December 24 – Roll of Honour


In today’s Roll – Ruth Dickson from Moy who was a nursing sister in Singapore. She survived a ship sinking and died as a prisoner of war on Christmas Eve in 1944. Photo – European war cemetery in winter.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+BREWER, Albert
RN. Stoker 1st Class. K15525. HMS Penshurst. Died 24/12/1917. Age 23. Killed in action with submarine off Bristol Channel. Enrolled 19/07/1912 for 12 years. War service in Pembroke II, Cyclops, Sabrina and Penshurst. Born Belfast 13/02/1894. Son of Charles and Mary Brewer, of Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 23. ADM 188/898/15525

+CORRY, James
RN. Leading Stoker. D/KX 90385. HM Submarine H 31. Died 24/12/1941. Age 30. H 31 (Lt. Frank Bridger Gibbs, RN) sailed from Falmouth and left escort on the 19/12/1941 for a Bay of Biscay patrol, 250 nautical miles north of Cape Finisterre. She was reported overdue on 26/12/1941. The cause of her loss is unknown. Son of Hugh and Elizabeth Corry, Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52. Family memorial, Milltown Cemetery, Belfast. BE52A



+DICKSON, Ruth Hannah

Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service. Sister. 223772. Died 24/12/1944. Aged 54. Sister Dickson was serving in Singapore in 1942. She left Singapore on the SS Kuala which was sunk by Japanese bombers on February 14, 1942. She died in captivity, 24/12/1944 at Palembang, Sumatra. Daughter of Joseph Alexander and Lydia Ann Dickson, of Eglish, Co. Tyrone. Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia. Moy WM. Memorial Window, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


+McKEE, Albert James
RAFVR. Aircraftman 2nd Class. 1903009. Died 24/12/1945. Aged 34. Son of Thomas and Margaret Ann McKee; husband of Elizabeth McKee, of Castlerock, Co. Londonderry. Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia


JACKSON, Harry Noel
RNVR. Served in the Royal Irish Rifles and RNVR. In World War II he served as a Major in the Royal Artillery. Born in 24/12/1899. Son of Henry Jackson, Invermore, Cherryvalley, Belfast. D 1966. Campbell College 1140

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