January 25. Female medical trailblazer. HMS Laurentic. Roll of Honour

Isabel Addley Tate is the only woman to be named on the Queen’s University War Memorial. One of the first women graduates in medicine she died serving in a Military Hospital in Malta this day in 1917. On the same day, the Laurentic hit a mine off Lough Swilly. Seven from NI were lost including Robert Reid from Balnamore and Thomas Steele from Gilford and Bangor. Kenneth Adams left the Royal Artillery to join the RAF. In 1942 the former Rockport and Campbell College student was in a plane hit in error by a ship’s anti-aircraft guns. Ellen Plant of Belfast became a widow within 16 months when her husband Samuel was lost in HM Submarine Olympus. John Dumigan from Carrickfergus was lost in a Murmansk convoy in 1944. In 1946 Limavady Gunner Samuel McFarland of the 9th Derry Regiment succumbed to war wounds.

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