December 21 – Roll of Honour

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The Ramparts Cemetery is by the Lille Gate in Ypres, on top of the old rampart, over what had been dug-outs. The cemetery contains 197 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The Roll of Honour today reminds us that illnesses such as pneumonia could be fatal. A Royal Irish Rifleman from Downpatrick died in Victoria Barracks hospital in Belfast. His son was also serving with the regiment.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+CUNNINGHAM, James
Royal Irish Rifles, 18th Btn.Rifleman. 352. Died 21/12/1915. Succumbed to pneumonia in the hospital at Victoria Barracks, Belfast. Husband to Elizabeth Cunningham, of New Bridge-street, Downpatrick. He left a widow, five daughters and a son, Samuel who was in the 13th Royal Irish Rifles. St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Downpatrick.

1916

+COX, William
RNR. Sub-Lieutenant. HM Water Tank Progress. Died 21/12/1916. Aged 37. Torpedoed. William, a native of Belfast, had worked for Belfast Corporation Gas Department before going to sea on ships plying between the UK and Australia. On the outbreak of war he joined the RNR commanding several ships mainly in the North Sea. Husband to Maud (nee Armstrong), Southwell Rd., Bangor. Father of two young children. Malone – PCI RH. Bangor RBL plaque. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 18

+McGEE, James
Royal Irish Rifles. Rifleman. 5474. Died 21/12/1916. Aged 17. Son of Henry and Ann Jane McGee, of 10, New North Queen St., Belfast. Church of the Holy Evangelists, Carnmoney Parish Churchyard extension.

1939

+GAGE, Arol Alexander Courtenay
RNVR. Lieutenant. HMS Bagshot. Died 21/12/1939. From Rathlin Island. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 33

1942

+FOSTER, Frederick
RAFVR. Obs. Sergeant.1074970. Died 21/12/1942. Age 26. Born in Lurgan on 01/02/1916. Son of Mr & Mrs A Foster, Market Street. He entered Lurgan College on 01/09/1925, probably one of the group transferring from Lurgan High School on its amalgamation with the College. There is no indication in the School register of when he left, nor is there any indication of employment after school. He joined the R.A.F. when war broke out. Lurgan New Cemetery.

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