Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker 02221
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker Neither is there any information on the exact location of the accident.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker The CWGC record Private James Baker as the son of Edward and Ada Baker, of Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker Private Baker’s remains were returned home to England and he was buried in Norton-In-The-Moors (St. Bartholomew) Churchyard. His inscription reads: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN TO GIVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. R.I.P.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker There was a Raymond Mayer, also with the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who died on 24th May 1942. He too was 23 years old.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker The man listed is ‘best-fit’ with the information available. However, there is no information on who the other man who died was.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker The report below details the death of two soldiers who died crossing the River Blackwater in May 1942.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker Private James Baker was serving with the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, when he died on 23rd May 1942. He was 23 years old.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker James Baker was the son of Edward and Ada Baker, of Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent.
15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker Two soldiers lost their lives on the River Blackwater on Sunday afternoon. They were crossing the river from Tyrone to Armagh in a small boat when they fell into the water. Police commenced dragging operations immediately, but up to Monday night the bodies have not been recovered. One of the bodies was recovered later. It was that of Private James Baker of Burnley.
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15/01/2020 Pte. James Baker From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 30th May 1942: Soldiers Drowned in Blackwater
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button After having been married for only ten months, Sapper Alfred Button, R.E., of 22, Leicester-road, Lewes, died in Belfast on August 3rd following an operation. The funeral took place on Saturday at St. Anne's Church, the internment following at Lewes Cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev. H. A. Edwards. Sapper Button, who was 27 years old, was married on September 27th, 1941 at St. Anne's Church, Lewes, to Miss F. L. Irwin of Northern Ireland. Before he joined the Army at the beginning of the war he was a porter at South Coulsdon Railway Station, having previously worked at Lewes Station.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button From the Sussex Express dated Friday 14th August 1942: Lewes Soldier's Death
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button The CWGC record Sapper Alfred Stanley Button as the son of Henry and M J Button of Lewes. He is also rlisted as the husband of Florence Irwin Button, of Dungannon, County Tyrone. It is also noted that he was awarded the Boy Scouts' Gilt Cross for Gallantry.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Alfred Stanley Button is buried in Lewes Cemetery, near Brighton in Sussex. His inscription reads: HIS LIFE WAS SHORT HIS LOVE WAS GREAT. LOVING WIFE, MUM, DAD, BROTHERS AND SISTER.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button The funeral took place St. Anne's Church in Lewes. The service was conducted by the Rev H A Edwards.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Sapper Alfred Button, whose address was given as 22 Leicester Road, Lewes, died in Belfast on 3rd August following an operation. He was 27 years old.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Sapper Alfred Button was serving with the 9 Movement Control Group when he died on 3rd August 1942 in Belfast.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Alfred Button and Florence Irwin (of Northern Ireland) were married on 27th September 1941 at St. Anne's Church, Lewes.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Alfred Button served with the Royal Engineers in World War Two.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Prior to joining the Army at the beginning of the war, Alfred was a porter at South Coulsdon Railway Station, having previously worked at Lewes Station.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Alfred was awarded the Boy Scouts' Gilt Cross for Gallantry.
12/01/2020 Sapper Alfred Stanley Button Alfred Stanley Button was the son of Henry and M J Button. Alfred was born about 1915 in Sussex.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Beauchamp’s brother, James Humphrey Butler fought in the First World War, where he was wounded twice. He later gained the rank of Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. He fought in the Second World War.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. The CWGC record Lieutenant-Colonel Beauchamp Henry Butler as the son of Charles R and Ethel E J Butler. He is also listed as the husband of Vera May Butler of Clogher, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Lieutenant-Colonel Beauchamp Henry Butler is buried in Sangro River War Cemetery in Italy.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. The award was announced in The Gazette dated 16th November 1943, so it seems it was award posthumously. It is not known if the award was for the action in which Lieutenant-Colonel Butler was killed.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. ‘This officer led his battalion with great gallantry. Throughout a hard day’s fighting he was tireless in his efforts to ensure success, personally directing the fire of his anti-tank guns and mortars at centres of resistance; launching attacks and never giving a desperate and determined enemy any loophole. Lieutenant-Colonel Butler was under continuous and accurate short-range machine-gun and rifle fire and mortar fire for many hours, but his complete disregard of danger and his inspiring example to his battalion ensured the success of the operation. This officer has also rendered distinguished service in the attack on Centuripe and in the crossing of the River Salso.’
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Lieutenant-Colonel Butler was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). The recommendation read:
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Lieutenant-Colonel Butler was serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, attached to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 27th October 1943 at Sangro on the east coast of Italy, parallel to Rome.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. According the battalion War Diary of the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, the battalion got pinned down. Just after 11pm Lieutenant-Colonel Butler held a meeting close to the front line. Around 11.30pm Lieutenant-Colonel Butler was shot and killed by a stray machine gun bullet, which struck him in the head. The operation did not succeed, but the position was letter taken.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. On 27th October Lieutenant-Colonel Butler was Commanding Officer of his battalion, whose task was to secure the right half of the river Simeto bridgehead, and much depended on this operation’s success.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. By October 1943 he was with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, attached to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Lt.-Col. Beauchamp Henry Butler fought in the Second World War. He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Family: Beauchamp Henry Butler, Vera May Butler, Michael Henry Butler (born 30 Aug 1939).
