38 (Irish Brigade) in Italy December 1944 – CQMS O’Sullivan 2 London Irish noted “I arrived back at E Coy on Boxing Day. They were in the line near Monte Grande. The terrain was a mixture of mud, snow, and ice. I was told it was worse earlier as the mules drowned in mud but I was better off than the men on the bleak mountainside.”
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 6th Btn. Private. 3659. Died 29/12/1915. Aged 22.
James Collins was the son of Charles Collins and Emily O’Hara. He was born at Ballygrooby, Randalstown on 25/01/1894. His parents, railway labourer Charles of Shane Street, Randalstown and mill worker Emily O’Hara, Ballygrooby, Drummaul, had married in Randalstown RC Chapel on the 26/12/1892. CWGC states he was the brother of Harry Collins, of Ballygrooby, Randalstown. Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery.
Royal Navy. Petty Officer. D/JX 151875. H.M.S. Repulse. Died 29/12/1941. Age 28. Son of Alexander and Sarah Smith, of Bushmills; husband of Mary McWhirter Smith, of Bushmills. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Fusilier.7043678. Died 29/12/1942. Aged 21. Fusilier Kyle was killed during the Faughs’ operations around Goubellat on 27-29 December 1942. Son of Annie Kyle, of Carnmoney. Medjez-el-Bab, Tunisia
+AMES, Harold Victor
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant. 1461233. Died 29/12/1944, aged 24. Son of Walter and Kate Ames. Ardglass (St. Nicholas) Church of Ireland Churchyard
On this day in 1939 the Royal Navy suffered its first submarine loss of WW2 when HMS Seahorse was lost off Heligoland Bight off Germany with all hands. She could have been mined or collided with a German pathfinder ship used to clear routes through a minefield.
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