Alex Miller from Portstewart survived the sinking of HMS Majestic in the Dardanelles. Before the War, he was a pilot of Coleraine Harbour Company. He was drowned off Portstewart on 6 January 1923 while working as a pilot. Named on Parish War Memorial.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Royal Irish Rifles, 2nd Btn. Rifleman. 3773. Died 06/01/1915. Aged 30. Son of Elizabeth Young, of Rampart St., Dromore, Co. Down, and the late David Young. Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
+McCORD, Thomas Alexander
RAF. Sergeant. 612781. Died 06/01/1941. Aged 19. 211 Sqd. Son of Thomas J. And Edith Mccord, of Belfast. Alamein Memorial, Column 243, Egypt
+HEGAN, Robert Stanley
Leading Aircraftman. 816245. Died 06/01/1943. Aged 24. 502 Sqdn. Son of Robert and Sarah Jane Hegan; Husband to Ethel Doris Hegan of Bangor. Dundonald Cemetery
+FINLAY, David Boyd
RAF. Warrant Officer. 640578. Died 06/01/1944. Aged 25. 228 Sqdn. Son of David Boyd Finlay and Elizabeth Finlay, of Templepatrick. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 213. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
+BARR, Ernest Henry Mackenzie
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner).1796037. Died 06/01/1945. 158 Sqdn. Son of Ernest David and Eileen May Barr, of Londonderry. Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany
+FOSTER, James Henderson
RNR. Lieut-Commander (E) HMS Maplin. Died 06/01/1945. Age 40. Husband of Eva Gertrude Foster, of Belfast. Glenalina Extension, Belfast City Cemetery
GAMBLE, Robert William
215664. Boy service in Black Prince from 19/06/1901. Enrolled 06/01/1903 for 12 years. Born Coleraine 06/01/1885. ADM 188/378/215664
RN. Gunner. HMS Repulse. Survived sinking. Served 1939 – 1964. Son of Albert and Mary-Jane, Ballydown, Banbridge. Born 06/01/1924. After service he became caretaker of Abercorn Primay School. Member of Banbridge RBL. Died aged 91. Resided at Riley St., Banbridge. He was survived by daughters Janet Toman and Linda Finnigan, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, plus brothers Isaac and Jim, and sisters Nora and Vivian. His wife Margaret predeceased him. Buried Ballydown Presbyterian Churchyard.
+McNABNEY, William John
Served in the Royal Engineers, Ulster Division during World War One sustaining injuries during the Battle of the Somme. These injuries resulted in his death many years later in a UVF Hospital in Belfast on 06/01/1941. Born on 01/10/1883 he was the son of Robert McNabney and Margaret McNabney of Ballymena. The family lived at 52 Ohio Street, Belfast, according to the 1911 Irish Census. He married Margaret Walker on 11/09/1912 in Crumlin Road Methodist Church. The couple had 3 children, Ernest, Thomas and Myra. William was a carpenter or a joiner before the war.
MILLAR, Alexander (Alex)
(Also recorded as MILLER). He was a Gunner/Stoker, Royal Naval Reserve. He volunteered for active service in September 1914 (aged about 30 years); before enlisting he was a member of the Portstewart Company, Coleraine Battalion, North Derry Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. Ships served on included H.M.S. Majestic in the Dardanelles, Turkey. This ship was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine, U21, on 26 May 1915 and Alex survived the action. Before the War he was a pilot of Coleraine Harbour Company. He lived with his wife, Annie, at Enfield Terrace, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William and Mrs. Jane Millar, lived at Heathmount, Portstewart, and his uncle, Mr. Thomas Millar, lived at the Orange Hall, Portstewart. Alexander was drowned off Portstewart on 6 January 1923 while working as a pilot and was buried inside the old church at Agherton Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Agherton Parish Church.
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