Second Lieutenant John Donald Forbes - died 29/9/1915

10th Lancashire Fusiliers


John was the son of John Forbes of "Sunbury", Cadogan Park, Belfast.

He died of wounds on 29th September 1915. The battalion were located at Vierstraat, south-west of Ypres, and he was killed in "N3" trench as a result of an accident with a "West" Spring Gun.

John is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (ref I A 26), Flanders, Belgium

Lance Corporal William Frederick Forbes - died 1/11/1916

14th Royal Irish Rifles (D Company) - service number 178

William was born in Dunadry, Belfast, the son of Alexander and Sarah Forbes of "Glenderown", Kingsmere Avenue, Belfast

William was killed in action, aged 20, on 1st November 1916. The war diary of the 14th Royal Irish Rifles reports they were at a position known as Cooker Farm, to the north of Wulverghem in the southern part of the Ypres Salient.

"A party of 88 divided into two sections attempted a raid on the Bosche trenches. It was unsuccessful, only 3 men getting into the trenches. Our casualties were one man killed and twelve men wounded. At 5.30pm, 2nd Lt Ledlie took a patrol of ten men for the purpose of bringing in the body of the man who had been killed in connection with the raid. It had been impossible to do this at the time owing to dawn breaking, and he had been placed in a shell hole. Unfortunately the party was unable to accomplish their object as the Bosche trained a machine gun on them and killed two of the party. They returned to the trenches bringing in the bodies of the two men."

William is buried in Pond Farm Cemetery (ref. E 18), Flanders, Belgium. The other two men the battalion lost on that day are also buried at Pond Farm, Herbert Lynch at plot D7 and Matthew Allsopp at plot E17. Matthew's plot lying next to William's would suggest that they were the two fatalities of the relief party attempting to bring in Herbert's body, which must have been picked up later.

Second Lieutenant Frederick Robert Franklin - died 9/12/1917

10th Royal Irish Rifles

Frederick was born on 4th July 1898 in Thurles, County Tipperary, the son of Fredrick T and Ida Franklin of 113 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin. As well as Inst, he attended Coleraine Academical Institution, and was a member of Dublin University Officer Training Corps. He was appointed to a commission on 29th August 1917.

He was killed in action on 9th December 1917 at the age of 19. The battalion was carrying out a minor operation to improve their postion on Welsh Ridge, north of the village of La Vacquerie. The operation consisted of three bombing attacks along the trenches running toward the enemy lines. Frederick was leading one of the attacks when he was wounded and seen to fall. The report on the attacks states: "The men with him tried to bring him in but, as he was at least unconscious and believed by them to be dead, they were unable to bring him to our lines." 

Sgt Cousins of the battalion reported that "he was killed by a bomb. His servant and I ran forward to try to lift him but found he was dead. It was too hot to stay. I have no doubt that he was dead." In all 18 casualties were suffered.

Frederick is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (pier and face 15A and 15B), Somme, France.

Major John Campbell Galway - died 18/4/1917

2nd Canadian Pioneers (C Company)

John was born on 18th June 1876 in South Molton, Devon, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Galway of Comber, County Down. He was the husband of Anna M Galway of The Manse, Hulton Avenue, West Hartlepool, England, and was resident in Quebec, working as a civil engineer, when he enlisted in Ottawa.

He was killed, aged 40, when returning to his company from battalion HQ on the road between Mont St Eloi and Neuville St Vaast. He was hit by a high explosives shell which killed him and another soldier, Pioneer McQuillan. He was reported to have been badly mutilated in the incident.

John is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi (ref VI F 10), Pas de Calais, France.

Private James Leathem Galway - died 25/9/1916

31st Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) - service number 101545

James was born on 25th August 1896, in Dundonald, County Down, the son of J L Galway of Ballinavally, Neills Hill, Belfast. After Inst, he moved to Canada, enlisting in Edmonton, where he was working as a marine engineer.

James died, aged 20, on 25th September on the Somme. His battalion had moved up from Tara Valley, to the Sunken Road, near Contalmaison, that morning. At 13.30, the battalion was reported as being heavily shelled while resting - 3 men where killed, including James, and another 25 wounded.

James is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (ref. VIII C 157), Pas de Calais, France.

Lance Corporal Alexander Wesley Gordon - died 7/11/1918

Military Police Corps Mounted Branch (formerly Lancashire Hussars) - service number P/12014

Alexander was the son of the late John Gordon and Elizabeth Gordon of the Square, Annalong, County Down. He enlisted in Liverpool where he was resident.

He died on 7th November 1918 and is buried in St Pol British Cemetery (ref III C 17), Pas de Calais, France. He was the last Instonian to die in the war before the armistice was signed.