February 11 – Roll of Honour

Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station is believed to have been named after a southern Irish hunt. There are 1,544 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery, 231 of the burials unidentified.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1919

+DEMPSTER David
RAF. Second Private. 308611 Died 11/02/1919. Aged 19, in Fifeshire Military Hospital. The cause of his death is on record as ‘suffocation caused by carbon monoxide fumes from a boiler’. Born on 21/03/1899 at 6 Glentoran Street, Belfast. Son of John and Agnes Dempster (nee Millar, sometimes Miller) who were married on 25 November 1889 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  John Dempster from Ballycreely, Comber was a son of John Dempster, a labourer.  Agnes Millar from McConnell’s Row, Comber was a daughter of Archibald Millar, a postman. The Dempster family lived in Belfast in Empress Street, Glentoran Street, and Sherwood Street. They had seven children. Their mother, Agnes Dempster, died of nephritis on 21/03/1903 (aged 37).  She died on David’s fourth birthday. Their father, John Dempster, died of bronchitis on 25/12/1914 (aged 50). He died at 4 Sherwood Street, Belfast and his son Alex was with him when he died. Comber New Cemetery

1940

+McCREA, JAMES
Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Serjeant. 3127816. Died 11/02/1940. Aged 29. Janval Cemetery, Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France. Dungannon WM

1942

+CHEATLEY, George Johnston
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant. 748222. Died 11/02/1942. Aged 24. 269 Sqdn. Son of David Gallagher Cheatley and Sarah Cheatley; husband of D. H. Cheatley. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 73. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

+HUMPHRIES, Joseph
RAFVR. Sergeant. 751540. Died 11/02/1942. Age 21. 502 Sqd. Son of Mr. And Mrs. W. Humphries, of Belfast. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 86.

+MATHERS, Thomas Seth
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 1112782. Died 11/02/1942. Aged 27. 118 Sqdn. Son of Archibald and Elizabeth Mathers; husband to Mollie Mathers, of Belfast. Ringwood Cemetery, Hampshire

VETERANS

WITHERS, Samuel Henry
RAMC. Lt Colonel. CMG. RBAI. QCB MB 1889. Lieutenant, Jan 1992. Major Jan 1904. Lt Colonel Feb 1914. Served NW Frontier India 1897 – 8, S Africa War 1899 – 02, 1914 – 18. Born 1863, Comber. Son of Robert Withers. Died 11/02/1942

NOTES

11/02/1916 – “Squadron Sergt. Major D.A. Cathcart, an experienced non-commissioned officer of the Royal Scots Greys, has, for service in the field, been specially promoted to a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal West Kent Regt. and joins the 1st battalion. He is a grandson of the late Mr. James Cathcart of Slatt and  a brother of John Cathcart of  Alfred Street, Ballymena.” – Ballymena Observer

11/02/1941 – Germany activates the newly formed Afrika Korps. Hitler designates Erwin Rommel as commander.

11/02/1964 – CPO Rogers ( ExRN) helped save 50-60 sailors when destroyer HMAS Voyager collided with Carrier HMAS Melbourne and sank. He remained below to help men out and stayed there to lead the trapped in prayer. Awarded the GC for gallantry. 82 of 314 died.

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1 Comment

  1. CPO Jonathan Rogers was a holder of the DSM and was born in Wrexham, Wales. The collision between the two ships occurred in Jervis Bay, where the Australian Naval College is based.

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