Lance Corporal Paul G Pollock - died 1/7/1916
14th Royal Irish Rifles - service number 14/15780
Paul, of 7 Glandore Park, Belfast, was a member of St Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Belfast. He sailed to France on 5th October 1915 and was reported missing on 1st July 1916, as part of the ill-fated Ulster Division attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Paul's name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Addenda Panel), Somme France - this has only occurred in recent years after his name was originally missed off the list of the fallen.
Corporal John Ramsey - died 1/7/1916
1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - service number 11676 - surname possibly Ramsay
John was the son of the late John Ramsay and Annie Ramsey of 22 Wilmont Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast. He enlisted in Belfast in August 1914 with the 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and sailed with them to the Dardanelles. School News of April 1916 reported:
"He landed at Suvla Bay on 7th August last, and after being in action eight hours, was wounded in the thigh. Invalided home, he remained some short time in hospital, thereafter joining the 3rd Inniskillings at Clonmany. A draft of this company was about to set off for the Near East; he volunteered for service, was accepted, and sailed again for eastern waters on 17th November."
John transferred to the 1st Battalion and the Western Front. He was killed, aged 23, on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (pier and face 4D and 5B), Somme, France.
Lieutenant Herbert Finlay Rea - died 16/8/1917
14th Royal Irish Rifles
Herbert, the son of Mrs S Rea, Dufferin Villas, Ballyholme, Bangor, County Down
Herbert originally enlisted in the 6th Black Watch on 10th November 1914, while he was living in Annadale, Belfast.
Herbert was killed in action on 16th August 1917, in the course of the Battle of Langemarck (3rd Ypres). He had originally been posted as missing and presumed to have been taken prisoner, and was in hospital in Valenciennes
However, in April 1918, it was reported that Rifleman W T Newton had seen Herbert lying in a shell hole about 100 yards from the German line, wounded, and Lieutenant Coffey had spoken to Herbert, who seemed badly wounded, and it was accepted that he had died on the day of the battle.
Herbert is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial (panel 138 to 140), Flanders, Belgium.
Private Samuel Thomas Read - died 25/4/1916
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) - service number 476004
Samuel was born on 25th March 1894, the son of Robert and Annie Read of Pettigo, County Donegal.
He was working as a bank clerk, when he enlisted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 12th July 1915.
Samuel was 22 years old when he died of wounds on 25th April 1916. The battalion had been heavily shelled on 19th and 20th April while in the trenches near Hooge, east of Ypres, suffering over 60 casualties.
Samuel is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (ref VIII A 102), Pas de Calais, France. He is also commemorated on the Pettigo War Memorial.
Captain Alexander Maxwell Reilly - died 26/11/1916
9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Alexander was born on 11th September 1889, the son of George E and Lydia Reilly of Woodburn Glen, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim
He attended Inst, where he was Head of School in 1904-05, then Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Science.
At the time of his death he was married to Kathleen Reilly of 815 Twelfth St, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and, as an associate member of the Institute of Civil Engineers of Ireland, had a governmental appointment in connection with the Land Valuation Board.
Alexander was severely wounded on November 22 1916. The battalion were in the front line just to the south of where the Spanbroekmolen Mine would be blown 6 months later, south of Ypres and suffered heavy bombardment. The war diary states:
"A direct hit was secured by the Boche on No 3 Company resulting in the deaths of 3 other ranks and Capt A M Reilly, Company Commander, 2nd Lieut T L McFall and 2 other ranks being wounded. Captain Reilly afterwards died from his wounds in No 2 Casualty Clearing Station".
Alexander died on 26th November. He was 31 years old.
He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (ref III A 208), Nord, France.
Second Lieutenant John Stephenson Riggs - died 19/12/1917
Royal Garrison Artillery 239th Siege Battery
John was born on 11th August 1895, the son of James Leslie and Isabella Mary Riggs of "Sunnymead", Armagh.
After attending Inst, he was working as an apprentice marine engineer in Portadown when he enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 28th August 1914. He initially applied for a commission with the Royal Flying Corps in February 1916, but was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in January 1917.
The 239th Siege Battery were in the line at Feuchy, east of Arras, when John was wounded on 18th December 1917. He died of his wounds the following day, at the age of 22.
John is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux (ref II B 16), Pas de Calais, France.