Amongst the fallen today is the son of the Most Revd. John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, an RAF Flying Officer who has no known grave and is remembered on the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery, and in St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore.
This cemetery photographed is unique in that almost every serviceman died not only on the same day but in the same second when a V2 struck the Rex Theatre in Antwerp which became known as ‘The City of Sudden Death’ in the closing months of WW2. During a showing of ‘The Plainsman’ on 16th December 1944, 567 (including 296 allied servicemen) were killed in a few seconds… The fallen of the Rex Theatre.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+MAGILL, Robert James
Royal Irish Rifles Service. 6th Btn. Rifleman. 11012. Died 29/11/1915. From Larne. Dorian Memorial, Greece
Royal Fusiliers, 23rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Private. G/67222. Died 29/11/1917. From Larne. Cologne Southern Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 87th Coy. Private. 24189. Died 29/11/1917. Rocquigny – Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Dungannon
Household Battalion. Trooper. 2729. Died 24/11/1917. Aged 23. Son of James and Martha McCartney, of Newtowncrommelin. Brother of William, died 29/09/1918, aged 22 years, whose body lies in France. Newtowncrommelin Presbyterian Churchyard, Co. Antrim
Labour Corps. 191st Coy. Private 424799. Died 29/11/1917. Age 32. Formerly 7/8400, Royal Irish Rifles, 7th Btn. Son of Sarah O’Connell, Cushendall. Haringhe Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Royal Irish Rifles. 12th Bn. Lance Corporal. M.M. C de G. Died 29/11/1919. Age 24. Son of Mary Agnes McLarty, Railway Street, Ballycastle. Ramoan Parish Church Graveyard
+CARSON, John Leadbetter
RAF. Sergeant. 543418. Died 29/10/1940. Aged 21. 201 Squadron. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Carson of Whitehead. Family Memorial Carnmoney C of I Churchyard.
+MAGEE, Louis Edward
RAF. Sergeant. 581233. Died 29/11/1940. Aged 24. 59 Sqdn. Son of Joseph Thomas Magee and Mary Clare Magee, of Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
RAFVR. Aircraftman 2nd Class. 1007141. Died 29/11/1941. Aged 31. 968 Balloon Squadron. Husband to Matilda Green of Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery
Australian Infantry, 2/13 Btn. Private. NX35486. Died 29/11/1941. Aged 36. Son of Francis and Elizabeth Irvine, of Tempo. Tobruk War Cemetery.
New Zealand Infantry. 24th Btn. Private. 25376. Died 29/11/1941. Aged 36. Son of Jackson and Sarah Jane Sloan, of Ballinlea, Co. Antrim. Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt
+COOKE, George Moore
RAFVR. Aircraftman 1st Class. 1053837. Died 29/11/1942. Aged 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Cooke of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Section
RAFVR . (W.Op./Air Gnr). 1119371. Died 28/11/1942. Aged 21. 95 Sqdn. Coastal Command. Son of Robert D. and Emma Irvine, of Belfast. Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery, South Africa
+TAYLOR, James Hector
Royal Artillery. Lance Serjeant. 7018920. Died 28/11/1942. Aged 30. 4/2 Maritime Regt. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor; husband to Elizabeth McDowell Taylor (nee Gitty), of Ballymoney. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 72
+GREGG, John Francis Fitzgerald
RAF. Flying Officer. 116815. Died 29/11/1943. Aged 40. Son of the Most Revd. John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, and of Anna Alicia Gregg, of The Palace, Armagh. B.A.(Cantab.), Scholar of Christ’s College. No known grave. Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore, Column 423. Malaya Civil Service WM, St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 1st Bn.Fusilier. 7010670. Died 29/11/1943. Aged 33. Son of Joseph and Emily Lindsay, of Lisburn. Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
DUNNE, Arthur Gordon
RN. Special Entry. Full career from Cadet to Commander 1944 – 1980. Mentioned in despatches. HMS Anson, HMS Welcome, Pacific, 1945. Lieutenant. Served off Korea and Malaya during period March, 1951 – February, 1953. Born 29/11/1926. Son of R. Dunne, Ormiston Drive, Belfast. Campbell College 2962. St. Columba’s Parish Church, Knock RH
LIGGETT, Alexander Liggett
Royal Tank Regiment. Sergeant. 7877628. A Desert Rat who was taken prisoner of war twice in Italy and Germany. See article on-site, this date
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