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29 May 1917 News of the Day

Transcribed by Jane from The Northern Whig Tuesday, May 29, 1917

Ulster and the War.
Doctors in Despatches.
Well-known Names “Mentioned.”

Officer Casualties.
A further instalment of Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig’s list of mentions in despatches, covering the medical and nursing services, includes the following names: –

Army Medical Service.

BROWNE, Colonel E.G., C.B., youngest son of the late Mr. William Browne, Killymaddy House, Dungannon, and a member of a family of soldiers which has distinguished itself during the present war.

CASEMENT, Captain F., M.B., R.A.M.C., son of Mr. Roger Casement, J.P., Mahevin Temple, Ballycastle.

GREIG, Colonel F.J., Assistant Director, Medical Services, Ulster Division.

Royal Army Medical Corps.

BROWNE, Captain T.W., son of Mr. T.J. Browne, Local Government Board inspector, and a member of the well-known Dungannon family.

CADDELL, Lieutenant-Colonel E.D., M.C., M.B., fourth son of Lieutenant-Colonel H. Caddell, late Royal Irish Fusiliers, and a well-known international Rugby football player.

CARSON, Captain F., M.B., and Captain H., M.B., sons of Mr. Thomas Carson, The Knowe, Larne.

DUNBAR, Lieutenant-Colonel B.H.V., M.D., went to the front from Belfast as medical officer of the 1st Dorsets, prior to which he resided in Cliftonville Avenue.

LINDSAY, Lieutenant-Colonel C.H., C.M.G., M.D., son of the late Mr. Stewart Lindsay, Bellaghy, County Tyrone. He served with distinction at the Dardanelles before going to France.

M’CREADY, Captain W., M.B., F.R.C.S.I., son of the late Rev. E. M’C. M’Cready, Ballynahinch, and Mrs. M’Cready, Inniscleraun, Malone Road, Belfast

MAGILL, Lieutenant-Colonel R., M.B., Special Reserve, in command of one of the field ambulances of the Ulster Division.

PICKEN, Captain S.E., M.B., son of the late Dr. James Picken, Hazelbank, Randalstown, and Mrs. Picken, Richmond, Antrim Road, whose work in connection with the Donegall Quay Buffet for soldiers and sailors is well known. Captain PICKEN took his degree in the Queen’s University of Belfast, and immediately accepted a commission in the R.A.M.C. He is medical officer of the Derry Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

STEWART, Lieutenant-Colonel H., M.C., M.B., eldest son of the late Captain Hugh Stewart, of the 39th and 22nd Foot, and grandson of the late Sir Hugh Stewart Bart., M.P., Ballygawley. His brother, Lieutenant H. St. G. Stewart, is in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and they are nephews of Mrs. St. George, Lisburn.

TEWKESBURY, Quartermaster and Hon. Lieutenant J., belongs to Belfast, and was connected with the North Belfast Mission.

Other Officers Mentioned.
Amongst officers mentioned in previous lists were : –

BEATTY, Captain (now Major) William J., A.S.C., the Irish international Rugby forward, who is a son of Mr. George Beatty, 21, University Street, Belfast. Captain Beatty is the old Sydenham and North of Ireland Rugby forward, who gained his cap in 1912.

FERGUSON, Lieutenant Alexander, mentioned in despatches, is the son of a Limavady man, the late Mr. John Ferguson, whose sister, Mrs. Scott, now resides at Cross-na-Donnell, Limavady. Mrs. Scott is a cousin of the Right Hon. William Ferguson Massey, P.C., New Zealand Prime Minister. Lieutenant Ferguson has been a quarter of a century in the
army, and has seen service in the Boer war.

M’CANCE, Captain H.B., general list, a son of Mr. J.S.F. M’Cance, J.P., Woodbourne, Suffolk, Dunmurry, chairman of the Antrim County Council. Captain M’Cance is a member of the North of Ireland Cricket Club.

ROBINSON, Major Noel Stafford, R.F.A., son-in-law of Sir John B. Johnston, Londonderry. He is a partner in the firm of Messrs. Robinson, Brown & Co., shipowners.

