Tuesday, 21 November 2017

REA, Vivian Trevor Tighe

Lieut. Vivian T. T. Rea
Lieutenant, 4th Batt. attd. 2nd Batt., Royal Irish Rifles
Died: 25/10/1914
Age: 23
 
Interred in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy
Remembered on family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

Vivian Trevor Tighe Rea, was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1891, the only son of Henry Tighe Rea and Clara Small and eldest of their five children. His parents were married in St. John's Anglican Church, Buenos Aires in June 1890.

The family returned to Ireland and were living on the Sandown Road, Belfast, in 1901, where his father is listed as working as an accountant in a shipyard office. Vivian went on to study at Campbell College, Belfast, from 1905 to1908, before going to Queens University were, in 1910, he gained a B.A. with honours in logic, metaphysics, history of philosophy, and jurisprudence.

In 1906 his father was appointed a Vice-Consul for the Argentine Republic. He later became an honorary Vice-Consul of the Netherlands being decorated for his services in 1932.

Vivian was very active in the Scout movement becoming honorary secretary for the Ulster Provisional Council of Baden-Powell Scouts and was the Scoutmaster of the 1st Bangor troop. He was also an member of the Queen's University OTC and, in 1912, he joined the 4th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles being gazetted a second-lieutenant on probation on 10th February, which was confirmed in June 1912. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 20th February 1913.

Vivian felt called to the ministry of the Church of Ireland and so after Queen's went to the Divinity School in Trinity College Dublin. He was also active in the Trinity College Theological Society were he laterly became secretary.

On the outbreak of war he volunteered for service and left for the front on the 25th September 1914 to help fill vacancies in the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

On the 16th November 1914, the Belfast Newsletter gave the following report of his death:
Death of Lieutenant Vivian Rea.
TRIBUTES TO A GALLANT OFFICER.
Subsequent to the retreat at Mons, the 7th Brigade, in which were included the Wiltshires, Manchesters, South Lancashires, and Irish Rifles, took part in the forward movement towards Lille, via La Bassee. They occupied Richebourg, and proceeded thence to Neuve Chapelle, about twelve miles south-west of Lille, and thence to Herlies and Aubers, both of which were taken. The Irish Regiment got too far ahead, and was ordered to retire towards Neuve Chapelle, where trenches had been prepared by the villagers. The 2nd Rifles were under fire here for thirteen days, during which time the majority of their officers were either killed or wounded. October 24th and 2Sth were two of the most terrible days experienced. The Rifles had for some time been kept in the trenches continuously day and night, and on these days several determined attempts were made to rush the British trenches. None of these were successful until the evening of the 26th, when the trenches and the adjoining village were partly occupied by the Germans. The enemy's success was short-lived, for the whole of the lost ground was retaken by the Rifles, then sadly diminished in numbers, aided by the Indian troops, who had been hurriedly sent to reinforce them.
It was on the 25th October that Lieutenant Vivian T. T Rea received a fatal wound in the tranches. His company commander, Captain H. A. Kennedy, had previously been severely wounded, but was still alive, and a part of this officer's duties had presumably devolved upon Lieutenant Rea. (Captain Kennedy has since died of his wounds). The ambulance party attended, notwithstanding the rain of shrapnel and rifle bullets, and Lieutenant Rea was taken to a chateau at the end of the village of Neuve Chapelle, about 300 yards behind the trenches. The medical officer saw that the wound was fatal, and that the wounded officer was rapidly sinking. Lieut. Rea spoke to the doctor, and on learning his condition charged him with a reassuring message to those at home. Shortly afterwards he lapsed into unconsciousness, and died almost without suffering. After nightfall his body was interred, together with that of Captain Reynolds, in the grounds of the chateau. Shortly after Lieutenant Rea had been brought into the chateau wounded, another severe casualty occurred to an officer. Two stretcher-bearers were sent out to bring the wounded officer in, and both these men were shot dead by the enemy. At three o’clock on the following morning, the 26th ult., the chateau, which had been used as a base by the staff, and the cellars of which were utilised as a hospital for the wounded, was shelled and set on fire by the enemy. It was necessary to hurriedly remove the wounded, and shortly afterwards the building was reduced to ruins.
Of Lieutenant Rea, it may be added that the night before he was fatally wounded, on hearing the cries of wounded men in front of "B" Company's trench during a lull in the firing at nightfall, he took one or two of the men of his company and brought the wounded men into safety. They were attended by the base medical officer, who, however, expostulated with the gallant officer on ground that there waa insufficient room in the cellars of the chateau for the British wounded soldiers. A brother officer states:— Lieutenant Rea died like a gallant gentleman; his men were devoted to him, and said that he put heart into them in the desperate fighting. Another officer says of him: Lieutenant Rea was not only extremely popular with all who came in contact with him, both officers and men, but he was also a very plucky and diligent officer. He rendered valuable assistance as an interpreter when not in the trenches owing to his fluent knowledge of the French language. The medical officer who was in charge of the base hospital at Neuve Chapelle, and who has been invalided home suffering from concussion, states that he buried twenty officers of the Royal Irish Riflas, and that the experience was one never to be forgotten.
Vivian is recorded on a number of memorials including those of St. Comgall's Church in Bangor
and Trinity College Dublin

