December 28 – Roll of Honour


The stained glass from the Royal Irish Memorial Chapel shines behind the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Ten servicemen from the three services form today’s Roll of Honour.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


RNB. RND. Chief Petty Officer. Clyde Z/245. Nelson Battalion. Died 28/12/1915. Age 27. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action, at Achi Baba, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. Formerly served 6 years RNVR, re-enlisted 17/09/1914 ; Collingwood Battalion ‘A’ Company 1st Platoon 04/02/1915 – 04/06/1915 GSW right elbow, joined/transferred to Nelson Battalion 15/08/1915 – 28/12/1915. Rated Leading Seaman 12/10/1914, Petty Officer 28/11/1914, Chief Petty Officer 18/09/1915. Born 28/11/1888. His father James McLaughlin from Coleraine lived in Glasgow; and his uncle and aunt, Thomas and Kathleen Millar, lived in the Orange Hall, Portstewart. Brother of Mrs. Martha McQuarrie, Apsley Street, Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Resided with sister. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, Panel 8. Coleraine WM. ADM339


+CRYMBLE, John Gordon
Royal Irish Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 28/12/1916. Age 19. RBAI. Faculty of Medicine 1914 – 15. Member of the Training Corps 1916. He enlisted into the 19th Royal Fusiliers (2nd Public Schools Battalion) on 16 March 1915, and was commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 5 August 1916. In France from 14/11/1915. John joined the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers on 07/10/1916 and was posted to B Company. He died of wounds on 28/12/1916, in Number 2 Casualty Clearing Station having been hit by a shrapnel bullet in the right leg on 22/12/1916. Son of Samuel Gordon Crymble and Elizabeth Emily Crymble (nee Agnew), College Green, Belfast. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. QUB WM. RBAI WM


+WHITE, Thomas
Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Private. 3/32163. Died 28/12/1919. Transferred to (702990) 6th Coy. Labour Corps. Son of James and Mary J White. Born in County Tyrone about 1892. Before enlisting, Thomas worked for Samuel Smith, Union Place, Dungannon. Private Thomas White was with No. 6 Labour Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 702990) for a time. He was transferred to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He had been gassed in France on 05/06/1915. He was sent to the Reading Hospital in England to recover. By February 1916, Private White was in Salonika, Greece, writing to his mother who was living in Beechvalley, Dungannon. Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-D’Armentieres, Nord, France


+SHARP, Leslie Mark
RAF. Pilot Officer. 85241. Died 28/12/1940. Aged 23. 96 Sqdn. Son of Mark and Annie Sharp of Belfast. Carnmoney Jewish Cemetery


+BRADY, Alexander
RN. AB. D/JX 182442. HM Tug St Issey. Died 28/12/1942. Aged 29. Three years’ service. A brother served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Son of William and Ellen Brady, Cargill St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 15/01/1943). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 64

+KANE, Samuel
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Lance Corporal. 6977922. Died 28/12/1942. Aged 27. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Kane; husband to Emma Kane, of Portadown. Medjez-el-Bab, Tunisia

+MONTGOMERY, James Peden
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Fusilier. 6979320. Died 28/12/1942. Aged 22. Son of Jean Montgomery; husband to Margaret Montgomery, of Belfast. Medjez-el-Bab, Tunisia

+MORTON, Samuel
RN. Stoker 1st Class. D/KX 132552. HMS. St Issey. Died 28/12/1942. St Issey was a steam tug. It was attacked by U-617 on 28/12/1942 off Bengazi. 36 members of crew were lost. He is commemorated on the Bushmills WM together with his brothers Albert who died during WWII and John who died during WWI. He had sixteen siblings. Son of Robert and Elizabeth nee Kerr Morton, Ballytober, Bushmills. Plymouth Naval War Memorial. Bushmills WM. Dunluce Parish WM

+WALSH, George Henry
RAF. Sergeant. 657583. Died 28/12/1942. Aged 25. Son of J. Walsh and Elizabeth Nelson Walsh of Banbridge. Banbridge cemetery


Royal Corps of Signals. 1 Indep. Troops Sig. Sec. Serjeant. 2323856. Died 28/12/1944. Aged 28. Son of Henry A. and Ann Jane Rainey, of Omagh. Geel War Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium


BARR, Joseph
RM Artillery. Gunner.10463. HMS Barham. Jutland. Enlisted Glasgow 28/04/1903. War service in Columbine and Iron Duke. Re-engaged 13/03/1915. Discharged 16/09/1922. Born 28/12/1883. Woodbine Terr., Coleraine. New Row – PCI RH. ADM 159/81/10463

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On this day in 1922 HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson were laid down on Tyne and Mersey. They were nicknamed the Cherry Trees as they were cut down under the terms the of Washington Treaty. They were the only ⁦Royal Navy battleships to carry main armament in triple turrets and the only ones with 16 inch guns.

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