November 24 – Roll of Honour

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Six men from NI were among over 300 men who died when the light cruiser Dunedin went down in the South Atlantic in 1941, the victim of two torpedoes fired from the German submarine U-124. Photo – the new War Memorial at Whitehead.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1916

+BOOTH, Andrew Thomas
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 11th Btn. Fusilier. 11/25242. Died 24/11/1916. Age 20. Son of Thomas and Margaret Booth, of Ballyriff, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry. Pond Farm Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Woodschapel Parish Church WW1 RH

+GRAY, Thomas
Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Btn. Rifleman. 8767. Died 24/11/1916. Age 29. Born Islandmagee. Son of Mrs. Ellen Culverwell, of 230, Massachusetts St., Highland Park, Detroit, U.S.A. Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium

+McGOVERN, James
Stoker 1st Class. SS/107748. HMS Euryalus. Died 24/11/1916 Ismailia RN Hospital. Born Belfast 01/08/1889. Son of James McGovern, Winetavern St., Belfast. Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Family memorial, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, IB66B. IMR. ADM 188/1113/107748

1917

+KANE, (aka Coulter), Edward
Royal Field Artillery, 38 Brigade, 24 Battery. Gunner. 57996. Died 24/11/1917. Age 28. Born about 1889 in Fivemiletown. Eldest son of James and Eliza Coulter, of Tatnafree, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh. His great-grandmother was living with the family. Her name was Ellen Kane. It seems that Edward Coulter adopted his great-grandmother’s name on enlisting. Tyne Cot Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Fivemiletown WM

1941

HMS DUNEDIN

Over 300 men died when the light cruiser Dunedin went down in the South Atlantic, the victim of two torpedoes fired from the German submarine U124. For the 250 or so who managed to escape the ship, the next seventy-eight hours were to be a nightmare of torture and slow death. Some men died of their injuries, some died of exhaustion, some went insane, others were drowned, some were bitten and killed by vicious fish. Only six Carley rafts were left afloat when rescue arrived in the form of an American merchantman, who lifted 72 men to safety: five died before they made it to port. Dunedin was looking for a U-boat wolf pack as a result of information received from the Enigma codebreakers in Bletchley Park. (Blood in the Sea: HMS Dunedin and the Enigma Code by Stuart Gill, 2003). HMS Dunedin Memorial plinth and oak was dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum on 26/07/2003.

+CARSON, William
RN. Stoker. P/KX 123565. Died 24/11/1941. Age 26. HMS Dunedin. He joined RN in 1940. Two brothers, Albert and James, also served in RN. Five of his uncles served in WW1. Son of James and Elizabeth Carson, Queen Victoria Gardens, Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 05/06/1942). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 54

+HOLLAND, Robert
HMS Caroline. RNVR. AB. P/UD/X 1627. Died 24/11/1941. HMS Dunedin. Called up at outbreak of war. Previously employed in the Strand Spinning Co. Son of Philip and Eleanor Holland. Nephew of Mr John and Mrs Violet Knox, Loughview Terrace, Shore Rd., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 05/06/1942). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 60

+KIRKPATRICK, David
RN. Able Seaman. P/SSX 27777. Date of Death: 24/11/1941. Age: 23. HMS Dunedin. Son of William and Mary McCaigue, William St., Newry. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 19/12/1941). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 48. St Patrick’s C of I Parish Church WM

+McCAHON, Robert George
RN. Stoker 1st Class. P/KX123620. HMS Dunedin. Died 24/11/1941. Son of Mr and Mrs John McCahon, Crewe, Culnady, Upperlands, Co.Londonderry. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 55.

+McCAIGUE, James
RN. Able Seaman. P/SSX 27777. Date of Death: 24/11/1941. Age: 23. HMS Dunedin. Son of William and Mary McCaigue, William St., Newry. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 19/12/1941). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 48. St Patrick’s C of I Parish Church WM

+MULLAN, John T
RN. Able Seaman. P/SSX29677. HMS Dunedin. Died 24/11/1941. Age: 20. Son of Henry and Mary Mullan, Limavady. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 48

+ROBINSON, John Alfred
RN. Boy First Class. P/JX 180586. Died 24/11/1941. Son of AB John Robinson who was serving on a minelayer. His father had lived at Eglinton St., Belfast. Nephew of Mr. and Mrs. T Kidd, Lindsay St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 30/01/1942). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51, Column 3

+BOWMAN, Eric Ritchie
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 1500548. Died 24/11/1941. Aged 25. Son of Hugh and Annie Bowman of Bangor. His Brother Geoffrey Alexander also died on service 21/05/1944. Bangor Cemetery. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

 

1942

+FOSTER, William
RNVR. Sub-Lieutenant (A). Died 24/11/1942. Age 22. HMS Daedalus. Portavogie. Son of Herbert William and Martha Higginson Foster, of Chislehurst, Kent. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extn.

1944

+LAIRD, Robert
RASC. Sergeant. T/20729 Royal Army Service Corps. Died 24/11/1944 whilst on leave at home. Aged 44. Robert, from Templemore St, Belfast enlisted in the Army Service Corps underage in 1917 and served in Mesopotamia. Discharged in May 1922, he re-enlisted in the RASC in August 1939, serving in France and in the UK. Son of James and Elizabeth Laird, of Belfast; husband to Hannah Louisa Laird, of Belfast. Ballylinney Old Graveyard, Ballyclare.

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