Twelve records of those who died on this date including two RAF aircrew from Lurgan and Londonderry who are remembered in Malta. Note on the Ulster Covenant and the Ranfurly family of Dungannon.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
+GLENN, William David
Irish Guards, No. 4 Coy. 1st Bn. Private. 2599. Died 01/02/1915. Aged 26. Son of James and Rebecca Anne Glenn, of Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
+KNOX, Thomas Ucher Caulfield, Viscount Northland
Coldstream Guards, 2nd Bn. Captain. Died 01/02/1915. Aged 32. Viscount Northland. Born Dungannon 13/06/1882. Son of Uchter John Mark Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly and Hon. Constance Elizabeth Caulfeild. The family lived at Northland House, Dungannon. Viscount Northland was educated at Eton and then at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He joined the Coldstream Guards in 1900. Thomas served as aide-de-camp to his father, Lord Ranfurly in NZ between 1903-1907. He and Hilda Cooper were married on 12/06/1912. On the outbreak of the war, Captain Viscount Northland immediately rejoined the Coldstream Guards. Lady Northland remarried later (Mrs. Wardell, of 24, Gilbert St., Grosvenor Square, London). Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
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+ANDERSON, Albert Stewart
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 01/02/1917. Age 34. Severely wounded 25/01/1917. Sullivan Upper School. Holywood. Graduate of QUB Faculty of Arts 1903 – 04 and Bachelor of Engineering 1910. A keen cricketer, he played for the senior eleven in Holywood. After graduation he worked as an assistant engineer on several contracts in Ireland before moving to Canada where he was involved in construction work on the Canadian Pacific and Pacific Great Eastern Railways. He returned home towards the end of 1915 and joined the Training Corps on 01/11/1915. He obtained a commission, went to France in June 1916 and served with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the (36th( Ulster) Division. Born 02/11/1886 in Canada. Son of Thomas and Annie Anderson, High St., Holywood,. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord, France. Holywood WM. First Holywood PCI.
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1st Btn and 11th (Service) Btn. Private. 3587. Died 01/02/1917 of wounds at a Casualty Clearing Station at Bailleul. Thomas, from Spring Street, Belfast, enlisted at the outbreak of war in 1914 and landed with 1st Battalion at Gallipoli on 25/04/1915. He was seriously wounded in the attack at Achi Baba on 28 April and was evacuated firstly to Malta and then the UK. Following convalescence, he was posted to the 11th Inniskillings and was again seriously wounded near Hazebrouck on 22/01/1917. Son of Thomas and Sarah Coleman, of Belfast; husband to Elizabeth Coleman, of 19, Spring St., Belfast. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
+GREER, Francis St Leger
Irish Guards. Lieutenant. MC. Died 01/02/1917. Aged 23. Son of Capt. Joseph Henry and Mary Greer of Grange, Moy. He was born about 1894 at the Curragh, Co. Kildare. Francis was raised by his grandmother Agnes Isabella Greer in Moy, County Tyrone. He was educated at Eton. He gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the service of the 16th Lancers. By February 1917, Frank Greer had been attached to the bombing section of the Irish Guards. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led three platoons in the advance under very heavy fire. At one point in the advance he shot an enemy machine gunner at about 80 yards, silencing the gun and saving many casualties. Later, he did fine work consolidating the position won. Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l’Abbe, Somme
RM Labour Corps. Private. Deal/13809(S). Died 01/02/1919. Age 48. Born Belfast. Son of Samuel and Jane Black; husband to Sarah Taylor (formerly Black), Urney St., Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery
RNR. Seaman. 7602A. HM Drifter John Robert. Died 01/02/1919. Age 33. Son of Charles and Bridget McQuillan, High St., Newry. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 32
+HUNTER, William James Graham
RNPS. Stoker. LT/KX 108031. Died 01/02/1941. HM Trawler Bervie Braes – was completed on 28 December 1917 and taken over by the Admiralty in March 1940. Husband to Emma Hunter. Falmouth Cemetery, Cornwall. Portadown WM
+McGEOWN, George Ernest
RAFVR.Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner).1378907. Died 01/02/1943. Age 26. Crew Member aboard Vickers Wellington X9755 of Number 26 Operational Training Unit which took off from from Little Horwood for an evening training exercise. During the flight the starboard engine caught fire and all efforts to extinguish the flames were unsuccessful. While attempting to force-land at 1850 Hrs the aircraft hit some trees and crashed near Beachampton Rectory, Beachampton, 4 miles from Buckingham. Three of the crew were killed with two sustaining injuries. Son of John and Sophia McGeown, of Belfast. Holy Trinity C of I churchyard, Aghalee.
RN.. AB. C/SSX 26454. Died 01/02/1943. Age 22. HMS Welshman. Son of William and Annie Millar, of Belfast. Chatham Naval Memorial
+GILCHRIST, Thomas Norman
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant.1122992. Died 01/02/1944. Age 20. 14 Sqdn.,
Son of Robert and Sarah Gilchrist, of Lurgan. Malta Memorial Cemetery.
+REID, Maurice Cheyne
RAFVR. Pilot Officer. 178071. Died 01/02/1944. Aged 25. 14 Sqdn. Son of William Irwin Reid and Sadie Reid, of Londonderry. Malta Memorial, Panel13, Malta
The Ulster Covenant campaign was greeted enthusiastically in the greater Dungannon area, in Dungannon alone 2,590 men and women signed the Covenant and Declaration, Before WW1 the Northland family were involved with the UVF. The Commander of the local Battalion was the former Governor of New Zealand, the Honourable Viscount Northland, with his second in command local linen manufacturer and former Irish Rugby international Mr Robert Stevenson. Stevenson was also President of the Irish Rugby Football Union in 1912-1913. The Adjutant was a cousin of Viscount Northland, Major Dudley Henry Alexander. The Battalion was made up of eleven Companies in total, with designations from A through to K.
A company covered Dungannon Town itself and was under the charge of R.W. Bingham B.A. headmaster of the Royal School. Bingham would later take charge of the entire Battalion after the outbreak of the great War.
On the 9 November 1913 the first Church parade and service in connection with the Battalion of Volunteers was held in the Parish Church. Over 500 men mustered at Northland House before marching to the Service, where the hymn selection included Onward Christian Soldiers and what the papers called the ‘now famous battle hymn’ O God Our Help in Ages Part. This was to be the start of a string of large Sunday services and parades across the district, with the venues rotated between the different churches or sometimes using the grounds of the officers. In December the Battalion met at the Royal School Grounds, before heading to the Methodist Church, while in February 1914 venues included Killyman Parish Church, Donaghmore Parish Church and Thornhill Church Pomeroy.
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