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31/07/2018 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty Second Lieutenant Hugh H Beatty, who has received a commission in the 18th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, is the second son of Mr John Beatty, Urban District Council (U.D.C.), Dungannon, and brother of Dr R T Beatty, Lecturer in Experimental Physics, Queens University, Belfast. He is an old Royal Dungannon School boy, and was a notable Dungannon rugby forward. On the outbreak of war Lieutenant Beatty, who was in business in Cardiff, at once volunteered, and joining the Cardiff Commercial Battalion of the Welsh Regiment as a private, was promptly promoted sergeant owing to his previous six years’ experience in the English Territorial Force. He will be stationed in Holywood.
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31/07/2018 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th March 1915:
31/07/2018 Chaplain Rev Richard Ussher Greer The Rev R Ussher Greer, M.A., rector of Seapatrick (Banbridge), who has been appointed one of the chaplains of the Ulster Division about to go to the front, is well-known in this district in which he has many friends, and which might almost claim him. His mother was the daughter of the late Richard Pike, of Beechgrove, Dungannon, and he, himself, is married to the eldest daughter of the late Mr Frederick Greer, J.P., of Tullylagan, and granddaughter of the late Sir N A Staples, Bart, Lissan. Mr Greer’s father was Rev W H Greer, rector of Kilcolman and Crossboyne. He was educated at Trinity College, and was ordained for the curacy of Carrickfergus. His first parish was Lisburn, and recently he was elected rector of Banbridge. He has a reputation in the church for earnestness and sustained energy with which he performs his duties. He is one of the most promising of the younger clergy, and his appointment to such important parishes as Lisburn and Banbridge shows the confidence of the nominators in his ability. In the Orange Institution he is a prominent member, and holds high office in masonry. He is also an ardent apostle of temperance, and threw himself whole-heartedly into the Pal movement in 1910. He has taken an active part in the Unionist cause, and his appointment as chaplain to the Ulster Army is in every way appropriate. During the eleven years of his rectorship of Christ Church, Lisburn, he gained for himself a host of friends. He was broad minded, kind and sympathetic, and ever ready to offer a helping hand to anyone in trouble. His departure caused the greatest regret.
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31/07/2018 Chaplain Rev Richard Ussher Greer From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 13th March 1915:
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At the meeting of Holdfast L.O.L. No 1620 on Monday evening, 1st March, the following resolution was proposed by Bro J Nixon.:- ‘We express our profound regret at the death of Lord Northland, and we hereby tender our heartfelt sympathy to Lord and Lady Ranfurly and Viscountess Northland in the irreparable loss they have sustained.’ Bro R Menagh seconded, and the resolution was passed in silence, the members standing; and the secretary was instructed to convey the resolution to Lord and Lady Ranfurly and Viscountess Northland.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th March 1915:
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Mr William Irwin, secretary of Derrygortreavy Unionist Club, has received the following reply from Viscountess Northland to the resolution of sympathy forwarded on the death of Captain Viscount Northland:- ‘Will you kindly convey to the members of Derrygortreavy Unionist Club my most grateful thanks for their resolution of sympathy.’
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th March 1915:
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Mr James Walsh, District Master of Benburb District L.O.L. has received the following reply from Lord Ranfurly:- ‘Will you kindly express to the brethren of Drumnashallog L.O.L. our sincere thanks for their kind resolution of sympathy with us in our deep distress. I write on behalf of Lady Ranfurly and Lady Northland, as well as myself. My son died the best of deaths, facing the foe, fighting for his King and country. His loss to Ulster is severe; he took the greatest pride in his battalion, and was very fond of his connection with the Orange Institution. If one had only been younger, I could have filled a more active part in this struggle. As it is, while doing my best at home, my interests have been broken in life. The very pride I feel in him makes it harder to bear when one thinks of one’s hopes for the future. He died doing his duty, leaving us to mourn him.’ Lady Northland also wrote acknowledging the resolution of sympathy.
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Drumnashallog L.O.L. No. 50, at a special meeting, passed the following resolution in connection with the death of the late Captain Viscount Northland:- ‘We, the members of Drumnashallog L.O.L. No. 50 in lodge assembled, desire to place on record our sense of the deep loss both the Orange Order and Ulster have sustained by the death of Viscount Northland; and we beg to ender our sincerest sympathy to Lord and Lady Ranfurly in their bereavement. We realise how helpless we are to remove the burden of sorrow from your hearts, but we hasten with what assistance we have to lend a helping hand in bearing it.‘
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th March 1915: The Late Lord Northland
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) ‘It was something like Wallace Park, Lisburn, in size and shape, and comprises a group of brick shacks, three or four in number, spread all over the place. Each stack is about twenty or thirty yards square, and about twenty feet in height, and solid. To remove any of the bricks, it is necessary to use a pick. The Germans were so well fortified that it was impossible to drive them clear with rifle or machine gun fire. An artillery officer told me it would take a 9 inch gun playing on one for ten days before it could be demolished, the material being of that sort being that the more hammering it gets, the more solid it becomes. We had some hard fighting around these same stacks, for after the Germans’ struggle to give Kaiser Bill a birthday present by taking Bethune, they were always attacking our line, only to be repulsed, and adding more dead to the number already on the field. On the 1st February, we made a bayonet charge to capture a trench which had been lost by another battalion the previous day. I may mention that this was the charge in which Corporal O’Leary won the V.C. His was a great piece of work. With the aid of a telescope, where I was posted as a sniper, I observed a piece of trench occupied by the Germans, who had got lost. I approached as near as possible, and there met Lord Northland, to whom I reported my observations, and he occupied me to where we could more easily observe the trench but not without the danger of the sniper, who let us know of his presence. The officer remained in opposition until he was satisfied the trench was occupied by the Germans. Later, the trench, with its occupants (20 in number) was taken. I am sorry to say on the following night I heard of Lord Northland being killed. We retired to billets on the night of the 2nd February for a rest, which turned out to be a short one, for something had to be done, and the Irish had to be there. So on the 4th we took up our position again in the brickfield. We were told that the battalion which we were relieving had been driven out of the trench, which, if recaptured, would lead the Germans being driven clear of the brickfield. I was posted on a barricade which divided the trench between the Germans and ourselves. By lying on my back, I fortified the pace so well that a private and myself held it until the following night, when it was decided by our commanding officer to retake the trench. The idea of two only holding the barricade was to prevent loss of life, as we were so close to the enemy that we were liable to get bombs thrown at us. The time appointed was 8pm, and at 7:30pm I commenced to take down the barricade. After that we fired a few bombs to keep the enemy back a piece. I then reconnoitred the trench by stepping over the dead bodies of Germans who had been killed two nights before. Having reported all clear, the platoon filed down the trench, fortified it, and so well was this done that the Germans knew nothing about it until daybreak. Then there was a great fuss as to who would keep the trench. A gret fight with bombs on both sides ended in about an hour with a victory for us. I got part of the contents of a bomb through my great coat, jacket, jersey and shirt, but my flesh escaped. When things quietened down, I made some tea for Sergeant Fleming (ex-constable R.I.C., Lisburn) and myself. He had a tin of butter which he said was Lisburn stuff, and I had a French loaf. After tea I had a look around for a shot, but before I got a chance, a bullet passed through the left breast of my coat, striking the top button of my jacket, and lodging in my right breast. The Germans were chased out of the brickfield, and that night in hospital, I saw some of the wounded coming in.’
