January 25. Queen’s female medical trailblazer. HMS Laurentic lost off Swilly. Roll of Honour

Isabel Addley Tate is the only woman to be named on the Queen’s University War Memorial. Isobel Addey Tate lived and died before women had the vote. The path she chose was not a simple or easy one but women like her did much to alter the way women were to live and work in the 20th century. One of the first woman graduates in medicine she died serving in a Military Hospital in Malta this day in 1917. On the same day the Laurentic hit a mine off Lough Swilly. Seven from NI were lost including Robert Reid from Balnamore and Thomas Steele from Gilford and Bangor. Kenneth Adams left the Royal Artillery to join the RAF. In 1942 the former Rockport and Campbell College student was in a plane hit in error by a ship’s anti-aircraft guns. Ellen Plant of Belfast became a widow within 16 months when her husband Samuel was lost in HM Submarine Olympus. John Dumigan from Carrickfergus was lost in a Murmansk convoy in 1944. In 1946 Limavady Gunner Samuel McFarland of 9th Derry Regiment succumbed to war wounds. Today’s veteran is Coleraine-born Robert Sinclair Knox who was an officer in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the First World War. He was one of seven British officers to be awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) four times during the conflict. Knox became Deputy Lieutenant for County Londonderry in August 1938. He was also chairman of the Coleraine harbour commissioners. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Engineers in Second World War, finally retiring in 1949.

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