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26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin The M.B.E. has been awarded to Radio Officer George Garstin, of Maghera, for gallantry when his ship was twice torpedoed. He continued to send messages to the last, and in the boats showed great cheerfulness, tending the wounded with indomitable spirit. The gallant young officer is the son of Rev W F H Garstin, M.A., of Maghera, and grandson of Rev W H Garstin, former rector of Belfast.
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26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th October 1942: (George Garstin - brother of Edward Garstin)
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin The M.B.E. has been awarded to Radio Officer George Garstin, of Maghera, for gallantry when his ship was twice torpedoed. He continued to send messages to the last, and in the boats showed great cheerfulness, tending the wounded with indomitable spirit. The gallant young officer is the son of Rev W F H Garstin, M.A., of Maghera, and grandson of Rev W H Garstin, former rector of Belfast.
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26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th October 1942: (George Garstin - brother of Richard Garstin)
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26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin The CWGC record Sergeant Richard Elleker Garstin as the son of the Rev William Fitzroy Hamilton Garstin, M.A., and Frances Dalzell Garstin, of Maghera Rectory, County Londonderry.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Sergeant Richard Elleker Garstin has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 14 of the Runnymede Memorial.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin The other three crew were Flying Officer J R H Lascelles, Pilot Officer J G I Acheson and Sergeant J T Farlowe.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Sergeant Richard Elleker Garstin was serving with the 206 Squadron of the Royal Air Force when he was killed in action on 14th October 1940.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Sergeant Richard Elleker Garstin was part of a four man crew flying a Hudson (Serial No N7362), part of 206 Squadron. The aircraft failed to return from an operational flight on 14 October 1940. All four crew were killed.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Richard Garstin attended the Rainey School in Magherafelt along with his brother John. They were 1st Form Entries in 1930. Their address was given as the Rectory in Maghera.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Known family: Rev William Fitzroy Hamilton Garstin, Frances Dalzell Garstin (nee Maitland), Edward William Maitland Garstin (born about 1910), George Kenmore Garstin (born 12th September 1914). John Hamilton Garstin (born 7th February 1915, Waterside Urban), Richard Elleker Garstin (born 18th December 1917, Waterside Urban).
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Richard Elleker Garstin was born 18th December 1917 in the Waterside area of Londonderry.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Rev William F H Garstin was a military chaplain in World War One.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin The 1910 Ulster Towns directory lists Rev W F H Garstin as the curate of All Saints' Church in Waterside in Londonderry.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Rev William F H Garstin was a chaplain at Calcutta Cathedral.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Richard Elleker Garstin was the son of William Fitzroy Hamilton Garstin and Frances Dalzell Maitland. They were married on 31st January 1910.
26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin Radio Officer George Garstin, of Maghera, had conferred by him by the King the Order of O.B.E. for gallant conduct when his ship was torpedoed. Mr Garstin is a son of Rev W F H Garstin, Rector of Maghera, and grandson of Rev W H Garstin, a former rector of St Luke’s, Belfast.
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26/01/2020 Sgt. Richard Elleker Garstin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 14th November 1942: (George Garstin - brother of Richard Garstin)
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Radio Officer George Garstin, of Maghera, had conferred by him by the King the Order of O.B.E. for gallant conduct when his ship was torpedoed. Mr Garstin is a son of Rev W F H Garstin, Rector of Maghera, and grandson of Rev W H Garstin, a former rector of St Luke’s, Belfast.
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26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 14th November 1942: (George Garstin - brother of Edward Garstin)
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26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin There is no evidence to suggest Pilot Officer Edward William Maitland Garstin ever lived in the Maghera area.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin The CWGC record Pilot Officer Edward William Maitland Garstin as the son of the Rev William Fitzroy Garstin, M.A., and of Frances Dalzell Garstin (nee Maitland). He is also recorded as the husband of Elsie Theodora Garstin of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Pilot Officer Edward William Maitland Garstin has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 69 of the Runnymede Memorial.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin The other two crew were Pilot Officer R H Browne and Pilot Officer W H Scarlett.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Pilot Officer Edward William Maitland Garstin was serving with the 82nd Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve when he was killed in action on 15th January 1942.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Pilot Officer E W M Garstin was part of a three man crew flying a Blenheim (Serial No 6378), part of 82 Squadron. The aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Soesterburg Aerodrome in Holland on 15 January 1942. All three were killed.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin By the time of World War Two Rev William F H Garstin was rector of Maghera.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Edward Garstin was the husband of Elsie Theodora Garstin.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Rev William F H Garstin was a military chaplain in World War One.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Known family: Rev William Fitzroy Hamilton Garstin, Frances Dalzell Garstin (nee Maitland), Edward William Maitland Garstin (born about 1910), George Kenmore Garstin (born 12th September 1914). John Hamilton Garstin (born 7th February 1915, Waterside Urban), Richard Elleker Garstin (born 18th December 1917, Waterside Urban).
