January 18 – Roll of Honour

Four Inniskilling Fusiliers are among those who fell on this day in WW2 in Rangoon, Tunisia, Minturno and Cassino in Italy. Photos of Bedford House War Cemetery.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1941

+CHASE, Herbert I
RN. Telegraphist. D/J65192. HMS Caroline. Died 18/01/1941. Age 40. Son of Thomas Henry and Jessie Chase, Belfast; husband to Nita A. Chase, Belfast. Family Memorial Carnmoney Cemetery.

1943

+HUNTER, James Stewart
RAFVR. Sergeant.1018437. Died 18/01/1943. Aged 24.100 Sqdn. Son of Annie Hunter, of Strabane. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 154

+LAWTHER, Robert
RAFVR. Leading Aircraftman.1532123. Died 18/01/1943. Aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lawther, Lurgan; husband to Muriel Jean Lawther, Lurgan. Mesa City Cemetery, Arizona, United States of America

+O’NEILL, Leonard

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Fusilier. 704614. Died 18/01/1943. Age 20. It is believed he died in an action near Donbaik, Burma when a patrol from D Company, engaged a much stronger force of Japanese troops resulting in many casualties, some from sniper fire. Born on 18/07/1922. Son of Harry J. and Elizabeth O’Neill, Stewartstown. He enlisted with the Inniskillings on 30/07/1940. He had previously worked as a brick worker and labourer. Rangoon Memorial, Taukkyan, Rangoon, Face 11, Stewartstown WM

+PATTERSON, Robert
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Fusilier. 7046820. Died 18/01/1943. Aged 22. Son of Thomas and Mary Patterson, of Belfast. Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia

1944

+BLEMINGS, Thomas Alexander
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Serjeant. 6977259. Died 18/01/1944 in the Battle of Garigliano. Aged 34. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Blemings. He was born in County Tyrone about 1910. The family were living in Kilmore, Minterburn, Tyrone in 1911. Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. Dungannon WM. Garigliano Memorial in Enniskillen Castle.

+LAMBERT, Thomas Patrick
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Lance Corporal. 6979370. Died 18/01/1944. Aged 24. Son of William and Helena Lambert; husband to Bridget M. E. Lambert, of Dungannon. Cassino Memorial, Italy. Dungannon WM

1945

+NICHOLL, John
RAFAAF. Corporal. 873038. Died 18/01/1945. Aged 47. Son of John and Sarah Nicholl; Husband to Elizabeth Nicholl of Glasgow. Ahoghill (Trinity) Presbyterian Churchyard

VETERAN

HURLE, Joe

Fusilier Joe Hurle from Stewartstown served with 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was part of the British Expeditionary Force from 15/09/1939 until 31/05/1940. Having taken part in the July 1943 Sicily Landing, Joe then landed in Italy in September 1943. He was wounded after stepping on a mine at Anzio and was discharged on 18/01/1945.

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One Comment on “January 18 – Roll of Honour

  1. From Fus. Leonard O’Neill’s service number it is clear that he enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria’s) in 1940 rather than the Inniskillings. He must have been transferred to the Inniskillings either on completion of his recruit training or subsequently; 1st Inniskillings had been in India since before the war began.

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