October 7. Holywood and Banbridge brothers in arms.Roll of Honour

Two brothers are named on Holywood War Memorial. Lieutenant Theo Caldwell completed two year’s training with the QUB OTC. He was commissioned in the Royal Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Cross. He died on this day in 1916. His brother Lieutenant Walter H Caldwell who was working in Canada returned to serve with the Royal Irish Rifles. He was killed on the 27/08/1918. John Clarke signed the Ulster Covenant at Articlave Orange Hall. In October 1914 he enlisted in Carrickfergus and joined the Royal Fusiliers, 9th Btn. City of London. The 19 year old Castlerock man died on 07/10/1916 when there was a determined counter-attack by the Germans to recapture the Schwaben Redoubt. John is named among those with no known grave on the Thiepval Memorial. Ernest Irvine from Banbridge died in 1917 with the Royal Irish Rifles. His older brother Private John Ervine, Royal Irish Fusiliers, died 25/01/1915 near Ypres. Both are remembered in Seapatrick Parish Church. In 1942 Able Seaman Michael Mulcahy from Newry died of dysentry on a Japanese ship having survived the sinking of the prison ship Lisbon Maru. He was buried at sea. Veteran Ron Renton left the army after 25 years and 108 days of service with “Exemplary Military Conduct”. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery and saw active service in India in WW2. He then transferred to REME in 1944 with whom he stayed throughout the rest of his army career attaining WO1. He was a staunch member of the Burma Star Association and well known as a Poppy fundraiser in the Ballymena area.

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