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Edward was born about 1911. He is not listed in the 1911 census, nor in GRONI births, so it must be presumed that he was not born in Northern Ireland.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin The 1910 Ulster Towns directory lists Rev W F H Garstin as the curate of All Saints' Church in Waterside in Londonderry.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Rev William F H Garstin was a chaplain at Calcutta Cathedral.
26/01/2020 Pilot Off. Edward William M Garstin Edward William Maitland Garstin was the son of William Fitzroy Hamilton Garstin and Frances Dalzell Maitland. They were married on 31st January 1910.
20/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart A young South African pilot, Wing Commander Lawrence Robert Stewart, now serving in the Royal Air Force, is the first flying officer allowed to handle the new bomb sight. A son of the late Dr Robert Stewart of Cape Town (a Magherafelt man), and a nephew of Miss M C Stewart, Market Street, Magherafelt, Wing Commander Stewart played a vital part in developing and perfecting the first fully automatic type of British bomb sight produced.
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20/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 5th September 1942: Magherafelt - New Bomb Sight – Wing Commander Lawrence Robert Stewart (son of Dr Robert Stewart)
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Mr McNally returned thanks on behalf of the next-of-kin.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill The Coroner recorded the verdict and rider, commented on the frankness and helpfulness of the U.S. soldiers, and expressed sympathy with the relatives of the deceased, in which the D.I., the foreman of the jury and Sergeant Meenk, on behalf of the U.S. Army, associated themselves.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill A rider was added ‘that owing to the volume of present day traffic, no vehicle should be allowed to part at this place for a longer period than the time taken in its loading or unloading.’
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill The jury retired to consider their verdict, and on their return the foreman, Mr W H Brown, said that their verdict was in accordance with the medical evidence, and that no blame was attached to any party.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Dr Kerlin said that about 3pm he was called to an accident in Queen Street by the driver on American lorry. He found George Tohill lying in a pool of blood on the left hand side of the road. He was bleeding profusely from ear, nose and mouth, and was semi-conscious. The witness rendered first aid and had him removed to the Infirmary, where he died 48 hours later. (The witness was acting as locum-tenens for Dr Keatley, M.O.. Infirmary.). In his opinion, the deceased came to his death by shock and haemorrhage following extensive fracture of the base of his skull, from striking some hard substance with violence.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Sergeant Ferguson gave evidence that the deceased had been removed to hospital when the witness arrived on the scene. There was a blood mark on the road 27 feet from where the U.S. lorry was stopped on its own side of the road. The witness examined the lorry, which bore no marks that the witness could say were caused by the accident. The pedal cycle was not damaged except for the leather part of the saddle, which was slightly bent. The brakes of the cycle seemed to be in good order. The witness took statements from the driver and the sergeant seated with him in the front. As the U.S.A. vehicle was a left hand drive, in his opinion the driver would not have had much of a view of the cyclist, who was on his right when passing. The witness was also informed that the driver passed between the kerbstone and the cyclist. It was a covered vehicle and the men seated at the rear saw nothing. The driver of the vehicle was perfectly sober, and there was no smell or sign of drink on any of the soldiers. The road was in bad condition and getting into pot-holes. The centre of the road was slightly better than the sides.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Constable Wilson said that about 3.30pm on Friday an American soldier informed him that a man was knocked down in Queen Street. He went immediately and saw George Tohill lying on the road at a slight angle towards the left of the street, with his head toward The Diamond. He appeared to be unconscious and and blood was coming from his mouth and ears. The witness was informed he was knocked off his bicycle by a U.S.A. truck, which was stopped 27 feet away from where the deceased was lying. The truck was on its own side of the street. There were two stationary lorries on the left of the road, pointing towards Moneymore. The deceased must have got on his bicycle only a few minutes before he was knocked down, as he was on Joseph Dorman’s yard on business. The road was wide and Tohill was lying ten feet from the kerbstone. The American lorry appeared to have passed the cyclist on his wrong side. (The witness produced a map of the scene of the accident).
