November 4. Arthur O’Neill from NI was first MP killed in WW1. Roll of Honour

The first Member of Parliament to be killed in action during the First World War was Captain Arthur O’Neill of Randalstown and the Life Guards on this day in 1914. Also on this day Captain Thomas Phillips from Ahoghill, an Inst, Campbell and Queen’s educated medic, who was born in Damascus died near Poperinge. Captain Phillips was home on leave from India, and on the outbreak of war was posted to Victoria Barracks. Stewart Agnew a rifleman from Upperlands serving with New Zealand Army died of illness in 1918. Edwin Toole a Royal Canadian Air Force Sergeant from Belfast died over Serbia near Belgrade in 1943. On the same day a year later Old Portoran Geoffrey Reay was lost in Halifax Bomber LW177 on a mission to Bochum when his was one of three bombers lost. Photo – Recruiting office in Clifton Street, Belfast during WW2.

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