December 22 – Roll of Honour


William Tweed from Ballymoney was lost in 1941 when the Royal Navy Escort Carrier HMS Audacity was sunk by u-boat, killing 73 of her crew. One of the survivors was legendary pilot Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown who shot down his first German aircraft in a Martlet from her. Audacity was converted from a captured German merchantman. James Ferguson, a doctor from a Randalstown Manse, was a WW1 fatality. Three of his brothers also served

Representing their comrades who died on this day


Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Private. 21986. Died 22/12/1915. Aged 32. Hugh Caulfield served with the Connaught Rangers, Service Number 2664. He was serving with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was wounded at Gallipoli. Born in Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh. Son of John and Bridget Caulfield, of Cross, Fivemiletown. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey

+McREYNOLDS, John Archibald
Royal Irish Rifles. 10th Btn. Sergeant. 15468. Died 22/12/1915. From Tartaraghan. Son of John and Mary Jane McReynolds of 2, Chlorine Gardens, Belfast. Sucreries Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France.

+FERGUSON, James McKee
RAMC Captain. Died 22/12/1917. Age 31. QUB MB March 1914. MO Union Infirmary, Belfast. Lieutenant RAMC 18/12/1914, Captain 18/12/1915. With BEF in France and Flanders from Oct 1915. Attached to 9th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers and later Connaught Rangers. It was whilst serving with the latter that he was killed near St Quentin, Somme. The Chaplain sent a letter to the family stating, ‘It was my privilege to live in the mess with him, and, like all the others there, the more I got to know of him the more I liked him. Much as we admire his well-stocked mind, we admired and loved still more his clean, honourable personality. No one of the many – too many- from here, whom we have known and lost, has left a sweeter memory behind him.” Born 1886, Neillsbrook, Randalstown. Son of Rev James and Mrs Rachel Ferguson, Neillsbrook. Three other brothers served in the forces. Hugh Reynolds McKay Ferguson, born 03/11/1880,  was also a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour 1914-1919 entry for 1st Randalstown Presbyterian Church states he was serving in West Africa. Charles George Ferguson, born 08/02/1892, and John Hastings Glover Ferguson, born 04/01/1882, served in Canadian units (CEF). Ronssoy Communal Cemetery, Somme. QUB WM. Ballymena Academy RH


Army Cyclist Corps. Lance Serjeant. 744. Died 22/12/1918. Aged 37. Depot Army Cyclist Corps. Husband to Martha Amelia McDonald, of 13, Lismain St., Ravenhill Avenue, Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery. Dungannon WM. Second Dungannon PCI RH


+TWEED, William James
RN. Ordinary Seaman. D/JX 253909. Died 22/12/1941. HMS Audacity. Age 23. Member of the Orange Order. Son of David John and Agnes Mary Tweed, Ballymoney and Newtownards. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 30/01/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 49. Newtownards WM


RNVR. Leading Seaman. P/UD/X 1359. HM Boom Vessel 42. Died 22/12/1943. Age 25. Son of Michael and Ellen Callaghan, Monkstown. Joint grave 806. Edinburgh Seafield Cemetery

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