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill The witness (to Mr McNally) - the driver did not blow his horn, as he thought there was no necessity.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Mr McNally – If the accident had happened at the rear of the first parked lorry, the deceased would not have come from the lorries.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill To Mr McNally – He was not actually sure that the cyclist came from the right.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill To Mr McNally – The American rule of the road was different. He was not instructed to overtake traffic and driving at 15mph could stop in five or ten feet.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Virgil H Meenk, Sergeant Signal Corps, US Army, said he was with the previous witness on the truck sitting on the right of the driver. As they approached Magherafelt the speed was lowered tom 20mph and when travelling down Queen Street it was still further reduced to between 10 and 15 mph. He saw the cyclist and there was no reason why the truck should not pass him. The truck was on the left side of the road and so was the cyclist. After passing the cyclist, the witness heard a thud at the rear of the truck. The driver stopped immediately. The driver and the witness went to the rear of the truck and saw the cyclist lying on the road behind the rear right wheel. The witness wet for the doctor and the cyclist was removed to hospital. The witness would say that the right rear wheel had passed (over) the cyclist. There were two vehicles parked on the right hand side of the road facing in the opposite direction when he saw the cyclist first. The witness would say that the cyclist came from the right kerb where the lorries were.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Mervyn A Hummel, Warrant Officer, U.S.A. Force, said he was driving an army truck. He had left Omagh at 1pm and travelled via Omagh to Magherafelt. He stopped at Moneymore for supplies that being his only stopping place. As he approached Magherafelt, he slowed down to 20 mph and in the street where the accident occurred haw was driving about 15 mph. Coming towards The Diamond he noticed a rider on a pedal cycle going in the same direction on his right side of the road. As this pedal cycle was not in his way and on the right side of the road, the witness passed him on his right. The cyclist was six or eight feet from the witness’s right. The front of the vehicle cleared the cyclist, but a few seconds after passing, the witness heard a rumbling around at the rear. The witness stopped and went to the rear, where he found the cyclist at the right of the truck. Sergeant Meenk was seated in the front of the vehicle with the witness. The cyclist must have made an abrupt turning after the truck had passed him, as he was about six feet to the right when the witness saw him. The witness sent for the doctor.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Alexander Monaghan, a motor mechanic working in Mr Wilson’s garage in Queen Street, said he was working at a lorry on Friday afternoon and was looking towards The Diamond. He saw a United States Army lorry going past and the deceased, on a bicycle, passed him. The lorry was on the left of the road, going towards The Diamond and close to the kerb. It was travelling ast a moderate speed. The witness saw the lorry passing Tohill, who was then cycling on the left centre of the road. There was plenty of room on the side the deceased was on, and going towards The Diamond. The lorry passed between the deceased and the footpath. The font of the lorry had passed the deceased when some part of the lorry behind the front mudguard appeared to touch him. The deceased put out his hand towards the lorry and tried to push himself out. The deceased got off his balance and then disappeared out of view of the witness behind the lorry. He was carried off the bicycle by the rear of the lorry. The lorry stopped a short distance off and the witness saw George Tohill lying on the road.
19/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Dr Cousley, Coroner for the Barony of Loughinshollin, held an inquest with a jury consisting of Messrs W H Brown (foreman), Francis Morgan, Patrick Maguire, Herbert Harkness, Henry Murphy, William J McFlynn and John Logan. District Inspector Stratford examined the witnesses and McNally, solicitor, appeared for the next-of-kin. James Joseph Tohill identified the body as that of his brother George. The witness last saw his brother alive at 1pm on Friday and he was then in his usual health.
18/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill A gloom was cast over the town during the weekend at the news that George Tohill had been seriously injured when cycling in Queen Street on Friday afternoon. This increased tom intense regret on Sunday when the news of his death was reported. A most popular young man, quiet, reserved, but kindly and obliging, he was an example to his colleagues who turned up in full force with the general public at his funeral on Monday. Sincere sympathy is expressed to his siters and brothers, his aunt, and other relatives.
