January 15 – Roll of Honour

The Royal Tank Regiment memorial at Beaurains. On This Day in 1953 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed as Admiral of the Fleet. He joined the Royal Navy in 1939 and served in WW2. He made Commander before retiring in 1952 in HM Accession. He has held a Naval Rank for 81 Years. The Roll today recalls four from WW2

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+COUSER, Robert James
RAFVR. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 965050. DFM. Died 15/01/1941, Aged 22. 58 Sqdn. Son of Adam and Alicia Couser, of Crowborough, Sussex. Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Belmont Presbyterian Church RH, Belfast


+COOKE, Albert
RN. Leading Seaman. D/JX 112214. BEM. HMS Broke. Died 15/01/1942. Age 32. Joined RN aged 15. He was awarded the BEM for rescuing survivors from a burning ship. Two brothers serving in HM forces. In WW1 his father was awarded the MM. Son of William and Elisabeth Cooke, Belfast. Husband to Mary Jane Cooke, Belfast. His parents and wife lived at Boundary St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 06/02/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 63

+GARSTIN, Edward William M
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 106967. Died 15/01/1942. Age 32. 82 Sqdn. His brother Richard also died in service with the RAF. Son of the Revd. William Fitzroy Hamilton Garstin, M.A., and Frances Dalzell Garstin, of Maghera Rectory, Co. Londonderry; husband to Elsie Theodora Garstin (nee Maitland), of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 69

+McBRIDE, John Robert
RAF. Sergeant. 538895. Died 15/02/1942 Age 27. Son of John And Annie Mcbride, of Enniskillen. Singapore Memorial, Column 415, Singapore

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