ROBINSON, Captain (now Major) Harold C., A.S.C., second son of the late Mr. Edward Robinson, J. P., Lisnara, Whiteabbey, and member of the firm of Robinson & Cleaver, Ltd. A noted athlete while at Cambridge University, Major Robinson was a member of the County Antrim polo team. He was married in 1907 to a daughter of the late Alderman
Lawther, and resides at Bawnmore, Whitehouse.

ROSS, Lieutenant J., A.S.C., son of Mr. Alex. Ross, of the Sun Laundry Co., Ltd., York Street, Belfast and Larne. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Little & M’Clean, Ltd., Church Lane, Belfast, and was afterwards for a time in the firm in York Street before entering the army.

WATSON, Captain J., A.S.C., son of Mr. James Watson, of Strabane and Londonderry.

The Roll of Honour.

Captain Hon. H.J. ATKINSON
Captain the Hon. Hector John ATKINSON, Royal Irish Fusiliers, whose death took place on Saturday in Dublin, was the third son of Lord Atkinson, formerly Attorney-General and Unionist member for North Derry. Born in 1879, Captain Atkinson was educated at Trinity, and entered the army in 1900, serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers (Queen’s medal with three clasps and King’s with two clasps) in the Boer war. He took part in the earlier fighting in France, and was subsequently on home duty, serving for a considerable period in 1915-1916 at Victoria Barracks, Belfast, and subsequently in Dublin.

Lieut. P.H. BROOKE, R.N.
Lieutenant Patrick Harry BROOKE, R.N., whose death is reported, belonged to the well-known County Fermanagh family, being the third son of Captain H.V. Brooke, D.L., Fairley, Aberdeen, and grandson of the late Sir Arthur Brooke, Bart., of Colebrook Park, County Fermanagh. He was 22 years of age, and is the third son Captain Brooke has lost during the war, the others being Captain Otto Brooke, V.C., Gordon Highlanders, and Captain H. Brian Brooke, Gordon Highlanders, killed in action while leading a company at the capture of Mametz, while a son-in-law, Captain C. NAPIER Cameron Highlanders, has also been killed in action.

The Rank and File.

Private Patrick M’GEARY, Royal Field Artillery, who has been killed in action, had served from the outbreak of war, having been called up on the Special Reserve. He belonged to Union Place, Dungannon.

Private James VALLELY, Royal Irish Fusiliers, killed in action, had prior to volunteering been a motor driver for Mr. W.E. Hobson, Thomas Street Garage, Dungannon. He was a native of Ardress, Loughgall, County Armagh.

Mrs. BLOOMER, 18, Cluan Place, Mountpottinger Road, Belfast, has been officially notified that her husband, Rifleman Robert BLOOMER, Royal Irish Rifles, who had been missing since 2nd July, 1916, was killed on that date.

Missing since 1st July, 1916, Private Robert COLLINS, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Ulster Division), is now officially reported killed on that date. He was the fourth son of the late Mr. John Collins, of 5, Thompson Street, Belfast, and leaves a widow and four children, who live in Glasgow.

Rifleman John LEWIS, Royal Irish Rifles, is now officially reported killed on July 2. His widow lives at 102, Island Street, Belfast. A brother of deceased, Lance-Corporal David LEWIS, of the same battalion, was killed on the same day.

Rifleman Robert JOHNSTON, Royal Irish Rifles, is now reported killed on July 2, 1916, when he had previously been returned as missing. Deceased, whose parents live at 14, Belvoir Street, leaves a widow and four children, who reside at 8, Chater Street, Belfast.

Private Stuart CAMPBELL, Machine-gun Corps, and late of the Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action. He was a son of Mr. Robert Campbell, 20, Dromara Street, Belfast.

Missing since July 1, Lance-Corporal Robert THOMPSON, Royal Irish Rifles, is now reported killed. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. David Thompson and Mrs. Thompson, 77, Glasgow Street.

