October 10. RN compass inventor lost in RMS Leinster. Roll of Honour

A Royal Navy officer from Dungannon was at the cutting edge of compass development. He, his wife, and child were lost when a U boat sank the mailship Leinster between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire. Today’s Roll includes a founding member of the RAF from Portstewart, Irish Guardsmen from Castlerock and Larne who died in WW1, and an RAF air crewman who died in a training flight near Stranraer in WW2. – For article on RMS Leinster and On this day – See end of Roll of Honour.

Roll of Honour October 10 – Every day is a Remembrance Day

+REID, William Douglas

Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps (Canadian Civilian). Sapper. 502120. Died 10/11/1915. Age 27. Son of Douglas and Eliza Reid. He was born 29/05/1888 in Derryfubble, Dungannon. His father was a farmer who died in March 1910. William emigrated to Canada. Before enlisting he was living at No. 6 Firehall, Vancouver, British Columbia. He was working as a trackman, laying down railway track. William Reid enlisted in Vancouver in October 1915. Sapper William Reid who died as a result of an accident, is believed to be buried in Pinehill Cemetery, Mattawa, Ontario, Canada.


Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Btn. Rifleman. 4420. Died 10/10/1916. Son of Mr. W. Bell, of 80, McTier St., Belfast, and previously from Ballygroobey, Randalstown. Pond Farm Cemetery, Belgium

+O’NEIL, John Teskey
Royal Irish Rifles, 17th Btn. Captain. Died 10/10/1916. Age 54. Son of Arthur and Catherine O’Neil; husband of Mary Anne O’Neil, of “Balladee,” The Pier, Cultra, Co. Down. Born at Rathbane. Family Memorial, Dundonald Cemetery


+JOHNSTON, Alexander
AB. SS War Clover. Died 19/10/1917. Age 16. Enemy action in the Mediteranean. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston (Holmes), Maple Cottage, Ballykeel, Islandmagee, and the late George Johnston.

+KEITH, Robert
Irish Guards.1st Btn. Private. I5393. Died 10/10/1917. Tyne Cot Memorial, West – Vlaanderland, Belgium, Panel 10. Castlerock Parish. Third Ypres

+PHAIR, Edward Leo
Irish Guards. 1st Btn. Private 10490. Died 10/10/1917. Age 25. Son of Richard and Margaret Phair, of 4, Brookvale Terrace, Portrush. Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium

+WILLIAMS, William James
Irish Guards, 2nd Btn. Lance Corporal. 9487. Died 10/10/1917. Son of Fred Williams, of “Rathkenny,” Larne Harbour. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium


The RMS Leinster

+CAMPBELL, George Richard Colin

RN. Lieutenant Commander. A career naval officer, he had been promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1916. He joined the Admiralty Compass Department, rising to become superintendent of the Magnetic Compass Branch. Lost in the sinking of RMS Leinster by a U boat. Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin. Dungannon WM. See above.

+HUGHES, James
RN. AB. HMS Walrus. Died 10/10/1918. Age 21. Lost on RMS Leinster which was torpedoed by German Submarine UB 123, having just left Kingstown. He was returning from leave. Son of John and Rose Ann Hughes. Born 10/07/1897 in Moy, County Tyrone. The family lived in Anagasna Glebe, Moy. James was one of 12 children. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 27

+LUTTON, George
Royal Munster Fusiliers, 6th Btn. Private. 5251. Died 10/10/1918. Age 32. George Lutton volunteered at the out break of war, joining the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was transferred to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. George had been invalided home in September 1918. He was returning to England on the R.M.S. Leinster. George Lutton’s father was also called George. George was born near Moy,
County Tyrone about 1890. By the time of the 1901 census George’s mother had died. George and the family lived in Canary, Tullyroan, Armagh. Canary is close to the Argory. Kirk Patrick (Holy Trinity) Churchyard on the Isle of Man. Moy WM

+THOMPSON, Thomas Boyd

Pte Thomas Boyd Thompson 20747 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers was one of those lost in the RMS Leinster disaster. Aged 19 and from Londonderry, his elder brother Victor was killed whilst serving with the 8th Bn. Black Watch in 1916 and Henry, a 2nd Lt. with the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was killed in March 1918. Thomas is buried in Derry City Cemetery and the three brothers are commemorated on the War Memorial in Ebrington Presbyterian Church and the Diamond War Memorial in the city. They were the only sons of Thomas Henry and Susan Thompson.

+BURKE, Robert (Bobbie) John
Royal Air Force Aircraftsman (mechanic), Third Class. 297140. Died 10/10/1918 of pneumonia in hospital at Blanford Camp, Dorsetshire, England. Aged 19. He volunteered for active service in September 1918. Before enlisting he was employed as a chauffeur by Mr. Samuel R. Henry, Dun Suivnish, Galvally, Portstewart. His parents, Mr. William John (a driver of Portstewart tram) and Mrs. Susan (nee Law) Burke, lived in the Tramway Depot, Main Street, Portstewart. Agherton Cemetery. He is commemorated on Portstewart’s War Memorial, Portstewart Presbyterian Church’s War Memorial, the Roll of Honour of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Ireland’s Memorial Record

