March 12 – Roll of Honour

Three WW1 named on today’s Roll had links with India. Two died serving there and an Irish medical missionary who returned to serve with RAMC died in France. Among the WW2 men remembered is a Gunner from Clogher who died in Yokohama, Japan, and aircrew with graves in Reichswald Forest, Germany, and Belfast. Photo – Tired rays of winter sun blink through clouds over the now quiet killing fields of the Somme at Courcelette

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+DAVISON, Thomas
Royal Irish Rifles, 1st. Btn. Rifleman.16812. Died 12/03/1915. Aged 29. G.P.O. Employee for 13 years. Brother of Private Hugh Davison, Canadian Infantry, died 14/06/1916, and of Private S Davison, Royal Irish Fusiliers, died 29/09/1916. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Davison, of 5, Spamount St., Belfast; husband to Jane Davison, of 13, Ohio St., Belfast. Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

+REED, Talbot
Indian Army 67th Punjabis. Captain. Attd. 59th Bn. Schinde Rifles. Died 12/03/1915. Aged 28. Son of Talbot Baines Reed and Elizabeth Jane reed of Loxley Cottage, Dunsford, Surrey. Nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Greer who lived in Ballymoney with a holiday home in Ballycastle. Grandson of the late Sir Charles Reed and Samuel McCurdy Greer of Springvale, Co. Londonderry


+GAVIN, Neil Murphy

RAMC. 6th Field Amb. Lieutenant. Died 12/03/1916. Aged 42. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Gavin; husband to Maud Muriel Gavin, of Morton Hall Rd., Edinburgh. A medical missionary with the Irish Presbyterian Church in Western India. Lapugnoy Miliitary Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

+McGINLEY, David

1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Private. G/336. Died 12/03/1916. Aged 48. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James McGinley, of Londonderry; husband to Rose A. McGinley, of Cochranes Row, Duke St., Waterside, Londonderry. Kirkee 1914 – 18 Memorial, India

+McREYNOLDS, Hamilton Patterson
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th Btn. Private. 23188. Died 12/03/1916. Aged 19. Prior to enlistment, Hamilton was employed at Sessiagh, Stewartstown. He enlisted with the Inniskillings on 15/05/1915 and went to France with the Ulster Division. He was severely wounded by shrapnel from enemy shell fire on 09/03/1916. Born at Donaghey, Sherrygroom on 10/03/1897. Youngest son of Hugh and Jean McReynolds, of Killymoon St., Cookstown. Douellens Communal Cemetery, Douellens, Somme. Stewartstown WM. Donaghendry C of I Parish RH


+STEELE, Robert George
RNR. Lieutenant. In command of SS Polandia. Died 12/03/1917. Age 43. Sunk by mine or enemy action on a voyage from Birkenhead to Cherbourg. Son of Samuel and Anna Steele, Hillhead, Mullaghdubh, Islandmagee, and Belfast. Husband to Lilian Smith (formerly Steele). Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23

+HEAP, William James Sydney Jones
RAFVR. Aircraftman 2nd Class. 1123746. Died 12/03/1942. Aged 26. He was a Wireless Operator onboard Blackburn Botha L6314 from No.3 School of General Reconnaissance at Squire’s Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire. It crashed in bad visibility on the cliffs at Burro Meanagh between Cronk ny Arrey Laa and Port Erin on the Isle of Man. William had lived at 40 Glendower Street, Belfast. He was husband to Margaret Campbell Heap of Hendon, Middlesex. Dundonald Cemetery.

+LUTTON, Frederick David
RNVR. Acting Sub-Lieutenant (E). Died 12/03/1942. Age 26. HMS St Briac. The vessel had broken down and drifted towards a British minefield, 20 miles off Arbroath. HMS St Briac hit a mine and sank, leaving a total of 47 dead. He had been rescued from HMS Dunvegan Castle when it was torpedoed earlier in the war. Born 25/10/1915 in the Benburb/Moy area. Son of Joshua and Mary Elizabeth Lutton, Drumgold, Dungannon. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 10//07/1942). Liverpool Naval Memorial, Panel 4. Moy WM


+SHAW, Eric
RAFVR. Sergeant. 1074934. Died 12/03/1943. Aged 22. 101 Sqd. Son of John and Margretta Shaw, of Knock, Belfast. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany


+KYLE, Hubert
Royal Artillery. 5 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, 7 Bty. Gunner. 833155. Died 14/03/1944. Aged 33. Son of Robert and Jennie Kyle, of Clogher, Co. Tyrone.Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan. Clogher WM


Royal Artillery.71 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment. Gunner.1536513. Died 12/03/1947. Aged 40. Son of Samuel and Susan Bleakley; Husband of Bessie Bleakley of Tullynacross, Lambeg. Lambeg Church of Ireland Churchyard


BOYD, William
RAMC. 3rd F Ambulance, 46th Division. Captain. Campbell College. QUB, MB BCh, BAO, 1911. Lieutenant 12/07/1917. In France from 01/03/1915 – 09/1915. Post-war, Medical Officer tea estates, Assam. Born 14/11/1885. Son of William C and Lizzie Boyd, Hazelbank Villa, Ravenscroft Rd., Belfast. Died 12/03/1950.

EWART, Francis
RN. Surg – Lieutenant. OBE. Born 12/03/1892, son of Wm. Ewart, Ganaway, Millisle. Medical practitioner. Campbell College 952. Ballywalter Masonic Lodge RH. Carrowdore – PCI RH


12/03/1918 – German Zeppelin raid bombing Hull in Yorkshire. One woman reported killed.

12/03/1938 – Today in 1938, German troops march into Austria. They face no local resistance; international reaction is subdued.

12/03/ 1943 – Fight for the city of Kharkov, Ukraine. It is considered as the last great victory of German arms on the Eastern Front. The offensive cost the Red Army an estimated 90,000 casualties, German losses around 11,000.

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