February 9 – Roll of Honour

Beautiful morning at The Hague Westduin Cemetery where war graves are maintained by CWGC. Those in today’s Roll rest in locations including Algeria, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Libya.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1917

+COUSINS, Albert
Royal Irish Fusiliers. 7/8th Btn. Private. 21455. From Kilkeel, Co. Down, Albert had served in France from February 1916. He died at home whilst on leave on 909/02/1917. Mourne Presbyterian Churchyard, County Down

+GUINEY, Robert
RMLI. Private. CH/1505(S). 1st RM Battalion. RND. Died of pneumonia in 1st (RN) Field Ambulance 09/02/1917. Age 23. Enlisted Belfast 25/02/1916. Embarked Royal Marine Brigade 19/07/1916 ; Draft for BEF 25/09/1916, joined 4th Entrenching Battalion 10/11/1916, joined 1st Royal Marine Battalion 25/11/1916 – 09/02/1917. Born Antrim 11/01/1893. Son of Robert Guiney, Templepatrick. Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Mesnil – Maartinsart. IMR. ADM 159/145/1505

+McCONNELL, Daniel White
Royal Flying Corps. Airman 2nd Class. 48905. 37th Reserve Sqdn. Died of pneumonia 09/02/1917 at Lily Lane Military Hospital, Manchester. He was born on the 13/10/1893 at Academy Place, Ballymena. Son of merchant William McConnell and his wife, merchant’s daughter Jane Tomb (or Toome) White, of Colleen, Broughshane. Ballymena Old Churchyard. 1st Ballymena Presbyterian Church RH

1918

+BRYANS, William
Lincolnshire Regiment, 14th Labour Coy. Private. 39229. transf. to (31277) 53rd Coy Labour Corps. Died 09/02/1918. Aged 41. Son of John and Annie Bryans, of Owenskerry, Fivemiletown. Wimeraux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Fivemiletown WM

1941

+BURRELL, Thomas Henry
RN. Able Seaman. D/JX 191488. HMS President III. Died 09/02/1941. Age 38. Son of William and Margaret Burrell. Husband to Florence Burrell, Lurgan. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 46. Lurgan WM

1942

+JOHNSTON, Terence Harvey
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant (Pilot). 745251. Died 09/02/1942. Aged 23. 274 Sqdn. Son of William Harvey Johnston and Susan Johnston; husband to Elizabeth Moore Johnston, of Downpatrick, Co. Down. Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya

1943

+FERON, John Francis
RM. Sergeant. PLY/X21395. Died 09/02/1943. Age: 47. D.E.M.S. Personnel. Son of James and Margaret Feron, of Lisnacree, Co. Down; husband to Ellen Feron, of Lisnacree. Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria

1945

+SPENCE, Edward Howlett
Gordon Highlanders, 5/7th Btn. Corporal.7019445. Died 09/02/1945. Aged 23. Edward had served from 1940 seeing action in North Africa, Egypt, Tripoli, Sicily and then through France and Holland to Germany. He had been wounded in Holland during October 1944 and again on 8th February 1945 at the Reichswald Forest near Kleve in Germany. He succumbed to these wounds the following day. Son of William and Jane Spence, of Sydenham, Belfast. Onkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands

+MONTAGUE, James
RAFVR. Flt. Sgt. 1051821 . Died 09/02/1945. Age 27. 630 Sqdn. Son of Denis and Alice Montague; husband of Brigid T. Montague, of Swatragh, Co. Londonderry. Runnymede Panel 272

NOTES

09/02/1937 – the Blackburn Skua took the skies for the first time and would become the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s first monoplane.Designed as a fighter and dive bomber FAA Skua’s recorded the first sinking of a major warship by air attack & dive bombing on Konigsberg in 1940

09/02/1943 – Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific

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