Nine fatalities from HMS Bayano torpedoed in 1915 are buried in N Ireland whilst NI men fell in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. A decorated army chaplain from Fintona died doing his duty in 1917. Seven servicemen from WW2 are remembered. Photo – Theipval by night.
Representing their comrades who died on this day
1915 HMS BAYANO
HMS Bayano was torpedoed by U-27 on 11/03/1915 in the North Channel whilst traveling from Glasgow to Liverpool. HMS Bayano sank within minutes, with the loss of 200 lives. There were twenty-six survivors. There are nine fatalities (five of them unidentified) from HMS Bayano who are buried in N Ireland – one in Larne New Cemetery and the others on the Ards Peninsula … one in Dunsford Church of Ireland Graveyard, two in Ballyhalbert (St Andrew) Church of Ireland Graveyard, one in Whitechurch Graveyard and four in Ballyphilip (Portaferry) Church of Ireland Graveyard.
RMLI. Private. 7542 (PO) HMS Bayano. Died 11/03/1915. Buried Portaferry
+CHATER, Frederick William
RNVR. AB. Tyneside Z/501. HMS Bayano. Died 11/03/1915. Aged 30. Husband of Sarah Dixon (formerly Chater), Chester Rd., Sunderland. Whitechurch Graveyard, Ballywalter.
+McQUIGG, John Alexander
Mercantile Marine Reserve. Fireman. HMS Bayano. Died 11/03/1915. Age 26. Son of John and Elizabeth Bessie McQuigg, Wellington St., Londonderry. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 9
RNR. Seaman. 3767C. HMS Bayano. Died 11/03/1915. Aged 35. He was a merchant seaman and later a rigger at the Queen’s Island shipyard. Born 06/11/1879. Son of George and Selina Todd, Belfast; husband to Sarah Todd, Earl Lane, Belfast. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 10. Sinclair Seamen’s – PCI RH
+WELLSTEAD, W A
RN. AB. 179706. HMS Bayano. Died 11/03/1915. Ballyphilip Church of Ireland Cemetery. Portaferry
+BROWN, Harold George
Royal Irish Rifles. 1st Btn. Rifleman. 9543. Died 11/03/1915 in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. Harold enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Son of Robert and Minnie Brown, Reilly St., Banbridge. Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Seapatrick Parish Church WM, Banbridge
Royal Irish Rifles, 1st Btn. Lance Corporal. 9323. Died 11/03/1915 at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle. Robert was the son of Robert and Julia Ross. He was born in Dundalk about 1886. By 1901 the family was living in Castleblayney, County Monaghan. His father was a Railway Station Master for the Great North Railway. Robert worked at Gunning’s Factory at Millburn in Cookstown. He enlisted in Belfast. Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Cookstown WM, Gunning’s Factory Memorial
Leading Seaman. 211344. HM Submarine E5. Died 11/03/1916. Age 33. E5 was lost on 07/03/1916 while rescuing the survivors of trawler Resono just north of Juist in the North Sea, apparently striking a mine, possibly after straying into a German minefield upon being sighted by the German light cruiser Regensburg. Others have attributed her loss to depth charge attack by torpedo boats escorting the battlecruiser Seydlitz. Born Templecorran, County Antrim. Son of Eliza McDowell, of Milebush, Ballyhill, Carrickfergus, and the late William McDowell. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Carrickfergus WM
+ DUNCAN, Edward Francis
Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class, attached to 103rd Infantry Brigade. MC. He was killed on the battlefield on 11/03/1917. Age 32. Ordained 1907. Instituted 1914 as rector of Kilflyn. Kilflynn Church was attended by the workers from the Castle Oliver estate. Son of John and Anna Duncan of Fintona, Co Tyrone, and husband to Jane Caroline Duncan of Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. He is mentioned in “The Flag: Revd D Railton MC and The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior” by Andrew Richards (Page 34). Railton was chaplain to the Northumberland Fusiliers and they would become good friends over the period they ministered together. Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras. Memorial in the churchyard of Kilflynn, Ballyorgan, Limerick.
Royal Flying Corps. Second Lieutenant (Pilot). Died 11/03/1917. 2nd Sqdn. Son of William Ferguson Smyth and I. Smyth, of Belfast; husband to Ethel Smyth, of Herbert Rd., Plumstead, London. Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Douchez, Pas de Calais, France
+McVEIGH, James Thomas
Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Btn. Rifleman. 7017357. Died 11/03/1941, at 24th General Hospital, Campbell College, Belfast. Aged 40. His last known address was 5 Murray’s Place, off Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina Extension
+SKILLEN, Victor Hall
RAFVR. Sergeant (Pilot). 745460. Died 11/03/1941. Aged 24. 23 Sqdn. Son of William Robert and Margaret Skillen, of Belfast. St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Somme, France. 502 (Ulster) Squadron WM, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
+CHAPMAN, Leslie George
RAFVR. Sergeant. Air-Gunner. 967658. Died 11/03/1942. Aged 30. 231 Sqdn. He died when Westland Lysander T1577 came down around 2.5 miles northeast of Dungannon when on a low-level tactical reconnaissance exercise from RAF Maghaberry, Co. Antrim.The plane first struck a tree before the crew lost control and it collided with a house. Pilot Sergeant William Russell Rattray also died in the crash. Leslie was the son of Captain JE Chapman of Dublin, and husband to Kathleen V Chapman of 52 Old Cavehill Road, Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery, Glenalina
RN. ERA 4th Class. C/MX 50923 . Died 11/03/1942. Age 23. HMS Naiad. Son of Josiah and Agnes Graham Crothers. Bangor. Bangor Grammar School. Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 60.2
+ARCHER, M T
RN. St. Mark’s Portadown RH. The only CWGC reference is to a Matthew Thomas Archer, Petty Officer. D/JX 193627. Died 11/03/1943. Age 30. HMS President III. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 78
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1040804. Died 11/03/1943. 405 Sqd RCAF. Son of James and Ellen Moore, Ballymoney. Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany
Royal Navy. Able Seaman. C/JX 258797. Died 11/03/1943. HMS Harvester. Chatham Naval Memorial. Panel 70. Details from the CWGC web site. Named on Enniskillen WM.
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