Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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31/12/2020 Sgt. Richard Bell 02872
31/12/2020 Sgt. Richard Bell Sergeant Richard Bell is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
31/12/2020 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty 02871
31/12/2020 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty 02870
31/12/2020 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty The 1901 census lists the family also living in a house in Irish Street. John Beatty was born in Bermuda. He was an upholsterer and a ‘master china and delf merchant’.
31/12/2020 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty Family: John Beatty, Emily Beatty, Elizabeth Beatty (born 2nd April 1870), Emily Beatty (born 4th July 1871, died 4th July 1871), William John Beatty (born 22nd January 1873), Thomas Beatty (born 7th August 1875, died 7th August 1875), Margaret Beatty (born 21st July 1876), Hugh Hogg Beatty (born 1st July 1879),Richard Beatty (born 26th April 1882), Letitia Jeanette Beatty (born 5th March 1884), Herbert Augustus Beatty (born 2nd August 1890).
31/12/2020 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty Hugh Beatty was born on 1st July 1879. He was one of nine children, seven surviving. All the children were born in Dungannon.
31/12/2020 Capt Hugh Hogg Beatty Hugh Hogg Beatty was the second surviving son of John snf Emily Beatty. John Beatty and Emily Donnelly were married on 25th May 1869 in the district of Dungannon.
31/12/2020 Pte. Robert Baxter Private Robert Baxter arrived in Europe on 26th August 1915.
31/12/2020 Pte. Robert Baxter Family: Robert Baxter, Jane Baxter, Robert Baxter (born 30th June 1893, Dungannon), Maria Baxter (born 5th March 1895, Magherafelt), Mary Baxter (born 25th November 1896, Lisburn), Kyle Baxter (born about 1900, County Antrim).
31/12/2020 Pte. Robert Baxter Robert was born in Dungannon on 30th June 1893. He was the eldest of four children.
31/12/2020 Pte. Robert Baxter Private Baxter is buried in Acheux British Cemetery, Somme, France. His inscription reads SUCH SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY OUR LORD WHO LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US ALL
30/12/2020 Pte. William John Barrett Family: John Barrett, Lizzie Barrett, George Robert Barrett (born 8th January 1886), Catherine Barrett (born 25th May 1888), Lucinda Lucy Barrett (born 9th July 1890), William John Barrett (born 27th November 1892), James Barrett (born 29th March 1895), Mary Marianne Barrett (born 25th July 1897), Margaret Beatrice Barrett (born 4th February 1900), Lizzie Barrett (born 5th June 1903), Winifred Barrett (born 8th October 1905).
30/12/2020 Pte. William John Barrett The 1901 census records William as 8 years old, living with the family at Aghinlark, Cole, Tyrone. John’s father was a labourer.
30/12/2020 Pte. William John Barrett William John Barrett was born on 27th November 1892. He was one of nine children, all born in the Fivemiletown area.
30/12/2020 Pte. William John Barrett William John Barrett was the son of John and Elizabeth Barrett. John Barnett and Lizzie Douglas were married on 19th March 1885 in the district of Dungannon.
30/12/2020 Pte. William Charles Anderson Private Anderson is buried beside Private Barrett, who enlisted in Dungannon. He also served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and who died the same day. He also died as the result of gas.
30/12/2020 Pte. William Charles Anderson On 9th August 1916, as the Somme offensive raged further south, the first and second battalions of the Hampshire Regiment spent ten days in trenches just east of the Chateau. As they were preparing to leave the Germans staged a surprise attack using a potent form of phosgene gas. Both units were caught unawares and although no ground was conceded the regiment suffered over 240 casualties, about half of whom were killed. The 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were stationed on the same stretch of front and also suffered numerous gas casualties. Over 60 men who fell in the attack are buried in rows A, E, and F of Chateau Wood Cemetery.
30/12/2020 Pte. William Charles Anderson From the CWGC Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery information:
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett Private David Barrett landed in France with his unit on 4th September 1914.
