February 19 – Roll of Honour

A stick of paratroopers jumping at Ringway, 1945. William McGrath was the first of two Coleraine brothers to die in WW2. A Captain in the Royal Engineers and former student of CAI his war grave is in Tobruk, Lybia. 24-year-old Flight Lieutenant John Bright from Templepatrick was twice Mentioned in Despatches before his death in 1943. He is named on 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. A note for 1915 shows the impact war was having on Queen’s University.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+CLYDESDALE, Samuel Thomas
RMLI. Ply.17576. 2nd. RM. Battalion. RND. Died 19/02/1917. Aged 19. Enlisted 07/11/1914. Served with RM Brigade 05/12/1915 -19/02/1917. Born Castlereagh 11/09/1897. Son of Samuel and Georgina Clydesdale, Douglas St., Belfast. The eldest of three children. His father was a paper cutter. McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church. Theipval Memorial, Pier and Face 1A. ADM 159/161/17576


+McCOLLUM, William
Canadian Infantry, 50th Btn. (Alberta Regiment). Private. 808209. Died 19/02/1918. Aged 36. Son of James and Martha McCollum, of Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Born on the 09/01/1884 in Clogher. The 1901 census shows Willie as 19 years old. He was a grocery assistant. The family was living at Clogher Tenements, Clogher. It is believed William emigrated to Canada in 1909. By 1916, William was living in Victoria B.C. He was working as a timekeeper. William McCollum enlisted on 18/01/1916 at Calgary. He was not married. Sucrerie Cemetery, Albain-St. Nazaire, Pas de Calais, France. Clogher WM. St Macartan’s Cathedral RH


+CRAIG, Joseph
RNPS. Seaman. LT/JX 177647. HM Trawler Delila. Died 19/02/1942. Age 40. Son of John and Elizabeth Craig, Larne. Husband to Maggie Craig, Larne. Tynemouth (Preston) Cemetery

+McGRATH, William
Royal Engineers, 1 Field Sqn. Captain. DSO. 74563. Died 19/02/1942. Aged 24. A younger brother Lieutenant Daniel McGrath, Royal Ulster Rifles, 288791, died 26/03/1945. Coleraine Academical Institution. Son of James and Emily Dunlop McGrath, Mountsandal, Coleraine. Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya.


+BRIGHT, John Alexander
RAFVR. Flight Lieutenant. 67597. Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Died 19/02/1943. Aged 24. 83 Sqdn. Son of Victor Price Bright and Ella Bright, of Templepatrick. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 119. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


RAFVR. Flt. Sgt. 1051821. Died 09/02/1945. Magherafelt. Runnymede

+TAYLOR, Samuel Irwin
RAFVR. Pilot Officer.195102. Died 19/02/1945. Age 26. 114 Sqd. Son of W. J. and Elizabeth Taylor, of Belfast. Udine War Cemetery, Italy


+MOORE, Violet Florence
WAAF. Leading Aircraftwoman. 2099386. Died 19/02/1946. Aged 24. Daughter of Thomas J. and Euphemia J. Moore of Portballintrae, Co. Antrim. Drumholm Parish Graveyard, Co. Donegal.


Royal Irish Rifles. 12th (Service) Btn. Rifleman. 12/3353 From Ballyrobin, Muckamore, Co. Antrim. William embarked for France on 05/10/1915 and saw action at the Somme and Ypres. Wounded in late 1916 he was discharged with the SWB on 19/02/1917.

19/02/1915 – From “The Witness” (A weekly paper of the Presbyterian Church).


“The roll of Honour of the Queen’s University of Belfast,” the title of an interesting booklet which has been compiled by authority of the Senate, contains the following —
C. R. Crymble, D.Sc., lieutenant, 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (S.R.), senior assistant in chemistry in the university.
K. T. Frost, M.A., B.Litt., lieutenant, 3rd Battalion the Cheshire Regiment, lecturer on Archaeology and Ancient History in the university.
Patrick M’Donagh, second-lieutenant, 3rd Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment.
T. M Phillips, M.B., captain, Royal Army Medical Corps.
V. T. T. Rea, lieutenant, 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.
Killed in action 1914.