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Sir John French, in Friday’s Despatch, mentioned the heroism of a sergeant and private who held a trench alone. The sergeant belongs to Lisburn and in a letter describes the brickfield where Lord Northland was killed and the charge in which sergeant O’Leary got his V.C. Describing the brickfield of La Bassee he says:-
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th March 1915: Where Lord Northland Died
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Lord Ranfurly, the father of the deceased nobleman, replied in the following terms:- ‘I desire to convey to the magistrates of Dungannon Petty Sessions District Lady Ranfurly’s and my own sincere thanks for their resolution. I find it hard to express my feelings in words at such a moment. The loss of an only son makes a vast difference to our lives, but it is of some satisfaction to see how he was beloved by all who knew him in his own native town. At the first call he returned to his regiment and served at the front tom the satisfaction of his commanding officers. He ended his career in this world for his country’s sake for which he gave his life. Our hopes had been that he and his family should have lived much in the future in Dungannon, but it was not to be and our hearth is left desolate. Thank you for your kindness in this the hour of our sorrow. Believe me, yours very faithfully, Ranfurly.’
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) In reply to the resolutions of sympathy adopted by the Dungannon magistrates with reference to the death of the late Lord Northland, who had been killed on action, the following letter has been received by Lady Northland:- ‘Will you kindly convey to the magistrates of Dungannon Petty Sessions District my very grateful thanks for their letter of sympathy, Hilda Northland.’
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th February 1915: The Late Lord Northland
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He thought everybody who came into contact with the late Lord Northland in the short time since he began to take part in their county business grew new not only like him, but almost love him. He was not only a perfect gentleman, but a gallant officer, anxious to do his duty in every capacity when called upon. He was ready to undertake any amount of work, and would, he believed, would have been one of the most useful members of that body. Some of them were getting on to the wrong side of threescore years, and were looking out for young men to take their places. They thought in Lord Northland they had found one who would take the pace of some of them and improve on the old model. It was with great grief that they had learned that he would be with them no more, but at the same time, as the resolution pointed out, he died as they would have chosen him to die, with the reputation of a most gallant soldier. He fell on the terrible field, fighting for King and country. Mr Anketell Moutray seconded the resolution. The Chairman endorsed everything that had been said concerning the late Lord Northland. They had not many opportunities of recognising his qualities, but the few they had were sufficient to attract most of them to him, and gave them the impression that they had got into their body a man who, in the time to come, would make his mark in the county. The resolution was passed in silence, all present standing.
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Mr Montgomery proposed the following resolution:- ‘That we, the members of Tyrone County Council, at this our first meeting since the lamented death of one of our members, Lord Northland, desire to place on record the sincere regret as his untimely end. At the same time, we are proud to know that he died a soldier’s death on the field of battle. Though only a member of our Council for a short time, he was universally esteemed by all its members, and our hopes that he would be with us for many years to come have, unfortunately, not been realised. We beg to offer our respectable sympathy to his parents, the Earl and Countess of Ranfurly, and to his widow, Lady Northland.’
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th February 1915: The Late Lord Northland - Tyrone County Council
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Mr William Irwin, president of above, has received the following letter from the Earl of Ranfurly:- ‘Will you please convey Lady Ranfurly, Lady Northland and my thanks to Derrygortreavy Unionist Club for the resolution they have passed. We desire to thank them for the kind sympathy they express to us in this time of severe grief. It is some comfort to know that he died respected by all his brother officers doing his duty to his country; also that in his own home all mourn him as a true friend. His love of his native place, his deep interest in all that affected the interest of Ulster, and the active and wise part he took therein, also a person friendship with the members of his battalion will leave a vacancy it will be hard to refill at Dungannon. To us it has left a vacancy in our home that nothing can replace.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Derrygortreavy Unionist Club.
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Dear Mr Bingham, will you kindly convey to the members of the Dungannon Battalion my very grateful thanks for their expression of sympathy. I know they will all feel the loss of one whose every thought was for the good of his country, yours sincerely Hilda Northland.
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The following letter has been received from Lady Ranfurly and Lady Northland in reply to the message of sympathy sent by the members of the Dungannon Battalion of the Ulster Volunteers:- ‘Dear Mr Bingham, Thank you very much indeed for you kind letter and the message of sympathy and sorrow from the Dungannon Battalion. The regiment which was so entirely bound up with our dear son will indeed know that in this overwhelming sorrow that has come to us, there is only one consolation and that is that he has given his life for the sake of his country, and so acted up to those principles thet were so dear to him. It was his pride and pleasure that the Dungannon Battalion had done so well. They were his first thought. It will always be a satisfaction to us, who have lost everything in him, that so many truly mourned his loss, and we can never forget the sympathy and kindness extended to us in this dark hour. Will you convey to all concerned our heartfelt thanks, yours sincerely Constance Ranfurly.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Dungannon U.V.F.
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At a meeting of the Committee of Management of Omagh Lunatic Asylum, Mr Patrick McMenamin presiding, the Earl of Belmore referred to the death of Lord Northland, and moved the following resolution:- ‘We, the members of the Committee of Management of Omagh District Lunatic Asylum, desire to express our deep sorrow at the recent death in action in France of our colleague, Viscount Northland, J.P., who, since his recent entry into public life, had displayed a praiseworthy interest in all local affairs and had earned the esteem of all his colleagues, and we wish to assure his relatives of our sincere sympathy with them at the great loss they have sustained in the premature close of a promising career.’ Mr George Murnaghan, J.P., in seconding the resolution, said Lord Northland had gained for himself the good opinion of every man with whom he came in contact. The resolution was passed in silence, all members standing.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Omagh Asylum Committee’s Tribute
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At a meeting of the Committee of Management of Tyrone County Hospital, Right Rev Mons O’Doherty presiding, Dr Thompson referred to the loss the committee has sustained by the death of Lord Northland, which had taken place in France since the last meeting of the committee. The deceased nobleman, he said, had taken a great interest in the welfare of that institution, and his father, the Earl of Ranfurly, was one of its oldest governors. On the motion of the chairman, seconded by Rev J McGeorty, a vote of sympathy was passed, and it was ordered that this was to be placed in the minutes.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Tyrone Hospital Committee
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At Dungannon Rural Council meeting, under the presidency of Mr Jackson Erskine, the following resolution was adopted, on the motion of Mr W Watson, seconded by Mr Henry Atkinson. ‘That this Council tenders to the Right Honourable the Earl and Countess of Ranfurly their sincere sympathy on the great loss occasioned by the lamented death of their son, Lord Northland, at the front, in the service of his King and while nobly and heroically fighting in the interests of our country and empire.’ A letter of sympathy was also directed to be forwarded to Lady Northland.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Dungannon Rural Council
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) A special meeting of the Derrygortreavy Unionist Club was held on Tuesday. The following resolution was proposed by the Rev J M Jennings, seconded by Mr W P Lockhart and passed in silence, all standing:- ‘We the members of Derrygortreavy Unionist Club, beg to tender to the Earl and Countess of Ranfurly and to Viscountess Northland, our deepest sympathy on the death of Viscount Northland. His death has removed from amongst us one whom we loved and honoured, and we feel that we have lost not only a leader, but also a friend, whose place it will be impossible to fill.’
