September 3 – Irishmen liberate Guillemont and Ginchy. Roll of Honour

The 16th Irish Division rose to prominence on 3 September 1916 with battles in Guillemont and Ginchy. The Division contained many men from the north of Ireland. 22 men are recorded in today’s Roll of Honour who died in this day in 1916.Ten of them are from from Londonderry including John Lenox-Conyngham, a descendant of a siege family. County Monaghan man Thomas Hughes of The Connaught Rangers won the VC. Banbridge men Hugh Graham and James Sneddon fell with the Black Watch. See James’ record in today’s Roll for an account of a most memorable action which involved a Royal Engineer Tunnelling Company. Today’s veterans include William Stevenson a mystery-man from Lisburn who forged his age and maybe his name to serve in India, South Africa, and perhaps with the RIR in the Dardanelles in WW1. He had volunteered for the Camel Corps during “the trouble” in the Sudan in 1898 and took part in the charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman in which Winston Churchill was involved.  Subsequently posted to India he was invalided home but rejoined the army in 1899 on the outbreak of the Boer War where he served with the RIR.

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