Private William Leckey, of B Company, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, returning home to 16, Memel Street, Bridge End, having been wounded in the right hand and left thigh, reported in an interview with the Belfast Newsletter:
"After Captain Kennedy had fallen, Lieutenant Vivian T. T. Rea, 'a fine gentleman and a brave officer,' took command of his company, displaying in the highest degree those noble qualities which have characterised the officers during the terrible fighting in which the Rifles were engaged. Lieutenant Rea was principally concerned with the welfare of the men under his control, and he fell on 25th October while crossing open ground between the trenches, the hail of shrapnel and rifle fire being of the most deadly character. He had had a long conversation with Private Leckey some time before he was killed, his popularity with the men being based on his evident concern for their well-being, his plucky conduct in the face of great danger, and his coolness and nerve under the most trying circumstances."

On 20 November 1915 a stained glass memorial window was unveiled in Bangor Parish Church in his memory. The ceremony was attended by ten officers and 100 men of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles who had travelled from Carrickfergus.


REA – October 25, killed in action in Belgium, Vivian T. Tighe Rea, B.A., Lieutenant, Royal Irish Rifles, only son of Henry Tighe Rea, of 1, Glandore Park, Belfast, and grandson of the late Hugh Rea, of Clifton Lodge, Belfast, and Northern Bank, Derry.
Belfast Newsletter, 30th October 1914.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

HOLLYWOOD, James

Sec.-Lieutenant James Hollywood
Sec.-Lieutenant, 18th Batt. (att. 12th Batt.), Royal Irish Rifles
Died: 01/07/1916
Age: 23

Recorded on Thiepval Memorial
Recorded on family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

James was born on 16th April 1893, in 139 Albert Bridge Road, Belfast. He was the son of James Hollywood, a house agent and Elizabeth Hollywood nee Carson. The family moved to Bangor in the late 1890s and lived in Ballyholme Road before moving to Ballygrot (Helen’s Bay).

He attended Friend's School, Lisburn from  September 1904 to July 1906 then going to the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Belfast.

Employed at Ross Brothers Linen Merchants in Linenhall Street, Belfast, James also spent some time in the Young Citizen Volunteers before joining the Ulster Volunteer Force and is recorded on the Roll  of Honour for the 1st Batt. North Down Regt. as serving in ‘F’ Company alongside his brother Arthur.


The family attended First Bangor Presbyterian Church and both James and brother Arthur are recorded on the church’s war memorial.



He joined the 18th Royal Irish Rifles on 14th September 1914 as  a Corporal, being appointed Company Quartermaster Sergeant on 14th  October 1914 and received a commission in the 18th (R.) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Clandeboye, 5th May, 1915, before being sent to the Central Antrim Regiment.

He was killed during the Ulster Division attack at Thiepval Woods. His body was reportedly found later in the year by men of the 2nd Hants Regiment but subsequently lost.



