December 13. NI Marine’s gallantry at River Plate. Five brothers Medical Officers. Roll of Honour.

The Conspicuous Gallantry Medal was awarded to Royal Marine Sergeant Samuel John Trimble from Northern Ireland, for his actions when the Gun Director crew were killed and injured in HMS Achilles in the opening salvoes of the Battle of the River Plate. Archie Douther from Ballyclare emigrated to Canada. On the outbreak of WW1 he joined up becoming a Sergeant in the 18th (Western Ontario) Battalion. He was one of those struck down by the Spanish influenza outbreak at the end of the Great War. His remains were brought home to Ballyclare. George McAllan emigrated from Dungannon to South Africa where he died in service with the RAF in 1918. In 1941 Belfast men, John Henderson and Thomas Montgomery were lost in HMS Puckeridge, a Hunt type escort destroyer. Both today’s veterans served in the North Irish Horse. Donald Graham transferred from the Horse to the RAMC. A son of the manse, he and four brothers, all doctors, served in the RAMC. Henry Whiteside, born today in 1892, saw action with the NI Horse in the retreat from Mons and the advance to the Aisne. Commissioned into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, he returned to France seeing action in the Advance to Victory offensive in the last months of the war. Photo – Tabi Tishwani Cemetery, Pretoria.

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