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18/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 29th August 1942:
18/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill Mr George Tohill, of Queen Street, Magherafelt, received fatal injuries on Friday evening when cycling in the Diamond, in a collision with an American military truck. Apparently he lost his balance and fell on the ground and a wheel of the lorry passes over him, inflicting injuries from which he died in Magherafelt Infirmary on Sunday evening. The deceased was 32 years of age and unmarried.
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18/01/2020 Civilian George Tohill From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 29th August 1942: Fatal Street Accident – Magherafelt Man Killed – The Inquest
18/01/2020 Pte. John Porter Mr and Mrs John Porter, of Union Road, Magherafelt, have received official intimation that their son, John Porter, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been wounded and is in hospital in Burma (war casualty). With the letter was expressed the sympathy and regret of the Army Council. Mr Porter, an ex-soldier who served in the Great War, has another son and a son-in-law on active service.
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18/01/2020 Pte. John Porter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd August 1942: Magherafelt
18/01/2020 Pte. John Porter Mr and Mrs John Porter, of Union Road, Magherafelt, have received official intimation that their son, John Porter, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been wounded and is in hospital in Burma (war casualty). With the letter was expressed the sympathy and regret of the Army Council. Mr Porter, an ex-soldier who served in the Great War, has another son and a son-in-law on active service.
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18/01/2020 Pte. John Porter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd August 1942: Magherafelt
18/01/2020 Pte. John Porter Mr and Mrs John Porter, of Union Road, Magherafelt, have received official intimation that their son, John Porter, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been wounded and is in hospital in Burma (a battle casualty). In the letter was expressed the sympathy and regret of the Army Council.
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18/01/2020 Pte. John Porter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th August 1942: Magherafelt
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox The CWGC record Lance Bombardier Thomas Hugh Lennox as the son of Hugh and Agnes Jane Lennox. He is also listed as the husband of Mary Lennox of Castledawson, County Londonderry.
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox Lance Bombardier T H Lennox is buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. His inscription reads: EVER REMEMBERED BY HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, STATION ROAD, CASTLEDAWSON, CO. DERRY, N. IRELAND
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox Lance Bombardier Thomas Hugh Lennox was killed accidently by an Egyptian Army truck in the Middle East on 11th December 1941.
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox Lance Bombardier Thomas Hugh Lennox served with the 26th Battery, 9th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment of the Royal Artillery in World War Two.
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox Thomas Hugh Lennox was the husband of Mary Lennox of Station Road, Castledawson, County Londonderry.
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox Thomas Hugh Lennox was the son of Hugh and Agnes Jane Lennox. He was born about 1903.
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox ‘I am the chaplain who buried him, tom was one of my greatest friends out here, and he was my right hand man in everything connected with church services and getting things ready for me on Sundays. Last March (1941), he came to Cairo with me, and we did a broadcast in the Empire programme for St Patrick’s Day, perhaps you heard it. Tom was a man we could ill afford to part with. He was the friend of all, kind and considerate to all, and kept people smiling and in good spirits when often life was not too easy. Our loss here is great, but yours is greater still. I sympathise with you and yours from the bottom of my heart, and I pray God will give you strength to carry on during the days that lie ahead. If there is anything you want or that I can do, please don’t hesitate to let me know,’
11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox Mrs T H Lennox, of Station Road, Castledawson, whose husband, Lance Bombardier T H Lennox was accidently killed by an Egyptian Army truck in the Middle East on 11th December 1941, has received a letter of sympathy from Captain L W Crooks, Chaplain to the Forces (C.F.) who wrote:-
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11/01/2020 L/Bombdr Thomas Hugh Lennox From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th April 1942:
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10/01/2020 Corp David Montgomery The CWGC record Corporal David Montgomery as the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Montgomery of Upperlands, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
10/01/2020 Corp David Montgomery Corporal David Montgomery is buried in Naples War Cemetery in Italy. His inscription reads: GONE TO BE WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER
10/01/2020 Corp David Montgomery Corporal David Montgomery was serving with 2nd Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment when he died on 25th February 1944. He was 22 years old.
10/01/2020 Corp David Montgomery Corporal David Montgomery served with the North Staffordshire Regiment in World War Two.
10/01/2020 Corp David Montgomery Known family: Alexander Montgomery, Elizabeth Montgomery, David Montgomery (born about 1922). William Montgomery (born about 1925).
