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Date Name Information
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke 02373
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke 02372
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Flight Sergeant Edwin Archibald TOOLE (R/53246) Flight Engineer
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Flight Lieutenant Maurice PASSMORE (116910) Pilot
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Warrant Officer Class I Ralph Edward HAWKEN (R/81068) Air Gunner
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Flight Lieutenant Eldon Burke ELLIOTT (J/4524) Navigator
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Flight Sergeant William Joseph DOWLE (1066563) Air Gunner
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Flight Lieutenant Hugh Irvine CRAWFORD (411065) Wireless Operator
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Warrant Officer Class I James Herbert Stevenson CLARKE (R/79118) Bomb Aimer
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke The CWGC record Warrant Officer Class I James Herbert Stevenson Clarke as the adopted son of Elizabeth H Clarke, of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Warrant Officer Class James Herbert Stevenson Clarke is buried in Belgrade War Cemetery in what is now Serbia, part of the old state of Yogoslavia. His inscription reads: SPLENDID YOU PASSED, YOU HONOURED THE CALL OF GOD, KING AND COUNTRY
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke His grandparents, his mother and married sisters all resided in Canada at the time of his death.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke The aircraft did not return. It struck a hilltop four miles north of Kosinjski Zamost, 60 miles southeast of Fiume, on Adriatic coast of Croatia. All seven crew were killed. They were:
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke On the evening of 3rd November 1943, a Liberator (Serial No. AL509) took off from its Libyan base for a night mission supply-dropping for Yugoslav partisans, codename Fungus 35. Warrant Officer Class James Clarke was bomb aimer, part of a seven man crew.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke By November 1944, Warrant Officer Class James Clarke was with 148 (R.A.F.) Squadron.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke In March he went overseas.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke James Herbert Stevenson Clarke received his wings in February 1942.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force from the college.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke James attended Montreal Diocesan College.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke He emigrated to Canada at a young age.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke James was the grandson of Mr and Mrs James Stevenson of Maghera, formerly of Millburn Street, Cookstown
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke James was educated at Oldtown School under Miss Ramsay and Mr George Ramsay, J.P.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke James Herbert Stevenson Clarke was the son of Mrs J H Clarke. He was born in Cookstown about 1920.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke He was born in Cookstown and educated at Oldtown School under Miss Ramsay and Mr George Ramsay, J.P. On going to Canada he entered Montreal Diocesan College from which he enlisted, and received his wings in February 1942, and came overseas a month later. It is understood he was killed while on a mission for the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was a bomb aimer and unfortunately his plane crashed. Besides his grandparents he leaves his mother and married sisters, all in Canada.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke Warrant Officer J H S Clarke, son of Mrs J H Clarke, of Outremont, Canada, and grandson of Mr and Mrs James Stevenson of Maghera, and formerly of Millburn Street, Cookstown, who was reported missing, is now presumed dead.
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke 02371
28/06/2020 Sgt. James Herbert S Clarke rom the Mid Ulster Mail dated 18th March 1944: Canadian Airman Presumed Killed
27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin At a meeting of Orritor ‘Invincible Purple Heroes’ L.O.L No. 625 on Friday evening, Bro William H Black, W.M. of L.O.L. 199 presiding, the W.M. said he had a mournful duty to perform in asking the members to pass a vote of condolence with Bro Joseph Loughrin on the tragic death, in the service of his country, of his eldest son. It was young men like him who, by their heroic sacrifice, enabled us to meet in peace and harmony. The vote of sympathy was passed, all members standing in silence.
27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin 02370
27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th March 1944: Orange News
27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin The parents of a young Royal air Force sergeant, who was home on leave only at Christmas last, having received news of his death on active service. He was Sergeant R T Garth Loughrin, a flight engineer, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Loughrin, of Mackney, Cookstown. Sergeant Loughrin, who was only 20 years old, joined the Royal Air force in April last, and just before Christmas received his sergeant’s stripes. He was educated at Cookstown High School and went to Belfast two years ago to serve his apprenticeship as an electrician with Messrs Greaves Ltd, Falls Road. He had been interred in the R.A.F. Regional Cemetery at Harrogate.
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27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th March 1944: Cookstown R.A.F. Sergeant Killed
27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin Mr and Mrs J G Loughrin and family desire to return their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their sad bereavement, especially those who called at the home, and members of various organisations and friends for letters of condolence; also the W.V.S. and past and present pupils of Orritor School for the beautiful wreath they sent (per Mrs Crooks of Orritor). Mackney, Cookstown.
27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin LOUGHRIN – March 1944, Sergeant R T (Garth) Loughrin, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force, eldest son of Mr J G Loughrin, Mackney, Cookstown. Interred in R.A.F. Regional Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorkshire. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing father, mother, brothers and sisters. ‘Per ardua ad astra atque ultra’ (through adversity to the stars and beyond).
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27/06/2020 Sgt. Robert Thomas Garth Loughrin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th March 1944: Roll of Honour
26/06/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers The quarterly meeting of Coagh District L.O.L. No. 10 was held in Coagh Orange Hall, Bro James Sloss, D.D.M., in the chair and Bro William Nesbitt, District Secretary, in the vice-chair. A vote of sympathy was passed to the relatives of the late Bro A Forsythe, D.M., of L.O.L. No. 1436. Resolutions of sympathy were also passed to the following Orangemen of the District who have lost sons killed in action:- Bros Thomas Currie, Samuel Hartley and Alex Jeffers.