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30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett Private Barrett is buried beside another Dungannon man, William Charles Anderson, who was also serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and who died the same day. It may be assumed he also died as the result of gas.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett On 9th August 1916, as the Somme offensive raged further south, the first and second battalions of the Hampshire Regiment spent ten days in trenches just east of the Chateau. As they were preparing to leave the Germans staged a surprise attack using a potent form of phosgene gas. Both units were caught unawares and although no ground was conceded the regiment suffered over 240 casualties, about half of whom were killed. The 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were stationed on the same stretch of front and also suffered numerous gas casualties. Over 60 men who fell in the attack are buried in rows A, E, and F of Chateau Wood Cemetery.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett From the CWGC Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery information:
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett Private David Barrett is buried in Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery in France.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett Private David Barrett was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action as the result of a gas attack on the 9th August 1916.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett David’s wife, Sarah Barrett, lived at 22 Ashmore Street, Belfast. No GRONI records of children can be found.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett David Barrett enlisted in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett David Barrett and Sarah Hawthorne were married on 9th July 1913 in Belfast.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Barrett David Barrett was born in Shankill, Belfast. His pension record card gives his date of birth as 17th March 1889, but no GRONI record can be found to confirm this.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey 02868
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Prior to the war, Robert Bailey was a Reservist living in Belfast. He was working for printers W & G Baird Ltd. Belfast, where he was employed as a frame maker.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey The 1911 census does not list Robert as living with his wife and family at house 64 in Mount Street, Ormeau, Belfast. The family were living with Annie’s parents.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Robert Bailey enlisted in 1909 but brought himself out 61 days later for £3.00. The apparent reason for this was his intention of getting married, but he had already been married for four years. In addition, on his 1909 attestation papers he states he has no family, which was not the case.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Family: Robert Bailey, Annie Bailey, Winifred Bailey (born 3rd May 1906, 70 Mount Street, Belfast, daughter), Elizabeth Bailey (born 21st February 1908, 37 Well Street, Belfast), Thomasina Bailey (born 17th August 1916, Belfast).
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Robert and Annie Bailey had at least three children.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Robert Bailey and Annie McCormick were married on 24 April 1905 in Albertbridge Road Congregational Church Belfast. Robert Bailey, a frame maker from 17 Cherryville Street, Belfast was a son of Thomas Bailey, an agent. Annie McCormick from 10 Lovatt Street, Belfast was a daughter of Robert McCormick, a tailor, deceased.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey The 1901 census does not list Robert as living with the family at house 17 in Cherryville, Ormeau, Belfast. His father was an insurance agent to the Prudential.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Robert Bailey served in the South African War around the turn of the century.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey By 1901 the family had moved to Belfast.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Speculated family: Thomas Bailey, Sarah Bailey, Francis Bailey (born 13th December 1873, Clogher), Thomas James Bailey (born about 1880, Tyrone), Robert Bailey (born 15th June 1881, Clogher), George Bailey (born 8th December 1885, Clogher).
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Robert Bailey was born on 15th June 1881 in Glenrue, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. It is believed Robert was one of four children, all boys.
30/12/2020 Sgt. Robert Bailey Robert Bailey was the son of Thomas and Sarah Bailey. Thomas Bailey and Sarah Clarke were married on 17th February 1871 in the district of Dungannon.
30/12/2020 Pte. David Clements Bates From the Toronto Star dated 26th September 1917 : Private David Bates Killed – Only Son Makes Supreme Sacrifice After Years' Service in Trenches – Irishman by Birth
30/12/2020 Pte. William Charles Anderson Private William Charles Anderson was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action near Ypres on Tuesday 9th August 1916. Private Anderson was 19 years old. It is believed he died as a the result of a gas attack.
29/12/2020 R/man James Joseph Bailey M.M. Rifleman James Bailey was posthumously awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). His name appears on page 6036 of the London Gazette Supplement 31338, dated 13th May 1919.
29/12/2020 R/man James Joseph Bailey M.M. Estimated family: James Bailey, Margaret Bailey, David Bailey (born 9th August 1876, Clogher), James Bailey (born 7th March 1878, Pomeroy), William Bailey (born 14th January 1884, Clogher).
