This is the anniversary of eight from NI who fell in the World Wars. Today’s veteran was the most high-ranking Irish chaplain in WW1. Rev Dr. James G Paton ministered in Coleraine. He was a member of the committee responsible for the erection of the town’s War Memorial and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1931. Photo – De Panne Communal Cemetery where many men from Operation Dynamo are buried.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
RMLI. Private. 17545. Plymouth Division. 2nd RM. Battalion. RND. Died France 22/02/1917. Enlisted 03/11/1914. Served in the Dardanelles. Embarked Royal Marine Brigade 18/08/1915 and joined Battalion at Cape Helles 02/09/1915. Served with Royal Marine Brigade 18/08/1915 – 22/02/1917. Born Belfast 29/01/1896. Son of Robert Morrison, Tobergill St., Belfast. Dernancourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. IMR. ADM 159/161/17545
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 3rd (Reserve) Btn. Private. 31982. Died 22/02/1919. Aged 19. From Gortgranagh townland, Co. Tyrone, Frederick served with 3rd Btn at Oswestry, Shropshire in 1918 and at Fort Tregantle, Cornwall in early 1919 before succumbing to meningitis at Devonport Military Hospital on 22/02/1919. His grave at Devonport was most likely lost during the blitz in March 1941.
Connaught Rangers. Lance Corporal. 5487. Died 22/02/1919. Aged 20. Born about 1899 in Laghey, Dungannon. Son of Michael and Annie Walsh, of Tempenroe, Dungannon. Michael Walsh was a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Thomas’s parents were both from Roscommon. Laghey (St.Patrick) Roman Catholic Churchyard, County Tyrone. Central Military Hospital, Eastbourne WM, Dungannon WM.
Royal Artillery. Gunner.1523024. Died 22/02/1942. Aged 37. 2/1 Maritime Regt. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Crossey, of Lisburn. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 71
+BOYD, Thomas Henry
Royal Engineers. Lieutenant. 276441. Died 22/02/1944. Aged 20. Son of Thomas and Eva C. Boyd, of Drumcairne, Co. Tyrone. Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner). 623923. Died 20/02/1944. Aged 23. 158 Sqdn. He was part of a seven man crew on board a Halifax bomber on a night raid of Leipzig. They were shot down near Beedenbostel, NNE of Lachendorf, Germany. Son of Thomas J. and Sarah Nelson, of Larne; husband to Mary Nelson. Hanover War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany. Cookstown WM
+DARRAGH, Thomas Foster
RAFVR. Sergeant (Air Gunner). 1902840. Died 22/02/1945. Aged 20. 218 Sqdn. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Mary Darragh, of Ballymagorry, Co. Tyrone. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
+TURNER, Dilworth Norman
Royal Artillery. 334 Bty., 33 (19th County of London Regt.) Searchlight Regt. Gunner. 6979670. Died 22/02/1946. Aged 34. Son of William and Annie Turner. Moy (St. James) Church of Ireland Churchyard
PATTON, James G
RAChD. Chaplain. MC and two bars, MiD, MA, DD, CF. QUB Services Club President 1935, 36. Rev. J.G.Paton ministered in Coleraine. He was a member of the committee which was responsible for the erection of the town’s War Memorial. Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1931. The Presbyterian memorial roll has a separate list of Chaplains and sons of chaplains. It lists the three sons of Rev Andrew Patton of Cloughwater. James and his brothers, Noel William Patton and Thomas Watters Patton. Died 22/02/1936.
22/02/1918 – War Distinctions Awarded to Queen’s Men
The Vice-Chancellor submitted a list of names of 164 graduates, under-graduates and members of the O.T.C., who have been awarded distinctions for services in connection with the present war, and moved that the Senate place on record the profound pleasure with which it has heard of these distinctions, and requests the Vice-Chancellor to convey to each of them its warm congratulations and good wishes. The distinctions referred to included the Victoria Cross, C.B., C.M.G., O.I.E., and D.S.O., Bar to D.S.O., Military Cross, Bar to the Military Cross, second Bar to the Military Cross, D.S. Medal, Military Medal, French Medal de Guerre, French Medal Militaire, French Croix de Guerre, the Russian Order of St. Anne, the Russian Medal of St. George, Mentioned in Despatches, second time mentioned in Despatches, third time mentioned in Despatches, fourth time mentioned in Despatches, Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour, Russian Order of St. George.
Professor Gregg Wilson seconded the resolution, which was passed unanimously. – The Witness
22/02/1940 – Soviet 43rd Div captured Lasisaari and Koivisto, Finland.
22/02/1940 – The Royal Marines Depot in Lympstone was opened…
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