March 01 – Roll of Honour

William Cross was one of the significant number of NI men who served with forces from the British Empire in WW1. He came to France with a New Zealand infantry regiment and died in hospital in Dungannon. Romance figures in the veterans recalled today. A member of the WRNS from Coleraine met her husband at Londonderry naval base. They married and went to the USA and then Canada. Photo – The Somme in Winter

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1917

+CROSS, William
Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Private. 21664. Died 01/03/1917 at the Union Hospital, Dungannon. Son of Margaret Cross. Born on 14/02/1871. By the 1901 census, his mother was a widow. The family had a farm in Bovean, Drumaspil, Tyrone. He emigrated to New Zealand, where his war records report he worked as a railway labourer. Enlisted on 01/06/1916. He was 45 years old. Lance Corporal William Cross embarked from Wellington, New Zealand (Unit 16th Embarkation) on 21/08/1916 destined for Plymouth. He took scabies and then suffered burns and was eventually returned to Dungannon. A brother lived in Moy County Tyrone. Killyman (St. Andrew) C of I Churchyard, County Tyrone,

1918

+BROWN, William
Royal Munster Fusiliers, 3rd Btn, attd. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Second Lieutenant. Died 01/03/1918. Aged 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Brown (nee Moore), of Cootehill, Co. Cavan. The 1911 census records that William was a boarder at the Royal School Dungannon. After leaving school, he worked for the Provincial Bank in Londonderry and at Head Office in Dublin. In May 1915, he enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He acted as interpreter for several months to his battalion and was promoted Corporal. William was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal Munster Fusiliers in April 1917. Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France

VETERANS

BOYD, Clarence James
Seaforth Highlanders. Second Lieutenant. Campbell College. QUB, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., 1924.  D.P.H., 1929.  D.T.M. (Liverpool), 1930. Malayan Medical Services, 1930.  Died at Durban, 01/03/1950. Son of Robert Boyd, M.D., Connsbrook House, Strandtown, Belfast. QUB RH

GORMLEY, Joseph Andrew
Brigadier Surgeon. MiD. QUB MD 1873. Surgeon, March 1874. Served Perak 1875 – 76, Afghanistan 1878 – 80, Sudan 1884 0 85, Matabeleland 1896, S Africa War 1899 0 1902. Re-engaged for 1914 – 18. Born 1848 Ireland. Died 01/03/1926, Bournemouth.

MOORE, James Bernard
RAMC. Captain. St Malachy’s College, Belfast. QUB MB 1890. 1914 – 18 Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast. Consultant surgeon to Victoria Barracks Hospital. Born 1867. Son of James and Ellen Moore, Ballymena. Husband to Eileen. Died 01/03/1942, Camden St., Belfast

STAFFORD, Elizabeth
WRNS. Born in Coleraine. The youngest of 5 children, she worked in a restaurant before enlisting. Trained as a cook. Whilst stationed in Londonderry she met Staff a sailor whom she married in Coleraine in 1945. In 1954 they moved with their family to California and later in 1961 to Duncan, BC, Canada. She became a grandmother and great-grandmother. 17/06/1920 – 01/03/2014

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