On This Day in 1944, the last and largest Royal Navy Battleship, and the last Battleship in the world was launched. The then Princess Elizabeth launched HMS Vanguard at Clydebank. She was over 50,000 tonnes at full load and capable of over 30 Knots. Truly the end of an era. In today’s roll for 1918 is the name of Alicia Watt from Dungannon who died serving with Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Two from the Royal Ulster Rifles from Ballycastle and Ballyclare, died on this day in 1944, fighting for the liberation of the Netherlands.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
RM Artillery. Gunner. RMA/5910. RMA Anti-Aircraft Brigade. Died 30/11/1915. Constance St., Belfast. Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 59th Coy. Formerly of the 11th Royal Irish Rifles. Private. 17701. Died 30/11/1917. Born 23/12/1893. Son of James and Emma Whiteside, nee Beckett, Ballytresna, Randalstown. The couple had married in Randalstown OC Presbyterian Church on the 16/09/1887. Cambrai Memorial. Randalstown Old Congregation Presbyterian Church.
+PATTERSON, R C
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Btn. Private. 351424. Died 30/11/1918. Aged 26. Son of Alexander and Elizabeth Patterson. Born at Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery
Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. attd. London Regiment, 9th Reserve Bn. Worker. 33726. Died 30/11/1918. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Watt, of George’s St., Dungannon. Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire
+IEVERS, Robert Valentine
RAFV. Sergeant Observer. 1126184. Died 30/11/1942. 418 Sqdn. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 86. Knockbreda Parish WM
Royal Ulster Rifles. 2 Btn. Lance Corporal. 7020434. Died 30/11/1944. Aged 28. Husband of Matilda Stewart, of Ballycastle. Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands
Royal Ulster Rifles. 2 Btn. Rifleman. 7022501. Died 30/11/1944. Aged 23. Son of George and Emily Williamson, of Ballyclare. Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands
RN. Lieutenant Commander. Larne. Husband to Ellen Carson of Larne. Ellen was a teacher in Northern Ireland before and during the war years. They later went to Mexico, where he assisted in the design of boilers for power stations and sugar plantations. Ellen and Arthur had four children, two of whom were born in Mexico City. They all returned in 1955 and lived in the north of England in Manchester and then York. Ellen and Arthur kept their house in Ferris Bay and a property in Drains Bay until the late 1960s. They both enjoyed sailing and moved to Lymington in Hampshire, where they had a small yacht. Arthur died in 2000 and Ellen died in her 99th year on 30/11/2012.
RNAS. AC II. F41476. Enrolled 13/11/1917 for hostilities.In President II, Roehampton and Queensferry. Transferred to RAF 31/03/1918. Born Coleraine 30/11/1883. ADM 188/633/41476
MILNER, John Stanley
RNR. OBE. Born 16/02/1908. Son of TF Milner OBE, RD, RNR, Ormiston Park, Knock, Belfast. Died 30/11/1983. Campbell College 1787. St Columba’s Parish Church, Knock RH
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