March 07 – Roll of Honour

The family of an RHA officer from Belfast who died in Egypt in WW2 had major diplomatic links with the Solomon Islands. Riflemen from the Inniskilling Fusiliers and Royal Irish Rifles, as so often, form the majority of WW1 names recorded today.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+CAMPBELL, Henry
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Private. 7867. Died 07/03/1915. Eldest son of William and Mary Jane Campbell. Born on 01/11/1884 in the Desertcreat area of Cookstown. He was an agricultural labourer. He was married with two children. Henry Campbell was a reservist and was called up in August 1914. He enlisted in Cookstown and was almost immediately sent to the front. He died from wounds at Rouen. St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen,Seine-Maritime, France

1916

+ LESTER, R
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 3rd Btn. Private. 24979.Died 07/03/1916. Londonderry. Londonderry City Cemetery.

+McHUGH, Hugh

Royal Army Service Corps. Driver. T4/161298. Died 07/03/1916.Aged 32. From Coleraine. Enlisted Belfast 1899. Born Sligo. Married with 5 children. Lived in Moville

1916

+BEATTIE, Samuel

Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Btn. Lance Corporal.18860. Died 07/03/1916. Aged 35. Enlisted Ballymena. Born 25/05/1882 at Bridewell Court, Ballymena. Son of James and Ann, nee McVeigh; husband to Maria, of 91 Queen Street, Ballymena. They had married in Ballymena Methodist Church on the 30/01/1909. Hamel Military Cemetery, Somme.

1917

+ALLEN, Samuel. 
Royal Irish Rifles, 11th Btn. Rifleman.18/1199. Died 07/03/1917.Aged 34. Born in Lisburn, he enlisted at Belfast in 11 RIR and embarked with them for France from Bordon in October 1915.  Wounded on the Somme on the 01/07/1916 he was subsequently transferred to A Company 12 RIR. Son of Edward and Mary Allen of Lisburn and husband to Agnes Boyd, formerly Allen, of 39 Ardoyne Road, Belfast. St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium,

1918

+STERLING, Samuel Young
Irish Guards. Private. 12465. Died 07/03/1918. Age 20. Faculty of Medicine QUB 1914 – 15. Son of Mary J. Sterling, Cedar Avenue, Belfast, and the late James Sterling. Brompton Cemetery. QUB WM

1942

+KANE, Bryan Desmond Uprichard
Royal Horse Artillery, 104 (Essex Yeomanry) Regiment. 2nd Lieutenant. 235313. Died 07/03/1942 of an illness at 9th General Hospital, Cairo, Egypt. Aged 27. Born in 1915 and known as “Mick”, he was the son of Captain Richard Rutledge Kane, MC, a member of a well-known Belfast family. Kane’s father was the 4th Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Protectorate from 1921 to 1929. His mother was Ethel Emma Kane (née Thurston). Educated 1925-1932 at Sydney Church of England Grammar School, Sydney, Australia, he returned to the United Kingdom by the mid-1930s and married Rita Jones in Chelmsford, Essex in 1939 while serving in the Territorial Army. He was a keen sportsman playing rugby for Chelmsford’s ‘A’ team before the outbreak of WW2. Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt. Family memorial, Belfast City Cemetery.

+MADDEN, John
Royal Artillery.1 HAA Regiment, 1 Battery. Gunner.1058272. Died 07/03/1942 while home on leave. Aged 37. Son of J. Madden and Martha Madden of Derrybeg, Co. Donegal; Husband to Martha Madden of Dungiven. They had a son named Edward Madden born on 19/10/1935. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extension

+MAXWELL, George
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 30th Btn. Fusilier.6983289. Died 07/03/1942. 30th Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers formed in Larne on 24/12/1941 from soldiers in 5th (Home Defence) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Son of John Maxwell and Margaret Maxwell of Woodvale, Belfast; husband to Agnes Maxwell of Belfast. George’s father John Maxwell died on 04/11/1920 at the UVF Hospital, Craigavon House, Belfast. Less than 10 years later, George’s brother John Scott Maxwell died on 05/10/1930 at the same hospital. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extension

+O’BRYAN, Thomas Patrick
Royal Artillery. 4 HAA Regt. Gunner. 822371. Died 07/03/1942. Aged 30. Husband of Sara O’Bryan, of Londonderry. Pembroke Military Cemetery, Malta

VETERANS

GIMLETTE, George Hart Desmond
IMS. Lt. Colonel. St Thomas’ Hospital and QCB. MRCSE 1877. Surgeon IMS March 1879. Promoted to Lt. Colonel. Served to 1910. Rejoined 11/09/1914. Served 1914 – 18. PMO Hospital ship Sicilia, France, Gallipoli, Egypt and Iraq. Born 1855. Son of Assist. Surgeon Hart Desmond Gimlette, RN. Died 07/03/1930, Swansea.

McNEECE, Thomas Frederick
AMS. Colonel. Royal School Dungannon. QUB 11873. LRCP LRCS 1879. Captain AMS 1880. Surgeon Lt Colonel 1900. Colonel 1907. Served Sudan 1898 and 1914 – 18. ADMS 1st Mounted Div, Central France. Born in 1857. Son of Rev James and Mrs Catherine McNeece, Clonfeacle Parish, Co. Tyrone. Husband to Emily. Died 07/03/1936, Castlecary, Co. Donegal

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