September 5. HMS Pathfinder first RN warship sunk by a locomotive torpedo from a U boat. Roll of Honour

September 5. Photo – Window bearing the crest of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in Belfast Cathedral. Below the window is a First World War Roll of Honour of Irish Nurses which was relocated from Dublin in 1922. Two WW1 nurses, Margaret Johnston from Ballinderry and Mary Doherty from Magherafelt, died in the course of their duty in 1915 and 1916. In 1914 six men from NI were lost in HMS Pathfinder the first RN warship to be sunk by a locomotive torpedo from a German U boat. Two members of the Royal Flying Corps died in WW1. William Sheilds a teacher at Skegoneil School in Belfast, joined the the North Irish Horse and later was attached to the Royal Flying Corps. Fred Diplock formerly of Queen’s University Air Squadron died in WW2. He trained in Mustangs at Terrell, Texas. His remains were interred at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Drumbeg. Reverend FH L’Estrange of St. John’s Parish, Malone, Belfast, conducted the funeral with full military honours including a detachment of Queen’s University Air Squadron. Get today’s report here –

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