Mr. Robert LYTTLE, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast (late of Killinchy), has been notified of the death from wounds of his youngest son, Private Andrew LYTTLE, Canadian Infantry.

Private William GOURLEY, Canadian Mounted Rifles, who was reported missing on June 2, 1916, is now returned as killed on that date. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Watt, 27, Elm Street, Belfast.

Corporal W. CARSON, East Lancashire Regiment, whose parents live at 79, Union Street, Lurgan, has been wounded, and is at present in hospital at Keighley.

Private Samuel C. EDMUNDSON, Canadians, previously reported wounded and missing, is now reported killed. He was a son of the late Mr. W.J. Edmundson and Mrs. Edmundson, now of York. His sisters live at 18, Tyne Street, Belfast, and at Annalong.

Official intimation has been received by Mrs. CRAIG, Rathfriland Street, Banbridge, that her husband, Sergeant George CRAIG, M.M., Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been killed in action. He was awarded the Military Medal last year.

Promotions and Appointments.

Dr. Noel G. NOLAN, only son of Dr. Nolan, superintendent of the County Asylum, Downpatrick, has accepted a commission in the R.A.M.C. He is the senior assistant in the Hellingley Asylum, Sussex.

A commission in the Special Reserve of the Royal Irish Rifles has been granted to Mr. John Crawford THOMPSON, only son of Mr. J.B. Thompson, Chlorine Gardens, Belfast. Second-Lieutenant Thompson, who qualified in a cadet unit, was in the service of Messrs. James Ireland & Co., May Street, Belfast.

The appointment of Rev. W.A. SCANLEN, curate of Willowfield, to an army chaplaincy has been gazetted.

Mr. Cecil V. BOYD, son of Mr. S.W. Boyd, J.P., Claremont House, Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast, has been gazetted to a commission in the 19th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and received his training in the cadet corps at Newcastle, County Down, and Fermoy, County Cork.

The Casualty Lists.
Last night’s casualty lists showed the following losses: –
Officers – Dead, 48; wounded or missing, 97.
Men – Dead, 1,089; wounded or missing, 3,172.

N.C.O.S. and Men.
The town shown against each soldier’s name is the home of his next-of-kin, except when followed by the abbreviation, “Enlt,” when it is his place of enlistment.

Royal Irish Rifles
Killed. – LEEBODY, 328, R. (Belfast)

Royal Scots Fusiliers
Wounded. – KELLY, 43813, F. (Belfast)

Black Watch
Wounded. – CARLETON, 202479, W.F. (Belfast)

Manchester Regiment
Wounded. – M’CUSKER, 1958, Sergt. W. (Belfast)

Carrick Ship’s Officer Drowned
News has been received in Carrickfergus of the death by drowning at sea as a result of the torpedoing of his ship of Chief Officer James M’ALPIN, He serve his apprenticeship in sailing ships, and also served as an officer in windjammers. On securing his master’s certificate Mr. M’Alpin joined the Prince Line, in which Company he was serving in the
capacity of chief officer at the time of his death. He was a warm supporter of the work of the Imperial Merchant Service Guild. Mr. M’Alpin leaves a widow and two young children, a son and daughter, aged four years and one year respectively.

Mr. John Robinson M’DONALD, J.P.
The death took place at Cranagill, Annaghmore, County Armagh, on Saturday, of Mr. John Robinson M’DONALD, in his 75th year. He was the son of the late Mr. John M’DONALD, of Cohannon House, Moy, County Tyrone, and was educated at Dungannon Royal School under the famous Dr. Ringwood. Deceased was a member of Tyrone grand jury (past and present). He attended as a delegate the Ulster Unionist Convention in 1892, and was a member of the Orange Order. He was for some time a member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. For almost twenty years he was a member of the Council of the Royal Portrush Golf Club. Deceased is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of the late Mr. Joseph ORR, of Cranagill, and by his three children, the Rev. J. Reginald M’DONALD, curate of Bangor, County Down, Miss Frances M’DONALD, and Mrs. George DOUGAN, wife of Dr. George DOUGAN, jun., of Portadown, and at present in the R.M.A.C.