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Beauchamp Henry Butler married Vera May Stewart, daughter of Major William Stewart, on 8th June 1938. They had on child.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Charles Butler held the office of High Sheriff of County Carlow in 1920.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Family: Charles Richard Butler, Ethel Elizabeth Jane Butler, Humphrey James Butler (born 30th June 1897). Blanche Adelaide Butler (born about 1899), Edward Walter Charles Butler (born 30th May 1900), Beauchamp Henry Butler (born 7th January 1902).
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. The 1911 census lists Beauchamp as age 9, living with his parents at house 1 in Raheenkyle, Rathanna, Couty Carlow.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Beauchamp Henry Butler was born on 7th January 1902. He was the youngest of four surviving children. All the children were born in County Carlow.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. The 1901 census lists the Butler family at house 6 in Rathvilly Village, Rathvilly, County Carlow. Charles Butler was a Land Agent and Income Tax Collector, which implies they were a family of some wealth.
12/01/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Beauchamp Henry Butler was the youngest son of Charles Richard and Ethel Elizabeth Jane Butler. Charles Richard Butler and Ethel Elizabeth Jane Newton in 1895.
10/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston The CWGC record Gunner John Johnson as the son of Walter and Mary Johnston of Liverpool. He was also recorded as the husband of Mary Ann Johnston of Liverpool.
10/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston Gunner Johnston’s remains were returned home to Liverpool and he was buried in Liverpool (Ford) Roman Catholic Cemetery.
10/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston On 9th March 1942, Gunner Johnston died in an Aughnacloy farmhouse as a result of head injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a van on the main Aughnacloy – Augher Road. He was 34 years old.
10/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston In World War Two, Gunner John Johnson was serving with 335 Battery, 101 Lt. A.A. / Anti-Tank Regiment of the Royal Artillery. In March 1942, Gunner Johnston was based in Northern Ireland.
10/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston John Johnston was the husband of Mary Ann Johnston of Liverpool.
10/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston John Johnson was the son of Walter and Mary Johnston of Liverpool. He was born about 1908.
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05/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston An English soldier, Lance Corporal J Johnston, died in an Aughnacloy farmhouse as a result of head injuries sustained when his motorcycle was in collision with a motor break-van driven by James McKenna of Cacanoneil, on the main Aughnacloy – Augher Road on Monday night. He was attended by Dr Pringle, but only lived an hour after the accident. McKenna was also slightly injured.
05/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston 02218
05/01/2020 Gnr John Johnston From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 14th March 1942: Soldier Killed in Tyrone
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble 02217
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble Intimation has been received by Mr and Mrs Henry Noble, Coolhill, Dungannon, that their eldest son, William Frederick Noble, who was a telegraphist in the Royal Navy, has been killed in action.
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05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 26th October 1940:
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble The CWGC record Telegraphist William Frederick Noble as the son of Henry and Elizabeth Noble, of Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble Telegraphist William F Noble is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and also on the World War Two stained glass memorial in St Anne’s Church Of Ireland in Dungannon.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble Unusually, Telegraphist William Noble has a grave and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. His inscription reads: NO MORNING DAWNS, NO NIGHT RETURNS BUT WE REMEMBER.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble HMS Liverpool was repaired and returned to service in April 1942.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble Telegraphist William Noble was one of 27 men who died in the attack. A heavily damaged HMS Liverpool made its way to Alexandria in Egypt where he was buried.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble Telegraphist William Frederick Noble died in the attack. He was 22 years old.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble On Monday 14th October 1940, HMS Liverpool was part of a convoy escort in the Mediterranean. At 1911 hours, HMS Liverpool reported that she had been struck by a torpedo in position 33°58’E, 26°20’E at 1855 hours. She was heavily on fire and required assistance.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble William Noble served with the Royal Navy in World War Two. He served as a telegraphist on board H.M.S. Liverpool.
05/01/2020 Teleg. William Frederick Noble William Frederick Noble was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Noble He was born about 1920.
01/01/2020 Gnr Dilworth Norman Turner The CWGC record Gunner Dilworth Norman Turner as the son of William and Annie Turner.
01/01/2020 Gnr Dilworth Norman Turner Gunner Dilworth N Turner is buried in Moy (St. James) Church Of Ireland Churchyard. His Inscription reads: HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.
01/01/2020 Gnr Dilworth Norman Turner Gunner Dilworth Norman Turner died on 22nd February 1946, aged 34.
01/01/2020 Gnr Dilworth Norman Turner Gunner Dilworth Norman Turner served with the 334th Battery of the 33rd ((19th County of London Regiment) Searchlight Regiment during World War Two.
01/01/2020 Gnr Dilworth Norman Turner Dilworth Norman Turner was the son of William and Annie Turner. He was born about 1912.
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