December 26 – Roll of Honour

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A Naval Reserve officer from HMS Caroline, who was a member of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, and a well known Belfast shipping company, was lost when his craft hit a mine on Boxing Day 1940.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1918

+SHORTT, Fanny
Voluntary Aid Detachment. Nurse. Died 26/12/1918. Aged 32. UK Book of Remembrance, Berkshire. Dundonald cemetery.
1940

+EDMENSON, Walter Alexander
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Sub-Lieutenant. Mentioned in despatches. B Com, QUB1938. On the outbreak of war, his appointment as a Midshipman was to St Angelo for MTB 191. In 1940 he was promoted Sub-Lieutenant, and in August 1940 was recommended for further promotion to Lieutenant. His Commanding Officer in recommending him for promotion commented, “this officer’s report shows the real fighting spirit, and I am confident that his audacity during three separate attacks, assisted the minesweeping trawlers considerably.” Edmenson was then in command of MAC5 (Motor Attendant Craft) operating out of Harwich and took a lively part in the rescue of RAF officers and men shot down during the Battle of Britain. She was an Ex- MTB 5 60” reclassified Minesweeper Attendant Craft MAC 5 in 1940. RS Allison in his history of HMS Caroline records, “It was with deep regret that all who knew this gallant young officer received the news that at about 10 o’clock on the morning of 26th. December 1940, about ten miles to the southeastward of Harwich, Sub-Lieutenant Edmenson, while proceeding in his coastal motorboat was blown up by a mine, all that was noted being the heavy explosion which occurred and the absence of any survivors.” Died 26/12/1940. Born 23/07/ 1919, son of W A Edmenson, Castlehill Road, Knock, Belfast. WA Edmenson was the Managing Director of Messrs G Heyn & Sons Ltd and of the Ulster Steamship Company. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 04/01/1941). Campbell College 2468. RNIYC WM. QUB WM.

VETERAN

JOHNSON, William H
HMS Springdale. Born 29/11/1925. Belfast. Died 26/12/1975

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