Belfast Newsletter - 7 May 1942


FERRIS -- Missing from H.M.S. Dorsetshire, Warrant Engineer William Arnold Ferris, R.N., youngest son of the late David Ferris, Armagh, and Mrs. Ferris, Dunmurry.


ALEXANDER -- April 30, 1942, to Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Alexander, Hawtree, Lisburn -- twins (a son and daughter).

HENDERSON -- April 27, 1942, at Johnstone House, to Mary (nee Foreman), wife of Captain E. R. Henderson, R.E. -- a daughter.

MACAULAY -- May 2, 1942, at Lawhill House, Dollar, N.B., the wife of I. Patrick H. Macaulay -- a daughter.

MARTIN -- May 1, 1942, at The Nursing Home, 74, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, to Edna (nee Warren) and John A. Martin, Glendun, Greenisland -- a daughter.

RYDE -- April 25, 1912, at Excelsior, Portstewart, to Nan (nee Reade), wife of Frank Ryde, R.A.M.C. -- a daughter.


CALVERT--CHARMAN -- May 2, 1942, at Campton Church -- Corporal Thomas Charles Calvert, R.A.F., youngest son of Mrs. Clara Calvert, Royal School, Dungannon, to Norah, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charman, Shefford.

FULCHER--McCOLLUM -- April 4, 1942, at First Coleraine Presbyterian Church, by Rev. J. N. M. Legate, B.A., B.D. -- Fred Fulcher, youngest son of Mr. G. Fulcher, Northumberland, and the late Mrs. Fulcher, to Mary Parlane Carlisle Kinloch, R.F.N., S.R.N., youngest daughter of Mrs. McCollum and the late Mr. William McCollum, of Drumcroon House, Coleraine.


Knocknadona Temperance L.O.L. 359
ARMSTRONG -- Officers and Members of above Lodge regret to learn of the death of the mother of their esteemed Member, Bro. Stanley Armstrong, and tender to him and other relatives their sincere sympathy. -- James Milliken, W.M.; D. A. Benson, Sec.

COUSER -- May 6, 1942, at his residence, Fairview, Killynure, Armagh, William Couser. House and funeral private. No flowers.

DAVIDSON -- May 5, 1942, at Castlerock, Co. Derry, William Malet Davidson, B.A., eldest son of the late Doctor and Mrs. R. B. Davidson, Rademon, Crossgar, Co. Down. Funeral strictly private. No flowers, please, by his own request.

DICKEY -- May 5, 1942, at his residence, 13, Coastguard Road, Larne Harbour, Robert dearly-beloved husband of Agnes Dickey. Funeral to-day (Thursday), at 3p.m., to Larne New Cemetery. Deeply regretted.

FORSYTHE -- May 6, 1942 (result of an accident), at Roe Valley Hospital, Limavady, Sheila E., beloved wife of Samuel H. Forsythe. Funeral private.

GREER -- May 6, 1942, at his residence, Woodside, Edenticullo, Hillsborough, Thomas George, dearly-loved husband of Margaret Greer. Funeral to-morrow (Friday), at 3-30 p.m. to Anahilt Presbyterian Churchyard. House private. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Wife and Family.

LOUGHERY -- May 5, 1942, at his residence, Drumagosker, Limavady, John Loughery. Funeral this (Thursday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock (D.S.T.), to Balteagh Presbyterian Church Burying-ground. House private. No flowers.

MAYES -- May 5, 1942, at his residence, Deerpark, Aghalee, John, dearly-beloved husband of Emily Mayes. Funeral to-day (Thursday), at 12 o'clock, to Magheragall Churchyard. Deeply regretted.

McCREIGHT -- May 5, 1942, at Clonevin Park, Lisburn, Elizabeth, widow of Robert McCreight. Funeral private. No flowers.

McKIBBIN -- May 6, 1942 (suddenly), at his residence, Killyleff, Cullybackey, Robert, beloved husband of Agnes McKibbin. Funeral to-morrow (Friday), at 2 p.m., to Trinity Churchyard, Ahoghill. Deeply regretted.

OAKMAN -- May 7, 1942, at Oakhill, Lisburn, William Robert. Funeral private.

RICHARDSON -- May 5, 1942, at her residence, Mullaghgawn, Toomebridge, Margaret, daughter of the late George Richardson. Funeral to-day (Thursday), at 3 p.m., to Duneane family burying-ground. Deeply regretted.