10/01/2020 Corp David Montgomery David Montgomery was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Montgomery. He was born about 1922.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery The CWGC record Gunner William Montgomery as the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Montgomery of Upperlands, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Gunner William Montgomery is buried in Benghazi War Cemetery in Libya. His inscription reads: FOR EVER WITH THE LORD.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Gunner William Montgomery was serving with 6th Independent Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (6 Indep. Lt. A.A. Regt) when he died on 26th November 1941. He was 26 years old.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Gunner William Montgomery served with the Royal Artillery in World War Two.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Known family: Alexander Montgomery, Elizabeth Montgomery, David Montgomery (born about 1922). William Montgomery (born about 1925).
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery William Montgomery was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Montgomery. He was born about 1925.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Sir Knight Alexander Montgomery of Upperlands R.B.P. No 1137, on the death of his son, Gunner William Montgomery, killed in action.
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery the widow of the late Sir Knight William Leanney, of Moneymore R.B.P. No 313
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Sir Knight John Patterson, R.W.M., of Kilrea R.B.P. No 586 on the tragic death of Constable McGeehan, his brother-in-law
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery Sir Knight John Gourley, D.D.M., in the vice-chair. Votes of condolence with Sir Knight Edmond Speers, of Knockloughrim R.B.P. No 746, on the death of his brother-in-law;
10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery The quarterly meeting of South Derry District Royal Black Chapter No 4 was held in Boveedy Orange Hall on Thursday evening, Sir Knight William Bradley, R.W.D.M., in the chair, with
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10/01/2020 Gnr William Montgomery From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 28th March 1942: South Derry Royal Black Chapter
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann William Church Mann is also commemorated on the family headstone in Castledawson Parish Church Cemetery.
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10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann ‘Richard Robinson Mann, Royal Navy, aged 29 years, died 20th July 1955 and was interred in this churchyard. He served his country in the Fleet Air Arm 1942-45. Dearly beloved sons of John K and Nellie Mann, Hillhead, Castledawson.’
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann It also lists William’s brother:-
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann ‘Sacred to the Memory of Flying Officer William Church Mann, R.A.F., aged 22 years, who gave his life in the service of his country. 23rd November 1944. And wa interred in Naples British Military Cemetery’
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10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann There is a memorial plaque in Castledawson Parish Church. It reads:-
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10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th March 1942:
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann William attended the Rainey School in Magherafelt between 1936 and 1939.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann The CWGC record Flying Officer (Pilot) William Church Mann as the son of John K and Nellie Mann of Castledawson, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann Flying Officer (Pilot) William Church Mann is buried in Naples War Cemetery in Italy.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann On 23rd November 1944, it seems that Flying Officer (Pilot) Mann was on board Expeditor II (Serial No HB250), which flew into high ground near Naples during a ferry flight in low cloud. All on board were killed. The exact details were never confirmed.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann Flying Officer (Pilot) Mann served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Force in World War Two.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann Cadet Mann specialised in fighter training, and included in his course of instruction were aerial and ground gunnery, tactical and combat formations and high altitude missions.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann William went to America and trained as a pilot. He graduated from the Advanced Flying School, Alabama, U.S.A. He was awarded his diploma and U.S. Army Air Corps and R.A.F ‘wings’ insignia by Lieutenant Colonel Haddon.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann William Mann was born about 1922.
10/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann William Church Mann was the son of John K and Nellie Mann of Hillhead, Castledawson.
09/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Patrick Mulholland is not listed in the CWGC.
09/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland It is not known where Patrick Mulholland is buried.
09/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Patrick Mulholland of Gortinure, Maghera, a farmer aged 72 years, was knocked down by a military motor cycle on the Grillagh side of Maghera railway on Tuesday 24th February 1942. He sustained injuries from which he died later in the day.
08/01/2020 Fly Off William Church Mann Mr William C Mann (son of Mr and Mrs J K Mann of Hillhead, Castledawson), was a member of the seventh Aviation Cadet class to be graduated from the Advanced Flying School, Alabama, U.S.A. He was awarded his diploma and U.S. Army Air Corps and R.A.F ‘wings’ insignia by Lieutenant Colonel Haddon, at a brief but impressive graduation ceremony held at the post recently. Cadet Mann specialised in fighter training, and included in his course of instruction were aerial and ground gunnery, tactical and combat formations and high altitude missions.
