October 10. RN compass inventor lost in RMS Leinster. Roll of Honour

Colin Campbell, a Royal Navy officer from Dungannon was at the cutting edge of compass development. He, his wife, and child were lost when a U-boat sank the mailship Leinster between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire. Today’s Roll includes five from NI who were lost. Edward McGlynn from Armagh had been married a week prior to his loss. A contemporary newspaper report of the honours at his funeral gives a poignant insight into Armagh society. In 1916 Irish Guardsmen Robert Keith from Castlerock and Edward Phair from Portrush died in Belgium. Bobbie Burke an Aircraftsman from Portstewart who died in 1918 was a founding member of the RAF. His father William was a driver of the Portstewart tram which linked the town to the railway to Portrush and Coleraine. On the same day, John McKeown from Ardboe fell in the USA’s 327th Infantry Regiment during the U.S. Army’s biggest engagement in World War 1, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Edward Benson from Ballymoney is one of today’s veterans. The son of Canon and Mrs. Benson, of Ballymoney Rectory he served with the Royal Naval Air Service’s Armoured Car division in Europe and later in Russia.

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