Second Lieutenant John Hetherington Dickson - died 14/8/1918
27 Squadron Royal Air Force
John was the only son of John and Martha Elizabeth Dickson of "Clifton" Shandon Park Knock Belfast.
He died at the age of 22, with Serjeant Stephen Bernard Percival, when their Beauvois Airco DH9, D1702 collided in mid-air with another DH9, E634, while returning from a raid. 2nd Lt Arthur Frederick Millar and 2nd Lt John Varley Lee, flying E634, also from the 27 Squadron also died in the collision.
John is buried in Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension (ref II C 11), Pas de Calais, France. The other three victims of the collision are also interred there. John is also commemorated on the St Andrew’s College War Memorial, Booterstown, County Dublin.
An inclinometer engraved in honour of John and Stephen Percival
Lieutenant Charles Dunlop - died 22/10/1914
2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Charles was son of the late Fleet Surgeon James Dunlop and Elizabeth Dunlop of Edenderry House, Ballylesson, Belfast. Before Inst, he also attended Friends School Lisburn. He subsequently entered Sandhurst and was sent to the front shortly after graduating, where he served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, being gazetted to Lieutenant in September 1914.
Charles died of wounds received in the Battle of the Aisne at the age of 22, while waiting for an amputation. He was reported of being very fond of his horse and before he died was most concerned about what had happened to it.
In the March 1915 edition of School News, an Instonian officer serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps wrote: "Charles was the most noble-minded, the most honourable of boys, the most upright of men, and the truest friend. He was my oldest and best friend and no-one could have had better. According to the testimony of his fellows, he did his work nobly and bravely and his example and courage in the field will long remain a bright spot in the memory of those whose fortune it was to serve under him."
Charles is buried in Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles (ref. 1.35), Yvelines, France. He is also commemorated on the Lisburn War Memorial. He was the first Instonian to die in the war.
Lance Corporal Thomas Crosbie Dunwoody - died 8/10/1916
43rd Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) - service number 2314
Thomas was born on 14th September 1894 in Belfast, the son of Alexander and Annie Dunwoody. His family moved to Canada, and he was serving as an office clerk when he enlisted in Winnipeg.
He died at the age of 22 during an attack on Regina Trench, east and west of the Miraumont Road, with the objective of proceeding beyond and consolidating a line over the crest of Hill 130. Thick wire was encountered in front of the trench and the battalion was forced to retire, incurring over 300 casualties in the attack.
He is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt (ref II E 25), Somme, France.
Private Frederick William Ekin - died 18/8/1916
20th Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) - service number 4795
Frederick was born in the Shankill area of Belfast, the son of John and Annie Ekin (nee Hartie)
He died of wounds at the age of 23, after action in Mametz Wood on the Somme.
Frederick is buried in Belfast City Cemetery (ref. L1 548)