October 24. A second Lord O’Neill dies in wars. Roll of Honour

October 24 – Leslie Porter was a keen car racer and international rally driver from Derry and Holywood who became an RFC pilot in WW1. His entry in the Roll is one of the most entertaining. He took a plane and flew home to Carnalea giving an impromptu air display on the County Down coast. He died in 1916. On the same day the Presbyterian minister of Bessbrook, Alexander Stuart serving as chaplain to the 12th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles, also died. He is remembered on the village war memorial and on the McCrea Magee College WM, Londonderry. In 1918 two medics died. Stanley Cargin from Lurgan died near Ypres and Muriel Tichbourne, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse, died in Cambridge. There is a memorial window in St Mark’s Church, Armagh, to this clergy daughter. In 1942 Harry McConnell who had emigrated from Carrickfergus to New Zealand died at El Alamein serving with NZ infantry. Three men from NI were lost when HMS Eclipse hit a mine in the Agean Sea in 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Shane O’Neill of the North Irish Horse, and husband of Lady O’Neill, of Shane’s Castle, Randalstown, died in 1944 near Coriano Ridge in Italy. His father fell in the 1914-1918 War. Serre Road Cemetery (photo) is the largest war cemetery on the Somme. Get today’s report here –

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