HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth – In today’s Roll is an officer who served with the Royal Naval Division. These were sailors in infantry role and the RND fought in all the major theatres in Europe. To the chagrin of some of the army brass, they maintained naval traditions in the trenches…including beards. An 18 year old WW2 RUR commando fell in the Netherlands.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
Royal Irish Fusiliers, “D” Coy. 2nd Btn. Private. 10291. Died 24/01/1915. Aged 24. Son of John and Elizabeth Wilson, of 17, Church Walk, Lurgan. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
+McCORMICK, Ian Campbell
RNVR. RND. Sub-Lieutenant. Hood Battalion, 189th Brigade, 2nd Royal Naval Division. Died 24/01/1917. Aged 21. Commissioned Temporary Sub Lieutenant RNVR 21/09/15 ; Draft for BEF 30/11/16, joined Hood Battalion 14/12/16 – 24/01/17. Born 26/04/1895. Son of John and Margaret McCormick (nee Campbell), Craigroyston, Knock, Belfast. John McCormick was the Belfast Town Solicitor. Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France. Strandtown WM. St Columba’s Parish Church, Knock WM. ADM339.
Royal Irish Fusiliers Service,7th/8th Btn. Private. 3444. Died 24/01/1918. Aged 26. Son of Patrick Donnelly, of Whitehead, Belfast; husband of Mary J. Donnelly, of Ballytrudden, Blackwatertown, Co. Armagh. Ste Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, Somme, France
+LEEN, Thomas John
Royal Ulster Rifles, 70th Btn. Rifleman. 7020081. Died 24/01/1941. Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery
+WARD, Patrick Joseph
Royal Ulster Rifles, 2nd Btn. The London Irish Rifles. Lance Serjeant. 7016161. Died 24/01/1943. Aged 24. Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia
Royal Ulster Rifles and No. 6 Commando. Rifleman.14735641. Died 24/01/1945. Aged 18. Nederweert War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands
RN. Leading Seaman. JX 183513. Enlisted 28/02/1940. Left RN 19/11/1945 and joined the Merchant Navy. Born 22nd April, 1910, son of Joseph Herron, Foxglove Street, Belfast. Died 24/01/1985 aged 74 – Buried Distington Crematorium, Workington, Cumbria
On this day in 1908 – Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell, based on his experiences during the Seoge of Mafeking in the South African War, publishes “Scouting for Boys” as a manual for self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book becomes the inspiration for the Scout Movement.
On this day in 1965 – Winston Churchill died, aged 90.
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