November 2. Sailors in the trenches Part 2. Roll of Honour

The second part of Sailors in the Trenches covers the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign and the major actions in Europe. One of the most distinctive actions of the RN Division was on November 13, 1916, at Beaucourt when 12,000 sailors went over the top and in two days in winter went further and took more prisoners than the army had done in a day. Alex Morrison was awarded the Military Medal. Former MCB student, William Maxwell, a Colonel in the RM Marine was mentioned in despatches. He died in action in the Dardanelles. Henry McGowan of Portstewart forged his age to enlist. He died in action aged 17. Londonderry was represented. James Heaney re-enlisted to serve. He and Thomas Mills are named on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. In 1917 Noel Gavin a QUB medic from New Zealand was awarded the MC and Bar. After a period of intense action in WW2, Lt. Henry Walmsley was hitching a lift from Malta to the UK in the submarine Tetrarch in 1941 when it was lost. Marine Andrew Duke from Belfast died at Bergen-op-Zoom in the Netherlands in 1944. He had brothers serving in the RN and RAF. He was a former member of 3rd. Belfast Company, Boys’ Brigade. Two veterans today are from Portstewart. Daniel Douglas served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 10th Battalion (the Derrys). Samuel Henry served with the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF in France where he was a German prisoner of war. Both men are commemorated in Portstewart Presbyterian Church’s Roll of Honour.

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