26/06/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers 02367
26/06/2020 Fus Alexander (Sandy) Jeffers From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 5th February 1944: Coagh District L.O.L. No. 10
26/06/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley The quarterly meeting of Coagh District L.O.L. No. 10 was held in Coagh Orange Hall, Bro James Sloss, D.D.M., in the chair and Bro William Nesbitt, District Secretary, in the vice-chair. A vote of sympathy was passed to the relatives of the late Bro A Forsythe, D.M., of L.O.L. No. 1436. Resolutions of sympathy were also passed to the following Orangemen of the District who have lost sons killed in action:- Bros Thomas Currie, Samuel Hartley and Alex Jeffers.
26/06/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley 02367
26/06/2020 Ab Sea John (Jack) Hartley From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 5th February 1944: Coagh District L.O.L. No. 10
26/06/2020 Ord Sig Richard Curry The quarterly meeting of Coagh District L.O.L. No. 10 was held in Coagh Orange Hall, Bro James Sloss, D.D.M., in the chair and Bro William Nesbitt, District Secretary, in the vice-chair. A vote of sympathy was passed to the relatives of the late Bro A Forsythe, D.M., of L.O.L. No. 1436. Resolutions of sympathy were also passed to the following Orangemen of the District who have lost sons killed in action:- Bros Thomas Currie, Samuel Hartley and Alex Jeffers.
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26/06/2020 Ord Sig Richard Curry From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 5th February 1944: Coagh District L.O.L. No. 10
25/06/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan Mrs Duncan, of Soran Cottage, Stewartstown, has received a card from her son, Samuel George Duncan, who was reported missing in April 1942. He is a prisoner of war in a camp in Thailand. He says he is in excellent health and working. This is the first news Mrs Duncan has received from him since January 1942, when she had a cable from Malaya to say he was safe and well. He was a survivor from H.M.S. Repulse.
25/06/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan 02366
25/06/2020 Marine Samuel George Duncan From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th January 1944:
24/06/2020 Sgt. Edward Colhoun McLaughlin Edward’s father was a constable in the police.
24/06/2020 Sgt. Edward Colhoun McLaughlin MCLAUGHLIN – reported missing as the result of air operations on the night of 2nd / 3rd January, Sergeant Air Gunner Edward C McLaughlin, only son of Constable and Mrs E McLaughlin of Ballyronan.
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24/06/2020 Sgt. Edward Colhoun McLaughlin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th January 1944: Roll of Honour
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston The deceased young man, after serving his apprenticeship to the grocery business with Messrs. Henry and Faulkner of Cookstown, joined the Royal Navy in June 1941. He saw active service as he was on one of the warships in the relief of Malta. He was also at the landing and evacuation of Norway, but principally on convey work on the Murmansk route to Russia. His last home leave was in November 1942. He was only 21 years of age. Two of his sisters are in the A.T.S.
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston Mrs Johnston, of 97 Coagh Street, Cookstown, received a telegram on 13th December from the Royal Navy Barracks, Devonport, stating that her son, George Usher Johnston, acting Leading Stoker, had lost his life through drowning as the result of an accident when bathing from the ship’s side. The Commander conveyed severe sympathy with Mrs Johnston in her very sad loss.
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston 02364
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1st January 1944: Cookstown Naval Raring Drowned
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston JOHNSTON – Drowned at sea, 13th December, Leading Stoker George Johnston, Royal Navy, only son of William and Annie Johnston. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing father and mother and sisters. Some day we will understand. Mr and Mrs Johnston wish to thank all friends who called or wrote expressing sympathy on their bereavement, 97 Coagh Street, Cookstown.
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston 02363
24/06/2020 Ld Stoker George Usher Johnston From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1st January 1944: Roll of Honour
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke He gave his next of kin as Mrs Mary Cliff, 49 Laing Street, Grangetown, Yorkshire.
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke John Cooke enlisted on 11th March 1908. He had been living at 32 Paxton Street, Stockton for the previous three years.
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke John Thomas Cooke was the son of John and Alice Cooke.
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke 02362
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke 02361
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke 02360
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke 02359
06/06/2020 Stoker John Thomas Cooke 02358
06/06/2020 Ab Sea Malachy Hannon 02357
06/06/2020 Ab Sea Malachy Hannon 02356
06/06/2020 Ab Sea Malachy Hannon 02355
06/06/2020 Stoker 1st John Forrest 02353
06/06/2020 Stoker 1st John Forrest Stoker John Forest joined H.M.S Hampshire on 5th June 1916.
06/06/2020 Stoker 1st John Forrest John qualified as a 1st Class Stoker and was posted to H.M.S Victory.
06/06/2020 Stoker 1st John Forrest 02354
06/06/2020 Carp Crew Thomas McKeown Carpenter’s Crewman McKeown’s first ship was H.M.S. Natal which he joined on 8th December 1915 after training at Pembroke.
06/06/2020 Carp Crew Thomas McKeown 02352
06/06/2020 Carp Crew Thomas McKeown 02351
06/06/2020 Artificer Samuel Lyttle He served on HMS Fame from 9th August 1917 until his death.
06/06/2020 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel Lyttle served on Pembroke from 5th May 1915 until 19th July 1915. He then served on St George from 20th July until 5th November 1915. He then served on Wallington from 6th November 1915 until 26th June 1916. He served on Pembroke again from 27th June 1916.
06/06/2020 Artificer Samuel Lyttle Samuel joined the Royal Navy on 25th May 1915. He became a trimmer and fitter.
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