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21/09/2020 Chief Eng Frederick William Forbes Chief Engineer Frederick William Forbes is commemorated locally on a granite memorial tablet in St John’s Church, Woods Parish.
21/09/2020 Chief Eng Frederick William Forbes Two memorial tablets in St John’s Church, Woods Parish, were dedicated by Rev Canon Moeran. One tablet of brass is in memory of eight members of the church who fell and twenty-six others who served. The other was a granite slab in memory of Frederick William Forbes, Chief Engineer of a vessel which was torpedoed by a man submarine on 11th April 1918. At the dedication were the Rev F H Kinch, M.A., Ballinderry; Rev James Bloomer, M.A., of Magherafelt, and Rev G Bloomer, B.A., of Woods.
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21/09/2020 Chief Eng Frederick William Forbes From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th May 1945: The British Legion
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry Mr J Burnside, J.P., presided and opened the meeting with the customary tribute to fallen comrades. He expressed his pleasure at seeing so many members present, and thanked them for their kind sympathy during the illness of Mrs Burnside. The members deeply regretted to learn of the death of Comrade David Henry of Tobermore, only recently discharged from the army, and also of the bereavement of Comrade M Henry, of Bellaghy, by the death of his father.
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21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th May 1945: The British Legion
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry As Pastor Boggs concluded the service, the guard of honour came to attention, and three volleys were fired as a last salute.
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry The service in the home and at the graveside were conducted by Pastor R A Boggs, who spoke of the deceased’s high character. ‘That day’, he said, ‘they were laying to rest one who had been a soldier, and a brave soldier – one who was loyal to his King and country, and had staked his life in their defence. They were also laying to rest one was a good soldier of the King of Kings.”
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry The funeral to Tobermore Parish Church Cemetery took place on Friday 12th May. A guard of honour was provided by B Company of the Home Guard and servicemen on furlough, and Captain Wilkinson, Bombardier J Richardson, Royal Artillery, Privates W Richardson, Royal Artillery, John McGonigle, H Brownlow and H Hasson, U.H.G, acted as pallbearers. The guard of honour was commanded by R.S.M. McMillan.
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry He was a staunch democrat and a friend of the labouring man and of the unemployed, whose cause he often pleaded before the Labour Boards. He was respected by everyone who knew him for his honesty and integrity.
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry Private Henry recovered a little and was discharged, but his condition deteriorated afterwards.
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry At D-Day he proceeded to France. Whilst there he was buried in a trench from the explosion of a shell. As a result he contracted serious stomach trouble and had to undergo several major operations in England. So serious was his condition that his wife was sent for.
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry Although well over the age for active service, David Henry had joined the Pioneers early in the war and after training, he served for a long period in Iceland.
21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry Gloom was cast over the concluding festivities of VE-Day by the death on Wednesday week of Mr David Henry. Although well over the age for active service, Mr Henry had joined the Pioneers early in the war and after training, he served for a long period in Iceland. At D-Day he proceeded to France. When there he was buried in a trench from the explosion of a shell. As a result he contracted serious stomach trouble and had to undergo several major operations in England. So serious was his condition that his wife was sent for. Afterwards he recovered a little and was discharged, but soon got worse. He was a staunch democrat and a friend of the labouring man and of the unemployed, whose cause he often pleaded before the Labour Boards. He was respected by everyone who knew him for his honesty and integrity. The funeral to Tobermore Parish Church Cemetery on Friday evening was represented by all sections of the community. A guard of honour was provided by B Company of the Home Guard and servicemen on furlough, and Captain Wilkinson, Bombardier J Richardson, Royal Artillery, Privates W Richardson, Royal Artillery, John McGonigle, H Brownlow and H Hasson, U.H.G, acted as pallbearers. The guard of honour was commanded by R.S.M. McMillan. The service in the home and at the graveside were conducted by Pastor R A Boggs, who spoke of the deceased’s high character. ‘That day’, he said, ‘they were laying to rest one who had been a soldier, and a brave soldier – one who was loyal to his King and country, and had staked his life in their defence. They were also laying to rest one was a good soldier of the King of Kings.” As Pastor Boggs concluded the service, the guard of honour came to attention, and three volleys were fired as a last salute. The deepest sympathy of everyone goes out to Mrs Henry in her deep loss.
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21/09/2020 Pte. David Henry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19th May 1945: Death of Gallant Tobermore Soldier
20/09/2020 Pte. John McCay Torrens However, in September 2020, Brendan Sands, a great-nephew of Allston Neely, informed us that the two need to be reversed. This has now been done.
20/09/2020 R/man Allston Neely However, in September 2020, Brendan Sands, a great-nephew of Allston Neely, informed us that the two need to be reversed. This has now been done.
20/09/2020 R/man Allston Neely The photo is of Private John Torrens and Rifleman Allston Neely. From their enlistment papers, John Torrens was 5’4. Allston Neely was 5’8. It was assumed that Torrens was on the left and Neely on the right.
20/09/2020 Pte. John McCay Torrens The photo is of Private John Torrens and Rifleman Allston Neely. From their enlistment papers, John Torrens was 5’4. Allston Neely was 5’8. It was assumed that Torrens was on the left and Neely on the right.
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06/09/2020 Aircraftman Norman Stewart Starritt The family lived at Stranagard, Desertmartin.
06/09/2020 Aircraftman Norman Stewart Starritt STARRITT – 4th March 1945, at the hospital, Whiteabbey, Norman Stewart, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, dearly loved youngest son of Joseph and Sarah Starritt, Stranagard, Desertmartin, County Derry.
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06/09/2020 Aircraftman Norman Stewart Starritt From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 10th March 1945: Roll of Honour
06/09/2020 Aircraftman Norman Stewart Starritt Aircraftman 2nd Class Norman Stewart Starritt was serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve when he died on active service at Whiteabbey Hospital on 4th March 1945.
06/09/2020 Aircraftman Norman Stewart Starritt Norman Stewart Starritt was the youngest son of Joseph and Sarah Starritt. He was born about 1918.
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