February 13 – Roll of Honour

Chatham Naval Memorial – the Grade I listed memorial has over 18,000 names of Naval casualties from both world wars who have no known grave. Today’s Roll recalls four servicemen from NI. Two are RAF from WW2 remembered at Runnymede and Heverlee in Belgium.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1919

+CLARK, Andrew Joshua
Royal Irish Fusiliers, Depot. Lance Corporal. 49759. Died 13/02/1919. Aged 21. Son of William and Jane Clark, of Bockets, Ballygawley. Upper Clonaneese Presbyterian Churchyard, outside Dungannon. Ballygawley War Dead Book

1943

+NICHOLLS, James Ernest
RAFVR. Sergeant. 927758. Died 13/02/1943. Age 21. 15 Sqdn. Son of James Ernest and Hilda Nicholls; Husband to Mary E. Nicholls, of Newtownards. Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium

1944

+COCKAYNE, Robert Alfred
RNPS. Telegraphist. LT/JX 251462. HM Trawler Cap D’Antifer. Died 13/02/1944. Age 24. Son of George and Gertrude Cockayne, Burton – upon -Trent. Husband to Mary Josephine Cockayne, Clough. Burton – upon -Trent Cemetery

1945

+MAGINLEY, George Albert
RAFVR. Flight Sergeant. 1565120. Died 13/02/1945. Age 25. 550 Sqd. Son of Herbert Frederick And Mary Louisa Maginley, of Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 272.

NOTES

Chatham Naval Memorial

13/02/1942 – The Dover Strait becomes a war zone as the German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst make what becomes known as the “Channel Dash.” The Royal Navy deploys nine warships, 32 torpedo boats, and 450 aircraft to target the Nazi vessels, but are unable to sink them.

13/02/1945 – Corvette HMS Denbigh Castle was torpedoed in the Kola Inlet by German submarine U-992 while on Arctic convoy escort duty. 11 seamen were killed in the attack. Beaching was attempted but the ship capsized and sank.

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One Comment on “February 13 – Roll of Honour

  1. The Channel Dash was the occasion when the Fleet Air Arm’s No. 825 Naval Air Squadron’s six Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bombers took off from RAF Manston in Kent to attack the three German capital ships (Priz Eugen was the third; the operation was codenamed CERBERUS by the Kriegsmarine).
    Led by Lt Cdr Eugene Esmonde DSO MiD, the squadron made its attack in broad daylight and all six aircraft were shot down. His aircraft already damaged by enemy fighters, Esmonde pushed home his attack on Prinz Eugen but was killed by a Luftwaffe fighter as he dropped his torpedo. The German ship escaped damage.
    The Swordfish were to have been escorted by 72 Spitfires but only 12 had caught up by the time of the attack and it was the recommendation of an RAF officer that led to the posthumous award of the VC to Esmonde.
    The Cross was presented to Eugene’s elderly mother, who had been flown over from Ireland via Belfast, on 17 March by King George VI who considered that date most appropriate. It was one of the most outstanding VCs of the SWW.

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