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Derrygortreavy Unionist Club
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) LO.L. 324 met in the Walker Memorial Hall, Castlecaulfield, on Thursday. Bro John Soley, W.M., in the chair, and Bro William Courtney in the vice chair. The following resolution was proposed by Bro John Rowan:- ‘We express our profound regret at the death of Bro Lord Northland, and we hereby tender our heartfelt sympathy to Lord and Lady Ranfurly and the Viscountess Northland in the irreparable loss they have sustained.’ Bro Hugh J Bennett, in seconding the resolution, referred to the great loss the Orange Order had sustained in the death of Lord Northland, as he was always a staunch supporter of the Orange Order and a very successful organiser of the U.V.F. they all deplored his loss as their leader in whom they had the greatest confidence. His place would be hard to fill, but hey must go on with renewed vigour and keep the old flag flying that his lordship loved so well. The resolution was passed in silence, the members standing. This was all the business and the Lodge was then closed in the usual form.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Castlecaulfield Orangemen
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At a special meeting of Royal Black Preceptory No. 523, Dungannon, a resolution of sympathy with the relatives of the late Captain Viscount Northland was moved by Bro W J Beatty, W.M., and seconded by Bro Thomas McClean, D.M., and passed in silence, the members standing
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Royal Black Preceptory No. 523
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At this meeting on Friday evening, Bro D J Beatty, W.M., presiding, passed a resolution, proposed by Bro W J Beatty, P.M., regretting the great loss sustained by the Orange Institution, through the death of Bro The Hon. Viscount Northland, who had been Deputy County Grand Master of Tyrone and District Master of the Orangeman of Killyman District. The resolution was adopted in silence, the members standing.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Dungannon Abstinence L.O.L. No. 1229
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Captain J C Herdman, in his capacity as officer commanding the North Tyrone Battalion, Ulster Volunteer Force, has written to the Earl of Ranfurly offering hm the sympathy of the officers and men in the great loss he has sustained by the death of his son, Lord Northland. He has received the following reply:- Dear Mr Herdman, Allow me to express my sincere thanks to you for your very kind letter, written only not only from yourself but as representing the Ulster Volunteer Force, North Tyrone Battalion. the blank left in our lives can never be replaced, but he died as he should, at his country’s call, facing the enemy. I know his great desire was to see the Ulster Volunteer Force of Tyrone fully represented at the front, and I hope you will express this to all able bodied men who have not yet volunteered. Now is the time, and in this war if we are to conquer and end war for generations, it can only be done by having an inexhaustible supply of recruits to take the place of those who have fallen fulfilling their duty. The following extract of a letter from his colonel at the front may be of interest:- ‘His place in the battalion cannot be filled, and no officer in the battalion could I rely on more implicitly than I did of him. He was a perfect company commander, always cool and most sound in his work. There was no more popular officer in this battalion, and his loss is a terrible blow to us all. Believe me, yours sincerely, Ranfurly.’
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: North Tyrone Volunteers Sympathy
30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The Session and Committee of First Dungannon Presbyterian Church, at a special meeting, adopted the following resolution in connection with the lamented death of Captain Viscount Northland:- ‘The Session and Committee of First Dungannon Presbyterian Church, beg respectfully to tender their heartfelt sympathy to Lord and Lady Ranfurly and to Lady Northland in their present sorrow. Lord Northland died the death of a patriot fighting for his King and country, and his noble sacrifice will never be forgotten by the community where, in his few short years of residence, he had come to be regarded universally with admiration and respect.’ The clerk of the committee (Mr Francis Henderson) was directed to forward a copy of the resolution to Lord Ranfurly.
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30/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Dungannon Presbyterians
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At a special meeting of Drumglass Young Men’s Society on Thursday evening, Mr R T Clarke presiding, Mr John Beatty moved that a vote of condolence be passed and forwarded to the relatives of the late Captain Viscount Northland. He said that they had lost a good friend and gallant leader, in the person of Lord Northland, whose death on the field of honour they all lamented deeply and whose place in their midst it would be impossible to fill. Mr W N Thornberry said it was his sad duty to second the motion. The people of Dungannon had met with an irreparable loss, but what must it be to the bereaved father, mother and widow, to lose such a young life? Viscount Northland had met his death nobly fighting for his King and country, and the members he was certain would extend their heartfelt sympathy to the family in their great sorrow. Mr Alfred McCurry, in associating himself with the resolution, stated that the late noble Viscount had been a vice president of the Young Men’s Society, while his father, Lord Ranfurly, was the society’s patron. The resolution was passed in silence, the members standing.
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29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Drumglass Young Men’s Society
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The Dead March in Saul was then rendered by Mr F Pearson, parish organist, the congregation reverently standing. The Volunteers and Fusiliers afterwards paraded and returned to the drill hall, Masonic Avenue, where they were dismissed.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) We feel he is still near.’
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) And while our eyes with tears are wet,
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The ones he loved, and loveth yet.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) And He, we know, will not forget,
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) When dried in every tear.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Till dawns the Resurrection Day,
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) In earth’s embrace, and go our way;
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) ‘God’s faithful soldier now we lay,
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) And now he has been taken away at an age when he had entered a career of great usefulness, and a time when, in the history of the empire, he was taking no small or inconspicuous part. He died that his own honour may be secure, that others might live, and that the nation might be free. Life, happiness and opportunity awaited him, but he threw down all he possessed at a turning point in the world’s history. He could not, I know, have asked a nobler fate, and we all feel proud of the part he has played for his country. Our poor departed brother, the dead yet speakth, and we hope and pray that his lesson of courage and self-sacrifice will bear fruit in future generations. To Lord and Lady Ranfurly and to the widowed Viscountess, they tendered their whole-hearted sympathy, and they prayed that God in His infinite mercy would heal their broken hearts.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The rector then addressed the congregation from the text ‘Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life’, Revelation II, 10). He said the nations of old times, especially the Greeks, loved their heroes, and even in modern times they loved a well built, athletic and active man. The later Lord Northland had spent his young days in Drumcairne, and worshipped in that church. It was therefore fitting that a memorial service should be held there. His lordship had taken an exceptionally keen interest in the Ulster Volunteer Force, and had worked assiduously to make the Dungannon Battalion the foremost one of the Tyrone Regiment. Lord Northland has visited the various companies nightly, sometimes inspecting three in one evening, and had then worked to the small hours of the morning studying the details. When the call to arms sounded, his lordship left his home of luxury and took his place with his brother officers of the Coldstream Guards in defence of his King and country. The same strenuousness which he brought to bear in his work in connection with the Ulster Volunteer movement was afterwards brought into effect on the field of battle, and he had died the death of a hero.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The choir sang, with much feeling and devotion, the hymns ‘Oft in danger, Oft in woe’, ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and the psalm ‘Lord thou has been our Refuge’ was chanted. The special lessons, first chapter of Joshua and 1st Corinthians, 15th chapter, were read by Mr T McGregor Greer, J.P. Portions of of the burial service were read by Rev C S Stewart, M.A., rector of Donaghenry, and the other hymns rendered were ‘Brief life is here our portion’ and ‘Now the labourer’s task is over’. Some of the hymns were special favourites of the deceased.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) An impressive memorial service in connection with the death of Viscount Northland was held in the parish church, Stewartstown, on Sunday, when the sacred building was filled to its utmost capacity. It was most appropriate that such a service should be held in Stewartstown as the deceased nobleman had spent many happy youthful days there at the residence of his grandfather, the late Hon. Viscount Charlemont, C.B., Drumcairne. The pulpit, lectern, prayer desk and choir gallery were tastefully draped. A detachment of the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attended the service, and the Tullylagan, Tullyhogue, Kingsmills and Stewartstown Battalions of the Ulster Volunteer Force also paraded, under the command of Mr T MacGregor Greer, J.P., officer commanding the battalion, Messrs William Hagan (Tullyhogue), Andrew Brown (Tullyhogue) and H S Burrowes (Stewartstown), company officers; Mr W J Doey, half-company officer (Kingsmills); and Mr R A Irwin (Tullylagan), officer commanding the battalion signallers.
