March 14 – Roll of Honour

Menin Gate, Ypres where the names are engraved of two from Downpatrick and Dungannon who are remembered in today’s Roll. A young medical officer from QUB is also remembered in the town’s Ramparts Cemetery. A Canadian Gunner from Portstewart died three days after being hit with a gas shell. Men from Clogher, Fivemiletown, and Newtownards represent the three services in WW2.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1915

+BARRETT, Norman James
RNR. Sub Lieutenant. Died 14/03/1915. Age 21. Brompton Hospital, London. Third son of James Hunter Barrett JP and Eleanor Jane Barrett of Church Rd., Holywood, and later of Seaview, Queen’s Parade, Bangor, County Down. The family later moved to London. Norman was the first of three brothers to die in the war. Family memorial in Bangor Abbey, St Comgall’s Churchyard. Underneath his inscription is the following. “When thou passest thru the waters, I will be with thee. Home is the sailor, home from the sea.” Bangor Masonic Lodge RH

+MADDEN, Francis
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Lance Corporal. 9973. Died 14/03/1915. Aged 35. Served as Campbell. Son of the late James Madden; husband to Josephine McIntyre (formerly Madden), of 2, Salisbury Square, Edinburgh. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Dungannon War Dead.

+McCURRY, Walter Tennyson
RAMC. Lieutenant. Attached 1st Btn Norfolk Regiment. MiD. Died 14/03/1915. Age 22. RBAI. QUB M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. 1915. Member of OTC. He joined the Special Reserve of Officers in the RAMC. Mobilised 05/08/1914. Posted to serve on the medical staff of the 15th Field Ambulance, entering the war with them on 20th August. Walter took four days leave in the UK at Christmas then shortly after he returned to the front lines he was attached to the 1st Bn. Norfolk Regiment as their medical officer. In a letter to his father, he wrote: “Above all things don’t worry. If you keep bright and smiling it will do mother a lot of good. Don’t be downhearted. My risks are very small compared with those of the fighting men, but I want to prepare you for this – I may soon be sent as medical officer to a regiment. This may mean more exposure, but the danger is not much increased. One, however, should look at these things not through narrow personal spectacles, but take a broader, patriotic view. You cannot make omelets without breaking eggs. You cannot have the prosperity and comfort that Britain now enjoys, and for which she has in the past shed blood, without losing, without losing lives. And so I come to my point – that instead of worrying about the whole skin of one’s relatives at the front people at home should rather think of the ultimate result of this war, and be prepared, if necessary, to lose their friends.” Walter was killed whilst tending to wounded when the battalion came under heavy shell fire. He was the eldest son of Joseph and Jessie Graham McCurry of Belfast Bank House, Shankill Rd., Belfast. Ramparts Cemetery, (Lille Gate), Ypres.

+MORGAN, Francis
Royal Irish Fusiliers, 2nd Btn. Corporal. 10112. Died 14/03/1915 at Neuve Chapelle. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Morgan, Scotch-street, Downpatrick. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

1917

+SMYTH, G
Royal Irish Rifles, 9th Btn. Rifleman. 18/173. Died 04/03/1917. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

1918

+DONNELLY, Thomas
Royal Irish Rifles, 6th Btn, C Coy. Private. 3/11264. Died 14/03/1918. Aged 20. Son of John and Mary Jane Donelly, of Gortnashra, Coalisland. Ramleh War Cemetery, Rabat. Dungannon WM

+MILLAR, Daniel
Canadian Field Artillery, 10th Brigade, 68th and later 35th Battery. Gunner. 339201. Died 14/03/1918. He enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 23/08/1916 at Vancouver, British Columbia, and embarked for England in January 1917. Dan was sent to France in May 1917 and was posted to the 10th Brigade. He was seriously injured by a gas shell on 09/03/1918 at Vimy, near Arras, and died of gas poisoning at Number 3, Australian General Hospital, Abbeville. Before WW1 Dan had emigrated initially to Philadelphia, America, and then to Canada. Prior to enlisting he and his wife, Hilma Amanda, lived in the North Lonsdale area of North Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was a grocer. He was born on 15/03/1885 and his parents, William and Jane Millar lived at Heathmount, Portstewart. His uncle, Thomas Millar, lived at the Orange Hall, Portstewart. Portstewart’s WM, Agherton Parish Church’s WM, Agherton Parish Church RH, IMR

1940

+HAMILTON, Robert George
RN. Able Seaman. P/SSX 19719. Died 14/03/1940. Age: 21. HMS Eagle. Son of George and Elizabeth Hamilton, Newtownards. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 38. Newtownards WM

1941

+BRIGHTON, Charles Edmund
RAF. Leading Aircraftman. 639024. Died 14/03/1941. Aged 19. Nephew of Mrs. M. G. Wiltshire of Fivemiletown. Fivemiletown Church of Ireland Churchyard. Dungannon WM

1944

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

VETERANS

HENRY, Thomas
Rifleman. 2/2428 12th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim Volunteers). Thomas, from Ahoghill, Co. Antrim enlisted on 2 December 1914 and embarked with the battalion to France on 5 October 1915. He remained with the battalion through the war and was captured on 21 March 1918 with the vast majority of the battalion. He was imprisoned at Cassel and Mannheim POW camps before being repatriated after the Armistice. The time as a POW took it’s toll on Thomas’ health and he was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 14 March 1919 with the Medical Grade B3.

MARTIN, Robert Henry
RM Artillery. Sergeant. 1161. Enrolled Belfast 01/11/1915. Discharged 20/02/1919. Born Coleraine 14/03/1897. Son of Thomas Martin, Ardbana Terrace, Coleraine. First Coleraine – PCI RH. ADM 159/97/1161

NOTES

14/03/1943 – Kraków Ghetto is “liquidated”

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