RUDDOCK -- May 6, 1942, at the District Hospital, Lurgan, Doreen, dearly-beloved and only daughter of David and Beatrice Ruddock. Funeral from her grandparents residence, Drumnasoo, Portadown, to-morrow (Friday), at 2-30 pm,, to Drumcree Churchyard.

TRAVERS -- May 6, 1942 (suddenly), at Newcastle, Ernest James Travers. Funeral private. No flowers by request.

In Memoriam

McCURDY -- Tender memories of dearest Father, who passed to rest May 7, 1941, at his daughters home, 50, Meyrick Park, Belfast. Loved by all who knew him for his kind heart and endearing ways. Greatly missed by his Daughters, Kathleen, Isobel, Ethel, Louie, and his very devoted Son, Leslie.


Mrs. Millar and Family desire to return sincere thanks to the many kind friends and neighbours who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also those who sent floral tributes. Hoping this will be accepted by all. -- Drumsough House, Randalstown.



Sequel to Dispute in Donaghadee Park

Judgment was delivered by his Honour Judge Black in the Recorder's Court, Belfast, yesterday in the claim brought by Kenneth Robinson, aged 12, through his father, William Robinson, Killaughey Road, Donaghadee, for 40 damages for assault, alleged to have been committed by John H. G. Majury, solicitor, Harberton Park, Belfast, at Donaghadee Park on October 19 last.

The Recorder said that he had come to the conclusion that the Donaghadee boys -- who had been involved in a dispute with three Belfast boys -- were the aggressors. In law the defendant was entitled to go to the defence of his child and to use a reasonable amount of force to protect him from assault. This was not a case where Mr. Majury was protecting his child from assault, and what he did to the plaintiff was by way of chastisement for the way plaintiff had treated defendant's boy.

The defendant had done what the majority of parents would have done, even though he was not within the law. Accordingly, he would have to pay damages for this assault. His Honour said that it was not a case where substantial damages should be awarded, and no great sympathy went out to the plaintiff. He gave a decree for 3 3s. with 1 18s 6d witnesses' expenses.



B.B. Company's Record. -- The Earl of Roden, who presided at the annual inspection in the Town Hall of the 1st Larne Company, the Boys' Brigade, mentioned that 84 members, past or present, were serving in the armed Forces of the Crown, six of whom had made the supreme sacrifice. There were also 16 in the Home Guard and 24 in Civil Defence. The Countess of Roden distributed the prizes. Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon, joint presidents of the company, were present. For the second year in succession Lady Dixon's special prize of a wallet and Savings Certiflcatcs was won by Private J. T. Moore.

Customs Prosecutions. -- Bernard M'Laughlin, a Border shopkeeper, of Cosquln, was fined 25 at Derry yesterday on a charge of having harboured a quantity of bread. Fines of 43 were imposed on J. C. Lough and Patrick J. Lough, Hawkins Street, and W. S. Lough, Carrigans, for having been concerned in the removal of motor tyres to Eire.

Killed in Action. -- Mrs. Kirkham, Hammond Street, Moneymore, has received intimation that her husband First-Class Air Gunner Stephen George Kirkham, has been killed in the Middle East.

Master Mariner's Death. -- A list of members of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who have been killed by enemy action includes the name of William Johnston Meek, master, of 71, Clifton Road, Bangor.

Killed by Service Lorry. - Mrs. Forsythe, wife of Mr. S. H. Forsythe, solicitor, Limavady, was knocked down by an R.A.F. lorry yesterday and received severe head injuries. After being treated by Dr R. A. Reid she was removed to the Roe Valley Hospital, where she died.

Limavady Farmer's Death. -- The death has occurred of Mr. John Loughery, Drumagosker, Limavady, one or the most extensive farmers and livestock breeders in Co Derry. He was a member of Derry County Council, Limavady Board of Guardians and Rural Council, the Hospital Committee, and the Derry and Limavady Regional Education Committee.

Gift to Limavady Church. -- It was announced at a meeting of Limavady Presbytery that an anonymous donor had made a gift of 100 War Loan Stock to First Limavady Presbyterian Church for the benefit of the Sabbath school.

U.S. Soldier Drowned. -- A soldier of the U.S. Forces, Private Ralph H. Hebling, was drowned in Lower Lough Erne. He fell off a raft while fishing. At the inquest a verdict of death due to drowning was recorded.