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur In the event of my death I give to my mother all my world wealth and interest which is in the London County and Midland Bank accounts. R Arthur. 23831 Royal Engineers. The date seems to be 16 June 1906.
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Last Will and Testament of Pioneer Richard James Arthur:
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Private Richard James Arthur is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in Brantry Church of Ireland, both times listed as R J Arthurs.
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Pioneer Richard James Arthur is buried in Bourg-et-Comin Communal Cemetery in France. There are only eleven CWGC graves in this cemetery
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Private Arthur was posthumously mentioned in dispatches on 20th October 1914.
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Pioneer Richard James Arthur was serving with the 1st Signal Company of the Royal Engineers when he was killed in action on Saturday 26th September 1914.
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Private Arthur arrived in France on 17th August 1914.
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Private Richard James Arthur served with the Royal Engineers.
29/12/2020 Pioneer Richard James Arthur Richard James Arthur was born in Lismore in County, Tyrone on the border with Monaghan and midway between Augher, Ballygawley and Aughnacloy.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs James Arthur’s only surviving relative was the infant son of his deceased half-sister, Mary Anne Harris, of Woodhill in Newmills, Dungannon.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Private James Arthurs is commemorated locally on Newmills L.O.L. 183 Roll of Honour, in on the WW1 Memorial in Newmills Parish Church and on Dungannon War Memorial.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Private James Arthurs has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres in Belgium.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Private James Arthurs was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was killed in action near St Julien on 26th April 1915.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs James Arthurs enlisted on 26th September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. He listed his next of kin as his sister, Mary Arthurs, who was livening in Dungannon. He was 5' 9" tall.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Prior to enlisting, James was working as a labourer in Canada
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Canadian immigration records list a James Arthurs who arrived alone at Quebec in August 1911, bound for Foxwarren. He was Irish and Church of Ireland, age 29. He had been a farm labourer since 1896.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs The 1911 census lists James as age 30, living with the family at house 5 in Woodhill, Tullyniskane. James was a labourer.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Canadian enlistment papers report that he had served over eight years with the 39th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs The 1901 census does not list James as living with his step-family at house 4 in Woodhill, Tullyniskane, Newmills. John Harris was a farmer.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs James had a half-sister, Mary Ann Arthurs / Harris, who was born about 1885.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs Mary remarried about 1887. She married John Harris.
29/12/2020 Pte. James M Arthurs James Arthurs was the son of Mary Arthurs. James Arthurs was born about 1880 in Dungannon. He was one of three children.
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29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Lance Corporal Norman Nelson, whose story of his escape from a prison camp in Italy is given in another column, has been presented with a wallet of notes, being a gift from Mr Joseph Allen, J.P., and a few friends in Cookstown.
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29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th December 1943: (Lance Corporal Norman Nelson)
29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Norman’s father, Mr Thomas Nelson, a veteran of the last war, also served in the Inniskillings.
29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Corporal Nelson, who was on the reserve on the outbreak of the war, was also in the evacuation from Dunkirk. He is serving in the Inniskillings and was playing in the band at the recruiting meeting in Cookstown soon after the declaration of war. He is at present at home enjoying a well-earned holiday.
29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Nelson said the regarding his escape, together with another chap, he walked the roads for 32 days before getting to the Allied lines. They tramped during the daytime, but had to lie in during the night owing to curfew. During their long and arduous walk, Italian people were very kind to them and gave them food and directed them on the correct roads. They first liked up with the American lines. The Americans showed overwhelming hospitality towards them and gave them everything they required, and also provided them with transport to their own lines.
29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. In the prison camp, in which there was very little space, were many British, South African, Free French, Poles and Greeks. The prisoners were given little food and it was of very poor quality, and were it not for the Red Cross, it would be impossible for them to live. When Italy capitulated, the Germans took over the camp and began moving the prisoners to Germany, in order to make room for Italian internees.
