February 28 and February 29 – Roll of Honour

We remember a naval doctor from Islandmagee and QUB, who had been awarded a DSO for his service during the Battle of Jutland, and Stuart Lovell, of Portrush, who is the first of two brothers to die serving in the RAF. Photo – Bois Carré Military Cemetery at Loos. Burials here were made during the September 1915 fighting and then later by 16th (Irish) Division.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+CAIN, Charles
RNR. Seaman. 3573B. HMS Alcantara. Died 29/02/1916. Aged 39. Husband of Margaret Cain, Hanna St., Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 23

Highland Light Infantry,11th. Btn. Corporal. 19419. Died 29/02/1916 in Lincoln Hospital of wounds received at Loos. Aged 31, Son of James Gribben of The Race Course, Broughshane; husband to Agnes Gribben, Ronald Road, Coatbridge. He enlisted in Coatbridge, Scotland. Lincoln Newport Cemetery. 2nd Broughshane Presbyterian Church WM

+WATT Robert John
Royal Irish Rifles, 11th Btn. Rifleman. 19818. Died 29/02/1916. He was struck by shrapnel while in a billet behind the lines. Aged 30, he was the son of Agnes, and husband to Elizabeth Ann Watt, Portglenone. Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Somme, France.


+CAMPBELL, John Steen
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1081848. Died 28/02/1943. Aged 34. Son of Samuel and Eleanor Campbell of Belfast; Husband to Emma Campbell of Belfast. Carnmoney Cemetery

RAFVR. Sergeant. 1036700. Died 28/02/1943. Aged 23. Family Memorial states died on active service. Carnmoney Cemetery

+WALTERS, Patrick Joseph
Royal Armoured Corps, North Irish Horse. Sergeant. 7897655. Son of James Alexander Walters and Ellen Walters of Enniscorthy, Wexford, Ireland, husband to Lyndsay Walters of 27 Mark Street, Portrush. Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.


+LOUGHRIN, Robert Thomas Garth
RAFVR. Sergeant (Flight Engineer)1796421. Died 29/02/1944. Aged 20. Son of Joseph G. Loughrin and Maude E. Loughrin, of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. Cookstown WM

+LOVELL, Stuart James
RAFVR. Flight Lieutenant (Pilot).107258. Died 29/01/1944. Aged 27. 183 Sqdn. Son of Stuart C. Anthony and Clare Mary Lovell, of Portrush; husband to Alicia Lovell, of Epsom, Surrey. His brother, Wing. Cdr. Anthony Desmond Lovell, D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C. and Bar, D.F.C. (American), also died on service 17/08/1945. Brest (Kerfautras) Cemetery


HOLMES, James McAlister
RN. Staff Surgeon. DSO. MiD. Methodist College, Belfast 1895 – 1897. QCB MB BCh BAO 1903. F.R.C.S.Ed. 1920. Held an appointment at Belfast Royal Infirmary for a year before entering the navy. Served for three and a half years on HMS Sandpiper on the China station and in HMS Achilles and HMS Castor in the war. Awarded DSO (16/09/1916) for his services during the Battle of Jutland, “For the very efficient way the wounded were attended to whilst under fire and subsequently.” DSO was invested at sea by the King in June 1917. He was also Mentioned in Despatches. Promoted Surgeon Commander 1919. Three articles in Naval Medical Magazine. Retired in the rank of Surgeon Captain in 1930. Marlborough Park, Belfast. Born 28/02/1880, Islandmagee. Son of John and Isobel Holmes, Annavale, Islandmagee and a great-grandson of Rev William Holmes who fought for the King in the 1798 Rebellion. Husband to Alice Poole of Dunedin, New Zealand. General practice Llandovery, South Wales. Retired to South Yelverton, Devon. Elmwood – PCI RH. Second Islandmagee – PCI RH. Methodist College Belfast RH

WILLIAMSON, James Dunlop
War Surgeon, Belfast. Coleraine AI. QUB MD 1886. High Sheriff of Belfast 1935. Deputy Lord Mayor 1941. Born in 1860. Son of Hugh Williamson, Cleggan Cottage, Aghadowey. Husband to Mary. Died 29/02/1944. Belfast City Cemetery


28/02/1915 – After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards – at the cost of 50,000 casualties

28/02/1945 – Forli: 1 RIrF – Visit to Adolf Hitler barracks by General Mark Clark & Corps Commander. 2 Innisks – 1500 The Bttn Pipe Band played in the town square & General McCreery arrived to watch the performance. 2 LIR – 0900 H Coy practising with Kangaroos. Among those training in Kangaroos at Forli on 28/02/1945 was CQMS Edmund O’Sullivan, who was celebrating his 26th birthday. The Irish Brigade had been away from home for 2 years & 3 months. They had done their bit but had more to do – Argenta and the Po still lay ahead. FAB

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