January 27 – Roll of Honour

The record of the Inniskilling Fusiliers is once again reflected in this Roll of commemoration. The names of three WW1 Fusiliers are recorded on the Thiepval Memorial. William Wylie from Aughnacloy fell near Naples in the WW2 Italian campaign.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+JOHNSTONE, William Henry
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Btn. Private. 17985. Died 27/01/1917. Age 27. Son of William and Susan Henry Johnstone. William was born in Fivemiletown, about 1890. He enlisted in Glasgow. Husband to Margaret Brown Campbell Johnstone, of 29, Grace St., Anderston, Glasgow. Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme. Fivemiletown WM

+McGAHEY, John
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1st Btn. Private. 27171. Died 27/01/1917. Aged 23. Son of Henry McGahey, of 89, Saunders St., Newtownwards Rd., Belfast. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1st Btn. Private. 27177. Died 27/01/1917. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Dungannon WM

+SHEILS, John Joseph
RN. Petty Officer First Class. 161948. Died 27/01/1917. Age 42. Born in Portaferry. Son of Thomas and Sarah Sheils, Meetinghouse Lane, Portaferry. “An inquest has been held at St. Pancras on John Joseph Shiels, 42, of Portaferry, a first-class petty officer in the Navy. On 19th January 1917, he got leave for the purpose of visiting his home at Portaferry. On Saturday whilst walking along Euston Road, he was seen to stagger and fall, striking his head on the pavement. He was removed to a hospital, where he became unconscious, and died in a couple of hours from effusion of blood on the brain. The funeral took place at Portaferry yesterday with naval honours.” Portaferry Roman Catholic Graveyard. Portaferry WM.


+RUSK, Maurice Patrick
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 1062426. Died 27/01/1942. 222 Sqdn. Killed in Spitfire Mk Vb, (BL408) near Thornwood, Essex. Drumbeg (C of I) Churchyard


+McCARROLL, Frederick Gordon

Royal Artillery. Lance Bombardier. 1469237. Died 27/01/1944. Aged 42. 23 Battery, 8th (Belfast) HAA Regiment. Son of William Kyles McCarroll and Nellie McCarroll of Belfast; Husband to Margaret McCarroll of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery

+WYLIE, William
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. L/Sgt. 6977238. Died 27/01/1944. Aged 29. Son of David and Sophia Wylie, of Aughnacloy, Minturno War Cemetery, Marina di Minturno, Naples



Seige of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed


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