29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Lance Corporal Norman Nelson, of Cookstown, who was taken prisoner while serving with the First Army in North Africa, and escaped from Italy where he was being held as a prisoner, gives a brief description of his adventures after he was captured.
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29/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 25th December 1943: Escaped Prisoner of War (Lance Corporal Norman Nelson)
29/12/2020 Sgt. James Crooks CROOKS – In loving memory of my dear husband, Sergeant James Crooks, Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (A.M.P.C.), who died at Oldmill Hospital, Aberdeen on 2nd December 1940. Ever remembered by his wife and family. Newmills, Dungannon.
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29/12/2020 Sgt. James Crooks From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 4th December 1943:
29/12/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. The citation also stated he also rendered distinguished service in the attack on Centuripe on 2-3 August and in the crossing of the river Salso on 4-5 August.
29/12/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. ‘In the action at River Simeto on 5th and 6th August, Lieutenant Colonel Butler’s task was to secure the right half of the bridgehead. And much depended on the success of this operation. This officer led his battalion with great gallantry. Throughout a hard day’s fighting he was tireless in his efforts to secure 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. Colonel Butler was under continuous and accurate short range machine-gun, rifle 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.’
29/12/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. This intimation has been received by his widow at Daisy Hill, Clogher, where she and her two young sons live with her father, Major W Stewart, M.C. By the same mail Mrs Butler also got a letter from her husband written a few days later before his death, stating that he was well. Her father only heard the news after his return from London, where he had gone to see his son, Flight Sergeant Stewart, Royal Air Force, receive the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.) from the King. The citation of the D.S.O. cites:-
29/12/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Tragic Coincidence
29/12/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. Major (Temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Beauchamp Henry Butler, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, of Clogher, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.).
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29/12/2020 Lt Col Beauchamp Henry Butler D.S.O. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 27th November 1943: Tyrone Officer’s Gallantry – But Killed in Action
28/12/2020 Capt William Tillie Dickson The engagement is announced between Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Dickson, Royal Armoured Corps {second son of Major T C H Dickson, M.C., and Mrs Dickson, of Milltown House, Dungannon), and Rosemary Cadbury, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W E Greeves, of Ardeevin, Portadown
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28/12/2020 Capt William Tillie Dickson From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 20th November 1943: Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Dickson (nephew of William Tillie Dickson)
21/12/2020 Capt Hubert Gough Greeves At Dungannon Education Committee last week, the Rev S W Thompson, B.A. presiding, referred in appropriate terms to the bereavement sustained by one of the members. Mr R D Greeves, by the death of his son, Captain H G Greeves, R.A.M.C., intimation of which they all read in the papers. This was one of those tragedies which must be expected in war, said Rev Thompson, and other members had been similarly bereaved, and the members of the committee wished to assure Mr Greeves that he had their deep sympathy. Captain Greeves was a very brilliant officer and doctor, and had transferred from ordinary duties to the most dangerous form of warfare – the Airborne Troops - and lost his life in the recent operations. His loss had occasioned great grief to his father, as it had done to all the members who regarded him as one of their brilliant young men. He proposed that the secretary convey to Mr Greeves the deep sympathy of the committee. The motion was passed in silence.
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21/12/2020 Capt Hubert Gough Greeves From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 11th September 1943: Mr Douglas Greeves Bereaved
18/12/2020 Capt Hubert Gough Greeves Captain H G Greeves, Royal Army Medical Corps (son of Mr R D Greeves, of the Grange, Dungannon), is reported missing in North Africa. In October last he was married to Miss Rosaline Burke, barrister-at-law, eldest daughter of Mr R A Burke, D.L., and Mrs Burke, The Priory, Belfast.
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18/12/2020 Capt Hubert Gough Greeves From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 21st August 1943:
11/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Missing since 24th February last, Nelson was reported in the English press as killed early in March, and later was reported a prisoner of war. After so many vague rumours, anxiety was only lessened when his wife, who resides at Urbal Road, Coagh, received a letter from himself, the first direct communication received from him since he became a prisoner of war.
