Ballymena 1939-1945

An interactive community history site from the Ballymena Times

Carved in stone: Moody - Rock 

 
 
 
 
 
WILLIAM MOODY served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed in Burma. 
 
 

 
Name: MOODY, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Fusilier
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 30/11/1944
Service No: 3194424
Additional information: Son of William and Lizzie Moody; husband of Jessie Moody, of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. H. 20.
Cemetery: TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY

THOMAS MULVENNA, who served with the Cameronians, is buried in Burma.We are indebted to Mr. Mark Mulvenna of London for the photograph below.
 
 

 
Name: MULVENNA, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 26/02/1942
Service No: 3245219
Additional information: Son of James and Margaret Mulvenna, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Face 10.
Memorial: RANGOON MEMORIAL


ROBERT MURRAY

Stoker 2nd Class ROBERT MURRAY
D/KX 134458, H.M. Submarine P. 514., Royal Navy
who died age 19
on 21 June 1942
Son of Robert and Sarah Murray, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Remembered with honour
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

 
DANIEL McATEER
 
DANIEL McATEER was only 22 when he fell.
 
Name: McATEER, DANIEL
Initials: D
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 13/01/1943
Service No: 6982565
Additional information: Son of John and Hessie McAteer, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Face 19.
Memorial: MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL
 
 
WILLIAM GEORGE McBRIDE of Eglish Broughshane, served with the Corps of Military Police
 
 
 
 
Name: McBRIDE, WILLIAM GEORGE
Initials: W G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Corps of Military Police
Unit Text: 1st (Airborne) Div. Provost Coy.
Age: 36
Date of Death: 21/12/1943
Service No: 14217683
Additional information: Son of Robert James McBride and Agnes McBride.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: X. C. 21.
Cemetery: SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY
 
WILLIAM McCABE was a stewward with the SS Bengore Head.

Name: McCABE, WILLIAM JOHN
Initials: W J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Assistant Steward
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy
Unit Text: S.S. Bengore Head (Belfast)
Age: 26
Date of Death: 09/05/1941
Additional information: Son of James and Susan McCabe; husband of Margaret McCabe, of Broughshane, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 16.
Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL


The British Bengore Head, Captain Maurice Kennedy, on a voyage from Belfast (left Glasgow May 3) for Montreal with 2400 tons of general cargo (coal and binder twine), was sunk on May 9 by U-110.
The torpedo struck amidships on the starboard side, causing the ship to break in two.
She had a crew of 37 and 4 gunners, all British - 1 crew died in the attack (3rd engineer). 24 survivors were picked up by a corvette, 16 by the Norwegian Borgfred (appointed rescue ship).

The assistant steward, William John McCabe, died from shock after rescue

Borgfred's crew had rescued all the survivors they could see and had already started to speed up again, when someone spotted a young, British man in the water.
While Borgfred was still moving, 3 men, among them Boatswain Per StrÝm, lowered a lifeboat and picked him up, but in spite of what was done to save him he died from the exhaustion.
This was Bengore Head's Assistant Steward William John McCabe. He was buried in the sea with 3 captains as witnesses; Borgfred's own and the 2 they had rescued (according to a statement by Borgfred's West Indian messboy, Alfred Mendel, 1st Mate Sabo was near the 4" gun when U 110 surfaced nearby. He immediately gave orders to fire, but the gun jammed and the U-boat was shortly thereafter surrounded by the escorts).

 
JAMES VICTOR McCAIG
 
 
Leading Steward JAMES VICTOR McCAIG
D/LX 26009, H.M. Submarine Parthian, Royal Navy
who died on 11 August 1943
Remembered with honour
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
 

 
William McCarroll

Former Ballymena Academy pupil, William McCarroll was 23 years of age when he died on active service.
 
 
MALCOLM McCOMBE although he died (in service) in December, 1947, still qualifies for CWGC recognition.
Name: McCOMB, MALCOLM PATRICK
Initials: M P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Gannet
Age: 28
Date of Death: 01/12/1947
Service No: D/SSX24324
Additional information: Son of Hugh and Isabella McComb, of Ballymena; husband of Annie McComb.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. F. Grave 36.
Cemetery: KILBRIDE NEW CEMETERY
 
BERNARD McCRYSTAL was, at 46, well above the average age of a soldier in World War II. He is buried at Anzio.
 

