December 27 – Roll of Honour


Piper from the 38th (Irish) Brigade in Italy in December 1944. Brigadier Pat Scott noted – “On 23rd Dec, the first serious fall of snow occurred. We were more or less snow-covered until 26th Jan. The rum issue rule was that if it was either raining or freezing, rum was to be had. We got through quite a lot during this period….”

Representing their comrades who died on this day


Canadian Infantry, 148th Btn. Private. 841318. Died 27/12/1916. Belfast City Cemetery


+CALLAGHAN, William Edward
RAF. Sergeant. 623929. Died 27/12/1940. Aged 19. 220 Sqdn. Coastal Command. Member of the aircrew onboard a Hudson II (T9373). During a night patrol on 27/12/1940, the aircraft ran out of fuel. The crew abandoned and the Hudson crashed. Sergeant Callaghan was thought to have been lost at sea. He was a member of Ballindrum Pipe Band, Moneymore. Son of Edward and Evelyn Callaghan, of Portadown. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 1

+STEWART, Frederick
RAF. Aircraftman. 638353. Died 27/12/1940. Age 22. Son of Robert and Rebecca Stewart, of Cookstown. East Bridgford (St. Peter) Churchyard, Nottinghamshire. Cookstown WM


+SCOTT, Randal Archibald
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 981198. Died 27/12/1941. Aged 21. 58 Sqdn. 
Son of Randal Brown Scott and Mary Catherine Scott, of Dundrod, Co. Antrim. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany


+McGUCKIN, Ernest
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Fusilier. 6979734. Died 27/12/1946. Aged 25. Born in Stewartstown on 21/10/1919. Son of the late Robert McGuckin, Low Cross, Tullyhogue, and Emily Morrison, Dennistoun, Glasgow, formerly of Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone. Prior to enlisting in the army on 08/09/1938, Ernest worked as a farm labourer. He died as a result of a road traffic accident while in service in post war Austria. Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Klagenfurt, Carinthia. Stewartstown WM, Cookstown WM, Stewartstown C of I RH

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