March 16 – Roll of Honour

Two women who died serving are named in today’s Roll. A Lurgan Sister of the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service died as a result of her service in WW1. A Section Officer in the WAAF from Killyleagh died in a WW2 flying accident. Their graves are in their home churchyards. Three Royal Ulster Riflemen were killed in a road accident near Antrim. Photo – The Great War Battlefields in Winter: the French Cemetery at Chattancourt near Mort Homme, Verdun.

Representing their comrades who died on this day


+HILL, Alexander,
Royal Field Artillery, HQ staff, 93 Bde. Gunner. 65453. Died 16/03/1916. Born on 24/04/1897, the son of shoemaker John and his wife Sarah Mullan, Kilbride Road, Doagh.They had married in Kilbride Presbyterian Church on 06/06/1890.  Alexander enlisted in Glasgow. Ferme-Olivier Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. Kilbride Presbyterian Church RH


+McGIBBON, Rosa Anne
Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service. RA. Sister. Died 06/03/1919. Sister McGibbon had enlisted on 2nd June 1915 and had embarked from Southampton on His Majesty’s Hospital Ship Aquitania on 19/11/1915, arriving in Suez on 29/11/1915. She served in the 18th Stationary Hospital and the 21st General Hospital in Egypt and was invalided home when severe glycosuria was detected following an operation for appendicitis and a subsequent bout of influenza. Daughter of David and Mary McGibbon, of 40, North St., Lurgan. Lurgan (Dougher) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Memorial St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast


Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Btn. Rifleman. 7018196. Died 16/03/1941 at Massereene Hospital, Antrim. Aged 45. He was one of 3 men serving in the Rifles killed when their lorry crashed at Dunadry. The vehicle was on its way from Belfast to Antrim when it struck a barricade near a bridge. The impact threw the men from the vehicle, leaving them with severe head injuries and lacerations. The other victims of the lorry crash were Corporal J McKeown and Sergeant Major Jim McIlvenny. The driver JS Donly survived the incident, suffering from shock. Milltown Cemetery, Belfast

+McKEOWN, Robert John Baine McKeown
Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Btn. Corporal. 25094. Died 16/03/1941. Son of James McKeown and Mary McKeown of Drumaness, Co. Down, and husband to Margaret Anne McKeown (née Kennedy) of Belfast. Christ Church Churchyard, Kilmore, Co. Down


+BLAKISTON – HOUSTON, Barbara Kathleen
WAAF. Section Officer. 1696. Died 16/03/1942. Aged 24. Died in a flying accident. Daughter of James Edward and Dorothy Blakiston-Houston of Killyleagh. Loughinisland (St. John) Church of Ireland Churchyard

+BONAR, Samuel
62 Gen. Transport Coy. Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Private. B/82613. Died 16/03/1942. Aged 39. Son of James Boyd Bonar and Jeanie Bonar, of Ballymena; husband to Kathleen Bonar. Ballymena New Cemetery. High Kirk Presbyterian Church RH

+MAGEE, Hugh Larmour
RAFVR. Flight Lieutenant. 81690. Died 16/03/1942. Aged 30. B.A. (Dublin): Trinity College. Son of Edward and Jane Magee of Finaghy. Carrickfergus cemetery. QUB WM


+ATCHESON, Samuel Cunningham
RAFVR. Pilot Officer (Pilot). 161591. DFC. Died 16/03/1944. Aged 24 57 Sqdn. Son of Caldwell and Rebecca Atcheson, of Drumquin, Co. Tyrone. Vevey (St Martin’s) Cemetery, Switzerland.

+WASSON, Sydney
RAFVR. Sergeant.1063520. Died 16/03/1944. Aged 25. 625 Sqdn. 
Son of Robert and Mary Wasson, of Dunadry, Co. Antrim. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 239


RAFVR. Sergeant. 2225471. Died 16/03/1945. Age 23. 49 Sqd. Son of Augustine and Rose Finnerty, of Newry. Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany


16/03/1917 – British make gains on the Somme as they occupy St. Pierre Vaast Wood, dominating Peronne.

16/03/1935 – Adolf Hitler orders German rearmament in violation of The Treaty of Versailles

16/03/1942 – First test launch of the world’s first long-range guided ballistic missile, the Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V-2 rocket). The rocket crashed after about a mile. Hitler was not convinced, not yet.

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