November 5. Lord Annesley RN fought in air and on land. Roll of Honour

Included in today’s Roll from WW1 is Lord Annesley of Castlewellan who was Northern Ireland’s first naval aviator fatality. Brothers James and Andrew Gaston were medical officers from Cloughmills who both were awarded the MC. James died on this day in 1918. Elizabeth Watson a QA nurse from Dromore died on the same day in France. She is named on the Nurses of WW1 Memorial at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. In 1940 Richard Curry from Coagh, a naval signalman, was in HMS Jervis Bay when she was lost in battle with German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer. In 1943 Charles Milnes-Gaskell a special forces SOE Liaison Officer with Russian N.K.V.D. died in an air crash returning from Moscow. He is remembered in Dungannon Parish Church. Today’s veterans – Robert Allen from Limavady was awarded the DSM ‘for services in submarines in enemy waters’. William Todd who was born in Coleraine on this day in 1897 served in the Royal Marine Light Infantry. Photo – Arrangement for Royal Irish Regiment Service of Remembrance, Belfast Cathedral

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