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29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: Memorial Service at Stewartstown
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Before the volunteers were dismissed, Mr Bingham, B.A., temporary commanding officer, addressed them, and said that they were there to pay a last tribute of respect to their leader who was gone, to one who was beloved by them, and under whose guidance they had hoped to bring their work to a successful issue. He had however, fallen manfully in a greater cause, and although his body may lie in the field of battle in France, his spirit would remain with them. He (Mr Bingham), wanted every man of his battalion that day and in the future to work and act as Lord Northland would have wished had he himself been present.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) At the conclusion of the service, the benediction was pronounced by His Grace the Lord Primate and the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was impressively rendered by the organist, and the buglers of the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers sounded the ‘Last Post’. The soldiers and Volunteers afterwards paraded in Market Square, and marched to their respective headquarters.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The gallant regiment with which the late Lord Northland served had indeed proved worthy of the best traditions of the British Army. Where almost every branch and every regiment of the Service had distinguished itself, the Coldstream Guards had won immortal honour, and in future records the name of Lord Northland would be held in the highest honour. Very striking was the testimony borne to Lord Northland in a letter to Lord Ranfurly of the 4th February last (which has been recently published) from the colonel commanding the Guards regiment. They all knew how Lord Northland had entered into their lives and shared their interests and won their affections there in Dungannon. They would see that is memory was kept green in his native land; that the closing years of his life amongst them and his gallant death on the field of battle might inspire others and even generations yet unborn to do their duty in that state of life into which it might please God to call them, and to leave behind them the record their soldiers and sailors had won throughout the present war of ‘gallant gentleman, who love no malice, and knew no fear’.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) For there was a bright side to war, as well as it’s dark side. It had touched and ennobled human nature; it had turned man from the vanities of life to its stern reality. It had taught man a fortitude which never gave way, and a brotherhood which in their own land bade fair to abolish class hatred and suspicion. Therefore, they blessed God for those men who had departed this life for such a spirit. With all reverence, he dared to say that they had followed afar off, the blessed steps of Christ’s most holy life and had ‘given their lives a ransom for many’. And might they not believe that the same precious Word, which alone could heal and save, had availed in God’s sight to cleanse and save their brethren cut off so tragically in a quarrel not of their own seeking, and in a cause with the success of which was bound up the whole hope of humanity.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Shall never fear their foes’.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) the little gem set in the silver sea
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) While that they bosom beareth sons like those;
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) And fail isle well done for thee;
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) ‘Well done for them;
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) His Grace, the Lord Primate of all Ireland, addressing the congregation said, ‘What a glorious ring of hope St Paul gave them in the lesson from the burial service, that because the spiritual was greater than the material, and because their life was not bounded by the brief span of human existence, but because what they saw was temporary, and that the things not seen were eternal, therefore they were to be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and they needed such hope and courage when they were brought face to face with the tragedy of a young life full of splendid promise suddenly cut off in a cruel and devastating war. He knew well how Lord Northland had won the hearts of the people of Dungannon and its neighbourhood during the last few years by his keen devotion to duty and his simple unostentatious desire to spend his life for the good of their beloved land. There were many ends which that memorial service was meant to serve. First of all it was to give voice to their own deep sense of sorrow, and to bring the comfort of human sympathy to bear upon the lives of those whose hearts were torn with grief at the loss of a beloved husband, son and brother. To those dearest to Lord Northland, they offered their heartfelt and respectful sympathy. Might the Lord bless and comfort them in their sore distress, and pour into their hearts the benediction of His heavenly love. Secondly they met to remind one another that there were evils worse than death, and that even death was preferable to dishonour. Had the manhood of their nation stood on one side when Germany tore up treaties as a scrap of paper, violated solemn obligations and turned civilised warfare into murder, rapine and brutal outrage, then indeed the sun of Great Britain would have set in degradation and woe. But luxury and even ease had not after all eaten away that nation’s manhood and when the call of duty came, Lord Northland was one of the first to offer his services for the cause of God and King and fatherland. Might they not say that the example of such as he put to shame the stay at home policy of the shirkers and the shrinkers, none of whom had no more to fear than Lord Northland had or half as much to lose. He thought they needed to hold such a service as that when so many of their gallant dead were laid in unknown and unmarked graves, and perhaps without the words of hope they loved so much to hear at the burial of their loved ones. He believed that their Father in Heaven was very near to their gallant officers and men and to their sailors on the sea, who were bearing cheerfully for their country, privation and loss of which they at home had no conception. He loved to think that their noble sons and brothers who had died for them on the continent of Europe, who had given up their lives for God and country that they may be spared the awful fate of unhappy Belgium; that these men had won, often all unconsciously the benediction of Jesus Christ – ‘He that loveth his life shall lose it, and that he hateth his life in this world shall keep it until life eternal’. That day their gallant soldiers and sailors were shown forth the noblest virtues of responsibility and of unselfishness in opposition to the two vices which lay at the root of every kind of sin. How little any of them had ever suffered for God or man in comparison to what they were suffering. They were exhibiting the noblest and richest example of manhood at its best that their world had ever witnessed. Let them for a moment think what courage and danger, what patience in suffering, what mercy in victory, always unconquered and unconquerable because they knew their cause was just.
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29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: The Lord Primate’s Address
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The sacred building was tastefully draped with Union Jacks and the beautiful regimental flag of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F occupied a commanding position in the chancel. The parish choir had been augmented for the occasion by a large representation from First Dungannon Presbyterian Church choir, and the special music was sweetly rendered under the conductorship of Mr George A Hardcastle, the parish organist. The service commenced with the singing of the the Hymn, ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’, and portions of the burial service were read by Revs. T.J. McEndoo , M.A., rector of Drumglass, C.S. Stewart, M.A., rector of Donaghenry; and F.S. Morrow, B.A, curate-assistant at Drumglass. The psalm, ‘Lord, thou hast been our refuge’ was chanted to Morley in D minor; Spohr’s beautiful anthem, ‘Blest are the departed’ was sung, the quartet portion being taken by Mrs Meglaughlin. Mrs Neill, Dr T.F. Wilson and Mr Gill, tenor soloist Armagh Cathedral. The special lesson, which was the moving 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians, was read by his Grace the Lord Primate, and the other hymns were rendered were ‘Brief life is here our portion’ and ‘Now the Labourer’s Task is Over’.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) His Grace the Lord Primate of all Ireland had intimated his desire to be present, and although suffering from a severe chill recently contracted in Dublin, attended the service and was accompanied by his chaplain, Rev A F B Tunstall, M.A. While the congregation was assembling, Mr Hardcastle, the parish organist, rendered selections including ‘Elegy’ (Hollins), Aria ‘He Counted All Your Sorrows’ (Mendelssohn), ‘Lament’ (Celeridge-Taylor), Aria ‘O Rest In The Lord’ (Mendelssohn), and Chopin’s ‘Marche Funebre’.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Shortly before the hour appointed for the service, an imposing procession filed out of the Royal School grounds, consisting of the Dragoons and soldiers; some fifteen hundred men of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., under the command of Mr R. W Bingham, B.A., temporary commanding officer; the Dungannon Troop Boy Scouts, under Mr Charles Newell, scoutmaster; the Drumglass Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade, in the charge of Rev. F.S. Morrow, B.A., captain; and the students of the Dungannon Royal School. These occupied not only the entire seating accommodation but numbers had to stand in the aisles and the three Dungannon companies could not gain admission to the church at all. The bereaved family was represented by Captain Granville Knox and Major Dudley Alexander, C.M.G., who had travelled specifically from London for the service, and all employees in the mansion house and on the estate were present in the north transept. The general public, including the gentry of the neighbourhood, crowded the small portion of the building reserved for them, and large numbers of people were unable to gain access.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The officers of the Dungannon Battalion were:- Mr R. W Bingham, B.A., officer commanding; Mr Harry Stevenson. Second in command; Mr W E Stevenson, adjutant and officer commanding B Company; Mr Robert Newton, J.P., commanding A Company; Messrs Thomas McGaffin and James Cingston, half company commanders C Company; Mr S G Burns, commanding D Company; Mr Robert Daniel, commanding E Company; Mr Thomas Rogers, commanding F Company; Mr D A Frizelle, commanding G Company; Mr Alexander Robinson, D.L., commanding H Company; Mr William Mills, commanding I Company; Colonel R T G Lowry, D.L., commanding J Company; Rev J M Jennings, B.A., officer commanding K Company.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Colonel Ricardo, D.S.O., the officer commanding the 9th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who had been intimately connected with the deceased nobleman in the Ulster Volunteer movement, attended from the Randalstown Camp with a contingent of eighty non-commissioned officers and men from the battalion, the greater number of whom had volunteered from the Dungannon U.V.F.; and Captain R Stevenson, 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who had been Lord Northland’s second-in-command of the Dungannon Volunteer Force and Lieutenant W Porter, of the 5th Battalion, who had been a half officer of the local volunteers, a attended specially from Dublin. Unfortunately the other local officers on duty in the metropolis were prevented from being present owing to the preparations connected with the approaching departure of the Lord Lieutenant. A half-troop of the Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron) also attended.
