November 1. Castlerock link to major naval battle off Chile. Roll of Honour

Today’s Roll of Honour is dominated by the loss of navy men in the Battle of Coronel in 1914 who are remembered in the Falklands Cathedral (Photo). Gervase Bruce from Castlerock was only 15 years old when he died in HMS Monmouth. Andrew Mulholland of Ballywalter played cricket for Eton and Oxford. A member of MCC, and a former NI Horse officer, he died serving with the Irish Guards at Ypres in 1914. John Sumner from Portaferry was Chief Gunner in HMTB 96 which sank after a collision in the Straits of Gibraltar in 1915. He joined the RN at age 14 and had completed 28 years of service. He served in HMS Raleigh and saw active service in West Africa and the Boxer Rebellion in China. In WW2 RAF men from Ballymena, Lurgan and Portadown are remembered at Malta, Alamein, and Runnymeade. Robert Conley born in County Armagh died serving in an anti-tank regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery in Belgium in 1944. His brother was awarded the DCF serving with the RCAF.

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