Steele, 1021148 Warrant Officer George, RAFVR, died age 25 on the 2 July 1946. His wife was Margaret Wylie Steele. Kilmarnock, Scotland. His parents were George and Elizabeth Steele (nee Boyle), living at 85 Princes Street, Ballymena at the time of his death. The couple, George from Harryville and Elizabeth from Ballymena had married in Kells Presbyterian Church on the 1st June 1920.
He was killed whilst flying in Anson I, serial number MG437 of No 5 ANS, which crashed into the Irish Sea. The crew was completing a reconnaissance flight, actually a search for Wellington LP764 which had disappeared the previous day. While flying at a very low altitude, the twin-engine aircraft hit the mast of a fishing boat and crashed into the sea. It sank rapidly and was lost. All five crew members were killed. They were 3040690 John Thomas Marcham Crow, 180028 Flight Lieutenant John Murray Looker, 3022108 George Barry McClymont (Buried Kilbarchan Cemetery, Renfrewshire), 2796109 Petrus Adrianus Cornelius Michielsen, Netherlands Air Force (Buried Jurby (St Patrick) Churchyard, Isle of Man), and 1021148 Warrant Officer George Steele.
George Steele is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial at Egham Surrey. His name also appears in the list for High Kirk Presbyterian Church on the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Roll of Honour, 1939-1945.
Stevenson, 1450401 Bombardier Joseph K, 81st Heavy AA Battery, Royal Artillery, died on the 1 July 1944 and aged 29 years. He was the son of Mr. William Stevenson, 28 Railway Street, Ballymena. Carter William Stevenson, Cromkill, Ballymena married Maggie Mitchell, Railway Street, Harryville, Ballymena in St Patrick’s Parish Church on the 8th January 1912. Joseph, their third child, was born at Railway Street on the 4 April 1915; his father is then recorded as being a soldier.
His father, William Stevenson (left) was reported wounded and missing on the first day of the Somme Offensive, 1st July 1916. He was later to confirm in a postcard sent to his wife that he was a POW, a patient in Lazarette Hospital Germany. He indicated that his wounds were healing well.
Joseph Kitchner (sic) Stevenson is interred in Salerno War Cemetery, Italy.