29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The deep grief in which the people of County Tyrone where plunged by the announcement that the Hon. Viscount Northland had been killed in action at La Bassee, on 1st February found some expression in the impressive scenes witnessed in Dungannon on Friday afternoon, when a memorial service was held in the parish church. His late lordship’s personality had endeared him to the hearts of all classes in the district, and no one could have moved through the crods on Friday without being stirred by emotion at hearing the expressions of deep regret uttered on all sides. It is no exaggeration to say that never in the history of the town and district had the death of one man created such a personal sense of loss, and indeed, if any one class grieved more than another it was the working and labouring class, who had over regarded him as a brother and a friend owing to his personal acquaintance with in connection with the Ulster Volunteer movement. All of the public works, shops and places of business in the district were closed for the occasion, and from an early hour in the day the country people could be seen wending their way to Dungannon, the mournful silence being sometimes broken by the solemn tread of the various companies of the Dungannon Battalion, Ulster Volunteer Force (of which the late Lord Northland had been the gifted commanding officer and indeed the founder), as they marched to the parade ground at the Royal School.
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29/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th February 1915: The Late Lord Northland – Impressive Memorial Service in Dungannon.
23/07/2018 Lieut Alfred Middleton Blackwood Rose-Cleland Mr Alfred M Rose-Cleland, son of Mr Henry S Rose-Cleland, of Bedford House, Moy has received a commission in the 4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was educated at the Royal School, Dungannon, and at St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, County Dublin. At the commencement of the war Lieutenant Cleland, who was in the employment of the well-known firm of McLaughlin and Harvey, contractors and builders, Belfast, was working at Rocking, near Braintree in Essex, but came home and enlisted in the Tyrone (Service) Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served some months at Finner Camp, and was a lance corporal when gazetted as second lieutenant. Lieutenant Cleland comes of a fighting Scottish race of great antiquity as Burke’s ‘Commoners’ records. One of his ancestors, James Cleland, was cousin of the famous Sir William Wallace, the hero of Scotland, and fought by his side in most of his exploits against the English, and particularly in the celebrated sea fight when Thomas de Longville, commonly called the Red Rover, was taken prisoner. Another ancestor, William Cleland, defeated Claverhouse at Drumclog, and was afterwards Lieutenant Colonel of the First Regiment of the Cameronians, which was embodied in support of the Covenant. He fell while leading his regiment at Drumkeld. The Irish branch of the family settled in Bangor, County Down in the year 1645, and produced many notable public men. Lieutenant Cleland’s great grandfather, who had an adventurous career both on sea and land, was killed at the early age of 28 years while leading his company at the storming of Attor in India in June 1768. Lieutenant Cleland’s grandfather, the late Mr James Dowsett Rose-Cleland, of Rath Gael House, Bangor, County Down, was a celebrated public man, having been a magistrate and deputy lieutenant for the county. He commanded the Newtownards Yeoman Infantry at the Battle of Saintfield on 9th June 1798, and in the August following, raised the Rath Gael Yeoman Infantry, receiving repeated thanks from the government for his services. While filling the office of high sheriff for County Down in 1805, he presided at the historic election for that county between Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh (who brought about the union between Great Britain and Ireland) and Colonel John Meade, which lasted twenty one days.
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23/07/2018 Lieut Alfred Middleton Blackwood Rose-Cleland From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th February 1915:
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Private J McGuiness (Tyrone Volunteers), who is officially reported wounded in action, was one of the buglers who sounded the last post at the Memorial Service for the late Lord Northland, held in Dungannon Parish Church on March 1915. He is a native of Greystones, County Wicklow.
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20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 19th August 1916:
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20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY: Telegram from the King and Queen: Lord Ranfurly received on Thursday the following telegram from Buckingham Palace: “The King and Queen are profoundly grieved to hear of the loss which you and the army have sustained by the death of your only son in the service of his country. Their Majesties deeply regret that this young life so full of promise should have suddenly cut off, and they offer you their sympathy in your great sorrow” - Private Secretary. Ulster Unionist Council: Mr R Dawson Bates, secretary of the Ulster Unionist Council, sent the following telegram:- ‘On behalf of the Ulster Unionist Council I am desired to express their sympathy with you in your bereavement’
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) SKETCH OF HIS CAREER: The late Lord Northland, who was the only son of the Earl of Ranfurly of Northland House, Dungannon and Pont Street London, was 32 years of age, having been born on 13th June 1882. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He joined the Coldstream Guards in 1900, and served with them in the Boer War, earning the South African Medal. He left the Guards in 1906, and subsequently became a captain in the Yorkshire Dragoons (Yeomanry) passing into the Reserve of Officers in 1907. On the outbreak of the present war his Lordship immediately rejoined the Coldstream Guards, being posted to the 2nd Battalion. Both the Coldstream and Grenadier Guards took a prominent part in the stubborn fighting at La Bassee and suffered rather heavy losses. Owing to his valuable services at the Front, he had lately been promoted captain. The Viscount, who had travelled extensively, came of age in 1903 during the time his father was Governor-General of New Zealand, and his majority was celebrated by a ball at the Wellington Government House, which was one of the chief social events of the season. For a short period he acted as aide-de-camp to his father in New Zealand. He was a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. In 1912 his Lordship married Hilda Cooper, daughter of the late Daniel Cooper, whose father, the first baronet, was the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. Their son and heir, Thomas Daniel, was born on the 29th May 1914. The deceased took a very active and practical interest in the Ulster Volunteer Force, of which he was a most enthusiastic and popular officer. He was chiefly instrumental in organising and training the 4th (Dungannon) Battalion of the Tyrone Regiment U.V.F., which numbers 2,500 men. He was the commanding officer of the battalion, by whom he was regarded with the utmost esteem and affection, and the news of his untimely death was received with the greatest sorrow by his former comrades, who are however gratified to learn that, like many other members of the Ulster nobility, who were officers in the U.V.F., he died as a gallant soldier fighting for his country. After proceeding to the Front, his first action was to publish a request to the Volunteers to join Kitchener’s army. His Lordship had been an enthusiastic Orangeman, and on the death of H. W. Chambre, J.P., a few months ago, had been elected Deputy Grand Master of the County Tyrone Grand Orange Lodge and District Master of Killyman District Orange Lodge. He also held the office of Deputy Grand Master of the Orange Institution of Ireland. He was a valued member of Tyrone County Council, and was a magistrate in the county.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The sad news of Captain the Hon. Viscount Northland, of the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action at Cuinchy, near La Bassee on Monday 1st inst., was heard of with general regret throughout Ulster, and particularly in Dungannon and district, where he was well known as an officer of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Although Viscount Northland’s death took place on Monday, the sad news only reached the London residence of his father, the Earl of Ranfurly, on Wednesday night, and it was immediately telegraphed to Northland House, Dungannon, where he was Earl in attendance. The news was broken by his medical adviser, Dr F. C. Mann, who was accompanied by a friend of the family, Mr. W. H Darragh, J.P. His Lordship was almost prostrated at the news, more especially as he had heard from Lord Northland a few days ago, stating that he was quite well and hoped to get over to London for a short visit to see his family and relatives, but it is understood he expressed his satisfaction in the fact that his gallant son had fallen in the noble cause of King and Country. When the intelligence became generally know in Dungannon on Thursday, widespread regret was expressed by all classes of the community in the town and country, amongst whom he was a well-known and popular figure. The church bells of the parish were solemnly tolled. The country folk, to whom the late Lord Northland was intimately known, expressed the sincerest sorrow of his death, as well as deep sympathy with the Earl and Countess and the bereaved widow and family. The relatives of the late Lord Northland have been informed his Lordship did not die of wounds, as was at first reported, but was shot through the head and died immediately.
