March 19 – Roll of Honour

This year the Anzac Dawn Service, National Ceremony, and veterans’ march will not take place in Canberra. A ceremony will be held in the Commemorative Area and Hall of Memory. It will not be open to the public but will be nationally televised. The Roll today recalls the deaths of servicemen in years after cessation of hostilities. A record of a Flight Engineer from Ballymena highights the service of Coastal Command.

Representing their comrades who died on this day

1916

+COWAN, Henry
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th Btn. Private.10895. Died 19/03/1916. Hit by a sniper. Born in Strabane. He was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Henry Cowan was living in Ballynasaggart, Ballygawley when he enlisted in Enniskillen. In his will, Henry left all to a Miss Agnes Watt of Cavey, Ballygawley. A newspaper reports that he was a cousin of Mrs. Mary McClean of Ballynasaggart, Tyrone. Authuile Military Cemetery, Somme, France

+McCRACKEN, James F
Royal Irish Rifles,15th Btn. Rifleman. 15/13211. Executed 19/03/1916. Aged 19. Son of John McCracken. Believed to be from Belfast. Mailly-Mallet Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

+TEMPLETON, James
Royal Irish Rifles,15th Btn. Rifleman. 15/890. Executed 19/03/1916. Son of Mr. Templeton, 12 Enfield St., Belfast. Mallet Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

1917

+BLACKBURN, John Alexander.
Royal Garrison Artillery. Gunner. 18807. Died 19/03/1917. Aged 32.  He was the son of the late James and Catherine Blackburn. Annahilt Presbyterian churchyard

+FULLERTON, George Edmond
Royal Irish Rifles, 13th Btn. Rifleman. 20/58. Died 19/03/1917 in Foster Green Hospital, Belfast, from an illness caught at the front. Born 18/10/1894 at Lismurnaghan, Ahoghill, the son of druggist and photographer John Fullerton and Ellen Cameron. Herbert A Fullerton, Royal Army Medical Corps, was his brother. George had been employed in the Bridge Street Bakery before joining the forces in December 1915.  He went to the war zone in Flanders and was there for about three months before being invalided home.1st Ahoghill Presbyterian Churchyard.

1919

+DAVISON, Andrew
11/7288 Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Btn. Rifleman. 11/7288. Died 19/03/1919 in Scotland. Formerly of Galgorm, Ballymena. Bothwell Cemetery, Bellshill, Scotland.

1942

+MASON, Harry
RN. AB. LT/JX 200823. Died 19/03/1942. Age 27. HM Trawler Stella Capella. Royal Naval Patrol Service. Two brothers serving in RN. Husband to Rebecca (Ruby) Mason, Merkland St., Belfast. (Belfast Weekly Telegraph 17/04/1942). Lowestoft Naval Memorial

1943

+COLWELL, Thomas Bell
RAF. Sergeant (Flight Engineer). 577324. Died 19/03/1943
161 (Special Duties) Sqdn. On 15/02/1942, No.161 reformed at Newmarket from a nucleus supplied by No 138 Squadron and the King’s Flight. It joined with No 138 in dropping supplies and agents over occupied Europe and took over the landing and pick-up operations for which it used Lysanders, Havocs, and Hudsons. Only a few sorties were flown with the Havoc, and many of these were as convoy escorts under the control of Fighter or Coastal Command. Halifaxes were received in November 1942 and in September 1944, it began using Stirlings with which it continued its covert tasks until on 02/06/1945 the squadron disbanded. Son of On 15 February 1942, No.161 reformed at Newmarket from a nucleus supplied by No 138 Squadron and the King’s Flight. It joined with No 138 in dropping supplies and agents over occupied Europe and took over the landing and pick-up operations for which it used Lysanders, Havocs, and Hudsons. Only a few sorties were flown with the Havoc, and many of these were as convoy escorts under the control of Fighter or Coastal Command. Halifaxes were received in November 1942 and in September 1944, it began using Stirlings with which it continued it’s covert tasks until on the 2 June 1945 the squadron disbanded. Son of Robert McDowell Colwell of Mount Street, Ballymena. Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 145. Ballymena WM. Harryville Presbyterian Church, Ballymena RH.

1945

+FUGE, Brian Kenneth Levinge
RAF. Flight Lieutenant. 41394. Died 19/03/1945. Aged 28. 541 Sqdn. Son of T. L. Marshal Fuge and Francis Fuge, husband to Olive M. Fuge, of Bangor, Co. Down. Runnymede Memorial, Panel 265

1946

+BRADSHAW, David
Royal Artillery. 102 HAA Regiment. Gunner.1486315. Died 19/03/1946. Aged 42. Son of William John and Ruth Bradshaw of Belfast; Husband to Elizabeth Bradshaw of Belfast. Belfast City Cemetery

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