January 20 – Roll of Honour

January 20 – On This Day in 1944 ACM Sir Arthur Tedder assumes duties as Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force and was responsible for the Allied air attacks preparing the Normandy invasion. After the War, he became Chief of the Air Staff, effectively the head of the RAF. The Roll today commemorates the service of 12 men from N Ireland.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+TAYLOR, William

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Depot. Serjeant. Died 20/01/1915. He was one of three brothers who served in the army during the Boer War in South Africa. After his term of service had expired he returned to Cookstown to work. He was married with seven children. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined his old regiment as a recruiting officer. During this time he contracted pneumonia and died on 20/01/1915. Cookstown New Cemetery. Cookstown WM

1917

+BELL, G
Royal Flying Corps. Air Mechanic 3rd Class. 53490. Died 20/01/1917. 76th Home Defence Sqdn. Husband of Jane Bell, of 47, Sheriff St., Belfast. Ripon Cemetery, Yorkshire

1918

+JAMESON, James
RN. Stoker I. SS107068. HMS Raglan. Died 20/01/1918. Aged 28. Enrolled 25/05/1908 for 5 and 7 years. Served to 17/05/1913. Joined RFR 18/05/1913. Served from 13/07/1914 in Victorious, Talbot, St. George, Europa and Raglan (18/01/1916 – 20/01/1918). Born Belfast 12/05/1890. Son of James and Jane Jameson, Belfast; husband to Annabella Jameson, Little Patrick St., Belfast. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 28. ADM 188/1113/107068

1941

+GORDON, William
RNPS. Ordinary Seaman. LT/JX 205399. Date of Death: 20/01/1941. Age: 24. H.M. Trawler Relonzo. Son of William and Sarah Gordon, Annalong. Lowestoft Naval Memorial. Panel 6

+HAINES, Charles William
RN. AB. D/SSX20239. Died 20/01/1941. Age 30. Nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas, Winchester St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 01/02/1941). Llanharan and Peterson Cemetery, Glamorgan

+McKNIGHT, Guy
Royal Artillery. Gunner. 1523252. Died on 20/01/1941. Aged 29. 316 Battery, 102 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment. Husband of Hannah McKnight of  Belfast. Dundonald Cemetery

+McILHINNEY, DAVID
RNR (Patrol Service). Seaman. LT/X 78660C. Died 20/01/1941. Age 31/ H.M. Trawler Foamcrest, a decoy or Q-ship. A fishing smack (Lowestoft-registered LT. 649) conversion. Son of James and Emily McIlhinney; husband of Jean McIlhinney. Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery, Lincolnshire. Memorial Holy Table, Cairncastle Parish Church

+GORDON, William


RNPS. Ordinary Seaman. LT/JX 205399. Died 20/01/1941. Age: 24. H.M. Trawler Relonzo. Son of William and Sarah Gordon, Annalong. Lowestoft Naval Memorial. Panel 6

1942

+DONNELL, Andrew
Royal Artillery. 31 Field Regt. Gunner. 880013. Died 20/01/1942. Aged 27. Son of John James Donnell and Margaret Donnell, of Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya

+KELLY, Colman
RN. Leading Stoker. P/KX 91522. Died 20/01/1942. Age 24. HM Submarine Triumph. He joined the submarine service after serving two years in HMS Repulse. His brother James, a Petty Officer, also served. Son of Thomas and Bridget Kelly, Camlough, Newry, formerly of Abyssinia St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 22/02/1942 (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 23/10/1942). ). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 68, Column 1

+McCANN, Charles
RN. AB. D/JX 183563. HMS President III. Died 20/01/1942. Age 39. John Mitchell St., Newry. St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Newry

VETERAN

JOHNSTON, John
RN. Stoker First Class. 297960. Enrolled 24/07/1901 for 12 years. Re-enrolled 01/09/1914 for hostilities. War service in Empress of India. In event of him being missing, RN Torpedo factory in Greenock was to be notified. Born Coleraine 20/01/1882. ADM 188/482/297960

NOTES

On This Day 20th Jan 1918 – The escort ship HMS Mechanician was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel 8 nautical miles (15 km) west of St. Catherine’s Point, Isle of Wight, by the German SM UB-35 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of thirteen of her crew.

1942 – Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee Conference in Berlin to organize the “final solution”, the extermination of Europe’s Jews

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