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20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Tyrone Courier dated 11th February 1915: DEATH OF LORD NORTHLAND - KILLED IN ACTION NEAR LA BASSEE - WIDESPREAD SORROW
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) His Grace, the Lord Primate of All Ireland, addressing the congregation said, ‘What a glorious ring of hope St. Paul gave them in the lesson from the Burial Service, that because the spiritual was greater than the material, that because their life was not bounded by the brief span of human existence, but because what they saw was only temporary, and that the things not seen were eternal, therefore they were to be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and they needed such hope and courage when they were brought face to face with the tragedy of a young life full of splendid promise suddenly cut off in a cruel and devastating war. He knew well how Lord Northland had one the hearts of the people of Dungannon and its neighbourhood during the last few years by his keen devotion to duty and his simple unostentatious desire to spend his life for the good of their beloved land. There were many ends which that memorial service was meant to serve. First of all it was to give voice to their own deep sense of sorrow, and to bring the comfort of human sympathy to bear upon the lives of those whose hearts were torn with grief at the loss of a beloved husband, son and brother. To those dearest to Lord Northland, they offered their heartfelt and respectful sympathy. Might the Lord bless and comfort them in their sore distress, and pour into their hearts the benediction of His heavenly love. Secondly they met to remind one another that there were evils worse than death, and that even death was preferable to dishonour. Had the manhood of their nation stood on one side when Germany tore up treaties as a scrap of paper, violated solemn obligations and turned civilised warfare into murder, rapine and brutal outrage, then indeed the sun of Great Britain would have led? in degradation and woe. But luxury and even ease had not after all eaten away that nation’s manhood and when the call of duty came, Lord Northland was one of the first to offer his services for the cause of God and King and fatherland. Might they not say that the example of such as he put to shame the stay at home policy of the shirkers, none of whom had no more to fear than Lord Northland had half as much to lose. He thought they needed to hold such a service as that when so many of their gallant dead were laid in unknown and unmarked graves, and perhaps without the words of hope they loved so much to hear at the burial of their loved ones. He believed that their Father in Heaven was very near to their gallant officers and men and to their sailors on the sea, who were bearing cheerfully for their country, privation and loss of which they at home had no conception. He loved to think that their noble sons and brothers who had died for them on the continent of Europe, who had given up their lives for God and country that they may be spared the awful fate of unhappy Belgium; that these men had one, often all unconsciously the benediction of Jesus Christ – ‘He that leveth his life shall lose it, and that he hateth his life in this world shall keep it until life eternal’. That day their gallant soldiers and sailors were shown forth the noblest virtues of responsibility and of unselfishness in opposition to the two vices which lay at the root of every kind of sin. How little any of them had ever suffered for God or man in comparison to what they were suffering. They were exhibiting the noblest and richest example of manhood at its best that their world had ever witnessed. Let them for a moment think what courage and danger, what patience in suffering, what mercy in victory, always unconquered and unconquerable because they knew their cause was just. ‘Well done for them; And fail isle well done for thee; While that they bosom beareth sons like those; the little gem set in the silver sea Shall never fear their foes’. There was a bright side toward, as well as its dark side. It had touched and ennobled human nature; it had turned man from the vanities of life to its stern reality. It had taught man fortitude which never gave way, and a brotherhood which in our times had abolished class hatred and suspicion. Therefore, they blessed God for this, those men who have departed this life in such a cause and in such a spirit. With all reverence, he dared to say that they had followed afar off the blessed steps of Christ’s most holy life and had ‘given their lives a ransom for many’. The gallant regiment with which the late Lord Northland served had indeed proved worthy of the best traditions of the British Army. Where almost every branch and every regiment of the Service had distinguished itself, the Coldstream Guards had won immortal honour, and in future records the name of Lord Northland would be held in the highest honour. Lord Northland had the interests of Dungannon at heart. They would see their that his memory was kept in his native land, and that the closing years of his life amongst them, and his gallant death on the field of battle would inspire them, for generations yet unborn, to do their duty in that state of life, to which it may please God to call them, and to leave behind them the record their soldiers and sailors had won throughout the present war of ‘gallant gentleman, who had no malice, and knew no fear’. At the conclusion of the service, the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was impressively rendered by the organist and the buglers of the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers sounded the ‘Las Post’. The soldiers and Volunteers afterwards paraded in Market Square, and marched to their respective headquarters.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The Lord Primate’s Address.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The sacred building was tastefully draped with Union Jacks and the beautiful regimental flag of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F occupied a commanding position in the chancel. The parish choir had been augmented for the occasion and the special music was sweetly rendered under the conductorship of Mr George A Hardcastle, the parish organist. The service commenced with the singing of the the Hymn, ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’, and portions of the burial service were read by Revs. T.J. McEndoo , M.A., rector of Drumglass, C.S. Stewart, M.A., rector of Donaghenry; and F.S. Morrow, B.A, curate-assistant at Drumglass. The psalm, ‘Lord, thou hast been our refuge’ was chanted to Morley in D minor; Spohr’s beautiful anthem, ‘Blest are the departed’ was sung, the quartet portion being taken by Mrs Meglaughlin. Mrs Neill, Dr T.F. Wilson and Mr Gill, tenor soloist Armagh Cathedral. The special lesson, which was the moving 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians, was read by his Grace.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Shortly before the hour appointed for the service, an imposing procession filed out of the Royal School grounds, consisting of the Dragoons and soldiers; some fifteen hundred men of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., under the command of Mr R. W. Bingham, B.A., temporary commanding officer; the Dungannon Troop Boy Scouts, under Mr. Charles Newell, scoutmaster; the Drumglass Company of the Church Lad’s Brigade, in the charge of Rev. F.S. Morrow, B.A., captain; and the students of the Dungannon Royal School. The bereaved family was represented by Captain Granville Knox and Major Dudley Alexander, C.M.G., who had travelled specifically from London for the service.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Colonel Ricardo, D.S.O., the officer commanding the 9th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who had been intimately connected with the deceased nobleman in the Ulster Volunteer Movement, attended from the Randalstown Camp with a contingent of 80 men from the battalion, the greater number of whom had volunteered from the Dungannon U.V.F.; and Captain R Stevenson, 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who had been Lord Northland’s second-in-command of the Dungannon Volunteer Force and Lieutenant W Porter of the 5th Battalion, attended specially from Dublin, a half-troop of the Inniskilling Dragoons (Service Squadron) also attended.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) A memorial service in connection with the death of Captain the Hon Viscount Northland, who was killed in action at Cuinchy, near La Bassee, on 1st February, was held in St Anne’s Parish Church, Dungannon on Friday afternoon when there was a large and representative attendance and the proceedings were the most impressive throughout. All of the public works, shops and places of business in the district were closed for the occasion, and from an early hour in the day the country people could be seen wending their way to Dungannon.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Tyrone Courier 13 February 1915: The Late Lord Northland - Memorial Service in Dungannon. Address by the Lord Primate.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) ‘Ulster Volunteer Force 4th Dungannon Battalion. Your King and country needs you now. Enlist at once for the duration of the war at the Inniskilling Fusiliers Depot, Omagh. No one should hesitate. No personal or political consideration should stop you. We will deal with politics later. I personally appeal to all members of the Dungannon Battalion to join at once and prove the loyalty of Ulster. Enlist today. Northland, Lieutenant, 4th Coldstream Guards.’
