July 30. Passchendaele, Campbell College and Castlerock. Roll of Honour

Campbell College CCF Pipes and Drums at the Menin Gate, Ypres. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele – also known as The Third Battle of Ypres. Twelve former students of Campbell College, Belfast were killed during the battle. Three men from Castlerock also fell. Thomas Colgan from Ballymena was serving with the Seaforth Highlanders when he died in 1916. He was one of three men from the town who joined the regiment in May 1915. His father Thomas was also serving at the front with the Royal Irish Rifles (Ulster Division). In 1918 Daniel O’Rorke, educated at Rockport School and at Clongowes Wood College, died in service with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He is remembered on the Credence Table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church; Helen’s Bay Golf Club; Apprentices to Solicitors Memorial, Four Courts, Dublin, Holywood WM, and at Rockport School. Today’s roll also recalls Robert Brown, William Mewha, and Joseph Thompson, of RAF 502 (Ulster) Squadron whose War Memorial is in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. The service of eight WW1 Naval veterans is recorded. On this day in 1943, the liner RMS Queen Mary arrived on the Clyde from New York in her role as a Troop Ship. She was carrying 16,683 souls, the greatest number of people ever embarked in one ship. She was escorted by the Royal Navy and averaged 28 Knots during the passage.

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