Killed
Second-Lieutenant James Hollywood, Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action, was a son of Mr. James Hollywood, J.P., Red Gorton, Helen's Bay, and 130, Albertbridge Road, Belfast.
The Witness, 14th July 1916

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Second-Lieutenant James Hollywood

Second-Lieutenant James Hollywood, Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action, was a son of Mr. James Hollywood, J.P., Red Gorton, Helen's Bay, and 130, Albertbridge Road, Belfast. He was in the service of Ross Bros., Linenhall Street, before he received a commission in the 18th (R.) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Clandeboye, 5th May, 1915, being sent recently to the Central Antrim Regiment. His brother, Lieutenant A. C. Hollwood, Royal Irish Fusiliers, was wounded some months ago.                                                      
Belfast Newsletter, 7th July 1916

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Mr. James Hollywood's Heavy Loss

Belfast Water Commissioners' Sympathy

At the fortnightly meeting of the Belfast City and District Water Commissioners, held yesterday at the Water Offices, Royal Avenue, the chairman said he wished, before they proceeded with the ordinary business of the meeting, to call their attention to the calamity that had overtaken the family of one of their members, He referred to Mr. James Hollywood, J.P., two of whose sons – boys of whom any father might be justly proud – had been killed in action in France. He was sure their hearts went out to Mr. Hollywood and his family in that terrible bereavement, and he moved – "That he deep and heartfelt sympathy of the members of the Board be respectfully tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood in the great sorrow that has fallen upon them by the death in action in France of their two sons, who, in response to their country's call, entered his Majesty's Army, and have yeilded up their lives in defence of the Empire."

Mr. E. W. Pim, J.P., in seconding the resolution, said he felt deeply for Mr. Hollywood and his wife in the great bereavement which had overtaken them, and, indeed, he could not help thinking of many families in Belfast which had also suffered great loss. Their soldiers at the front were undergoing very severe trials, and were nobly doing their duty to their King and country. (Hear, hear.)

The resolution was passed in silence, the members standing.
Belfast Newsletter, 14th July 1916



Portrait image from the RBAI Inst and the Great War website  www.instgreatwar.com


HOLLYWOOD, Arthur Carson

Lieutenant Arthur Hollywood
Lieutenant, 9th Batt., Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died: 01/07/1916
Age: 24

Recorded on the Thiepval Memorial
Recorded on family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

Arthur was born on 29th December 1891 in 139 Albert Bridge Road, Belfast. He was the son of James Hollywood, a house and rent agent and Elizabeth Hollywood nee Carson. The family moved to Bangor in the late 1890s and lived in Ballyholme Road before moving to Ballygrot (Helen’s Bay).

He attended Friend's School, Lisburn, from September 1903 to July 1906 before going to Royal Belfast Academical Institute in Belfast and thence to the Royal University of  Ireland in September 1909.

He is recorded on the Roll  of Honour for the 1st Batt. North Down Regt. as serving in F Company alongside his brother James.



The family attended First Bangor Presbyterian Church and both James and brother Arthur are recorded on the church’s war memorial.



Arthur was working as a rent agent in his father's business on the Albertbridge Road, Belfast, when he joined the 108th Field Ambulance, part of the 36th  (Ulster) Division, on 12th September 1914, as a Staff Sergeant. The London Gazette of 2nd July 1915 records his commission as Temporary Second Lieutenant  in the 12th (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 19th April 1915, and joined the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in  January 1916, being posted to A Company. He was subsequently appointed  Lieutenant on 29th February 1916.

The web site for Inst and the Great War records that:–
“He was killed on 1st July 1916 . . . during the Ulster  Division attack on the west bank of the River Ancre. Sgt Whitsell  stated: ‘The first wave of men left the British trenches followed by the second wave to which Lt Hollywood belonged. I followed them with the 3rd wave of men. I saw Lt Hollywood jump into the German trench. I was then wounded and saw no more. Before this attack, Lt Hollywood showed me the rips in his steel helmet where he had been hit, but seemed to be all right then.’

