January 07 – Roll of Honour


Within four months, on this day, the McAuley family of Ballygally lost a second son serving with RAF in WW2. A Cookstown man who returned with S African forces and survived Delville Wood died in action in WW1. Photo – Menin Gate at night

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+ESPEY. Thomas
South African Infantry, 4th Regiment. Corporal. 2739. Died 07/01/1918. Aged 39. Born 18/05/1878 in Gortreagh, Cookstown. Thomas was a railway clerk in Cookstown before emigrating to South Africa. Thomas married Florence Espey, possibly around 1908, and they had two sons. Prior to enlisting, he was a Carrier’s Contractor and lived in Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town. He enlisted in August 1915. Corporal Espey was one of the 143 survivors who left Delville Wood on 20/07/1916. Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand, Somme, France. Cookstown WM. St Lurach’s C of I WM, Cookstown.


+COLE, Hugh Douglas
RN. Convoy Signalman. C/JX 234034. SS Benalbanach. Died 07/01/1943. Age 20. Son of Samuel Douglas and Madeline Margaret Cole, Holywood. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 70

+McAULEY, David Alexander
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1482473. Died 07/01/1943. Age 19. Training to be a Pilot when he died. His older brother Pilot Officer George McAuley, DFC, had been killed having been shot down on 20/08/1942. Son of David and Sara Jane McAuley, of Ballygally, Co. Antrim. Sault Ste. Marie (Greenwood) Cemetery, Canada

+STODDART, William Robert Bryans
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman. 1031734. Died 07/01/1943. Aged 21. Son of William J. E. and Catherine Stoddart, of Belfast. Alamein Memorial, Egypt


+McLEAN, William

RAFVR. Sergeant. 1048611. Died 07/01/1945. Age 21. 626 Sqd. Son off John And Jessie Mclean, of Newtownards. France Clichy Northern Cemetery, France


HEMPENSTALL, George Moorhouse
RN. AB. J199. Boy service from 06/01/1908. Enrolled 07/12/1908 for 12 years. Served to 07/01/1921. War service in Dido, Pembroke, Antwerp, Baralong, Alexandria and Indomitable. Born Agherton, Portstewart 07/12/1890. ADM 188/647/199

HERRON, Robert Alexander Crosthwaite
RN. Surgeon Lieutenant Commander. MBE. Surgeon Lieutenant. 07/01/1937. MB QUB 1932.

IRELAND, Israel alias Isaac
RN. Stoker First Class. K32149. Enrolled 08/04/1916 for hostilities. War service in HMS Dreadnought. Demobbed 07/01/1920. Born Belfast 10/07/1883. Carnmoney Parish Church RH. ADM 188/931/32149

RN. Stoker I. SS6727 and SS117792. Enrolled 10/12/1915 for 5 and 7 years. War service in Vivid I and Egmont – Lobelia. Served to 07/01/1921. Joined RFR 08/01/1921. Born 06/03/1892. Dungiven, Co. Londonderry. ADM 188/1100/6727. ADM 188/1123/117792

RMLI. Private. 13960. Plymouth Division. HMS Tiger. Jutland. Enlisted 04/04/1907. War service in Tiger 03/10/1914 – 26/07/1919. Demobbed 07/01/1920. WW2 – Served from 01/01/1941 – 10/05/1945. Born Belfast 13/11/1889. NOK, aunt, Margaret Brown, Roseberry St., Belfast. Silvio Street, Belfast. Woodvale – PCI RH. ADM 159/154/13960

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