March 04 – Roll of Honour

A Royal Marine was probably the first man from Belfast to lose his life at Gallipoli in 1915. Four RAF personnel from WW2 are remembered and an Able Seaman from Larne who died when his ship was sunk 200 miles from Christmas island. Photo – view from the Ulster Memorial Tower with stone remembering VC winners from 36th (Ulster) Division.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+SCOTT, James
RMLI. Private. 16410. Plymouth Division. RND. Died 04/03/1915. Age 19. Enlisted 24/09/1915. Probably the first man from Belfast to lose his life at Gallipoli. Killed in action at Kum-Kale. Born Belfast 30/06/1896. Son of William and Margaret Scott, Cheviot Ave., Belfast. His father was a Foreman Carpenter and the family lived in Templemore Street (1901) and Cheviot Avenue (1911/1918) – in 1911, James Scott was an Apprentice Joiner.1914 Star issued to father 19/02/1919. Helles Memorial. McQuiston Memorial – PCI RH. ADM 159/159/16410


+DAVIDSON, Alexander Campbell
RAFVR. Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner). 966403. Died 04/03/1941. Aged 19. 224 Sqdn. Alexander was on board Lockheed Hudson N7235 QX-A when it crashed near Loch Bradan, Ayrshire. The plane took off at 1200hrs from RAF Leuchars, Fife, but failed to reach its destination of RAF Aldergrove. Son of John Davidson and Mary Davidson (née Campbell) of 9 Nore Street, Belfast. A funeral service took place in Shankill Road Mission, Belfast, where Reverend WP Hall and Reverend RK Greer conducted the ceremony. Carnmoney Cemetery. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


+MAXWELL, Arthur
RN. Able Seaman. C/SSX 26227. Died 04/03/1942. HMS Anking. SS Anking, on British Admiralty service, left Batavia on 27/02/1942, for Fremantle. On 03/03/1942, she was intercepted by Japanese cruisers and sunk by gunfire about 200 miles east of Christmas Island. Sixteen survivors were picked up 4 days later. Son of William and Teresa Maxwell, Larne. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 55


+WRIGHT, James
RAF. Corporal. 542702. Died 04/03/1944 as Merionethshire, Wales. Aged 24. Son of Elizabeth Wright of Belfast; Nephew of Roseanna McDowell of 29 Frankfort Street, Belfast. Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery


+STARRITT, Norman Stewart
RAFVR. Aircraftman. 1532771. Died 04/03/1945. Age 27. Son of Joseph and Sara Starritt, of Desertmartin. Lecumpher Presbyterian Churchyard, Desertmartin. Rainey Endowed RH

+SURGEONER, William John
RN. FAA. Air Mechanic (1st Class). FX/110964. Died 04/03/1945. Age 20. HMS Malagas, Wingfield, Cape Town, South Africa. Simon’s Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery. Son of John and Jeannie Surgeoner, Ballymena. Ballymena WM

RAFVR. Aircraftman 2nd Class. 1007157. Died 04/03/1945. Age 24. Born on 23/10/1920, he was the son of Henry Thompson and Margaret (Maggie) Thompson (nee Stewart) of Aigburth Park, Strandtown, Belfast. Henry’s father was a veteran of World War One and had married Maggie on 09/07/1920 at St. Matthews Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast. Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia.

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