November 25 – HMS Barham. Thomas Sinclair. Roll of Honour

November 25 – On this day in 1944, the battleship HMS Barham sank in the Mediterranean whilst taking part in an operation against an Italian convoy to Lybia. Three men from NI were lost – Midshipman John Joycelynn, son of the Earl of Roden from Larne, Marine John Smylie from Lisburn, and Marine Joseph Berry from Portadown. Of the crew of 1,312, there were only 452 survivors. In WW1 Coleraine-related Seaman Gunner David Murphy served in Barham at Jutland. Thomas Sinclair served during WW1 as a consulting surgeon to the army in France and Egypt. He conducted an examination of the German ace, the Red Baron, after he was shot down. Sinclair was Professor of Surgery at QUB and the first President of the Queen’s Services Club formed by those who returned to remember their colleagues who fell.

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