October 1. 1,816 POWs lost in Japanese ship sinking. Roll of Honour

Twelve remembered today rest in Dadizeele New British Cemetery (Photo), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. They died this day in 1918 near Hill 41 in one of the fiercest engagements of WW1. Most of them served in the Royal Irish Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Rifles. There is an account of the action in the entry for William Dundas from Derrygonnelly and formerly of the North Irish Horse. William Graham was another fatality. After attending RBAI and QUB where he was a member of the Training Corps, he was commissioned and married in 1917. The entry for William Minnis is enlightening. He served in the South Africa War with the Inniskilling Fusiliers. He emigrated to Canada and reenlists. He and his brother were named on Belfast’s Crumlin Road Methodist Church WM. In WW2 Joe McKee of Richhill died serving in HM Submarine Thunderbolt. Royal Artilleryman Samuel Boyce from Portadown died in Hong Kong. Edward Morrison was one of 1,816 Japanese POWs lost when a US submarine torpedoed a ship that was taking them from Singapore to Japan. The American military was not aware of the Prisoners on board and attacked the unmarked, heavily armed vessel with 778 Japanese military personnel on deck. Veteran William Matchett was sent home from WW1. He had forged his age. He did so again and in fact, served for 22 years including the final push into Germany in WW2. Another Veteran William McCugan lost his right leg in 1918. Son of a Portstewart tram driver, he lived until October 1968 and is remembered on the parish WM.

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