“Private Stewart and Private Coppleton both stated that they saw Arthur  being killed at Hamel, just after leaving the 1st line German trench  about 13.00. Private Cobain wrote that he saw Arthur being ‘hit by a  machine gun bullet during the advance’.

“It was reported that Private Nelson, who was wounded in the attack, lay beside his body for a night.

“Sgt Slater reported that he saw the body being brought in, and that it was buried in the Hamel village graveyard, but Arthur now has no known  grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (pier and face 15 A),  Somme, France. He is also commemorated on the Bangor War Memorial.” (No source is given for the above information.)


Killed

Second-Lieut. Arthur C. Hollywood, killed, is a son of Mr. James Hollywood, J.P, Helen's Bay and Albertbridge Road, Belfast, who thus lost two boys in the one day.
The Witness, 14th July 1916

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Lieutenant Arthur C. Hollywood

Lieutenant Arthur C. Hollywood, Royal Irish Fusiliers (County Armagh Volunteers), killed in action, was a son of Mr. James Hollywood, J.P., Red Gorton, Helen's Bay, and Albertbridge Road, Belfast. The death in action of this officer's brother, Second-Lieutenant James Hollywood, Royal Irish Rifles, attached Central Antrim Battalion, was announced in yesterday's issue. The late Lieutenant A. C. Hollywood was wounded some months ago, and had been recommended for conspicuous gallantry in recovering the body of a brother officer. Before he obtained his commission he was in business with his father.
Belfast Newsletter, 8th July 1916

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Mr. James Hollywood's Heavy Loss

Belfast Water Commissioners' Sympathy

At the fortnightly meeting of the Belfast City and District Water Commissioners, held yesterday at the Water Offices, Royal Avenue, the chairman said he wished, before they proceeded with the ordinary business of the meeting, to call their attention to the calamity that had overtaken the family of one of their members, He referred to Mr. James Hollywood, J.P., two of whose sons – boys of whom any father might be justly proud – had been killed in action in France. He was sure their hearts went out to Mr. Hollywood and his family in that terrible bereavement, and he moved – "That he deep and heartfelt sympathy of the members of the Board be respectfully tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood in the great sorrow that has fallen upon them by the death in action in France of their two sons, who, in response to their country's call, entered his Majesty's Army, and have yeilded up their lives in defence of the Empire."

Mr. E. W. Pim, J.P., in seconding the resolution, said he felt deeply for Mr. Hollywood and his wife in the great bereavement which had overtaken them, and, indeed, he could not help thinking of many families in Belfast which had also suffered great loss. Their soldiers at the front were undergoing very severe trials, and were nobly doing their duty to their King and country. (Hear, hear.)

The resolution was passed in silence, the members standing.
Belfast Newsletter, 14th July 1916


Portrait image from the RBAI Inst and the Great War website www.instgreatwar.com.

Monday, 30 October 2017

SMYTH, John Stanley

Pilot Officer John S. Smyth
Pilot Officer (Navigator), 51 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service No: 139301
Died: 26/07/1943
Age: 29

Interred in Castricum Protestant Churchyard, Holland
Remembered on family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

John Stanley Smyth was born on 18th April 1914 at 16 Victoria Road, Bangor, to John Smyth, a grocer, and Sara Smyth (nee McClean).

He was educated at Main Street P.E.S. and Bangor Grammar School being a playing member of the School Rugby XV. (later playing for Bangor Rugby Club) and gained the Q.U.B. Matriculation in 1931.

On leaving school, John became an apprentice in the pharmacy business of Mr. R. M'Cutcheon, Bangor. He qualified as a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and was later in the employment of Mr. R. Morrow, Conway Square, Newtownards.

In August 1941, he married Olive Perry of Londonderry, and their son was born on 9th December 1943.

He joined up in July, 1942, and on completing his training in England and the U.S.A., he received his commission as Pilot Officer in March, 1943.

His younger brother, Sergeant Bertie Smyth, R.A., was captured at Tobruk in June, 1942.

His bomber was shot down in July 1943 and his body was recovered from the sea and was buried in August in the cemetery at Castrium, North Holland.



KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
SMYTH — Pilot-Officer John Stanley Smyth, R.A.F.V.R., second son of the late John Smyth and of Mrs. Smyth Finlay, 20 Hamilton Road, Bangor, and beloved husband of Olive M. Smyth, 78 Beechwood Avenue, Londonderry. Buried Castrium, N. Holland, August, 1943.
Co. Down Spectator, 29th January 1944


Monday, 16 October 2017

WATERSON, Henry

Henry Waterson
Private, 1st Royal Marine Batt., Royal Naval Divison, Royal Marine Light Infantry
Service No: CH/1261(S)
Died: 02/03/1917
Age: 22

Interred in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Remembered on family memorial in Bangor Cemetery

Henry Waterson was born in Groomsport on the 27th December 1894. He was the youngest child of William Waterson and his wife Jane Waterson (nee Malone). His father was a fisherman and after his education Henry followed in his father's footsteps taking up fishing as his occupation.

He enlisted on the 24th November 1915 and embarked with the Royal Marine Brigade on 28th June 1916. He was drafted to the BEF and joined the 4th Entrenching Battalion on 10th November 1916 before transferring to the 1st Royal Marine Battalion on the 25th November 1916. At the end of February 1917 he received a gun shot wound to the left leg resulting in a compound fracture of tibia which required amputation. He died of his wounds in 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, on 2nd March 1917.



Portrait photograph courtesy of Nigel Henderson, Great War Newspaper Clippings.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MacCALLUM, John Evelyn Matier

Group Captain, Royal Air Force
Date of Death: 16/10/1943
Age: 37

Interred in Bangor Cemetery

John "Lyn" MacCallum was born on the 3rd October 1906 in Longstone Street, Lisburn. He was the son of William MacCallum, a teacher, and his wife Charlotte MacCallum (nee Williams).

After his education he entered the R.A.F. in 1923. Later gaining a cadetship at Cranwell, he was commissioned as a pilot officer in December 1927.

In 1931 he married Patricia Bishop in Ismailia, Egypt.

Until 1932 he was employed on flying an air pilotage duties with Army co-operation squadrons at home and in the Middle East. After three years as a flying instructor at home training schools he was with bomber squadrons in England in 1935-36. He then joined the Far East Command, and was subsequently appointed for personnel staff duties at its head-quarters in Singapore, where he was still serving in 1939.

He was promoted squadron leader in August, 1937, and wing commander, in June, 1940.



MacCALLUM -- In October, 1943, Group-Captain John Evelyn MacCallum, R.A.F., second son of Harry and Lottie MacCallum, Castle Street, Portadown, and husband of Corporal Mollie MacCallum, W.A.A.F.
Belfast Newsletter, 20th October 1943


Monday, 11 September 2017

MAY, Harold Anthony Kidd

Flight Lieutenant, 511 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service No: 81372
Died: 10/08/1943
Age: 21
    
Remembered on Runnymede Memorial
Remembered on family memorial in Bangor cemetery

Known as "Tony", Harold Anthony Kidd May was born in 1922, the son of Harold Kidd May, M.C., and his wife Cicely Alice May (nee Ray)

Educated at Bangor Grammar School, Tony joined the Royal Air Force on outbreak of hostilities and was promoted to Flight Officer in September 1940 at the age of 19.

In August 1943, Flight-Lieutenant Antony Kidd May was "reported missing, presumed lost at sea on air operations."

Maurice Wilkins, former headmaster of Bangor Grammar, writing in the school's magazine in 1965, said:
"Tony Kidd-May was in our junior school for some years — a fair curly-haired attractive and handsome boy with pleasant manners and highly intelligent. He showed excellent all-round promise and took a leading part in the Dramatic Society. I have a photograph which used to hang in the old H Room (now a lab.), showing Tony gesticulating on the bow of a ship and addressing his crew of ruffianly pirates just below — prominent among them, cheering with arms upraised, George Morrison, now internationally renowned in Film Research and Documentaries of the Irish revolutionary years of 40 to 60 years ago."