11/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Lance Corporal Norman Nelson, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, is a prisoner of war in Italy. He had been with the First Army in North Africa, and for some time had been as constant pal of Sergeant McAleer, a native of Dungannon, who won the D.C.M.
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11/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 19h June 1943: Coagh (Lance Corporal Norman Nelson)
09/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. The comic, The Victor, featured the story of Sergeant Francis McAleer D.C.M. on the front page of its 18th June 1966 issue.
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09/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. In view of the soldier having reported missing, believed prisoner of war by the military authorities, and his name subsequently appearing on the Infantry record of the International Red Cross telegram as a prisoner of war, it would appear that the sergeant was mistaken in presuming that the machine gun killed Norman.
09/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. In reference to the statement made by Sergeant McAleer, D.C.M., first given in an English paper, describing the incidents for which he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal with the First Army in North Africa in which he referred to Lance Corporal Norman Nelson as killed, Mrs Nelson has informed us that her husband is a prisoner of war. The official intimation to this effect is dated 12th April. Following the publication of Sergeant McAleer’s statement, given in the last issue, Mrs Nelson received a letter from Major Buhan, of the Records Office, who wrote:-
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09/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th May 1943:
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Lance Corporal Norman Nelson survived the war.
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. He spotted machine gun post, went to the flank of it, surprised the crew of two, collected the gun and disabled the two prisoners. The information obtained was later used and caused about 30 casualties to the enemy. Sergeant McAleer was awarded a D.C.M. for this action.
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Norman Nelson, Sergeant McAleer’s pal, is a Cookstown man, the eldest son of Tom Nelson, a veteran of the last war, serving in the Inniskillings. He was on the reserve and was called up on the outbreak of the war. He was also in the Inniskillings and was playing in the band at the recruitment meeting in Cookstown. His wife resides in Coagh.
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. Sergeant McAleer is a ‘line’ soldier. He is 31 years of age and six foot high. His father, Mr Frank McAleer, resides at Mulboy, Dungannon. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery prior to the last war. Sergeant McAleer’s uncle is Mr Michael McAleer, of Linfield Street, Dungannon, a driver on the N.I.R.T.B. Sergeant McAleer is married and his wife lives in Aldershot.
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. ‘Shortly after Norman had left I heard a burst of machine gun and tommy gun fire. At dawn I was very depressed. Norman was a great pal, so I took my revolver, thinking he and others were lying out there wounded. I scribbled a note and left it for my officer, telling him where I had gone, for I thought if I had asked permission, he would have said no. I had only gone about one thousand yards when I saw a trench. Next thing I saw was a German helmet above the top of the trench. It moved. On the parapet was a machine gun, the one that had killed Norman. I got right up to the trench and told the German to stick up his hands. He made a grab for his gun, but when I screwed the muzzle of my revolver into his ear and told him to forget it, he put his hands up and said ‘Kamerade’. I told him to wake the second German who was asleep at the bottom of the trench and he did so with a kick. I made them both double back across open country to my post carrying their gun. One of them offered to guide me back to his trenches where he said there were 23 others who would like to be captured. They had had no food for two days because our guns were shelling their only ration route. My officer said no, but that evening we attacked and took eight prisoners. The rest tried to get away but our Bren guns stopped them. We had only one casualty.’
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. All night long Sergeant McAleer peered into the darkness listening for the footsteps of his pal, who had left him a cheery ‘See you again’ to go on patrol. But Lance Corporal Nelson did not return. Here is Sergeant McAleer’s own story:-
08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. The capture of a German machine gun together with ten German prisoners while on a lone patrol in No Man’s Land has won Sergeant Frank McAleer, serving with the First Army in North Africa, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
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08/12/2020 Sgt. Frank McAleer D.C.M. From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 1st May 1943: Dungannon Sergeant Wins the D.C.M.
03/12/2020 Capt Hubert Gough Greeves Mr R D Greeves, of Grange, Dungannon, has received intimation that his son, Captain H G Greeves, Royal Army Medical Corps, is reported missing.
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03/12/2020 Capt Hubert Gough Greeves From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 24th April 1943:
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