January 16 – Roll of Honour

The Roll for WW2 today reflects warfare on land, at sea, and in the air. Photo – Sunrise over Seraucourt-le-Grand British Cemetery, near St Quentin and close to the area depicted in the “1917” film.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+GRAY, Emily
Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service. Staff Nurse. Died 16/01/1919. Age 35, Daughter of James and Mary Gray, of Sherries Hill, Caledon, Co. Tyrone. Family headstone Minterburn Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Co. Tyrone. Memorial St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


+HALL, William James
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1547282. Died 16/01/1940. Aged 29. 77 Bty., 44 Lt. A.A. Regt. Son of John and Margaret Hall, of Lisburn. St. Peter Port (Foulon) Cemetery, Guernsey, Channel Islands,


+DAVISON, George
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX 214456. HMS President III. Date of Death:16/01/1941. Age: 34. Son of Horatio and Martha Davison, Belfast; husband to Elizabeth Davison, Alliance Ave., Belfast. Father of two young children.(Belfast Weekly Telegraph 08/02/1941). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46


+BELL, James D
RN. Able Seaman. D/SSX32827. HMS Sultan. Died 16/02/1942. Age 21. He had been at sea two years. He had been an active member of Lambeg Jubilee Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade. Son of John and Emily Bell, Mill St., Hilden. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 24/04/1942). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 101. Lisburn WM

+MacDONALD, Robert
RAF. Leading Aircraftman. 502123. Died 16/01/1942. Aged 38. Coleraine Cemetery


+DARRAGH, Herbert
RN. AB. D/SSX 30785. Died 16/01/1943. Age 21. HMS Evolution. Killed in action off North Africa. He joined the RN before the war and took part in numerous engagements. His brother Andrew served as a sergeant in the RAF and two sisters served in the WAA. His father was wounded serving with the Inniskillings in WW1. Youngest son of Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Agnes Darragh, Hopewell St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 29/01/1943). Bone War Cemetery, Annaba

+THOMPSON, William
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1067997. Died 16/01/1943. Aged 20. Son of Henry and Rachel Thompson of Ballylesson, Ballymena. Kells and Connor New Presbyterian Cemetery.


+MacRAE, Colin James Fraser
RAF. Squadron Leader. 35235. Died 16/01/1945. Aged 44. Husband to S. E. Macrae. Antrim New Cemetery

+McDOWELL, John Ritchie McDowell
RAF. Sergeant. Flight Engineer. 1798275. Died 16/01/1945. 101 Squadron. His Lancaster bomber was shot down near the Czechoslovakia border. Avro Lancaster Mk III LM472 SR-V2 took off from RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire on Tuesday 16/01/1945 at 1748hrs. The mission to raid on a synthetic oil plant in Brux, Czechoslovakia between 2230hrs and 2259hrs. The Lancaster crew were part of 231 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitos from No. 1 and No 5 Group. This included six other planes from RAF 101 Squadron. Some planes had ABC radio jamming devices. McDowell and crew were due back at Ludford Magna at 0247hrs on 17th January 1945. Lancaster LM472 was the only plane not to return from the sortie, shot down between Hof and Pluen, Germany. Seven of the eight crew on board died. Known to family and friends as Jimmy. Son of John McDowell and Mary Ann McDowell of Hillsborough.

+PROUDFOOT, Abraham Patterson
HMS Caroline. RNVR. Leading Seaman. P/UD/X 1324. BEM. Died 16/01/1945. Age 25. HM Submarine Porpoise. He had seen service in various parts of the world since being called. He was awarded the BEM for bravery and resource when his ship was attacked by enemy aircraft. He had six years’ service. Brother serving in RAF. Son of Abraham and Margaret Proudfoot, Gawn St., Newtownards Rd., Belfast; husband to Annie Proudfoot, Shap, Westmorland. He had been married two years. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 12/06/1942 and 28/12/1945). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 90


GRANT, Norman Steel
RN. Lieutenant – Commander. OBE, DSC. Mentioned in despatches. He was posted as a Paymaster Cadet to his first ship on his 18th birthday. Paymaster Lieutenant 01/11/1935.  He was MiD in September 1941 for “courage, skill and devotion to duty in operations off the Libyan coast.” He was given a year’s seniority and posted to HMS Coventry. RN College, Greenwich, 1946;  Joint Services Staff College, Latimer, Bucks, 1947. PSC (Naval);  PSC (JSSC);  Interpreter in Turkish (High Grade), 1939. Commander (S). Two brothers served in the army. Born 16/01/1913. Campbell College. Son of Albert Grant, Ulster Bank Ltd., Cromac Street, Belfast, and Mrs. Grant, Cadogan Pk., Belfast. Died 07/1977.

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