstown area 15/10/1890. Son of James and Sarah Martin. It seems his mother died when he was very young and he was brought up in Belfast by his aunt and uncle. Alexander worked as a warehouse assistant before enlisting. He originally enlisted in the North Irish Horse in May 1915. He later transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Albany Presbyterian Church, Ardboe RH
+McANARY, Matthew James
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Private. 9197. MM. Died 30/11/1917. Battle of Cambrai. Born and lived in Desertmartin, County Londonderry. He enlisted in Cookstown and served with the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Castledawson WM.
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 7th/8th Btn. Private. 21225. Died 20/11/1917.
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 7/8th. Private. 23765. Died 20/11/1917. Born in Bushmills on 19/07/1890. Son of James McClelland and Mary McDonald. He was 10 and living in Bushmills with his family in 1901 and in 1911 was 19 and a farm servant in the household of the McCluney family of Dunsilly, Antrim. He married Elizabeth McCloskey in Antrim RC Church on 13/04/1914 and the couple lived at Brecart, Toomebridge. Brecart. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Connaught Rangers. 6th Btn. Private. 7344. Died 20/11/1917. Age 17. He served in France and was wounded in the Winter of 1915. Formerly he had been employed by Mr. William Margey, J.P., as a barman in his hotel, Main Street, Portstewart. He was a cousin of Mr. Edward McCaffrey, Coleraine Road, Portstewart. He was born in Kilmacrennan, County Donegal. Portstewart WM, IMR
Labour Corps, 182nd Btn. Private. IL/528. Died of wounds 20/11/1917. Age 35. Born in Desertmartin and lived in Bracanaslea, County Londonderry. He enlisted in Cookstown with the Royal Irish Regiment and served as Private 29829 before transferring to the 182nd Battalion Labour Corps. St Hilaire Cemetery, Frevent, France.
King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 12th Btn. Rifleman. R/40042. Died 20/11/1917. Son of Thomas and Annie Smith, of Larne. Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 11th Btn. Lance Corporal. 29652. Died 20/11/1917. Age 18. Son of Leonard Stevenson, of Corr, Coalisland. Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Dungannon WM
+WATSON, William James
Machine Gun Corps, 16th Coy. Private. 86869. Died 20/11/1917. Son of James and Sarah Ann Watson, of 78, Church St. East, Belfast. Born on 08/06/1897 in Caledon, County Tyrone. By the time of the 1901 census, the family had moved to Knocknagoney, Ballyhackamore, County Down. Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France
+HIGGINS, Matthew A
RAF. Private. 51703. Died 22/01/1919. Age 24. 39 Sqdn. Born in Draperstown 08/11/1894. Son of Francis and Susanna Higgins. He was one of 14 children. The family lived in Desertmartin. Matthew was an agricultural labourer. He enlisted in 1915. Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
+HAMILTON, Joseph Vincent
RAF. Sergeant. 654636. Died 20/11/1941. Aged 34. 38 Sqdn. Son of Hugh and Mary Ann Hamilton, of Carnmoney, Co. Antrim. Alamein Memorial, Egypt
+CARSON, William John
RN. Writer. D/MX 67650. Died 20/12/1941. Age 21. HMS Kandahar. He had been a noted boy soccer player with international appearances against England, Scotland and Wales. He was on the staff of Shell-Mex Co.Ltd. Brother of Miss Ula Carson, Twaddell Ave., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 09/01/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 55
+McDOWELL, George Patrick
RN. Acting Yeoman of Signals. D/JX 143268. Albert Medal. Died 20/12/1941. Age 22. HMS Kandahar. He was awarded the Albert Medal posthumous for bravery and devotion to duty saving life. His ship had gone to the assistance of the crew of another ship which had been sunk. Yeoman McDowell went into the water and assisted many sailors to reach the rescue ship. Although he knew his strength was waning he refused to give up, and in company with another crew member, also awarded the Albert Medal, he gave his life. Son of Hugh and Elizabeth McDowell. Brother of Arthur McDowell, Ballymacateer, Lurgan. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 14/08/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 50, Column 1. Dollingstown WM
+LAVERTY, Robert Anthony
RAFVR. Sergeant. 994040. Died 20/11/1942. 202 Sqdn. Malta Memorial, Malta. Dungannon WM
ALDWELL, Basil Willington
RNVR. Pilot. Enlisted 20/11/1940. 788 Squadron FAA at HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon); 15/02/1943 – 09/1943; 803 Squadron FAA (army cooperation in East Africa); 00/09/1943 – 02/1944; pilot, 797 Squadron FAA at HMS Ukussa (RN Air Station, Katakurunda, Ceylon); 06/02/1944 – 21/06/1944; pilot, 810 Squadron FAA in HMS Illustrious (aircraft carrier). Captured Port Blair, Andaman Islands; together with observer S.Lt (A) RM Gubther, RNVR, 21/06/1944 – 26/08/1945 POW in Japanese captivity at Ofuna near Tokyo 13/07/1944 – 26.08.1945). 10/1945) – 07.1946 no appointment listed. TCD. Born 23/04/1920 Lurgan. Brother of Lt.(E) Thomas Derek Aldwell, RN. Married, two daughters, one son.
MILLS, Robert John McLaughlin
RN. Born Belfast. Moved to Canada 1948. Husband to Elsie. Died at Acton in his 89th year on 20/11/2010
MONARD, Patrick Terence
RNVR. FAA. Petty Officer. 1939 – 45. Born 20/11/1924. Son of SH Monard, The Warren, Donaghadee. Campbell College 2842
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