Air Raid Shelters. -- At a meeting of Omagh Regional Education Committee yesterday a sub-committee recommended the acceptance of tenders amounting to 8,375 for the erection of air raid shelters in the various Omagh schools.

Appreciation of Services. -- A deputation from First Presbyterian Church Armagh, visited Mr. R. J. MacDonald, Milford, and handed to him a gift in appreciation of his many years' service to the youth of the church and community.

Flax Mill Damaged. -- At Ballymena Quarter Sessions yesterday, Mrs. Emily Nicholl, Drumrankin, Cullybackey, was awarded a decree for 75 in a claim for malicious damage to a turbine at her flax mill.



Failure to Plough Land

At Newry petty sessions yesterday, before Major M'Callum, R.M., Robert James Rodgers and John Alexander Rodgers, brothers, Tullywinney, Co. Armagh were each fined 100 or, in default, three months imprisonment in each of two cases for having failed to plough the requisite area of their lands. In evidence it was stated that when interviewed defendants told the Inspector that "the Ministry can either swing us or put us up against a wall and pump lead into us, but we will not plough more than we have done.""

In a similar case, Thomas and Archibald Irwin, Tullyhappy, Jerrettspass, were each fined 40 or three months imprisonment.




The death has occurred at Castlerock, Co. Derry of Mr. William M. Davidson, B.A., eldest son of Dr. R. B. Davidson, of Rademon, Crossgar, Co. Down. Mr. Davidson, who served his apprenticeship with Messrs. L'Estrange & Brett, qualified as a solicitor in 1901, but did not practice. In his younger days he was a well known cricketer, having played for Holywood when Captains Harrington and Potter were in the side which won the Senior Cup. Mr. Davidson also played cricket for North of Ireland Club. He was a "plus" golfer and in recent years was connected with the Knock Golf Club. As a billiards player he had few equals. Mr. Davidson was unmarried. He is survived by three brothers, Mr. John A. Davidson, Mr. Richard Clive Davidson, and Mr. Francis Arthur James Davidson, and a sister, Miss Henrietta C. Davidson.



Police Patrol's Signal Ignored

At Derry yesterday a fine of 100 was imposed upon Neill Conaghan, Chapel Road, Derry, for having failed to stop his motor car at the request of a Customs police patrol. He was also fined 10 for having driven in a dangerous manner. His driving licence was suspended for one year. Constable Batty stated that there had been a collision with an American car, and when defendant's car was found there were traces of flour in the back of the car from which the seat had been removed.



The marriage was solemnised in St. Anne's Church, Dungannon, yesterday, of Miss Myra Florence (Nina) Hall, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hall, Dungannon, and Flying-Officer Gilbert Havelock Pearson, R.A.F. Medical Service, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Pearson Trevona, The Fairway, Upminster, Essex. The Rev. H. W. Cooke. M.A., officiated. Mrs. E. Moran, Mus.Bac., was at the organ, and the choir sang the hymns, "Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us," and "O Perfect Love." Miss Rita Hall, sister,, was bridesmaid, and Mr. Derek Morrow, B.A., cousin of the bride, was best man.



A complaint that the naval authorities were perturbed by the smuggling of tobacco and cigarettes from the docks was made at Belfast Police Court yesterday, when William M'Roberts, a 16½-year-old apprentice joiner, of Henderson Avenue, was fined 4 for knowingly carrying uncustomed goods comprising tobacco and 1,800 cigarettes. It was stated that defendant had been given a bag by a naval rating to take to the left luggage office at a railway station and was stopped by a policeman on the way. Interviewed at the police barrack defendant said he had an idea that the bag contained cigarettes and tobacco. M'Roberts, in court, said he was not aware of the contents.


An open verdict was returned at an inquest in Belfast yesterday on Herbert Wray (17), apprentice joiner, of Tyndale Park, who according to the evidence skidded on his cycle in avoiding a Corporation 'bus on the Oldpark Road and was run over by the 'bus.



Mr. Vernon Davys Despard, of Kilbrogan, Farnham Road, Bangor, company secretary who died on November 24 last, left personal estate in England and Northern Ireland valued at 22,401 is 10d.



At Stranorlar District Court yesterday, when Vernon Noel Foy (17), Tyreallen, Ballybofey, was charged with the larceny by means of a trick of 7s. the property of Michael McCauley, Broadpath, Convoy, it was stated defendant had sold a paper bag filled with turf mould to M'Cauley representing it as a pound of tea. Defendant was bound over for three years.


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