Lieutenant William Rennie Graham - died 1/10/1918

9th Royal Irish Fusiliers (North Irish Horse) attached 1st Battalion

William was born on 16 May 1892 in Newry, County Down, the son of John C and Elizabeth Graham, later of 43 Malone Ave, Belfast. After attending Inst, and Queen's University, Belfast, he worked for the Vinolia Manufacturing Company in Belfast.

He enlisted into Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) as an Officer Cadet on 4 October 1916. He was commissioned on 28 February 1917 and joined the 10th Battalion on 3 April 1917.

On 16 June 1917, William joined the 9th Battalion, and was posted to D Company but in mid-July he fell ill and was evacuated to England on 29 July 1917 where he spent some time in hospital. He then joined the 1st Battalion on 14 June 1918.

William was 26 when he was killed on 1 October 1918 during the attacks on Hill 41 near Dadizeele; having been badly wounded, he died on his way to the dressing station.

William was originally buried in Mansard Farm Cemetery, Dadizeele, and in 1920 was re-interred in Dadizeele New British Cemetery (ref. II C 10), Flanders, Belgium. At the time of his death, he was married to Kathleen Graham of 123 Fitzroy Ave, Belfast.

Second Lieutenant Arthur Vivian Green - died 17/8/1917

5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers attached 8th Battalion

Arthur was the son of Herbert Percy and Jessie Green of Limehurst, Holland Park, Knock, County Down. As well as Inst, he was educated at Methodist College, Belfast. His brother, Second Lieutenant Percy Harold Green, was killed in March 1918.

Arthur was killed on 17th August 1917 at the age of 21, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial (panel 144 to 145), Flanders, Belgium

He is also commemorated on both the Bank or Ireland Memorial in Dublin, and the Londonderry Memorial.

Corporal Benjamin Thomas Gunning - died 6/11/1917

29th Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment) A Company - service number 75188

Benjamin was born in Belfast on 16th March 1892, the son of Samuel and Margaret Elizabeth Gunning, later of 3642 35th Ave West, Vancouver. He was the brother of John St-Claire Gunning, below.

He was working as a clerk in Vancouver before enlisting there. He died at the age of 25, on 6th November 1917, the day on which the 2nd Canadian Division captured the village of Passchendaele.

He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial (panel 18-28-30), Flanders, Belgium.

Private John St-Claire Gunning - died 22/4/1915

16th Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) G Company - service number 28860

John was born in Belfast on 21st December 1893, the son of Samuel and Margaret Elizabeth Gunning, later of 3642 35th Ave West, Vancouver. He was the brother of Benjamin Thomas Gunning, above.

He was working as a clerk in Vancouver before enlisting there. He died at the age of 21, on 22nd April 1915, when the battalion was based around St Julien. On that day, the war diary reports that the "Enemy attacked forward troops on our left flank using poisonous gases. Enemy shelled trenches at night".

John is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial (panel 24-26-28-30), Flanders, Belgium.

Second Lieutenant Robert Victor Hamilton - died 1/7/1916

9th Royal Irish Rifles

 

Victor was born on 7th January 1892, the son of James and Mathilda Hamilton of Glendarra, Charnwood Ave, Belfast.

After attending Inst, he entered the Civil Service as a clerk, and was working for the Treasury Department in Dublin Castle at the start of the war. He was commissioned into the Royal Irish Rifles in August 1915, and had only been in France three months when he was killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of The Somme.

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

Lieutenant Frank Leslie Hanna - died 26/7/1918

3rd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (formerly Army Service Corps - Horse Transport)

Frank was born in Bangor, County Down, on 19th July 1894, the son of Francis and Marion Hanna of Gayfield, Finaghy Park, Belfast. After Inst and service in the Officer Training Corps, he was employed as a linen apprentice, and living at 1 Rugby Street, Belfast.

He initially served in the Royal Army Service Corps (Horse Transport), and subsequently 3rd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

He died in hospital at Holywood of nephritis contracted on active service on the 26th July 1918, at the age of 24.

Frank is buried in Knockbreda Church of Ireland Churchyard (ref B 259), County Down.