Royal Dublin Fusiliers, attached to RIR. Lieutenant. Died 10/10/1918. Age 25. Ballymena Academy. QUB Faculty of Medicine 1913 – 16. Member of the Training Corps 1915. He obtained his commission as an officer in September 1915 and was gazetted to the 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 15/10/1915. He served at the Battle of the Somme and was invalided home with trench fever. After his return to health, he was attached to the 1st Royal Irish Rifles on 13/08/1916. He acted as a bombing officer at the Curragh camp until November 1917 when he was posted to Palestine to join his regiment. On the night of 07/10/1918, the Battalion was attacked by a bombardment of shell fire and he was badly wounded and taken to No.50 Casualty Clearing Station and died of his wounds there on 10th October 1918. Son of John Carruth, Craigywarren, Ballymena and The Haven, Mallusk Husband to Vera Maude Louise, daughter of Mr JE Vicker, Stewartstown. Hydepark Presbyterian Church RH. Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme

+GAULT, Arthur Alexander
Royal Dublin Fusiliers. “D” Coy. 11th Bn. attd. 17th Bn. Royal Fusiliers. Second Lieutenant. Died 10/10/1918. Aged 28. Son of the late Mr. John Gault and of Mrs. John Gault, of Belgrano, Lame Harbour. Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

+GREEN,Thomas James Green
Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Btn, B Coy. Rifleman.11/17766. Died 10/10/1918 in a German Military Hospital at Hautmont, France. Age 23. Born on 22/11/1894 at Dunmurry. Pre-war he was employed at the Milfort Weaving Company. He enlisted in 11th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim Volunteers) in late 1914. He was wounded on 1 July 1916 receiving shrapnel wounds to the leg. He transferred to 12th Royal Irish Rifles in February 1918 and was captured with the majority of the battalion on 21 March 1918. Hautmont Communal Cemetery, France

+JOHNSTON, Arthur 

Born on the 24.2.1895, he was a former pupil of Friends’ School, Lisburn.  His stay at FSL was brief, lasting from 04/09/1906 to the 21/12/1906.  The single report on him dated 21/12/1906 reads, “Arthur possesses considerable ability, and has shown a good deal of improvement during the term; but his frequent absences from school have prevented him from properly settling down to his work, and deriving all the benefits that might have been expected”.  His parents were James and Christina Johnston whose home was in Lurgan.  The closest fit is Private A.M. Johnston (CH/2887S) 1st. R.M. battalion Royal Naval Division, RMLI.  Died on 08/10/1918, age 23. He was the son of John and Christina Monteith Johnston of 19 Ship Haugh, Stirling. Proville British Cemetery, Nord, France.

+McKeown, John Charles
US Army. 82nd Division, 327th Infantry Regiment. Corporal Died 10/10/1918. John Charles McKeown was born at ‘The Beeches’, Killygonland, Ardboe, County Tyrone. He was listed as killed in action on 10/10/1918 during the U.S. Army’s biggest engagement in World War 1, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. It began on the 26/09/1918 and ended with the Armistice on 11/11/1918. In those few weeks of fighting the U.S. Army had lost 18,000 men. Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France

+MULGREW, Patrick
King’s (Liverpool Regiment), 4th. Btn. Private.11359. Died 10/10/1918. Age 45. Son of James and Jane Mulgrew. He was born about 1873. It is believed he was a native of Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Husband to Mary Mayes Mulgrew, of 27, Scott’s Lane, Port Glasgow. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France


+BREADON, Joseph

Canadian Infantry. 58th Btn. Private. 451976. Died 10/10/1920 of related injuries/illness. Age 29. Joseph emigrated to Canada. He worked as a grocery clerk. He enlisted on 23/07/1915 in Toronto. He was 24 and single. He saw service in Europe. Joseph had married Sarah Breadon of Toronto, Ontario, by the time of his death. Born 08/11/1891. in Fivemiletown. Son of Thomas and Mary Breadon, of Alderwood, Fivemiletown. Toronto (St. John’s Norway) Cemetery, Canada. Fivemiletown WM


+LORIMER, William

London Irish Rifles, 1st Btn. (Formerley of Royal Ulster Rifles). Rifleman. 7014075. Died 10/10/1941. Age 23. Son of William and Hanna Lorimer of 2, Alexander Street, Ballymena. Ballymena Cemetery.


BENSON, Edward White – RNAS. Chief Petty Officer Mechanic. F2880. Armoured Car Division. Enlisted 29/12/1914 for hostilities. Service in Russia. Selected RNVR Sub – Lieutenant 31/12/1916. Born Ballymoney 10/10/1884. Son of Canon and Mrs Benson, Ballymoney Rectory, Co Antrim. ADM 188/565/2880

BROWN, James – RN. Stoker First Class. 291790. Enrolled 06/03/1899 for 12 years. Served to 07/04/1911. Joined RFR 08/04/1911. War service 05/08/1914 – 10/10/1919, in Endymion, Vivid II, Hildebrand, Europa and Theseus. Born Magheramorne 22/02/1876. Magheramorne – PCI RH. ADM 188/470/291790

CAMPBELL, Albert Edward John – RN. Leading seaman. J68016. Boy service from 17/02/1901. Enrolled 17/02/1919 for 12 years. Served to 10/10/1926. War service in Powerful, Ganges and Centurion. Born Downpatrick 17 Feb 1901 ADM 188/783/68016

CONNOLLY, Patrick Joseph – RN. Writer II, M12089. Enrolled 16/02/1915 for hostilities. Served in Pembroke II and Blenheim. Demobbed 10/10/1919. Born Belfast 28/09/1896. ADM 188/1042/12089

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