Lieutenant Henry Neville Chamberlain - died 16/7/1918

Royal Naval Reserve - HMS Anchusa

Henry was the son of the Rev George and D M Chamberlain of The Rectory, Castledawson, County Londonderry. He lived in Carrickfergus before joining the Royal Navy.

On 16th July 1918, at the age of 31, he was lost at sea. He was serving on HMS Anchusa, a mine-sweeping vessel, which was torpedoed by a German submarine, U54, off the North Coast of Ireland.

Henry is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial (Panel 29), Devon.

Private John Clarke - died 26/9/1916

Canadian Infantry 10th Battalion (Alberta Regiment) - service number 16113

John was born on 4th September 1888, the son of John Clarke, 15 Upper Crescent, Belfast. At the time of his enlistment, in Calgary, Canada, on 6th December 1915, his trade was given as "fitter".

He was killed on 29th September 1916 as part of the successful Canadian Corps assualt on Hessian and Zollern trenches, between Thiepval and Courcellete. His battalion suffered over 250 casualties in the action.

John is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers La Boiselle (ref II F 29), Somme, France.

Lieutenant Cecil Reginald Crymble - died 20/11/1914

3rd Royal Irish Fusiliers attached 1st Battalion

Cecil was born on 6th April 1885, son of George Gordon Crymble and Agnes Templeton Crymble of Gordon House Annandale.

After Inst, he attended Queen's University Belfast, where he was described as being one of the most popular students. He was a Senior Scholar in Chemistry, a doctor of science and held the research scholarship. He was also the student's representative on the Senate and a prominent member of the Officer Training Corps.

He graduated BA in 1906, BSc in 1908, and was a Demonstrator of Chemistry until 1910 when he moved to University College London, to work under Sir William Ramsey, later being appointed as Lecturer in Biological Chemistry in the physiological department. In 1913 he achieved a DSc, for which he was awarded special distinction and a gold medal.

He joined the 3rd (Reserve) Royal Irish Fusiliers as Second Lieutenant in Dec 1910, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 22nd August 1912. He was transferred to the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of war.

Cecil was killed in action by a sniper's bullet at Houplines, at the age of 29. The officer commanding "D" Company reported:
 
"Lt Crymble attached to my company was working on a communication trench on the morning of 20th November. The site of the trench was partially concealed from view.

At about 9am, it was reported to me that he and Private Cope of his Company had been hit by a sniper. I went out at once and found Lt Crymble had been hit through the forehead: he was breathing but unconscious. Private Cope had been killed outright. I applied field dressings and sent for medical assistance, and Lt Crymble died at about 9.30am.

Lt Crymble was an exceptionally capable officer and of experience in trench work. Having occupied that particular position for two days, he was well aware of the danger of exposing himself. A man of the Company who was working with them told me that the same bullet hit both Lt Crymble and Private Cope and that, in his opinion, it was a chance shot.

I buried them both that evening on the south side of the Farm indicated on the map attached, marking the graves with wooden crosses inscribed with their names. A tree over the graves I also marked on the South side with a cross cut in the bark. The farm in question (believed to be La Douve Farm) is situated one mile south of Messines, east of the road and south of the River Douve."

Recorded as being amongst his possessions when he died were copies of the Odes of John Keats, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Palgrave's Golden Treasury.

Shortly before he died, Cecil wrote letters home that were published in QCB, the Queen's University Befast magazine. The letters can be viewed by selecting the "extra information" page from the menu.

Cecil is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial (Panel 9), Hainault, Belgium.

He is also commemorated on the Middlesbrough War Memorial.

Second Lieutenant John Gordon Crymble - died 28/12/1916

9th Royal Irish Fusiliers

John was born on 4th February 1897 in Belfast, the son of Samuel Gordon Crymble and Elizabeth Emily Crymble (nee Agnew) of 12 College Green Belfast.

After Inst he was a medical student at Queen’s University Belfast and a member of the Officer Training Corps. He enlisted into the 19th Royal Fusiliers (2nd Public Schools Battalion) on 16 March 1915, and was commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 5 August 1916.

John joined the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers on 7 October 1916 and was posted to B Company. He died of wounds on 28 December 1916, aged 19, in Number 2 Casualty Clearing Station having been hit by a shrapnel bullet in the right leg on 22 December 1916.

John is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (ref. III A 203), Nord, France.

Private Herbert Curran - died 7/5/1916

24th Royal Fusiliers C Company - service number 2101

Herbert was the son of Miles and Edith Curran of 9 Myrtlefield Park, Belfast and was killed in action, aged 21, on 7th May 1916. His battalion were in trenches in the vicinity of Fosse 10, Sains-en-Gohelle, when a shell hit a bombproof shelter, killing four men, including Herbert.

Herbert is buried in Tranchee De Mecknes Cemetery, Aix Noulette (Ref C 10), Pas de Calais, France.


Second Lieutenant William Gordon Curry - died 7/6/1917

12th Cheshire Regiment attached 13th Battalion

William was born on 22nd June 1893, to Mr and Mrs David Curry. After Inst, he attended Queen’s University Belfast, where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps.

He was living at 2 Gordon Terrace, Agincourt Ave, Belfast when he joined the Cheshire Regiment.

In October 1916, he was acquitted by a Court Martial for the charge of being in possession of a forged rail warrant at Aldershot.

William was killed in action on 7th June 1917, during the attack on Messines. Both officers of the 13th Cheshires who died that day were old Instonians, the other being 2nd Lt E S McCullagh.

He is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery (ref. II G 9), Flanders, Belgium.