The Chancellor — The Right Honourable the Earl of Shaftesbury, K.P., K.C.V.O., Brigadier-General Commanding 1st South Western Mounted Brigade.
Members of the University Staff — A. O. Belfour, M.A,, despatch rider; P. T. Crymble, F.R.C.S., lieutenant, R.A.M C. (T.F.), assistant surgeon, Base Hospital; A. R. Dwerryhouse, D.Sc., captain, Royal Garrison Artillery (S.R.); E. C. T. Emerson, M.B., lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps; W. G. Glendinning, B.A., B.Sc., despatch rider; H. Gooch, B.Sc., second-lieutenant, Royal Engineers; R. M. Harper, B.Sc., second-lieutenant, 7th Battalion Munster Fusiliers; Thomas Houston, M.D., senior medical officer and bacteriologist in Base Hospital; G. Livens, B.Sc., second-lieutenant, 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment; H. M’Cloy, M.D., medical officer and pathologist, in Base Hospital; R. J. M’Connell, M.B., lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps; Wicliff M’Cready, M.B., captain, 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles; Allan Macdougal, M.A.; J. E. M’Ilwaine, M.D., senior medical officer in Base Hospital; H. P. Malcolm, M.B., lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps; Rupert Stanley, B.A., captain, Royal Engineers; W. J. Wilson, M.D., lieutenant, R.A.M.C. (T.F.), specialist sanitary officer for Belfast district.

Then follows a list of graduates, undergraduates, and members of the Officers’ Training Corps, which shows that fourteen are in the Regular Army and the Navy, eighty-five in the Special Reserve, 119 have obtained commissions in the New Armies, fourteen have enlisted in the ranks, and twenty-nine are serving in the Territorial Force. Four University attendants have also joined the colours.
The following is a list of the staff of the Queen’s University Officers’ Training Corps who have been training Cadets for commissions and have been engaged in the work of the schools of instruction established by the War Office in the grounds of the University — Major Gregg Wilson, commandant; Captain J. D. M. M’Callum, adjutant of first school; Captain A. S. Fraser, adjutant of second school; Captain C. J. Brennan, Lieutenant H. O. Meredith, Lieutenant J. H. Orr, Lieutenant W. Rankin.
The University Veterans’ Corps — Executive Committee — Chairman, Dr. John Campbell; Sir Peter O’Connell, M.D., D.L.; Henry Beaver, B.E.; Dr. H. L. M’Kisack, Rev. W. A. Watson, M.A.; G. H. Wheeler, M.A., LL.B.; Professor Sinclair, M.D.; honorary treasurer, Dr. A. Gardner Robb; honorary secretary and commanding officer, Dr. J. W. Taylor; honorary consulting physician, Sir William Whitla, M.D.; honorary consulting surgeon, J. Walton Browne, M.D.

19/02/1917 – Germans using “flammenwerfer” capture a British advanced post south of Le Transloy, Somme, and surprise and take 30 prisoners.

19/02/1942 – Japanese bombers attacked the Australian city if Darwin, killing 243. Along with the shelling in Sydney harbour by a midget submarine, they comprise the only attacks by a foreign power on Australian soil.

19/02/1943 – Battle of Kasserine Pass. The battle in west Tunisia was the first major engagement between American and Axis forces in Africa. Inexperienced and poorly led American troops suffered many casualties and were quickly pushed back over 50 miles from their positions.

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  1. When the Japanese invaded New Guinea, the Australian government declared NG to be Australian sovereign territory thus allowing them to deploy the home defence AMF (Australian Military Force) to meet the Imperial Japanese Army and inflict on that army the first defeat it had suffered until then.


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