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28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne 02564
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28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Family: William James Bayne, Selina Bayne, Allan Millar Cameron Bayne (born 16th September 1919), John Bayne, William Desmond Bayne (born 4th July 1927, Cookstown).
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Allan’s father, William James Bayne, died on 29th October 1930. Allan was 11 years old.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne The CWGC record Petty Officer Airman Alan Millar Cameron Bayne as the son of William James Bayne and Selina Bayne. The CWGC lists his mother as living in Tinwald, Canterbury, New Zealand.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Flying ceased from the HMS Condor base in 1954. It was later taken over in 1971 and renamed R.M. Condor Barracks, the base for 45 Commando, Royal Marines.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Petty Officer Airman Allan Bayne is commemorated on the World War Two Panel on Cookstown Cenotaph.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne He was based at H.M.S. Condor, a Royal Naval Air Station at Arbroath in Scotland. It was reported that he was looking forward to getting his commission about Easter 1943.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne When he had leave, he generally spent his leave with his aunt, Mrs Cousley, of Moneymore.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne A significant amount of his time with the Navy was spent of board HMS Ark Royal.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne At some stage, after 1937, his mother and two younger brothers left Ireland to go and live in New Zealand.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Allan Bayne served with the Royal Navy as part of Fleet Air Arm which was formed in 1937. He joined around the time of its formation.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Allan Bayne was a pupil of the Burn Road School and laterally attended Cookstown High School.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Both his father and grandfather lived in Tamlaghtmore, between Coagh and Stewartstown.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne At the morning service in First Moneymore Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Rev H C Conn, B.A., made the following reference to the deceased:-
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Pulpit Tribute
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne ‘We were all deeply moved by the sad news which reached us on Thursday night of the death of Petty Officer Airman Allan Millar Cameron Bayne, as the result of a flying accident. To the young people of the church and neighbourhood he was well-known and by them much loved. He was known to many of us as Allan, a young man full of life, with a bright future opening out before him. He was cheerful, kindly and affectionate; a fine type of young manhood, and an example to his fellow companions in life. When on leave he was always present in God’s House and worshipped with us in this place. For a considerable time he had been on the Ark Royal, and during his stay on that famous vessel had passed safely and courageously through many trying experiences. The he felt called to another sphere of national service, and here he was serving his country when he was suddenly and tragically called to the highest of all service. His was the greater love that leads a man out to the service of his fellow men and to the defence of all that is good in the world. We therefore salute today a gallant lad, whose work shall have a great reward, for he gave all, even his own life. We do not think of him as dead, nor of his service as ended. We believe that he lives free from this world’s tragedy and sin, and that he also serves in happier surrounding than we could ever dream of completing the task God gave him on earth. We deeply mourn his passing, and pray God that he may make us all worthy of the sacrifices these young men make for us. To all his loved ones, to Dr Cousley and Mrs Cousley and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy and pray that in the Gospel of the Risen Christ they may seek the light that shines in our darkness.’
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28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs W Macdonald Porter and Sons, undertakers, Cookstown.
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne In ever loving memory of dear Allan from Bertie and Hazel. ‘Greater love hath no man than this.’
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne In loving memory from Aunt Susan and Uncle Joe. ‘He died that we may live.’
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne In ever loving memory of dear Allan from Aunt Martha, Uncle Fred and Winnie
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne In dearest love of Allan from Uncle Willie, Aunt Florrie, Mavis, Lorna, Allen and Harold
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne For Allan from Bayna
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne With fondest love from mother, Jim, John and Desmond
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Wreathes were placed on the graves as follows:
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28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Divine service at the house of mourning and at the graveside were conducted by the Rev H C Conn, B.A., of Moneymore, assisted by the Rev W J McGeagh, B.A., of Larne (cousin of the deceased).
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne The remains were brought home from the place of the accident to the resident of Dr Cousley in Moneymore, from whence the funeral took place on Monday amid manifestations of sorrow by the whole community. Both in Moneymore and in Cookstown blinds were drawn as the cortege passed on its way to the cemetery. The number of relatives of the family is so numerous that it is impossible to give anything like a complete list.