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Lord Northland, who is at present on service with the Coldstream Guards, has issued the following appeal to the men of the Dungannon Battalion of the Ulster Volunteer Force:
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20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd September 1914: Lord Northland’s Appeal
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Lance Corporal J McIntyre, Dungannon of the Inniskilling Fusiliers in a letter from the front to a friend in Dungannon says:- ‘I lay beside the Irish Fusiliers last November but I have not seen them since. I saw young Devlin of the New Row; he was the only Dungannon fellow I saw, but I believe Bob Steenson, of the Windmill Hill, is in the battalion now, Johnston and Taylor are well. They are not in my Company, but I see them regular when we come out of the trenches for a rest. All the other boys are doing well in the regiment. This is a good battalion; my brother and Willie Dickson of the Caulfeild Road and myself are in the battalion 6 months. We have seen a lot of country and a lot of Germans. We have met them on several occasions. They are a great nation and have some fine shots, especially the snipers. They never finish firing. They are very dangerous to us when going into the trenches and out of them. As regards their artillery, they are not much good now, but they used to give us hell with their big shells at the beginning but I think they have run short either of ammunition or guns. Thank God for it too as they used to play our trenches up greatly. This regiment has lost a lot of fine men since they came out here. Young Vallely of Moygashel was wounded a few weeks ago. He was also in my Company. I miss Averall; he came out to this country with me last September. We had a very severe winter, but the summer is on us now so it won’t be so bad. We had plenty of clothing during the winter months. I was very sorry about Lord Northland. I saw the churchyard where he was buried but I had not time to go in and see it, but his grave is very nicely done up by the men of his own regiment (the Coldstream Guards). I would like a copy of the Tyrone Courier to see something about Dungannon’
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20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Tyrone Courier – 22nd April 1915: A Request for the Courier - mentions grave ‘nicely done up.’
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) A pathetic incident arising out of the death of Captain the Hon. Viscount Northland, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, who was killed in action at La Bassee on 1st February, is mentioned in letters just received from Corporal John Johnston, machine-gun section of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and Private Robert Taylor, of the same battalion. They had been former section leaders in the Dungannon U.V.F., of which Lord Northland had been the popular commanding officer, and they mention in their letters that they had sought out his grave in a French cemetery near La Bassee and had planted flowers on it.
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20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) From the Tyrone Courier dated 25th March 1915:
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) To the Beloved and Gallant Memory of Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox, Viscount Northland, Captain 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, who gave his life for his country at Cuinchy, France, 1st February 1915, in his 33rd year.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Viscount Northland is commemorated on a plaque in St Anne’s Parish Church, Dungannon. It reads:-
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Family: Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Viscount Northland), Hilda Susan Ellen Cooper, Thomas Daniel Knox, (6th Earl of Ranfurly) (born 29th May 1913, died 1988), Edward Paul Uchter Knox (born 23rd May 1914, died 11th December 1935)
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Known family: Uchter John Mark Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly, Hon. Constance Elizabeth Caulfeild, Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox, Viscount Northland (born 13th June 1882), Constance Knox (born 21st April 1885), Eileen Maud Juliana Knox (born 3rd May 1891, died 1972).
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The family lived at Northland House, Dungannon.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) After his death, Hilda married three more times, her last husband dying only in 1958.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The CWGC record Captain Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox as being Viscount Northland. He is describes as the son of 5th Earl and Countess of Ranfurly. He is also recorded as the husband of Lady Northland, who became Mrs Wardell of 24 Gilbert Street, Grosvenor Square, London.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Captain Viscount Northland is buried in Cuinchy Communal Cemetery in France.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) A memorial service was held for Captain the Hon Viscount Northland in St Anne’s Parish Church, Dungannon in early February on a Friday afternoon. There was a very large attendance. All of the public works, shops and places of business in the district were closed for the occasion, and from an early hour in the day the country people could be seen making their way to Dungannon.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) The news reached the London residence of his father two days later and it was immediately telegraphed to Northland House, Dungannon, where he was living.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Captain Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards when he was killed in action on 1st February 1915.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Captain Viscount Northland was involved in the fighting on the Aisne and at Ypres.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) After proceeding to the Front, his first action was to publish a request to the Volunteers to join Kitchener’s army.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) On the outbreak of the war, Captain Viscount Northland immediately rejoined the Coldstream Guards.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He was a valued member of Tyrone County Council, and was a magistrate in the county.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Lord Northland had been an enthusiastic Orangeman, and on the death of H W Chambre, J.P., in 1914, had been elected Deputy Grand Master of the County Tyrone Grand Orange Lodge and District Master of Killyman District Orange Lodge. He also held the office of Deputy Grand Master of the Orange Institution of Ireland.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Lord Northland took a very active and practical interest in the Ulster Volunteer Force, of which he was a most enthusiastic and popular officer. He was chiefly instrumental in organising and training the 4th (Dungannon) Battalion of the Tyrone Regiment U.V.F., which numbered 2,500 men. He was the commanding officer of the battalion.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Viscount Northland and Hilda Cooper were married on 12th June 1912.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He married Hilda Susan Ellen Cooper, daughter of Sir Daniel Cooper, 2nd Bt. and Harriet Grant-Suttie, of Mill House, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. Daniel Cooper's father, the first baronet, was the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He passed into the Reserve of Officers in 1907.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Viscount Northland left the Guards in 1906, subsequently joining the Yorkshire Dragoons.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He was invested as a Knight of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem (K.G. St. J.).
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) During his father's Governor-Generalship of New Zealand (1897-1904), Lord Northland acted as Aide-de-Camp to the Earl between 1903 and 1904.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He served in the Boer War with the Coldstream Guards in 1902, where he was earned the South African Medal with two clasps.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He joined the Coldstream Guards in 1900.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Viscount Northland was educated at Eton and then at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) He was given the title Viscount Northland.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Thomas was born on 13th June 1882 in Dungannon.
20/07/2018 Capt Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox (Northland) Thomas Uchter Caulfeild Knox was the son of Uchter John Mark Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly and Hon. Constance Elizabeth Caulfeild.
18/07/2018 Pte. Vivan H C Abbott Herbert Abbott, Vivian’s brother, was living in Canada and served in the war.
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18/07/2018 Pte. Vivan H C Abbott Mr H H B Abbott, who is a son of Rev D C Abbott, Archdeacon of Clogher, has received a commission in the 102nd Regiment (Mountain Rangers) at Vancouver, British Columbia. Lieutenant Abbott holds the record for the length of time at Dungannon Royal School, which he entered in 1899, and after obtaining Intermediate Exhibitions in the junior, middle and senior grades, left in 1907 to take up engineering. He was popularly known amongst the boys as ‘Bunny’, and was an enthusiastic cricket and rugby player. On one occasion whilst playing in a football match against Campbell College, Lieutenant Abbott received a nasty blow on the head which rendered him hors-de-combat. A few minutes later Lieutenant Abbott resumed, and the players and spectators were surprised to see him pitch up the ball and sprint towards his own line and ground behind the posts. The next morning he remembered nothing about the match. Lieutenant Abbott will shortly accompany his regiment to England, and pay Dungannon a visit, if possible. If he does he will be sure of a hearty welcome.
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18/07/2018 Pte. Vivan H C Abbott From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 6th February 1915: Herbert Henry B Abbott (brother of Vivian Abbott)
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16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn All the information and photos here comes courtesy of Mark Byers, Fivemiletown, who wrote the Fivemiletown book and who continues to research the war dead of the area.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn The name of Corporal Thomas Alexander Lynn was added to Fivemiletown Community War Memorial for Remembrance Sunday 2018. The inscription was dedicated by Rev Canon Kyle Hanlon - Rector of St John’s Parish Church, Fivemiletown.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn The CWGC record Corporal Thomas Alexander Lynn as the son of Samuel and Isabella Lynn of Dundonald, County Down, Northern Ireland.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn Corporal Alex Lynn was buried in St Desir War Cemetery, France.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn Corporal Thomas Alexander Lynn went on to serve in the invasion of Normandy and was killed in action on 23rd August 1944. He was 25 years old.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn After the North Africa campaign Alex came home on leave, this was the last time he was seen by his family.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn He was posted to North Africa and served at Tobruk. Alex met his uncle Samuel Gillespie by chance in Tripoli. He was serving with the Corps of Signals. Seven of the Gillespie brothers served in the British Army.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn His uncle, Fusilier William Gillespie, his mother’s brother, was killed during the retreat to Dunkirk.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn After the outbreak of war Alex was serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France and was evacuated from the beaches in Dunkirk in 1940.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn The family moved to Newtownards in 1940, but Alex had already moved to England in 1938 to seek work, joining the Loyal Regiment.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn Alex, as he was known, was born in 1918 at Tattyknuckle, Fivemiletown, in a farmhouse belonging to the Rusk family, behind the old Tullynageeran Graveyard.