08/01/2020 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. Mrs Sarah M Boal of Tobermore, a teacher in Magherafelt Parochial P.E. School, has received intimation that her husband, Lieutenant William J Boal, D.C.M., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (A), a native of Belfast, and formerly of 227 Ravenhill Avenue, has been killed while on active service.
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08/01/2020 Lieut William James Boal D.C.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 7th March 1942: Ulster D.C.M. Killed
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Mr Burns, on behalf of the relatives of the deceased, thanked the Coroner and the D.I. for their sympathetic remarks.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Dr Cousley expressed his sympathy with the widow and son of the deceased. Sudden deaths such as this were very regrettable, and the tragedy of a fatal accident was a sorrowful memory to those who were left to mourn the sudden bereavement. The D.I. associated himself with the Coroner’s remarks. The experience of a sudden death was one long remembered in a family.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Owing to the absence of the military cyclist, the D.I. said there was not sufficient evidence to conclude the enquiry, and he would ask for an adjournment, until the cyclist had recovered.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Constable Murray produced a sketch map of the scene of the accident. There were blood marks and a petrol stain on the road, and another blood mark at the ditch where the cyclist was flung off his bicycle. Scrapes on the concrete road were visible. The witness found two large overcoat buttons, civilian type, about sixteen feet from where the accident took place. The motor cyclist was still in hospital and unable to be present at the inquest.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland To Mr Burns – The convoy was a long one. Two of the buses had passed the deceased and seemed to be going at a reasonable speed. When these two buses had passed, the witness saw the deceased fifty yards off. He did not notice the motor cyclist, but heard the noise of the engine before the crash. There was a bus of the convoy opposite the deceased when the witness saw him first from Gray’s Corner. In the opinion of the witness, the deceased would not have attempted to cross in front of the lorries. The accident took place when the deceased was about six feet out from the grass verge.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Dr Keatley, Medical Officer of Magherafelt Infirmary, gave evidence of seeing the deceased after admission. He was suffering from a fracture to the base of the skull and leg injury. The cause of death was shock and haemorrhage due to fracture of the skull. Constable McMenamin, of Swatragh, said that about 11.10 a.m. on Tuesday, he was on duty on the Swatragh-Maghera road when a convoy of military buses passed him, and he saw a military cyclist come into contact with a pedestrian, who was knoecked down. The man was Patrick Mulholland, of Gortinure. The cyclist, who he afterwards learned was Lance Corporal Matthews, was thrown off his bicycle onto the road. Both men were injured and attended by a military doctor who was with the convoy. The deceased was conveyed in a military vehicle to Magherafelt Infirmary and the cyclist was taken by military to a hospital. The witness did not see the deceased cross the road, but saw the cyclist crash into the man, who was walking towards Maghera. The convoy of buses was going in the opposite direction towards Swatragh, having come from Maghera.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Patrick Mulholland (son of the deceased), said his father was an active man for his years. He did not remember him suffering from any serious illness. His sight and hearing were both good. He last saw him alive in the Magherafelt Infirmary, and was present when he died, and he identified the body as that of his father.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland D.I. Stratford represented the Crown, and Mr R E Burns, L.L.B., solicitor, appeared for the next-of-kin.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Dr Cousley, coroner for Loughinshollin, attended at Magherafelt Workhouse and held an inquiry into the circumstances of the man’s death.
08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland Patrick Mulholland of Gortinure, Maghera, a farmer aged 72 years, was knocked down by a military motor cycle on the Grillagh side of Maghera railway on Tuesday forenoon, and sustained injuries from which he died later in the day. The cyclist, Lance Corporal Matthews, was also injured.
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08/01/2020 Civilian Patrick Mulholland From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 28th February 1942: Cycling Tragedy near Maghera
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08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Official intimation has been received from the Admiralty that First Class Stoker Robert George McCahon is missing. He was serving on H.M.S. Dunedin. The missing sailor, aged 30, was the third son of Mr and Mrs James McCahon, of Crewe, Culnady, and formerly of Tamlaght-O’Crilly district. He went to work in England five years ago and joined the Royal Navy over two years ago. Educated at Culnady P.E. School, he was a member of Culnady Protestant Flute Band and of Culnady Presbyterian Church. The news that he has been missing for a considerable time has caused keen regret in his native district. His late father was an esteemed member of Ulster Defenders L.O.L. No. 228.