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28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne There was widespread and sincere regret at the news of the death of this gallant young officer as the result of a flying accident as announced in last week’s issue. The deceased was the eldest son of the late Mr William Bayne and grandson of the late Mr John Bayne, both of whom lived at Tamlaghtmore, adjacent to Cookstown, and were well-known and highly respected. Allan, as the deceased was generally called, was a pupil of the Burn Road School and later of Cookstown High School, and was popular with all his schoolmates, who mourn his passing so soon. Only 23 years of age, he joined the Fleet Air Arm six years ago, before his mother and two younger brothers had left Ireland to go to New Zealand, and he generally spent his leave with his aunt, Mrs Cousley, of Moneymore, and was looking forward to getting his commission about Easter. His early death is a great blow to his many relatives, and the deepest sympathy of the community goes out to them, and especially to his mother, at the farthest end of the earth.
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28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th February 1943: Obituary – Petty Officer Airman A M C Bayne
28/11/2020 POA Allan Miller Bayne Allan Bayne was the eldest son of William James and Selina Bayne. William James Bayne and Selina Hogg were married on 4th September 1918 in the district of Cookstown.
26/11/2020 Sapper Robert John Cardwell Mr and Mrs Cardwell, of Gortfad Glebe, has received information that their son, Sapper Robert J Cardwell, died of wounds in the Middle East in December 1941. Up till they received this information, they believed he was a prisoner. Letters of sympathy have been received from Their Majesties, the King and Queen, from the War Office, and from the Dowager Lady Amphill, on behalf of the British Red Cross Society. He was the eldest son and joined up six years ago when he was in his eighteenth year.
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26/11/2020 Sapper Robert John Cardwell From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1943:
26/11/2020 Pte. Alexander McIlree Mrs McIlree. of Auglish, Cookstown, has been informed that her husband, Corporal John McIlree, of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been wounded on active service. His only brother is already reported wounded, and their father, Private Leslie McIlree, is also serving with the Forces.
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26/11/2020 Pte. Alexander McIlree From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th January 1943: John McIlree (nephew of Alexander McIlree)
26/11/2020 Flt. Sgt Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Berkeley The hymn, O Perfect Love, was sung by the choir, Mr James McCammon at the organ. Afterwards, a reception was held in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown, at which only intimate friends and relatives were present. Mrs Berkeley, the bride’s mother, was smartly dressed, wearing a black ensemble. On leaving for her honeymoon, which is being spent in Rostrevor and the south of England, the bride was wearing a pretty costume of blue tweed with nay accessories. The bride was the recipient of the regimental badge in gold and diamonds, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers from the bridegroom.
26/11/2020 Flt. Sgt Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Berkeley At the ceremony, which was conducted by the bride’s uncle, Rev James Johnstone, B.A., of Corvalley, Carrickmacross, the bride was given away by her brother, Mr Lowry Berkeley. Both she and the bridegroom were in uniform. Petty Officer Gladys Berkeley, the bride’s sister, who acted as bridesmaid, was also in W.R.N.S. uniform. The best man was Captain John Rickman (Recce).
26/11/2020 Flt. Sgt Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Berkeley There was a charming wedding in Molesworth Street Presbyterian Church last Saturday, when Miss Eleanor Veronica Berkeley, Women's Royal Naval Service (W.R.N.S.), was married to Lieutenant Jack Everson-Davis, R.E.M.E. (Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). The bride is the second daughter of the late James L Berkeley and Mrs Berkeley of Poplar Hill, Cookstown, and the bridegroom is the only son of Mr and Mrs Walter E Davis, of Pinner, London.
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26/11/2020 Flt. Sgt Thomas Colqhoun Edmonds Berkeley From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1943:
25/11/2020 Sgt. John Samuel Orr 02555
25/11/2020 Sgt. John Samuel Orr A gloom was cast over Pomeroy on Wednesday 30th December, when the news spread of the death on active service of Sergeant Pilot Jackie Orr, Royal Air Force, son of Constable and Mrs Samuel Orr, of Pomeroy. The deceased, who was twenty one years of age, had been home on leave at Christmas, and had only returned to duty a few days prior to his tragic demise. He was a favourite among his numerous friends at Pomeroy, who deeply mourn his loss, and the utmost sympathy of the community is extended to his parents, brother and sister in their very sad bereavement. The funeral, which took place at Irvinestown on Monday, was attended by many friends from Pomeroy.
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25/11/2020 Sgt. John Samuel Orr From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1943:
25/11/2020 Sgt. John Samuel Orr The death on active service is announced of Sergeant Pilot John Samuel Orr, Royal Air Force, eldest son of Constable and Mrs Samuel Orr, of Pomeroy. He was 21 years of age.
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25/11/2020 Sgt. John Samuel Orr From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1943: Pomeroy
15/11/2020 Corp Thomas Espey 02552
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