16/07/2018 Corp Thomas Alexander Lynn Thomas Alexander Lynn was the eldest son of Samuel and Isabella Lynn.
15/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson Lieutenant Vincent Acheson, of the 6th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who has recently being promoted, is the youngest son of the late Mr David Acheson J.P., founder of the extensive linen manufacturing firm now trading as Acheson & Smith Limited, Castlecaulfield. He took an active part in the Ulster Volunteer movement, and was officer commanding Castlecaulfield Company, and on the outbreak of war, Lieutenant Acheson at once, in common with the senior officers of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F., volunteered his services, and was speedily marked out for well-deserved promotion. He is as popular with officers and men of his present company as he was with the Castlecaulfield Company, and although a man of few words, he put his heart into any undertaking in which he is interested, Educated at Lurgan College, and afterwards at St Andrews College, Dublin, Lieutenant Acheson, after a very successful scholastic career, went to Manchester to attend technical classes in connection with the linen industry. On the death of his father three years ago, he took charge of the Castlecaulfield factory, and his thorough knowledge of the details of the business enabled him to carry it on with complete success. Lieutenant Acheson is married the eldest daughter of Mr Peter Swan, of Broughty Ferry, Scotland and they resides in in the commodious building at Castlecaulfield, in which the famous Earl of Charlemont was born, the Charlemont family having moved into it temporarily when the Castle at Castlecaulfield was burned, the ruins of which are still to be seen. Lieutenant Acheson belongs to an old Presbyterian family. His grandfather, Rev. Joseph Acheson, was for many years the beloved pastor of Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church and to his memory, the congregation recently erected a fine building known as the Acheson Memorial Hall. Ever an ardent sportsman, Lieutenant Acheson assisted the Dungannon Football Rugby Club, and captained the team in 1906-07, when Dungannon annexed the Provincial Towns Cup after a very hard struggle and several drawn games. His brothers, Dr Malcolm Acheson, who is at present at the front with the R.A.M.C., and Fred and Frank, were also enthusiastic members of the club.
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15/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 30th January 1915:
14/07/2018 Driver Robert Lynn ‘We are having some terrible bad weather here, a continual downpour of rain and sleet, which makes us very miserable as well as anything else. I can hardly remember anything like it in Ireland. Not even the monsoons in India are as bad. The roads are covered with water. The rivers are overflowed into the fields, but in the trenches it is up to the waist with mud and water, and the banks are falling in. There are plenty of our chaps beginning to feel rheumatism coming on. I tell you it is no wonder. We get an occasional spell to ourselves, which we take the advantage of for a hot water bath and a complete change if we are lucky to get it. The Germans must be in an awful state. When there is any of them captured, they are in a terrible state of filth and starvation. Their officers keep them to it. If they make any hesitation they are shot down by their own men. We are all right for food and clothes, and our chaps are thanking the people at home for what they have done for us out here. We are now waiting for Kitchener’s Army to come up in the firing line to get a week’s rest. I think we have done our share of the fighting since we started. Everywhere we have met the Germans they were always ten to one, but don’t forget when you look over the death roll every week that the Germans are five times that many. There is no mistake, our fellows have never been so pressed before. Never in any campaign have they showed so much courage. The Germans would rather meet any other nation as meet us. They loose all heart, and when the heart is gone, the fight is lost. Many a time I think the Lord must be on our side. There is no ‘kid about it, my luck has been great. I am in the best of health and spirits.’
14/07/2018 Driver Robert Lynn Driver R Lynn, of the 87th Battery Royal Field Artillery, writing to his friends in Coalisland, states:-
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14/07/2018 Driver Robert Lynn From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 23rd January 1915:
12/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson Mr Vincent A Acheson has been promoted from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant in the 6th Inniskillings. He was a prominent rugby man, and company commander ‘G’ Company U.V.F.
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12/07/2018 Capt Vincent Andrews Acheson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 16th January 1915:
12/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Averall Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. Robert J Averall From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
12/07/2018 Pte. James Devlin Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. James Devlin From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
12/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas - James Davis (brother of Joy Davis)
12/07/2018 Pte. William Richard Dickson Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. William Richard Dickson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
12/07/2018 Pte. Joseph McIntyre Lance Corporal John Johnston, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskillings, son of Mr David Johnston, Killymeal, Dungannon, writing to his friends in Dungannon, says that he has had a very merry time at Christmas. He went to Holy Communion at eight o’clock, and saw John McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre and William Dixon (Dickson), all Dungannon boys, there. There was a heavy snow storm on Christmas Day. We all got Princess Mary’s Christmas Box, from which we enjoyed a good smoke. He came across Wingfield Espey (Bush, Dungannon), and was informed that James Davis (Dungannon) was still alive and well. They were all sorry at losing Averall and Devlin, both Dungannon men, reported killed during November, who were very popular in the battalion. He concludes by wishing all the townspeople a New Year, and especially A Company U.V.F., and Mr Bingham, officer commanding and Sergeant Major Whitelaw.
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12/07/2018 Pte. Joseph McIntyre From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Corporal Johnston’s Christmas
11/07/2018 2nd Lt William Porter Messrs W Porter and J F Hunter, of A Company, Dungannon Battalion Ulster Volunteer Force, have received commissions in the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, as also has Mr Stewart Moore, who enlisted from D (Bush) Company, Dungannon Battalion Ulster Volunteer Force. The three gentlemen joined the Inniskillings in August last as privates in August and worked their way up until they received their commissions. Lieutenant Porter is a brother-in-law of Mr R W Bingham, B.A., headmaster of Dungannon Royal School, and as a half company commander of A Company, was very popular with officers and men. He has been in Canada for a number of years, and last year on his return played as half back in Dungannon Rugby Football Team, and with followers of the handling code, was also extremely popular. Lieutenant Hunter is a son of Rev Dr Hunter, who is at present engaged in missionary work in China on behalf of the Presbyterian Church. Lieutenant Moore is a well-known sportsman, and was a frequent visitor to Elm Lodge, the residences of Captain R H Scott, of the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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11/07/2018 2nd Lt William Porter From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915: Commissions for Dungannon Volunteers
07/07/2018 Driver Patrick Gartland Messrs. J P Daly, T Bradley and P Gartland, of the Irish Brigade, are at home for a few days. They have not been supplied with khaki uniforms yet, although they have enlisted two months ago.
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07/07/2018 Driver Patrick Gartland From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915:
01/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis Corporal James Davis, of the North Irish Horse, has written to his father, Mr James Davis, senior, Barrack Street, Dungannon, under date the 21st December. No communication has been received from him for the past fourteen weeks, so that naturally his family were anxious for his safety. He states that he is now using a rifle belonging to a Derry trooper who had been killed in action in Belgium in the earlier part of the fighting. His squadron had been 250 all told when the landed in France, but within a fortnight they were greatly reduced. During that time some of their lads won the French Legion of Honour for the gallant defence of a town made by a small party of North Irish Horse. They were the rear-guard to a column in retreat from Mons and although the shells were flying thickly and the Germans were about to enter the town, they kept the enemy in check. Three hours afterwards the place was in flames and the Germans were on the march again, but the North Irish Horse had achieved the purpose intended. They were at present attached to headquarters, but he had just heard they were going into active service again and that a squadron was coming out from Ireland to take their place. The South Irish Horse had been sent to the trenches about a month ago and were now near Lille.
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01/07/2018 Reg SM Joy Davis From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 2nd January 1915: French Legion of Honour Conferred - James Davis (brother of Joy Davis)
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