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08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st January 1942: Captain R A Stewart, R.A.M.C., Cape Town
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon A HMS Dunedin Memorial plinth and oak was dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum on 26th July 2003.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon First Class Stoker Robert George McCahon has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 55 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Hampshire.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Only four officers and 63 men survived out of Dunedin's crew of 486 officers and men. First Class Stoker Robert George McCahon was one of those who died. He was 30 years old.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon On 24th November 1941 HMS Dunedin was attacked in the South Atlantic by a U-boat and was hit by two torpedoes and sunk.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon First Class Stoker Robert George McCahon served on the light cruiser H.M.S. Dunedin.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Around February 1939, Robert George McCahon joined the Royal Navy.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Around 1936, Robert George McCahon went to work in England.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Robert was a member of Culnady Protestant Flute Band and of Culnady Presbyterian Church. His father was a member of Ulster Defenders L.O.L. No. 228.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Robert was educated at Culnady P.E. School.
08/01/2020 Stoker Robert George McCahon Robert George McCahon was the third son of James McCahon. He was born about 1911. The family lived in Tamlaght-O’Crilly and then in of Crewe, Culnady, in the Upperlands area.
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07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart Captain Robert Alexander Stewart died of illness on 22nd January 1942. He was 64 years old.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart Early in 1940 Captain Robert Alexander Stewart entered World War Two and served with the South African Medical Corps until he became ill.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart His brother was Mr James Stewart, a solicitor who lived in Ballymena.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart He was married to Alice Stewart. Alice Lawrence was the adopted daughter of Brown Lawrence, a South African magnate, also of Magherafelt extraction.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart After the Boer War he returned home for a short visit, but went back to Cape Town, where he established an extensive medical practice.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart Dr Robert Stewart served in Boer War. He joined up and went to the Transvaal and acted as Civil Surgeon to the Field Forces until the cessation of hostilities in 1902.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart The news of the death of Captain Stewart, which was made known by cable from Cape Town, to his sister, Miss Mary C Stewart of Market Square, Magherafelt, on 22nd January, created sincere regret among his many relatives and friends, and heartfelt sympathy with Miss Stewart and his brother, Mr James Stewart, solicitor, of Ballymena. The deceased had just graduated at the Royal University, Dublin, in 1899, at the outbreak of the Boer War. He joined up and went to the Transvaal and acted as Civil Surgeon to the Field Forces until the cessation of hostilities in 1902. He returned home for a short visit, but went back to Cape Town, where he established an extensive practice. Early in 1940 he entered the present war and served with the R.A.M.C. until illness prevented his useful activities and finally put an end to the life of a very clever medical practitioner. His widow is the adopted daughter of the late Mr Brown Lawrence, a South African magnate, also of Magherafelt extraction. Before her marriage to Dr Stewart, she, with her parents, visited Magherafelt, all three being guests of the late Mr John Walsh, of The Hotel. The late Captain Stewart’s only son, Lawrence Robert Stewart, is a Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force. His brother, the later Dr Joseph Stewart, of Ballymena, also acted as surgeon with the Field Forces during the Boer War.
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07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st January 1942: Captain R A Stewart, R.A.M.C., Cape Town
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart STEWART – 22nd January 1942, at Cape Town, South Africa, Captain Robert Alexander Stewart, Royal Army Medical Corps (R.A.M.C.), beloved husband of Alice Stewart and youngest son of the late Robert and Margaret J Stewart, Market Square, Magherafelt. Deeply regretted. (By cable)
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07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 31st January 1942:
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart Captain Robert Alexander Stewart is listed on Cape Town (Maitland) Cremation Memorial in South Africa.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart The 1901 census and 1911 census list his father and sister living in Market Street, Magherafelt. His father was a clothier.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart The 1901 census lists Robert A as age 22, boarding at house 25.1 in Fredrick Street, Belfast. He was a medical student.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart Known family: Robert Stewart, Margaret J Stewart, Robert Alexander Stewart (born about 1878, County Derry), Mary Carolina Stewart (born about 1882), James Stewart.
07/01/2020 Capt Robert Alexander Stewart Robert Alexander Stewart was the youngest son of Robert and Margaret J Stewart. He was born about 1878 in County Derry.
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