 
 

 
Name: McCRYSTAL, BERNARD
Initials: B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Pioneer Corps
Unit Text: 79 Coy.
Age: 46
Date of Death: 02/04/1944
Service No: 13011025
Additional information: Husband of Elizabeth McCrystal, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. F. 9.
Cemetery: BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO


WILLIAM McKERNAN, a career sailor who had served in World War One, was stationed at the training ship HMS Caroline in Belfast when he died.
Name: McKERNAN, WILLIAM HUGH JOHNSTON
Initials: W H J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Chief Stoker
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Caroline
Age: 53
Date of Death: 17/12/1940
Service No: D/305531
Additional information: Son of James and Elisabeth McKernan; husband of Sarah Annie McKernan, of Ballymena.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: GRACEHILL MORAVIAN BURIAL GROUND 
 
 
JOHN McMEEKIN was aged 30 when he died while serving with the local Anti-Aircraft Battery in the Middle East.
 
 
Name: McMEEKIN, JOHN
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
Unit Text: 26 Bty., 9 A.A. Regt.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 26/08/1940
Service No: 1487270
Additional information: Son of Patrick and Ann Jane McMeekin, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: N. 5.
Cemetery: ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY
 

SAMUEL McNABNEY, who is commemorated in Harryville Presbyterian Church, died aged 20 while serving with the RAF.
Name: McNABNEY, SAMUEL
Initials: S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Air Bomber)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 7th Sqdn.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 08/08/1944
Service No: 164928
Additional information: Son of Samuel and Agnes McNabney, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Mil. Plot. Row 2. Grave 9.
Cemetery: BOLBEC COMMUNAL CEMETERY
 
SAMUEL McNINCH
 
 
Private SAMUEL McNINCH
6025089, 1/5th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died age 27
on 16 October 1941
Son of Samuel and Mary McNinch, Railway Street, Ballymena; husband of Elsie McNinch, of Romford.
Remembered with honour
HORNCHURCH CEMETERY


 
ROBERT McSHANE from Harryville was originally a member of the local anti-aircraft battery but transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders.
 

 
Name: McSHANE, ROBERT JOHN
Initials: R J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
Unit Text: 5th Bn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 29/03/1945
Service No: 1449211
Additional information: Son of Frank and Mary Ann McShane, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 60. F. 1.
Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
 
 
ROBERT BOWERS McWILLIAMS was killed in action in the vicinity of the motorious Monte Cassino battlefield in Italy in 1944.
 

 
 

 
 Name: McWILLIAMS, ROBERT BOWERS
Initials: R B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Date of Death: 30/03/1944
Service No: 7013179
Additional information: Husband of R. McWilliams, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. G. 20.
Cemetery: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY
 
 
EDWARD NELSON was a Sergeant with the Royal Ulster Rifles. 

 

 Name: NELSON, EDWARD
Initials: E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Ulster Rifles (2nd Btn).
Age: 31
Date of Death: 29/05/1940
Service No: 7012314
Additional information: Husband of Elizabeth Ellen Nelson, Gravesend, Kent and son of Mr. Thomas Nelson of 16 James Street, Ballymena.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 106 
Cemetery: HOOGSTADE CHURCHYARD
 
ROBERT PERCY died in operations around Arnhem in 1944.

 
Name: PERCY, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Flt. Engr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 190 Sqdn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 21/09/1944
Service No: 1077628
Additional information: Son of William and Elizabeth Percy, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. D. 10.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
 
 
JAMES PRYDE. who served with the tanks of the North Irish Horse, was a member of prominent business family in Ballymena.

 
 
Name: PRYDE, JAMES HOWARD MOORE
 Initials: J H M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Armoured Corps
Unit Text: "B" Sqn. North Irish Horse
Age: 26
Date of Death: 23/05/1944
Service No: 7903481
Additional information: Son of Arthur R. M. and Lucie S. Pryde, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. H. 10.
Cemetery: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY 
 
 
SAMUEL JOHN ROBINSON served on Motor Torpedo Boats.
 

Name: ROBINSON, SAMUEL JOHN
Initials: S J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Leading Seaman
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.M.T.B. 798
Age: 23
Date of Death: 14/02/1945
Service No: C/JX 204400
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Son of George and Sarah Robinson, of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 80, 2.
Memorial: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL